Skip to comments.Weekly Thread Thread #1 6/17/2014
Posted on 06/17/2014 12:41:01 PM PDT by Roos_Girl
Welcome to the FR weekly Thread Thread. With a thank you to meowmeow for the suggestion on the catchy name.
As I mentioned to some, I'm really a pre-novice seamstress. I'm even hesitant to use the word seamstress. But, with the little guy growing out of clothes SO quickly I figured I'd put some effort into making some of his play clothes. And with 2 years of being a stay at home mom, after 15 years as a professional civil engineer, my brain is in need of some exercise.
So I thought I'd start out by posting a couple of (bad) pictures of a previous project and then some info on what I'm starting on.
And in taking these pictures I see my son has managed to sneak his black crayon onto the back of this curtain. Sneaky little boys.
Here is a LINK to a free pattern for a simple ladies tank top that I thought I would try for myself.
This is a LINK to a free tutorial and downloadable pattern for purchase that I thought I'd try for Little Britches. I ordered fabric from Denver Fabrics online at $5/yd with 1 pair of shorts taking 3/4 of a yard in his size.
So, welcome to everyone. I'm super impressed and happy we have some men joining in. If anyone wants on or off the Thread Thread ping list just let me know. And please let's see pictures of your works in progress.
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Pinging my favorite seamstress - Ellendra.
I’m not much of a seamstress, but your title had me in stitches.
Sorry, missed you the first time, but have you added to the list now.
The pleats are hanging nicely. Did you sew weights in the bottom hem?
Please add me to your ping list. Thank you!!
Wasn’t clear from your previous responses if y’all actually wanted to be on the ping list or not? I did not include you, but let me know if you want to be added.
No weights at the bottom. They actually are just rectangular panels, no pleats or anything sewn in, but I lined them with a heavy blackout material and I think that’s why they hang as well as they do.
Gonna have to post me a post post!
No learning is a bad thing, promise I’ll sit quiet in the corner and listen. :)
(Yes , please) :)
Got a bunch of comedians around here.
My grand-daughter turns 3 this week, so grandpa made her a cloth doll out of scrap material. I've still got some work to do on it, but I've got until Saturday to finish up the face, etc...
I got the pattern off of a Japanese web site that I will NOT link to. The Japanese are strange, and I had to modify the pattern to make it appropriate for a 3 year old American girl.
I thought this was a thread about posting threads - a meta-thread.
Go ahead and call yourself a seamstress — what’s the alternative? A sewer? — that not good!
You are right.
A perfectly fine thread you have started and a buncha noisy schoolboys have snarled it all up.
But you know how these smart pretty seamstresses can hem a boy in and pin him down...
Go ahead and call yourself a seamstress whats the alternative? A sewer? that not good!
What exactly was that material? I have light filtering honeycomb blinds on a lot of my windows but would like to make some blinds or curtains that I could use in the event I wanted to shut out all light.
Also pinging our resident prepper thread keeper - hey Kart, some of the folks on the prepping list may be interested in Roos_Girl's new sewing thread. Sewing is a valuable skill for the self-reliant!
I would scourer the larger fabric outlets for heavy clearance upholstery type material. Just make sure you check on a dark night that not a single beam of light is escaping.
How Far Away Can You See a Candle at Night?
If you fly sky lanterns (aka fire balloons) you can see those for a very, very long ways away!
Great job on the curtains!
I was wondering... is there a good field guide to edible wild plants that anyone would recommend?? Thanks!
BUDK has the Proforce Complete Guide to Edible Plants Book
for $12.99. Here is the link:
Do you have this book? I read the reviews and it said it’s more for southwestern climates, I’m midwest. :)
Its really really dangerous to use a book to determine which plants are edible. Look for a class or someone locally who will take you out and show you which ones are safe. Many times the edible ones look very similar to poisonous ones.
Sorry, I didn’t realize you were mid-west. Let me see what I can find.
Job on the doll thou .
Job on the doll thou . = Good , Job on the doll thou .
