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21  Re: ANOTHER Pin Cushion Swap Round 11 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LauPre on: April 07, 2009 09:33:43 AM
I was just looking through this lovely gallery at all the fantastic pin cushions and then realized that my photos of the sweet cushion I received from mamaphunk weren't here!  I received last week, took the pictures, started a reply to post the photos, but I guess I never hit the Post button.  (don't you hate when that happens?) Anywho, here are some photos of my beautiful spring, squirrel love, pin cushion and pretty pins topped with glass beads:

Isn't it great?  I love squirrels, so the little ones she stitched on really made me smile. 
Thanks Mamaphunk!
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22  Replacing worn cuffs tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by LauPre on: April 03, 2009 02:46:01 PM
I pulled one of my older hoodie's out of the wash recently and found that the cuffs at the wrists were torn to shreds! I mean, it was an old hoodie, but wow.  Anyway, not being one to just toss something out I decided to replace the cuffs, and being someone who loves to share i decided to take photos along the way so you can do it to.  I'm going to post a shortened version of my tutorial here, because I put a ton of photos in it and it's huge, but I think it'll cover the basics.  If you feel so inclined you can view the full tutorial on my blog http://www.laupre.com/blog/?p=187

Okay, so here are the cuff in their sad, tattered original condition:

To replace the worn cuffs I cut two rectangles of a stretch knit (ribbing works even nicer, but I liked this striped knit for this project) to 9"x12".  It's important to note that the 9" side should be in the direction the fabric has the most stretch and will wrap around your wrist (width) , and the other side will be 2x the length you want the cuffs to be (plus seam allowance if you want to be really picky about it) I wanted 6" cuffs, so I cut that length at 12"

First sew along the length (not across the width) with one rectangle folded in half, right sides together. 

Now start to turn the cuff right side out, but leave it half way, with the raw edges meeting on one end of the tube, and a fold on the other end.

Cut off the original cuff and slide the new cuff onto the sleeve (right side out) fold end first so that the cut end of your sleeve matches up with the two raw edges of the new cuff.  The cuff should be smaller than the sleeve and you should have to stretch it as you sew to match it up to your sleeve.

Sew around the edge, catching all three layers together, turn it out, and topstitch the seam if you want.
Do the same thing with the other rectangle and the other sleeve and you're done!

Thanks for reading!
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23  Re: Traveling Scarf Swap Gallery! (Round 3) in The Swap Gallery by LauPre on: March 31, 2009 01:43:22 PM
Oh, I almost forgot to post a photo of TatooedCrafter's scarf. 

I sent that out yesterday, and today I got MaRut's scarf.  I'm going to get started right away!
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24  Re: Traveling Scarf Swap Gallery! (Round 2) in The Swap Gallery by LauPre on: March 13, 2009 10:17:51 AM

I finished my block on Maremare's scarf and I'll be sending it on as soon as I get a plastic baggie for it. It came out a hair too long, but I'm happy with it.

Cuppiecakes, I love that block. I think it looks gorgeous!
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25  Re: Pollini Dress Sewalong? in Clothing Sewalongs by LauPre on: February 20, 2009 01:01:26 PM
I finished my resized Almost Pollini dress! I resized the dress to make it fit my 38" bust.

I drafted the pattern for the bust and sleeves since I wasn't too sure about altering the pattern to fit.  Then I altered the yokes and skirt to fit the bust.  I have printable versions of my bodice and sleeve pieces for anyone who wants them, I also have a bunch of photos describing how I altered the burda pattern for the skirt to get the fit.  It's a really detailed step by step, with a lot of photos, so I don't want to clog up this thread by posting it here....  You can view it on my blog if you like.

Or, if you'd just like to grab my printable pattern pieces you can get them directly from here:

I hope someone can use this  Grin
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26  Re: ANOTHER Pin Cushion Swap Round 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LauPre on: February 13, 2009 01:05:19 AM
I received an amazing package from my dear partner, Nannetta!
I have just been blown away here.  I found my package in the mailbox just as I was about to head out to do some errands, and this beautiful pin cushion gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.  A warm fuzzy feeling means a lot when you're about to ride around town on your bicycle in February Cheesy

It's so beautiful with the monogrammed LP on it.  I've never had a monogrammed anything before, so this is really sweet to me.  The stitches are so perfect, and the edges are decorated with sparkly sequins and bead fringe which just makes my day.  I love sparkles!
The best part is that it's not only a gorgeous pin cushion, but it also has a strap on the back so I can wear in on my wrist and she included an extra strap so I can attach it to my sewing machine! Perfect!

