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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Best fabric for sew-on patches? on: November 16, 2007 11:50:42 AM
Hey, I'm new to embroidery (though I've done a good bit of sewing) and I want to make some sew-on patches for my girlfriend for Christmas.  What are some good fabrics to start with?  Should I press the edges under (and is it possible to do that on a circular or oval patch) or just leave them be?  I've got the actual stitches for the image down, I think, it's just the mechanics of attaching the patches to clothing/bags that I'm confused about.  Thanks in advance for any help y'all can give me.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two skirts: diamond-print pencil and houndstooth pleat! on: April 26, 2007 02:01:50 PM
I'm home from school visiting my parents for two weeks and I've totally forgotten what I used to do for fun here, so I've turned to sewing projects to entertain myself.

First I did a simple diamond-print pencil skirt:

which I wore to see a production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Then yesterday I found some glaring black-and-white houndstooth fabric that gave me a headache to look at, so of course I made another skirt out of it:

There's a lace underskirt that's more apparent in this photo:

I don't know how I made it through the whole year without my sewing machine.  I'm definitely taking it back to college with me in the fall.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / velvety pencil skirt on: July 07, 2006 11:48:56 AM
I was trying to come up with something to wear to this play my mom's in tonight, and I realized I had nothing suitable, so I ran out to Wal-Mart and picked up this fabric.  It took about three hours to turn it into a pretty pencil skirt I'm very proud of--unlike most of my previous sewing projects, it's as good as store-bought.

Me in the skirt:

You can kinda see how it reacts to light in this picture.  It has a velvety texture that I like a lot:

And finally, there's a slit in the back so I can actually walk:

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: colorful tie halter dress/shirt*image heavy* on: May 30, 2006 08:56:36 AM
I just made a dress similar to that, but I ended up sewing extra panels in on the side of the boob triangles, so I wouldn't fall out of it.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first dress... and it's paisley! on: May 23, 2006 05:13:40 AM
Thanks everybody.

TheEverFalling, no, I never use patterns.  I just worked out in my head what sizes and shapes I would need to cut out, then took my measurements and plotted it out in a notebook.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first dress... and it's paisley! on: May 22, 2006 06:15:34 PM
So this dress took me about two afternoons (minus some boyfriend-time, wink wink nudge nudge).  I've never sewn a dress before, but I saw this paisley fabric and knew I had to have a dress made of it, so here it is:

And the back (yes, that's a crumpled sock next to my foot):

The pads I sewed into the bust got kind of crooked, so I look like I have misshapen boobs.  Sad

And a fabric detail:

Anxious to see what y'all think.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: shiny blue and amazing ducks pleated shirt on: May 15, 2006 05:04:42 PM
That looks kind of like a skirt I made last week.  Thumbs up!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: If Marylin Monroe liked hot pink zebra... on: May 15, 2006 11:03:23 AM
I'm with the majority--that dress is gorgeous.  I'm planning out a dress myself (I don't like working from patterns), and I haven't decided how to do the bust yet.  Could you give me some idea of how you did yours, like what kind of shapes you cut out and how you attached them?  Thanks in advance.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: pleated skirt + 2 scrunchies (they kinda look like pasta!) on: May 14, 2006 02:25:52 PM
Thanks, I'm happy with how the skirt turned out, and I'm thinking of doing a dress with a similar pleated skirt to it.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / pleated skirt + 2 scrunchies (they kinda look like pasta!) on: May 14, 2006 09:05:46 AM
So my prom was yesterday, and while I was killing time with my hair in curlers, I decided to take some of this cool colonial-looking-print fabric I got at Walmart and make a pleated skirt out of it.  It took about two or three hours, and it was a bitch to get the pleats straight, but it came out looking pretty good:

Here's a closeup of the waistband, where it overlaps.  It's closed with two little hooks, not the neatest looking thing ever, but when I make another one I'll fix that:

And this morning I whipped out a couple of scrunchies that look a little like tortellini, which is what I ate last night before prom.

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