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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / advice needed please for lining a cotton A-line skirt with elastic waistband on: August 19, 2009 11:14:03 AM
Hi y'all.  I've made a couple of elastic waistband A-line skirts out of opaque cotton fabric. 

I would like to make another elastic waistband A-line skirt, but my skirt fabric is primarily white and, thus, see through, and also a bit "lighter" in weight than regular cotton fabric.  I know I will need to make a lining for my skirt so I bought some white cotton broadcloth to use for lining.

I stumbled upon this great tute about lining skirts (http://www.isew.co.uk/sewing_techniques/add_lining_to_skirt-c-00209.htm) and I am wondering what is the best way for me to put the skirt and lining together?   

I am leaning toward using the first method (since both fabrics are lightweight and a bit sheer) of treating the sheer cotton skirt fabric and cotton broadcloth lining fabric as one piece of fabric.  I feel this will make the elastic waistband casing and any seams less bulky. 

But I'm wondering if it's more common when lining a cotton skirt to make the skirt and lining separately and sew the lining in to the just the skirt's waistband.  Which sounds easy enough in theory, but it also sounds tricky since I plan on making a waistline casing for an elastic waistband.....

Okay enough rambling from me as I think I am starting to confuse myself!  Any advice much appreciated!


Any advice?Huh?
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / pot holder assembly - advice please on: June 26, 2009 06:58:17 AM
Hi y'all.  I plan to make a pot holder using 2 pieces of coton fabric, 2 layers of cotton batting, and 2 layers of terry cloth (for my insulating layer) inside.

I do not want to use insul-bright for my insulating layer as I find it quite strange (and a bit like nails on a chalkboard) that it makes that weird crinkly sound when touched --- that is why I am going to use 2 layers of cotton terry cloth.

I would prefer not to sew a potholder "sandwich" and finish by covering the raw edges with bias tape.  So now I am wondering the best way to put the pot holder together.

(1) Should I sew it all the layers together (in appropriate layers of terry cloth batting fabric fabric batting terry cloth) and leave a large hole for turning, sew around all sides, OR will the seams turn out to be way to bulky?

OR (2) should I sew the 2 pieces of cotton, right sides together, leaving one side completely open, and then tuck in pre cut squares of batting, terry cloth, terry cloth, and batting, fold the raw edges of the cotton pot holder in, and stitch all around the square?Huh?

Advice appreciated!  thanks
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / my sewing machine does not have the fraction seam allowances on the thoat plate on: June 18, 2009 01:39:41 PM
Hi y'all.  I have a Brother XR65 sewing machine and love it very very much except for one thing:  there are no fraction engravings for seam allowances on the throat plate, you know, 1/4" , 1/2" , 5/8" etc.....

It does have some type of square grid box (to the right of the needle) engraved on the throat plate though that has 4 columns and 6 rows (the columns are all the same lenght and width, and the rows all have the same width) and at the top of the square grid box is says 10 20 30

My needle can be adjusted in varying increments from the far left to the far right.  I've fiddled with it and  used a tape measure and it seems no matter where I position the needle, the 10 20 30 lines do not correspond to 1/2" or 5/8" which are common seam allowances.

So...... my questions are twofold: 
(1)  Is my machine a rare exception, do most sewing machines have seam allowances engraved on the throat plate?

(2)  My hubby is a professional carpenter and says he has tools that he could engrave the throat plate for me and put in 1/2" and 5/8" lines.  He is talented and precise and I trust that he wil do a good job.  If he does this for me, what position should my needle be in when we take 1/2" and 5/8" measurements?  Should my needle be in the center position?  far left?  far right? 

As for right now, I'm getting by by marking 1/2" and 5/8" with a small piece of blue painters tape and using a dritz magnetic seam guide to keep my sewing accurate.

thanks in advance for advice!

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / special grid paper for making your own patterns? on: May 16, 2009 11:14:22 AM
Hi y'all.  Not sure if I should be posting this here or in the 'sewing' section but here goes....

I'm looking for a big roll (or large sheets) of paper with a one inch grid marked all over it so it will help me draft patterns.  I don't know if tissue pattern paper comes like this but I definitely do not want to use tissue grid paper for drafting as I want to be able to draw and erase mistakes easily.   

I haven't seen any at JoAnns or Hobby Lobby and was wondering if anyone knew of where I could buy this in person or maybe over the internet.

I think I've seen Pellon pattern "cloth" on bolts at JoAnns but I didn't know how well that stuff worked and if you would be able to "draw" on it and "erase" if you made a mistake since it's more cloth like than paper like.

