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From: DorothyL
Date: 06-15-2006, 08:17 AM (1 of 32)
Time to ask--
What is everyone working on?
What is the last thing you finished?
What's next in line?

I still have one more tier to put on my daughter's skirt to get married in. This fifth tier is, I estimate, about 12.7 miles around (well, at least it feels that way). Then just hem it and finish the top edge.
Then I have to start the top.
She'll be here to help tomorrow and I may demand she come back Sunday to keep things going smoothly.
Friday I think I'll take her shopping for a birthday gift.

{{Patty -- did you hear about the dueling MacKenzie-Childs barn sales this weekend?
Friday and Saturday at both ends of Aurora -- Rowland's sale at the factory on the north -- -- and Victoria and Richard MacKinzie-Childs -- -- at the south. I should be able to find something for the soon to be newly-wed that doesn't involve my sewing machine.}}

The last thing I finished was her cape and the next thing I'll make is her top. Then I am going to make myself a border print skirt but I am going to make the border edging with chain stitches on the serger and some appliqued ladies (familiar to Jan). NO GATHERS!!!
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: stephi
Date: 06-15-2006, 08:40 AM (2 of 32)
I was going to dive into some leotards for my D but my niece has a recietal in a week and the lady who was supposed to fix her sleeves has gone to take care of an ailing mother. So I guess I am fixing her sleeves for her recietal outfit since she would look funny with only one hand, LOL. SHe had a stroke when she was being born and her right side is shorter than her left..I have mentioned it before.

So the next project is the loetards and a ballet bag for my niece like the one I made my D.

Last thing I finished was a ballet bag for my D...She picked out the material and the ribbon. Its modified from simplicities diaper bag pattern. :up:

"No body knows what it is that I do until I dont do it"

"if you do what you have always done you will get what you have always gotten"
User: stephi
Member since: 03-17-2006
Total posts: 361
Date: 06-15-2006, 08:41 AM (3 of 32)
WOW....what an exciting project! I am a beginner so I can't even imagine doing something like a wedding dress....

Hang in there.....I hope you will post the picture when you are done...I would love to see it.

I thought I would tell you what I am working on I just finished pillow cases.....I have a skirt that is pinned and I just got a dress pattern - it is suppose to be so easy....we shall see. I have read it through a few times and I think a few more will be in order before I begin ----finding the fabric is going to be a challenge.

It is suppose to be a boarder print and am having a difficult time finding a boarder print.......Where are you from ? Do you have some suggestions for me...I was wondering because I live in Wisconsin and I don't see any boarder prints around....I saw one for 12.99 a yard on the internet.....very nice but, a little to pricey for a beginner project. Let me be fair...I did find was pink and had pictures of walt disney cartoons/characters.....not exactly what I was looking for. :whacky:

Look forward to hearing more about your sewing...
Have a great day.
Member since: 11-30-2005
Total posts: 27
From: DorothyL
Date: 06-15-2006, 09:08 AM (4 of 32)
Katina --
I couldn't find a border I liked either so I am making my own.
I'll just make up my very quick and basic A-line skirt out of a black and grayish textured linen I've had for a couple years.
I'm going to put some wavy chains in assorted colors around the lower edge and sew on some fancy stylish 1950s ladies on to make a border.

I'm not exactly making a wedding dress. My daughter is eloping. But she asked me to make her a dress to elope in. OK, she is a little spoiled. She has, since a child, been able to say I want a dress like that and have it made to fit.
I'll definitely post a photo when it is finished.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 06-15-2006, 10:02 AM (5 of 32)
Katina -- I am a beginner, and I am making my wedding dress! But I am just crazy. ;) The wedding is about 3 weeks away now, and I haven't even started the real thing. Yes, I'm getting nervous..but I think things will work out. I finally got the muslin top to fit (cut it out again as the next smaller size, full bust adjustment..and viola! A good fit), and I'm putting some finishing touches on the muslin skirt since the princess seams were not even close to lining up with the top. They still won't be perfect, but they were about 1" off on each side before. Anyway, I guess the last thing I finished was the muslin top, and now I'm working on the muslin skirt..and after that it's time to cut my real fabric. Wish me luck. And keep the posts coming -- I love to read what everyone is up to!

~Kaitlin - the new home for Sew What's New
User: Kaitlinnegan
Member since: 03-20-2006
Total posts: 222
From: Patty22
Date: 06-15-2006, 10:22 AM (6 of 32)
Kaitlin, you're not crazy, you're adventurous.

