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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / photo coaster question on: December 09, 2008 06:39:52 AM
I want to make photo coasters, but don't know where I'd find glass that doesn't have sharp edges.

I'd consider doing the kind without glass, where I seal on top of my pictures, but am not sure what sealer is waterproof.

This is for Christmas presents--please help!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My first knitted soaker in the round! on: December 31, 2007 02:34:15 PM
to sew up the seam, they probably meant to use the kitchener stitch. once you get the hang of it, it's great--you can't see the seam! try knittinghelp.com for a video of it.

what yarn did you use (wool, I hope?) let us know if it is a pattern worth using...I've got to make a few of these next month for our bean arriving in April!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Interweave Preview up! on: July 27, 2007 02:41:51 PM
hurrah...they kept the unflattering boxy vests (only 2) and socks (mostly relegated to staff designs) to a minimum! i like that there is both colorwork as well as simpler designs. i might actually buy this issue, which i never ever do!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: i didn't just make my prom dress... on: June 23, 2007 05:33:19 AM
The dress looks great--I've been admiring that pattern but haven't made it.

I have problems with patterns being too big too--I think it's because the ease is too much for me, because if anything, I round my measurements up. I read that the more fat you have in proportion to muscle, the more ease you need because you spread out when you sit or move around.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Invisible zipper help--I was stuck in my dress last night! on: June 22, 2007 06:04:22 AM
I always have problems with invisible zippers. I suppose it's me that is the problem, but I also feel like the material they're made out of (nylon?) is not good. Here's what I do:

Press the zipper flat (being careful not to melt it)
baste it to the dress, and make sure it fits
use a regular zipper foot to stitch close to the teeth (not on the teeth)

The zippers I sew are difficult to zip, and, as was the case last night, the teeth got shifted and I was stuck in it for an hour.

I don't know if I have enough fabric in the seam allowance (there's maybe 1.25") to do a regular zipper with a placket (I've never done one before). This is for my wedding, in one week, so it's sort of important that the solution is quick and looks good. Help!

edit: how much seam allowance do i need for a zipper such as http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00202.asp? and i assume i put the zipper in and then sew up the back seam?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: bulky pleats on my wedding dress--help! on: June 20, 2007 12:43:41 PM
does grading the seam allowance mean that I make the underlining seam allowance smaller than the silk layer? That might help.

I was hoping there was some magic trick with pleats that reduced the fabric. For example, for the darts, I cut them open, pressed them flat, and catch stitched the edges. It kept the dart from being bulky and lopsided, and looks fabulous.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: bulky pleats on my wedding dress--help! on: June 20, 2007 07:43:55 AM
that's a good idea for a lining, but this is an underlining, so it's basted to the fabric in the very beginning. it is used to add nice drape to the fabric (which is does!)

i think i will fold the pleated seam allowance down, and the bodice seam allowance up. at least that way the bulkiest part will be in the skirt, which will not add so much to my waist. the skirt will have a tulle crinoline, so it will be poofy anyhow. i'm really cutting this thing close--just over a week to go, and an entire wedding to do ourselves!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: bulky pleats on my wedding dress--help! on: June 19, 2007 04:15:30 PM
it's not that the fabric is stiff...really, it's very silky and light. but there are two thin layers (silk + cotton underlining), so when the pleat is pressed into place (and it presses as flat as possible), it's 3 double layers thick--6 layers of fabric!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / bulky pleats on my wedding dress--help! on: June 19, 2007 06:28:35 AM
I am getting married in 11 days and am not done with my dress yet...

it is based on http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V2960.htm, but with the buttons removed and the opening moved to the back center seam.

there are 13 box pleats in the skirt, which makes the waist seam very bulky (it is silk plus an underlining of thin cotton, and might have an upper lining of silk too). it is making my waist look rather stout. it's especially bad in the back where the zipper is, since I have pleats, the top of the dress, and the seam allowance where the zipper is all at once.

help! please!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How hard to majorly downsize a pattern? on: May 22, 2007 05:33:17 PM

that mostly talks about making patterns larger, but it may be of some help.

pattern sizes come quite small. i'm very small boned and maybe 100 lbs, and i wear a 4 (or even a 6 occasionally). i imagine junior sizes are even smaller, at least in the hips. if the pattern needs to be resized by more than one size, i'd stay away from it, unless it's very simple, because it's more than a matter of making things smaller; you will need to reproportion the pieces, and that is really really difficult.
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