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101  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Chicken Chapel on: April 07, 2006 11:49:19 AM
I visited the link.  Wow, that is pretty amazing and clever.  Quite a lot of work to go through just for chickens though.  I like your friends sense of humor. LOOOL
102  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: box pleat pocket anyone? on: April 06, 2006 12:15:18 PM
I think I know what you want.  They are a combination of a box pleat and a patch pocket.

To make them, you start with a rectangle of fabric, wider than it is tall, grain running vertically.  You'll have to play with the dimensions to get the size you want.  On the right side find the vertical center of the fabric and, depending on how big you want your pleat, mark the fabric vertically an equal distance on each side of the center.  Bring the two marks wrong sides together and baste at the marks, starting your basting about 1.5 - 2.5 inches from the top and finishing 1 or so inches from the bottom.  Open out the pleat and press.  Baste across the upper and lower edges of the pocket.  Remove the basting from the center.  Fold under the top edge 1/4" to the wrong side, press.  Then fold about 1" to the right side, press.  Stitch along seam line on side and bottom edge.  Turn upper edge right side out. 

From here, you should be able to figure out how to finish the pocket.  I didn't mention linings or interfacings, but feel free to use them.  Also, you don't have to limit yourself to just one pleat, use as many as you like. 

If these are too difficult to understand, let me know. 

If you want inverted pleats, just reverse the side of the fabric which you make the pleats on.
103  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: curtains for a rounded window? on: April 04, 2006 06:33:20 PM
That is a really pretty window, is it necessary to cover the entire window.  If you can get away with covering just the rectangular part of the window and still have enough privacy, that would be nice.  If that is not an option, you could make a fan curtain for the curved area and dress the bottom of the window separately. 

Here's a quick description of a fan curtain from my curtain book;  A fan curtain is a sash curtain in which the lower hem is pulled through a ring to gather it, forming a rosette at the center bottom.  Use lightweight or sheer fabric.  Don't use a fan curtain if the radius is over 36 inches-you'll have too much fabric at the center.  Hang the curtain on a flexible clear rod supported by brackets.  You'll also need a drapery ring with an eyelet to form the rosette and a cup hook to secure the ring.

Hope that helps.
104  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Gackt Jacket (a LOT of pictures!) on: April 03, 2006 02:59:08 PM
Wow, this jacket is amazing.  Your sewing is very good.  Bravo.
105  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: First Project Questions on: March 28, 2006 01:08:20 PM
You should start with something simple.  Don't do like I did, my first solo clothing project was a little girls dress with gathers and ruffles and facings and button holes, and I think it almost drove me insane.  That was over 20 years ago and I've vastly improved my skills over the years.  If you buy a pattern, get one of the ones that say easy on the package.  I think they write those patterns with the beginner sewer in mind.  Elastic waisted pants, skirts and shorts are probably the easiest to sew.  Don't forget to read the back of the pattern for fabric suggestions and follow their advice.  Use decent thread, sharp needles, and have fun.  Good luck. 
106  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Overnight Bag Sewalong on: March 23, 2006 03:55:51 PM
This bag is so great!  I would love to join in when this starts.  I think should go check my sewing stash and see what I need to buy.
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