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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / lazy girl's skirt on: September 06, 2006 08:45:46 PM
I got this skirt on a sale panel at Joanne's.All I had to do was cut out the circle and the waist band and add a zipper. So I can barely say that I sewed it, but it was super easy, I loved the fabric and I already had a blue sweater to go with it. Its going to be great for working in during the fall/winter. 3 cheers for a $4 skirt!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fantastic sexy comfy red flapper dress!!!! on: September 05, 2006 07:34:41 AM
I am so proud of this dress, I designed it, drafted the pattern,made it and wore it to a party all in one day. Plus, it has the cutest buttons ever.
the buttons:
and the fabulous flapper photo:
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / what's your dream sewing machine? on: August 08, 2006 09:18:13 PM
I am about to buy my first sewing machine. My mom and grandmother both bought good sewing machines to last a long time and have never regretted it. My grandmother's machine is literally 50 years old and still going strong. I want to do the same thing. I am relatively new to sewing- I've been sewing on other people's machines for a year in Nov. but I am very committed to it, so I don't mind shelling out some cash. (besides, the hubby just bought himself golf clubs, so I have a free pass for an expensive purchase, hehe.) My grandmother and mom have singers, but I have heard from several different sources that the new singers have a different manufacturer and are not as durable as they once were. So please, give me some advice. I know other people have asked in other posts, but I want to specifically adress durability and a machine that's not to complicated, but still something that will be useful for sewing (mainly clothes and drapes, although I find the concept of quilting strangely attractive, I'm not willing to buy a quilting specific machine) for years to come. So basically, for durability and versatility, what is your dream machine?
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / My new favorite recipes- Cream Puffs on: August 08, 2006 07:23:22 AM
This recipe is easy peasy. Courtesy of www.xanga.com/cantonesecooking (recipe posted on July 5th, but she has tons of other good recipes as well.) I filled mine with chocolate mousse and fresh raspberries and they were fabulous!

Cream puffs look elaborate and intimidating to make, but they're really quite simple and delicious. The puffs can be filled with anything: ice cream, pudding, tiramisu...but don't limit yourself to just sweets! They're great for holding chicken or tuna salad, dips, and thick soups. Or, for a really hearty and cute appetizer, make mini puffs and fill them with garlicky mashed potatoes topped by a slice of thin steak or roast beef.
1 c. all purpose flour
1 stick unsalted butter
1 c. water
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbl. sugar
4 eggs
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. In a medium sized pot, add the water, butter, salt, and sugar. When the butter has completely melted and the mixture reaches a boil, remove it from the heat. Toss in the flour and stir until it reaches a somewhat uniform consitency.
Add in one egg at a time and stir until combined.
By the time you reach the fourth egg, the mixture will look nice and shiny.
At that point, take a large spoon or ice cream scoop and arrange it on a waxed/greased/silpat pan. Give them plenty of room to spread out.
Bake it for 15 minutes at 425 degrees then turn the temperature down to 375 degrees and bake for another 20 minutes. For small cream puffs, reduce the initial baking time at 425 to 10 minutes. Do not open your oven door if you can help it or they'll deflate. When they're done, they'll be nicely golden on the outside. Lightly tap one with your finger to make sure that it's not soft. If it gives, stick it back into the oven for another few minutes.
After they're removed from the oven, let them cool on the pan. The puffs will be hollow and ready for you to fill with all sorts of yummy goodies!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / So I married a caveman on: August 06, 2006 06:37:13 PM
I'm having a "librarians and barbarians" party for my 25th birthday next weekend, so I made my husband's costume this weekend. It was pretty simple, but I definitely put a lot of love into it. The fabric was lighter than I liked, so I dyed it with tea. Then I zig-zag stitched over all the intentionally unfinished edges so it would fray unvenly when I washed it (which I did after the picture was taken.) I think it turned out really cute and plan to make myself a girly version for Halloween so we can match. Smiley And you gotta love the authentic caveman expression that the hubby made for the camera. Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / classy paisley skirt on: July 31, 2006 08:44:06 PM
I'm finishing grad school in Dec., which means that this is the time of year when a young craftster's mind turns to thoughts of cute work clothes. I made this skirt from some fabric that I didn't really know what to do with, based on a black and white skirt that I have and wear constantly. I think it turned out really well and I plan to make more skirts like it soon. Now all I need is a job! (Anyone looking for a Chemical Engineer? Wink hehe.) Please excuse the wrinkles, its been stuck in my sewing bag since Saturday.
7  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Uli's dress from challege 3 on PR3 on: July 27, 2006 04:18:04 PM
I love it and it looked like something that is possible to copy, but the pics online don't show a very good image of it. Does anyone have any ideas about how to make it? As I recall, the back is kind of complicated....
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink wrap kimono-esque shirt on: July 19, 2006 09:02:55 PM
I used MCalls 4303 for this shirt. It ended up looking just like a Kimono because I made the sleeves really long. Nonetheless, I am really happy with it, especially the fabric, which I absolutely love. Plus, the busy, yet monochromatic print tended to cover up my little sewing errors.  Grin
The picture is kinda wonky b/c our digital camera is on the fritz and that is the only pic that came out. My friend should be sending me some more pics and I will edit this post accordingly. I would like the ask some advice. Both times I have made a wrap dress/shirt, the neck banding has come out somewhat bunching. I just did some makeshift tucking in both cases, and it looks okay to wear, but I still know its not perfect. Does anyone have any suggestions about doing the curve of the neck so that there isn't too much material back there? Thanks in advance for the help! I hope you guys like the shirt. The pattern was easy peasy (aside from the neck) and only took me a couple hours to complete. Smiley 

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Little Brown Dress Project Pattern on: July 13, 2006 10:22:59 AM
Hi guys, I just read about the little brown dress project at http://littlebrowndress.com. I was struck by how well designed the dress was. Functional, durable (aside from the buttons), versatile and still flattering! The creator of the dress recently posted a tutorial for how to make the dress, so here it is: http://littlebrowndress.com/pattern.htm

I really liked the project. While I wouldn't choose to wear the same thing for an entire year, it definitely got me thinking about how I have drastically curtailed my clothes shopping since I learned to sew. Making my own things is much more fullfilling to me because I get to combine my style with my own creative urges. Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Neon pink corduroy skirt of awesomeness on: July 08, 2006 09:38:46 AM
This is the first thing I ever made, but I haven't had a chance to take a picture of it until I fixed my digital camera. I love the fabric- a neon pink corduroy that my mom has had lying around the house since before I was born. She also has the same type of corduroy in sunshine yellow and this great shade of teal. I am still pondering what I am going to make with them....I may dye the yellow into some other color...but anyway, here it is. Please pardon the wrinkles and poor picture quality- I had to take this picture myself b/c the hubby is out of the house.
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