Good idea. But would also like to have a book :)
This one sounds more promising. Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide. Paperback is $3.92
Roos Girl, please add me to your Thread ping list. :-)
What sort of black out material did you use?
I have a window in my place that faces the street, and I dearly would love to be able to turn a light on in there in the evening and not have the nosy neighbors in there with me!
My wife owns a customer window treatment business.
Just go to a JoAnn’s Fabrics or similar and get blackout lining. Pretty cheap; more so than ANY upholstery fabric.
Consider using two layers, but NOT sown together; just hung one in front of the other.
EVERY pinprick lets light through, so no seams in the window area or light will leak in/out.
Looks great. I bet she’ll love it!
Haha, a sewer, yes! That’s where most of my attempts at sewing should have gone.
Your flag looks fantastic. Nice job!
Perfect - and with sound proofing qualities as well! Thanks!
Thank you, I like that it is also a sound dampener.
I am going to try my “skills” at making a quiver for arrows I made from branches that fell in my yard. I took a gallon jug and cut it down by half and squeezed another jug in there. I figure it’ll hold 50 arrows.
Now I want to cover it in leather and make a sling for it. I’ve also made several bows from larger branches and strung them with Surveyor’s line. I’m going to try a couple with fishing line. Let you know how that works out.
I cannot attest to the sound proofing ability. We live on 5 acres, so our neighbors aren’t very close and the curtains are on windows on the back of the house probably 200’ away from the road.
A gal friend of mine makes quilts. I sent her an e-mail calling her a “quiltest” — she wrote back that some are called quilters but she is just a “sewer.” Which sounds good orally — but not in print.
I had to dig the black out liners out this winter when the hvac wasn’t working properly. They helped a lot. Hubby just slapped them up over the curtains so when kiddo comes in this weekend, I’ll have help getting them down and doing a rush job of remaking the curtains to incorporate the liners properly.
When our kiddos were little, I could have spent $$$$ and hours at the sewing machine but found that garage sales were a wiser use of time and much less costly for their wardrobes. Most items still had tags on them or were barely worn. Our kids were the best dressed on the block for 25 cents to $1 per outfit or a dollar or two for a whole bag of whatever you could stuff into it. Also bought larger sizes and packed them back in size labeled boxes for the future.
When daughter was around 5th grade, I taught her to sew. She picked her own colors from the stacks of fabric (mostly garage sale or given) and entered a tacked nine square quilt at the county fair. She won the crafts division with it!
I was given a huge box of scraps from an uphosterer’s which has been the source for years of Christmas presents, new cushions for the patio chairs, laundry bags and carry alls for graduations. There’s a book of squares with matching large scraps that is begging to be made into a throw for a certain young girl. Lots of fun planning these projects.
I bought some ready to hang black out liners from Sears years ago.
A thread thread is a wonderful idea! Please add me to your ping list. I am retired and have just started to sew again after many years. I’m looking forward to many creative ideas. Many thanks.
Our daughter is a very good seamstress. She made a dress for the Reissuance Festival in Magnolia, Texas in 2002. Unfortunately, she was sick that weekend they had planned to go. So she eventually sold the dress for close to $250 to a girl for a bridesmaids dress.
She started her own business sewing and selling scarves and other accessories online. She is making a lot of extra dollars and sewing only when she has time. My wife cannot sew a button on a shirt. I do all that.
Please add me to the list.
I have been sewing since a pre-teen. I made prom gowns and my own wedding gown. I lovingly made all 3 daughters gowns and the bridesmaids too.
Little girls dresses are much more fun than boys shorts. Fly fronts are “zipper tough” to do...just double the fabric and fake the top stitching and put elastic in the back of the pants, or back and sides only.
Costumes are fun and a challenge. Belle and Florence Nightengale are recent ones, but there have been lots of Ghosts, Cowboys, Indians and even Harry Potter and Darth Vader. Burka’s for Freepers were a challenge.
The comments about not stitching through the blackout fabric are correct...seam with iron on “Stitch Witchery” or sometimes fabric glue!
I have done it all!! I would be glad to help anyone with a question, just ping me!
Library Lady...I read more now than I sew!
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