[Dorothy - I'll have to let my SIL know about Richard and Victoria's sale.]
User: Patty22
Member since: 03-29-2006
Total posts: 1194
Date: 06-15-2006, 10:24 AM (7 of 32)
Your such a good mom.....
I can't wait to see the picture....The skirt too....

I am thinking I might leave the boarder off. I did see a white eyelet fabric that had a really small boarder or scallops....But it is a little on the thin side....and I really don't want to show off my underwear...

You sound like you are doing well....a beginner...really....You go Girl!!!

Hope you post your picture tooo....

Congratulations on your up coming wedding!!!!
Regards - Katina
Member since: 11-30-2005
Total posts: 27
From: blessedmommyuv3
Date: 06-15-2006, 11:35 AM (8 of 32)
I joined a quilting guild 2 months ago, so I have been working mostly on quilts.
I made a small doll sized tshirt quilt for my dd to play with when I discovered them using pillowcases for blankets. The tshirt quilt wasn't my bag of tea, so I just did the one.
This month is crazy quilt. I LOVE crazy quilt. I am having a ball with it!!! I am embroidering my last square to insert with the crazy quilt blocks and finish into a wall hanging. It has an Asian theme and is alot of fun.
I just need to figure out what type of sashing and border to use and work on finishing it up. I will post a pic when I am done.

Finished projects:

a pillow for dd #2's best friend, a little girl adopted from a Chinese orphanage.
It has her American name, her Chinese name below, and the symbol for "beauty".

I also taught her (dd #2) how to sew on her very own machine this week (a new blue Kenmore mini ultra). She made this tote bag:

she did ALL of the sewing herself. I am very proud of her :up:

Lastly, yesterday, I made 14 yo dd a summer halter top (daddy approved):



Next: probably more halter tops as above for dd, and hope to begin perfecting fit of some knit tops for me :shock:

User: blessedmommyuv3
Member since: 05-18-2004
Total posts: 263
From: MariLynntex
Date: 06-15-2006, 11:43 AM (9 of 32)
I made all my 3 daughters' wedding dresses, but you know, I never counted up the bridal gowns I made doing custom sewing...sometimes I did whole weddings, bride, bridesmaids, bride's mother, flower girls, ring pillows, wedding cake toppers. For my daughters I also made 5-tiered wedding cakes!! I think all of you will do well and have beautiful weddings to reflect on for many years.
Currently I am altering (only slightly) 2 tiered skirts (fashionable again!) I used to wear when I was a professional singer so I can wear them now. One is a coral & aquamarine tropical print and one a black. I cut off the waistband of the print (I don't squeeze my waist like I used to--at 79 comfort is the name of the game) and by turning down the top for a casing for 1-1/4 inch elastic, it was shortened to just above the ankles, a length I like. I did the same with the black skirt and am looking through my trims for some wide black crocheted trim I want to use on it! It's fun to remodel things you liked the first time around! And reading about the things y'all do is fun, gives me ideas! MariLynntx
User: MariLynntex
Member since: 01-05-2006
Total posts: 107
From: bethm95
Date: 06-15-2006, 12:42 PM (10 of 32)
A friend of mine, who taught me to sew, designed and made a wedding dress for another friend of hers a couple of years ago. I only saw the top of it, because the bride got all fussy about noone seeing it til after the wedding. By then, I didn't want to see it anymore.

