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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Upsized Shirt Pattern on: October 13, 2012 12:20:21 PM
I'm rather new to having to enlarge things.  I've always been tiny in the past, but some long term medical issues have caused me to gain about 20 lbs, meaning that the majority of the many, many patterns I've aquired over the years are now too small.  However, I am not one to give up easily, and I know that patterns are far more maleable than finished clothes, and I am attempting to make things that fit with patterns I already have.
This is the pattern I started with:


Here are the adjustments I made.  Some I did by simply cutting the piece bigger, others I had to add more paper to.


I still had to shorten it like I always have, sadly getting bigger hasn't made me any taller!  Cheesy


Close up shot:


And finshed!  I decided to omit the sleeves.  I was worried that since the sleeves were already poofy, enlarging them to fit the armhole would make them overwhelmingly huge.  I decided that since I wanted to make some vests anyway to cover that obnoxious bra line I always get with stretchy shirts, I would just wear it over my long sleeved t-shirts this fall and winter.


Hope you like it!  Sorry I'm making a weird face in that pic.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I made my own swimsuit! on: August 26, 2012 08:30:38 PM
My sister-in-law and I had planned on going to the Wisconsin Dells earlier this year, and I determined that I needed a new swimsuit.  Unfortunately (fortunately?) because we'd planned to go in April it was a little early in the season for buying swimwear, and what little I found in stores was hideous.  I decided to make one myself, and then discovered the lack of even decent swimwear patterns.  Undaunted, I pondered how I could make it work.  I dug through my own patterns looking for something to alter, and found a halter dress pattern http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=9965 that I could use for the top.  For the bottom, I decided the best thing to do was trace off a pair of underwear, since it's basically the same thing and I knew it would fit.  This is what I ended up with!
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / In a Sewing Slump on: June 19, 2012 06:44:47 PM
I've been making clothes for myself for some time now, but lately I've been feeling rather discouraged.  I've gained a bit of weight, so I need to make some new things so I'll have something to wear to work, but the last couple of things I've tried haven't come out as I'd hoped.  I can probably still salvage them, but I'm not particularly enthused about it.  What can I do to encourage myself to get going on it again?
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Swimsuit lining on: February 06, 2012 10:28:44 AM
What kind of material do I need to use to line a swimsuit?  An most importantly, where can I find it?  I thought I was looking for something called "tricot" but I can't seem to find that on the denverfabrics.com website I'm ordering the outer fabric from.  Is it called something else or do I need to order from another retailer?  Thank you!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / black patchwork skirt on: January 06, 2012 10:46:20 AM
I've been working on this for several weeks, and it's finally done!  I had a lot of black scraps left over from other projects and decided to put them to good use.  It's a tiered skirt with every other row of squares gathered to the one above.  I used bigger pieces than I have on previous patchwotrk skirts, so this one is only 84 pieces.

Hope you like it!

26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Resuable gift wrap! on: December 01, 2011 11:07:25 AM
I've been experimenting with various ways to do this, and I discovered that the best way is also the easiest!  It's just a rectangle of fabric hemmed all around with ribbon ties on two sides.  My husband and I primarily give each other books and DVDs, so that's the size I made, but they can be any size you want.

Here's how I wrap a movie with it:
Center the box with the long sides pointing to the sides with the ribbon.

Fold up sides.

Fold corners to points.

Cross the ribbons.

Flip over and tie on the top, and you're done!

These are some other ones I've done so far:


(I apologize if this has been posted before.  I seem to recall seeing a similar project to this on craftster maybe last year or so, but a quick search didn't find it.  If this was your original idea, please let me know so I can credit you!)
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Luggage tags (Now with action shot) on: November 10, 2011 10:37:26 AM
I made these for my husband's family members who travel a lot.  They are loosely based on the tutorial here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=199853.0;, except mine are vinyl all around and have elastic straps.

Action shot!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Taking up a wool coat on: November 05, 2011 05:28:54 AM
I bought a lined wool coat at a thrift store and it's a little too long in the sleeves.  Is this something I can alter myself without ruining the coat, or am I better off waiting until I can get it altered professionally?  I consider my sewing skill to be intermediate.  Thank you!  Smiley
29  Illinois / Illinois: North / Looking for a place that does ceramic firing on: August 06, 2011 08:34:49 AM
I'm trying to find a place in the Chicago area that will do firing, since my landlord would frown on my using a kiln in my living room.  I've been to Great Lakes Clay before they moved, but Elgin is a little far for me to go, since I'd have to drop things off and pick them up again in a few days.  Does anyone know of a place anywhere near the La Grange/Westchester/North Riverside area that rents kiln space?  Thank you!
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Help me not freeze! on: November 03, 2010 02:49:52 PM
I have a huge window in my shower, and in the winter it is freezing.  It's made worse because I'm in a basement level apartment, so the snow piles up against the window.  I want to put something on the window to insulate it a little, but I'm not sure what.  I'd thought about putting a towel on a tension rod, but I'm worried that will mildew.  I'd thought about that stick on plastic stuff, but I need to be able to open it to let moisture out because we don't have a fan.  I'd be satisfied with just covering the lower part.  Will contact paper do anything?  I need something water resistant, and non permanent.  Any thoughts?  Thank you!

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