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Old 11-05-2011, 07:30 PM   #361
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I folded a pillow sham in half, sewed the sides closed, then did a little angle across the corners at the top of the machine. I didn't even cut the sham, in case I want to use it as a sham again.

I decided to use the bottom sheet to cut our the first tunic. It just couldn't bear to let those lovely seamed edges go to waste. I cut off the elastic and corner seams. It's too big for my bed anyway.

I got out the pattern pieces I will need and ironed them, but that's enough for today.

Tomorrow I'll pin and cut out. It should be fairly quick as there are only 4 pieces, front, back, and front and back facings.

Tomorrow is Sunday, so I should be able to take this downstairs where they have more table room for cutting out.

The pattern has a wide range of sizes, so I'll cut it out for the largest size, baste the front, back and shoulders together and try it on. If I need to I can alway cut it smaller.
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:19 PM   #362
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in doing a list of christmas chores, i listed gift bags. then i thought about how expensive they are, i had another idea. i have a lot of christmas fabric, red with white ho ho ho's printed all over it. so going to make some bags out of it. might need to get red ribbon if i decided to make them so they close. won't be to many to do. for the things with boxes i have left over wrap so then i will be all set.
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:26 PM   #363
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in doing a list of christmas chores, i listed gift bags. then i thought about how expensive they are, i had another idea. i have a lot of christmas fabric, red with white ho ho ho's printed all over it. so going to make some bags out of it. might need to get red ribbon if i decided to make them so they close. won't be to many to do. for the things with boxes i have left over wrap so then i will be all set.
That is a great idea!

My sister used to use pillowcases with various Disney or cartoon characters on them for odd shaped toys. Maybe your Christmas bags can do double duty as pillowcases, tote bags or laundry bags after the presents are unwrapped.
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:57 PM   #364
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thanks, great idea. i have made pillows for the grandkids and great granddaughters. used fabric related to their interests, music or etc.
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Old 12-09-2011, 04:50 PM   #365
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I made a bulletin board using a heavy duty cardboard picture back and a pillow case. I used a cream background rust paisley pillowcase. It came out really good.

A friend of mine just stopped by and gave me 4 pairs of pants to shorten, one of them needed tomorrow.

That should keep me busy for a couple of days. He also has 5 pairs of his own pants that he'll have to try on and mark for me, then I'll have those to do too.

I had gotten started on making the blouse. I cut out the front of the blouse, but have run into a "situation".

Babe, or anyone, please take a look at this pattern: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...7woXrlTwXNat0Q

The fabric is the same as the pillowcase, cut from the bottom twin size sheet. There is a seam right down the middle of the blouse, according to the pattern.

I'm thinking that I could make it seamless easily, and not have to break up the pretty paisley. It's a really loose style, and I think I could make adjustments to the cut out piece, or if necessary, cut a new piece out of the top sheet.

What do you think?
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:48 PM   #366
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Oh!! I want a pair of those pants!!! The blouse is cute, too! I think you could make it seamless, just remember to remove the extra from the middle on the pattern pieces before you cut them out!
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:55 PM   #367
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Z, my concern would be..... is this blouse cut on the bias? Since it has that "drapey" effect even on the short blouse, I'm not sure I would cut it as one piece. I think you would loose the effect.
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:10 AM   #368
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Z, my concern would be..... is this blouse cut on the bias? Since it has that "drapey" effect even on the short blouse, I'm not sure I would cut it as one piece. I think you would loose the effect.
Not bias. I didn't mention, it's view D, but I think you figured that out. The drape is caused by the extra fabric on the sides and bottom. The center is on the grain.

I also don't see why I couldn't make the front and back the same, using the front pattern piece. It would just have a slightly bigger scoop at the neck in the back, which wouldn't hurt anything.

I think I'll try it. I've already ruined the fabric as sheets and I do have another one. It will mean making adjustments to the facings, but that will be easy enough to fix.

What the heck, it would sure make it simple to whip out a few. I really, really like the style. I think I'll continue using sheets. More fabric for less money.

I looked at the new fabrics at Walmart and they are expensive. $8 a yard when you need over 3 yards is more like the price of a made blouse and you have to do all the work.

I can get another set of twin sheets for $12 or less, and if I make the top out of the bottom sheet, I can also make a simple long skirt with the flat sheet, using the fancier top end as the decorative bottom to the skirt.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:28 PM   #369
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i would give it a try. i have done same with patterns. even putting sleeves for one into another. be aware of seam allowances when you do. i just did one for lilly and changed the back from needing a zipper into just needing a hook and eye. even if it doesn't work, you won't be out much, money wise. let me know how it came out.
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Old 12-12-2011, 03:32 AM   #370
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Thanks, everyone. I am going to go ahead and cut the front as directed, but use that for the back, then cut another front without the seam so I won't have to mess with the design of the print. It's such a simple pattern, and hopefully I can make it even simpler.

It's such a pretty design, I'll probably make several of that style, once I get it fitting right.
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