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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How To Make Thermal Shirt? on: October 31, 2013 05:32:53 PM
Hello Everyone,

I'm learning how to sew, and something I've wanted to make for a long time is a long sleeve thermal shirt.

About 8 years ago, I bought two thermal shirts from a company called Delia's. It's a website for teens, or young adults to buy clothes. So, these thermal shirts are fairly light weight, but still keep me rather warm, and if I get cold, I like to layer them. The thing is, Delia's still sells them, but they are super expensive. Back when I bought them 8 years ago, they were expensive coming in at $20 each, but I got in on a sale that made them $10 each. I don't know exactly how much they are now, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were more like $30 each now.

So, my question is, can I make something like this myself? The material is 50% cotton, and 50% polyester. However, as you will see in the photos, the cuff of the thermal shirt is made of a different fabric, and each cuff also has a hole for your thumb. The neck line is also the same material as the cuff. I don't know much about sewing, and buying fabric, so I don't even know if you could buy a knit fabric that is the same exact colour as the thermal fabric. Also, I took a photo of the hem of the bottom of the shirt, or rather lack there of. The bottom was just re-enforced with a zig zag stitch on a serger machine. Oh, that reminds me. I also don't have a serger. I have just a regular brothers sewing machine. I'm willing to sacrifice the look a little, because I don't have the money to go buy a serger. I wish I had the money for one, but I'm fortunate to even have a sewing machine. It was gifted to me brand new, and I feel very blessed to have it. I don't really care if I don't get the exact look of a serger.

Any help I can get, I would appreciate very much. I want to not only save money, but also have the satisfaction that I made something my self. Thank you all very much in advance!


P.S. For some reason my photos look a little blurry on this site. I uploaded them to the gallery, and when I looked at them they all had a slight blurry look to them.. The original photos don't look like that, as they are more clear, so I apologise for the slightly blurry photos. Oh, and If you're wondering, the print of this thermal are little pigs with kawaii little swirly tails, with flowers, and hearts.. I love it! My solid print thermal that is exactly the same, but without a print is a lavender purple colour, and these two look great layered. I specifically chose these colours to match each other in case I wanted to layer them. I'm actually wearing the lavender coloured one right now. I wanted a solid thermal, so if I do layer, there wouldn't be two print patterns clashing, and also in case I wanted to wear a short sleeve shirt over the thermal that has it's own pattern. This print thermal also looks great with a plain solid short sleeve shirt too though. ^^

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 34 ENTRIES / Re: Button Down Bags - recon'd shirts to gift/lunch/tote bags (Image Massive-sorry) on: August 18, 2009 10:00:38 PM
Do you think you could make a tut on how to make the gray and pink bag? I think that's soooo cute, and I want to make one for myself. Thanks! Smiley

Also, if you make a tut, would it be for beginners? Or is it beyond beginner?
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Hat suggestions please on: August 02, 2009 12:18:58 AM
I bought two skeins of Jo-Ann Sensations Bellezza Collection Canditi Yarn, and I want to make an earflap hat with it.

I'm not sure what pattern would work well for this yarn, but it's a bulky yarn like homespun. It doesn't say on the package what weight it is, but I am assuming it's bulky.

Anyway, can anyone help me find a pattern that would work well for this type of yarn?
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern? Help duplicating this? on: January 15, 2009 01:21:23 AM
It's called the Catherine's Wheel Stitch...

No offense to tjw1963, but her catherine's wheel is not very good and it's not done correctly... Here are the videos on teaching you the correct way to create the catherine's wheel stitch.

Catherine's Stitch Video One

Catherine's Stitch Video Two

Catherine's Stitch Video Three

Catherine's Stitch Video Four

Catherine's Stitch Video Five

Catherine's Stitch Video Six

Catherine's Stitch Video Seven

I hope this helps... This tutorial is actually the same as the image you posted... tjw1963's version is not the same thing.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Garn studio popcorn bag help on: January 14, 2009 11:56:49 AM
Hmm, I suppose the only way to really work this out is to just start the project and try to get it working... I am still a little confused, but hopefully I can figure it out.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help with lining a bag... on: January 13, 2009 04:16:47 PM
Hmmm.... This looks very complicated... So, do I just hand sew the parts that the sewing machine is used? I need to go online and find some sewing by hand tutorials. I want to sew this together so it will stay together nicely. What is the best hand sewn stitch to keep things together? I might get some scrap fabric and practice sewing.

I don't have much money, so I don't know where I will get fabric... This project might go on hold for a bit.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: OT :: How does this affect you ??? NEW LAW on: January 13, 2009 03:09:20 AM
What next, is the government going to outlaw parents making homemade toys for their kids even if they aren't selling it... Imagine this...

*a mother walking down the street with a child in a stroller*
*a police officer walks up to her*
"Ma'am, what are those things on your childs feet?"
"Oh, those are booties I made myself"

Come on, what is wrong with selling children's clothing... It's not even toys, it's clothes!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Medieval crochet -- Shout out to all SCA or Adrian Empire members! on: January 12, 2009 11:57:42 PM
My aunt and her husband use to do civil war reenacting... My aunt's husband is a gunsmith, and he creates guns that replicas of what used to be used in the times of the civil war. He also creates rifles and things like that for hunters.

Anyhoo, I know crochet existed at least by the 1800's, and I truly believe it probably existed before hand as well. Many people in the 1800's crocheted and knitted, that was a major part of keeping warm during those cold months. People made sweaters, hats, scarves... It's kind of silly that some people don't think crochet existed in the 1860's...

Anyhoo, I'd definitely go with knitting if you want to be sure to follow the guidelines of SCA... The Renaissance faire is different from SCA events and people at the Renaissance faires even wear faerie wings and things like that, so I can see why crochet would be at a Renaissance faire.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Garn studio popcorn bag help on: January 12, 2009 11:21:46 PM
Thank you very much, I wasn't sure if I needed to start with the popcorn pattern first or the bag...

Also, I don't understand this part...

Round 1: Work dc along 1 side of ch-chain work 2 dc in the first ch, then 1 dc in each of the next 16 ch and 4 dc in the last ch insert a Marking Thread (MT) between these 4 dc = the side, continue round with 1 dc in each of the 16 ch from the other side and finish with 2 dc in the last ch (= 4 dc in this ch = the side. Insert a MT between these 4 sts. There are now 40 dc on round.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help this non-crocheter teach her daughter crochet!! on: January 12, 2009 07:22:50 PM
Abssinth gave some awesome advice! I think the best thing for her to do now is just make a hat of some kind... She needs to make something big in the round so she can get used to it and work on her stitches in the round. It's a bit different than crocheting a square. Crocheting in the round gets harder as well when it's something small like a bear head or a cat head, I know when I first started to crochet, I was trying to make some slippers and I couldn't crochet the tip of the slipper very well, so I put it aside and made a few hats first and that really helped me out a lot.

When your daughter makes her first amigurumi, please post pictures! I'd love to see her cute little friends. Smiley
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