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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lining tips? on: March 18, 2010 01:51:19 PM
It's mostly things like jackets and vests and the like that I have issues with when I have to line them. I tend not to make skirts or pants.  Tongue I'm working on a coat right now, and the pattern did have all the instructions to line it. I've been trying to make sure I sew more consistently cause sometimes i try to do things fast (not cutting corners or anything, just trying to do things faster.) and end up messing things up.

However, the first jacket I made had very different instructions on how to line, so that kind of threw me off. I think i've figured out what to do to fix my current predicament on my coat.  Tongue

But anyone else has tips please post them! Lining is such a mysterious thing, y'know.  Tongue
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Lining tips? on: March 17, 2010 08:53:34 PM
Does anyone have any tips on lining garments? I always have such trouble with it. Is there some magic secret I don't know about?  Tongue Or maybe it's just I'm lazy and don't like hand-sewing, but I'll get over that.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: High collared Winter Jacket on: March 14, 2010 10:04:52 AM
Looks great! I'm actually working on a coat using this pattern right now~ :DD Pretty much the same way you did, except i used the sleeve bands instead. Mine's gonna be dark purple microsuede with silver buttons and zipper piping :3 way too ambitious, but whatever. xD

The sleeves confused me too, but hopefully I will figure it out when it comes time to sew. so far i've only found doing the pockets confusing, heh.

Anyhoo, if you don't mind, one critique I would have is to give it a good steam and iron. Two tools I have found amazingly helpful are what are called Hams.  Tongue There is two kinds, one shaped like a ham (hehe) for curved seams, and another that's like a... sausage (i can't think of another word ._.) that you can use on straight seams and sleeves. They make ironing so much easier.  They're inexpensive too, somewhere between 7-10 dollars.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Second corset! Black taffeta + front zipper. on: March 08, 2010 09:02:34 PM
@Hadassah  - I used a pattern, Simplicity 2966.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Second corset! Black taffeta + front zipper. on: March 07, 2010 05:57:50 PM
hello craftster. :3 Miraculously, my second corset turned out 1000x better than the first one (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=339578.msg3933247#msg3933247)

it's more a fashion corset since i used cheapo plastic boning and only used two layers of fabric. but at least it FITS. *happy* I really didn't do much different this time, except I sewed the seam over the bust almost complete straight.

It's a tad crooked and wrinkly on the dressform, but it looks fine on me. 








in progress Cheesy
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: my first corset! on: February 27, 2010 08:44:16 PM
thanks guys for your comments, they definitely help! really this kind of was my "test garment" of sorts, since i'm not really crazy about the fabric, and it was like a dollar per yard  Tongue

does anyone have any tips on how to tell if corsets fit right before you sew them up and put grommets in them? that was really my problem, since i knew it would look different on me than on the dressform.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my first corset! on: February 26, 2010 09:33:45 PM
whoa i haven't posted here in a looooooong time. but i thought i'd post my newest project to get some critique. this is my first corset i've ever made (and only the second time doing boning), and it turned out alright, except for some major fit problems in the *cough* chest area. if anyone has any tips for making corsets for flat-chested ladies, please tell. or a good pattern would be nice too! I used simplicity 2966 (i think) for this. also the fabric is very weird, so that didn't help me any. it's like, acetate or something.  Undecided it also changes colors so it was about impossible to match thread to. D:

also excuse the slightly blurry pictures.




(you can really tell how bad the fit is in this one D: although it looks better on me, it still fits awful)


(i'll be getting better cord for this, this is all i had on hand to use.)
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: December 05, 2009 10:01:11 PM
I too am making all the gifts I'm giving out this year:

Mom: not sure yet, but it will probably be jewelry since she loves my jewelry.
Aunt: Colored pencil drawing of christmas bulbs. she loves anything and everything christmas- her house is like winter wonder land...  Undecided
Uncle: I'm turning two of his favorite band t-shirts into pillows.
Grandma: making one of those super easy fleece throw blankets.
Grandpa: .... I'm stumped for him.  Undecided I was thinking an apron maybe since he likes to cook, but i know he'd never wear it.  Tongue he's hard to get gifts for.
Brother and Sister (1 month and 18 months): probably stuffed animals- except these will be child-proofed versions.

also i'm making stuffed animals for my aunt's friend's daughters as well.

luckily all these things are easy cause i don't have much time left  Tongue
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Alova suedecloth questions? on: October 07, 2009 10:57:17 AM
I picked up a few yards of it last time I was at Joann's with intentions of making a coat out of it. however, i had a few questions. first, how exactly are you supposed to wash it? can you run it through the washer on the gentlest cycle or am i stuck handwashing 3yds of it? also can you iron it and if so, how hot would you set the iron on?

thanks in advance for any answers! i googled quite a bit earlier and didn't come up with any concrete results :\
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: apple print thermal t-shirt~ on: February 19, 2009 04:40:54 PM
thanks everyone! yes, I used a pattern, but only cause i'm too lazy to draft my own... I used burda 7916.

I just bought a yard of this fabric for $2.50.

I am thinking about making a bag for my yoga mat with it, but am not sure because of the stretch.

Anyhow...I adore the fabric and your creation!!

I personally don't think this fabric would make a good bag, it stretches A LOT. like I used the smallest pattern size for that shirt and I still had to take the sides in some! plus when you wash it the first time it will shrink at least a half-yard.
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