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Topic: Can someone help me out with this cami? Please?  (Read 773 times)
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lovefindslove
« on: June 27, 2007 08:51:36 PM »



First off - sorry for the boobs. It's not me and it's the only pic I have of the shirt Smiley

Okay, I took this pic to the knitting board and they said it'd probably be better to sew it just because it would take forever to knit and I'm a brand new knitter.

The thing is, I'm a brand new sew-er too. Can anyone maybe tell me how I would go about doing this? Either a patter or free hand. I'm usually pretty good at free handing non sewing items, so I would be willing to try it - but I don't know how to do the straps or anything.

Any help at all would be appreciated! Thanks in advance Smiley
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baby-bumblebee
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2007 08:54:24 PM »

I am not sure if this would be any help or not.

 I would take a tank top with a similar top and just trace it out the make longer straps for it. For me it would have to be about trial and error. But it just looks like a normal top but the straps are longer and there for showing more up top. Just my stab at it.
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lovefindslove
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2007 05:36:09 AM »

Awesome - thank you Smiley

And how do you make straps  like that? They're so littttle.
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stacysews
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2007 06:44:33 AM »

Actually the straps are a self-binding.  Basically this is a strip of fabric made of the tank material that are folded over and encases the raw edges of the shirt (and brought up over your shoulders to make straps).  If you do a search on the internet (and probably on Craftster somewhere) for binding, you'll find a tute on how to make and apply some to your tank.  You'll also want to be sure to use knit material and zig-zag stitches or twin needle (to keep the material stretchy) when sewing.
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baby-bumblebee
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2007 10:43:10 AM »

you can also buy a bias tape maker and that might help with the straps, they are tiny and I have a hard time with straps.
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lovefindslove
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2007 12:57:09 PM »

What's a bias tape maker?

Thanks stacysews. You want to come and give me some sewing lessons?  Wink

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stacysews
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2007 01:52:29 PM »

If you don't mind driving to Kansas, I'd be more than happy to give lessons!   Grin

Here's what bias tape makers look like:

http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog_old.jsp?CATID=24991&PRODID=11900

They come in a variety of sizes and fold the fabric for you (you make a strip and 'feed' it though the tape maker).  Very handy gadgets to have, especially if you need to make a lot of bias binding.
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lovefindslove
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2007 04:23:17 PM »

:-D

so I'd just cut out a long skinny strip of my fabric, run it through there, and wa la - i have straps?
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stacysews
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2007 07:15:40 PM »

Well, you really want to cut it twice the size as what the bias tape maker is (so for a 1/2" bias tape, you'd cut 1" wide strips), feed it through, and press with an iron!  There should be some sort of instructions included with the bias tape maker, too.

There's some good photos of how it works here:
http://www.purlbee.com/mollys-handmade-napkins/2006/11/20/handmade-napkins-make-binding.html
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SpottedFrog
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2007 06:34:29 PM »

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so I'd just cut out a long skinny strip of my fabric, run it through there, and wa la - i have straps?

Not quite. It's called bias tape because the tape is made from fabric cut on the bias- and it has to be perfectly on the bias to work. Upon closer inspection that tank appears to be a knit all over- including the spaghetti strap.

If you are brand new to sewing but want a knit (as in jersey, not knitting needle knit) tank like this I'd go find a pattern that is specificly for knits. Knits have a much steeper learning curve than non-stretchy things- I've been sewing for years but still consider myself a knit-noob.

I'm not trying to discorage you- just giving you a heads up that there's a lot more to sewing that type of material.
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