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Old 06-12-2013, 07:25 AM   #646
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Everything looks great. I love the Harry Potter. I admit to never having seen Sponge Bob, and my kids haven't either. When they were given Sponge Bob toothbrushes at the dentist they said, "Look mine has CHEESE!" which made me laugh.

My embroidery machine woes continue to depress me, but I took my kids to the splash park this morning for a few hours and they went down for a LONG nap afterward (I could have easily slept too!) so I finished my Dana Scientific Seamstress sew-along top today. It's pretty much outside my comfort zone fabric/color/style wise, but I am pretty happy with it. I am a t-shirts and not much else sort of person. Sadly I had a LOT of trouble with this, not any of which was the pattern, it was actually quite easy. I did the ruffle over like 6 times, first two times I sewed it to the wrong side... Then I tried to do the ruffle on the serger has I have done with most ruffling recently and it didn't work (though a sample fabric would work so I think it was the tiny ruffle or something.) so I had to cut off the ruffle so many times. The rest was OK, but ran out of bobbin thread about 1.5 inches from the end, the last 25 stitches of the whole thing. But I got through it. And it is done.
Ironically, I have never let my kids watch sponge bob but they have seen it before with their cousins and any chance they get. Casey told me she was glad I never let them watch it because "it is dumb". LOL. But I knew we would see them and couldn't think of anything else for our Universal day. Love the cheese quote.

Your Dana top looks very nice. I bought the girl version and want to start making one today for my DD.
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We are a family of Harry Potter fans! Can't say I've ever seen Sponge Bob since my kids are older (actually they are all adults now - lol). I love the Universal themed clothes. That's a great idea!
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:35 AM   #648
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I'm so happy to have found this thread! We are probably going to the World in September with our daughter. She will be 21 months so of course I want to doll her up.

Thing is, I am lousy with a sewing machine. I tried to make her a hockey jersey last fall and gave up on the project three times and that was even after I started to use fabric glue. Finally, I just thread a needle and started doing it by hand. Go figure it only took me half an hour to finish the thing to my satisfaction.

Does anyone here sew by hand? I want to make her stuff, but I'm worried I'll end up going through the jersey mess all over again and since we're fairly short on time... I'm wondering if I should just do it by hand from the start.
Welcome to the thread!! I do not hand sew unless absolutely necessary. But I agree with others that you should give the machine another try and use a woven fabric this time. Sounds like you did a fine job, so if hand sewing is fun for you, go for it. Again, welcome to our world!

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Hey everyone! RMAMom told me about this thread. I am new to sewing and super excited to read all your tips and tricks.
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I am trying to make a habit of coming over here more often, so I am sharing my most recently completed project.
I'm in love! Great job!

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As usual, I get back to a computer and the creativity of you all is astounding.
Thought I would share a kind of nice story if you don't mind. We moved our son and fiance' to Orlando last week. We took a few days to visit my parents (ages 83 & 85) at their active adult community. The ladies had decided on a project and they needed a little assistance from me.
The project was to purchase 10-15 sewing machines and teach young mothers how to sew, either for themselves or as a possible job skill. My job was to refurbish all the machines they had collected. It was fun yet tedious to teach these ladies how to thread the newer machines. They all can sew on a machine (except my Mom). Of course, they had so many brands of machines I hit Walmart several times to get bobbins, oil, needles! Then took them shopping on Craigslist to see what else they wanted to buy.
One lady donated a machine that belonged to her Mom. I googled it. It was worth way more than she thought. Pristine Singer Featherweight 221 with all the attachments, case and original manuals. They decided not to put that in the project and resell it for the cash.
It was the BEST working vacation I ever took! While I worked on sewing machines, DH made his way around the complex fixing toilets. sinks, putting up shelves, changing oil in cars. We drove back north after 9 days when it was supposed to be a 3 day trip feeling it was time well spent.
This is not solicitation, just thought you all would enjoy hearing about what these ladies are doing for their community. Now they have 10 machines ready to go, a room to put them in and everything is up and running for their launch date of Sept. 2013.
That is a VERY nice story! Thanks for sharing. I love when older adults don't give up on life, but try to find a way to be vital and helpful. Of course enjoying good health helps that. What a rewarding experience for you and your DH!

