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post #241 of 606

Okay fellow seamstresses, do I wear my clothes too tight, or is the amount of ease in most commercial patterns insane?  I'm working on a quick muslin for this dress:

 

 

The pattern has 4" of ease at the bust, and 3 1/2" at the waist.  Crazy big for that style, right?

post #242 of 606
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MrsGale, sure, join in! :) And yeah, make baby clothes while you can... it can be hard enough finding the oomph to sew during pregnancy, let alone when the baby's actually arrived. I wish sometimes I could go back in time and spend my pre-kid days sewing several years' worth of clothes!

 

Angelorum, it does seem like a fair bit of ease for the style, especially around the bust. Weird. Is the pattern for woven or knit fabric?

 

Here's the tunic top I made DD.

 

 

It looks kind of a weird shape in that pic - and it is kind of a weird shape, actually, but I like it. When her arms are down it doesn't stick out so much at the sides:

 

 

I made the leggings too. The hole in the knee isn't too visible. :p

 

post #243 of 606

Mrs. Gale, sounds like a perfect way to pass the time as you are waiting to get pregnant.  I should have crafted/sewn more while I wasn't pregnant because now that I am pregnant, I am so busted tired it is hard to get much done crafting wise.

post #244 of 606

Welcome MrsGale!  The more the merrier :)

 

The pattern is for woven fabric.  I just really can't believe that the model on the front of the pattern has 4" of bust-ease in that dress, she's either wearing a smaller size or they've got it pinned in back.  If they are going to show the dress fitting slimmer, why would they tell you to make your own so much bigger?

post #245 of 606

Hi MrsGale!  Now is the perfect time to sew yourself years worth of diapers and wipes, clothes and knit Longies :)  Of course that is what I should have done....  Now I hardly find time to wash the stuff let alone make it!  Lilac- you need to do double time I think :)

 

Angelorum- I think it will look oddly big if you make that much ease.  But I generally go with the recommended sizing on the back of the pattern to start with anyway.Although that is what I did on a SewSerendipity dress and it turned out amazingly small.  Soooo... a muslin would have been a great idea.  I should really hack up that dress and make a lovely something for DD2.

 

MsShell?  Whatcha doing that is amazing?

 

Smokering- your little girl is so cute!  So are her clothes :)

 

I think I would like to stitch a couple of samplers with my homeschool moto and maybe some with some special bible verses on them.  I don't do that sort of thing though...  I don't even know how.  Can someone give me some advice?  I would love them to be cute pillows for my couch- but then they would be destroyed by my kids- so that is a no go.  Any suggestions?  I seriously don't even have any idea how or what to start this idea?  I am good with it taking a while- and I have every color of embroidery floss imaginable- but what kind of fabric do you use and do you just sketch out your idea in pencil or something?  Quite obviously I have no clue.  Hmmm or could I use the alphabet on my sewing machine? But that would be pretty small letters- and I want to actually be able to read it right?

 

Eta- I know what I needed to ask in addition to the above!  Does anyone remember Dancing Rain Dolls?  I have a pocket pal cut out and half put together for DD2 for her birthday.  DD1 wants us to put purple hair on it (hers has pink).  Well I had ordered DD1's hair from them and it was the old pink blend with the sparkly fibers and it is just lovely.  Any suggestions?  I think somewhere I have a skien of blonde mohair I could use in a pinch- but I would really like the rainbow sparkly stuff  to put in some pretty purple hair.  I know I can come up with the rest of the yarn out of my stash....


Edited by iowaorganic - 5/2/13 at 12:46pm
post #246 of 606
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iowaorganic: Are you talking about cross-stitch, or a more traditional "show-off" sampler with all different kinds of stitching - chain stitch, satin stitch etc (ie, literally samples of all the stitches you can do)?

 

If you mean cross-stitch, I think there are programs online that can help you translate a picture or design into a cross-stitch pattern. Usually people do cross-stitch on cross-stitch fabric, but my mother's done a few on coarsely-but-evenly woven fabric (linen, maybe?) and it looked beautiful. A bit of a pain, though, counting the threads for the Xes - two across, two down. But it had a much smoother finish. And it'd look better than Aida cross-stitch fabric if you wanted to include other kinds of stitches.

