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I recently started using those clips. They are a game changer. Makes alterations so much easier especially when taking the garment off. I’ve been seeing more than 40 years and these are the best tool ever! Under $10 for 100 on Amazon.


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I made some more progress this afternoon...[IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180914/d8a05a7ee9952c895dfaa75c4722309e.jpg[/IMG][IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180914/6a25da7e3f58c63b76742bc96ca83b9e.jpg[/IMG][IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180914/c5a9c6f2f90025459ae1ecf10830c5b4.jpg[/IMG]


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[quote name='RedHeadTexan']I made some more progress this afternoon...[IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180914/d8a05a7ee9952c895dfaa75c4722309e.jpg[/IMG][IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180914/6a25da7e3f58c63b76742bc96ca83b9e.jpg[/IMG][IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180914/c5a9c6f2f90025459ae1ecf10830c5b4.jpg[/IMG]


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You are really making progress. Looks very nice, can't wait to see the finish project.

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I am learning a bunch working on swimwear. I didn't understand the instructions for attaching the lining, but just thought it out and did it. I should be able to finish the top today and then I am cutting another bottom and practicing the leg elastic one more time. After that, I will make pattern adjustments to the top. The fit is good, but I want more coverage since I am an F cup...more coverage is always better. I think by tomorrow I can start on the prototype of the swim top/rash guard.

Walt's impressed, but is wondering if I will get all the swimwear made by our cruise. We leave December 7th, so I am pretty sure I can get this done. :)

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Lisa, swimwear is moving along. Good for you for taking on a finicky item. I gave up swimwear sewing in my teens when styles moved from the all cotton baby doll apron styles of the early '70s to Speedos. I made a 2 piece out of tricot and didn't test drive it at home. Imagine my 17 year old embarrasment when my wet suit both stretched and became see through. No swimwear since then.
A recent cruise booking has me sewing lightweight duster coat, beach coverup 'dress', altering a beach bag (adding zipper to top opening and might sew in a zipped pocket) and 2 shell and stone necklaces.

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I am impressed with anyone that sews garments. My mother was fabulous and made most of my clothes growing up. I think that gene skipped a generation. LOL. I don't sew for cruises but I do knit beaded, lace shawls and I recently wove a bag that I took to Alaska. I also made a hat and cowl for the Hubbard Glacier day and was very happy to have them that day. I am going to try a little sewing with my next weaving project.

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Lisa,
It sounds like you are going full steam ahead on your swimsuit project. It is exciting to think of the finish product.

Mef_57,
I all most choked on my soda when I read about your swimsuit. It is funny now, but not then.

Kekski,
Welcome to the thread. It sounds like you make beautiful things. Making a lace shawl is quite a undertaking. It must be beautiful.

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I would post a picture but cc does not like my pictures. If you go to Ravelry and look for Keksie you can see several of my shawls in projects. Last year the designer I use for a lot of my shawls had a challenge to knit 10 of her shawls in a year. It gave me a lot of shawls for cruises plus a nice wedding shawl for my niece.

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One top done!!!! I love the fit, but will bring the neckline up a bit. I found super power mesh at JoAnn’s today, so the next one will have a panel of that. [IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180915/1f88045ad63c7be13c64b3f03c361347.jpg[/IMG][IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180915/fd23f1ba061d715a9aafce95024ed557.jpg[/IMG]

I may add a flounce to one of the future tops.

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[quote name='RedHeadTexan']One top done!!!! I love the fit, but will bring the neckline up a bit. I found super power mesh at JoAnn’s today, so the next one will have a panel of that. [IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180915/1f88045ad63c7be13c64b3f03c361347.jpg[/IMG][IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180915/fd23f1ba061d715a9aafce95024ed557.jpg[/IMG]

I may add a flounce to one of the future tops.

Lisa


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Lias,

The top looks great. What a job you did!

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[quote name='Keksie']I would post a picture but cc does not like my pictures. If you go to Ravelry and look for Keksie you can see several of my shawls in projects. Last year the designer I use for a lot of my shawls had a challenge to knit 10 of her shawls in a year. It gave me a lot of shawls for cruises plus a nice wedding shawl for my niece.[/quote]
Do you have a link?

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[URL]https://www.ravelry.com/projects/Keksie[/URL]

I hope this link works. They are some of my finished projects. I am not very good about putting all my projects on there. I need to get better about it. LOL

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[quote name='Keksie'][URL]https://www.ravelry.com/projects/Keksie[/URL]

I hope this link works. They are some of my finished projects. I am not very good about putting all my projects on there. I need to get better about it. LOL[/quote]
The link works, but you have to join to go any to any other page.

