dull but not empty-handed

This week I had to hit the ground running. We all had Tuesday to recover and then it has been non-stop since then. I'm completing some projects and starting unexpected new ones. It's been a good week.

Unfortunately for you, my busy week is directly linked to this yawner of a post. The good news is that I do have a way to make it up to you.



Remember these lovely Make Good Books that I mentioned a couple of weeks back? Guess what? I have two of each to give away. In order to enter the drawing all you need to do is leave a comment here answering the following question: What has been your favorite sewing project? If you don't sew - What sewing project would you like to learn how to make? Easy. Right? I will draw four lucky winners next Tuesday, May 5th. Good luck!

For more information on the Make Good Books Series visit their site here.

My answer? I'd love how to know how to make very simple skirts (wrap arounds?) for me and dresses for little C to wear for the summer. But I don't own a serger. Would that be a problem?

Have a great weekend everyone!

102 comments:

  1. Hi! These books look great. I do a lot of hand sewing (stuffed animals mostly) but I want to get better at the machine so I can start making clothes. I loved making a quilt for my son and even though it definitely looks made by a beginner, lol....I am really proud of it! Thanks for having this giveaway!

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  2. My favorite project was the quilt I made for my son. But I just finished a dress for me that was really fast and looks really great, I might just be graduating to clothing.

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  3. oh what a lovely giveaway, nicey!
    (those books look so beautiful!)

    my favourite sewing project was designing & quilting a crib quilt, with the wonderful help of my lovely grandma, for my little sweetie when i was pregnant.

    sharing that time with her was so fabulous!

    thanks for this great giveaway!
    be well
    k. @ rikrak
    www.rikrakstudio.blogspot.com

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  4. Oh, this might sound lame, but my favorite sewing project was a quilt, too. Last fall I made my very first quilt for my mom's 70th birthday. Now I can't wait to make one for myself. Love Denise Schmidt's designs.
    Thanks for the give away!

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  5. I've been busy making skirts for my 2 girls. A-line style, 3 panels in front and back. Easy elastic waist. I just finished tonight.. cotton candy pink with white polka dots. It has a great retro feel!

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  6. Those look like great books! I would like to do more simple, classy projects.

    My favorite project so far is a tie between the pillow case I made and embroidered for a friend's son (he uses it for his nap every day)...and the Bjork style swan dress I made myself for Halloween.

    Thanks!

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  7. I just finished making 5 flapper dresses in different jewel tone glitter dot fabrics with matching 4" fringe and sequins straps for my 7 yr old daughter's talent show act. Loved making them and the girls looked so great! There is a picture on my blog.

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  8. I don't have much sewing experience...but I made an amazing wear-it-all-the-time "swoopie" (as I call it)...a scarf that connects both ends. I made it out of this yummy soft cotton so it's always comfy to wear. I would love to get into clothes...I just don't know where to begin!

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  9. Definitely the quilts I made for my daughters. I love that they love them so much. :-)

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  10. I made tote bags for my friends and hand printed personalized designs on each. Totes are so easy, which is good since I'm not a great seamstress!

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  11. I have only recently begun sewing but I really enjoyed making a pleated bag and look forward to making many more! :)

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  12. I have my eye on these lovely books. So inspiring! I'm not an experienced sewer, but I'd love to make a contemporary style quilt some time.

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  13. My favourite sewing projects would be bags and wallets and other little accessories. :) I'm not very skilled, so things that don't require exact measurement are good for me. ^^

    Thanks so much for having the giveaway!

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  14. My latest favorite project is a messenger bag I made for a friend's daughter. I winged it the entire way and it came out far cuter than I thought it would be.

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  15. SO nice of you to be giving away these great books~~ :)

    I don't do much sewing (although I do own a sewing machine-used only once...)But I would love to learn how to make clothes especially little boy clothes for my two niños. My current project is a handbag...hope to finish it soon...

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  16. The books look really nice!
    My favorite project was sewing aprons that were donated to a school for disadvantaged children. One of these days I'd love to learn how to make a quilt.

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  17. My favourite sewing project has been making matching laptop bags in pink, beige and cream for myself and my mum. They were difficult to make but worth it. I still have a lot to learn about sewing, but I love all the things I have made so far and look forward to making lots more. I like to buy old bed linens from charity shops to sew with.
    I love zakka style so those books look wonderful!

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  18. My favorite sewing project has been this super simple circle skirts from knit fabric. Instead of elastic, they have a built in belt.