I know I could use the back of wrapping paper since it is large, but I really think those preprinted 1 inch grid marks would make drafting so much easier and more accurate!

Any suggestions much appreciated!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / hibernating bear on: May 12, 2009 10:17:47 AM
just a sweet hibernating bear stitched on the corner of a hankie, nothing fancy, all back stitch, 2 strands of floss for the wood grain, 4 strands for the bear. 

thanks for looking!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / jammie time, the sequel! sleep boxers! on: May 09, 2009 06:17:30 PM
My 2nd "garment" project!  And boy oh boy, I am so glad I figured out that my secret plastic drawer is detachable so I can do free arm sewing.  SO much easier when sewing the crotch area, waistband, and leg openings, whee!!!!  I guess that's the good part abot being a noob, always learning Wink

Back before I first made my jammie bottoms using McCalls 4979, I was concerned they might be too big since Im slim petite gal.  Still, I made the jammie bottoms (they are posted to craftster) and was thrilled with how they turned out and will continue to use 4979 to make more jammie bottoms!  But, back when I bought 4979, JoAnns was having a 99 cent pattern sale, so I also bought McCalls 3432 which is a juniors pajama pattern.  I used McCalls 3432 to make the sleep boxers.  The boxers came out great.  The only thing I would do different next time (I have some cupcake fabric I bought and set aside for my next pair of sleep boxers) is add maybe an extra half inch of ease to each side the leg.  And *maybe* alter the pattern so that the each short leg flares out a bit.  But, overall, I am still quite happy with how they came out!

Thanks for looking!

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / big bright polka dot lined zippered pouch on: May 09, 2009 10:02:08 AM
love these big bright polka dots, so festive for spring!  pouch is lined, is 7 inches wide by 5 inches tall, sew in interfacing used too, wristlet strap too

And I'm so proud of how I perfectly lined up the polka dots on the seams!

thanks for looking!

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / zippered pouches for mother's day on: May 04, 2009 12:30:04 PM
YAY I have a sewing machine now!     

The purple zippy is for my mom and red one is for my MIL.  Both measure 7 inches wide by 4 inches tall.  Button flowers on linen.  The red zippy is lined with red fabric with white polka dots.  The purple zippy is lined with purple fabric with white polka dots.  Sew-in interfacing used in both pouches. 

Inspiration:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/non-such/3387990764/

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / noobie sewing questions on mock-ups, finishing seams & making own pattern on: April 30, 2009 02:37:54 PM
hi!  I made my first pair of jammie bottoms and had a great time!  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=302894.0

I have a few questions though:

1.  I assume since I am making clothes handmade (from cotton fabrics) I should give them special care and hand wash them and then put them in the dryer.  Is there any special way to "finish" my seams to keep from unraveling?  I do not have a serger and have no plans to buy one any time soon.  For my jammies, on each side of the seam allowance I did a zig zag stitch (above the seam that binds them) and trimmed with pinking sheers.  Is there something better, more lasting, I should be doing like a french seam (??) where somehow I think the raw ends are enclosed?

2.  This might seem silly, but there are a couple patterns I have where I want to do a mock-up first in case I make a mistake or the sizing is off, I don't want to mess up my nice fabric!  It seems most people use muslin or perhaps cotton broadcloth (if it's cheaper) to do their "practice runs" of a garment.  When completed, do people just gently rip out the seams to use the muslin/practice fabric again?Huh  Or do you hang on to them? 

3.  Does anyone have any tried & true books on drafting patterns from scratch?  I really want to be able to make my own clothes and not rely on commercial patterns just for the extra way to be creative and using math in a fun way Wink  I suppose the book would need to explain our 3d bodies Wink and the math behind coming up with pattern lines, etc...... 

Has anyone ever read 'patternless fashions' by diehl lewis or 'how to make sewing patterns' by donald mccunn?

4.  it seems quite popular now to make simple elastic waist band skirts (like the ones from sew what skirts and the sew mama sew blog.  Although neither source mentions it, I wonder if it is common to line skirts with some type of sheer cotton fabric for extra bulk, protection, shape, etc...?

thanks in advance!

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / interfacing in clothes? on: April 29, 2009 01:12:58 PM
I'd like to do a mock up of this dress in view C using either muslin or broadcloth in case i mess up.

Although it does not mention it on the package envelope (unless I overlooked it) in the directions is says to apply 'facing' to 2 rectangular pieces of fabric  that end up going behind the front and back upper edges of the dress.

The only interfacing I have ever used is the sew-in kind when I make zippered pouches.  I do understand how iron on interfacing works, I just have no idea what kind to use for this dress, the directions do not give any clue as to what type to use.

any advice much appreciated!
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