Anyway, I just finished a skirt and I'm working on a seat belt cover for my son to keep the belt from rubbing his neck. I just have to put the velcro on it. i"m not sure what I'll make next. I just started sewing again after being away from it for a few months.
User: bethm95
Member since: 04-27-2004
Total posts: 16
From: bethm95
Date: 06-15-2006, 12:44 PM (11 of 32)
Wow, Kaitlin, I really admire you for being a beginner and making your wedding dress!! I would never have had the patience and nerve to do that!! I'm sure it will be beautiful, please post pictures when you're done!
User: bethm95
Member since: 04-27-2004
Total posts: 16
From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 06-15-2006, 08:01 PM (12 of 32)
I will definitely post pictures when I'm done! Thanks for the encouragement! I figure if I can pull this off, I could probably sew just about any garment I would want.. We'll see if I'm still feeling "adventurous" in a couple of weeks. ;) - the new home for Sew What's New
User: Kaitlinnegan
Member since: 03-20-2006
Total posts: 222
From: LoveSewin
Date: 06-16-2006, 11:26 AM (13 of 32)
I am currently working on some window coverings for my Mom's new house. I do have a tiered skirt I have been working on out of a nice linen blend fabric, but as I got closer to the bottom it almost seemed too wide! I thought it would hang better... so it is sitting on my ironing board until I can figure out what I want to do with it!
User: LoveSewin
Member since: 01-31-2006
Total posts: 103
From: DorothyL
Date: 06-16-2006, 12:07 PM (14 of 32)
Kim --
Aren't those tiers a pain! They just get bigger and bigger and bigger.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: MartySews
Date: 06-16-2006, 09:50 PM (15 of 32)
In the past 2 weeks I made a T-shirt for myself using the Phoebe Tee pattern from The shirt is royal blue 100% cotton knit (from Hancock Fabrics) with dropped shoulders and short sleeves. I didn't even have to alter the pattern. I only shortened the length to my personal preference. Then I hemmed 5 (80in x 36in) flannel backed vinyl tablecloths for the youth department at my church. I also made 3 fleece baby blankets for shower gifts and hemmed a fleece blanket for my DD to take to camp with her. All of this sewing was done on the serger. Now, tomorrow I will embroider 2 T-shirts for my sister. Happy Stitching!
Marty :wink:
It takes one moment to change a life.
User: MartySews
Member since: 02-23-2003
Total posts: 504
From: jenny-o
Date: 06-16-2006, 10:33 PM (16 of 32)
I just have the hand sewing of the binding to do to finish off the quilt I've been making. It is for my third baby, due in less than two weeks. Sitting at the machine hasn't been the most comfortable thing to do for very long! I'm just glad that it should be done in the next few days. I'm actually hoping to do a lot more sewing after the birth than I have been doing. I finally have a fantastic sewing room for the first time in my life. I'll post pictures one day, I am so proud of it. I just look at it and it makes me happy!
User: jenny-o
Member since: 08-28-2005
Total posts: 132
From: MartySews
Date: 06-16-2006, 10:47 PM (17 of 32)
Congratulations Jen on your baby and having a sewing room. If DD ever moves out, I'll have a sewing room again. For now, I sew in our main living/family room area. That's a challenge with my dogs trying to help and being constantly interrupted to move so someone can walk to the bedroom or bath. However, I've gotten used to it and try to watch sewing videos while working on a project. Happy Stitching!
Marty :up:
It takes one moment to change a life.
User: MartySews
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Total posts: 504
From: Magot
Date: 06-17-2006, 01:52 AM (18 of 32)
There seem to be a lot of tiers around here at the moment!
Sounds like you'll do great with the dress Kaitlin - I never realised that making a muslin was what you SHOULD do so I just went ahead and made my dress. It was only on my wedding day that we realised that the broderie anglaise was a touch see through down the front panel so as I has no slip... my bridesmaid sewed me into my nightie t make do. When getting changed for the going away thing Tony had to come and borrow some scissors to cut me out of it... Stuff of Legend!
My ladies come to work with me every day Dorothy - and I have had peopel asking me where I got the fabulous bag - international fame!

Recently I have been baby knitting and learnign to make little bags - so cute. Current project - need to finish advent quilt, am making premmie clothes ( great for using up tiny bits of leftover yarn) and have a shawl to make/invent for my daughters Mother in Law.(what IS that relationship - does that make her my sister in law??)
love and kisses, Jan
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DNA to order.
User: Magot
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From: mamagoose
Date: 06-17-2006, 12:47 PM (19 of 32)
Another wedding dress here! Tulle is the fabric of the day!
User: mamagoose
Member since: 01-26-2002
Total posts: 168
From: bluebirdie
Date: 06-17-2006, 10:08 PM (20 of 32)
Curtains, curtains and more curtains!

Our house has 45 windows and is a cooking greenhouse in the summer. Some of them have blinds and some with thin curtains I made. I've been totally against luxury energy usage in California. However, my husband turns red whenever it's over 80 degree. I always worried that he's either going through manopause or a heart attack. So we finally bit the bullet last year adding central air conditioning. Now I'm adding a thick layer cutains so we won't go broke paying PG&E bills. Hopefully the new curtains will help.
- Robin
User: bluebirdie
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Total posts: 139
From: bridesmom
Date: 06-17-2006, 11:57 PM (21 of 32)
I just finished making stuff for myself finally. I did a blouse, 2 skirts, a tote bag, then 4 grocery totes and then finially did my quilted jacket out of fat quarters (I posted pictures in 'beginning quilting'. I am so pleased with the jacket. Now I am finishing up UFO's until we leave for California, then I will be away for two weeks and by the time I get back I'm sure I will be going through major sewing withdrawal. But I am planning on doing some serious fabric shopping, as I have used up 2 bins of stash! (I did lots of summer clothes for the baby granddaughter). I still have stuff I want to do for myself which I will poke away at this summer.
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 06-19-2006, 04:08 PM (22 of 32)
I have been shortening summer shirts I bought last year at EOS sales reduced 50 to 75 %.. Finished 3 embroidered denims , have 2 hawaiian type prints to go..Next, either quilted tote from my frog fabric on one side and the other is paisley and its already quilted.. (bought it that way); or a purse for the contest Mary is running.. Or maybe both..
Sew With Love
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From: ckmom002
Date: 06-19-2006, 08:51 PM (23 of 32)
i just finished my daughter a dress i think it is very cute it only took me about 4 hours to do!!!!

