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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Polka Dot Mumu Dress to Sundress! on: May 04, 2015 09:19:38 PM
This was such a fun project! I'm so happy with the result.

Project details on my blog: http://snipchop.blogspot.com/2015/05/diy-polka-dot-mumu-to-sundress.html

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dead Kennedys halter top recon on: March 21, 2015 10:00:47 PM
An old cut up tank top gets a face lift!
I got to play with some new stretch stitches on my sewing machine that I haven't discovered yet!

3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What to charge for sewing gigs?? on: February 02, 2015 11:34:44 AM
I've picked up a few sewing gigs here and there off craigslist, and one paid per piece, which ended up almost not being worth it because I took my time to make things perfect. The other paid per hour which ended up being hard on the person paying me, because again I was trying to make everything perfect. I definitely need to work on speed/perfectionist issues. Some gigs want the sewer to name their price. If its something where you're making a quantity of the same thing do you charge per piece or per hour? And how much is fair for both parties??
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Serger not stitching properly??? on: January 25, 2015 03:08:17 PM
A few years ago my serger wasn't working so I had it repaired, and when I got it back I threaded it up and tried sewing with it and the stitches weren't right. (I don't know what they fixed or attempted to) I was sure I had it threaded right, but never double checked with the manual and decided to be lazy and leave it in a closet for a few years.
Today I dug it out, found the instruction manual, threaded everything perfectly and it still wouldn't work. I dusted it, changed the needles, messed with the tension and stitch width, and tried to adjust the upper looper (the metal part that passes in front of the needles)… Nothing helped. Looks like the upper threads kept missing stitches, and, well it's all a mess really. Can I fix this?
5  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.


Shirred ruffle shirt thing

Big thrift store dress
6  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???
7  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?
8  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!


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!
9  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?
10  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??
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