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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / How to put ruffle into seam of bagged out reversible jumper dress, any advice? on: May 25, 2012 03:29:32 AM
hi there,
I am happily sewing away at reversible pinny/jumper dresses where the lining and the main fabric are the same size. The whole thing is sewn along the top, then along the bottom, then turned right side out and the side seams joined up together. So it is "bagged out"
 The dress has buttons at the top.

I have been using this method here

Trouble is, I wish to insert a frill along the bottom hem, rather than sew it on to the top or bottomside of the completed dress. Is this possible? I tried sandwiching it in the seam when I sewed the lining and main fabrics together, but I could not work out how to join the frill at the side seam. I did not want to trap the frill into the side seam when I got up to step 8 but I couldn't work out how else to do it..

Sorry if I can't explain what I mean clearly.  Huh

Anyone know if this can be done and if so, how?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Advice on skirt pattern for velvet border print fabric please on: July 23, 2011 05:27:11 AM
Hi everyone,
I have bought some great fabric at Vinnies, it is thick black velvet with a groovy emerald green geometric band printed across the entire length of the selvege, just one side.

I would like to make a skirt. Yes, I know velvet is fiddly. I am living on the edge with this one.

I don't think a wrap skirt would work...too bulky

I don't think a big tube with a gathered top and a waist would work...too bulky

I can't imagine pleats will work either.

So it would need darts for shaping, yes?

I would rather it had some flare, like an A line skirt, or a circle skirt, but is this possible without cutting in to the border fabric?

I can make a straight skirt out of it, with darts to fit at the waist and a zip, but can you think of any other options? Would I need to line it?

Thanks for taking the time to read all of these ramblings.
Any pattern suggestions gratefully appreciated.
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / new quilting fabric at Spotlight on: June 08, 2011 01:55:00 PM
Hi there!
Found the new Denyse Schmidt fabric range at my local Spotlight recently. Was tempted to buy a metre of each design...so beautiful. It has a retro vibe. It is called "picnics and fairgrounds". I think a spiderweb style quilt would suit it perfectly. And....it was on special!

Here's a link to the flickr group so you can check out all the lovely colourshttp://www.flickr.com/groups/dsquiltspicnic/pool/

PS I do not work for Spotlight, and usually come out of there empty handed and rather sad about living so far away from any decent fabric stores. So I thought I would share this happy discovery with you all!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "Coconut Ice" snowball quilt from scraps on: January 08, 2011 05:54:39 PM
Fresh off the washing line: Coconut Ice

Machine pieced from leftover fabric. I made my DD clothes when she was little and had leftover girly colours in the stash to use. She is now 9 and not so into pink!

I bought the white on white fabric (3 metres!) I tried to recycle a sheet for the backing, but she insisted on specially bought fabric with puppies on it. She chose two different sorts, so it has a pieced backing.
She also talked me into buying a jelly roll to use for the binding, so it has a pieced binding. (I was planning to just use the plain pink) The batting is bamboo. It felt soooo gorgeous and silky.

To make the plain pink squares more interesting, I embroidered cute things on them. This was a collaborative effort, with my DD drawing some designs and giving ideas.
Here are a few of the 25 embroidered squares:

I did not really plan it, I just started in one corner and kept going until it was big enough for her bed. I had to go back twice to the shop for more white, I thought 1 metre would be enough at the start! Each row has a mixture of fabrics in it, but I did not bother to mix up the next row up, so there are blocks of the same colour. Adds to the scrappiness I think.

It is my second go at machine quilting. I bought a walking foot and a spool of variagated thread. I just did a grid pattern across the whole thing, with a circle around each embroidered square to make them stand out.
Please note: first go at mitred corners! very proud of myself!

I made a rainbow type thing in the first border. This was time consuming, so I chose to go back to a grid for the pink border.

Believe it or not, when I was taking this shot of her butterfly, a real butterfly flew over and landed on the binding!

Here's part of the label, it was the pinkest one I could find

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Do I really have to sew in the ends of my threads when machine quilting? on: December 21, 2010 01:07:23 PM
Hi there,
New to machine quilting. Very lazy. Have been hand quilting because it is easier (but slower!)
Question 1
Can I do a bit of a forwards, reverse type stitch and cut the threads off close to the quilt? (like when sewing garments?)
My mum says I need to get both threads on the back side, tie a knot and then use a needle to run them in to the batting.
This sounds like a crazy lot of work, especially if I do a motif in the centre of blocks and need to cut threads and start again in the next square across.