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Could all you sewing pros help me out please?
I made some clothes for my 2 kids for our trip and now that we are back I was wondering what's the best way to wash them?
Would it depend on what it is?
Two are dresses made of cotton fabric, one store bought dress with a sewn on minnie patch (made on felt), some easy pull on shorts, a store bought tshirt with a sewn on mickey patch (made on felt), and then finally a store bought tshirt with an iron-on from special printer paper.

Can I do them in the washing machine maybe on gentle or do I have to hand wash everything? Is there a detergent that you would recommend? Is it better to hang them up to dry or lie them flat?

What if there are stains on them? I haven't looked at them closely yet since we just got back but just wondering. The kids wore each outfit a whole day in the park (along with getting rained on) so I wouldn't be surprised if there's something on them.

Also, one of the dresses has a tulle underskirt - anything special I should do for it?

And if I need to hand wash them could you please suggest the best way to do it? I've only hand washed a few things in my lifetime so I'm not sure if there's a right way or a wrong way.

Thanks so much!
I think you already got the answers you were looking for, but I would add that I would line dry anything with felt so it won't bunch up so much. If you do end up with stains, the BLUE Dawn dishwashing liquid is amazing at getting stains out of just about anything. Just apply it directly onto the garment just before washing it. Let us know how everything turned out.

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Doll clothes are so small, which always gives me trouble.

Here are a few things I made for our Universal trip:

These were for our Universal day - Sponge Bob and Patrick theme. The yellow shirt is for Curtis and I wore the pink one.

Casey wore the pink tank and her dad wore the yellow shirt


The kids wore these our first day at Islands of Adventure when we went to Harry Potter "land". When I was packing I could not find my son's shirt anywhere. Everyone looked but we could not find it. I ended up making another one the night before we left. Of course, I found it yesterday on the front porch where I took it to take some pictures.


I made these for my daughter as "extras". My son wore his Scooby Doo shirt and Casey wore her Mystery Machine shirt after they got soaked in Curious George's playland. We never found Scooby and Shaggy this day I think because we were in TS Andrea and they were not out.


These are my first "felt" designs and I am planning on taking off the appliques and reusing the shirts since we don't have much of a use for them after our trip.

I made a few Dr. Suess themed items but I have to get some pictures of them.

Curtis wore this shirt to his end of year movie day since he was planning to watch Monsters Inc. I had just purchased this design so I quickly made this shirt for him. One item done for our Oct trip.


I made these outfits for my nieces and nephews. There are two sets of cousins one boy and one girl, live near each other so I wanted to send something for everyone. I just appliqued some beach dresses from Walmart and both of the girls really love them.

These shirts were for the boys. My sister loved the shrimp boat since she calls her son Bubba. She calls it his Bubba Gump shirt but I just thought the design was cute.


I also made this for my daughter but I don't think she is a fan. She doesn't like that you can't tell what the letters are on the pocket. Of course there is no explaining the monogram concept to her.
Everything is beautifully done! I've never been to the "dark side", but I'm sure they were a big hit over there. Thanks for sharing!

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Everything looks great. I love the Harry Potter. I admit to never having seen Sponge Bob, and my kids haven't either. When they were given Sponge Bob toothbrushes at the dentist they said, "Look mine has CHEESE!" which made me laugh.

My embroidery machine woes continue to depress me, but I took my kids to the splash park this morning for a few hours and they went down for a LONG nap afterward (I could have easily slept too!) so I finished my Dana Scientific Seamstress sew-along top today. It's pretty much outside my comfort zone fabric/color/style wise, but I am pretty happy with it. I am a t-shirts and not much else sort of person. Sadly I had a LOT of trouble with this, not any of which was the pattern, it was actually quite easy. I did the ruffle over like 6 times, first two times I sewed it to the wrong side... Then I tried to do the ruffle on the serger has I have done with most ruffling recently and it didn't work (though a sample fabric would work so I think it was the tiny ruffle or something.) so I had to cut off the ruffle so many times. The rest was OK, but ran out of bobbin thread about 1.5 inches from the end, the last 25 stitches of the whole thing. But I got through it. And it is done.

