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post #31 of 43
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Originally Posted by Hilda>^..^< View Post
... to keep it from fraying...might be called something like 'Fray No More'...
I use Fray Block and it's great, especially for fixing Barbie clothes that have ripped. I use it on the ends of ribbons, too; it's invisible.

Here are some of the costumes I've made for Daughter. The poor quality is because I took the pic with the iSight camera on my MacBook.

From L to R: Bat, Luminara Unduli (Jedi Master), Angel, Silver Fairy, and Mermaid. The Luminara headdress isn't displayed, and the cloak is behind the dress. Again, sorry about the poor quality!

post #32 of 43
Oooo Swampwitch! those are excellant! Great job with them!

Very interesting where you have them displayed. Looks like a big, pink box! Uh, I'll mention here that pink is my fav colour

Hilda>^..^<
post #33 of 43
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Oooo Swampwitch! those are excellant! Great job with them!

Very interesting where you have them displayed. Looks like a big, pink box! Uh, I'll mention here that pink is my fav colour

Hilda>^..^<
They are in Daughter's playroom (there's a shelf on top). I had to move them around to show just the ones I made.

I REALLY want to make her a Kadaj costume, but whenever I bring it up she just rolls her eyes and says, "Oh, Mommy."
post #34 of 43
Here are some of my creations.

First off I re-covered the cushions & made new pillows for this wicker set we had years ago...



This is a close up of the pillows...



My sis in law had a fav comforter that was falling apart on her...she asked me if I could save it for her somehow! We shopped for fabric but nothing that struck her fancy. While we were at a garage sale, I spied a pair of kingsized waterbed sheets that had a lovely floral print on them. She liked them too so it was decided that I would use them. I made it a reversable comforter...this is one side...



...and this is the underside of it...(the blue stains on the photo are actually on the photo itself and not the comforter...its an old pic!)...Oh, the pillows on the bed are also made by me...



With the leftover fabric, I was able to make her two sets of curtains...



...she was really happy with the results!

Hmmm, just noticed that several of these pics have blue stains on them...they are pretty old y'all.

I've got some more pics to share...but I've got to search around for them.

More later...
Hilda>^..^<
post #35 of 43
Wow, those are pretty! I love the fact that you used waterbed sheets to make something useful. But how do you sew those large items? I find that so difficult.

After making child costumes, I had a heck of a time making a Darth Vader cloak for Husband (he's 6' 2"). So much fabric - 5 metres! So difficult to maneuver it all!

I love the pleated ruffles on the pillows, too. Lots of detail. Very nice.
post #36 of 43
I used to make all of my own clothes years ago. Then I took up Civil War reenacting, and started making my clothing and bonnets (and re-covering antique parasols) for reenacting. I've not done that for about 3 years now, but still sometimes whip up a quick pillow, some curtains, etc. My husband also sews (WWII reenactor), and has his own machine. We share a crafting room, which is nice. He has one side, I the other plus the closet. We just painted the wall, and laid new flooring, and fixed up wire-coated shelves in the closet. (It also doubles as the cat quarantine room, as it has vinyl flooring and lots of sunlight, plus they can see the street and all the action to keep them entertained Because of this, I make sure all unsafe sewing supplies are put away).

I once had a fancy computerized Singer, but went back to a plain Jane machine--it was nothing but (expensive!) trouble--it was in the shop more than I actually used it! I also have an older serger, but haven't used it in years, as that stitching is not authentic for CW clothing.


Have fun sewing!

MargeCat
post #37 of 43
I used to do quilting for kids at homeless shelters for 2 summers in a row and I had fun in home economics making blankets and stuff. I was really fascinated with sewing then. that's when I was younger, though. It was neat learning new things.
post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by Hilda>^..^< View Post
Actually, there is a product that I've seen...not sure what its called...but you can apply it to raw seams and its supposed to keep it from fraying...might be called something like 'Fray No More'...
It's sold as things like Fray Check or Fray Block.
post #39 of 43
I "try" to sew. I have an old sewing machine from my grandmother. I've made hamocks and blankies for my ferrets. But I can't really do anything more advanced than that. I really would love to learn though.
post #40 of 43
Thank you so much Abigail for the tips, I really need to get into it more. Too many interests, not enough time...
post #41 of 43
I sew ALOT of quilts.I have a Brother sewing machine that works well for me.
post #42 of 43
I'm an actor in a Renaissance Festival. I design and make garb for the shows and for my own use when I go to other festivals. I've made garb from the 14th century through to the 17th century. I'm also a costume designer for a production company.

I have a very old Brother with 2 stitches (straight and zig-zag). About 3 yrs ago I went to a flea market and a lady had a Singer for $20. She warned me it didn't work. I bought it, had it repaired for $100, now I have a $300.00 machine for $120.00. Its got about 50 stitches. I also just inherited a Singer cabinet machine from my aunt. Its the Centenial model. I just got my first serger. I haven't tried it yet...but my next project is sitting on my cutting table and I'm going to use the serger even if I don't need to!
post #43 of 43
*Groans* so much sewing, so little time! I love to sew, quilt, anything sewing related, but just don't have the time lately to do any of it!
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