 

I would advise against pillows. Cross-stitch and embroidery pillows tend to get really skungy and grubby, and you can't exactly scrub 'em! Even hanging on the wall, embroidery can look dusty and dingy after a while unless it's safely behind glass.

post #247 of 606
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Hi MrsGale!  Now is the perfect time to sew yourself years worth of diapers and wipes, clothes and knit Longies smile.gif  Of course that is what I should have done....  Now I hardly find time to wash the stuff let alone make it!  Lilac- you need to do double time I think smile.gif

Angelorum- I think it will look oddly big if you make that much ease.  But I generally go with the recommended sizing on the back of the pattern to start with anyway.Although that is what I did on a SewSerendipity dress and it turned out amazingly small.  Soooo... a muslin would have been a great idea.  I should really hack up that dress and make a lovely something for DD2.

MsShell?  Whatcha doing that is amazing?

Smokering- your little girl is so cute!  So are her clothes smile.gif

I think I would like to stitch a couple of samplers with my homeschool moto and maybe some with some special bible verses on them.  I don't do that sort of thing though...  I don't even know how.  Can someone give me some advice?  I would love them to be cute pillows for my couch- but then they would be destroyed by my kids- so that is a no go.  Any suggestions?  I seriously don't even have any idea how or what to start this idea?  I am good with it taking a while- and I have every color of embroidery floss imaginable- but what kind of fabric do you use and do you just sketch out your idea in pencil or something?  Quite obviously I have no clue.  Hmmm or could I use the alphabet on my sewing machine? But that would be pretty small letters- and I want to actually be able to read it right?

Eta- I know what I needed to ask in addition to the above!  Does anyone remember Dancing Rain Dolls?  I have a pocket pal cut out and half put together for DD2 for her birthday.  DD1 wants us to put purple hair on it (hers has pink).  Well I had ordered DD1's hair from them and it was the old pink blend with the sparkly fibers and it is just lovely.  Any suggestions?  I think somewhere I have a skien of blonde mohair I could use in a pinch- but I would really like the rainbow sparkly stuff  to put in some pretty purple hair.  I know I can come up with the rest of the yarn out of my stash....

You could try the blog Pretty by Hand (sorry I can't link, I'm on my phone). She is doing a beautiful alphabet sampler and provides some links and tutorials for embroidery. Including how to transfer your design to fabric.
post #248 of 606

Ohh  great idea Katelove!  Thanks- I will look there.  

 

Smokering- perhaps this is caused by DD1 and I reading the Felicity series where she is working on her sampler- lol- but I did decide to use the free patterns I downloaded to make a Felicity wardrobe for DD's Molly doll!  I don't know any stitches- I just want to try something new that doesn't cost a fortune in supplies.  And something that is portable.  My last portable project was a sweater that didn't end up fitting,  it was very disappointing.

 

I do like the idea of putting it behind glass!  I don't know about doing cross stitch.  That seems like it would require counting and that seems like too much for my poor brain.

post #249 of 606

They make linen specifically for cross stitching.  It comes in a few different colors and stitch counts (stitches per inch), and has a perfectly even weave so your crosses are all square.  Once you are used to it, it's really no trouble to stitch over two threads in the weave.  You just make sure that the vertical thread is going over the horizontal thread at the weave cross to the upper right of where you've stuck your needle.  If the vertical thread is underneath, you know you are half a stitch off.  Cross stitch does take some counting, especially at the very beginning.  Once you get going you can use things you've already stitched to reference where you are on a chart, and you don't have to count so much. 

post #250 of 606
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I did cross-stitch as a kid. I did find the counting frustrating, but then, I was a very impatient kid. Wouldn't any kind of sampler require counting, though? Or at least measuring and making sure things were even and so on? You wouldn't want to run out of space halfway through a word, after all. Traditional samplers tend to be very structured and require precise spacing, which makes me feel you may as well do cross-stitch as not. :p But then, no reason you couldn't do a freeform hippie sampler!

 

I'm making DD a knit top to wear under her tunic. I love how quickly the knit stuff comes together! I only have the bindings on the neckline and one sleeve to do, but I really need to work on an article I have due in two days. Haven't written a word. Ulp. I had to pick this time to get out of my sewing rut!

post #251 of 606
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Ohh  great idea Katelove!  Thanks- I will look there.  

