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771  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: INFINITY DRESS QUESTIONS on: January 19, 2009 07:05:09 PM
When I made mine, I didn't make a circle skirt because I knew I needed more length and width for my straps than stated in the tutorial.  I ended up making the skirt almost a full 360-degree circle skirt but not quite.  I laid out the piece I wanted to cut to be the skirt, which was already folded the way it came off the bolt (I first measured from my waist to the length I wanted to make sure the fabric would be long enough once cut).  The fabric was about 56" wide, so it would be long enough to make the skirt with half the width of the original fabric.  I used that top fold to line up my waist hole, and ended up making the skirt in 2 pieces that were sewn up the side seams. 
If that doesn't make sense, think of a rectangle, which I then "drew" a trapezoid-shape with the short end being centered at the top of the rectangle (the folded side).  The short side of the trapezoid ended up being the waist, and the angled sides were the seams I sewed.
772  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: screwed up armpits. on: January 19, 2009 06:56:24 PM
You did say you were reconing clothing, right?  I helped a friend alter some tshirts and she used a regular machine.  If you lay the shirt out flat and be very careful about matching all seams and hems, etc., then pin along the line you intend to sew (a lot, more than you might think is necessary until you get the hang of things), that might take care of the unevenness and overall "wonkiness" of the underarm seams.
773  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: No surger panties? on: January 19, 2009 06:26:25 PM
I've sewed some tshirt fabric underwear on an older machine that didn't really like stretch materials.  It worked pretty well with the zigzag.  I found that using a thicker weight tshirt, as was mentioned before, is the way to go, as well as perhaps adding a thin elastic to the leg openings if you think the tshirt will stretch too much around those areas.  You can zigzag on the elastic, adding it the same way you'd add non-encased elastic to any garment.
774  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Prom Dress Help Please! :) on: January 19, 2009 06:12:19 PM
I found 2 dress patterns that might be easily modified to make them look like your ideal dresses:
Maybe these will give you enough to go on to get started.
775  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need ideas for a theme dance! on: January 19, 2009 06:06:23 PM
Maybe an awesome blue dress with green continents on it?  I'm thinking a circle skirt so that the green appliques will stand out when you are dancing (twirling too maybe??)
776  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Twelve hours. Need a dress on: January 19, 2009 06:01:45 PM
I've made this dress before...twice.  It's not difficult.  The only thing I found I had to modify was the length of the bodice.  I've got a long torso, so I added about 1.5" to the length so the skirt would fall that the right spot.  Also, I found that the measurements ran a little big compared to my measurements.  My recommendation is cut something slightly smaller than you might think you need.  Good Luck!
777  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: The MOST Comfy Tee Shirt Gauchos Ever on: January 19, 2009 09:50:21 AM
Great idea, and thanks for the tutorial!  I have a friend who is pregnant too, and I've already modified some of her old jeans to fit her.  I think chopping up some old tshirts will be in order as well!
778  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: At Least in My Mind Dress on: January 18, 2009 06:56:17 PM
I have this pattern and I'm waiting to do views A and B in a wool plaid.  Actually, a couple different plaids.  I'm glad to see that it fits a real person Smiley, since I have to make my bodices longer and accommodate bigger boobs than any of the models they use in the pictures.
779  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: hanging organizer thingy! on: January 18, 2009 06:23:44 PM
I saw this demonstrated on Public TV's show For Your Home.  I can't remember the website either right now, but I was thinking about making one (or a lot!) for myself as I'm the only girl of 4 people in my apartment and can never seem to keep things put away.  Yours is cool!
780  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: ugh, what should I do with this? my immense crocheted nightmare. on: January 12, 2009 08:52:35 AM
Could you sew the circles together to make a scarf or something like that?  It would be huge, but it might be cool.
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