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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: I made my own sandals! on: September 07, 2008 01:43:51 PM
Are they still holding out well after about a month? I do hope so!

Actually it is over a year since I made them and posted them up here. I was surprised to get some replies now but thanks for the nice comments. The shoes are still OK although I haven't had the chance to wear them a lot this year due to the damp summer we've had making fabric sandals a bit impractical.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: big green skirt to lil green skirt on: July 19, 2008 10:57:41 AM
What a lovely way to remember your mother. It looks like you made a great job of the finished skirt and got a good fit too.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I made a Bra! on: July 14, 2008 01:09:28 PM
Thanks for all the encouraging comments. It's great to know that other people like the idea too. It seems like I'm not alone in being unable to find a commercially made bra that fits well.

Cutek94 Thank you, I did knit the top I wore in the picture.

mcm I had read that article by Kathleen Fassanella. I found it really interesting and wondered at first if that might be my problem but looking back at the front of my ribcage I found it's actually quite flat; I think my problem is more that the two cups together were wider than the strap on the back of the bra, so they seemed to end up under my arms because there just wasn't space for both cups to sit side by side on my front!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I made a Bra! on: July 13, 2008 05:36:30 PM
My bra size is not the easiest to find and I have a very high bust, a funny shaped ribcage and the synthetic fibres most bras are made from often give me eczema, all of which makes finding a good bra nearly impossible. Ive often bought bras in cotton or with cotton lining and chopped them up & sewed them back together to get a good fit but the stretchy cotton fabrics dont really give good support so I decided to try making one of my own from scratch. The shaping was inspired by a corset pattern.



It took quite a while to get the size right but now that its done, I think Ill be able to run up a bra more quickly than Im able to adjust one. I can still see things Id like to change about the shape but the main thing is that its really comfortable and because its made from a woven rather than a stretch fabric, it keeps my bust anchored in place even if I jump up and down! Im wearing it here:



The single cup style eliminates the problem I have that most bras seem to make one side point out to the left and the other to the right like theyve turned their backs on each other.

Ive been asked by a few people who have seen it for instructions, so now that Ive finished writing them up, I thought Id see if anyone here would be interested. You can see what Ive put together for anyone hoping to make one

Bra Pattern

It has the calculations, a photo of the pattern pieces on my cutting mat, which is marked in inch squares and instructions to make it.

Id still caution anyone thinking of trying it, that a made to measure bra is only going to be successful after a number of fittings and reworking of the original as each persons body is a different shape. I dont want anyone to follow my instructions and be disappointed not to get a perfect fit at the first attempt.

Id love to hear about the results if anyone tries to make their own version and do let me know if there is anything confusing in the pattern.

5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: recyled yarn KAL? on: February 20, 2008 10:10:47 AM
That looks great and the yarn sounds lovely too!

I like the way you made the straps broader than the one in the pattern and continued the cables along them
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Your Own Corset? on: February 10, 2008 04:13:50 PM
I would love to make a Victorian one, so do you have a pattern (also online free) you think it would be the best for me to start?

I used the free pattern (listed as 1860s LADIES CORSET) on the Tudorlinks website:

http://www.tudorlinks.com/treasury/freepatterns/index.html

I scaled it up using a photocopier and had to make quite a few adjustments, as I think it was originally designed for someone shorter & wider than me, but was pleased with the end result.
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: January 15, 2008 07:56:27 AM
I am still a bit concerned about the fit on this one.  I saw some fo pics on raverly & I hate to say it - but it does not look like the most flattering sweater.  It looks like it hangs oddly & looks like a maternity top - is anyone finding that? 

I was also concerned about the shaping because I have quite a big bust compared to my waist and thought I needed to make it more fitted between the bust and waist, to avoid the maternity top effect, so once I had got past the bust I switched to 4.5mm needles then after a few rows 4mm needles for the waist itself before going back to 4.5mm then 5mm ones on the hips and I didn't start any of the waist shaping increases until I got to the hip bone. I found I got quite a nice fit like that when I took it off the needle to try it on.
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: January 13, 2008 09:19:53 AM
1) On the LB pattern, it seems like the garter part of the yoke is last in the instructions after all the other pieces are done, but in the photos in this thread, it seems like knitters picked it up as soon as the cable yoke was finished and before knitting the torso. Is that better to do? Is that because you can try it on?

I did the yoke first because I wanted to try it on, so I could start the increases for the waist shaping where I wanted them, rather than just following the pattern. Also I'd like to make it a bit longer, so, having completed the yoke, I can now keep knitting until I run out of yarn, without having to plan how much I need to keep for the yoke.

2) Also, I'd like to knit in the round to make it seamless. But I have no idea how you do the underneath of the sleeves. Where would those stitches come from? Do you split off stitches from the torso after several rows?

I'm afraid I can't help with this as I'd completed the arms & the front and back down to the underarm on straight needles before I got my circular ones.

Good luck
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: January 12, 2008 06:57:07 PM
Although I'm making the dress instead of the top, it's been really useful reading everything posted here, while I've been knitting. I love seeing the ones people have made too; they're making me wish I made a purple one instead!

Here are my results so far:



I made a couple of changes, including a button fastening through the yoke and using the 4/4 central cable in the centre of each arm. I also lowered the waist shaping and used smaller needles around the waist, so it is more fitted there.

All the fiddly bits are finished now but I know the long skirt will take ages.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New Skirt from Two Ruined Skirts & Fitted Shirt from Large Shirt on: January 12, 2008 06:38:42 PM
I had a favourite skirt that wore right through over my behind (very embarrassing, as it happened at work). I think I must be sitting down too much! Another of my skirts in a similar colour, which usually goes through the washing machine quite happily, suddenly shrank considerably in the wash a few weeks earlier and the upper part could no longer fit over my hips, so, although the fabrics are quite different textures (the check is made from a thicker yarn & more loosely woven) I decided to see if I could make the two wearable again.



I didn't want to cut them straight across, as I thought that would just make it look like two skirts stitched together and my first thought was to follow the check pattern and cut an upside down V shape, until I noticed that the check sat slightly off-centre, so I decided to go for curved lines and was pleased with how easily the pieces went together because most of the time I was sewing along the more flexible bias edges. I do have an overlocker but for speed just used a stitch called tricot stitch on my sewing machine which sews and finishes in one and is very stretchy.



I love the type of cotton fabrics, with interesting designs woven in rather than printed, that are used for smart shirts, but I find that a standard fitting shirt looks like a maternity smock on me, because I have quite a difference between my bust and waist measurements and I need a shallow armhole on a more fitted style of shirt to avoid tearing the sleeves off when I lift my arms, so I find I can never buy ready made shirts that fit me well.



I couldnt find any of the type of fabric I wanted, so I bought a shirt in a fabric I liked at a charity shop and used a pattern I'd made to cut it to my size, lining the pattern pieces up, so I could use the buttons & buttonholes.



It was nice to be able to avoid the fiddly jobs like stitching the buttonholes & buttons and Iwas able to use the original cuffs too. The collar was more difficult because the original shirt was a larger size so I cut it at the back, which meant that I ended up with a seam at the back but at least I was able to match the pattern on it.

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