    Jenny

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  19. You don't need a serger. Really. A serger can make things tidy faster, but you don't need one. There are a few ways to make nice seams and finish edges with just a regular old sewing machine (good thing, because I don't have a serger either!). One of the nice ways to finish side seams (obviously not necessary for your wrap skirts) is to do a french seam. There are tons of tutorials online for how to do it.

    I used to sew a variety of things, but these days I pretty much make handbags and mend my clothes.

    I hope you do sew up what you'd like to make... I think you'll have a blast with it.

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  20. My mind's vision is much more exciting that the projects I've actually sewn lately... but once upon a time I made the most awesome slipcover for a couch, piping and everything... I would say that was a highlight. It was also over 15 years ago. So, since then, it's pillows and bags. Maybe one of these books will spark me to try my hand at something new again.

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  21. I'm a beginner sewer, so I'd love to learn how to make my own clothes. Just simply things, nothing extravagant.

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  22. Donna (onelittlemonkey)May 1, 2009, 6:38:00 AM

    You definitely don't need a serger and wrap around skirts are really simple to make, so you should go for it!

    My favorite sewing projects have been the items I've made as gifts. I made a quilt for a friend's baby shower. I also made my younger son a simple patchwork quilt and he loves it. He wouldn't sleep without it and it is still his favorite blanket even though it's a little too small to cover him up!

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  23. i'm new to sewing, but i hope to make classic simple garments for myself. right now i like sewing aprons & tiny pillows. thank you for this fantastic giveaway!

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  24. my favorite sewing project has been the little spool birds I made out of felted sweaters for our 2008 advent calendar/tree. What I'd most like to make is a quilt, using an old felted wool blanket as batting.

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  25. My favorite thing to sew is pajama bottoms for my kids out of old sheets. They are simple and the kids love them. I too would love to try to sew a wrap around skirt and maybe some easy tops...very easy!

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  26. How fun! Hmmm...I would love to learn to make a quilt. They seem so homey and make terrific gifts. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. My favorite sewing project so far was a pair of thrift-store Indian pajamas I turned into a minidress and a blouse. It was great: I spent a total of $4.99, didn't use a pattern, and got two awesome pieces of clothing out of the deal! I blogged about it here.

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  28. I love to make skirts or anything with felted wool...or anything I can sew...yes, I have an addiction I admit. Don't let not having a serger stop you - I made myself 2 suits before I got my 1st serger!...but if you are getting one - go with a Babylock Imagine!!!

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  29. i'd like to know how to embroider! so that i could embellish everything with amazing embroidery.....

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  30. I liked making a softie with a face that my daughter drew. It was both an easy project and one that had a great end-product.

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  31. I would love to learn how to sew something for myself, but I haven't been game to try anything fitted! I need to find a nice basic pattern to start with :)

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  32. My mother sews so I haven't had to really learn yet. I want to make quilts for the boys' beds. Someday!

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  33. I love sewing! My favorite things to make, even though they are super time consuming, are my Burlesque Christmas Stockings. Every one of them is unique, hence why it takes so long to make them. And I've altered my patterns so I can make Ballerina Slipper Stockings too! Oh! They are fun!

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  34. I love making quilts, but I really want to learn/teach myself how to make skirts and bags.

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  35. Simple, I would LOVE to make clothes for my five year old daughter. The clothes they have now are not tasteful. I have been trying to make clothes for her since she was born, really.
    violet101580@yahoo.com

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  36. I used to stitch my own outfits when i was back home in India. I don't own a sewing machine here but I am craving to do some stitching again. once i find the the perfect sewing machine i will be good to go!

    love your inspiring blog :)

    Radiya

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  37. Now that the weather is warming up all I want to do is sew dresses! And maybe a cute spring bag.

    And something for my daughter, if she'd let me.

    Great looking books. I really enjoy Japanese crafting books. Great ideas.

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  38. These books look great, thanks for the giveaway! Sadly, I have had a sewing machine languishing in my office for three long years, and I barely know how to thread it. So, I would love to learn how to sew just a simple tote and some pillows, too! :-)

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  39. I usually make clothes for my kids, which is always fun as they get so excited and seem to really appreciate the effort. But, I'd have to say my favorite project so far was a pair of blue jeans I made for my daughter out of a skirt that I'd made from a pair of jeans that someone had given me. It was exciting to evolve that article of clothing so many times and really eek out it's usefulness.

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  40. I would like to start sewing bags. Some have very easy patterns, I think I might be able to do that. Plus that would be so stylish to match my handmade bags to my outfits! :)

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  41. My favorite project so far is the stuffed bear I made for my boyfriend for our first anniversry. It was my first sewing project ever. I'd really like to learn to make skirts or dresses, since I don't have many. I'm nervous about making the jump to clothes though, since nothing I've made so far has had to *fit* anyone!