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I have just made this at my sewing group it’s taken 4 hours to make! I am going to wear it with either pink skinny jeans or white linen trousers. I will take a picture of me actually wearing it when we go on the Bliss next week for our Californian Coastal Cruise. [IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180918/627390eb6950b4961d19bf62bd703f40.jpg[/IMG][IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180918/40dbb2c5e0f75806f441f1f964939bcd.jpg[/IMG]


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[quote name='nikkiw60']I have just made this at my sewing group it’s taken 4 hours to make! I am going to wear it with either pink skinny jeans or white linen trousers. I will take a picture of me actually wearing it when we go on the Bliss next week for our Californian Coastal Cruise. [IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180918/627390eb6950b4961d19bf62bd703f40.jpg[/IMG][IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180918/40dbb2c5e0f75806f441f1f964939bcd.jpg[/IMG]


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WOW! Your blouse came out beautiful. I love the colors, and it will go well with so many colors. Thank you for giving us the pattern number too.
One question, are the arm holes big?

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Kind of I will post a photo wearing it later in the week. I think I will be making it again as a dress!


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It is tunic length so mid thigh.


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Yes it is in the pattern book now.


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[quote name='nikkiw60']It is tunic length so mid thigh.


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Nice job Nikki. Super cruise top. It would make a great dress or coverup.

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Thank you


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It looks fabulous Niki!

I am working on the bikini bottom again today. The big thing is figuring out the length for the elastic for the legs. First attempt was too tight.

I also ordered a new sewing machine that will arrive tomorrow. It’s the Brother CS6000i sewing and quilting machine. I decided that it’s time to upgrade and get more features than my old one has. So today is all the serging and tomorrow the new machine arrives for all the finishing. Will test first. [IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180922/087e783e122c46726d6c810fece14c74.jpg[/IMG]
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[quote name='RedHeadTexan']It looks fabulous Niki!

I am working on the bikini bottom again today. The big thing is figuring out the length for the elastic for the legs. First attempt was too tight.

I also ordered a new sewing machine that will arrive tomorrow. It’s the Brother CS6000i sewing and quilting machine. I decided that it’s time to upgrade and get more features than my old one has. So today is all the serging and tomorrow the new machine arrives for all the finishing. Will test first. [IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180922/087e783e122c46726d6c810fece14c74.jpg[/IMG]
Lisa


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Wow sewing a bikini! I haven’t even mastered darts yet!


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[quote name='nikkiw60']Wow sewing a bikini! I haven’t even mastered darts yet!


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I am totally impressed that you sew wovens. I am a 100% knit sewer and do not venture into the scary land of non-stretch fabrics. I started making all my workout gear for rowing 4 years ago, and then started making skirts, tops, and pj's. The basic bikini is the toughest skill level garment I have made so far and I am really happy with the results.

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[quote name='RedHeadTexan']I am totally impressed that you sew wovens. I am a 100% knit sewer and do not venture into the scary land of non-stretch fabrics. I started making all my workout gear for rowing 4 years ago, and then started making skirts, tops, and pj's. The basic bikini is the toughest skill level garment I have made so far and I am really happy with the results.



Lisa[/QUOTE]



I am struggling with T shirt fabric so the opposite to you. Btw just spent the morning packing for a cruise!


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Lisa,

Congrats on your new sewing machine. I know that you will get lots of use out of it. The bathing suit looks wonderful.

Nikkiw60,

Where are you going on your cruise/ Are you bring any of the clothes that you made?

I sew with cotton, seersucker, silky fabrics, a lot of the fabric that I buy in Joann's simply silky collection. Some of them have a little stretch in them.I am still afraid to sew with knit fabrics.

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[quote name='nikkiw60']I am struggling with T shirt fabric so the opposite to you. Btw just spent the morning packing for a cruise!


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Have fun on your cruise! For knits make sure you are using a ball point or a stretch needle. Universal does not work well with knits.

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A very beginner at sewing. I’m going to read all these to see if I can pick up any hints or do and don’t
Thank you for sharing

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[quote name='arcone']A very beginner at sewing. I’m going to read all these to see if I can pick up any hints or do and don’t
Thank you for sharing[/quote]
Welcome to the thread. This is a good web site for info.
[url]www.patternreview.com[/url]

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[quote name='RedHeadTexan']Have fun on your cruise! For knits make sure you are using a ball point or a stretch needle. Universal does not work well with knits.

Lisa


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You are so right about using the right needle for the job. It really makes a difference.

[url]https://www.schmetzneedles.com/all-about-needles/[/url]

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[quote name='arcone']A very beginner at sewing. I’m going to read all these to see if I can pick up any hints or do and don’t
Thank you for sharing[/quote]
Welcome to the wonderful world of sewing.

