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1  corsets/bustiers: is it possible to alter something store-bought? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by tightsandtea on: August 15, 2012 01:10:54 AM
I bought a few bustiers off of ebay, and although all of them are supposedly the same size, the fit is so varied! one of them fits perfectly: the side boning doesn't stick out, the cups are supportive, etc. the other two are almost perfect.

one bustier has two issues: misshapen cups, and very noticeable side boning. I tried removing them, but the bustier completely lost its shape so I slipped them back in. should re-attach the boning closer/further from the cups?

on another, the cups aren't supportive. it's almost like the front boning curves away from my bust, causing the underwire to not stay in place--basically, it doesn't stay under the bust. all the bustiers are low-back, and they're tight enough that they should support the bust.

these are just the ebay pics from the sellers--if I have time I'll post pics wearing so you get a better idea of the fit. I really don't know anything on the science of bustiers/corsets, but I was wondering if there was any way I could make them wearable. they're exactly what I wanted, but I don't want to wear something that doesn't fit right.
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2  bustier patterns? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by tightsandtea on: August 06, 2012 12:08:20 AM
I'm really into bustiers (e.g. paired with high-waisted maxis, fishtails, etc), but can't seem to find any I like that fit right--the only ones that interest me are like expensive and only come in generic sizes. I figure I'd be better off making my own.

BTW, by bustier, I mean pretty much a waist-cropped, structured bra with boning--like this:

(I'd kill to have that collection) or even this:


thanks in advance! I'd prefer not to spend over $20 for a pattern, and I definitely need it to be in English.
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3  Why does this keep happening to my serger? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by tightsandtea on: July 30, 2012 06:35:06 PM
Every single time I use my serger, I get sporadic bunches of loose threads like this:

BUT, for whatever reason, it usually evens out towards the end. I hemmed about 2 yards of fabric for a skirt with a rolled 3-stitch hem, and even though I hadn't changed any of the settings or increased/decreased the speed, the last yard or so looked like this:

I have no idea what's causing this, since it happens sporadically, but it looks unprofessional and home-y. Any ideas?
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4  Maxi Skirt [tutorial] in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tightsandtea on: July 30, 2012 05:35:30 PM
I've been hoarding fabrics ever since I bought a sewing machine a few months back, but I never attempted to sew anything wearable until now lol. I just completed my first-ever article of clothing: a maxi skirt with inverted box pleats and a ribbon waistband.

For more pics and a visual tutorial, visit http://tights-and-tea.blogspot.com/2012/07/diy-maxi-skirt.html.

If any of the steps are confusing, or if you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thanks!
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