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We are a family of Harry Potter fans! Can't say I've ever seen Sponge Bob since my kids are older (actually they are all adults now - lol). I love the Universal themed clothes. That's a great idea!
The "cheese" comment made me laugh! Leave it to kids!

I'm so glad the owner of the shop got in contact with you! Hopefully she'll get things resolved to your satisfaction when she returns.

Sorry for the difficulty with the shirt. It looks wonderful, though, and that's what matters, right? Those colors suit you. I got the little girl pattern and intended to do the sew along, but never even started. Hopefully after this week's neighborhood garage sale, I'll have some time to sew again.
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Doll clothes are so small, which always gives me trouble.

Here are a few things I made for our Universal trip:

These were for our Universal day - Sponge Bob and Patrick theme. The yellow shirt is for Curtis and I wore the pink one.

Casey wore the pink tank and her dad wore the yellow shirt


The kids wore these our first day at Islands of Adventure when we went to Harry Potter "land". When I was packing I could not find my son's shirt anywhere. Everyone looked but we could not find it. I ended up making another one the night before we left. Of course, I found it yesterday on the front porch where I took it to take some pictures.


I made these for my daughter as "extras". My son wore his Scooby Doo shirt and Casey wore her Mystery Machine shirt after they got soaked in Curious George's playland. We never found Scooby and Shaggy this day I think because we were in TS Andrea and they were not out.


These are my first "felt" designs and I am planning on taking off the appliques and reusing the shirts since we don't have much of a use for them after our trip.

I made a few Dr. Suess themed items but I have to get some pictures of them.

Curtis wore this shirt to his end of year movie day since he was planning to watch Monsters Inc. I had just purchased this design so I quickly made this shirt for him. One item done for our Oct trip.


I made these outfits for my nieces and nephews. There are two sets of cousins one boy and one girl, live near each other so I wanted to send something for everyone. I just appliqued some beach dresses from Walmart and both of the girls really love them.

These shirts were for the boys. My sister loved the shrimp boat since she calls her son Bubba. She calls it his Bubba Gump shirt but I just thought the design was cute.


I also made this for my daughter but I don't think she is a fan. She doesn't like that you can't tell what the letters are on the pocket. Of course there is no explaining the monogram concept to her.

I love all your shirts great job.

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Everything looks great. I love the Harry Potter. I admit to never having seen Sponge Bob, and my kids haven't either. When they were given Sponge Bob toothbrushes at the dentist they said, "Look mine has CHEESE!" which made me laugh.

My embroidery machine woes continue to depress me, but I took my kids to the splash park this morning for a few hours and they went down for a LONG nap afterward (I could have easily slept too!) so I finished my Dana Scientific Seamstress sew-along top today. It's pretty much outside my comfort zone fabric/color/style wise, but I am pretty happy with it. I am a t-shirts and not much else sort of person. Sadly I had a LOT of trouble with this, not any of which was the pattern, it was actually quite easy. I did the ruffle over like 6 times, first two times I sewed it to the wrong side... Then I tried to do the ruffle on the serger has I have done with most ruffling recently and it didn't work (though a sample fabric would work so I think it was the tiny ruffle or something.) so I had to cut off the ruffle so many times. The rest was OK, but ran out of bobbin thread about 1.5 inches from the end, the last 25 stitches of the whole thing. But I got through it. And it is done.

The Dana top is on my list of things to make. I love the style of it.
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Everything looks great. I love the Harry Potter. I admit to never having seen Sponge Bob, and my kids haven't either. When they were given Sponge Bob toothbrushes at the dentist they said, "Look mine has CHEESE!" which made me laugh.

