So Mom got this shirt from Value Village, thinking it was perfect for her brother:
Turns out it was too small So sad for my uncle. Mom gave it to me, knowing I could "do something with it." RIGHT SHE WAS!
My boyfriend now has fabulous tiger undies
This shirt seems to be a men's XL (tag was cut out, so *could* be a large) and it was juuuuuust barely enough fabric for boxers for a man with a 34 inch natural waist (36 inch low waist). All I did to make the pattern was measure and trace a pair of his old undies and guesstimate the angles of the curves and whatnot. I'll be adjusting the pattern for sure, as it's a bit snug in the uh... nether parts.
Hope you likey
*PS: Feel free to check out my post about fall fashion over on my blog. I welcome opinions, discussion, and being pointed to other cool stuff
Despite some problems I had simply due to inexperience, he actually came together pretty well Doing a teddy taught me alot about creating three-dimensional objects in crochet. Before I was even half done, I knew I wanted to give him a mohawk and gift him to my brother. He's made of black and grey leftover felting wool, with grey, light grey, and blue felting wool for his mohawk. He's also got a little felted tail, sparkley dark blue button eyes and an embroidered nose His slight wonkiness simply adds to his charm My brother LOVES Mo (his choice of name ), especially the little X's I used to attach his eyes. This is a 22 year old "man's man" that we're talking about, but he's always had a great sense of humour, so I knew Mo would be appreciated
I've been busily crafting with other materials lately, but here's three clothing items I made this summer.
Kirkland Lake campus of Northern College tee from my BF's friend. I saw all these cool slash-and-weave recons and tutes that I *had* to try it! My BF really likes it He hates my ruffle-butt jeans, though. He ripped the ruffle off last week, and I was too busy laughing to kill him That's ok, I'll do the ruffle again, but actually in the seam (which is how he wanted me to do it in the first place).
This started life as a men's XL non-official Tim Hortons tee from Mumsie and an old long-sleeved winter undershirt that just happened to be the exact same colour as the writing. I ran out of fabric so the arm-hole bindings are a bit snug and the collar is a half-train-wreck (that's the re-do, it's better than the first try). I hate that so many ready-to-wear garments are constructed OFF GRAIN. It makes reconning a hassle. It wasn't til I was done and looked at myself in the mirror that I realized it looks a bit like a cheerleading outfit
Lastly, something I bought the materials for way back in February. I found the autumn floral poly-cotton jersey at St. Vincent de Paul's, so roamed around looking for two tops that matched the colours in it. That ruffled bib was nightmarish to put in, but I LOVE the end result!
I have specific requests for critique:
Do you like the collar? It's a cravat threaded into an open-fronted turtleneck, but I'm not sure I like it. The higher neckline is appropriate for the general look I'm going for, but I'm considering attaching the cravat itself to the neckline, except at the middle so that I can still tie it. Then again, that collar is REALLY well-attached and it just might not be worth the effort...
And that waistband! Ugh, it's killing me! If I take it out and move the skirt up, in your opinion, would the skirt be TOO short??? Do you think it would look alright if I put a ruffle at the bottom to compensate for the shortening???
For something really casual, go attack your local second-hand stores. Get bell-bottoms in anything (corduroy, polyester, velveteen, coloured denim) or pants that you can convert with inserts at the calves, and a button-down shirt. Plaid is good, but paisley or other psychedelic patterns are excellent as well. Find a blazer or vest that is in the same colour range as the pants and shirt (eg same colour but different tone as the pants, or one of the colours in the shirt). Seriously. I have seen pix of my dad dressed like that, and Donna on "That 70s Show" dresses in a similar style alot.
Here's a pic of my fave vintage 70s outfit that I own (minus the shoes, they were too uncomfortable so I sold them):
This is more disco-style. Denim catsuit with a collar, polyester shirt with a wierd German-stag print (that collar is huuuuuge), sealskin belt (inherited from great-grandmother, it's actually from the dirty 30s), and loafer-style heels. Except for GG's belt, it's all from second-hand shops. You can just barely see the orangey-brown strips in the shirt's pattern that I used as my accessory colour.
