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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fill a Flat Rate Box Swap? on: April 18, 2017 06:06:21 AM
I used to run a fill a box swap for the small size Priority flat rate box (way back when, it used to be just under $5 to ship...now it's $7.15 on the USPS website  Undecided ) and would be interested in running another swap with a choice of all 3 sizes: small, medium, large. 

Swappers would be matched up accordingly, smalls with smalls, medium with medium, etc. 

Boxes would be primarily supplies-oriented, can be small crafted items, too.

FOC would be allowed to send up to 3 boxes, non-FOC can sign up for 1 or 2.  Some of us have more ability to send to more than one person, so signing up for more than 1 box is not required but is an option!

This is kinda like a destash swap, except we all get boxes back...so...it's more like a trade-off, lol!

Prices are:  Small - $7.15, Medium - $13.60, Large - $18.85
Priority Flat Rate boxes are only available at these prices for shipment within the US, so this would be a US-only swap.
Boxes can be picked up at your local post office, or can be ordered in 10-box bundles at a minimum for free shipment to your house.  Shipping labels can also be printed directly from the USPS website for each of these because they are one single price to anywhere in the US, no matter the weight (I think they have a 50lb max or something...but, how many of us can really fit THAT much in a box? LOL!).

Any interest in something like this??

I'm up for hosting after May 1st, as I'm out of town later this week and all of next week on a road trip with my fiance.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Daisy Flower Head Wreath for My Wedding on: April 13, 2017 05:42:03 AM
Hi, hi, everyone!

I've been absent from this site for a number of years now, mostly due to 'life' in general, but I'm back on track to getting my craft on Smiley

In other news, I'm getting married on October 8th this year!!  Super excited!  I've been creating a few wedding crafts here and there, mostly just decorating some store-bought items like birdcages and lanterns.  We're doing a renaissance/medieval-inspired, Celtic-style wedding.  My fiance is Scots-Irish, and we're both heavily into the medieval time period for events, dress, and other aspects of our lives, so it was just a fantastic fit.  Decorations are mostly a whimsical-woodsy feel, lots of flowers and greenery, fairies, toadstools, gnomes, stuff like that.

I found this inspiration pin HERE and crafted my creation from these photos.

Here's the finished product!!  I'm VERY impressed with how it turned out.  I really didn't know exactly how I was going to construct it, but I thought about it for the last couple months and figured it out.

And here's a few of it on my head.  There will be a white chiffon 'veil', like this worn under it for the ceremony, and then it will be just on my hair for the reception like it's shown here now.

I think it's perfect!  I love the extra fullness that I created on mine versus the inspiration piece.  May swap the lace on the back for either white or sunny yellow satin ribbon, not sure yet.  Will have to try the piece on with my dress and decide later on.  Dress is being custom-sewn by a local seamstress in my town.  Because it will be handmade, I'll post it in the sewing board with the creator's permission if I'm allowed.

Thanks for looking, comments/questions welcome Smiley
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Beaded Blanket Stitched Holiday Ornament on: December 19, 2011 05:35:30 AM
I pinned a tute on doing a beaded blanket stitch a couple weeks back, thought this ornament was the perfect time to try it out! 

I made this for my partner in the Stocking Swap R7 along with several other handmade goodies.  It was one of my fave items out of the whole package (other than the awesome Teesha Moore stocking I made for her!).  Made with red felt, white felt, sequins with gold buttons sewn on to keep them in place, rick rack to decorate, and a tassle from home dec clearance a while back I've been hoarding.  The hanger is made from red, green, and white embroiderly floss braided and sewn in place.

I LOVE the look of the beaded blanket stitch, and will definitely use it again.

Thanks for looking, C&C welcome!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Teesha Moore Christmas Stocking on: December 19, 2011 04:31:46 AM
Happy Holidays, everyone!  If you're into stockings, then you've likely seen my Button Encrusted Christmas Stocking I posted last year.  It's been a whole year already almost and I still can't believe I made Best Of 2010 for it Smiley  Thanks for all your support!

