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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I'm loving/hating so many refashioning blogs right now. on: January 24, 2012 09:40:19 PM
There are so many talented people out there who make beautiful things out of some seriously ugly stuff but lately I find myself really annoyed with them.  I think it's the presentation.

For starters there are the before photo's that seem to say "look how huge this dress is" when the sewist is a tiny young thing and the original dress is approximately my size and looks like it could have been in my closet a few years back.  Some fashions bring back fond memories, others not-so-much and the latter is not amusing.

And then there are the tutorials that are less than impressive when I try the same thing on a similar item and inevitably come up with something 5 sizes too small..  I don't know how many lovely men's shirts I've destroyed trying to follow some of the tutorials for making them into something feminine and cute.  I probably have enough cut up shirts to get started on a quilt at this point.  I won't quit trying but it's realllly frustrating!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Cute ways to make a dress larger? on: July 13, 2011 02:05:37 PM
Today I found the cutest 80's style Laura Ashley summer dress in a thrift store for $4.00

Problem:  It's too small and has almost nothing extra hidden away in the seams.

I'm looking for some ways to make this dress larger and cuter.

I am thinking about opening up all of the seams and adding strips of coordinating fabrics and then maybe embellishing it a bit, but I'm a bit nervous and would love to see some examples of dress recons that go from a smaller size to a larger size.  There seem to be a lot that go in the other direction.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Free patterns...worth the price? on: March 02, 2008 06:45:41 PM
Last week, I bought some Lion brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick yarn in a pretty oatmeal color that had a scarf and hat pattern included.  I started in on the scarf right away and gave the hat a try but frogged it a few rows in.  The reason was that the scarf instructions had me casting on 25 stitches, which was about double the width that I thought it should be and with only 40 cast on stitches for the hat, it was unlikely to fit.  I'm making the extra wide scarf and I think it will take up most of the yarn that I bought, which was as much as the pattern said that I would need to make both pieces.

So, should I expect the free patterns that come with the different yarns to be just so much crap?  Do some companies have better reputations than others?  Who writes these patterns?  Are they created by a computer which has never knit a stitch?
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / kitty did it! on: February 13, 2007 08:18:42 PM
I'm learning to knit and I was making real progress on a garter stitch scarf.  Until my cat sat down at it and caught a toenail on it.   I suppose that it would have been repairable had I known some magical crochet hook trick, but noooo...I had to cut the big loopey thing off and try to tie the ends together.  It looked nice that way until I tugged a little and the knot came apart.  Now there is a big hole in it and I'll be starting over AGAIN!

Oh well, maybe I can learn to purl and make a fancy scarf with a combination of stitches.  I can't seem to learn it from the book or the video I have and the one tutor I could find was a lefty who confused the crap out of me.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / bottle border on: May 30, 2006 07:22:53 PM
I've been saving wine bottles and having friends save wine bottles for about a year now and I finally got it together to build this border.  I'm totally high from all the fresh air and exercise and the very best part was remembering all the good times that we had drinking 81 bottles of wine!

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