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« on: June 05, 2007 10:13:53 AM »

well like the subject say this is my first top i've made and well it was really tricky. i didn't really use a pattern i kinda just winged it, but i really just wanted to try out the ribbon gathering thing (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=25124.0)it turned out great and i love the top its so cute except for the back Sad but if anyone has some tip to help next time i'd love it! Grin well heres the pictures



here its the whole thing also you can tuck the ribbon in and have a tube top

heres a closeup of scrunchy part

see the polka dots don't match up and the zipper is lumpy

comment and/or criticism are appreciated   Grin

thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2007 10:31:27 AM »

The front looks really cute.
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Maliaka
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2007 10:40:02 AM »

Oh that's so cute! I've been seeking out different methods of bust gathering and I think I wanna try this one out!!
About the lumpy zipper...your shirt looks to be stretchy, if so than perhaps the fabric ended up getting stretched as you sewed the zipper down. Whenever you stretch stretchy fabric when you sew it will always end up lumpy and weird looking. I learned that the hard way myself, haha. Oh and that also explains why the blue part didn't match up because it's pretty tricky to match up stretchy fabric because it's so 'slippery'. Hope that explains it.
But don't worry, the zipper looks sooo cute on your shirt, that "DIY" look is popular these days anyway, ha ha Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2007 12:10:32 PM »

thanks onechancefancy and Maliaka i see now why it got lumpy i just have to be more careful and try not to strech it. also it was really easy to make the gathering probably the easiest part of the whole thing
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2007 12:19:37 PM »

I agree, the fabric looks very stretchy to me...

A few tips, from someone who has been there.... First of all, if it's stretchy (particularly t-shirt material, which this looks like it probably is), then you may not even need a zipper. Personally, I like not having to fuss with them, so if you can avoid it, I would suggest it.

Secondly, check out your sewing machine manual (if it's still around!) and see if it says anything about stretch stitch function. My new machine has it, my mom's old one doesn't. Does your machine say "SS" on the stitch lenghth dial? If yes, then set your machine to that stitch length when sewing stretch material. If not, then check the manual to see if it says anything about differant fabric styles. Also, while I am not knowledgeable about which tricks might help you sew stretch w/o a stretch stitch function (as I avoided stretch when I could with my mom's machine), I'm sure that someone on here probably does know about it, and you might start a question topic to see if anyone has ideas.

Hope that helps!
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2007 12:30:23 PM »

yes the fabric is very strechy but the blue polka dotted isnt.

thanks lafemmedramatique ur tips are very helpful ill look in the sewing manual about that. but the reason i had a zipper is because the blue isnt strechy and i cut it too small but other than that i wouldnt have put a zipper but the tips are helpful for next time



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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2007 02:16:30 PM »

That is really cute!!!

I love it!
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2007 02:58:01 PM »

that is really cute, i LOVE polka dots in any colour and style.

if you're worried about showing off the lumpy zipper, you could always wear a little shrug or something over it, that way no one will ever know about the zipper unless you tell them!
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2007 06:27:24 AM »

if you're worried about showing off the lumpy zipper, you could always wear a little shrug or something over it, that way no one will ever know about the zipper unless you tell them!

thats a great idea! and then i can where it in the winter with a cute jacket!
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Ashling
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2007 07:34:11 AM »

The stitching is not what's making the zipper lumpy.  What's doing it is the fact that when you stretch something crosswise (like around your body) the length shrinks a little.  The zipper, having no strech whatsoever, stays the original length, while the fabric shortens a little to accommodate the stretch.  If you decide to do this again, try making the top a little looser, or put hooks on the non strechy part and sew together the knit parts, and skip the zipper all together.

Otherwise it looks great from the front!  I second the shrug idea.
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