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Re: sewing

Post by yubo » Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:16 pm

crystalball wrote:My mum bought me a sewing machine this weekend! I'm sure there was a hidden message in that kind gesture but it was really nice spending an evening with her showing me the basics and how to thread it and all that. I'm going to make bibs for all my friends' babies now.
oh yay.

I hope all of you post pictures of your sewing works of art. I like looking at what people come up with.
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Re: sewing

Post by alongwalkhome » Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:47 am

crystalball wrote:My mum bought me a sewing machine this weekend! I'm sure there was a hidden message in that kind gesture but it was really nice spending an evening with her showing me the basics and how to thread it and all that. I'm going to make bibs for all my friends' babies now.
Nice one! Any wisdom on this skill that you can impart to me, would be much appreciated. I just cannot master even the threading of the machine.

I saw some of Yube's exquisite quilting up close this weekend and it made me feel the need to get crafty. She also had a really cool book on crewel--do any of your sewers have experience with crewel? My mom did it when I was a kid and I've always wanted to try it.

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Re: sewing

Post by Sylvie » Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:27 pm

I'm thinking about making my own wedding dress. Am I mental?
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Re: sewing

Post by alongwalkhome » Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:33 pm

Sylvie wrote:I'm thinking about making my own wedding dress. Am I mental?
I say design it, but leave the stressful assembly and fittings to someone else! You'll have enough on your plate! Ooh, I can't wait to see the sketches, though.

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Re: sewing

Post by let it ride » Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:50 pm

Sylvie wrote:I'm thinking about making my own wedding dress. Am I mental?
No, not at all! It's not like you've never designed clothes before. This girl who's blog I LOVE just got married and made the dress herself:
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So beautiful!
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Re: sewing

Post by Sylvie » Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:13 pm

Wow, I love her dress! Do you have a link to her blog? (I imagine I won't be able to read it, but I'd like to coo over the pictures).

I have lots of ideas in my head already and most of them revolve around the same theme. The only thing that would hold me back would be if I wanted the bodice boned. I could possibly go on a day course to get the basics, but I'm not sure that would be enough. Generally though, if I started early and made sure I got the toile right first, then it should work out fine. In fact, I could probably afford to splash out a bit more on fabric. The only problem I can see is keeping the dress a secret from Andrew. I've pretty much decided to make the bridesmaid dresses anyway!

I saw someone had made their own bouquets out of fabric and buttons, which looked sweet. I'm not one for overly crafty things, but these looked really classy.

I need to start making lots of lists and spreadsheets to figure the dress decision out (Bridezilla!!)
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Re: sewing

Post by let it ride » Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:22 pm

Haha I have the most insane spreadsheet going on with ALL the information, after my Mac template for a wedding planner. It's fun AND practical though. Don't worry, it's not crazy, it's just what anyone with even a slightly organisational streak will want to do!

That is actually the latest post, as she is on her honeymoon. She's fun because she lives far up north in Sweden, but she went on her honeymoon even further up into the North to a little cottage. She has promised to put up tons and tons of pictures of the dress ("it doesn't fit in one picture!" as she wrote) as soon as she comes back!

The address of her blog is:
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Re: sewing

Post by obo-bobolina » Thu Oct 02, 2008 5:12 pm

I've borrowed my aunty's sewing machine so that I can have a go at dressmaking. It's old and can be tempramental at times apparently but I've always found it to be sturdy and once I remember how to use it I should be alright. I used it to make the curtains and upholster the seat cushions in my camper van a few years ago and a few other bits like that, but I've not made anything I could wear since I was about 14. There will doubtless be tantrums along the way but I am going to think positive. I'm starting with a simple Halloween costume using cheap fabric so we'll see how that goes....
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Re: sewing

Post by squirrelboutique » Thu Oct 02, 2008 5:18 pm

This is more a sewing repair thing than a creative sewing thing, but I got the coolest little contraptiony thing for making fabric buttons. I'd lost a couple of velvet ones off my coat, and I couldn't find any replacement ones that were the exact right size, so the woman at the fabric store showed me how to get the stuff to make my own.

I'm going to maybe go into the fabric button making business.

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Re: sewing

Post by let it ride » Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:21 pm

Haha, my mum who is an upholsterer has so many cool tools like that! I used to make fabric buttons all the time when I was little.

But becuase it is like crazy industrial strength, a bit like this:
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but it had a handle coming out horizontally, and you had to wind it downwards and then slowly release it up again, to add pressure to the macine. If you let it go when it was the furthest down it could be, it would just spin around the rod it was attached to and be crazy powerful. When I was nine and so and hanging out in my mum's workshop, I was sitting around making buttons with pretty fabrics and managed to let it go when it was done with the button, and it smacked me RIGHT in the head. Fuck me, that was painful.

I also stapled myself in the hand with my mum's super exciting professional staple gun when she was working from home, when I was 4.

I think the lesson to be learnt is that I am not good around the industrial sewing stuff. It is nutty. But also very fun! I should take pictures of the fun stuff my mum has in her workshop. She has like 300 000 different needles, fabric samples, thread rolls and things like that.
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Re: sewing

Post by obo-bobolina » Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:53 am

Project dress-making has gotten off to a poor start because I have decided I don't like the (ridiculously over simple, wrap around from the back with an overskirt) pattern. I only bought super cheap gingham to make a kind of mock-up though so it is no real loss. I'm going to finish it to make sure I'm upto speed with my hemming and finishing and that before I start work on the other pattern but I already know I'll never wear it. Which is a bit of a shame. Ah well.

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Re: sewing

Post by yubo » Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:41 pm

maybe you can embellish it with trimming or applique or something to make it less simple looking?
good job, anyway.

I'm jealous you have a dress form. I'm always sewing (well, when I used to sew clothes) in my underwear because I kept having to try on. I've been religiously entering this sweepstakes in hopes of winning one.
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Re: sewing

Post by mae » Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:47 am

hee, aranzi aronzo had a stall in my department store for a week or so and they had a deal where if you spent 3000yen you got a special canvas bag, so amongst other cute stuff i decided to get some of this fabric:

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i don't have a sewing machine here (or any skills) so i've sent it to my mum and she's gonna make a pinafore dress with it! it's so cute, i hope it looks ok as a dress. usually she makes a-line skirts for me because they're super easy but we both thought it needed to be something different. what do you think? it's not as pale in real life, it's a canvassy colour and the red is a very orangey red.

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Re: sewing

Post by obo-bobolina » Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:01 pm

Aww. I think that will make a super cute pinafore dress. It's a really sweet pattern.
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Re: sewing

Post by mop » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:50 pm

I got a present today, a sewing machine! YAY!

now I can spend half my time unpicking stitches and the other half on here asking for advice!

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Re: sewing

Post by kingofpartick » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:00 pm

i'm going to thread lynsey's sewing machine and do some hemming on suits.

you can't stop me.
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Re: sewing

Post by yubo » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:03 pm

good luck!
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Re: sewing

Post by kingofpartick » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:06 pm

i'm going to loaf about for a few days first.

maybe i should break the habit of a lifetime and read the instructions first.
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Re: sewing

Post by DimitraDaisy » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:14 pm

kingofpartick wrote:i'm going to loaf about for a few days first.

maybe i should break the habit of a lifetime and read the instructions first.
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Re: sewing

Post by String Bean Jen » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:15 pm

kingofpartick wrote:i'm going to loaf about for a few days first.

maybe i should break the habit of a lifetime and read the instructions first.
Definitely do! You don't want to get thread stuck somewhere in a monolithic machine and have no way of fishing it out. Once you do it a few times, it's as easy as tying your shoes. Go Gav!
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