Question 2
If i start quilting at the edge of the quilt, in the extra batting/backing at the sides, and quilt across to the other side, what happens when the extra batting and backing get cut off before attaching the binding?
Will the quilting unravel?
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / please recommend a quilting pattern for a quilt with embroidered squares on: December 19, 2010 06:56:46 PM
Hi there,
I have got my snowball quilt ready to quilt. I am machine quilting it. It is a single bed size quilt.
I would like to highlight the embroidered squares. I don't like the idea of quilting over the top of the embroidery.
I was thinking of diagonal lines (I am new to machine quilting) but when I get to the embroidered squares can I take a detour and go around the edge instead of straight through the square? I like this idea because then I won't have to mark the quilt top, I can just go from corner to corner.

The rabbit on the pink square is embroidered. There is one every ten or so squares.

Or should I try to quilt a wavy line that weaves through the squares?
Or maybe a fish scale type of design?
I am not keen on the idea of stippling it..too fiddly.
Any suggestions?
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 1st go at machine quilting..baby play mat on: December 16, 2010 04:24:26 PM
This project is 99% stash made
I did go and buy the blue bias binding for the edge as I did not have enough of one colour to make 3.6m of binding, and did not want to piece it. The bias binding was 5cm wide.

The front was a lego mat in a former life. It is about a metre across.

I made the backing from bits and pieces.

I cobbled together 6 strips of leftover wadding.
Then I took a deep breath, dropped the feed dogs and machine quilted it.
I used hand-quilting thread because that's all I had.
I used all of my safety pins to hold it together.
First I went along the straight line in the middle. That was ok, so I did some wavy lines. Then I thought, "this is easy!" so I started going around the cats and whales etc. I think it turned out very nicely, and I am giving it to my friend at her baby shower this afternoon!
Mum helped me to sew on the binding because she has a walking foot, and it meant the binding did not have any nasty kinks in it.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "City Fair" Snowball quilt on: November 15, 2010 12:19:02 AM
Here's what started my snowball craze, it is a pattern called city fair, found here: http://cherryhousequilts.bigcartel.com/product/city-fair. When you squint, it looks like the city lights reflected by the rainy pavement. Or like bokeh.

I tried to make a cheap version, so I bought solids from Spotlight instead of the recommended Kona solids. I think it turned out ok! It is machine pieced. Progress shots:

Some tesselation inspiration.
(that's my tractor)

For the quilting, I was inspired by a few things: a level crossing sign from a trainset. The windows at the National Library of Australia http://www.nla.gov.au/pub/nlanews/2010/mar10/Leonard-Frenchs-Windows.pdf
An Australian artist named John Coburn. He designed the Blake prize logo:http://www.artshub.com.au/au/news-article/news/performing-arts/leonard-brown-wins-2010-blake-art-prize-182220

I traced around a jam tin and a coffee jar to make two circles, then used masking tape for the straight lines in a cross or x formation. These are randomly arrayed: some line up and others seem to oscillate in the manner of turning cogs. I knew I had no hope of replicating the intricate quilting on the pattern photo! The quilt is handquilted. I plan to hang it on the wall just as soon as I get that hanging sleeve done!
Here's the backIt was bought for a dress. But I changed my mind!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / pink and white embroidered snowball quilt top on: November 14, 2010 11:08:01 PM
I made this snowball quilt for DD to use up the scraps left over from her baby and little girl clothes. She's 9 now, so not much call for cute flowery cottons anymore. It is machine pieced.
Sorry about the night photos..I was so excited to get it finished! Will try to take some daytime ones later.

To make the plain pink squares more interesting I embroidered them. She helped choose the designs. Some examples:
I haven't done any embroidery for a long time, so I had to teach myself how to do it! It was quite addictive I found.
Now I am deciding whether to hand quilt it or teach myself how to machine quilt...I want scallops or interlocking circles.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / "Feliz party dress" from "Sewing Clothes Kids Love" for my princess on: September 30, 2010 11:04:41 PM
I made this dress in the largest size. It is for a dress up party, and the Pickle wants to be a princess. She wanted something pink and frilly. This is as close as I could get, without going shopping. It certainly is frilly!

This is the second Feliz I have made. It is getting easier with more practice. I found some helpful sewalongs to help me. the pattern comes from the book "Sewing Clothes Kids Love".
I modified the pattern to include little frilly bits on the straps.
It has six ruffles on the back. All the edges are finished with a rolled hem on the overlocker. Since it is for a dress up party I didn't concentrate too much on the hems. I also skipped the top-stitching because I deemed it unnecessary.

I sewed some buttons from my collection on the front. Here's my favourite
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