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  42. I took a sewing class and we learned how to make tote bags. They were fun and cute and I plan on making ones for each of the girls in my bridal party when I get married later this year.

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  43. My favorite project was a quilt I made for my bed. It took forever, but it was a really satisfying project.

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  44. Probably the quilt I recently finished for my husband. It was a looot of work but is such a great quilt, I love it.

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  45. My favorite project so far was a quilt I made for my godson in all my favorite fabrics. Right now I'm on the lookout for summer skirt & dress patterns.

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  46. Sewing is something I've wanted to learn for a long time. I have a sewing machine and I use it for card projects... those have been favorites over and over again. However, I'd like to learn how to make dresses and the mary-jane shoes in one of the books: Linen, Wool, Cotton. :-) I keep looking at the photo below with the lovely beach scenery... looks dreamy and relaxing.

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  47. Ooh, I've been dying to get my hands on these books. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

    My favorite sewing project so far is a tie between the yoga bag I made for myself and the birdie sling by Amy Butler. The Sling was first time I followed a pattern all by myself and I was so proud of figuring it all out! Plus, I love the final project SO much. I carry it pretty much every single day.

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  48. I love sewing sundresses for my daughter. For my son, we enjoy doing freezer paper stencils together to kick up boring Ts. (I know that's not sewing, but it is what he enjoys.)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. I would love to be able to draft my own simple patterns for some cute tops with cap sleeves and maybe an empire waist. Or a tunic with 3/4 sleeves.

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  50. I sewed tote bags for my nieces. But the baby blankets I sewed for my daughter would have to top the list. They were then passed on to my son. He's now 3 and still uses them. "Yellow blanket" is his favourite and he drags it around with him everywhere.

    I'm hoping this draw is open to Canadians. If not, it was still fun participating. I love your work!

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  51. I own a machine but i have yet to use it i would love to learn how to sew aprons they seem simple enough for a first project. Those two books looks very cute and inspiring.

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  52. I learned to sew a shirt dress with the help of an instructor. Although it was my first project, I made it as complicated as possible in the hopes of becoming an expert overnight. Well, I did become an expert... ... at ripping out seams.

    I think I'll try something simpler next time. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  53. Of my things I sew for the biz, I love to make my toddler aprons. With a one year old I haven't had time to make non-biz things in a while. I am going through quilt withdrawal and need to make one. Also, I want to make some gathered tiered skirts for my daughter.

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  54. I'm torn between a hand sewn quilt I made for my niece and an 'everything tote' I just made from Heather Ross's new book. Either way bags and quilts are definitely my favorite things to sew since they're just so practical.

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  55. Hi Patricia! I'm not a very patient sewer. I like quick and easy projects. My favorite lately was some little book wraps we made for the young girls in our church group. They turned out SO cute that I want to make more for the adults.

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  56. I can't sew at all:(

    If I could sew, I would try to make a quilt or some sort of cute bag for my kiddo.

    Thanks for the giveaway. As always, I love your work and blog.

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  57. I was just looking for those books in my local store, but they didn't have them.

    Probably my most recent project is my favourite - a kind of smocked top for my daughter. I tend to put off trying new things for a while, 'til I get my nerve up, so I was pretty happy that it turned out how I wanted it to.

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  58. My favorite sewing project ever was a bag made of vintage corduroy with acorns on it. I made up the pattern myself -- the first time I'd ever done that -- and it turned out really well and is still my favorite bag.

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  59. I am a fledfling sewer and I am dying to make drapes for my livingroom. I bought the most beautiful gray/apple green/cream/pale blue floral fabric nearly a year ago, but I've been so scared to mess it up, I haven't started yet!
    I got a sewing machine for Christmas in '08 (lucky me!) and I have started to learn by making fabric covers for my hand-made journals. One day I'll be able to make those drapes!

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  60. Love these books! I make yoga bags and they are absolutely my favorite thing to sew. It's thrilling to see my fellow yogis with my bags in class!

    Miriam

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  61. my favorite sewing project? i have to pick one?
    well then, it would probably be a tie between making big floppy market bags and reversible a-line wrap skirts, though anything with vintage cottons will make me happy.
    i've never won a thing but i have my fingers crossed for this one; May 6 is my birthday so i'm hoping for a little birthday luck!

    and to answer your own question: you don't need a serger to make clothing! for skirts it's extra easy, just iron the side seams flat and finish the raw edges with a zigzag stitch to stop fraying, then finish the hem as usual. :) i have skirts i made that way that i've been wearing (and washing and abusing etc) for years now!

