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    12-22-2011, 12:52 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Awesome

My mum does a load of sewing, curtains, pillows, cushions- the lot. I did textiles for an easy GSCE and made an aboiriginal wall hanging.. will dig it out tomorrow and get pictures- was rather impressed with my machine and hand sewing :)
     
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    12-22-2011, 01:45 PM
  #12
Trained
"SEW" cool thread! ROFL
I've been sewing since the early 80's. My daughters have surpassed me. My 28yo DD designed and sewed her wedding dress, April, 2011 prior to the Royal Wedding--note the lace and sleeves AHEAD of their time. (Sorry about the sloppy black on some of the pics--no time to fix today!):


Her sister (left) made her dress, too, modeled after "Miss Peacock" from the movie, "Clue"~
We ALL sew. My youngest daughter worked at a sewing store and she bought me a heavy duty Singer & and serger last Christmas. I also own a White.
The toughest lesson about sewing is that the more you sew the less you use the machine and the more you're back to thread and needle!! (For the uninitiated, you get PICKY about your work!!! Lol)
     
    12-22-2011, 01:58 PM
  #13
Yearling
Well im not the best but I have made a pillow (its lumpy) and some pj pants (some how really large at the hips and thighs and really little at the ankles) and this Sleezy for my Gelding that I forgot to make a little bigger to fit him better.... I copyed my one that is for normal size horses and he's bigger (wider in shoulders and well pretty much everywhere so this is what it looks like on him. Im hoping it fits someone else...
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As you can see the face is small on him. But in going to try to make shoulder gaurds for them. Soon.
     
    12-22-2011, 02:06 PM
  #14
Foal
I started sewing as a teenager and continue to do so today. Will sew almost anything depending on my mood. This past summer I was given boxes of fabric from the 60s and 70s and have been having too much fun with all of it.
Here are two of the shirts that I made over the summer to compete in. I am very small but with long arms so I like to make my own shirts...plus they are different from what everyone else is wearing.

     
    12-22-2011, 04:24 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Corporal    
"SEW" cool thread! ROFL
I've been sewing since the early 80's. My daughters have surpassed me. My 28yo DD designed and sewed her wedding dress, April, 2011 prior to the Royal Wedding--note the lace and sleeves AHEAD of their time. (Sorry about the sloppy black on some of the pics--no time to fix today!):


Her sister (left) made her dress, too, modeled after "Miss Peacock" from the movie, "Clue"~
We ALL sew. My youngest daughter worked at a sewing store and she bought me a heavy duty Singer & and serger last Christmas. I also own a White.
The toughest lesson about sewing is that the more you sew the less you use the machine and the more you're back to thread and needle!! (For the uninitiated, you get PICKY about your work!!! Lol)
Wow, all that's pretty nice! What's the deal with the serger machine, what's it for?
I remember hearing that Whites are very good...I have a cheapish Singer model that we bought at Walmart a couple of years ago...I had acquired a Singer from my aunt's house a few years ago, but it has been misplaced since then lol. As far as I know, my auntie made one single skirt in HS in like the '70's and made nothing else since...but kept the machine. XD
     
    12-22-2011, 04:27 PM
  #16
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Stillstandin    
I started sewing as a teenager and continue to do so today. Will sew almost anything depending on my mood. This past summer I was given boxes of fabric from the 60s and 70s and have been having too much fun with all of it.
Here are two of the shirts that I made over the summer to compete in. I am very small but with long arms so I like to make my own shirts...plus they are different from what everyone else is wearing.

Nice! Where did you find a box of old fabric like that? I think it's great that you are able to make your own unique look, and I'd really love to do the same once I learn how to not ...well not sew pants legs together to make a giant "skirt" for example HEHE.

Anyway "off the rack" never fits me, fat or skinny. When I'm skinny I still have broad shoulders and it makes shirts pull and feel tight. When I'm chunky nothing fits across my chest. I think that once I learn how to work from patterns, I can learn how to either make things bigger or make "darts", take things in...but again, I have a lot to master before I get there =D
     
    12-22-2011, 04:29 PM
  #17
Yearling
By the way guys, if anyone is intersted, Joann's Fabric store has a special on Butterick Patterns...they're only 1.99 each until the 24th!
     
    12-22-2011, 04:48 PM
  #18
Foal
I got boxes and boxes of the old fabric as part of an estate, well my sister in law's mother did and I was offered the fabric. Lol
Start with simple styles, patterns marked as easy. Stay away from anything too fitted to begin with. Don't be afraid to experiment with bargain priced fabric before working with the more expensive fabric. Keep notes as you experiment so when you work with that pattern again you know any adjustments that you made. Especially if it is something that ends up fitting perfect. Start with easy to work with fabrics as well. Cottons, fleece, etc.
I have a couple of shirt patterns that I use over and over again making my western shirts. They fit well and are easily adaptable to changing the style slightly. Both of the shirts shown are from the same pattern but using very different fabrics. The blue is a cotton with metallic collar and cuffs (metallic fabric very difficult to work with). The red and black is red satin collar and cuffs and a sheer fabric that actually changes from red to purple to black depending on the light. Both of these are also very difficult fabrics to work with. Somewhere I have a picture of a third shirt made from this same pattern that again looks very different.
Have fun with it.
     
    12-23-2011, 09:26 PM
  #19
Yearling
Hey guys, just wanted to post pictures of my newest creations (lol)

This skort actually looks better in person...the sewing machine bunched up some thread on the front along the waistline, unfortunately I chose to use black...you can see it if you look closely...not sure anyone would notice it under her shirt generally. This pic came out a little weird and yellow...hubby took it on his phone.

I also made the pants she is wearing in this picture. They are made out of flannel which is currently half off at Joann's....these came out pretty good actually. =)
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    12-26-2011, 01:23 AM
  #20
Yearling
The only sewing I've ever done besides in school, was a little hole in the butt on my breeches. Haha it was pretty funny

My mom on the other hand is amazing. She pretty much free hands everything, and hates patterns. She actually works in an upolstery shop but due to an illness, she's stuck as a secretary. She brought home the heavy duty 2000 sewing though The most coolest thing she ever made was a car cover for the Barracuda...it is her baby haha. She has also made a couple more car covers for the others in the yard. She also brings home all the scrap canvas so we have tons of it just sitting around. Hopefully in the spring she'll make me a saddle pad or two

My sister loves to sew too and makes costumes for raves lol.
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