I hate that! A small dart starting in the armpit and aiming towards your nipple is usually all it takes to make it lie flat.
Or, if you're working with a bigger men's shirt, and are tracing either a pattern or one of your old shirts, make sure to cut yourself extra room in the boobage area, but point the armhole/shoulder towards where it's sposed to be. Here's a diagram showing what I mean:
I don't know of a pattern that matches what you're looking for, but I've seen the techniques used on it in other places. The free tunic dresses on Burda WOF website is like the skirt of this dress, but with a pleat rather than gathered. Anyways, I whipped up a diagram of what the pattern pieces should look like:
It looks like the dress is made of jersey, so technically the bodice wouldn't need a dart, but stuff always fits better with one. The width at the top of the skirt would be your hip measurement, and the pleat would be hip-minus-waist measurement. The bottom of the skirt looks like it should be somewhat smaller than the hip measurement, but larger than the waist measurement. The outside edge of the skirt may be more curved like ( rather than straight like \ to make sure there's plenty of room for your hips.
I FINALLY found some freezer paper and excitedly ran into a host of problems My printer has had a "hardware malfunction," meaning I get to throw it out because fixing it will cost more than a new printer, so I had to trace my stencil from the computer screen. I simplified a few parts of the design, too. Then I couldn't find my swiss army knife, which has a small sharp blade perfect for tiny cut-work in lieu of an Xacto knife, so I labored away with my much larger pocket knife. Finally I had it cut out and applied to an old sweatshirt:
After laying it all out on the porch with newspaper taped around it, I sprayed on some slightly watered-down bleach. This is where things began to go horrifically wrong! I SHOULD have let that one application sit until it dried, but nooooooo, I was impatient and sprayed on some more! Then, without stopping to think about what I was doing, I began spraying copious amounts of vinegar on to neutralize the bleach, then fled inside to wait out the toxic fumes. After peeling away the stencil and newspaper, I was quite disappointed. Regardless, I applied more vinegar then ran in to the house with the shirt, dumping it in the tub and furiously rinsing it. Then I washed it by it's lonesome in the washer, and gave it a spin the dryer.
The result? Why, a mess of course!
I know what went wrong and what I should do next time, so it was valuable as a learning experience. But frankly, I LIKE the result! My boyfriend thought that I meant to do this and said what I'd been thinking: "It looks like it's on fire!" Our WoWing friend saw it when we met him at Tim Horton's and he was like "OMG you MADE that!?!?!" So if three WoWers like it, I musta done ok
So, my mistakes and how to remedy... What happened was the vinegar I sprayed on had saturated the fabric, causing the bleach to run under the stencil, and only the part of the pattern that had been exposed got neutralized right away. The bleach under the stencil got neutralized much slower, which is why it is brighter than the exposed part. All very logical, once one takes the time to think about it *facepalm* Now I know for next time that I should make one light application of bleach, allow it to dry, THEN remove the stencil and spray the vinegar onto the design very nice and evenly before fleeing from the fumes. I'm also considering trying hydrogen peroxide as a neutralizing agent because it doesn't produce toxic fumes, but the grocery store was sold out when I was there.
My boyfriend's family's dog, Jinx, is 13 or 14 and the old man is slowing down. He loves to go camping with us, though Last year, we spent 3 very cold and wet days trying to catch fish (we failed), and the poor dog did a lot of shivering and moaning, sitting on us in front of the fire and trying to climb into my sleeping bag (he had his OWN darn sleeping bag ). So, now that fishing season is upon us again, I knew the pup would need some sort of sweater in case of inclement weather (instead of wearing one of my shirts).
Off to the dollar store I went, where I found a 46x36 inch fleece plaid blankie. I already knew which tute I would use:
It took a lot of math, because this is just a guideline, not a pattern, but I did it! The one thing I wish I'd done differently: cut the armholes SMALLER than what I thought they should be (for the top piece; I needed to cut MORE out of the chest piece). I had not originally intended to put sleeves on, but the armholes were HUUUUUGE!
Here is Mr. Jinxy-Poo in his fabulous new camping sweater!
In conclusion, I would recommend this tutorial if your math skills are decent and if you remember to cut the armholes a bit small to try out first.