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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with Vest 5016! on: July 08, 2015 11:01:37 AM
Does anyone have any experience with the pattern on this website http://m-sewing.com/patterns-catalog/women/vests/tailored-vest.html ?  To give craftster's search function a crutch, the pattern is 5016 Tailored Vest on the website Modern Sewing Patterns.  I find the instructions SUPER confusing, and there are no pictures on how to put the pattern pieces together.  I don't even know whether to make the "front facing" and "back neckline" facing out of interfacing, or if it's supposed to be a "facing" of the same type of fabric, because it doesn't specify.  And don't even get me started on the welt pocket; I gave up and got all different instructions from elsewhere on the internet, I just have no idea where I'm supposed to place it.  My mom and I have already got into a shouting match over the facing because she's retired now and has nothing better to do than treat me like I'm 9 and just learning what "lining" means (I'm 31, by the way, and just visiting for a few weeks).  Please help to save my sanity and restore peace in my home!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What happened to Knitting Patterns Database app? on: April 20, 2015 04:31:47 AM
I got this app earlier this year and it was amazing and worked offline, like when I was on the road.  Then I had to do a factory reset on my phone and all the apps were lost, and KPD isn't available on Google Play anymore!  There's the Stash2Go Ravelry app, but honestly, it's crap compared to KPD.  I can download the PDFs but not access them from the app.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / How to accessorize baby pink room for non-girly grown woman? on: August 18, 2014 02:05:06 AM
I'm moving into a room that's been freshly painted...in pastel baby pink.  It's even a cold pink, and I have no idea what to do with it.  I go for bold or exotic designs over elegant and lady-like, so I'm NOT looking for Victorian tea party or white-on-pink designs.  My bedspread back home was red, orange, and black paisley.  I had black curtains, and a big red bookshelf and I'd put gold paper on the back of it.  In this new room, I have a choice for bedspread and curtains, and possibly a rug, and then whatever I can put on the walls.  My closet, curtain rod, and desk are a light wood, pine? oak? not sure, but definitely not cherry.  I can't do any painting of the walls or furniture, and I want to work with the pink instead of just trying to force something on it.  Themes in my brain cloud are cozy, warm tones, boudoir, Arabian nights, Moulin Rouge, bohemian.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Best methods for saving shirt logos/images on: May 22, 2014 12:41:53 AM
I have a hard time letting things go.  I have two t-shirts and a sweatshirt that have logos I want to save somehow.  I can't really alter the shirts themselves.  One tshirt is too small and has gross sweatstains on the back and pits.  One tshirt I already tried to alter into another shirt and it didn't turn out comfortable, and there's not enough to try again.  The sweatshirt is too ratty to be saved.  I like the old punk DIY method of sewing patches onto clothes, but I want it to look a little nicer than handstitching with dental floss.  What do you find is the best way to reuse an image from a favorite shirt onto a new shirt?  Would it be any different with the sweatshirt material?
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / What do you look for in a purse/bag? on: March 04, 2014 12:23:01 AM
After 7 years, my faithful purse has started to show its wear/the orange flowered canvas I used to reinforce it instead of interfacing.  It's thick black corduroy on the outside, purple plaid on the inside, and has been great, but I think it may be time to design a new one.  When I made this one, I made one of the pockets to be big enough for my Discman.  Yeah...
So what do you look for in a purse/like that you can design yourself as a crafty person?  In addition to the discman pocket, I made one that was the right size for my cell phone, which died and was replaced by one that could only fit in the big pocket, pockets that were the right size for a few tampons, pockets for pens, emergency chapstick, etc.  I also added a hook which I intended to be for my keys when I wasn't using them, but ended up being for my spare key in case I locked myself out of my car as I often do.  I made it large enough to hold a normal sized notebook, since I often write, and never leave home without a book.  It is taller than it is wide, with a flap that goes the length of the purse when flat.
One of the main concerns I have with this one is that it is made of such soft materials, and since I load it up, I'm always afraid that the strap will tear off, though it's been a brave soldier thus far.  What is the sturdiest way to attach a strap, and if I can find this delicious soft corduroy again, do you think using canvas instead of flannel-like (but not fuzzy) on the inside will ease my worried mind?  And what to do about pockets?  I had a messenger bag with a big pocket in the flap, but that just encouraged me to put more junk in it and it became bulky and cumbersome.  I'm imagining a zipper under the flap this time.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Altering dress/shirt patterns for small chest on: February 23, 2013 12:45:11 PM
If I'm being honest with myself, I would say that I'm an AA cup, and I'm ok with that.  With my store bought shirts, I wear a padded bra to fill them out, but I'm about to make a dress of my own, and I just want it to fit perfectly without having to stuff.  Last year, I bought a dress from a thrift store that was the perfect size, the first strapless dress I've ever had that actually stayed up.  Thinking about it makes me want to cry a little :p The best part about it is that I don't have to wear a bra. 

