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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hippie Batik Mehndi-Embroidered Singlet Shopping Bags! on: March 12, 2008 06:54:41 AM
I needed to make a gift for my fun-loving, India-loving, hippie friend's birthday and I decided to make some ever-popular singlet shopping bags so she can transport groceries in psychedelic hippie style!

I found some mehndi motifs on the internet and embroidered the pockets in jewel-tone embroidery floss to match the batik. The bags fold into the pockets and make very nice little hippie pouches. The pockets and lining fabric are the same, a yellow/purple/orange/green/brown tie-dye.

Unlike the main post that suggested 1/2 yard of fabric, I used 5/8 yard of 45" wide fabric and had tiny snippets of scraps left over. I finally got to use my new serger, (Singer Quantumlock 14T967DC - aka "light at the end of my stress tunnel") and I serged all the seams and topstitched.

Here is a close-up of the elephant (poorly centered photo, by c'est la vie!):

I think I like the polka-dotted batik one more... What do you think?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Poem by a Famous Poet (to share)... on: June 27, 2007 06:33:41 AM
I just thought you other crafty people would like a crafty poem, as well... Here's to fabric and humanity...

by ireann Lorsung

Nothing touches like tan velvet touches
the palm. Now the cracks come, because what gives
without taking?Doesn't exist. Say

you forget what is lanolin, what is raw about fleece
uncarded & unwashed. Say the silver feel
of charmeuse lines your sleep. You've lost

what there was before pins & needles, sound
a scissors makes through cloth on a hardwood floor,
thick waist of the dressmaker's dummy. Don't tell me

any more. Without Burano lace, without cinnabar
strung on a cuff, shantung and satin and netting and swiss:
no rich man, no camel, no needle's threatening eye.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Sheldon (Stuffed Turtle!) on: June 10, 2007 07:32:30 AM
So, everybody and their mother is pregnant and havin' a baby these days (at least in my circle of friends/family). Which only means: YES, now I have an excuse to knit!

First project in preparation for the Baby Invasion:

Knitty's Sheldon


I hope the baby likes him:

Here's a side shot:

Here's the front (the face separated a little, because I didn't compensate tension):

Here's the underside:

I'm so glad I finally get to post a completed project! Enjoy!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Jean Alteration? - I'm Stumped! on: May 03, 2007 09:01:33 PM
A co-worker asked me to take in the side seams of some jeans for him, and like a good Craftster/Sewer-lady, I said "Of course I can!"  Cheesy

But, when he brought them to me, I realized they have that funny triple side seam that you sometimes see on jeans... What do I do? I am a pretty good seamstress otherwise, but there's no way that I'm going to be able to shove all that jean material under my sewing machine arm. How do the professionals do it? Any advice?

Here is a link to a picture of the jeans in question.

I just don't know what to do?... Should I just rip out the seams with a seam ripper and then sew them with a serger (like ease and my propensity for anti-stress tell me to)?  Huh

Thank you to anyone who can help!
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