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frugal_qualm
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I'm going as a Steampunk Adventurer! I've got more pictures at http://chancecrafts.tumblr.com/


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10/26/2011 4:45:30 PM

NCSUWolfy
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wow you're really good!

your costume looks awesome. post pics of the complete outfit when done!

10/26/2011 5:39:32 PM

frugal_qualm
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I put a picture in the Halloween thread, but here is the finished look for my Lady Adventurer:



I am so in love with this bloomer pattern! It takes about a yard of fabric and they are adorable. They make great pajama shorts. Plus its free- you just have to print it out.

http://www.coletterie.com/colette-patterns-news/free-pattern-to-download-the-madeleine-mini-bloomers

10/30/2011 11:30:10 AM

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That is incredible!!

10/30/2011 11:45:25 AM

frugal_qualm
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^Thanks!

Does anyone make their own dog clothes? I tried last night, and I think I may have a new favorite thing to do with remnants. I need to start keeping velcro around.

11/6/2011 9:53:04 AM

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I made some fleece sweaters for our dog but she has since outgrown them. I need to make her some more.

11/6/2011 10:09:44 AM

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Topic title is a play on words!

11/6/2011 11:09:00 AM

wolfpackgrrr
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ahaha totally didn't intentionally did that.

11/6/2011 5:43:51 PM

NCSUWolfy
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omg your dog is ADORABLE!!!

sooo the international quilt festival was all last week in houston. i went twice. mind blown.

they have award winning quilts and all that but they also have a market where people sell patterns, fabric, notions, whatever!! i spent an obscene amount of money on the most gorgeous fabric & fun patterns!! i also picked up a tutorial & fabric kit to learn the paper piecing technique (i'm not sure what the actual name of it is but it looks like this)



i will post pics of my fabric in about 2 weeks (on vacay)

11/7/2011 2:25:00 PM

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Burmp

3/2/2012 1:18:53 PM

wolfpackgrrr
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^ Gracias


A friend of mine is having her baby shower this weekend so I quickly made up some gifts for her.

Onesies:



Body bibs:



The colors look a lot better when not taken with my crappy camera phone.

3/2/2012 1:31:20 PM

NCSUWolfy
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I love it! Very cute

I haven't been posting ab stuff bc the sewing community on here is like 3 people. Not really enough to carry a thread without it needing to be bumped

This thread reminded me that I bought a kit to learn paper piecing. I need to dig that up. Also my sewing room pics might be appropriate in here!

3/3/2012 12:12:45 AM

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I would love to see your sewing room! Right now my craft room is a disaster area and needs organizational help haha.

3/3/2012 9:25:37 AM

frugal_qualm
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^^ditto!

I've been sewing short little satin lounge robes lately- been trying to design a decent, simple pattern. It needs to be a touch wider in the front still, but it is almost there.

I've got pictures at my tumblr that are kind of huge to post here: http://chancecrafts.tumblr.com/

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I LOVE all the baby stuff! Those prints are great.

3/3/2012 10:35:08 AM

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Thanks Nice thing was I was able to use up a lot of random remnants making this stuff. I need to more people to have baby showers lol.

3/4/2012 8:59:01 AM

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anyone in the raleigh area willing to make me a simple skirt before april 6th? something hippy-ish and flowy, maybe something kind of like this



to go with the nerd shirt in my gallery. any kind of fun simple print will do
pm me and let me know a price if you want to do it!

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3/22/2012 10:55:26 AM

wolfpackgrrr
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I saw lots of hippie, flowy skirts at the thrift shop on E. Franklin Street when I was there last week. Cheap too.

3/22/2012 11:46:44 AM

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So this is embarassing as a guy, but I just got a Brother SE-400.

Do you gals mind if I ask questions as I learn how to sew and stuff? I bought it mainly to make equipment covers for my machinery in the workshop, but now that I have it, more stuff is piling up.

I messed with the embroidery thing on it, and it was neat. I tried without backing material and it all bunched up, so I tried again with it, and it came out awesome.

