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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My new bustier top on: April 29, 2005 06:46:14 PM
Extremely Gorgeous! I love it!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I'm a milkmaid? Summer time dress. on: April 14, 2005 10:24:54 AM
That is absolutely adorable! I LOVE IT!
The details on the pockets and the flow. Very, very good job!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sheet --> Really Cute Shirt on: March 27, 2005 12:23:11 PM
Tutorial

1a. If using just fabric just cut a piece that will be larger than you wide (I always cut a lot extra) and as long as you want it to be with a few extra inches... (I never measure anything so if you are anal about this then that would be a good thing to do)

1b. If using a pillowcase just cut the bottom part open. The bottom part that you just cut open is going to be the top of the shirt.  The already sewn opening will be the bottom.
  b. You will also cut one side of the pillowcase. That side will be where you put a zipper.
                              

2. Wrap the fabric around your boobs/stomach area and pin it where you are going to want to sew (this is only a rough estimate so don't make it completely tight). Make sure the fabric is inside out and the good side is facing you body.

3. Where you have the pins take a pencil/pen and just mark the areas. Then when you take the pins out and the fabric off you can match them up roughly and re-pin it for sewing.
                ** When you take the fabric off if you are really curvy like me the areas won't match up completely. Then you just estimate using the mark on one side and adding or subtracting a little on the fabric.


4. Re-sew the side. To do this measure how long your zipper is and mark the end of the zipper with a pin on your fabric. Where the zipper is you are going to want to use the largest sewing gap.. Since I don't know what that is called I have included a photo.


5. Fold the top of the shirt down on the inside. This will be for when you put the elastic later and the top hem.

6. This is when you put in the zipper on the side.  
       **Don't sew the top of the zipper in. This will leave room for the elastic line. You will sew them all in together at the end.  
7. Once done with the zipper you will start putting in the elastic. Sew a line around the top just enough for the elastic to fit.
  
8. If you have never used elastic before the easiest way to pull it through that I have found is hook a safety pin to one end and just push it through.

9. Once you have pulled it all the way through put the shirt, dress, etc on and see how much you want to use/how tight you want it.

10.Then pin/mark those areas on the elastic.

11. Sew those areas in at the ends with the top of the zipper. Make sure there is some a little hanging on the outside to ensure it is sewn in completely.

If it doesn't fit the way you want it to you can add darts on the sides to make it tighter in the stomach area. Just put the shirt on inside out and pin where you want to pull the shirt in. Mark the areas again and sew.
I also added the ribbon to separate the boob and stomach area. I found that it looked a lot better. To do that I just sewed the one end on by the zipper and wrapped it around so it was long enough and left extra for the bow. I haven't quite figured out a permanant way to put the ribbon on that I like. Any suggestions are welcome.

I am sorry if this is really confusing. I don't think I am very good at tutorials. If you have any questions just ask! I will try my damndest to answer them as well as possible.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sheet --> Really Cute Shirt on: March 27, 2005 11:14:08 AM
Thank you for your comments!

i agree w/ aribobari! it looks expensive, i LOVE it! great work! btw you might be able to help me, i attempted making a shirt like that, strap less w/ a pillow case, but i was having trouble with making it fit and not slide down on top! it kind of resulted in me no being able to get it on period! any suggestions?

Okay... To hold it up I just put elastic in the top.
1.Sew a line around the top just enough for the elastic to fit.
2. If you have never used elastic before the easiest way to pull it through that I have found is hook a safety pin to one end and just push it through.
3. Once you have pulled it all the way through put the shirt, dress, etc on and see how much you want to use/how tight you want it.
4.Then pin/mark those areas on the elastic.
5. Sew those areas in at the ends. Make sure there is some a little hanging on the outside to ensure it is sewn in completely.

**If you are putting a zipper in the shirt/ dress I have found it is a lot easier to sew the zipper in first except for the top part. Then when you are done pulling through the elastic just sew the top of the zipper in with the ends of the elastic.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Polka Dot Skirt for Spring on: March 27, 2005 08:44:36 AM
I LOVE IT! VERY spring and VERY beautiful! I like how on the side it has some flow instead of just straight down.
Great start to the spring wardrobe!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sheet --> Really Cute Shirt *tutorial* on: March 27, 2005 08:18:57 AM
So I have been a thrift store junkie lately. Been searching for really cool sheets and pillowcases to make clothing out of, particualry fabrics that look like they are from the 50's. Anyways, this is the 2nd creation from some of the fabrics I found.
It was very simple as long as you know how to do darts and put in a zipper.


http://home.comcast.net/~ksmith410/Shirt.jpg

Tutorial below... I swear it's a lot easier than the tutorial makes it out to be.

I also made this purse today that matches the shirt.
http://home.comcast.net/~ksmith410/VintageBag_001.jpg
http://home.comcast.net/~ksmith410/VintageBag_002.jpg
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: beige tote w/ brown & green starbursts on: March 15, 2005 01:22:14 PM
hold on... Ikea has fabric? I have not seen this! I am missing out! No!

It's a very beautiful bag with fabulous fabric! Smiley
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: vintage tote-ish bag on: January 28, 2005 05:52:09 AM
Very cute and really cool fabric! The added lace is nice. Good Job!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Purple Necklace on: January 20, 2005 04:08:05 PM
How did you string the rock on there? Did you glue a loop on it or drill through it? I've got some neat river rocks that are begging to be made into jewelry but I'm afraid of cracking them with the drill I have.
The necklace looks awesome btw, i second everything the others said  Smiley

I found the rock like that. It already had the bell cap attached to it. However, I am gonna start making more out of my rock/gem collection from when I was a kid.
By looking at the rock i bought it's going to be very easy. All you need is an adhesive like the link I put below. The second link is for bell caps. They had the bell caps at the bead/gem shop. I don't remember how much they were but I am pretty sure they weren't nearly as much as on the link below.

https://www.rings-things.com/cgi-bin/hazel/hazel.cgi/hzpi/u/HzSt011416160m0n1711100U0n0n0m1411130n0m120n/hazel.cgi?action=SEARCH_GOTO&SEARCH_HISTORY_PAGE=2

https://www.rings-things.com/cgi-bin/hazel/hazel.cgi?client=68801932&SEARCH_KEY_CATEGORY=%2Bbctl&SUBMIT_ACTION_SEARCH.x=57&SUBMIT_ACTION_SEARCH.y=5
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: wrist cuffs are all the rage ... on: January 19, 2005 05:04:43 AM
Those are so cute!
You are right, they are all the rage... hehe

I really love the far left one that looks like a paisley print.
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