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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Business in the front, party in the back shirt. on: May 30, 2014 10:35:48 PM
Anybody else go through periods where it seems like no projects ever go right?? I was ready to gouge my eyeballs out with the seam ripper on this one. The leopard is a lightweight chiffon type fabric that will fray apart if you look at it wrong. Had to go back and reinforce all the seams, the armholes ended up larger than the sleeves, and the bias binding which I took from the original shirt and used to measure the neck hole ended up short. So then I had to make a small section of bias binding and patch it all together. The whole thing ended up pretty jimmy-rigged. I was going for a drapey loose shirt anyway so it didn't feel like it would matter much. It's pretty wonky. And I'm pretty mad about the whole fiasco.

And I'll shut up and move on to pictures:





never done a bias neckline before, probably should've done an easier fabric for a first try.

Original:

Shirred ruffle shirt thing


Big thrift store dress
 
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / fixing a dress with lumpy and fraying seams? on: May 05, 2014 07:12:46 PM
I bought the coolest dress on clearance and i figured this would be an easy fix. It is a very thin lightweight woven fabric, with the same style fabric as a liner. the seam running down the back has a very distinct pucker right at the butt. Like a big point sticking out. So I re-stitched the whole seam and tried several adjustments and could not get rid of the pucker. Then I noticed the fabric is so fragile and poorly constructed that it is about to fray apart at the side seams. So on one side seam I used Seams Great to tuck the fraying into the seam allowance. And sewing that made it all puckered as well. So I think any effort I make to stitch it will pucker.
Does this sound like it will work???: I'm thinking of getting fusible webbing or interfacing to fuse the lining to the outer fabric along the seams, to make it sturdier and prevent fraying. Does this seem like it would be strong enough to hold down the puckered seams? Or will it just be a bigger mess???
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Replacing jacket lining- Armhole issues ? on: December 04, 2013 10:40:11 PM
I used the old lining from the jacket as a pattern. I'm not exactly sure how the shoulder seam was sewn together, because the front shoulder seam is about an inch longer than the back shoulder seam. I left the extra allowance towards the armhole. And when I pinned the sleeve to the armhole, there ended up being 2 inches of extra fabric on the sleeve. There were no pleats or ruching in the lining and the seam allowance is consistent. I'm afraid to alter it to fit because it should work how the jacket was put together in the first place... I'm not sure what to do and not sure if the extra seam allowance could be part of it? When it didn't match up right I tore out the shoulder seam and pinned it so it matched evenly at the armhole and it didn't seem to make a difference... any suggestions?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 70's high waisted shorts! on: June 14, 2013 08:08:27 PM
I've never made shorts before and didn't use a pattern, I don't recommend doing that.... I sort of used a pair of existing shorts to draw out a pattern, which somehow backfired horribly and I ended up with shorts that were very saggy and large in the crotch. And I have no idea why! It was quite the headache to fix.... this is how much i had to take them in.


So after that disaster I think they turned out quite well!
Also my first time doing pockets!


Back


Also to make them fit right, I had to put darts in the back... I hate making darts... glad they didn't end up pointy!


And action.....




I was very relieved that the fabric was stretchy enough that it didn't need a zipper. I was pretty cross eyed after it was all done!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need help drafting shorts pattern on: June 10, 2013 09:17:37 PM
I am trying to make a pattern using an existing pair of shorts I have. Drafting the front was no problem, but I can't lay the back of the shorts flat enough to trace them. The back wraps around the front a bit and I can't figure out how to accurately do the back. Any suggestions?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dying jeans....? on: May 08, 2013 05:25:24 PM
I bought these acid wash jeans, they were a black denim with a nearly white acid wash. The material is 79%cotton, 19%polyester, 2%elastane. I used two shades of Rit dye, 1/3 Wine and 2/3 Cherry red for a deep red kinda color, and used the washing machine method. After washing they were pink. So I dyed them again using just Cherry red and they're slightly more red but still pretty pink. Why aren't they red? Is it the material??
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Summery Pencil Skirt! on: May 08, 2013 04:01:45 PM
I'm in love with this fabric and knew it needed to be a skirt!





The fabric was a little see-through so I lined the inside


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8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / High neck to v-neck dress on: April 03, 2013 11:09:19 AM
I loved the shape and fabric of this dress but felt like there was too much fabric going on up top but was nervous to ruin it! So after a little research on how to reconstruct it with hemming and interfacing I went for it.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mumu to vintage style dress on: April 03, 2013 10:57:50 AM
I've been away for a long time so I'll try to post what I've been up to!
Had an event to go to and had nothing to wear so I decided to sew something up, using this big red jersey dress from a thrift store


And turned it into this!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black Mermaid style Prom dress! on: May 09, 2009 10:40:25 AM
Made all by myself, no pattern or anything. Just a vision that came to life! I started this the month before prom and finished the week before. Unfortunately I have no good detail shots.
Here's a pattern shot, just because I was so amused at how architectural it was.






It was cool because I had the hardest time finding a red diamondy necklace, and I know someone who makes jewelry for a living and she whipped something up for me. So I was pretty much the coolest chick at the dance  Cool
I'm bummed though, I wanted to enter the Joann Fabrics prom dress contest, but I cannot for the life of me find my receipts.

Whatcha think?
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