I like to recommend Youtube for tutorials, any version of Vogue sewing book for skills building, and to remember....we learn from failure, as well as success. Do not be afraid of trying something for fear of failure. No one will die if it is not perfect. Cheap fabric can make a project difficult, but good fabric at a cheap price from second hand stores for tedt samples can still result in a good garment...or a good learning experience. Also, adult learners seem to feel they need to undersrand it all before they even begin. Get over it. Start with step 1, try it, then step 2...do that...and so (sew) on. If stuck, 'call a friend' or watch Youtube. The end result will ultimately show itself. It's how we learned at grade school. Still works at 50, 60, or 82.

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My new Brother sewing machine arrived on Sunday. Unfortunately, I spent the entire day at the hospital with my mom. It was also her birthday, so a sucky day all around. Good news is she is finally back home and, fingers crossed, I get to play with the new machine today. I am so ready to break open the box and try it out.

For our new sewer, arcone, Welcome to the Group! My best advice is start with basic/easy patterns and go from there. I create a tester piece for every new pattern I make. Basically, use fabric that I will not be heartbroken if it does not fit. Once I get the pattern sizing down, then I am cutting the fabrics I love. I am completely self taught, never took a sewing class, and found that YouTube is a phenomenal resource. From how to use your specific sewing machine, to technique, fabric differences, etc., YouTube is your friend. There are also great websites and blogs out there too. I love the blog for Patterns for Pirates. They address both knits and wovens in the blogs, and sell PDF patterns. Good look with sewing and please post pictures and questions. We are a very supportive and helpful group with a vast array of knowledge and experience.

Lisa

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[quote name='RedHeadTexan']My new Brother sewing machine arrived on Sunday. Unfortunately, I spent the entire day at the hospital with my mom. It was also her birthday, so a sucky day all around. Good news is she is finally back home and, fingers crossed, I get to play with the new machine today. I am so ready to break open the box and try it out.

For our new sewer, arcone, Welcome to the Group! My best advice is start with basic/easy patterns and go from there. I create a tester piece for every new pattern I make. Basically, use fabric that I will not be heartbroken if it does not fit. Once I get the pattern sizing down, then I am cutting the fabrics I love. I am completely self taught, never took a sewing class, and found that YouTube is a phenomenal resource. From how to use your specific sewing machine, to technique, fabric differences, etc., YouTube is your friend. There are also great websites and blogs out there too. I love the blog for Patterns for Pirates. They address both knits and wovens in the blogs, and sell PDF patterns. Good look with sewing and please post pictures and questions. We are a very supportive and helpful group with a vast array of knowledge and experience.

Lisa[/quote]
Very sorry to hear that your mom was sick. I hope that she will be feeling better real fast.

Enjoy your new sewing machine today. And send your mom my best wishes for a speedy recovery and a belated Happy Birthday.

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OMG, I am in heaven!!!!! I have unboxed, setup, and started playing with scrap fabric. It sews like a dream! I should have bought this a year ago.
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I am watching videos on the YouTube channel sewingmastery.com

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The tester of the bikini bottoms are done! I put on the whole bikini and went into the shower for the water test. The fit is great wet and dry. The one thing I am tweaking is reducing the leg elastic 1 inch. It's not too loose now, but I want it a tiny bit snugger in the back going towards the crotch seam.

Now the big decision is do I start a tester of the swim shirt/rash guard or start making bikinis? I am leaning towards the bikinis and start the shirts later.

Oh, I am getting much better with pattern placement and maximizing my fabric.

Lisa

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[quote name='RedHeadTexan']The tester of the bikini bottoms are done! I put on the whole bikini and went into the shower for the water test. The fit is great wet and dry. The one thing I am tweaking is reducing the leg elastic 1 inch. It's not too loose now, but I want it a tiny bit snugger in the back going towards the crotch seam.

Now the big decision is do I start a tester of the swim shirt/rash guard or start making bikinis? I am leaning towards the bikinis and start the shirts later.

Oh, I am getting much better with pattern placement and maximizing my fabric.

Lisa[/quote]
Machine looks to sew great. I am also a quilter, so a good machine can make all the difference in the world. Congrats.
Good for you for hsving the discipline to make testers first and realizing where tweaks will creat better fit.

By now I would be cutting up the fun stuff for the real deals. You don't want to forget what you did and need to do :)

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[quote name='mef_57']Machine looks to sew great. I am also a quilter, so a good machine can make all the difference in the world. Congrats.
Good for you for hsving the discipline to make testers first and realizing where tweaks will creat better fit.

By now I would be cutting up the fun stuff for the real deals. You don't want to forget what you did and need to do :)[/quote]
I always make notes on the instructions of all the pattern adjustments from the tester. If I ever lose the pattern pieces, I can reprint and cut to the specifications I noted. :)

Lisa

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This has nothing to do with sewing...but after 5 years of being blonde I have gone back to my natural hair color, red. Just can’t justify spending $180 every 4-6 weeks on the cut and color. I will start coloring at home in 6 weeks. And that leaves a lot of extra money for fabric! [emoji4]

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