Ah, I think I just solved the problem (in my head, at least). The last step of the version I did was adding the closure after turning it around. I would probably be able to turn it without crumpling if I'd sew the closure in before turning it and then leaving a big hole on one of the long sides where I can pull everything through (did that make sense? in my head it did...). I'll just give it a try and then report back
funny, I didn't think anyone would like the fabric... I'll tell my grandmother
I thought about making a tute, because I will make two more of those and would have the opportunity to take pictures, but then I thought that in the linked thread on my first posting here there's a tutorial for the long version and maybe you could figure the differences out? I'd feel like "stealing and modifying" an already existing tutorial if I made one.
What do you think? Can you figure it out, do you want a complete tutorial or just some notes about the changes I made?
Will take me some time, though, I am quite busy at the moment.
The fabric I used for this was some old my grandmother gave to me for trying out patterns or whatever, it's not at all meant to be pretty, I just wanted to figure out measurement and things like that without wasting the good stuff. So if you're appaled, just let me tell you, I am too! (oh, and I just put it on my ironing board which is just as appaling on behalf of fabric... well, I should get/sew a new cover, I guess)
It's actually almost completed, because I have one part yet to figure out... but I will tell you about that after you see the pictures.
What I have yet to figure out is the center part where clear vinyl or something alike is supposed to be sewn in to show bus tickets or things like that without fiddling around. At first I attached it just like the rest before turning the whole thing around, but then it was quite crumpled and I ripped it out again. I am thinking about sewing some bias tape around it and then attaching it with blanket stitch after I put the rest together, stitching just through the inside background so it won't be visible on the outside. Does anyone have any better ideas? (Preferably one that doesn't involve handstitching, as I probably suck in that... never did it yet) I'd be very grateful for any advice on that!
Also c & c welcome!
(And don't forget to lean back and have a look at some nice Amy Butler fabric to get over the fabric shock!)
Pin the pattern? You mean as in "I pretend I am a real seamstress and follow all the rules"? Ummm. No. I guess I also had the wrong paper for that purpose, I used quite crisp and sturdy transparent paper, the sort that architects use. Guess I would have to use a newspaper for that... or just the real thing, pattern paper. I will try next time, thank you!
Ah and for tracing the pattern... I just remember I saw a tool some days ago with which you can roll around the paper and leave a chalk line (the chalk being powder and not stone-like), maybe that would work.
Aaaand I just remembered the thing I was talking about is called rotary cutter and not rolling cutter, lol. Germlish again.
Hey I drafted a pattern last night from an old (really old! I nicknamed it "Thy Holeyness" and it had to die for that sake) Shirt of mine and when I put the paper pattern on the bi-stretch Jersey (I hope that is the correct term) and tried to cut it I realised it's not easy. I don't have one of those nifty "rolling cutters" yet and I found it almost impossible to cut straight lines with my scissors. The fabric shifted and stretched (although I put some jars on it to keep it in place, of course) and I had to be so incredibly careful not to pull anywhere... I eventually succeded in getting something I could use, but it wasn't half as easy as I thought it would be. Are there any special tricks? How do you do it? Will it work with one of those rolling cutters anyway or will I encounter the same problem? Most evil was the attempt to cut bias tape for the neckline. Argh! I still feel slight aggression in my tummy when I think of it.
Any advice from you experienced people would be greatly appreciated!
Ah, did you see the posting above yours, myklia? I think in German you couldn't distinguish it either. You'd probably either think the person is talking about the real thing or you'd ask which kind of "wool". But as I mentioned before, it's more a problem with people who don't knit a lot. Experienced knitters would probably call the yarn by its first name anyway.
I'm so sorry for confusing you people! I learned so much crafty English around here, but knitting just isn't my usual craft, so I guess I might make many mistakes in that area.