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Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
8:47 am

Large embroidered hanging


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Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
4:16 am - I'm a grandpa!!

I'm a grandpa, have been now for a whole week!
Joshua David was born 24 July at 9.47pm (9 pounds 12 1/2 oz- a big boy!).
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He and Bek (my daughter, his Mum) are staying with me out at "Djapana" at the moment, which is wonderful for me! As I'm a night owl and Bek isn't, I'm doing the 'nightshift' with feeds etc, he's a very good baby, so it's usually fairly easy to work out what he needs, and he doesn't complain unless there is something he needs (food, wet nappy, wind). Of course I might be biased but I think he's adorable.

If anyone knows of any good places online to get patterns or other sewing guides for baby clothes and equipment/toys, I'd love the URLs?
Pop Simon

(cross posted a bit)

current mood: happy

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Sunday, October 15th, 2006
4:20 pm - another one bites the bullet

I dusted off my sewing machine and here i aml; My daughter just picks up and off she goes no training no reading she does great; me i am struggling through hopefully i will get finished my first goth looking dress and a pair of wrap pants.

I should have a picture to share soon


current mood: contemplative

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Thursday, September 14th, 2006
10:30 am - New poster

Though this community seems to be barely functioning(sadly), I'll have my go at it :3

A little bit of an introduction,

I live in Seattle, I did attend the AIS for fashion design for 1 year. There are several reasons why I left. Between then and now I've made 2 costumes, and am now working on a third.

Current project-

I designed a simple babytop tunic/dress with puff sleeves with bias trimmed placket/vent and bias made ties for closure. It has a "kimono" bodice where one piece goes over the other, I'm trying to decide if I want darts or gathers. It's empire waisted, which gives free flow to an a-line cut which should end about mid thigh. The fabric is a cheap satin and will probably have to be lined in the bodice, and maybe a second layer of lining around the body of the garment. The back will be a 3 button closure, but not with a button placket, just hoops/loops for buttons. Also to go with this, a pair of light pink bloomers trimmed with "confetti" ribbon purchased to match the fabric.

Accessories will include a polar fleece anti pill backpack, with functioning inner pouch and a green lizard like stuffed animal.

My goal is to look like a character from a manga(japanese b&w comic book) called Mikako from Gokinjo Monogatari by Ai Yazawa. My other goal, is to challenge myself to work with satin, bias, and draping.

I've decided to skip out on flat pattern drafting as I do not like it, and since I did my block a year or so ago I have changed in size and am not interested in remaking a new block. I've decided to drape on my dressform and see how that goes. It's been a while since i've draped, so we'll see how that goes.

current mood: thinking

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11:48 pm - Introductions to self and projects.

This is your standard newbie post. I recently fell into sewing in a big way, and now find myself addicted and craving fellow sewing fanatics for support, opinions, and guidance. So when I read the descrip for this commm. it sounded fitting.

Mainly I'm a costumer, Ren Faire and Sci-Fi Fantasy conventions are what I usually sew for. Although recently I've started making my own everyday clothes and I'm liking that more and more.

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current mood: optimistic

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Thursday, March 2nd, 2006
11:36 am - Help!

Hey guys! I'm hosting a panel soon on Beginning Costuming, and a recent computer crash lost my good links. I'm looking for any sites that have good information on beginning sewing or basic costuming. Give me your favorites, please!

**checked memories and crossposted everywhere I could think of**

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2006
10:18 am - $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$


I'd like to some one to commission (make) this for me in a L or XL

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Saturday, January 21st, 2006
11:58 am - Decided to try to finish...

I am very excited. I have about 500 sewing projects that are half started and have been lying around for years. I started this tiny lap/baby quilt thing while I was at boarding school. I did blocks in the center and then I decided to put edges around that. I had finished it up until the very last side. Yesterday I finished my cross stitching project. This morning I didn't want to start a new one so I decided I would catch up on some of my sewing. After I get the front of the lap/baby quilt done, I want to work on my pillow. I hope I get most of it done today. I really do need to finish it.

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Saturday, January 14th, 2006
4:29 am

Well I'm new but I do a lot of cross stitchinc, which isnt exactly sewing but then I usually put my cross stitch on pillows...or at least I have been trying to sew them on a pillow. I do most of that sort of stitching by hand. I have made 4 pillows already by hand. But for some reason this one is just seeming to take forever. I really have no motivation for it. Sometimes I do but I am usually about to go to work or am busy with schoolwork.
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Wednesday, January 12th, 2005
9:25 am - January Sewing-A-Bunch Update

Due to unexpected levels of busyness, I've been slow to get started on this. I will post pictures of finished objects as soon as I find time to take them.

Last weekend I:

1. Began a tiered skirt, got halfway through and scrapped it because I didn't like the way the fabric was acting (it was bargain-bin fabric, always a risk).

