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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / cushion covers with zippers? patterns? on: January 22, 2008 01:26:06 PM
Hi everyone
I have recently been commissioned to make some pillow/cushion covers for someone's new home. She wants me to make them with a zipper rather than a folded opening. I only have a pattern for the ones with the folded opening. Any advice, tutorials, tips, patterns that you know of for making square couch cushion covers with a zipper? Or a way to convert the existing pattern? I'm not much good at making stuff up as I go but I'm really really good at following a pattern Smiley

Thanks a bunch!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / tote with one long and one short handle on: November 13, 2007 06:45:57 PM
Hi there
I bought the Australian BHG magazine for October 2007 and it had in it a cute little reversible tote bag with one long handle and one short handle and you basically keep the bag insides secure by simply inserting the long handle through the short handle. I ripped the pattern pages and instruction pages out of the mag to photocopy them at work and enlarge the pattern. I have now LOST the ripped out pages and can't for the life of me find them....grrrrrr!

I could try my local library to see if they keep this particular mag but seeing as I owe some fines I am hesitant to enter in there. Does anyone know of a similar pattern around (doesn't have to be reversible)? I would love to make a few of these as chrissy presents...
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jeans to skirt - first ever recon now with actual pics!!! on: September 23, 2007 07:28:14 PM
I had an ill fitting wide leg pair of levi's that had such a short crotch (even for me) that I always had a wedgie so I used the Simplicity website guidelines to change them into a skirt...voila

Here are the offending jeans:

And the skirt:

Have now fixed the picture posting problems I had earlier Yah!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Flower Pin on: August 29, 2007 11:06:17 PM
Hi all
Not sure if this is the right place to post this but I made this flower pin early this morning when I couldn't sleep. Its from the Amy Butler Madison Bags pattern and its the small flower. I only took a photo of the front but the other side of the petals has red fabric with small white spots on it.

EDIT:ooooohhhh for some reason my picture isn't showing up so I have put the link for the page in as well.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / shoe card on: May 24, 2007 07:03:27 PM
I've been making cards for years but have never photographed them. But I was so taken by my recent effort for a friend's 21st birthday that I almost couldn't give it to her.

I love the designs of Christopher Vine http://www.cvd.com.au/but didn't want to duplicate his cards directly. So I searched for a useable clipart of a fancy shoe and came up with a template to make

Sorry for the crappy phone camera shot. I bought so many nice papers (for my scrapbooking stash I never use) that I thought I should make more cards rather than paying $4-5 per card!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Non knitted scarf pattern/tute? on: May 22, 2007 11:03:28 PM
Is anyone able to point me in the direction of a tute or pattern for making a non knitted scarf (not single layer - with two pieces joined) so I can get an idea of fabric quantities etc?

I did a search on crafster but there are in excess of 60 pages and the first few pages all had knitted scarves.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I made this cute clutch! Not bad for a first attempt on: May 21, 2007 09:40:32 PM
This is my first attempt at making a bag. I used this pattern http://www.kwiksew.com/Projects/P5001/5001.cfm
which is free to download. I elected not to use the piping in this project because I'm still not sure the best way to go about making it but I will put it in the next one. The only problem I came across is that the darts on the pattern seem too small on the actual bag. I little bit of creative pressing with the steam iron and I think it looks ok. I used it at a birthday party last weekend and got lots of comments Smiley

Please ignore my dodgy handstitching in the second photo - I was in a rush to finish it and use it!

What do you think?

Here are the url's if the picture links don't work or are only thumbnail size!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / forgive me if i am repeating a question - pattern size - which one? on: February 05, 2007 07:45:24 PM
I just wanted to check something.

Say for an example I want to make simplicity 3823 and I need to choose my size. I have a 10/32DD to DDD bust (depending on bra shape). My bust measurement (across the nipple line) is approx 35 inches. My high bust measurement (under the armpits) is 32.5-33 inches. Size 10 in this pattern is 32.5 inches bust and size 12 is 34 inches. I would then go ahead and make the size 10 or a 12? In an article on the simplicity website about pattern size it says that less than 2.5 inches difference in the two bust measurements means you are an A or B cup. I'm definitely not that size yet I do not have a difference of more than 4 inches which they say indicates D+ cup sizes. Is it because my back size is so small with large cups? I'm confused.

In the waist I am 29 inches which in this pattern equates to a size 14-16 and my hip size is 39 inches which equates to a 14-16 also! Now I know full well that in manufactured clothing my top half is the same size as my bottom half!! So what the heck is going on? Am I a victim of vanity sizing? I definitely look in proportion! This is me http://travel.webshots.com/photo/1300335609031217179ZcDCzr when I was about 10 pounds lighter - those trousers still fit me but are not as loose but still not overly tight. 10+ years ago when I was sewing and actually made the sizes depicted on the envelope according to my measurement everything was too big. Am I missing something?

I am thoroughly confused - I have decent sized boobs (they have grown a cup size since the photo), not much of a waist and hips/bum that definitely show my mediterranean heritage but I'm scared to cut patterns when there is such a discrepancy in apparent size measurements.

Can anyone help?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / big bust but average everywhere else on: February 05, 2007 03:46:56 PM
Hi all
I haven't sewn clothes since I was a teenager but was recently inspired to start again.
My enduring problem back then was that I was an Australian 12 with 34DD breasts. Now at 30 I am an Australian 10 (a US 8 I think) but cup size is now 32E (32DDD in the US). If I cut Misses patterns according to my measurements - hip, waist and bust - they are always ill fitting (verging on large). If I cut the next size down (which logically should be too small according to my measurements) they usually fit reasonably well in most areas or are slightly small through the bust. Of course some brands of patterns run small (I seem to recall McCalls were smaller sizings back then).

Seeing as I don't want to ruin beautiful fabric by making something that fits badly what can I do? Its been 10 years since I last made a garment. I stopped because it was so discouraging - I don't have the skill to adjust patterns. Would it be best to make a dummy run in a cheap fabric first?
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / I'm new on: February 04, 2007 08:30:56 PM
Hi there
I'm a new forum member from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Came to this site by way of lupinbunny's blog.

I thought I would share some earrings I made. Made them for a wedding in Nov 2006 in which I was wearing a black dress so I wanted some colour in my jewellery. Here are the finished earrings
and here is me wearing them (with my brother in the pic also) at the wedding
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