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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / ASIA / Johor Bahru, Malaysia on: October 27, 2013 02:01:53 AM
I'm looking for fabric stores, preferably that sell inexpensive fabric. Any other crafty resources, please list here as well. Smiley
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Making a mattress pad? Help? on: July 13, 2008 05:17:20 AM
I'm considering making a mattress pad since I haven't seen any here and I need something.  Long story short, I have problem joints that dislocate when I sleep, but back in Canada when I had a pillow top mattress, and it was wonderful on my joints, so I'm thinking the extra padding on our spring mattress will help my joints.  It was 1 1/2" thick. The pillow top mattress I had in Canada had a linen cover, but I'm not positive on what the filling was made from. 

I would use plain sheeting on top and bottom and most likely use my sewing machine to quilt the top (I've done this before years ago and had no problems, but different machine.) 

I haven't yet started looking for quilt batting, although I know that at least one variety can be had here, and it's most likely polyester.  I would have to do a burn test to make sure. 

I would appreciate any suggestions y'all have.  I have quilted before, many times, using frames, hand-stitching, tying, and so on, so I'm not new to this. Smiley  I'm looking for practical suggestions of things to look out for, i.e., what properties of batting should I look for, how many layers will I likely need or how to figure that out.  I'm also seriously considering making two to layer on top of each other to reach the total thickness required since that would make laundering them easier.

I know, not your typical quilting question, but it seems to me that this is closer to quilting in that it's just a thicker quilt.  Or something.  Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / lining a dress - help needed, please on: October 16, 2006 11:01:08 PM
I have plans to make a garment that's not quite a dress, but sort of and close enough.  Smiley  Think dress with slits on either side seam going up to the hips (pants are worn underneath - it's a shalwaar kameez). 

The kameez (top - the dress with slits) needs to be lined.  The pattern I'm using I created from an existing fitted-to-me kameez.  Commercial patterns do not exist in this country.  Smiley  I know that the lining will be the same pieces as for the kameez - that is, a front, a back, and two sleeves. 

One way I could do this:

I'm planning on sewing the front and back of the kameez together at the shoulders, and the front and back of the lining together at the shoulders, then sew the kameez front/back to the lining front/back at the neck to give a nice finished neckline.

I think I sew the sleeve and sleeve lining together at the hem.

At that point, I could attach the sleeve with lining to the front/back with lining at the arm hole, sewing all four layers of fabric together.  I could then stitch all four layers together sewing the front/back sleeve together and continuing down the length of the garment, sewing front and back together at the sides, sewing all four layers of fabric together.

At the slit and on down to the hem, is there any benefit to sewing the lining to the fabric or to not?

The second way I could do this:

Sew the kameez itself, and the lining itself, together - front, back, and sleeves.  Then attach at the neck, then attach at the sleeve hem.

Then I still have the option of attaching - or not - at the side slits and bottom hem.

Any comments?  If you've done this before, what have your experiences been?  What do you recommend and why?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fabric glue - recipe needed on: May 04, 2006 12:57:01 AM
Yeah, I know, not your standard question.  Cheesy

I live in outer darkness, aka Sri Lanka, where nifty innovations that y'all in the west have and take for granted don't exist here.  For example, fusible interfacing.  It's only available in a medium-light weight and a very heavy weight.  That's it, just the two weights, and they don't serve all purposes.  Yes, yes, yes, I know, I can use other fabric as interfacing and sew it in, and I end up doing that, but I like the fusible part as well.

Fabric glue, which would be so nice in these circumstances, also doesn't exist here. 

Does anyone have a recipe for DIY fabric glue?

I promise to be your friend forever if you can help.  Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / questions about crinkly fabric on: March 19, 2006 05:13:19 AM
I bought some fabric - cotton weave, 45" wide when left to crinkle, 60" wide when pulled taut.  The crinkles are built into the fabric.  This isn't the same fabric that's used in broomstick skirts - it's a bit different.

I'm planning on sewing a kameez - a tunic down past my knees with side slits at the hips.

Areas of concern: 

The neckhole. I can either do facing with interfacing or I can make self-bias tape, and have pretty much decided on self-bias due to the less-hassle factor.  I'm planning to not stretch the fabric, ie leave it as crinkled as it is without interference from me, and paying particular attention to making sure the shape of the neckhole stays as it should.

I'm planning to make it a one-piece dress with magyar sleeves - the design of the fabric allows for this. Just stitch up the sides, hem it, and do the neck and be done.

I can't think of a better way to deal with the fabric when I haven't sewn with this type of fabric before, and that way, I don't have to deal with as many sewing issues where the crinkles will out-crinkle.  Also, I've debated the straight stitch/zig zag stitch bit, and figured that, since it's not a knit, but a weave, it makes more sense to do a straight stitch to give the material the stability I think it needs.

If anyone has any better, suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / rice flour flat bread recipe needed on: March 19, 2006 04:34:02 AM
Wheat flour isn't good for me, but rice flour is fine and readily available here (Sri Lanka).  We like flat breads like naan, but the wheat flour...

Does anyone have any flat bread recipes that call for rice flour, not wheat? 
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