So, in keeping with my holiday spirit each year, and joining the next round of the Stocking Swap (number 7 now!)...I have made another epic stocking for my partner, oneredboot.

I give you.....the Teesha Moore Christmas stocking!


This stocking was awesome to put together, 100% HAND SEWN for each patch and assembling front to back.  The only items that were machine stitched were the inside backing on the front and the back front/back pieces to make up the back side of the stocking.  All buttons and embellishments are hand sewn as well.  Front and back pieces were blanket stitched together with coordinating colored embroidery floss.

Here's a few closeups on the patches, click for a larger picture in my photo hosting:


Of course, my fave patch is the button Christmas tree, followed closely by the ornaments outlined in gold, the felt snowflake with seed bead detail, and the ribbons outlined in gold Smiley

Thanks so much for looking, C&C welcome!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R10 FOCR R10 GALLERY on: October 22, 2011 07:28:26 PM
Post pics of your 'prize' in it's new home here!

DISCUSSION THREAD: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=391053.0


1. TheSapphireMoon
2. Hollistercobabe - sent on 11/2
3. imera
4. xperimentl
5. jillybeans
6. suereal
7. Onyxnox
8. tcmatteson
9. UntouchableFace
10. ChameleonHound
11. kwiltykate
12. Belladune
13. Homerof2
15. coocoosnest
16. miknessevie
17. puzzler
18. camelama
19. A2K
20. erica_tattoos
21. Whistley
22. lacey0828
23. badpuppy
24. waggonswest
25. frosty772
26. goldfishpollywog
27. aisy - sent 10/29
28. nilmerg
29. guacaMolly
30. luckdragon
31. hockamama
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R10 FOCR R10 (Signups CLOSED Sendout 10/25) on: September 19, 2011 05:23:20 AM


The theme of this big round 10 will be Best Of.  This idea originally came from me, TheSapphireMoon and everyone else Smiley  Craft ONE MEDIUM item around this theme.  Check out the FOCR Ideas thread for more ideas on themes for the coming rounds, found HERE:


Round 1 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=253749.0
Round 2 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=263251.0
Round 3 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=277258.0
Round 4 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=290617.0
Round 5 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=302878.0
Round 6 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=310754.0
Round 7 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=328326.0
Round 8 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343462.0
Round 9 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=371079.0

Swap name: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap (FOCR) R10
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: TheSapphireMoon
Co-organizer: TBD
Sign-up date range: 9/19/11-10/17/11
Date to send item by: 10/25/11
Limited to a certain number of people? NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?
Age requirement? Over 16 and ACTIVE Friends of Craftster ONLY, please

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

The FOCR is now 10!  YAY!  What better way to celebrate than a return to our roots and do a good ol' fashioned Best Of theme?  The goal here is to create one medium item in your 'best' style.  An item you make the best, or is your favorite (and therefore 'best') to make.  You could also opt to create a set of 2-3 small items in lieu of one medium.


Not a Friend of Craftster? Join here! Support the website that supports your crafting needs Smiley


Items MUST be crafted and ready to go by the end of signups, as you only have 1 WEEK to send them out! So once you know you are approved, start craftin’!

If you have a ‘pre-made’ item, GREAT! This means you’re ready to go and we’ve barely begun, so post a picture and sit back and chat us up ‘til signups close!

Photos of all 'prizes' are DUE NO LATER than 10/20 so everyone has an opportunity to see what will be offered before the drawing and sendouts.  If you do not post a picture by this date or at all, it will be noted in your feedback, as this IS a requirement for this swap to be a success.

Drawing will be done on 10/21, PMs will be sent to the 'prize' creators letting them know who 'won' their item and where it should be sent to.