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  62. I have been eyeing these books. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

    My favorite sewing project so far has been my the super hero capes I've made for my boys. I knew they'd love them and that made me so happy while I worked on them.

    ~Heather

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  63. My favorite sewing projects have been the doll clothes and stuff animals for my kids. I love when they watch with amazement as little pieces suddenly become something! And the sweet little thank you's don't hurt, either!

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  64. My favorite sewing project so far is a purse that I made recently with pleats and a cute bow in front. I'd like to experiment more with sewing clothes.

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  65. Favorite was finishing a stuffed owl my grandmother had left behind in an unfinished box of creations that I gave to my mom for Christmas one year...if I won these books they would go to my mom for mothers day....thank you...be well.

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  66. I've been coveting those books since I first saw them in blogland. Thanks for the offering a chance to win one!

    I'm a beginner at sewing and have just made some table runners, a couple bags, and some paper-piecing projects. I think I like the paper-piecing best and will be attempting a bighorn sheep one this summer for my husband! Otherwise, I would love to have the courage to start sewing clothes.

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  67. So far, I think my favorite sewing project has to be the garden tote I sewed for my mother in law two years ago. It was the first time I made something as complicated as it is and I felt a real sense of pride having finished it!

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  68. Oh, I have so many projects to choose from... But I guess I'll give the title of favorite to making my baby's crib bedding. I was not familiar with bumpers, had never quilted, really had no clue at all about how to make all this stuff, I couldn't find fabric with the type of designs I wanted, so I improvised the whole thing, and in the end loved the final product.

    I don't think you must have a serger to make wrap-around skirts (or anything else).

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  69. Of everything I've ever made, my favorite would have to be the black velvet dress I made in 1988 for my 1 year old daughter. I had a black velvet dress from Laura Ashley, and I made my daughter's dress to match it exactly. All five of my daughters have worn it, and it is packed away waiting on grandbabies!

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  70. What has been your favorite sewing project? any of the quilts for my kids. they tied the quilts when they were younger, then learned to make a few nine patch blocks. I'll answer the next question, too. What sewing project would you like to learn how to make? I'd like to be able to make clothing but I'm scared.

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  71. I've been working for a while now on making a boy-friendly pair of pants for my little guy. He's 3 now and I finally figured it out. It's such a welcomed self-accomplishment when you work so hard on a sewing project and finally see an end result that you love!

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  72. I'm not an advanced sewer but I also really want to learn to sew more clothes. It wasn't what I intended when I got a new machine but I now want to get creative with clothing items. I want to make a reversible wrap skirt.

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  73. why do you need a serger for that?
    I want to sew anything! I'd love to make slip covers for my dining room chairs.
    maplesfamily@hotmail.com

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  74. I'd love to learn how to sew ANYTHING! It's pretty sad actually... :)

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  75. I don't sew... but I have the project to buy a sewing machine. The project i'd like to do? Aprons. Many kinds of aprons. In 3-4 weeks, I'll open my own bakery cafe and I would like to make for me and my employees pretty aprons.

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  76. My favorite projects are a dolphin shaped pillow that I made in the
    70's in my home-ec class. and the most recent fave is a watercolor quilt wall hanging that i'm making for my mother..

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  77. My favorite sewing project to make would be market bags made from recycled fabrics. So useful and completely different from any purchased bags! However, I would love to make clothing (that fits!), and like you I don't have a serger. I have found I don't really need a serger to sew cottons, but it would be really helpful for sewing knits.

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  78. Hmmm...I'm not much of a sewer, but my mom visited me last month and helped me make some pillows for my couch. I got this great fabric from a local store. I bought this gorgeous satin fabric to make curtains, but it's a little scary cutting up 7 yds. of fabric! I guess I am putting it off.

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  79. I love sewing Christmas stockings and summer dresses for me and my daughter...
    -Heather

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  80. My favorite thing to sew is simple handstitched baby blankets. At least one side flannel, often polka dots, other side some fun fabric like the classic eggs and bacon. When I sew I think of the family and the joy the new baby will bring. (Sappy, but true!)

    Kathleen
    13things.typepad.com

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  81. I can sew a bit, but not nearly as much as I'd like to be able to. I'd really like to learn how to make simple sundresses for my two sweet babies.

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  82. My favorite sewing projects are always little girls' dresses--especially when they're for my little girl!

    And I've been wanting to make a wrap skirt, too!

