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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Long Wrap Skirt on: April 04, 2007 01:40:42 PM
I need a free or commercial pattern for a long, corduroy wrap skirt, like the one pictured here:


It looks so comfortable! and I have so much cord fabric at home, I really should just make one (if only I can find a pattern...)


12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / how to make/sew chiropractic accessories? on: June 27, 2006 01:48:46 PM
specifically, I was hoping to find instructions for sewing or otherwise making (foam? duct tape? I don't actually own and have never touched a real chiro roll so I don't know what they are normally made of/stuffed with or how much they weigh, etc) my own chiropractic roll...

thank you!

13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / new fashion trend ... on: June 12, 2006 06:00:22 AM
According to this story I saw on MSN, the latest trend is a "silhouette change" away from wide leg trousers and skinny tops to skinny trousers and wider/longer tops. The article states this is the type of change in fashion that only happens once every 10 years or so. Well, I am short and slightly pear-shaped, so the wide leg and bootleg pants always looked better on me than the skinny jeans with tapered legs of the 1980s, but I guess it was bound to change sometime. Bad news is: none of the new fashions will look good on me for the next 10 years. Good news is: thrift stores should see an influx of the wide leg pants I love....

I wonder how soon sewing pattern companies will pick up on the new trend? I better stock up on sewing patterns for my favorite pants and tops styles now, before they go out of print...

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / belted kimono dress -- how to? on: June 06, 2006 08:32:51 AM
I saw this dress on Amazon.com, and it looks great, and might not be too hard to make? I just don't have a pattern or anything. Are there any experienced seamstresses on the board who could suggest a way to make a dress like this one? it almost looks like just two long narrow pieces of fabric criss-crossed in front and sewn together in a diamond shape where they overlap. I am not sure how the back of the dress would look:


I would love to make this dress, if I could figure it out and draft a pattern (I have no experience with or knowlege of pattern drafting)...unless anyone knows of a similar sewing pattern on the market that might do as well?
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / wallpaper necklace on: May 27, 2006 12:20:11 PM
I adore the vintage wallpaper necklaces on the Farm Chicks web site, and I am in the process of taking off the old wallpaper in my bathroom and wanted to see if I could possibly use some of it to make a necklace like these. They are square, have glass in front and back, and a rim out of some kind of metal. Any ideas on what supplies I would need and how to make something like this?

thank you,

Vicki  Smiley
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / how to make a papasan loveseat cushion? on: May 09, 2006 12:11:18 PM
I got 3 free rattan papasan frames off my local freecycle message board, but they didn't come with the cushions. I know I can at least get the ottoman and single chair cushions at pier 1 but I am not sure if they will have loveseat sized cushions or not.

Anyone know how I might be able to find or make a loveseat sized papasan cushion?

thank you!
17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / free sewing patterns/books on: April 26, 2006 09:02:41 AM
I found a whole bunch of free sewing booklets on my local university's 4-H/extension service web sites. They were all free downloads, but a bit tricky to find on their site, so after I downloaded them I started a yahoo group and stored them there. They are in the Files section, and there are some additional items in the Links section that were for files too large to add to my yahoo group's files:


18  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / seeking 50s style pattern, can't remember name/number.... on: March 15, 2006 08:32:28 AM
I used to have a really neat sewing pattern, don't know why I got rid of it, it was a reprint of a 1950s dress pattern, that was only 2 or 3 pieces. it was sort of a wrap dress that is made of one long piece, with a hole for your head, you pull it over your head and then the back of the dress is wider than the front or vice versa, and you have ties on each side to pull it around and tie it in the front or back, sort of like a wrap dress.

Does anyone remember this pattern? seems like it came out just a few years ago, but I don't remember which pattern company it was. It was McCalls, Simplicity or Butterick, most likely Simplicity or Butterick....

help! I am trying to find another copy of the pattern but need the company name and pattern number to search on eBay...
19  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / are burda misses patterns petiteable? on: March 15, 2006 07:55:55 AM
I was at the fabric store yesterday (Jo-Ann Fabric and crafts) and all the Burda patterns were marked down to $3.99 per pattern. I was flipping through their catalog and saw a lot of patterns I loved, but all were in misses sizes. They do have a few actual petite-sized patterns, but I didn't like any of those styles (too little-old-lady-looking for my age and tastes).

Are most Burda patterns easily petiteable? keeping in mind, my bust, waist and hip measurements are misses sizes 8 or 10 (usually), but my proportions are shorter, & so with Simplicity and other pattern companies, I usually can't work with the misses sized patterns if they aren't specifically petiteable (the waistline would end up drooping too low to my hips; the neckline would be disproportionate; the shoulders too wide or droop too low, etc)...

Are there any other 5'3"  sewers on this board who could advise? I have never sewn anything from a Burda pattern before....
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitting pattern for 1940s dress on: March 13, 2006 02:21:55 PM
I got another free vintage knitting pattern in my emails today, from Tabitha Gibbons' web site:

The fashions of the 40's are back. ;-) Elegance and style you will love!

Download your free knitting pattern here:




It's adorable, but I don't know if my knitting skills are quite up to it yet. Still, I couldn't resist sharing the link...

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