Swap is for: one (1) medium item (Medium = 2 or more crafting hours OR $10-$30 dollars) Can also be a pair/set of 2-3 small items to equal 1 medium. Please PM me if you have questions about your item offered.  

This will be a 'raffle' style swap. There will be 2 hats: one full of swapper's names and one full of the items made by these swappers (with the name of who made that item below it to avoid the creator 'winning' back their own creation!). A name will be picked, then an item picked, and that person gets that item drawn! An almost complete surprise...as photos would be posted of all items for all to see, so you can look and dream and wish for all the ones you like...then see what shows up at your door! Serious concerns will be addressed in the swap questionnaire (i.e.-Vegans receiving things made from wool and other animal-derivatives, wool/food/smoke/etc. allergies, etc.) so people don't end up with something they ABSOLUTELY cannot have around them or their family for health/lifestyle/etc. issues, and if it happens, then the name and item both go back in the hat and are drawn again until a favorable match comes up.

When a ‘winner’ is chosen, the creator of their ‘prize’ will get their address from the organizer in a PM. PLEASE try to keep this a SECRET if you DO figure out who you are sending to! This way the ‘winner’ will be surprised with their ‘prize’ when it arrives

Please communicate in the thread OR by PM to the organizer ONCE a week at a minimum so we know you are still out there and crafting for the swap. If I have not seen you posting in the thread, this will be reflected in your feedback.  I will check in with you when there is about 1 week left to make sure you are still in on a ‘prize’ for the drawing.

Delivery Confirmation is required for this swap.  For international mailings, please retain your receipt until your partner receives.

Please PM the DC to the organizer, me TheSapphireMoon, once you have sent so I can update your name on the front page and maintain my records. For any items that are lost in the mail, adequate time for the package to arrive or be returned to the sender will be allowed.  If it never arrives after a reasonable amount of time, a swap angel will be arranged to craft a comparable ‘prize’ for the ‘winner.’

Feedback will be given when your partner has received.  Please PM me when you send AND when you receive so I can keep my lists updated!

Negative feedback will be given if you have not sent out by 2 weeks past the sendout date, and an angel will be found for your ‘winner.’  Seeing as this is a ‘premade craft’ raffle, and you have to have a completed item posted before the drawing…I don’t see this happening for anyone…but you never know what life has in store for you from one day to the next!

I will post a gallery for ‘prizes’ so when the ‘winner’ receives their item and may have it displayed in their home/wearing it/put it to use in some way, they may post a picture or two for us showing off their great ‘prize.’


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap (FOCR) R10
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Are at least 16 years old (yes/no)?
IF NO TO ABOVE QUESTION, have you been swapping before the rule change & have swap mod approval to continue (yes/no)?
Read the Swap Info Guide and rules/guidelines for this swap (yes/no)?
Are you able to send to countries outside of your own, as this is an international swap (yes/no)?
Do you have any pets?
Do you or any members in your home smoke?
Any other allergens in your home?
Do you have any allergies? If YES, please list them.
Are you vegan or vegetarian (to make sure your name is not drawn to ‘win’ something made from animal derivatives)?
Anything you ABSOLUTELY would not want to receive for any religious/lifestyle/phobia reasons (clowns, violence/nudity themes, spiders, pagan themes….you get the idea…etc.)?
Anything else you would like me to know for the raffle, or that your ‘winner’ should know?

**Please put FOCR in the Subject of your PM so I can get to them quickly when communicating on this swap!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Featured Projects - 2nd Quarter 2011 on: September 17, 2011 08:53:20 AM
Jewelry and Trinkets Featured Projects - Quarter 2 2011

YIKES!  I'm behind the 8 ball on doling out kudos again this year Undecided  Sorry about that!  Without further adieu, here are the 2nd Quarter featured projects for April, May, and June!

Completed Projects: General

Wired wrapped jewelry has recently become a fast fave of mine, and this mixed materials Glass beads and clay button dangly creation by rangerbeth is one of my current loves.  

