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21  Sheet into circle skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ladyofthelake on: May 31, 2006 04:51:25 PM
First, I glanced at a tutorlal that said to fold the material into half, then half again, then cut. Then I took a 50-year-old BEAUTIFUL (but doesn't fit) taffeta circle skirt and folded it in half and put it on top of the folded sheet, then, using the old skirt as a pattern, cut around the bottom. I know I should have taken measurements for the top, but instead, I freehanded it. I ended up having to trim more until it seemed like it would fit my waist.

The worse part was pinning the bottom for the hem. It took FOREVER, then I ironed it b/c I read that it was easier to sew a circle that way. And it was. The waist band, which I didn't get a picture of, is actually the top wide band of the sheet. The skirt closes on the side with the waistband tie. I used the entire width of the sheet (I think it was full). Oh, and I cut a slit in the side, then hemmed that, so I could pull the skirt on b/c it's not stretchy. There is enough material that it overlaps when I tie it.

I LOVE it!!! It's not perfect, but I still LOVE it.

Here are the pics:

Close-up of the front:

Moi, modeling the skirt (apparently I can't keep my eyes open):

Obligatory action shot. I got just a little dizzy, thus out of the frame, while I was waiting for the timer to go off.

... No matter how many times I try to fix this picture, it's still wrong. I don't get it.

Comments appreciated!!!
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22  Embroidery with beads in Needlework: Completed Projects by ladyofthelake on: May 21, 2006 08:12:15 AM
This is my second project. The first was embroidering my friend's name on a pillow with beads. It also had stars on it. It's definitely time-consuming. For this one, I bought an embroidery hoop and free-handed the "L" with a normal pencil. So far, stencils seem to be the best way to find patterns. I haven't been able to find anything like this online, at least for help. So here's my work. My name is Lisa, so that's what the "L" is for ... not Laverne...

Now I just need to do this embroidery on a shirt I actually wear...
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23  My very first purse! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ladyofthelake on: May 13, 2006 05:34:43 PM
I did it! I did it! Okay, I bought a sewing machine a couple weeks ago. I had never even touched a sewing machine. I didn't even know what bobbins were for! But I got it threaded, and found a tutorial on turning placemats into purses. First, I made a pouch out of flour cloth (to put my sewing stuff in). Then, I wanted to try something else.

So I went to Marshall's and found a placemat for $1.99. And I created a purse. But then I needed handles, so I went to JoAnn's and bought handles. The worst part was the fabric tabs to loop the handles around. I had to hand-sew those. And it wasn't till I got to the fourth one that I found a stitch that I liked. Good thing the purse is staying with me. Oh, I also handsewed velcro inside for a closure.

Since this one, I've created two more placemat purses (but I haven't bought anything to make the handles yet. One of the purses has a lining. But that one is even more unfinished cuz I can't put it together till I put handles in between. I LOVE sewing!

I'm not ready for a skirt pattern I bought. I don't speak pattern yet. My mom is going to teach me when I go visit her in July.

I'm so excited!

Here's the purse. Comments appreciated...

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