My embroidery machine woes continue to depress me, but I took my kids to the splash park this morning for a few hours and they went down for a LONG nap afterward (I could have easily slept too!) so I finished my Dana Scientific Seamstress sew-along top today. It's pretty much outside my comfort zone fabric/color/style wise, but I am pretty happy with it. I am a t-shirts and not much else sort of person. Sadly I had a LOT of trouble with this, not any of which was the pattern, it was actually quite easy. I did the ruffle over like 6 times, first two times I sewed it to the wrong side... Then I tried to do the ruffle on the serger has I have done with most ruffling recently and it didn't work (though a sample fabric would work so I think it was the tiny ruffle or something.) so I had to cut off the ruffle so many times. The rest was OK, but ran out of bobbin thread about 1.5 inches from the end, the last 25 stitches of the whole thing. But I got through it. And it is done.

I love it, I think it looks great and I love that fabric! I'm sorry you had such a hard time with it.

Goteamwood I'm sorry, I thought I picked up your post. I wanted to say I love your work especially that HP skirt!

Chiara How are you feeling? I hope all is well with you and yours.
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Too bad you can't get your sons interested in princess dresses! Mind you, I wasn't into princesses until after my first trip to Disney World! Maybe you should take your sons to Disneyland (even if it is a 3/10)
My older son is a Disney lover. He's joined me on a couple of my "solo" trips. It's the younger one who gave Disneyland a 3 out of 10! Kids!

My older son and I just did a quickie trip to Las Vegas to see "Love," the Beatles inspired Cirque show. Our tickets were so expensive (I bought them on Monday for a Wednesday trip) that I now have enough points for a trip to Los Angeles.

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3 out of 10. Really Cheryl, where did you go wrong with those two boys. And no princess dresses!!!! Too bad the boys will not be living in the same state for very long. I'm sure they miss being around each other now that they are all grown up. would love to see your placemats.
I know, I know.

When junior son graduated from power school in South Carolina he wanted to go to Busch Gardens in Tampa. We flew to SC, rented a car and drove to FL. We drove by lots of Disney signs, I could see the top of the Tower of Terror, but he didn't want to go to Disney, just Busch Gardens.

Placemats on my next post. I really do like them.



According to the rules on page one I see it is mandatory to share all sewing whether or not Disney related.

2.You MUST share pictures of everything (and unfortunately, we do mean EVERYTHING)!

I offer this post in order to comply with all regulations:

Has any one made the uklass dollhouse? I gave it a go yesterday. I went back and forth between making it as directed and modifying it. I went as far as I needed to go to get the general idea of how to make one and quickly discovered it would be too small for my broccoli family, so am done for now.

Just wondering if anyone else has made one. I can see how they’d be fun to make and personalize if you had someone (other than broccoli) to make one for.

The house . . .



Too small for Mr. Broccoli, let alone the rest of the bunch . . .



Open house . . .



You get the idea . . .



I’ll eventually make another one.

When I do the preview the pictures are HUGE, but I think I've found out in the past that they shrink. If not, sorry!!!
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Hello everyone! I am new-ish to the Dis and new to here. I lurked the Dis for months before joining (you don't have much to contribute when you are there to learn!). Once I felt schooled I joined in. I have been lurking your thread for awhile (which sounds so stalker-ish ;-)) and I am amazed and inspired by all the wonderful creations you ladies have made. While I don't know most of you I hope you'll let me hang around and learn the craft. My mil taught me to sew a few years ago and got me a sewing machine. While I'm not great, I have made a few things with her help, which I will post eventually. I'm gearing up for my 2014 wdw trip and I am starting to plan for my kids outfits, 2 dd 4&7 and 1 ds who's 1. It's our first family trip and I tend to go over the top. Eeek!