Smokering- perhaps this is caused by DD1 and I reading the Felicity series where she is working on her sampler- lol- but I did decide to use the free patterns I downloaded to make a Felicity wardrobe for DD's Molly doll!  I don't know any stitches- I just want to try something new that doesn't cost a fortune in supplies.  And something that is portable.  My last portable project was a sweater that didn't end up fitting,  it was very disappointing.

I do like the idea of putting it behind glass!  I don't know about doing cross stitch.  That seems like it would require counting and that seems like too much for my poor brain.

You could also try www.embroidery@rocksea.org She provides tutorials for just about evey stitch you could imagine. If you don't want to count then I'd suggest drawing your design onto fabric and stitching over the drawn design. You can use a washable pen or a pencil or one of those quilting pens which disappear over time. That's what I've used so far but they fade quickly in my humid climate so not so great for long term projects. You can always go over the design as it fades just don't put it away for a month and forget about it!!

If you're drawing your design you can use pretty much any fabric but firmer weaves give a more consistent result. Quilting fabric works well. I like unbleached calico. You can also reinforce lighter fabrics with interfacing. I also prefer to use a hoop which helps keep the fabric stable.
post #252 of 606

Project #15. 

 

Teeny hats for donation to Teeny Tears. Made 9 so far (didn't to the other colorway in the photo---oops!). They are quick, and I have another one on the needles already. Beats making more washcloths. I like a quick and easy project I can take with me that I don't have to keep looking back at how to make it.

post #253 of 606

Well I am working or preparing to work on a quilt and yesterday I bought the kona solids for it and while I was at the craft store I happened across a bead sale and wouldn't you know it but they jumped in my cart.  So I spent a relaxing evening stinging stretchy bead bracelets.  Required absolutely no thought and instant gratification- which was what I really needed.  I should have bought more beads since now I want a necklace to match.

 

I am working on pocket pal dolls today.  I found 2 bodies that I already have sewn- so I am assembling/stuffing them right now.  I think I will make a fairy and a real girl for DD2.  and then I will set to work on some clothes.  I have extra body fabric so I might whip up a mermaid for her also- DD1 loved her mermaid I made her.

post #254 of 606
1. Blanket for Marley
2. Blanket for Abby
3. Blanket for SC baby
4. RTA furniture (2 bar stools, 1 lamp, 1 butterfly table)
5. 3 intense journals for therapy
 
 
 
not bad and I"m on track for one project per month
 
I have an entire box (18*18*18) of crafting supplies that is still in my mothers garage 2000 miles away.  shes made no contact to send it back, nor any of the other boxes.... ugh.
post #255 of 606
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19/52. OK, I'm taking a point for something that's technically mending, not sewing, but tough. DH's winter top got holes nibbled in the front by mice, so...

 

 

Fortunately, he has a sense of humour. I suspect he'll only be wearing it around the house, though...

post #256 of 606

Hahaha!  That's awesome.  And I totally think mending is point worthy, I don't know about you, but that stuff piles up at my house.
 

post #257 of 606
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20/52: Finished DD's long-sleeved knit top. It's nothing fancy - raglan sleeves, gathered wrist-bands, designed to be worn under things. I'm still jazzed about learning to sew knits, though, so I feel triumphant. Might make another one at some stage.

 


Edited by Smokering - 5/6/13 at 7:38pm
post #258 of 606

Dyed a couple more rovings.  They took a couple overdyes to get to where I was happy with them.

 

 

 

26/52 Halfway!

post #259 of 606
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21/52: Long-sleeved T-shirt for DS. I used an old shirt of Mum's; the fabric is really too floppy for a winter top, as it turns out. So it's slightly odd-looking. I suspect it will end up layered under more glamorous items. But he's extremely low on long-sleeved shirts at the moment, so it's better than nothing.

 

Angelorum: Congrats on the halfway mark! That wool looks lovely. Do you have plans for it?

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Angelorum: Congrats on the halfway mark! That wool looks lovely. Do you have plans for it?

 I think I'm going to spin the purple/green one into a chain plyed self striping yarn, and the blue/green one just into a basic two ply.  Aiming for fingering weight.  They are both superwash/nylon blends, they will probably get turned into socks or mittens.

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