Jewelry boxes and holders seldom see their 15 minutes of fame, but this WONDERFUL Apple Jewelry Box by illegalcreativity truly deserves some mad props!  I love the 'bite' that holds necklaces and other long bits Smiley  Ingenious!

DawnsTrees has made some amazing pieces recently, and this Rose Necklace is no exception!  Poly clay can really be amazing Smiley

As a big fan of statement necklaces myself, this Circles All Around! necklace is right up my alley.  Anna Iv has made many adorable pieces all on this one topic, but hands-down the purple circles takes the cake for me!

Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Having long hair, I don't often wear it down as I run out of ideas for what to do with it.  These great Dyed Pistachio Hair Falls made by mieljolie are just my style.  Gotta love that recycled, hippie style!

Completed Projects: Beading

Adding another log on the pile of techniques I envy: beadwork!  This Purple Spiral Bracelet made by Obsessed Knitter is also in one of my fave colors, so double-fave Smiley

Mixed media projects are high on my list of loves, especially this Beaded and embroidered cuff by AnnaAnna.  I saw this when it was originally posted back in May and was inspired to create a cuff of mixed media myself Smiley  Thanks for the inspiration!

Thank you so much to all the craftsters submitting fabulous projects all year round!  
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / I ♥ LOVE ♥ Buttons Swap Round 3 GALLERY on: June 16, 2011 06:27:38 PM

Post your button-y goodness here!!!

DISCUSSION THREAD:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=381599.0
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / I ♥ LOVE ♥ Buttons Swap Round 3 Signups CLOSED Sendout 7/5 on: May 28, 2011 11:06:05 AM


Swap name: I Love Buttons Swap R3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: TheSapphireMoon
Co-organizer: pjherbert
Sign-up date range: 5/28/11-6/10/11
Date to send item by:  7/5/11
Limited to a certain number of people? NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?
Age requirement? Over 16 PLEASE, or with swap mod approval if have been swapping before the guideline change.

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old, or has been swapping before the rule change and has moderator approval: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Do you ♥ buttons?  Do you love crafts incorporating buttons of all shapes, sizes colors?  Then this is the swap for you!  We will be crafting 3 POINTS of button goodies, and including a collection of at least 30 buttons to exchange with your partner.  You may swap more points worth of crafts and more buttons if you and your partner discuss and see fit to do so.

Here’s some inspiration from previous galleries:

ROUND 1 GALLERY:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248911.0

ROUND 2 GALLERY:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=267246.0

Points, and example items:

•  Large-3 points: 3 hours or more; $30 or more in supply value, shawl, shirt, project tote, apron, set of pillowcases, set of tea towels, large stuffie

•  Medium-2 points: 2 hours but no more than 3 hours to complete, $15-$30 in supply value, necklace, belt, bracelet, scarf, deluxe pincushion

•  Small-1 point: at least 1 hour but no more than 2 hours to complete, $5-$15 in supply value, pouch, stickers, earrings, bookmark

Please communicate in the thread or by PM once a week.  If this swap gets VERY large, I will coordinate a weekly check-in PM with my co-organizer to make sure everyone is still out there and plans on sending.

I will do my very best to make sure wants and needs match up the best, but allergies/allergens take precedence to keep us all healthy!


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap:  I Love Buttons Swap R3
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Are at least 16 years old (yes/no)?
IF NO TO ABOVE QUESTION, have you been swapping before the rule change & have swap mod approval to continue (yes/no)?
Read the Swap Info Guide and rules/guidelines for this swap (yes/no)?
Are you willing to send outside of your country?
Do you have any pets?
Do you or any members in your home smoke?
Any other allergens in your home (incense, other heavy scents, etc.)?
Do you have any allergies? If YES, please list them.
What types of crafts do you do?
What items are you wishing upon a star to receive?
Are you up for swapping more than the 3pt/30 button requirement (this helps me in partnering)?
Are there any items you do not want to receive?
Any styles/themes/colors of buttons you do not want to receive?
Favorite colors?
Wist?  Blog?  Other stalkable links?
Do you have a camera or otherwise are able to post pics when you send/receive?
Any other info your partner should know?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lace-up Apron Top WITH FULL PICTURE TUTORIAL!! on: May 23, 2011 08:03:54 PM
OK, so now that I'm a moderator on the clothing boards, I figure it's about time to flex my tutorial skills Smiley

