It's been SO long since I've been to Craftster. I used this website to keep me sane during my "I don't know what the hell I'm going to do with my life" year. Now it's been five years since that time, and I'm headed in the right direction for me: fine art and helping people. I now create, teach, do massage therapy, and volunteer. I'm still interested in all things crafty among many other interests, but they seem to sit on the back burner - art being in the forefront.
Here's some of my recent works (the one on the bottom is almost done):
I am making a halter top (with ties), v-neck. Well, I sewed the facing to the fashion fabric, and the middle part NEVER looks right! It always seems to point up instead of down. I am just so frustrated! I expected this pattern to be so EASY! And my dress that I made with similar construction did the same thing - so bulky up in the front center seam (also somewhat of a V-neck/wrap)
No. 1: How the facing is sewn to the fashion fabric. Dashes lines are sewing lines
No. 2: How MY garment top looks after sewn, pressed, and turned right side out. Notice the pucker/bulge at the top center?
No. 3: How finished garment is SUPPOSED to look pressed, sewn and turned right side out.
Quick update - I fixed my problem! I accidentally didnt catch the part of the video where they say to push up the third guide to make the other two more easily accessable! I'll leave this here in case anyone does a search in the future to see this.
okay, I just got this Serger for Christmas and havent learned to thread it until today, I was watching my serging video and its of the same model my serger is, although I'm sure all sergers work similarly with threading. I have a Kenmore. Well, I'm threading the first looper, the lower, I believe. I am having such a hard time with the 4th and 5th guides! They are hiding from me behing the bulk of my machine, yet in the video they are clear as day! I have done what they told me, I switched my serger to standard sewing, and I rotated the handwheel, but they are still hiding.
This is how the video shows it should look (circled in green, I can see, circled in red, is stuck behind the bulk of the machine, and the yellow I can barely see, but I can still manage to thread through it.)
Here we go...finally got my batteries and i got them charged up. Excuse my face lol, its late. I also had to shorten my length because I needed the extra fabric for the collar, so it would've been about 6 inches longer.
Is it easy to enlarge pattern sizes? I went to hancocks at a sale recently, and misread the back where the sizes are. Mind you, only VERY recently have I memorized the size that I am on Vogue, McCall, Butterick, Simplicity and Burda. I've found that I am a size 16, roundabouts. (Pics of wrong sized patterns on bottom - scroll) So in a nutshell, these patterns are 2-4 inches off from my hip and bust measurements. I always have to adjust the waist measurement, so I don't care about that. Would the slash and spread method be feasible for these patterns, or is 2-4 inches not much so as to us another method of pattern adjustment or alteration? One of the patterns is out of print, so I can't rebuy it. Although I am contemplating rebuying the others.
I got the 1979 edition of Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing for 3 bucks today! Of course, I will want the newest edition eventually, but for now, I am good However, it doesn't explain how to adjust a 2 peice bodice (neither does the newest edition), such as the 5 peice summer wardrobe with the ruched bust center - which is actually out of print. Or the halter top 50s pattern.
I searched on Craftster about this, but to no avail. Please enlighten me if I missed a post similar to this. Actually I looked again and I found a similar post I made before, but the responses didn't really answer my question much, and now I'm more experienced in sewing.
WELL...having misread the pattern back (you can see what's coming) I got a size too small on a few patterns which are fairly new - summer editions. Then I have some vintage/retro patterns, I believe they are from Butterick which I also got from Hancock Fabrics, back when I didn't know my pattern size. Well, I think those are 2-3 sizes too small. Meaning, 2-4 inches off from the size I usually get. The problem with Hancock's Fabrics, as some of you may know, is that all sales are final, no exchanges with their patterns. They stamp them even. With all of the patterns I bought from Joann's, I just returned them, no problem. You see my dilemma? Will the slash and spread method work with enlarging the whole pattern peice? Or what shall I do? Just eyeball the pattern and how they have upscaled the pattern and just kind of trace around it like they did with the previous sizes?
I have been thinking of getting a book on sewing. I have one, but I want a well rounded one. I saw Reader's Digest New Complete Guide to Sewing today, and that's 35 USD, so next time I fall into some money, or have a birthday, I'm going to get it, more than likely. It shows basic pattern adjustments and advanced pattern adjustments, as well as how to sew pretty much everything.
Remember, if you quote me, to take the picture out of the quote. It doubles Craftster bandwidth. Thanks.
Of course wasn't paying attention to the straps, but they would each be sewn in two spots like a bag. Is this generally how the flap would be sewn on? I also drew more instructions, but this is the part I was worried about.
Would I then hem the bottom? and add buttons?
Would the flap application be the same for the red top? And how would I go about making that a sturdy strapless? Add boning and facing?
And I have no idea how to go about the polka dot one, I dont know how it looks in the back.
The other strapless, I think it's pintucked all the way around? Or is it gathered? ... How did they get those things to be strapless?
I'm looking for something like these, and I was wondering if it would be easier to draft on my own? Are these really that hard? Or are they super easy to redo? I have some top patterns that have the one strap around the neck and under the arms, so that seems like I could make up that, but what about everything else?
I think they are so cute and would love to have these. Sorry it's not the greatest montage, especially when it comes to size. So for clarification:
The upper left image consists of one which has a buttoned-top with two darts on each breast, then there's a gathered busom with one strap and a bow tie, then there's one similar to tops from the 70s and some bathing suits now with one string ruching everything up, and tying in the middle. And the last one in this picture is more of a bra shape. It has two darts at the bust point, a bodice seamed to two cups and a strap coming from the cups.
The upper-right has a red one is similar to the black and white pair, but there's a center seam and a curve pointing to the cleavage Then there's a crossover top. another is gathered or ruched with elastic and here's detail for the last one in this series. Too hard to explain.
The one above the greenish top has a horizontal seam at the fullest part with straps going to the corners.
The white and black pair, bottom-right, looks like a 3 peice bodice wite vertical seams over the bust with a cute edge of fabric hanging over the top.
The contrast with the image is just to show the differences between the peices and that the twisted fabric isn't reversible. In reality, it would probably look better to use one fabric the whole way through.
If you can't read it, it says "For non reversible fabrics, Cut 2, make flat tube, twist tube, sew tube onto front peice, sew front peice to back peice, Finished!" Well, okay I added to that here writing the text, but you get the idea.
and ya, quenstalof, it's pretty close to that. But I believe she ties her's in the back and adds the top peice to the bottom peice, but this one is like a twist on top of a tube top with no ties. Although go ahead and elaborate