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21  From XXL T-shirt to shrug: The recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Topstitchgirl on: July 26, 2006 05:11:10 PM
I saw a shrug at Old Navy that I really liked but they didn't have one in my size and I thought that it would be a good first recon project. So I bought an XXL T-shirt (actually 2 since they were cheaper that way) and a few snips, some overlock and now I have a new shug. Check it out!



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22  Meet Kiki in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Topstitchgirl on: July 23, 2006 04:50:38 PM


Kiki who? My dress form, that's who. I was thinking of buying a dress form but those are 500$Can new or 350$Can used here. While looking for one online I came across this article in Sew News and I rushed out to buy the magazine. Why? Don't know... I made the rolling stand but I had to use larger ABS pipes because apparently Home Depot does not do petite PVC. Also, I added the handle so that I can raise the mannequin up to a foot, 18 inches if I let the inner pipe rest on the screw. Oh and instead of the paper tape, I used duct tape.
I made the pattern for the cover straight on the mannequin because the McCall pattern I was going to use was too small. Anyway, for about 70$ I got this beauty. I have to iron out her cover but otherwise, I'm just happy she's done, it was not an easy project to do.



One more thing, this is Kiki's second incarnation. The first one was simply too big, I thought I was just too vain to think that it was what I looked like but my measuring tape confirmed it so I had to make a few darts on the dress form itself on the belly, in the back all the way to the bum and in the underarms. It was much easier that having to sit through another three hours of taping, yest that's how long it took The boobs are more a strong B whereas I'm a large C/D but she'll just have to wear one of my bras if need be.



Comments of course, are welcome.
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23  Re: Rara Skirts? Looong Tutorial... in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Topstitchgirl on: July 05, 2006 10:33:17 PM
I'll try to clarify. I've chosen the purple skirt because it will the easiest to to do but you still need your high school geometry. I don't know your sewing skills so I'll be very detailed just in case.

You need: the measurement of your waist. To that number you'll add 2" because you'll be putting in the elastic. So in example, if you measure 30", add 2" and you get 32". Simple, non?

While you're at it, determine the measurements of your tiers. For the purple skirt you showed, you can decide that they would be 10", 12" and 14". The third measurement is for the tulle if you wish to add it but it's up to you to decide how long you want the skirt to be.

You'll be making two pieces for each tier, i.e. the front piece and the back piece. The instruction below for the drafting of the pattern is valid for all of your tiers but you can also use it to make a full circle skirt like a poodle skirt but let's focus on your rara skirt.

1. On your fabric folded lengthwise, draw a line perpendicular to the fold like in the drawing from point A to the selvage. That line will be the side your skirt.

2. As the tiers will be circles, Point A is the center from which you'll draw them.

3. Point A-B is the radius required to draw your waist measurement as a circle so if your waist measure 32", divide that by 2x3.1416 (Pi) and you get 5.09". Using your favorite method to draw a circle, draw the curve between the two points B. If you've done things right, it should be a quarter of your waist, in this case 8".

4. From Point B, you'll add the measurement of your tier, that will the the points C, again draw the curve (keeping in mind that point A is still the centre.

5. What you have now is half of your tier folded in half (second drawing) .

6. Add your sewing allowance to the waist, the side (usually 3/8" or 1 cm but if you prefer the way the commercial patterns do it, 5/8" or 1.5cm). For the hem I recommend 3/8" or 1 cm, trust me you dont want to go larger then that. The red dotted line in the third drawing is the cutting line. For the tulle, no hem necessary since it will be raw.

7. Now you can cut out the the piece following the cut line.

8. Repeat this for the second half of the tier.

9. Repeat for the other tiers, just don't forget that a. the distance between points B and C will vary depending on how long the tiers are and b. you need two pieces per tier.

10. For the waist band:  draw a rectangle parallel to the selvage or fold, it's length being the measurement of the waist of your tiers, the width 2" wide (for a 1" elastic). Add your seam allowance all around, the same as the skirt. Cut one piece for the waist band. (4th drawing).

11. To put together: Sew up together the front and back piece of each tier together. Do up the hems that have to be done. Then put the second tier inside the first, the third inside the second etc, sides and waist aligned. You can do a stitch 1/4" or 5mm from the top to keep it all together.

12. Sew the sides of the waist band together, fold it in half lengthwise, iron it.

13. Cut the elastic band long enough to fit snugly around your waist without it cutting off your circulation. Insert it in the waisband.

14. Put the waist band around the skirt, aligning the waist of the skirt and the waist band's raw edge, side seams together. Stitch along the top (5th drawing). Don't forget to stretch the waistband since the elastic will make it gather.

15. Voil! One punky skirt...








   


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24  Another LBD in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Topstitchgirl on: July 02, 2006 01:26:24 PM
Well, this dress owes it's life to Craftster. I've been mostly limiting my clothes making projects to whatever the pattern companies proposed, I haven't created something or significantly modified a pattern to create something new in a while.  I bought this knit fabric earlier this week and after racking my brain to come up with something to do with it, I decided on an LBD. I really love since I mostly used a long tank top as the basis and some of my pattern making skills for the rest but it was all drafted straight on the fabric. I will be wearing it a lot this summer...





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25  Spring coat in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Topstitchgirl on: June 28, 2006 03:16:49 PM
HI!

This a spring coat I did last March. I used McCalls pattern 4403, it's actually part of Thread magazine's collection. I used a striped denim fabric I got on special for 99 a meter, and I used this chartreuse heavy satin for the liner (it's an hommage to a Scaasi dress and fur ensemble I saw Aretha Franklin wear a long time ago). My only gripe about the coat is that he armscye is not deep enough to wear a thick sweater with. I studied Menswear fashion so I love making coats and jacket and this one did not disappoint, I liked making it so much that I decided to put a small welted pocket on the liner, just to say that I did. The stripe is warped because I had to shrink the picture but I thing you cant still see it.







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26  Salvation army office chair in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Topstitchgirl on: June 27, 2006 06:31:17 PM
When I moved two years ago, I scored this chair at the Salvation army for 2$ I think the cashier just didn't care that day. Anyway, it stayed at my place this whole time untouched because I had no use for it until I got myself a computer 2 months ago and I needed to go with a chair to go with the desk! So this is my first attempt at stripping and reupholstering funiture. I was long and dirty and sometimes tedious and at time I seriously wondered what I got myself into but of course I like it.







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27  Shopping bag (problem fixed) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Topstitchgirl on: June 27, 2006 03:45:44 PM
Hi, I've only been in here for a week but I'm already addicted to this forum. Since I love making bags and purses, I make a couple a year usually, here's one I made in a couple of hours last week-end. I was looking at some cotton scarves at a store because of an article in Blueprint that showed how to make shoulder bags with them when I got the idea of making a shopping bag. I used two 20" square scarves for the front and back, all I did to them was put some fusible interfacing squares where the handles would be topstitched. I cut out two  2" wide strips for the handles, I put interfacing on them since the fabric was little flimsy. Since the scarves had a tight topstitched hem, I simply put the front piece on the back, wrong sides facing each other and I topstitched around the edge and I did it again 1 mm away from the first seam to reinforce it. As for the handles, I topstitched around the base and did an X, did that a couple of times to make it stronger.







What I really like with this bag is that it fold up really small but I put it to the test immediately and it carried a pint of milk, an 8 pound bag of cat litter and a few more items and I did not hear the sound of a tear. I already have plans for another much stronger shopping bag but also for a smaller one since I don't always go out for a bag of cat litter...






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