This is a tutorial for a personal favorite of mine, the lace-up apron top.  Bodice is of my own design and the bottom is a rectangle of fabric, back loops and attached straps that lace up the back.  This pattern would work well for ALL sizes, even kids and plus, just by varying the measurements!  This is also a GREAT project for a beginner or a pro Smiley

Here's a peek at the finished product:

Ready to get started??  Let's go!!


1 yd bodice/straps fabric
1/2-1 yd body fabric (length needed depends on preferred top length, see Step 7)
brown kraft paper or comparable tissue/pattern paper
Yardstick or ruler
Measuring tape
Marking chalk/marker
Pencil or pen
Loop turner (optional...but VERY helpful!)

Of course, a sewing machine would be helpful for this as well!  More power to you if you will be handsewing through this tutorial Wink  And an iron and press board or ironing board will be VERY useful...you can get an inexpensive iron for less than $10 at most discount stores, and also a table-top ironing board for about the same cost.  It will come in handy for many other projects and light personal use, so I totally endorse having one!

Any thumbnail pics are clickable for a larger version!!


Wanna skip the drafting directions and view a photo of the finished bodice to save/trace/enlarge yourself?  Click here to directly view the bodice photo.

Step 1:  Gather some 'ideas' on bodice drafting...things like empire waist tops or dresses, commercial patterns with bust styling in this design, photographs from magazines or catalogs, etc.  Basically, find an item that has a bust that fits you, or you know the style wears well on you for an aid in drawing out your own.  

Here's a few thumbnail examples (click for full size pics) of things that worked well for me in drawing out this pattern:

Step 2:  Get your brown kraft paper/tissue paper/pattern paper and unroll about 15 inches or so.  Your paper should have a long end, at least about 20-22+", so you will be able to cut out one continuous piece without cutting and taping.  You can cut it off the roll if you like, or to avoid waste, just roll out enough for you to draft out your pattern and weight down the roll until you're finished.  **Helpful hint ~ I use brown kraft paper (aka that brown shipping paper stuff or brown paper bag paper) because it's HELLA sturdy and will last you through many, many, MANY, pattern drafts without ripping or tearing...unlike commercial tissue patterns.  It's only about $1-2.50/roll depending on where you buy it and how big of a roll, and you can use it for pattern drafting or re-do's on additional commercial patterns for durability.  Check your local dollar stores, Walmart, or office supply stores.

Step 3:  Measure yourself for the bodice.  3 parts: bust, strap placement, and length.

Full bust: measure around the largest part of your bust, mine shows 49":

Strap placement: measure from strap to strap of your bra, or in my case, my tank style dress Smiley  This will tell you how to place your straps.  Mine shows about 12":

Bodice length: measure from the top of a comfortable scoop neck top/dress to just under your bust.  If you notice, in my photo, I have both of my hands under my bust as a 'guide' and the measurement showing on the yardstick of about 8":

IMPORTANT NOTE:  For those of you with a larger bust, (I, myself am about a C on a good day Wink ) be aware you may need to add an extra inch or 2 length for proper coverage and support with the bodice.

Step 4:  Draw out and cut your bodice pattern!  

First, on the far left short side of the paper, measure out the bodice length, adding about a 1/2" or so for seam allowance, and make a mark on the paper.

Next, measure out half of your strap placement length, and make a mark.