2. Started and finished a princess-seamed top out of a remnant of embroidered stretch twill, mostly to try out a new pattern and adjust the fit (the shoulders were waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay far apart! WTF?).

3. Started a shoulder bag (lined, with an applique) from scraps and remnants. I'm about 80% finished with this.

4. Cut out a new jacket pattern.

This weekend I hope to:

1. Cut fabric and try out the new jacket pattern.

2. Draft a circle-skirt pattern piece to connect with a yoke from another pattern.

3. Try out circle-skirt-on-yoke idea (and hopefully eat up some of the fabric taking over our apartment).

4. Try the princess-seamed top pattern with a non-stretchy fabric and adjust for fit.

5. Figure out something to do with the 1.5 yards of nice faux fur I have before winter is over.

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Tuesday, January 11th, 2005
11:47 pm - Sewing update

Since I can't remember what the final verdict was on what to call it...

So far, I've completed one project (a fleece hoodie made from some leftover fabric) and gotten all the machine work done on the second (a skirt for a two-piece formal dress for my degree recital in the spring.) I still need to make the bodice for that, but I'm making a muslin first to make sure the pattern will look ok with it, since it's different than the one that came with it.

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Monday, January 10th, 2005
1:26 am - 'nother sewing update

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Sunday, January 9th, 2005
3:31 am - Sewing so far

Ok, I have no idea how to quantify this, but I want to record all the things I've been doing

Grey pants - completed
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Brown Jacket - in process
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cross-posted to my personal journal and sew_motivate
I'd forgotten how much of sewing has nothing to do with sitting at the machine, and everything to do with cutting and ironing. *sigh*

current mood: sore

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Monday, January 3rd, 2005
12:17 pm

Okay, here's my IntSewMo (or whatever was decided on) entry:

Sew Vanity Fair Dress to point of embellishment.
That means:
Sew corset
Sew bloomers
Sew dress with lining
Hem dress and bone flare collar

Finish Wedding Dress
That means:
Finish skirts
Attach skirts to bodice base
Re-enforce bodice base with twill tape
Finish lining
Attach lining to dress
add ruffle
Add decorative bodice
Add bodice/sleeve trim
finish sleeves
finish bodice

Straight Front corset
Finish in full

White Victorian Corset
Finish in full

Test dye linen for green robe costume
Test dye brocade for Victory Gown

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Saturday, January 1st, 2005
2:34 pm - happy new year!

hey hey - its january 1st. are we doing this thing? i did comment obout it but on another community and i can't remember where.

i have

  • plum coloured skirt thats cut out and needs to be sewn together

  • t shirt altered and pinned, needs to be sewn

  • dress i want to alter from mumsy to cool somehow

  • plastic bag holder to make

thats just what i can see around me. motivate me up!

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Monday, December 6th, 2004
4:40 pm - What shall we call it?

I'm very excited, because it sounds like there's some support for this "NaNoWriMo" for sewing.

I'm excited to start this for the month of January. Let's plan on going from Jan 1 - Jan 31.

Since this hasn't been done before, let's try to hash out some ideas.

1. What shall we call this thing? We can't call it NaNoSewMo, since there's no "Novel" involved (that's the "No" in "NaNoWriMo"). I'd rather not use "Na", since I want to be inclusive for everyone, even if we're not in the same country. How about IntSewMo (Internation Sewing Month)? Any other suggestions?

2. How shall we measure progress? I like the idea of measuring linear inches sewn, but that may not work for everyone. Besides, then you have to measure everything as you go along. I also really like the idea of measuring how many yards of stash were used (my stash is taking over my life), and some folks seem to like the idea of tracking hours devoted. I propose that everyone who wants to participate choose one or more of these methods, rather than tying ourselves down to a single method. What do you think?

3. How much progress shall we accomplish in a month? Obviously, this depends on which measurement(s) you're using. I think I'll set my own goals to 1000 linear inches sewn, and 10 yards of stash used. What sounds good to you?

What else should we decide on before January?

I'd love to hear stories from the front from everyone about what they'd like to sew, and what fabrics they think they'll use. Pictures would, of course, be extra lovely.

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2:29 pm - NaNoWriMo for sewing?


I'm trying to figure out how to adapt the concepts of NaNoWriMo and Art by the Inch to sewing.

We could set the goal by linear inches stitched. So, if you were sewing a pair of pants, and the inseam was 25", that would count as 50", because you sewed the left inseam and the right inseam.

Or, if you were sewing a simple A-line skirt, and there were four vertical seams was about 30", and the waistband was 35", that would count for [ 4 * 30" + 35"] = 155". Ooops, but let's not forget the hem, which might be about another 50", bringing the total to 255"

Anyone interested in having a NaNoSewMo, where we set a goal to sew 2000 linear inches?

cross-posted to darkthreads, sew_hip, sew_motivate

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