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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Banana and White Chocolate Chip Cookies on: November 12, 2013 04:44:54 PM
Just tried this recipe, they are delicious Smiley 
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How do you dispose of your old sewing machines? on: November 12, 2013 03:35:58 PM
I have just upgraded my sewing machine, and now must deal with two very dead machines.  It feels completely wrong to be chucking them out, even though I know one of them is completely beyond repair.  Any suggestions as to the most appropriate place for them? 

3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: My Steampunk Adventurer Costume - Lotsa' pics here! on: July 14, 2013 06:33:25 PM
Amazing work!  All that detail, wow!  And is that a cephalopod hat?!?!  I cannot even begin to comprehend how awesome that is.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing for a larger 6yo girl ?? on: July 14, 2013 06:30:01 PM
Jeans can be made tummy-friendly by swapping out the back waistband with an elastic waistband, or replacing the front pockets with panels of woven elastic or stretchy rib-knit.   Jeans for older girls should allow for developing hips, so I am not surprised that they don't fit your little girl properly.  At least as a bigger adult there are specialist boutiques; as a kid it is really frustrating trying to find clothes that fit well and make you feel nice.

Dresses with ruching are nice and comfy on a bigger tummy.  Soft ruffle fabric works well to smooth things over.  You might try maxi dresses and long tunic tops with tights e.g. http://www.simplicity.com/p-9403-childs-dress-by-patty-reed.aspx 

Empire waist clothes are fabulous, and a high waist that sits right at the bottom of her rib cage may also be nice (these are good because you can dress them up with a belt) for example,   http://www.simplicity.com/p-8474-childs-and-girls-dress-and-jacket.aspx


5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: 50's Inspired Ensemble for Toddler on: February 28, 2013 07:23:17 PM
Well that was unexpected!  Thank you!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Setting Up ~Do NOT Post unless HPC Fall Staffer~ on: August 28, 2012 03:57:06 PM
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7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* on: August 06, 2012 11:02:05 PM
Class: Quidditch, Keeper
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Toiletry Bags
Description:  For my Keeper project, I am crafting for a charity that collects handmade things and bundles them up for recipients in need.  They also distribute personal care items like toothpaste, brushes, etc., and need toiletry bags for all these bits and pieces.  I made two this afternoon, and will try and get some more done over the week Smiley 

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* on: August 06, 2012 08:27:52 PM
Class: Quidditch, Cheering/Spirit
House: Slytherin
Project: Snake hair bow

Both my kids like getting all girly, so hair pretties are in demand.  This is a simple chiffon bow made by gathering two rectangles of fabric and slapping a satin strip around the middle to hold everything in.  

I chose the olive green because it reminds me of taipans, which are common in this part of the world, and what Slytherin doesn't have a little bit of snake in them?  Mwahaha!

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* on: August 04, 2012 06:27:11 PM
Class: Quidditch, Broomstick
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Flying Diagram Bookmark

I love bookmarks.  Especially pretty ones.  This is a flying instruction graphic I put together, printed on recycled paper and then glued to some sparkly card.  Did a bit of random stitching with the machine and silver thread, popping a few sequins here and there.  Finally, a ribbon tassel attached with a silver eye pin.  It's maaaaaaagic!

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* on: August 04, 2012 05:31:17 PM
Class: Quidditch, Beater
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Evil Taekwondo Trousers

A friend asked me to help her out with a taekwondo uniform that didn't fit.  The jacket was an easy fix.  The trousers... oh the trousers.  There was no way I could re-con them so I made a new pair.  Which I tried to make as close to the original as possible - you know, hems with six lines of stitching and other nonsense.  I had to do flat felled seams.  I HATE FLAT FELLED SEAMS.  Much like pregnancy, I'd rather stick a fork in my eyeball.  And then there was the weird construction.  This is the 'new technique' that very nearly beat me.  With an ugly stick.

Instead of using a typical one piece leg, or even a standard two piece leg, these pants had an inexplicable inside leg/crotch panel.  It was weird.  And difficult to sew.  I don't know what it's called.  I don't know of any other way to explain it but using a confusing diagram:

On the right you see normal trousers.  The crotch seam meets up with the inner leg seams and they all fit together nice and flat and neat.  On the left you see the mutant taekwondo pants, in which there really isn't a crotch seam, but a sort of panel thing that substitutes for the crotch and runs all the way down both inner legs.  What.  The.    I get the purpose of it - last thing you want to do when you're kicking butt and whatever is bust a seam, but dude, you could just double stitch!     

So that's me, not exactly beaten by this new technique but certainly confused. 

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