Now, using your ruler or yardstick, draw a straight line across from the bodice length to the strap placement mark.  Then, using the photos/clothing items from step 1, make a curved line to represent the 'armpit' area of the bodice.

Then, measure out half of your bust measurement and subtract about 4-6" from that depending on how close you want your loops and straps to meet in the back.  Then, draw out a straight line from the bottom of the armpit curve to the right.  For example, mine was 49", minus 6, is 43".  Because I'm using 44" fabric for the bodice, this works out perfect because I will have a 1/2" for seam allowance on each end of the bodice piece Smiley  If you are needing a bust measurement wider than your fabric allows...you may need to do some piecing for the extra inches here.  Those 'add-on' pieces will be in the back, so will not be very noticable, so don't worry if you have to piece!

Finally, finish out the back line and bottom bust line as shown below:

Cut out, and you have a piece like this:

**Helpful hint ~ I have a separate set of 'paper only' scissors that I use for cutting non-fabric stuff like commercial and self-made patterns.  I recommend getting a pair of 'craft scissors' so as not to dull your fabric ones Smiley

Step 5:  Make the scoop neck.

Measure over about 2.5" from the right side, make a mark, then make a curved line (similar to how you drew out the armpit curve) from the left side of the strap mark down about 1.5-2" from the top corner of the pattern.

Cut out the section for the scoop, and now you have your finished bodice:

**Helpful hint ~ I have made a longer bodice pattern for use on a variety of bust sizes, and have marked them out with inch lines so I can measure and cut without remaking a whole pattern...most of the time, though the bust size can vary from 44 to 46 and so on, the width between the straps will largely remain the same unless going to a larger size to a very small size, like from size 18 to size 4, then the strap width will change and you should draft a new pattern to accomodate.  I have also marked CENTER FOLD on the front of the pattern so I remember how to place and cut!


Step 6:  Place and pin bodice on bodice fabric.  CUT 2!! ONE IS FOR YOUR FACING!

Open it up and you will have 2 looking like this:

Step 7:  Measure and cut out apron body.

The width of the body should measure about 1" less than the bodice that you just cut.  For example, my bodice was 43", so I would cut this width to be 42" as you will be hemming the sides in about 1/2" so it will end up even with the bodice.  Most fabrics you will be working with will probably be 44" wide, so if your measurements are similar to mine, you could just opt to use the full width of the fabric and hem in the sides extra to meet the proper measurement to save time and have one less cut to make Smiley

The length of the body can vary based on your personal preferences and where you want the top to hit.  Most measurements will be about 18-22" (DON'T FORGET TO ADD ABOUT 1/2-1" FOR A HEM ALLOWANCE!), as your bodice piece is the other part of your garment length.  I'm working with a pre-cut piece here, it was part of an old dress, but if you are working with fabric cuts, one yard is 36", so you could possibly get away with 1/2 yd if you want a shorter length on the top by using only 18".  Most tops will total 24-30" in length to hit at about waist/high hip to low hip/mid thigh for you after hemming.  I chose 22" for a cut length, taking into account a seam allowance of about 1/2", and because my fabric used was already PRE-HEMMED from its former life, made my body piece 21.5".  This makes me a top hitting about mid-thigh.  If you make the top too long, you can always re-hem later!

Step 8:  Measure and cut shoulder straps.

From middle fold on 44" fabric, measure out 3 sections about 4 1/4" wide, snip at each mark.  For you smaller ladies, you likely will only need 2.  Cut full length of each.  Cut 3rd strip in half at fold, lay a half with each of the wholes and put aside for later use.  

Step 9:  Measure and cut back loops.

From middle fold on 44" fabric, measure out 2.5" and cut one long strip for 4 loops, or 2 long strips for 6 and you'll have some left over.  Unfold your piece(s), measure out 6-8" long sections.  Depending on how close you want your loops to meet when laced up in the back, this can change the length of your loops.  Put cut pieces aside for later use.


