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From: MaryW
Date: 07-06-2007, 09:53 AM (1 of 27)
What is everyone working on? I just finished a rayon/linen blouse and capris. I will post link for a picture when I have some time. I am now working on a knit top from Vogue 2945. I like the square cowl, slightly different from most.
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From: DorothyL
Date: 07-06-2007, 10:51 AM (2 of 27)
Nothing exciting here. I'm finishing up a denim skirt and planing to start a couple night gowns.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
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From: Magot
Date: 07-06-2007, 11:27 AM (3 of 27)
I am making a table runner based on Ricky Tims convergence least I will get back to it after term finishes...then I have a baby jumper for a little girl to do - I have some lovely soft yellow 4 ply and need to find a pattern.
love and kisses, Jan
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Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
From: MTjumpnJX
Date: 07-06-2007, 12:18 PM (4 of 27)
I finished a pair of shorts & T-shirt for my 5 yr old DS, revamped a short sleeved top into a sleeveless one & changed the side seams (they flared out to drastically). Made a sock doll, she is stuffed & has a face.

Coming Attractions : Almost done crocheting a sweater for a friends baby, camp shirt for me that I inherited from my mom nearly done (I know now why she didn't finish it, the material stinks) I've been waiting for inspiration on the fastenings b/c my buttonholer is A.W.O.L. in a move somewhere, need to finish binding a quilt, the sock doll needs hair & clothes. Then there is always mending to do.:shock:
User: MTjumpnJX
Member since: 05-17-2007
Total posts: 29
From: cshortsew
Date: 07-06-2007, 01:21 PM (5 of 27)
I just finished this outfit for my granddaughter, it's a smidge big on her but she'll grow into it in no time I'm sure. (

I have fabric and a pattern picked out for a dress for her. I have a crocheted dress for her that I need to line, it's a little big as well and I'm crocheting a butterfly afghan for her 1st birthday next month. No, Nana doesn't spoil the grandbaby.
Projects Completed in 2007:
Sewing: biscuit quilt, 7 baby dress sets, piggy pillow, 7 baby pants, eyeglass holder, purse, 5 baby outfits, toddler dress set
Crocheting: red purse, piggy slippers, sweater shawl, 5 pr. sock trims, 89 squares, baby sweater, 2 afghans, toddler harness, baby poncho, baby dress
Other: 14 Autism pins
Works in progress:
Sewing: toddler overalls & shirt
Crocheting: vertical stripes afghan
User: cshortsew
Member since: 06-28-2006
Total posts: 380
From: Susy
Date: 07-06-2007, 04:16 PM (6 of 27)
I just finished a caftan for my mom(its so hot here in the Okanagan right now), its washed & hanging out on the line to dry. Yesterday I finished a blanket/poncho for my gd for when she starts Brownies this fall, have also promised to sew on her badges as she gets them. We are going camping this weekend so I have started knitting a pair of socks to keep my hands busy while hubby is driving. I have loads of ideas & fabrics, my sewing room is in the basement and that is the only semi-cool place in our house, a good place to be.
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Member since: 02-05-2005
Total posts: 39
From: vickki
Date: 07-06-2007, 04:38 PM (7 of 27)
I just finished and gave away a baby set,I am knitting another pink set for a cousins baby girl,I am making a quilt ,it's the fractured nine patch.Finished and put up curtains in my son's cabin.Lots of things for everyone else....Next week I'm going with my sister to her cabin to help make Beeswax candles.....We'll be there for 7 days just the 2 of us....We do that every year.
User: vickki
Member since: 08-21-2005
Total posts: 374
From: PaulineG
Date: 07-06-2007, 06:22 PM (8 of 27)
Limping along with an a-line coat/jacket I'm making for dd. Every step seems to take forever. I had to make a pattern for it because I couldn't find one I wanted. I ended up knitting a trim for it because I liked the look of maribou but my wallet didn't and I wanted to be able to hand wash the coat. So several days and a burning wrist later the knitting is finished. Trim needs to be handsewn on to look just right and then the lining needs to be handstitched to the outer. Hate the process but will love the result. Will post pictures when finished.
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
Total posts: 901
From: Corinna29
Date: 07-06-2007, 06:51 PM (9 of 27)
I got the lining material last night for the skirt I'm making for a costume with the flounce/ruffle at the bottom. It's in the dryer as I write, so hopefully I can get the lining cut out tonight & possible begin sewing it to the fashion fabric. We are going to treat them as 1 piece rather than a conventional lining to make quick sweaty changes easier. Also just started a sundress for me, hope to have it finished for a concert we are attending in the beginning of August.
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Member since: 07-30-2006
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From: lendube
Date: 07-06-2007, 09:52 PM (10 of 27)

Hopefully tomorrow I'll start this wrap dress. I have an olive green batik-y print out of a soft rayon. I didn't want to use cotton because the knot and drape would just be too bulky. The last thing I need is bulk! :bg:

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 07-06-2007, 11:49 PM (11 of 27)
I finished my dress for the wedding tomorrow. I made it sleeveless instead of short sleeves because when I put the sleeves on I couldn't move my arms It was too tight. I added extra fabric across the shoulders & in the sleeves but I guess not enough. I found a cute lace jacket( size xl misses instead of 2X womens) at WalMart to go over it today. I was just working on a bag to carry tomorrow but made a few mistakes so I am going to bed & try again in the morning. When the wedding is over I need to make DD's friend some more burp cloths & then some new PJs for myself & DD.
Happiness is having time to sew!!
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Member since: 11-03-2001
Total posts: 1115
From: mozeyrn
Date: 07-07-2007, 12:09 AM (12 of 27)
Talk about being out of my comfort zone! I'm adding the cap sleeves (with elastic and gathered at the shoulder) to my dd's upside down dress - what a nightmare! :bang: :bang: :bang: I figured I'd finish one sleeve completely so that when I sew the other side I'll have a slight idea of what I'm doing. The closure of the dress (thread loop) is going to seem like a piece of cake after this!
I need to stop for the night because I'm tired and still have to clean the house before hubby gets home tomorrow afternoon.
- Maureen.
Learning something new with every stitch!!
Kenmore 16231000
User: mozeyrn
Member since: 11-29-2005
Total posts: 349
Date: 07-07-2007, 06:33 AM (13 of 27)
I'm finally able to get back to sewing! TG-----every blessed thing I wear has to be either made or altered. There is no off the rack size that fits me, so I'm going to be sewing no matter what.

I've been away from sewing so long that my wardrobe is in sad shape, and there's a large pile of alterations and UFO's to deal with too. So I am alternating between making a new thing and finishing off an item from the stack.

In no particular order, this is what I've done so far:

1. Reorganized the fabric stash and the sewing room.

2. Cut down and re-hemmed a stack of 9 tee shirts I bought on final markdown at a ridiculous low price. They now fit right and look right!

3. Made 4 pairs of elastic waist scruffie (jammie) pants from fabrics in the stash. These were much needed!

4. Made a pair of pants from blue linen fabric from the stash. I prewashed this and it shrank a lot, so finally I decided to piece the crotch. Even so, I used just about every square inch of fabric I had, and I'm very gratified that I was able to get the pants out of this fabric length. I left these a little large to allow for future washing and shrinking.

5. Finished off 5 items from the alteration, repair, and UFO pile.

6. Decided to make a top out of a dress that doesn't fit, so I ripped that apart while visiting with friends, and finishing that will be my current project.

7. Took all fabrics from past shopping trips and sales and took them to the basement for washing. Eventually all fabrics will be pre-washed and stacked in the sewing room, ready to cut!

I really feel good about this-------the sewing room is a lot better, my wardrobe is a little better, and the future looks good!
Member since: 09-15-2004
Total posts: 31
From: rusticrhythm
Date: 07-07-2007, 08:26 AM (14 of 27)
I'm working on my dress' lining. Fabric's a lovely polka dot georgette.

I'm still one button hole away from finishing my blouse. My plastic Singer can't handle the one on the collar, what with the thick interfacing and all. Sigh.
User: rusticrhythm
Member since: 04-24-2007
Total posts: 7
From: Magot
Date: 07-07-2007, 12:36 PM (15 of 27)
That is a lot of work Sbear - well done!

I am off to take up a pair of RTW trousers and sew up the cleavage of a top that is RATHER too revealing.
love and kisses, Jan
Cells a Speciality
DNA to order.
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Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 07-07-2007, 01:15 PM (16 of 27)
I've got a pair of RTW slacks ready to hem.. I've got 8 Lib's Bibs in ready to serge the necklines in.. Pinned them last night watching a movie on TV.. Then , I am going to try to make a pair of slacks with the right taper to the legs .. I think I am going to have to make a pattern from the ones I bought at Wally-world that fit me so well..I can't find a pattern with slim leg pants.. I'm trying to show off the new slimmer (not slim) me ! !
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From: lendube
Date: 07-07-2007, 01:18 PM (17 of 27)
Oh, just add some feathers, Jan! :bg:
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From: mommydionne
Date: 07-07-2007, 01:45 PM (18 of 27)
NOTHING! I have had company for over a week and now have to clean up the sewing room before I tackle anything ....
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Member since: 01-08-2004
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From: Magot
Date: 07-07-2007, 03:00 PM (19 of 27)
There is only so much I can do with that poor feather duster - it is starting to look a bit bald..

Would you believe I am having real trouble finding where I put the black thread? Everything gets randomised when you move AND then the kids come home from Uni so you can't store anything any more...