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  83. ooh. i've been admiring the patchwork style book each week when my son and i go to barnes and noble to "play with the trains" (read: ride the escalator, split a cookie, gawk at sewing books, and occasionally play with some trains)...

    my favorite sewing project is usually whatever one i'm about to finish. : ) the one that was the most fun to make was probably the "pre-scribbled" art smocks i made my nieces last year for their 2nd birthday. i sewed all over them in all colors of the rainbow. it was awesome.

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  84. My favorite sewing project is making children's pillowcases for my son and his friends. Kids always love a pillowcase made in the theme of what they love and its something useful as well.

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  85. My favorite sewing project is making dolls. I love when they're almost done and i'm adding those little details that make them unique...

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  86. My favorite project (and the only one that was fully successful, to date), is a christmas gift i made my husband. His family is scottish and i made a patchwork quilt in the colours of the family tartan. I made it when we were dating, and he still keeps it on the bed : )

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  87. my favorite sewing projects are little handmade gifts for friends and family. So far, the ones that i'm most happy about are my embroidered fabric album covers :)
    I would love to sew my own dress - i've just received a book on linen dresses.. can't wait to get started!

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  88. My favorite sewing project was a doll quilt I made my little girl. I took one of her pictures she drew of herself and embroidered it on it. It still makes me smile when I see it.

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  89. I made a little projects here and there. I like doing miniature quilts to frame. I am a trained professional picture framer. When I find little objects/drawing/prints I want to frame them all. I love your blog.

    Noo

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  90. Circle skirts are really fun to wear and pretty easy. For a wraparound I would look for one that fits in a thrift shop and copy it as patterns are sometimes too skimpy.

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  91. To date, my most favorite sewing project is making a simple tote. I make them a lot and have listed a few on my Etsy shop but I just truly LOVE making them! And, I know this wasn't part of the question, but something that I would love to make is a 1940s-ish dress but without the collar. More like a fitted t-shirt (with cap sleeves) up top and an a-line circle skirt on the bottom. Something really summery!

    Also, in regards to making wrap skirts and summertime dresses for you and your little one, you don't necessarily need a serger. You can absolutely sew knits on a regular sewing machine with a mock overlock or zigzag stitch. I guess the only drawback is that you won't have a nice finished seam that's trimmed to just the edge of the stitching. It's definitely doable! :)

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  92. I made a purse for myself that I love, but the most fun was some felt food I made for my nephews and niece this past christmas.

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  93. I really want to learn to sew fitted clothing for my daughter and me both. The project I am most proud of is the cover I designed and sewed to fit a frame my husband made for the kids radio flyer wagon. We have been using it for 8 year now anytime we go to outdoor festivals and fairs. We always get compliments on it. :-)

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  94. I have the same problem. I don´t have sewing machine.
    I´d love to know a little part of what my mum knows. I have the image of see sitting and making us cloths. Love to have that opportunity.
    To make just a simple dress.

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  95. My favorite sewing project was a wall hanging quilt. I copied the design from a quilt magazine cover. It consisted of just hundreds of 3-inch squares in a color-wash medallion layout. I loved laying the pieces out on a double bed, getting just the right effect with the colors. It turned out beautifully (in my humble opinion) ;-) It was the lack of pattern and the creativity that allowed, that I loved the most.

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  96. i LOVE to sew! my favourite project these days are tote bags + cloth baby blocks. i'm looking forward to making sweet dresses for my baby girl this spring!

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  97. I can sew simple stuff--straight lines really. I'm really wanting to learn to sew/alter clothes for myself. I'd love to wear something that I made.

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  98. My favorite sewing project was a dress I made for my daughter when she was about 6, to wear to my cousin's wedding. It was pale blue linen damask, with a tatted lace collar. I'd got both the linen and the rectangular doily/collar at the same outlet sale. She looked adorable! She never seemed to stay still long enough for me to admire my handy though. :-)

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  99. My favorite project so far this year has been a kit from uhandbag. thanks!

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  100. This is a lovely giveaway! Thank you! If I knew how to sew, I would want to know how to quilt, and how to make all the things that real sewers swear are so easy - skirts, pillowcases, napkins, curtains. None of it looks easy to me! (But I do have a sewing machine, so the books will be used...eventually!) xo corinne

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  101. My favourite sewing project is based on a nightie that I had worn til threadbare, then unpicked, copied the pattern onto ironed paper bags, made the modifications that I wanted and then sewed up as a surprise for my mum. She was OVER-JOYED!! And I mean that .. but then again, what mummy doesn't love to have a home made gift from her 'little girl' eh?

    Thanks for the contest, Julie Andrea

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  102. I would love to learn how to make more lovely grown-up clothes...or fabulously large patchwork quilts!! Would love to win, thanks for the opportunity!

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