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« Reply #30 on: January 15, 2008 09:05:34 PM »

That skirt is great! I love mixing patterns Cheesy

« Reply #31 on: January 15, 2008 09:44:43 PM »

i love them all.
the black puffed sleeve is my fav.

i also loved that book!

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« Reply #32 on: January 17, 2008 03:15:08 PM »

I really like the poofy sleeves...keep them! In fact, I love the whole turtleneck to death! I used to have a shirt kind of like it but it's been all worn to death now. Did you use a pattern? Cause I'd love to try that!

And P.S. Your hair color is awesome. I tried to get my hair to do something like that, and I got it pretty close, but it all washed out in like two weeks. Sad times.
« Reply #33 on: January 17, 2008 08:25:55 PM »

wow, lookit all the comments! This is so encouraging, thanks so much everyone!!! I so regret not having learned to sew years ago. So now I'm making up for lost time!

Any hints with the skirt?
Hints? Ha! If only you knew... all of my projects so far, especially this one, have been great lessons in how NOT to do things. I'm really just jumping in blindly and figuring things out as I go along. I started the skirt from a couple of L-shaped scraps, then basically sewed up two big sheets of L-shapes. Then I just sewed up the sides using a template I made from another pencil skirt. I was going to add elastic in the waistband, but the skirt is so stretchy and well fitted that I didn't want to bother, why waste the elastic? Also, it would've saved me some time if I could get that damn twin needle to work, but I'm still having trouble with that.
now, back to the first top - may i ask where the material is from?
I get most of my fabric from my local fabric store. I live in Canada where the largest fabric store chain is Fabricland (called Fabricville in eastern Canada where I live.) It was bargain bin fabric at $2/m-- I should have bought more, and I might have to go back to get some...
Did you use a pattern? Cause I'd love to try that!
well, I did start out with the free Burdastyle pattern (Lydia) for a long sleeve top, but I really just used it as a basic body template and then modified it. Again, I was just sort of learning as I went along. I was really surprised that it turned out so well, honestly. I have no idea how I pulled it off. Although I admit that I often find it a lot easier to quickly baste things in place and then try it on before I sew any permanent lines. Might not be very professional, but for me it means a lot less time using the seam ripper.

Thanks again everybody! I'll have more stuff to post soon-- I just finished two more shirts this week.
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« Reply #34 on: March 05, 2008 04:36:55 PM »

nice. especially the skirt. plaid and houndstooth are my fav patterns of all time. Cheesy
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« Reply #35 on: March 05, 2008 06:09:27 PM »

Very pretty; I want to steal that black turtleneck from you!  Mine was borrowed and never returned... Angry
But your shirt makes me happy, so Smiley.

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« Reply #36 on: July 14, 2008 02:37:15 AM »

It's great that you're bold and didn't let the inexperience stop you from taking on projects like these! I've just started recently and I've yet to learn what's there to explore. I tried resizing a shirt that had armholes turn out too small, good thing there's a little sister who fit in it perfectly haha! Really neat work there, we're lucky to have craftster around, huh ;-)

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