Step 10:  Dart your bust.

First, fold bust lengthwise at each strap, RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, one at a time.  Measure from the bottom edge up, 3", mark with chalk or washable marker.  Using the width of your tape measure as a guide, mark at the bottom edge as well.  Helpful hint ~ Sew each dart ONE AT A TIME so you don't loose your fold and dart line...yes, this means mark/sew/stop/repeat to do the other side instead of both at once, I don't mind the extra couple minutes in doing it this way!

Next, using a ruler, make a line from the top to the bottom, matching the marks:

Repeat steps above for the other strap area.  Tie your thread tails in about 2-3 knots at the point of the bust to make sure your dart does not release over time due to wash and wearing!  Tedious, I know...but, TRUST ME, it pays off!!

Open the bust, and you should have a piece like this:

Press darts toward the outside ends.


IMPORTANT NOTE:  For those of you with a smaller or larger bust (when making this pattern, I modeled it for myself, and I'm about a C for most garments), darting may not work out well for you, or you may need to adjust the darting to be more or less than the 3" for proper fitting.  I suggest using the longest stitch length and holding the bodice up to yourself to see if the darts need to adjusted for proper fit, that way if you have to rip and re-sew, it won't be noticeable, then go over it with a regular stitch length once you find the proper fit.  

Step 11:  Fold and press your hems, then sew.  

**Helpful hint I usually fold up 1/2", press, then fold 1/2" again for no raw edges...this is my personal preference, it's up to you how you want it to look.  If you have a serger, you can serge the raw edge and then fold up 1/2" only if you're a little short on having enough length to work with on your fabric, just remember, your hem will show a little when wearing this item and if you want it to be a fully finished look, it would be best to fully hide all edges.

Then, fold in each side 1/4", press, fold 1/4"...or, if you opted to use the full 44" width on the fabric and need to hem in a little more, do so accordingly to make the total width 1" less than the bodice measurement.  It's important to hide ALL edges on the side hems, as these will show the most when wearing the garment.

Step 12:  Sew bodice front to body.

Fold RIGHT SIDES together on body, then fold WRONG SIDES together on bodice.  Place a pin at your center fold mark on each piece, bottom of bodice to top of body.  With RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, pin both pieces together, matching the 2 pins.

Unfold and pin down entire bodice bottom to body top, matching up raw edges.  Sew with a 1/2" seam allowance, or 3/8 or 5/8"...honestly, a slight off-set of a portion of an inch on the seam allowance won't kill the project for as simple of a garment as this is Smiley  Helpful hint ~ I have a left setting and a center needle setting.  I use the left setting and line up my raw edge with the side of the presser foot instead of at the 5/8" mark on my machine when I do a lot of my sewing.  This gives me a little extra ease on my garments, and as long as you're consistent in using this method on ALL seams, your pieces will match up without an issue...this is usually at about a 1/2" allowance by doing it this way.

OK, let's take a little breather here....get some coffee, or other choice beverage, maybe have a snack.  Don't forget to wash your hands after eating before resuming your project Wink  Your top is starting to look like a REAL piece of clothing, finally!

Let's continue....


Step 13:  Prepare and sew straps.

Remember those straps we cut out and put aside a few steps back?  Go get 'em!  Match up one short raw end of a long piece with the raw end of the short piece, using a 5/8" seam allowance (to hide the selvage edge), sew and trim excess to a scant allowance of a little less than 1/4".

**If you only cut out 2 long straps for your size, skip this step, and go to folding and sewing**

Repeat for the 2nd strap.

Fold strap in half, lengthwise with RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, matching raw edges up.  Using my Helpful hint above about lining up the raw edge with the side of the presser foot, put the needle position to the far left, and sew ALLLLL the way down.  Pin if needed on this, but I find I can keep it in line myself just fine as I stitch down.  Trim excess allowance to about 1/4".