The reason to finally post is that I was excited today and you were the only ones who I thought would care. I've decided to make pillowcase dresses for our dis trip, but I thought I'd do a trial run with some July 4th ones. While shopping at Jo Ann's, I came across a clearance rack.....and I scored a gorgeous Tiana fabric for $2.50 yard! It made my day! I think I'm going to use some of it make a mixed piece tutu (well 2 of them of course, my oldest loves to match her sister). Since none of my friends really sew and dh could care less, I was busting at the seams to tell someone!! Thanks for letting me share and I look forward to getting to 'know' all of you :-)
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Hello everyone! I am new-ish to the Dis and new to here. I lurked the Dis for months before joining (you don't have much to contribute when you are there to learn!). Once I felt schooled I joined in. I have been lurking your thread for awhile (which sounds so stalker-ish ;-)) and I am amazed and inspired by all the wonderful creations you ladies have made. While I don't know most of you I hope you'll let me hang around and learn the craft. My mil taught me to sew a few years ago and got me a sewing machine. While I'm not great, I have made a few things with her help, which I will post eventually. I'm gearing up for my 2014 wdw trip and I am starting to plan for my kids outfits, 2 dd 4&7 and 1 ds who's 1. It's our first family trip and I tend to go over the top. Eeek!

The reason to finally post is that I was excited today and you were the only ones who I thought would care. I've decided to make pillowcase dresses for our dis trip, but I thought I'd do a trial run with some July 4th ones. While shopping at Jo Ann's, I came across a clearance rack.....and I scored a gorgeous Tiana fabric for $2.50 yard! It made my day! I think I'm going to use some of it make a mixed piece tutu (well 2 of them of course, my oldest loves to match her sister). Since none of my friends really sew and dh could care less, I was busting at the seams to tell someone!! Thanks for letting me share and I look forward to getting to 'know' all of you :-)
Congrats on the great find! I have never found anything good on my Jo Ann's clearance rack.
Good for you for going over the top. I mean, why not go over the top? That's why you had kids in the first place - right?
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Hello everyone! I am new-ish to the Dis and new to here. I lurked the Dis for months before joining (you don't have much to contribute when you are there to learn!). Once I felt schooled I joined in. I have been lurking your thread for awhile (which sounds so stalker-ish ;-)) and I am amazed and inspired by all the wonderful creations you ladies have made. While I don't know most of you I hope you'll let me hang around and learn the craft. My mil taught me to sew a few years ago and got me a sewing machine. While I'm not great, I have made a few things with her help, which I will post eventually. I'm gearing up for my 2014 wdw trip and I am starting to plan for my kids outfits, 2 dd 4&7 and 1 ds who's 1. It's our first family trip and I tend to go over the top. Eeek!

The reason to finally post is that I was excited today and you were the only ones who I thought would care. I've decided to make pillowcase dresses for our dis trip, but I thought I'd do a trial run with some July 4th ones. While shopping at Jo Ann's, I came across a clearance rack.....and I scored a gorgeous Tiana fabric for $2.50 yard! It made my day! I think I'm going to use some of it make a mixed piece tutu (well 2 of them of course, my oldest loves to match her sister). Since none of my friends really sew and dh could care less, I was busting at the seams to tell someone!! Thanks for letting me share and I look forward to getting to 'know' all of you :-)
Welcome and I know exactly what fabric you are talking about. Good luck with your sewing.

Cheryl -it is great to see you posting again.
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Finally I get to show you some of my sewing.

First up are the quilts I made Izzy's kindergarten teachers.




And a round neck dress for Izzy.


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I've got to go back and quote, I wanted to comment on the Dana top.

Jen - your top looks great! Very pretty and flattering!

I'm jealous because mine is a frumpy mess! I'm so disappointed by how it fits. I did the sleeveless version, and the arm holes just don't lay nicely at all. By measurements, I should have made the L. I compared the printed pattern to a shirt I love and decided the M would be better, but it's still huge and baggy in all the wrong places! It looks like a maternity shirt!

I see on the Sis Boom blog and FB page that even one of their designers takes hers in after construction, but I tried that and the lines just aren't right. That is an odd thing to do to a shirt that late in construction, in my opinion.

