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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: First post! Variation on Simplicity 3835, Built by Wendy dress on: January 12, 2008 11:45:08 AM
that's the best i've seen that pattern on anyone so far...! lovely job; i think the knit makes a difference.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone have a Badge-a-minit machine? on: September 02, 2007 03:25:44 PM
howdy! i have a badge-a-minit 1 & 1/4 machine, and while i can't do mirrors with it, i have made fabric covered buttons. let me tell you- it's a bitch. but it can be done!

after you've 'popped' the fabric through (step 4 in my directions, probably the same with yours...i think the 2 & 1/2  has the same steps) make sure to pull it out the sides before securing your backing/mirror. just go slowly. the trouble i had was the the fabric would come out and fray...so make sure to put some glue on the edges first, and let it dry. another tip- use thin-ish fabric.

i hope that helps, somewhat...good luck and have fun! i loooove my button maker.
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Simple sewing tote on: July 19, 2007 08:05:40 PM
really really nice job! i love lotta's book...

and p.s. bags are so addictive, it's true...i don't have enough people to give them to after i make them! i heard some older women talking about their addiction to bags today in the bathroom at macy's, and when i nodded my head in agreement, she solemnly looked at me and said, 'really...they should start a group for us- PA. purses anonymous.' it was quite funny...
14  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Amy Butler: Swing Bag on: July 02, 2007 08:29:25 PM
loteria cards! so jealous... nice job.
15  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Simplicity 4077 -- fitted button-front blouses on: July 02, 2007 08:27:50 PM
nice job! the polka dot/amy butler one is looooovely.

i just bought this pattern (hancock is having their simplicity 5/$5 sale! YES). i also bought a built by wendy pattern, and duh...new to sewing...didn't read the fabric requirements. it required knit, and i only had cotton. so, being 'adventurous' decided to make something in seersucker for the holiday. bah.

it looks awful. WAY too big (which i find to be a problem with wendy's patterns) and not flattering .

therefore...off to try the 4077! you've inspired me. i can't wait to have a button front shirt that actually fits properly in the bust.
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Chocolate + Turquoise + Orange = June 23, 2007 More photos 29.June! on: June 29, 2007 04:42:11 PM
i'm not quite sure how i stumbled upon your posts, but...wow! what a lovely job you did with everything.

and magnets! what an awesome idea. i hate to be a party pooper, but seriously. how many times do you leave a wedding with a party favor that leaves you thinking 'what the heck am i going to do with THIS?' magnets are brilliant- useful, and cute.


17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing - help my poor brain! on: June 05, 2007 04:08:06 PM
It looks like you're talking about the simple tote.

It took me a second look, but what you do is you lay the smaller bottom piece directly on TOP of the big main panel, aligning the creases. Then sew around. you won't actually have split the main piece; it doesn't become two separate piece, but one piece with the smaller laid on top.

Does that help?

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: my first button up shirt! built by wendy sew u pattern on: May 04, 2007 06:02:36 PM
that shirt looks great! what a nice job. (good fabric choice, too.)

i have to say, folks, i've tried a bbw pattern and oy! the directions were rough. that said, i am inexperienced in sewing, but had help from someone who is experienced (good ol' mom!) and even she was perplexed. look carefully at the pictures, read the directions a gazillion times before you start, and be prepared to kind of fudge and hand sew (not a bad thing!).
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Exchange a book swap - round 2? on: February 18, 2007 07:57:55 PM
Hooray! Another book related swap! The last one I took part in was a disaster, so maybe I'm ready to put myself back into swap world (gulp)...I'll keep my eyes peeled for the start of this.

I loooove exchanging books. Sigh...

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Urban Outfitters Broke My Heart on: December 28, 2006 06:00:47 PM
Oh, Urban Outfitters breaks my heart on a daily basis! Their items are so over-priced, and cheaply made...things fall apart so quickly (take that, silly blouse that bit the dust in the wash!...grrr). Therefore...I applaud your ingenuity! Saving money, and making something totally unique...it looks fantastic. Hooray!
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