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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is Walmart getting rid of fabric?? on: May 25, 2008 02:17:49 PM
I remember going to the closest WM to me, which isn't close at all( we're talking two buses and a train.. I'm in NYC), a few years ago and the fabric section was reasonable. There's a Michael's out on Rockaway Turnpike in Rosedale that I could have SWORN sold fabric too, but I haven't been to it since 2005.

I just went to the WM again last week and it was a disaster. I'm sure the craft section has shrunk to about 2.5 aisles, the fabrics were ok, but there was NO ONE to cut for me. I ended up leaving with  just some things I didn't need service for, and found my way back to a Save-a-Thon to get the rest of the stuff I wanted. Sad. Very sad.

I loved Rag Shop too, and was just getting into sewing more when they fell in the hole.. I'm going to miss them. It's a shame how the big-box stores have gotten out of hand. 
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 6/9/07 - Craftster got a face lift! on: June 10, 2007 07:12:54 AM
Ok I'm loving this new setup!! I looks great! Thankx for working so hard for us!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make on: May 03, 2007 05:26:51 PM
thank you j_en! Actually though, I COULD use wider straps.. so when I cross them behind and pull them up under my arms it covers the extra side-breast area..

ETA: I should point out that the coverage you see isn't really as secure as it might look. I was only able to wrap around myself 1.5 times to cover. If the straps were wider.. there'd be more covering the sides initially  and the wraps would be to secure THAT moreso than to produce coverage. The straps as you see them are NOT covering even the entire front of the boobage; I'm relying on the wrapping to do that.
And, if there's one thing this dress did, it's remind me how short-waisted I am.. elch..
4  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make on: May 03, 2007 05:00:06 PM
Ok.. I've tried the dress on again and pulled it up higher before wrapping. I'll still need wider straps to cover the boobage more thoroughly and, I'd like use a fabric that's not so stretchy, but so far it seems ok. And it appears long enough to wear as a dress. Sorry the bottom is cut off.. the 10 year old took these pics Smiley)

ETA: Another thing I wanted to ask... Doesn't the 'sleeve' area kind of restrict your arm movement? I CAN move, but if I do, the edges slip up into a halter style. Or is it just the choice of fabric? I'd hate to have to tie it so tight as to bind my arms.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make on: May 03, 2007 03:35:43 PM

Every attempt is a lesson and people pay to learn stuff, so you come out even.  But have you thought about maybe wearing it as a top?  On some of the wrapping tutes that have been linked to in this thread the ladies are hiking the skirt part up over the bust and then wrapping the straps for various effects and basically this makes a pretty good top to wear over jeans.

It sounds like you made a top instead of a dress  Wink, and we all know that a nice new top is a good thing to have.

Well hmm.. I didn't realize that's what they'd done. Wrapping TUTES? Can't say I've seen those specifically. Do theyhave pictures? because I'm a very visual learner. But I will check out the posts and see what other ways I can wrap it.

And yeah, a new top is always a good deal! Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make on: May 03, 2007 08:16:34 AM
"booty room" HEHEHE

I'm 5'4". And don't ask me why but I did measure just the way you mentioned and came up with 9". And I'm a DD. So where'd I go wrong? Am I supposed to double the result? And I also learned(from testing on a sheet first), that one yard isn't enough to cut the skirt out of.. I'm guessing 3.5 yards isn't gonna work for ME. And I confess. I used 4-way stretch.. which I've read is a no-no.. Oh well. Next time I'll do it with a solid where it doesn'tmatter if the inside flips out a bit. I soooo wanted this to work!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make on: May 03, 2007 03:52:48 AM
Ugh.. I just finished an attempt on the dress. I'm so upset it's sad. Apparently the straps aren't wide enough and my girls fall out of the sides. And I overlapped them too much,whic doesn't help either.

I'm not even going to get into the circle skirt business, because now, not only do I have to give this away to someone with smaller boobs but someone who's butt doesn't hike up the back of the dress!

IF I try again, it's an a line skirt and very wide straps. apparently, 90 inches isn't long enough for me... 
8  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make on: April 28, 2007 06:21:37 PM
u can serge it
but many knit fabrics you dont need to.. at least i didnt need to on mines Cheesy

Oooh a serger.. Can't swing that right about now. So, I'll look for a knit fabric to start with.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make on: April 28, 2007 04:09:18 PM
Ok. I'm way late with all this. I just got a new sewing machine a few weeks ago and I'm the kind to wanna eek my way into a new craft and then bust through like crazy. Any multi-craftsters here might even know me from the Spinning boards! I've done a few tote bags and now I'm ready to make something to wear. I love this convertible dress!! It seems like the perfect dress for my figure! And it seems so simple to sew. BUT!

I  notice there's no mention of finishing the fabric edges? Or is this just implied to veteran seamstresses? What did I miss?

And to all who've made one and posted pics here, You ALL look fabulous!! Smiley
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Plying with a Drop Spindle on: April 28, 2007 02:44:43 PM
As far as I know, you can wind the singles into balls to ply or you can put them on used toilet paper rolls to keep the singles from tangling up.

If you let the spindle just spin all it'll do is unwind the singles and drop. You won't have generated enough counter-energy to twist the yarns the other way more thoroughly, which is what you'd need to ply. What I used to do when plying on spindles is to check the balance with each length before winding on.. It's slow going, but it helps to ensure you have balance. I spin with a wheel now, but I still stop treadling every now and again to check the twist.

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