Repeat for the 2nd strap.

Next, using a loop turner, or other method of choice, turn straps right side out and press seam to back.  Press seam to the middle if you can, otherwise, press to one side or the other as even as you can.  Leave short ends raw, as one edge will be hidden in the top and the other edge can be pressed and sewn later...this way, if you need to shorten the straps, you can cut them off before finishing the edge.

Finally, top stitch the straps.  Place to the side for later use.

Step 14:  Prepare and sew the loops.

Grab those loops we cut out a while back, prepare in much the same way as the straps by folding and using the presser foot lineup technique for seam allowance, BUT, put the needle position to the MIDDLE instead of far left.  I suggest pressing each loop flat RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, and using a 'chain stitch' assembly method for these to get them all sewn at once.  Basically, start with one loop, sew, and just before you get to the end, grab another one of your loops and butt it up close to the end of the current piece so you can keep on sewing and go right onto the next one, and the next, and so on.

Cut each piece apart, and using the loop turner again, turn each loop right side out and press flat.

You may top stitch these loops if you want, but I chose not to.  Place to the side for later use.

Step 15:  Prepare and sew bodice facing.

Get your 2nd bodice piece, fold under about a 1/2" of the bottom edge and press to the wrong side.

Matching RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, pin bodice front to bodice facing all the way around, SKIP pins at the strap sections.

Take each finished strap and feed between the bodice pieces, face the RIGHT SIDE of the strap toward the RIGHT SIDE Of the FRONT bodice piece.  Pull through about 1/2-1" and pin.

Sew around top of bodice, all the way around, again using my presser foot hint listed in previous steps.  Backstitch at each strap for durability.  Clip rounded scoop neck area, turn bodice to the inside, carefully pushing out corners at the straps.  Press seam to inside facing.

Fold the raw edges on the bodice ends to the inside of the bodice/facing.  This will fold over the finished side hem on the body.

Step 16:  Stitch in the ditch on bodice.

OK, so this technique called 'stitch in the ditch' is where you stitch on the right side thru to the wrong side to attach facing to garment or other pieces.  By stitching on the seam 'ditch' between where the 2 pieces come together, you hide your stitch at the fabric meeting.

The trick to doing this successfully is to SEW S-L-O-W-L-Y....turtle speed it if you have to, slo mo, even.  If you overrun onto the bodice a little, because you should be sewing with MATCHING thread for it, you shouldn't see the little bit of stitch that may end up on there, and shouldn't see it that noticeable on the body part if you run onto it a little either...it coordinates, it's all good!

Step 17:  Pin loops and top stitch the bodice.

Take the 4 or 6 loops you made earlier and press them in half, seam on the inside of each folded loop.  Next, slip in between the bodice and facing, pin.  Repeat for the other side.

Topstitch and sew the loops all in one swoop!  Sewing on the front side, close to the edge, start at the bottom of the bodice on one side, sewing up toward the top and over the loops.  Stop at top corner with needle down, turn and pivot to head across the top toward the other end of the bodice where the other 3 loops are.  Pull your threads to the inside of the top at each end of this stitch and knot 2-3 times to prevent the top stitch from unraveling later...yes, tedious, but worth it!

Step 18:  FINAL STEP!!  Lace your top and finish final raw ends on straps.

Voila!!!  You're ready to wear Smiley  Lace up your top, criss-crossing in the back.  Put on and pull straps to your desired fit, tie in a nice bow and decide if you want to cut off any extra inches on them.  If yes, do it, if not, fold about a 1/4-1/2" toward the seam side of each strap, press, fold again to hide raw edge, topstitch and tie your strings to prevent unraveling later.



Comments, question, changes??  I think I was MORE than clear on all my steps, but if I missed something or was not as clear as I thought I was, please call me out on it and I will explain better and show more process pics as needed Smiley

**Please don't copy and use my pattern for profit....personal use only....or I WILL have words with you....
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