I don't know what I'm going to do with it at this point. I might add the sleeves to hide the wonkiness around the arm and cut the whole thing down to the next size. But honestly, I'm just bummed by the whole thing and almost ready to junk it.

Sorry to be so negative! Just needed to vent after working on this for two nights!

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I've got to go back and quote, I wanted to comment on the Dana top.

Jen - your top looks great! Very pretty and flattering!

I'm jealous because mine is a frumpy mess! I'm so disappointed by how it fits. I did the sleeveless version, and the arm holes just don't lay nicely at all. By measurements, I should have made the L. I compared the printed pattern to a shirt I love and decided the M would be better, but it's still huge and baggy in all the wrong places! It looks like a maternity shirt!

I see on the Sis Boom blog and FB page that even one of their designers takes hers in after construction, but I tried that and the lines just aren't right. That is an odd thing to do to a shirt that late in construction, in my opinion.

I don't know what I'm going to do with it at this point. I might add the sleeves to hide the wonkiness around the arm and cut the whole thing down to the next size. But honestly, I'm just bummed by the whole thing and almost ready to junk it.

Sorry to be so negative! Just needed to vent after working on this for two nights!

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I was thinking it would look maternity-ish but didn't for some reason on. I saw someone shirred an empire waist which was cute and might help. There's a lot more of me than should be so I filled it out I guess.

I have to say it looked gigantic when I was pinning the side seams but it fits so that is great for my body image issues, eh?

I hope you're able to salvage yours.

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Fabric.com has the green Toy Story fabric on clearance for $3.99 a yard!!!!!!!

Here is the link: Happy shopping.

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Doll clothes are so small, which always gives me trouble.

Here are a few things I made for our Universal trip:

These were for our Universal day - Sponge Bob and Patrick theme. The yellow shirt is for Curtis and I wore the pink one.

Casey wore the pink tank and her dad wore the yellow shirt


The kids wore these our first day at Islands of Adventure when we went to Harry Potter "land". When I was packing I could not find my son's shirt anywhere. Everyone looked but we could not find it. I ended up making another one the night before we left. Of course, I found it yesterday on the front porch where I took it to take some pictures.


I made these for my daughter as "extras". My son wore his Scooby Doo shirt and Casey wore her Mystery Machine shirt after they got soaked in Curious George's playland. We never found Scooby and Shaggy this day I think because we were in TS Andrea and they were not out.


These are my first "felt" designs and I am planning on taking off the appliques and reusing the shirts since we don't have much of a use for them after our trip.

I made a few Dr. Suess themed items but I have to get some pictures of them.

Curtis wore this shirt to his end of year movie day since he was planning to watch Monsters Inc. I had just purchased this design so I quickly made this shirt for him. One item done for our Oct trip.


I made these outfits for my nieces and nephews. There are two sets of cousins one boy and one girl, live near each other so I wanted to send something for everyone. I just appliqued some beach dresses from Walmart and both of the girls really love them.

These shirts were for the boys. My sister loved the shrimp boat since she calls her son Bubba. She calls it his Bubba Gump shirt but I just thought the design was cute.


I also made this for my daughter but I don't think she is a fan. She doesn't like that you can't tell what the letters are on the pocket. Of course there is no explaining the monogram concept to her.
Really cute they look great!
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:55 PM   #660
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Smile Lois, Chiara, babynala all other crafty talented !

My name is Ruthie and some of us know each other

I have talents in other areas but NOTHING like your talents if a pair of pants need a hem I have a stockpile of iron mending tape that's the extent of my knowledge

So I have a WANT and don't know where to go with it I will be running in the Princess 1/2 marathon next February and want something like they have on sparkle skirts . com But I want a slightly longer version and I would like a "Pluto" in a running motion appliqued near the bottom of the skirt (since we are Team Pluto )

Is there anyone here that does customs for adults and would be interested in helping me out ? I looked at Etsy but found nothing then remembered all the DisBoutique signature lines and thought I'd come here Hope I'm not breaking any rules or anything

Thanks, Ruthie
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