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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / t-shirt dress on: May 02, 2006 05:18:20 AM
New dress for spring! Made from a too-short pink shirt, band of red ribbing, a large grey men's T, and some vintage buttons. I feel like it should be shorter- feedback?Huh I've never figured out what magic skirt length makes us 5-foot women appear taller....
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Red cord nairobi bag and little grey bag on: May 01, 2006 05:27:48 AM
I'm a do-it-yourselfer, I thought purse patterns were for winps. This pattern has made a convert out of me- the way the handle is done is pure genius, and the shape is better than anything I've come up with on my own. Thanks hotpaptterns!
It took a while to make sure I had the cord pattern going in the right direction. The lining fabric was from my grandma's stash- thanks memere!

One question about this pattern- I did understitch the inside seam allowances to the lining around the top, but the seam allowances are still flipping up. Anything I can try before I resort to topstitching?

And a little grey bag made last summer;

Comments appreciated- I just started sewing last summer....
3  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / shirt dress? on: April 19, 2006 06:04:38 AM
Has anyone seen a good shirt-dress pattern? I cruised Vogue, Simplicity and Burda, and haven't been able to find one. Fitzpatterns has one http://www.fitzpatterns.com/Pages/FABIENNE/0505_Fabienne_Shirtdress_PatternPage.htm
but it doesn't look like it's fitted or has darts- a must with my body shape. Suggestions?
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / help with singer 513 on: April 18, 2006 05:57:17 AM
Hello all,
I have a fabulous old Singer Stylist 513- I love it, it's a workhorse, and will sew through 8 layers of denim. As I am whipping up some summer t-shirts etc. she has decided to malfunction- and I can't for the life of me figure out what's happening. I use the "flexi-stitch" option when sewing stretchy fabrics, and ONLY when I am using this stitch the machine has started breaking the top thread every few inches. I've tweaked the tension, to no avail, and have noticed that the thread seems to wear down somewhere between the thingy at the top that moves up and down (please excuse the technical language, har) and the needle, and then just get thin and break. I've tried everything, new needle, different kind of needle, adjusting the tension. The only thing I can think is that when using this particular stich the needle is awfully close to one edge of the presser foot- maybe the needle is rubbing against it and the thread is wearing thin?

Apologies for such a long ramble- I'm just SUPER broke at the moment and would like to avoid taking it in to the repair shop. I would be VERY grateful for ANY suggestions you may have......

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / recon leather jacket on: April 05, 2006 04:30:10 PM
So, I've been really wanting a leather jacket (apologies to all vegans) and can't afford a new one. I found a beautiful one at the thrift store today, a large men's, that I'd like to reconstruct using this pattern (model C with the stand-up collar). I plan to do a mock-up of the jacket in denim or some other heavy fabric I have kicking around, but beyond this I feel a bit intimated as to where to begin... If anyone out there has tackled this kind of project, I would totally appreciate some advice- the leather is beautiful and I really want to make it work!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / london fog to dress? on: March 21, 2006 12:24:10 PM
Hey fellow Craftsters,
Last summer I was at Preloved here in Montreal (a great clothing store that sells reconstructed clothing) and saw these AMAZING dresses made out of old London Fog raincoats, They were kind of strapless party dresses, if I remember correctly. Well the price tag was pretty high (150$ish), so I thought that I would make my own. I finally came accross this beautiful, cocoa brown, never worn, totally huge London Fog at the thrift store today- and for the life of me can't remember how the other dresses were put together. Anybody seen any images of these, or something similar? Other ideas of where to go for inspiration? It seems to me that there was a visible lapel somewhere on the skirt, maybe a pocket on the bust part, and that the actual London Fog label was also visible. Any ideas or suggestions would be totally appreciated!!!!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / anyone seen a pattern like this? on: March 13, 2006 06:53:52 AM
I've never made a quilt before, but I come from a long line of quilters and am dying to try. I came accross this Debbie Bliss throw pattern (the pink and red squares with the circles in the middle) and thought that would make an excellent first quilting project. http://www.debbieblissonline.com/books/home/index.htm
Since I don't really know what I'm doing, I thought I'd use a pattern or at least check out some patterns for quilts with a similar construction. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / the perfect raglan pattern on: January 08, 2006 09:24:57 AM
So I've knit two of Teva Durham's ballet t's in the last week http://www.loop-d-loop.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=LOS&Product_Code=TBALLET&Category_Code=
and I love this pattern! so sexy and easy!!! But I'm looking for something similar that's long-sleeved and uses a worsted or aran-weight yarn on smaller needles (and would be less bulky). The ballet T was actually my first non-scarf project, so I'm not ready for something too complicated. Ant suggestions for a relatively simple, fitted, long-sleeve raglan sweater pattern? Preferably knitted in the round?
Thanks for your suggestions, and Happy New Year!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / xmas gift disaster- knit denim woes on: December 24, 2005 06:49:07 AM
I could just CRY! I cut six pairs of jeans into 1" strips (one long strip per pair), and knit the whole thing into a beautiful rug using 15mm needles. Before putting it under the tree, I decided to wash it (in the washing machine) so that the edges of the denim would fray a little, AND THE THING SELF DESTRUCTED. Did the spin cycle with the weight of the denim cause this explosion? should I have washed it by hand? I tied the denim in knots in a few places, when I clearly should have sewn the srips together, but this does not seem to account for all of the destruction. I would like to redo this gift- fast- so if anyone has any suggestions or experience here I would REALLY appreciate the input!
the sad, sad elf.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / loop-d-loop caplet in cotton? on: December 21, 2005 02:02:35 PM
I'm in love with the hooded caplet in Loop-d-loop.http://www.loop-d-loop.com/productspages/wraps/fihc.html Since I am allergic to wool and hate acrylic I thought I'd attempt this pattern using cotton, holding as many strands together as necessary to get guage. My question is- should i worry that the stranded cotton will be more likely to snag than a more solid yarn, especially at the Yarn-overs? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
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