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« on: April 03, 2006 12:02:59 AM »

I've got a few t-shirts that are just a little too short for my nursing chest.

They really highlight my worst area (under belly button flab).  Is there something I could do with them for summer clothes that might look nice?
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2006 03:30:32 AM »

This is a cool way to fix to small/short shirts.http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=84673.0

Or even making a few belly bands.Which is basically a long tube of streachy fabric and wearing under your shirt and pulled down a bit over pants.I wear  one nearly every day.I romo alot with the kids and this cuts down on embaressing plumbers butt.LOL.I hope this helps.i
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2006 05:05:54 AM »

I was going to say the same thing about the big band at the bottom, that is your best best. And they are really easy to make too!
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2006 12:24:16 PM »

You could cut them up into squares then patchwork them togeather into a large fabric piece. Then pick a pattern, halter would maybe work well with knit tshirt fabric. Then lay your pattern piece out onto your patchwork piece and cut away around it. um maybe line it with another cut up tshirt so it doesnt rub or roll. I love the band around the bottom also. you said you were nursing... how about baby clothes? just rip the seams and lay the baby pattern pieces on top and go to town. check out what this woman does with tshirts to make a dress for her little girl     http://www.etsy.com/view_item.php?listing_id=129890. good luck
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2006 02:55:15 PM »

Violent Violet, the link's pictures are gone.  This sounds like a good idea though.  I wish I could see the pics.
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2006 09:48:20 PM »

Can someone explain a belly band please? Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2006 04:14:23 AM »

Can someone explain a belly band please? Smiley

It's a separate piece of clothing - not anything to do with the shirt.  It is made of stretchy fabric and you could think of it as a midriff warmer.  Very useful for covering the gap between short shirts and hipster jeans - which is not a beautiful area for those who have had 3 kids and managed to acquire some weight and stretchmarks along the way.

I see heaps of people wearing them.  I'm not sure how flattering they'd be if your midriff area was your chubbiest bit, because they are skin tight.  Maybe if the shirt you had on kind of half covered them and wasn't tight, then there'd be a pretty flattering thing happening.  Or you could have some embellishments on a bellyband like fringing or tassles that would draw the eye down below hip level and away from a pot tummy if that was an issue.

Hopefully someone wiser in the ways of the belly band could elaborate?
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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2006 07:25:46 AM »

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y257/flyinpurplemunkiez869/2006_0313c0003.jpg

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y257/flyinpurplemunkiez869/2006_0313c0014.jpg

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I hope this helps.This a really cool.


BellyBands don't have to be skin tight just fitted.Skintight ones kinda get irritating after awhile.I just measure around my self two inches above my belly button  and dint add any seam allowance and stitch it up.I like mine 16 to 20 inches long.
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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2006 12:17:22 PM »

cool!  I'll have to see if any of my shirt colors go together.
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« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2006 12:42:40 PM »

i really like the belly band idea. I am a tall person and my shirts are never long enough. I dont have much of a belly but i just dont like to show skin, my bf especially hates when i bend over and my shirt rises and shows my back. I have just been getting old shirts and cutting of the bottom 6 inches and sewing that to the bottom of the shirt i like. it gives it the look of layers kinda like the link voilent violet posted.
i think the belly band would work better for summer so that way you could wear it with tank tops instead of a winter long sleeve doubled shirt look.
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