this is the first time i posted pics so i hope it works
User: ckmom002
Member since: 06-11-2006
Total posts: 105
From: esrun3
Date: 06-19-2006, 10:27 PM (24 of 32)
I just finished up this little shorts outfit for dgd's birthday on Sunday-she turns 3.

next, I really have to get busy making baby blankets, maternity tops and there is now the possibility my dd and her bf will run to the JP and get married so will have a quilt to make real quick for her-would like to make her a signature one so everyone at the party we'll throw can sign it. Her bf just changed jobs and they are thinking it would be good to have 2 insurance coverages so that's why the quick run to the JP. Not sure if they will do it or not.

Ckmom-forgot to mention that the dress is very very cute as is your dd!
User: esrun3
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From: ckmom002
Date: 06-19-2006, 10:35 PM (25 of 32)
Thank You
I Love The Outfit You Made As Well I Love To See Pics Of What Other People Have Made It Gives Me Ideas I Would Rather Make My Daughter An Outfit Than Buy Her One. What Pattern Did You Use? I Might Have To Go And Buy It.

You Sound Very Busy I Hope Everything Works Out For Your Family!!!
User: ckmom002
Member since: 06-11-2006
Total posts: 105
From: glamma1940
Date: 06-19-2006, 11:58 PM (26 of 32)
I just finished a really cute retro apron for my ggd. Her birthday is 6/22, so I had to hurry & send it to her today. I am also working on 1940's aprons for a boutique my dd & I are doing in San Jose, CA in October. She tells me aprons are big in CA especially retro ones.
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From: DorothyL
Date: 06-20-2006, 06:34 AM (27 of 32)
What a pretty girl in a pretty dress. And I love the little ruffle suit.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: esrun3
Date: 06-20-2006, 10:19 PM (28 of 32)
CKMom, I used Butterick B4503 for that little outfit. It's very easy-no gathering of the ruffles, sewed up really quickly. If she likes it I'll whip her up a couple more for summer.

Got a good start on 2 maternity tops tonight for my daughter as well as a set of placemats for her-need to hit the fabric store tomorrow and pick up seam binding for the blouses (I thought I had some-figures) and matching thread for the topstitching on the placemats and some wooly nylon for the napkins. I'm starting to see the top of my sewing table peek through so I have hope that I'll actually get to all the baby blankets, etc I need to get made!
User: esrun3
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From: mozeyrn
Date: 06-22-2006, 09:54 AM (29 of 32)
Lyn - that's toooo cute!

Ckmom002 - I love the dress (she's adorable too) - what pattern did you use? Are they bandanas or is that material from a bolt?
- Maureen.
Learning something new with every stitch!!
Kenmore 16231000
User: mozeyrn
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From: ckmom002
Date: 06-22-2006, 03:12 PM (30 of 32)
i used new looks 6502 and i got the fabric from a bolt at walmart its on the wall they always have it... the denim fabric i got i dont like bc it frays and i dont know how to get it to stop so i have to keep sewing the seams!!! any suggestions!!!!
User: ckmom002
Member since: 06-11-2006
Total posts: 105
From: Mom of Six
Date: 06-22-2006, 03:30 PM (31 of 32)
I just finished shorts for DGSs. I would post a picture but 8 YO put them on & said I'm not taking them off they are TOO comfortable. They are denimn with space ships on them. The 5 YO took his off very fast to go play video games. I will do the ones from the fabric he picked tomorrow. He chose a black nylon/polyester fabric. Everyone was surprised the little one went for solids & the big one for the prints.
I will get picturews when they wear them over next time.
Happiness is having time to sew!!
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From: MissTaraTara
Date: 06-22-2006, 05:30 PM (32 of 32)
the denim fabric i got i dont like bc it frays and i dont know how to get it to stop so i have to keep sewing the seams!!! any suggestions!!!!

If you don't have an overlocker, you can try zigzagging the seam edges. It's the last seam finish shown here ( Just adorable, and the dress is cute too. Great job!
User: MissTaraTara
Member since: 01-24-2006
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