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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: When does it get easier? on: March 26, 2008 10:08:00 PM

As the others here have suggested, it's often a good idea to put your project away and do something else. But how about something that is completely different, but still sewing related, like a new approach to the whole sewing process? For example, when you say you don't like working with patterns, does that also include patterns you've made yourself, from scratch? Since you've taken sewing classes this might be old news to you. If it is, try out a different technique or a new kind of garment, but at least for me the triggering factor of my (relative) success with my darling sewing machine was experimenting with a skirt sloper. Making your own patterns really gives the process of putting together pieces of fabric a new, more logical, perspective. And it's much easier than it might sound.

I am not familiar with skirt slopers. That sounds really cool, and I will look into it.

What is it about using patterns that you don't like?  Is it to do with the physical processes of laying out and cutting (my personal bugbears!) or is it the restrictiveness of following instructions, or a shortage of nice designs, or what?

Well in the fashion class we made pattern based pajama pants. She helped us alter the pattern in length and size to assure a good fit. However upon completion, the fit was ALL wrong. In other words, the pants were HUGE! The same thing happened a few years back when I made pj pants at a friends house. I don't know if they were just bad patterns, but I've been turned off from patterns since then. Plus the thin, easily torn paper frightens me. And I feel restricted and all-together uncreative.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Look what I found in the closet.. on: March 26, 2008 09:56:41 PM
Alright. So I'm going downtown tomorrow with a few friends and just checked the weather online. It's too cold for a thin hoodie but too warm for my winter jacket. Solution? Well I looked in our closet to see if I could find an old (not ugly!) spring coat to wear, and I found this.

My brother's football jacket from fourth grade. I love it, but the biggest issue is it makes me feel like a giant marshmellow, and it's a little too much blue. I felt like simply taking in the sides would make it look odd...  Any ideas? Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / When does it get easier? on: January 01, 2008 12:50:46 PM
Hello! I've been reconstructing/making clothing on and off for the past three years. I took a semester-long sewing class and it helped me a little but everything was taught using patterns and I hate patterns. Anyways it's been a while since I sewed so today I got the sewing machine on and decided to play around. It's just as difficult for me to create a cute piece of clothing as if was when I first started!! Let me say this, sewing does NOT come naturally to me. Yet I enjoy doing it anyways, but it is so frustrating when I can't seem to make anything look right. Can anyone else here relate? Sad
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: mint chocolate chip dress. (: on: April 07, 2007 05:26:48 PM

i know what you mean, my skirts feel shorter in the back too

That's because of your butt.  Smiley
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Okay, so its a little Ballsy on: March 28, 2007 07:23:53 PM
Great idea! Go for ballsy, boys are oblivious and need to be hit over the head with a message, subtle innuendo is usually lost on them, especially in high school.

I completely agree. Good luck!  Smiley
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Show off your hair! And questions about hair styles! on: December 17, 2006 06:49:14 PM
Empty_smiles I love your hair that length. And the red looks soo good on you.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: More Rockabilly Goodness!!:: Chicken Drumstick-printed Strappy Top ((4 Pics) on: October 07, 2006 01:44:19 PM
I really love the straps. Great job!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I made it - my future wedding dress! on: October 07, 2006 01:39:33 PM
Wow. I love it, soo pretty.
9  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: MEET THE CRAFTSTER MODS on: October 02, 2006 07:26:47 PM
Sounds like fun! I wish I could come, but I don't think my parents would be willing to take me.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bedding finished - finally on: October 01, 2006 01:46:47 PM
Wow. That looks AMAZING.  Shocked
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