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21  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who: Amy Pond - Pineapple Dress Recreation on: February 28, 2013 10:20:35 AM
22  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dress with forepart and overskirt on: February 15, 2013 10:48:19 AM
If you aren't stuck on the whole foreskirt idea, here is a simple way to do a skirt.  And they have instructions for a bum roll that works to help hold your skirts out a bit without having to wear a farthingale.

23  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Don't Blink on: February 01, 2013 10:24:45 AM
Thank you. Grin
24  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Machine hates anything shiny or stretchy! on: January 24, 2013 10:28:55 AM
Sometimes with difficult fabrics I will sandwich it with tearaway stabilizer.
25  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Cancelled sophomore dance poodle skirt on: January 23, 2013 10:15:08 AM
Brings back memories!  For my daughter's freshman year, her choir had a 50's dance and I made her a pink "poodle" skirt.  Instead of a traditional poodle or record...she had a skull! 

I remember how hard a time I had in trying to figure how just how much to cut.  I ended up just folding the material into quarters and cutting a very small circle to start.  I then just cut a slit so she could get into it and then trimmed the waist hole until it was the right size.
26  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Shopping for fabric on: January 22, 2013 11:02:47 AM
I tend to do more clothing than quilting or smaller projects.  To me those $1/yd misprints would be great to use for mock-ups of whatever I am making.  It makes it a lot easier if you are using a fabric that has the same weight as your final fabric.  Plus for some of the costumes, I can use my mock-up for an inner lining!
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Novelty Hoody scarf with mittens on: January 21, 2013 10:51:45 AM
Simplicity pattern #1795
28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Shopping for fabric on: January 21, 2013 10:45:44 AM
It really just depends on how much you love the fabric and what your budget is.  If the price is right, I have been known to buy an entire bolt of fabric.  You just can't beat $1.50/yard!!

At a minimum, I would get a yard of fabric if I knew I was going to make a bag or an apron with it.  If I was going to use it for clothing, I would get at least 3 yards.

Something else to keep in mind is the width of the fabric.  If it is only 45" wide, you might want more.  But if it 55" to 60" wide, you could get away with less.

It is also handy to hunt garage sales and thrift stores for old sheets.  You can use them to make a test run of your pattern without wasting your good stuff.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Lunch with the Princess' on: January 18, 2013 10:22:46 AM
She is so beautiful! Great job!!!
30  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using a USB to get designs onto machine on: January 17, 2013 10:33:27 AM
How big are the designs?   I had something similar happen and it turned out that the design was bigger than the 5"x7" that the 770 will do.
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