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1  3 of my LO's: spring, my dog, and fishing (5 images) in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by Divasews on: January 15, 2007 03:03:14 PM
I did a two page 12x12 layout of pics I took last spring of my farm.

The left page: ( I have no idea why the main photo looks crooked...its not in person?!)

Right page

Together: (this is blurry, but you get the idea)

My boyfriend Kevin at Balsam Lake, Ontario, last June. (for details for what I did to the page see my blog in my signature)

My dog, Troy. I did this layout late last summer.

Any comments or suggestions?
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2  Re: Fall/Winter clothes sewalong in Clothing Sewalongs by Divasews on: October 15, 2006 06:49:15 PM
I finished my top. New Look 6497. I changed the back though. The original tied in the back and I made it so that it doesn't.

  The straps aren't supposed to be a halter, but I don't have anyone to put the straps in the right place on the back for me to sew them in place, so for now I'm tieing them as a halter.

I made it out of a super soft plum jersey knit. I'm going make some undies out of the scraps, and I think I still have a few more meters of the fabric too. (Yay!)

For more views (back and close up) visit my blog.
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3  Hot Pink and Black plaid mini skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Divasews on: September 20, 2006 08:05:44 PM
I just completed this mini skirt. I really like it. I used Burda 8175, which is a super easy pattern. The fabric is hot pink and black with a silver stripe running throughout the plaid design. I love, love this fabric. I got it at Fabricland this past spring when the winter fabrics were on sale. I'm anxioulsly awaiting their 3 for 1 meter sale in November to get more plaids. Oh and thats my min-pin's Troy's butt in the picture.

here is a close up

Let me know what you think!

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4  Re: Fall/Winter clothes sewalong in Clothing Sewalongs by Divasews on: September 17, 2006 07:35:49 PM
Well I was pretty much done my Vogue pants http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/voguepatterns/shop.cgi?s.item.V8157=x&TI='8157'&page=1. But I wanted to redo the waist band so I took it off and forgetting that I had cut the top of the zipper off so there was no stop at the top the zipper handle came off.  Shocked  Angry Its pretty much impossible to put back on!! I could rip out the zipper and put a new one on and I probably will do that when I feel like spending a few hours ripping out serged seams, or I'll toss the pants and get new fabric. The fabric, a a navy pinstripe stretch woven, I used was on sale for $3 a meter, so  $6 isnt a big loss.

Here is a pic of me in the pants with first waist band partially on (no facing) and unhemmed. (Note: that for this pattern the left front facing is an inch too short, which is why I redid the waist band-I added an inch to the center back seam of the left waistband)  I still have some tweaking to do with this pattern too. It sits up too high on the waist and is too long in the crotch... at least that what I think those horizontal wrinkles by the zipper mean. 

This is a pic of a skirt I just did using a New Look pattern. The fabric is summery, but I still really like it, however, it sits too high on my waist. It's wearable, but still not the greatest.

Now I am working on a Burda 8175 a wrap mini skirt. I'm using a black and hot pink plaid that I absolutely love! I expect to finish it tonight, so I'll post pics of it tomorrow... I have to shave my legs  Embarrassed
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5  Re: Dog coat in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by Divasews on: January 06, 2006 01:02:42 PM

He doesnt mind wearing coats at all, which was a surprise when I first put it on him. I "drafted" a pattern for the coat from Troy's  measurements.  It was very simple to do. It took an hour from measuring to completion. I based the design on horse blankets. I didnt want a coat that I had to insert Troys legs into sleeves as he would have hated that. I didnt waterproof it, but Im sure you could.

To make one measure:
a: center of chest to how far back you want the coat to reach on the dogs back
b: between shoulder blades to how far back you want the coat to reach on the dogs back (the same place you measured to on the back in step 'a' measurement
c: between shoulder blades to how far down the belly you want the coat to reach
d:between shoulder blades to center of dogs chest
e: bottom of where neck meets chest to spot level with where you decided the coat would reach on the belly as in step 'c' measurement. 

Argghhh stupid photobucket resized the image so you cant see which is a,b,c,d etc. Oh well I think you can figure it out reading the above measurements.

Next add seams allowances to your measurments and draw the pattern.

Then create a curve at the back and the neck line of the pattern.

Cut fabric and lining with measurement 'b' on the fold. Note: this doesnt allow for a lot of space around the shoulder blades/base of neck area. So if your dogs needs more room there create a pattern that will have the 'b' line curving upwards as it approaches the neck to allow more room. This adjustment will not allow for the pattern to by cut on the fold, instead cut out two pieces and sew down the centre back seam.

Sew your lining and fabric right sides together leaving an opening for turning. Slipstitch the opening closed.

If your fabric and linging are too bulky to turn then sew them wrong sides together and add a binding or trim to hide the seam.

You will need to create a belly strap by measuring under the belly. Sew one end to the side of the blanket and velcro to the end of the strap and velcro to the side of the blanket where you will attach the velcro end of the strap. Also sew some velcro on the front chest closures.

hope that helps.
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6  Dog coat - now with mini tutorial-scroll down in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by Divasews on: December 06, 2005 08:41:05 AM
This is a coat that I made for my adorable miniature pinscher, Troy. I've made another one since. For the second one I lengthened the back by an inch or two and made it more rounded.

The pic is of the first one I made.

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7  Re: Modern sewing patterns? in Sewing Pattern Reviews by Divasews on: December 06, 2005 08:36:17 AM
Ha! I just noticed an ad on the right for Modern sewing patterns. lol I guess most probably have already been to that site. I guess no one has tried one of their patterns yet? I've finally decided on my free pattern- its skirt 5431. When Im finished it I'll post a review on here about it.

This is the one I chose: 

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8  Re: Simplicity purse 4625 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Divasews on: December 06, 2005 08:26:09 AM
Thanks for the compiliments!   Grin

No its two handles. Here is a pic of the pattern. It gives a better view of the bag. I'm hoping to make the other one over the holidays.  For some reason the photo is being stretched a bit.. so the bags look more rectangular than they really are. The drawings are  more accurate.

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9  Simplicity purse 4625 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Divasews on: December 06, 2005 07:13:41 AM

This is a purse that I made in the early fall. It was the first handbag I had made and the first thing I had sewn in about 4 years. The fabric is a thick cotton bright orange paisley print. It was easy to make with good instructions so its a good begginner handbag.

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