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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I aint Skeerd of the COLD!.... First Bikini EVER awesomeness on: October 26, 2009 01:02:32 PM
I'm a tropical Girl and would wear bikinis year round if I could. Fortunately here in Texas (Houston) the weather is fairly mild enough to pull it off through most of November and granted you have access to a heated pool... But I always dream of Miami!

I will be traveling at the end of November to the Caribbean (be still my heart) via Big Cruise boat... I'm so tired of the affordable bikinis being crap quality and name brand bikinis being so overly expensive and since I just got a new sewing machine (WITH the bells and whistles) I figured it's high time I gave it a shot and made my OWN swimwear.

The outer fabric was insanely thin and most definitely unsuitable for "family friendly vacation environments" so in the top I made a double layer of lining and installed "headlight deflectors" (ie storebought swimwear pads) between the layers in the cups. I also lined the inside of the cups with the outer fabric, so it's the same pattern on both sides. I know, I think I went a little overboard with the layers of linig and fabric and realized this halfway through the project, but hey I'll know better for the next one!
For the bottoms I only did one layer of lining between the outer fabrics and used a complimentary colored fabric for the inside... that I also used to create the string ties. The back side is cut somewhere between a Brazilian and a full coverage I don't know exactly how I managed to get that shape but I like it... LOL now I just need to work on making my butt look more like that Brazilian supermodel's and then I'll be all set!

I am VERY pleased with how it came out and see many more of these in my future! I will post "Action Shots" later after I return home from the trip!

Full COlOr Version...


HAHA!! No my boobs ARE NOT lopsided.. HAHAHAHAH!!


I had a better pic WITHOUT the body spray bottle in the way.. but this one is more comical! CHeeky CHeeky!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / cording / piping in a yoke.... How?? on: October 24, 2009 10:59:28 AM
does anyone know how to sew cording under fabric to create rows? Ok, I know that sucks as a description but maybe a photo will show it better.....(below) I'm not referring to the gold cording on the top, but how it is the rows under the black fabric were done. I also had seen this method used on project runway (maybe seson 3-5?), sheesh I cannot find a photo for the life of me but it was a gown (goldish-bronze) and with rows (cords) done using this method for detail on the bodice.... you remember? right? ;0)  
Any help would be great, or if you could even tell me what the "techincal" term is for this I'll google and research myself.
Happy Saturday!





3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone have this pattern?? Vintage vogue on: August 22, 2009 06:51:39 AM
I have been looking for this pattern for a MILLION years! My mom had one I was going to use but lost it (among all of her sewing stuff, a terrrible, TERRIBLE loss) in the Hurricane (IKE) last year... I'd love to own it but even if I could just borrow it I would be eternally grateful! REWARD: 100 million good Kharma points!

Vintage Vogue   7828
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Drapery lining on: November 22, 2008 07:46:53 AM
I found some great heavy drapery fabric at Joann's (Msajor Score, store closing sale, YESSSS! HUGE discount!) I wanna make some drapes for my living room, but I'm a little unsure about the lining material. I priced some at the new Joann's store and it's quite expensive (15 yards YIKES)... are there any creative, budget friendly, alternatives you might suggest using?

Thanks!!! Cheesy
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Fabric/project compatibility.... Stretch friendly? on: November 21, 2008 09:35:51 AM
I wanna make a duffle style bag from this totally rock'n tropical floral mid-weight cotton stretch fabric I have.. one problem the slight crossgrain stretch. Okay, maybe it's a bit more than "slight" but DEF no where as stretchy as jersy knits but probably as much stretch as a pair of store bought jeans or slacks (capris) that are labled "stretch", You know the type right?. The question is... Since the duffle will have a liner (probably a heavier twill or canvas) should I really worrry much about the stretch factor?

I thought this might be a suitable topic for the "Sewing General" forum too because, couldn't you sew or apply relatively stretchy (not knits, but other cotton blends and twills and such) fabric to a non stretch stabilizer i.e interfacing or canvas or duck and make it "non stretch" in a sense? Just a thought... This IS NOT what I plan to do with the project, but moreso what got me thinking about the liner being the primary weight bearer and the stretch fabric not being all stretched outta wack from the weight of the contents. I hope I explained that well.

There's the fabric in question....




Posted in Sewing General forum as well, just as good measure 80)
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Fabric/project compatibility.... Stretch friendly? on: November 21, 2008 09:09:45 AM
I wanna make a duffle style bag from this totally rock'n tropical floral mid-weight cotton stretch fabric I have.. one problem the slight crossgrain stretch. Okay, maybe it's a bit more than "slight" but DEF no where as stretchy as jersy knits but probably as much stretch as a pair of store bought jeans or slacks (capris) that are labled "stretch", You know the type right?. The question is... Since the duffle will have a liner (probably a heavier twill or canvas) should I really worrry much about the stretch factor?

I thought this might be a suitable topic for this forum because, couldn't you sew or apply relatively stretchy (not knits, but other cotton blends and twills and such) fabric to a non stretch stabilizer i.e interfacing or canvas or duck and make it "non stretch" in a sense? Just a thought... This isn't what I plan to do with the project, but what got me thinking about the liner being the primary weight bearer and the stretch fabric not being all stretched outta wack from the contents. I hope I explained that well.

There's the fabric in question....




Posted in Handbags forum too, just as good measure 80)
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sewingpatterns.com...... What Gives? on: October 18, 2008 03:24:34 PM
Maybe this question goes in this forum? If not please direct me otherwise...

SO I was wondering if any of you have had any trouble Receiveing your patterns from this company? I ordered a pattern: BURDA 7866

http://www.sewingpatterns.com/index-burda.html - DOH! link doesn't direct to the pattern, sorry...  Huh


From them THREE WEEKS (nearly 4 now) AGO opted for regular shipping (regular mail takes what?, 10 days MAX? in most cases.)... contacted them TWICE for an order status, NADA in response....I've only ordered from them one other time, I don't remembering it taking THIS long

Grrrrrr I'd LOVE to give you guys a Review on this Super Cool pattern BUT it usually helps to have actually have received the pattern and make the item....
Thoroughly frustrated. I really want this pattern and even bought special fabric to use that arrived *get this* arrived 3 weeks ago  by REGULAR MAIL. I can't seem to find the pattern anywhere else.

Would it seem stupid of me to try and order another one from them with the "priority shipping" option..... Grrrr I'm Tempted! LOL.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Kimono Style Wrap top Meets Tropics! Yaye Pics! on: October 09, 2008 04:52:53 PM
SO I made this top a while back... I love it and get lostsa compliments.... HA HA! who knows maybe I'll start taking orders on it.... I just wanted to share with ya! I like it 80)






... and here's another one I just can't seem to get around to finishing.... It needs a Belt! I gotta stop being such a Slacka and get with it!




9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Have you seen a pattern like this?.. point me in the right direction 80) on: September 28, 2008 06:02:40 PM
I don't usually do this sort of thing and ask folks for pattern Suggestions but I've searched for something like this but haven't had any luck locating a pattern. It looks simple enough to make however I'm not really feeling up to the task of drafting it myself esp after dealing with "IKE" clean up.
 
I would be happy with something Exact or something similar, even better if the back of the top could have the "straps" continued rather than a full coverage.

Point me in the right direction.... Thanks a bunch!

I don't know why I can't get the photos to post, but it's the orange/yellow floral shirt in the first few photos of my gallery.
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=121543
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Oops...that is all on: September 27, 2008 05:35:37 PM
my bad for the blank post.... just fixing an error post..  Roll Eyes
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