3/22/2012 12:01:30 PM

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"Sewing Thread' + "Wolfmarsh" = me clicking

3/22/2012 12:46:49 PM

Wolfmarsh
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Hahaha, I swear I totally bought it for manly reasons.

My equipment needs taking care of.

3/22/2012 1:01:48 PM

wolfpackgrrr
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I think that's the same machine I have. What sort of embroidery did you do?

3/22/2012 7:33:46 PM

NCSUWolfy
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I would google for sewing machine cover tutorials. You can follow the instructions to make a cover for just about anything. Sooooo many tutorials & blogs out there!

3/22/2012 7:50:37 PM

Wolfmarsh
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I just did my son's name as a test. I havent done any multi color or any designs yet.

3/22/2012 8:06:48 PM

lewoods
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I'm going to make an infinity dress thing with black straps and a glittery bottom for our vegas vacation. Have the strap fabric (black spandex knit), just need to go to Joanns to get stuff for the bottom. Will post pics.

3/24/2012 1:13:23 PM

lewoods
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Also, thinking about making a skirt with a tulle overlay. Good idea?

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3/24/2012 1:18:58 PM

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^ what is your intention as far as wearing it?

my sewing buddy gave me this pattern for my bday

im awful at choosing fabric. the pattern suggests silk, crepe de chine, lightweight cotton, lightweight linen & rayon

i found a navy shirting with slight geometric pattern i like but a) it's probably not recommended for a reason and b) probably because it would be too stiff

what are ye thoughts tww ladies who sew?

i found this image in a google search of the pattern (they added the tie)



i like it but im scared of silk even though i have a serger. im still scared of using it & it has come unthreaded and i cant get it threaded

4/19/2012 4:07:35 PM

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I think where you would run into trouble with shirting is in the sleeves. Because of the way it looks like the sleeves are supposed to poof out near the elbow, the shirting would just make it look stiff. Now, if you wanted to try making the dress without the sleeves I bet it would look fine with shirting. Heck worse case you can just rip the sleeves out and hem the bodice and it'll just be a dress with wide shoulder straps

4/20/2012 8:32:34 AM

frugal_qualm
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You could even leave the sleeves and just hem them instead of putting the band on the bottom. I think it would probably be appropriate. Why don't you try making it out of something a similar weight, but cheaper? I usually plan on making 2 versions of projects that I care about.

You could also use it as an opportunity to embrace your serger to make it less scary. Get some cheap stuff to practice with, find a tutorial video on how to thread and bust it out! Peachskin silk is easier to work with imo because it is less slippery so your pins hold.

Personally, I'd use an airy cotton or linen for this, because all of those button holes would not agree in silk on my machine.

4/20/2012 12:02:31 PM

frugal_qualm
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Sorry to double post, but I just finished a dress! It's based on B5603, one of those retro Butterick patterns. I totally reworked the bodice to accommodate some extra curve and added a collar. I've got a yellow petticoat on the way to go with it- probably going to wear it to a summer wedding.

4/20/2012 9:10:45 PM

NCSUWolfy
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^ very cute, love it!!!

as far as the buttons, i'm no fool. no way in hell i am handsewing on many buttons (and make button holes for all of them!!) i plan to do a modified version either with non functional buttons, snaps and or a zipper. i also like the tie at the neck the dress i posted added

4/20/2012 9:48:29 PM

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oh boy, frugal_qualm... you're my new sewing idol. seriously, that costume was one thing - but that dress elevates you to beyond awesome. If I lived near Raleigh, I'd recruit you to make clothes for me til the end of time.

Not joking. You're quite talented! I wish I could make stuff like that

4/20/2012 10:05:50 PM

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My first attempt at making a quilt....since then have invested in a rotary cutter and taking away cutting privledge's from a boy...2 more in the works.

4/30/2012 5:06:05 PM

wolfpackgrrr
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I keep wanting to try quilting but for some reason I am intimidated by it. Did you use any books or Youtube videos or anything to get started?