Katie will hopefully be moving out next week after her graduation - she has finally found a flat for her and Basil so we are off to wear the posh frock (sans hat), take the photos, pack the U-haul and hightail it back to Cambridge in one day. We are going up the day before (it is a 5 hour drive) and then picking up our new caravan the next day. No more time to sew for me till term ends in 2 weeks time...
love and kisses, Jan
Cells a Speciality
DNA to order.
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Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
From: DorothyL
Date: 07-07-2007, 03:05 PM (20 of 27)
I finished my skirt and cleaned my machines this morning. Now I am ready to make night gowns -- real simple two pieces thing zip, zap up the sides, bind the neck, hem and its done.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: blackie
Date: 07-08-2007, 06:13 PM (21 of 27)
I'm waiting for more hardware and supplies for my corset. Meanwhile I started a winter parka for my son. I know, odd that I'm sewing this in summer! But let's face it, rain strikes here WITHOUT warning and I have to make all our raingear - four of us - for the next wet season.

Nels' Raincoat Fabrics, Up Close
Here are the fabrics I'm using - from left to right, a yummy Malden Mills fleece (color "chili", 100 wt), a super-soft Alexander Henry bullfighter's cotton, and an awesome, supple middleweight twill that is also weatherproofed (but you wouldn't know it to feel it). The coat will be lined with the bullfighting print which is underlined by fleece.

The rest of my pictures ( are posted on my sewblog.
see the mundane life of a housewife.
User: blackie
Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 594
From: plrlegal
Date: 07-08-2007, 07:08 PM (22 of 27)
Blackie I think you're very smart and organized to think ahead and get the things you will need for fall and winter done for you and your family. They are already putting the fall/winter fabrics out in the fabric stores. If you plan ahead and get at least some of the things done, you're not caught off guard when the foul rainy weather sets in. By the way, I think the fabrics you've chosen for Nels jacket are very cute and look and sound cuddly and warm.

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From: toadusew
Date: 07-09-2007, 07:46 AM (23 of 27)
Blackie, I love the fabric you've chosen for your son's coat!:up: I also think you're very wise to be sewing for the next season now.

I would like to be making some garments, but I seem to be making quilt tops right now--mostly at the request of my grandkids. I've done the easy fleece and flannel blankets by just serging around the edges, but they want real quilts. I've got two in the hand quilting process and I've almost completed a Spiderman quilt top for my grandson. Next on the list is a Dora quilt for my granddaughter. And then...some garment sewing...for somebody!:bluewink:
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Member since: 01-08-2005
Total posts: 369
From: bridesmom
Date: 07-14-2007, 05:26 PM (24 of 27)
I was madly sewing up blue pants and shorts for my 2 yr old GD because she is into a stage where she will only wear blue or nothing. Am taking a break this weekend as I have her here for 3 days and who has time to sew when you are running after a 2 yr old??? When she naps, I nap!
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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Member since: 01-21-2004
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From: mommydionne
Date: 07-14-2007, 09:39 PM (25 of 27)
planning to start a twirl skirt tomorrow for my daughter, then attack the UFO pile,
btw Bridesmom, love the Canucks logo, In our house though it is Go Sens Go:up:
User: mommydionne
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Total posts: 838
From: Debby215
Date: 07-14-2007, 10:23 PM (26 of 27)
Well here is a list that I have finished since school let out mid June. 3 pair of shorts for my GS. A skirt, and 2 pair of capris for my GD, a long wrap around skirt for my DD(my first project in rayon)I was quite pleased, oh and I made her a shorter skirt cut on the bias, that was fun. But today was the best so far, I finally found a pattern for myself to make a top with either of 3 necklines and with short or long sleeves, I have a very hard time finding anything I make fit me right. I got a Simplicity plus size pattern and made a sample in just cotton, I was so excited that it fit, NOW I can get some rayon and make some tops for work, for so much cheaper than, thanks for letting me brag!!:re:
So much fabric....... So little time!!
User: Debby215
Member since: 11-14-2001
Total posts: 611
Date: 07-15-2007, 04:06 AM (27 of 27)
Hi LIbby------

I'd suggest that you get out the pattern for pants that you liked before, and fold the legs to match the taper of a pair of pants that you already have in your closet that look right on you. Of course you'll allow for your seam as you narrow down the legs of those pants.

There's nothing like a pair of pants that's really right! They aren't showing extremely tapered legs any more, but I think a very slight taper looks best if you're petite, which I am.

Good luck with your project!

I'm almost through with making a dress that I don't wear and doesn't fit into a top that I will wear and will fit! I should finish that today. After that I'm cutting out a pair of jade green poplin pants from a piece in my fabric stash. I'm going back to a pattern that worked out well before, and I'm adjusting the taper in the leg so it isn't quite as tapered as I was wearing a few years ago. The fabric is a piece I bought on sale years ago. It's wonderful quality and I can't wait to wear my new pair of pants!

Please post and let us know how your pants turned out!
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Total posts: 31
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