I have some fabric... well, an outer space bedsheet, actually that I want to turn into a similar dress.  I'm afraid that if I buy a pattern, it won't fit me in the chest and my amazing dress will fall off.  So how do I approach the sewing process to make sure it fits nice and snug?  The original dress has princess seams with flexible boning in the bodice, a zipper up the back, and is lined enough that my nips don't show.  What is a good lining material for the inside of a cotton shell?

Mostly, I'm super nervous because it's been a long time since I sewed a fitted garment for myself, and I'll be doing it without my mommy. :p
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / What doodads/whimsies/bits and bobs do do you have in your collection? on: January 16, 2013 06:58:48 PM
So, I'm poor, and I make up for being poor by making art and crafts out of junk and things that I find at my local recycled art store.  I pick up pieces of ribbon and keys and beads and buttons and linoleum samples and things that I think I can make into something nice.  I'm starting to get more into "altered" art, especially those altered curio shelves that I've seen around here, and I've got my altered book popping out once in a while, but while I've got all the scrapbook paper I will probably ever need, I'm not sure what to stick to it!  I feel like what I need is a box of stuff that I can organize by color or something and dig around until I find just the thing I'm looking for.  So what kind of inexpensive junk do you have just waiting to be used?
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Newbie: Doll/fairy house and 18 inch doll on: January 07, 2013 01:00:05 AM
I'm 28, have no children, and just want to play with dolls and dollhouses.  I've got a really great recycled craft store in town, and it would be a wealth of materials to make a recrafted dollhouse or fairy house.  I like the little ones like this https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260846.0 and this https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407995.0
So...where do I start?  I can try to copy one of these, but where can I see a whole bunch of them and form my own idea of how I want mine to look.  And what do I make the exterior base out of?

Second, I've got this American Girl doll that has only ever worn the outfit she came in.  The end of the Civil War might have been a big day for you, Addy, but this is the 21st Century, and you need some new clothes.  Are they easy to sew on a machine, or am I looking at a lot of handstitching?  I also knit...are there some really good sites that have knitting patterns for 18 inch dolls?  I've been kind of unimpressed with the ones on ravelry.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to make a meringue (skirt)? on: June 18, 2012 11:43:27 PM
I was just in Value Village gathering bits and pieces for my steampunk costume (which is probably going to turn into 3 different costumes) and I saw, glory of glories, an amazing prom dress with the most fabulous skirt on it.  I think in the wedding world it's called meringue, like this http://img.alibaba.com/img/pb/603/458/273/273458603_111.jpg but with BIGGER PEAKS.  Oh God, it was glorious.  It was a copper color, but also had kind of a broomstick skirt thing going on vertically?  If it hadn't been too long, a dress, and too expensive, I would have taken it.  Anyway, I've got a great green shiny broomstick skirt at home just begging to be part of this costume and so I've come to alter.

Number one, how do I make those peaks?  Is it just a trick of tacking it up randomly but evenly until it's the height I want?  Number two, am I going to need starch for this or something so that it's not droopy?  I'm taking it to my first Harry Potter convention, crushed into my suitcase, and I don't think they'll let me take starch in a can on the plane.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making sure the fuzz doesn't show on: April 29, 2012 11:10:09 AM
I got a long roll of kind of a soft Naugahyde material from a recycled art store.  It's a lovely burgundy color, but it's back with white felty fuzzy stuff.  I would like to make it into an underbust, but I want to be prepared before I go at it.  What's the best way to sew on it without all the white stuff coming through the holes as I sew it (together, to the lining, and top stitching).  I have access to a heavy duty machine, but I'm not sure what kind of stitches it has.  Think I could disguise it with contrasting white thread for topstitching?
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