4/30/2012 5:10:22 PM

NCSUWolfy
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nice work!!

yes, a rotary cutter helps a ton!



this is a super easy quilt its called a "crazy quilt" i did the backing with whats called minky which is a really soft fleecy material

mom loved it & it was easy peasy!

4/30/2012 6:52:34 PM

frugal_qualm
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Love the quilts!

My project for today is learning about spandex and making a custom one-piece. I used patternschool.com to make a pattern last week. The thought is that if I measured correctly, I just cut it out, stitch it together, insert some elastic and get a bathing suit in the end. Right. At least I have plenty of fabric for redos.

I'm mostly doing it so I can practice with the materials before starting into my big project for the summer, a PowerGirl costume (She is a DC Superhero, kind of like SuperGirl from another universe) for a competition. That's a pretty intricate body suit with princess seams and a keyhole. I know I can do it, but it terrifies me, so I'm working up to it!

5/11/2012 8:37:43 AM

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I was thinking about making a sheath dress this weekend, then I found a site with one for $15 while I was looking for ideas. http://www.aliexpress.com/product-fm/535306406-Free-shipping-Ladies-new-fashion-sexy-casual-party-dress-one-shoulder-with-flower-bright-candy-color-wholesalers.html

5/11/2012 10:15:26 AM

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Did you order that dress? It's very cute...let us know about the quality if you got it.

http://recoveredantiques.blogspot.com/2012/05/chevron-zig-zag-quilt.html
There is the tutorial I did for the quilt and it has a link from the original tutorial.

5/13/2012 7:29:31 PM

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I'm getting ready to make a wallet. I hate bulky wallets and I've had lots of trouble finding slim ones that hold cash as well as cards, so I've decided to make one out of an old deer hide and some crocheting thread. I will post pictures!

5/13/2012 10:02:07 PM

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^^ After posting I looked at the measurements and decided it probably wouldn't fit.

I made an infinity dress instead. I think it turned out pretty good, and it'll be nice for the weddings I have to go to.

5/13/2012 10:23:29 PM

NCSUWolfy
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I really like that silk fabric! Where did you get it?

5/13/2012 10:44:53 PM

lewoods
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I got the fabric at Joann's. It's got an asian-ish print with cherry blossoms and temples on it. Bright and summery, but a nice break from the over the top floral prints.

5/13/2012 10:52:25 PM

NCSUWolfy
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Yeah! Really suits the dress, I love it

5/13/2012 10:57:18 PM

lewoods
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The best part is that it was easy. Next time I might just buy a big square scarf and cut a hole in the middle so I don't have to hem the skirt. That was the worst part, but it looks much dressier with the silky bottom I think. I did a handkerchief hem, so it was pretty long and annoying.

5/13/2012 11:02:10 PM

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Hems like that have nothing on me with my serger

I can bang out a hem in no time flat. I did a rolled hem on a tablecloth 70" diameter in less than 5 min

I might make this dress! Thanks for the inspiration. What is the top made with?

5/13/2012 11:21:52 PM

lewoods
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Lycra knit for the top and waistband.

I wish I had a serger. My mom said she'd give me her old one, then she never did.

5/13/2012 11:26:09 PM

NCSUWolfy
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Find a friend with one! Mine was $200 from Amazon. It's a Janome but I think it's discontinued now

Seriously though it makes projects waaaay easier!

5/13/2012 11:34:34 PM

lewoods
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I don't do much sewing now, but once we get a house I might get one to make sewing curtains and that sort of stuff easier. Curtains, tablecloths, and napkins are way expensive for what you get.

5/14/2012 3:32:26 PM

frugal_qualm
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I just ordered some custom fabric for a costume I'm making from Spoonflower. Has anyone used them before?

5/25/2012 10:51:15 PM

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I'm in the process of making a patchwork wrap skirt. I'll post a photo when I'm done.

I, too, wish I had a serger.

5/26/2012 4:46:27 PM

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Spoonflower is an awesome company - they're right in RTP area. Went on a tour of their business a few weeks ago.

I have no bad things to say about what I saw

5/26/2012 6:06:13 PM

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