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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Band t-shirt recon based on shirts that fit on: October 24, 2009 01:51:09 PM

Here is my new tank!

Here is how to use shirts that fit you as your "pattern"

Fold large shirt and fitting shirt down the middle, lay fitting shirt on top of large shirt.  With your tailor's chalk, draw on the line using the shirt that fits as the guide.  Then add your seam allowance (I used the width of my tape measure at 5/8" because 5/8" is where it's at)  Cut on your outside line, cut off your sleeves (save them if you want to have sleeves later). 

Consider the amount of stretch in your material too - if the fitted shirt you're using as the pattern is a lot stretchier than the band t-shirt, then you need that ease for the fit you're after.  Either adjust accordingly (I just eyeballed it when I cut) or try and use a shirt with a similar amount of stretch. 

I wanted to base the collar on this purple shirt.  I folded the front of it down the middle while the back fabric just kind of hung out (otherwise you can't trace the front collar if the back of the shirt is in the way).  Chalk on the line, add your seam allowance.  Do the same for the back. 

I just pinned on the sleeve, then leaving the pins in lifted up the purple shirt and put a chalk mark at each pin.  This gave me a dotted line for my sleeve.  It helps to have a padded surface to pin into. 

Now you cut it up and sew it together, finishing in whatever way you like.  I left the original hem because I liked the length.  I also decided to do a tank top, although I saved the sleeves thinking I might do a little cap sleeve or something.  When I decided not to I just did a rolled hem instead. 
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Super-Lucky, Quick & Dirty, Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Tote on: September 16, 2008 06:46:32 PM
Here's another rice bag tote.  I made it from an empty 50lb bag Super Lucky Elephant rice that I got from Costco.  We've gotten through have the bag and it's been in the pantry maybe 6 months, I put the rest into a big resealable container because I wanted to turn it into a grocery bag.

Maui County has passed legislation banning plastic bags, but it won't go into effect until 2011.  However, the little town where I do most of my grocery shopping already banned plastic bags well before the legislation!  Now I won't get scolded at the health food store for forgetting my reuseable bag, assuming I don't forget it that is.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / My petite size is giving me pattern problems! What to do? on: April 03, 2008 11:46:53 PM
I am relatively new to sewing garments, my skill level is such that I can navigate a pattern just fine, but I don't really know how to alter it. 

The problem that I'm facing is that I sew the correct size in whatever pattern and it is inevitably too big for my boobs.  Like WAY too big for my boobs.  I am pretty sure I'm not making any mistakes measuring myself and I'm following the size guidelines. 

I wear a size 0 or 2,
I'm 31" around the bust, 28" under, 25" waist, 35" hips.  According to this Vogue package in front of me, that puts me somewhere between a pattern size 6 and 10, but I always make it to 6 since that's the closet to my bust measurement.

But when I got the garment together, it's massive!  It's too big over my boobs, and even too big around.  What am I doing wrong?

I've had the same problem with McCall's patterns as well, but on that one I sewed it to the smallest size and it was huge in the boobs but actually too small around the waist. 

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Edit:  I took some photos to illustrate my problem, there's a McCall's pattern and a Vogue pattern that have both given me... difficulties...  http://flickr.com/photos/mschristine/2389432320/
4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / The shoe gods may strike me down for defacing a pair on Manolos on: February 07, 2008 02:32:03 PM
Idea from here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=225068.0
Then I logged on just now and saw this one which is the same concept! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=112423.0

A long time ago I dated a guy with a shoe fetish.. And he bought me this pair of shoes as a gift.  Nice of him to get me a pair of Manolo's, but why did he have to get the trashiest pair?!  Needless to say, they've been sitting lonely in my closet for years.

Thanks to the brilliant posts listed above, I revamped them into something I'll wear.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / My dog doesn't want me to have any tomatoes! on: February 06, 2008 05:16:14 PM
My dear sweet doggy is pulling green tomatoes off my plants.  She doesn't even want to eat them, she just puts some tooth marks in them and leaves them in the corner of the front yard where she stores her collection of balls, toys, and avocado pits. 

Any ideas for how to keep her from doing this?  She knows she's not supposed to, but does it anyway.  I was thinking about putting hot sauce on the tomatoes, but will that damage the plant?  I have a hot pepper plant too, if I tie up some peppers next to the tomatoes would that perhaps keep her away?

Any ideas would be appreciated!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pineapple Print Garden Tote on: January 29, 2008 05:50:32 PM
Here's my version of the Garden Tote from Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter.

It's wet and muddy where I live, especially this time of year, so I opted for a vinyl coated canvas print instead of normal canvas.  This seemed like a good idea until I got to some of the last stages of sewing, but luckily my walking foot saved my project!

Thanks for looking!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Where's your "sewing room"? on: January 20, 2008 09:02:20 PM
To make this long story short - what do you crafty folks use for your crafting space when you don't have a surplus of extra rooms?

My husband and I have a two bedroom house, with a decent sized living room.  My husband works from home, so the living room does double duty as his office with his desk on one side of it, and the guest bedroom doubles as my sewing room.  Which works out great until we have guests... and since we live in Hawaii we don't have to twist any arms to get visitors.

Currently we've got his youngest brother visiting, and all he wants to do is play Halo in the living room.  Since I have a low tolerance for video game noise and for some reason feel weird about using the guest room while he's here - I'm pretty much stuck in my bedroom, wishing that I had some batman style turnaround wall where I could push a button and my sewing machine would pop out.

While we're not usually crunched for space, we sure are when visitors come.  I think I need some creative ideas for how I can still get some stitching done when our guest room is occupied. 
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pretty but useless silk scarf turned into pretty and useful blouse on: January 07, 2008 07:19:34 PM
I have had this silk scarf kicking around for years.  I really liked it, but never once used it for anything.  I got brave enough to cut it up and this is the result:

It was this pattern that inspired me, but I didn't actually follow it since it's in German and Google's translation efforts were... interesting.  I may try it again in the recommended jersey knit (where I have more fabric to spare and don't have to be so stingy - I'd like it a tad longer.)

Thanks any advance for any comments!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What would you do with this botched project? on: January 05, 2008 10:51:51 AM
I have this thing that I started knitting.  It was supposed to be a sleeveless top, starting at the top of the hips.  I made a swatch before I started, I double checked my gauge so many times, but I failed to check the math in the pattern!

I was knitting to size 32", assuming 32" bust.  Either I did something wrong or had a math mishap, but I've got 32" around the part that's supposed to be the waist!

So far I've assumed the following as viable options:
 - Rip it out and start something else.
 - Make a different sweater entirely, and use what I've got already to make a long sweater starting at the widest point of my hips, so after ripping out the first strap the area that was supposed to be where the straps start would be at the top of my hips. My concern with that plan is that the color might not be suitable for a full sweater, plus I live in the tropics so when am I going to wear it?
 - Tie it in a knot and give it to my dog to play with (kidding)

I have 10 balls of yarn (including what's already knit up) it's Filatura di Crosa 501, 100% superwash wool - 50g/125m.

Thanks in advance for your brilliant ideas!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Apron on NYE on: January 01, 2008 10:08:57 PM
My husband has been sick so we had to cancel our plans last night.  We stayed in and while he was miserable on the couch, I made an apron.

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