She also included two adorable little amigurumis that I fell for immediately. I couldn't even think of putting pins in these little guys. On the left is the irresistable "Resisty" the resister, who made me laugh out loud, and on the right is an as yet unnamed, but undeniably cute elephant... I think I'll call him Morris. Resisty will have a job by my sewing machine resisting stress for me (and he'll be safe up there, away from my twin who is an electronics nut  Wink ), and Morris found a job helping IDog to guard my candy tin here by the computer.  Nannetta also sent me some delicious chocolates, and the few that made it past me are now safely guarded in the tin (They'll let me have one as soon as I finish my work  Wink )

(Look, I think the girl from the Burdastyle.com ad was thinking about sneaking into my candy.  Good thing I've got good security!)

Thanks so much, Nannetta! I love it all so much!
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27  Simple spoon ring in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by LauPre on: January 28, 2009 11:50:17 PM
I've never had a chance to post in the jewelery board before! (I'm a little more comfortable with a needle and thread).  On a whim I picked up a spoon from Goodwill to try and make a ring like I've seen on here and out and around the web.  I didn't expect it to come out too well, since I don't have any special jewelry tools or psychic spoon bending abilities.  Luckily, this spoon was really soft and easy to bend.  I just used a pair of pliers and wrapped the spoon in a towel as I worked.  I put a few scratches in it this way, but I don't mind too much.  I used my dremel to grind down the sharp end of the handle after the "spoon" part of the spoon came off (It just kind of popped off from being bend back and forth while I was curving the handle). Quick little 10 minute project while I was cooking the spaghetti for dinner!

Thanks for letting me share!
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28  Re: Envelope beads! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by LauPre on: January 06, 2009 12:29:43 AM
Thanks for sharing the inspiration!  I had forgotten all about making paper beads as a kid, but when I saw your post I got all excited!  I spent an evening with some security envelopes I dug out of my recycling box and sat down in front of a movie to make some beads.  I'm not sure what I'll do with them yet, but they sure are cute!

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29  Re: Help identifying vintage sewing accessories? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by LauPre on: December 31, 2008 10:52:21 AM
Here's a photo explaining the little multicolored plastic caps. 

You stick it in the hole in the spool of thread and then you wind the end of the thread around it.  It holds the thread in place so much better than the little slit in the end of the spool and helps keep your threads nice and tidy.  My grandmother passed a bunch of these down to me.

Oh and for the last items, if you'd like to turn them into buttons you can buy shanks to attach with glue.  Just google for "button shanks" they're really cheap.  A quick google search gave me this page: http://www.ohgosh-buttons.com/supplies2.html  something like this would work and that site prices them at $3 for a dozen.
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30  Tutorial- Inserting a yoke into a shirt for extra cuteness in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by LauPre on: December 05, 2008 04:31:47 PM

I recently posted a step-by-step post of how I made this shirt on my blog, and since I had a few questions about the argyle shirt I made and posted on here I thought I would share the process on how to add the cute yoke to the front.
(to see the full tutorial, you can go here: http://www.laupre.com/blog/?p=159)

First take the front piece for the body of your shirt and with a marking tool, draw the basic shape of the yoke.  I decided to use a rounded square shape.  Fold the body of the shirt in half (to make sure that both sides will be shaped the same) and cut out the shape you drew.

The piece you cut out will be the pattern for your yoke piece.

Lay your yoke pattern piece out on the fabric and cut around it, leaving an extra bit all around for seam allowance. (my yoke pattern piece has the cut section down the front because I cut off the original collar and buttons from the shirt I was reconstructing)
Then, cut a curve in the top of the piece for your neckline.

I added a strip of the fabric, serged on the edges and folded into place down the center of the yoke with the straight stitch on my sewing machine.

Match up the lines at the edge of yoke with the edge of the body piece and pin into place.(right sides together)

Serge the edge of the yoke to the body.  For a nice finished touch, straight stitch along the edge of the yoke, too.

Finish the rest of your shirt; side seams and sleeves, and add your buttons.

Thanks for looking, and enjoy!
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