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31  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 3 tops into 1 on: February 14, 2012 07:51:11 PM
So I had 3 Old Navy tops, all were the same charcoal colour  2 were ill fitting and the 3rd was a tank top that had holes in it.  I cut the sleeves off both of tops, and added the 3/4 length sleeves to the top I planned on keeping, cut the 2nd top to make a sort of cowl neck top and used the tank top to add overall length.  I like the results (maybe not the neck, I'm still on the fence about it).  Now I just have to get rid of the grease stain I didn't see until after I took the photo!

First top, I had start unstitching it before thinking I need to take a picture

the second long sleeve top

Final result
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Searching for the oldest WIP on: February 09, 2012 04:01:12 PM
Sadly I have a whole bucket of unfinished sewing projects!  I just decided the other day that I am starting a project in my blog called "finish what you started" in the hopes I stay motivated to finish my stuff.  Funny that this post came up on my Facebook days after deciding to undertake this.  I'm glad I'm not the only person who doesn't finish everything they start.
33  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Button tree pillow on: February 05, 2012 12:27:28 PM
This is fantastic!  I wouldn't want to fall asleep on it, but it would look great on any couch!
34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stash reduction ideas? on: February 03, 2012 02:10:24 PM
I've gotten a lot of inspiration for my knitwear from the incredible designers on Etsy and Dawanda. When I first started working with knits, I'd make a "mood board" in Microsoft Paint with screen-captured photos of clothes I liked, then I'd just sit in front of my computer with my trusty pencil crayons and sketch out ideas. My "fashion sketches" are more like schematic diagrams, but it helped me to crystallize what I wanted out of a certain aesthetic. By altering BurdaStyle's Lydia with my sketches as a guide, I was able to make a bunch of different tops.

Here's all of BS's free patterns for women that are designed for knits: TADAA!

Best of luck plowing through your stash Cheesy

Thanks for the links, I just found out about dawanda, it's quite an awesome idea platform, I used to love etsy but it's slowly being taken over by non-handmade junk that is trying to be disguised as handmade  Undecided .  I also take screen captures of tops I love, alas I am not a good sketch artist, but doesn't mean I won't try it out.
35  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stash reduction ideas? on: February 02, 2012 07:07:01 PM
That Youtube video was awesome.  I want to know where she got the circle cutting tool.  That is pretty neat, and I have been wanting to try making something like that.
36  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Scoopneck to cowl neck. on: February 02, 2012 06:34:53 PM
So i used to have this boring black top (which I regret not taking a picture of), and I also had a tight black jersey knit skirt (which I never wore, not once  Cry ).
I finally find some time in my schedule to do something with this top .  I hemmed the sleeves to 3/4, cut off the waistband on the skirt and attached it to the bottom of the shirt.  I then used most the skirt to make the neck on this.
I know its nothing fancy, but I'm just happy I will be wearing this top again, because frankly I was getting bored with it.  I must also apologize for the rough looking lady in the photos.  My baby is 3 months old and likes to stay up until midnight.

37  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sew jersey fabric? on: February 01, 2012 07:14:53 AM
Yea, I took a sewing class in highschool but we didn't cover jersey fabric as much.  I learned through trial and error, so taking a class is the smarter and cheaper option.  I should probably take a class just to see if there are things I may have missed.  Another important tip is to make sure the stretch goes across your body, not up and down (so many lessons I learned that day)....  Built by Wendy has a booked on seeing with jersey knits, I bought it a while ago and still look through it when using jersey knit.
38  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Robe la Franaise, 18th century (many pics!) on: February 01, 2012 07:10:55 AM
It's beautiful, and looks even nicer than the one shown on the pattern package if I must say  Smiley
39  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sew jersey fabric? on: January 31, 2012 09:58:12 PM
It's really not too hard, I just have a hard time with hems, though someone once told me they used interfacing to help them.  Definately use a ballpoint needle, I have made this mistake and it left holes in my garment!  Read your manual for your machine, sometimes it helps you determine which stitch you will need. I have that same pattern, but haven't sewn it yet, good luck!
40  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stash reduction ideas? on: January 30, 2012 07:37:00 PM
Thank you both, i do have some small pieces which I might try to add to a t-shirt quilt I am also planning on making.  I just need some time, gotta teach these babies that live in my house to sleep  Grin
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