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« on: November 29, 2003 03:18:51 PM »

I saw some tulle ruffle panties on virginthreads.com (don't know how to post link... search snorestud  ruffled stretch tulle panties)  hee hee

They're way cute!! Does anyone know of an easy way to make tulle ruffle?  Or have any ideas on how I could go about this...

Thanks!!!

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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2003 01:34:58 AM »

well, tulle doesn't fray, so you could just cut strips about 2" wide, then either stitch up the middle using the longest stitch on your machine and then gently gather them, or hand gather them using a needle and thread.

you can buy gathering attachments for your sewing machine, too  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2003 08:56:36 AM »

wowie!  I've been wanting something like this for _years_.  That virginthreads.com site is great, too.  

I made a pair of panties from getcrafty's tshirt-to-panties:
http://getcrafty.com/read/craft/features/tshirtunderwear/index.html

What you could do next is sew strips of tulle or the same tshirt fabric to the panties (as suggested by Debzy).  I like the panties that have them only in the back, so I'd confine my ruffles to there.  

The best way I've found for making ruffles is to sew two parallel straight lines alone one long edge (stay stitches), then gently pull the _bobbin_ side thread from the inner line, and distribute the gathers.  When it's gathered as much as you like, sew the strip to the panties, on that inner line.

Good luck, and please post pics when you make em!
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2003 11:13:40 AM »

susan, i've been meaning to make those getcrafty pants for a while... how did yours turn out? any pics? Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2003 04:19:23 PM »

 Grin  Smiley Smiley Kiss  Thanks so much...I haven't had a chance to get started on them yet...SO MUCH Christmas stuff...SO LITTLE TIME!!!  

I'll keep you posted...

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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2003 10:42:28 PM »

Here ya go Debzy...

Front:


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Inside out:


I tried another pair pretty unsuccessfully.  You can see from the front photo that the tshirt I used was too small with the graphic placement I wanted, so I had to compensate and make the back piece come around the sides more.

I used the end of the sleeve as the liner, so that I didn't have to hem it.

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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2003 11:58:45 PM »

cool! green pants! Smiley
how did you find the instructions? were they pretty easy to follow?

and how come you weren't happy with the first pair?

questions, questions... Grin
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2003 08:15:30 AM »

I'm happy to help someone else avoid panty trouble!  This green pair was actually my first.  I used a pair I already had as a template, a pair that had a similar cut to that described by Logan on GetCrafty.  I think these came out because I was cautious, and allowed for LOTS of extra fabric.  

The 2nd pair I tried, the tshirt was _tiny_ and I was trying to cut it out using the bottom hem as the channel for the waistband elastic.  I had made a paper pattern, but it didn't really allow for the _masses_ of seam allowance you'll need to fold the edges over.  I tried to skimp on this with pair #2, and it really affects the structure.  

I think part of my problem is that I haven't figured out the way to work with the stretch of knit fabrics.  All I know is zigzag stitch, and as you can see from the green pants, the edges are rather stretched out/lettucey.  Any suggestions for this?

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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2003 02:18:44 PM »

i've found the absolute best way to sew stretchies is to overlock (or as you say in the us, 'serge' hehe) but not everyone has an overlocker...

i've just made a zip up top for my boyf, out of cotton jersey (t-shirt type fabric  Smiley) and i just used the normal straight stitch on my machine. i think it depends on the seam... if the seam isn't going to stretch (i.e. vertical side seams) then a straight stitch should be fine.

otherwise, i know a few people use a narrow zig zag stitch. plus, some machines have special stitches for strectchies, such as 'lightning' stitch (kinda like a zig zag) or straight stretch stitch (where the machine sews two stitches forward then one back)

blimey i don't half waffle sometimes  Tongue
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