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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / sewing appliques on vinyl? on: January 30, 2012 06:00:41 PM
Hello chaps,
I'm new to this board, although I've posted in the clothing section before, this project is not clothing related so I didn't think I should put it there! I'm after a little advice on how to sew this custom fabric I'm making for someone. It's gonna be used for a motorbike seat cover (think its a chopper but not sure)
Here are some photos of what I've done so far. Be warned - this may make your eyes (or your computer screen) go funny! The pencil lines will be rubbed off after sewing.

I have glued the black vinyl diamonds onto the white vinyl fabric to hold them in place but now I need to sew them.  It needs to be really strong to withstand use. I was planning on using a zigzag stitch, with upholstery thread. But this would make more holes in the fabric thus weakening it, maybe a straight stitch would be better. Also any tips for sewing vinyl? I will be using a domestic singer machine if I zigzag it or an industrial if I do it straight stitch.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / dress into playsuit... with my first tutorial! on: August 07, 2009 09:36:26 AM
So my boss gave me two very expensive West Village dresses to turn into playsuits.

After much head scratching and a little help from Alexus1325 we worked out how to do it.
the original thread and the very helpful drawing Alexus1325 drew me can be viewed here:

She tried it on and marked the front and back crotch points. the back will be about 3" lower.
I split the dress up the centre front and back to the marked points. then from the crotch point i added a small half moon shape like this at the front and back (you want to sew with a regular machine stitch, this was taken when I had just basted it):

i copied this shape from a leggings pattern i had lying around. just the curvy bit as shown ( I did mark it in green pen but don't know if you'll be able to see it):

I then basically joined the split sections together. I had to smooth the fabric and ease it quite a lot. the backs of the inseams become shorter because the original back split was a lot shorter. then re-cut the hems so they are straight and I made the legs straight cos thats what she wanted. they were flarey before, that bit's up to your preference.
I also added cuffs at the bottom from fabric i had scrounged off the bottom of the dress. and voila!
a very sexy catsuit/ playsuit!
I'm defo gonna look for some stretchy shirt dresses to do this for myself. Playsuits are always way too short in the body for me (I'm lanky!). If you want to have a go just remember it willl end up a bit tighter around the butt/ hips so dont use a dress that's already very tight. Also I'm pretty sure you need stretchy fabric. If you do do it I'd love to see pictures.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / can i make a dress into playsuit? on: July 30, 2009 03:11:45 AM
my boss has given me two dresses to alter. she wants them turned into playsuits.
the dresses are slightly a-line, quite tight on the hips, stretchy fabric.
i'm not sure its possible as I don't know how I would do the crotch...
any suggestions appreciated!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how to do plaited neckline on dress/ top anyone? on: January 14, 2009 01:32:28 PM
Hey I was thinking of making a dress and/ or top in jersey, I want it to have plaits around the neck like this one.

Is it just a plait sewn on to the neck edge (and how would i attach it? do i have to do it by hand....surely not it takes much too long! ) or is it some extension of the pattern does anyone know?
I found a wicked tutorial on braiding using a croched hook here
which i may use

but the problem with that is that i want the plait to go around the neck as well.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / too hot camo + leopard festival dress! on: October 18, 2008 06:15:45 PM
i made this dress out of 3 mesh tops, one long mesh dress, and probly some other bits I can't remember...
bit too sexy for me to actually wear but pretty colourful!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / t-shirt patchwork wrap top on: April 28, 2008 06:13:12 AM
this is something i made a while ago but i thought i'd share it with all you crafsters. I really like it, the only problem is that the neckline stretches as its on the bias and it tends to get a bit bigger every time i wear it. my mum has a brought wrap dress and she says she has the same problem so i guess it's not just me then  Smiley
ps how do i post photos? i've got em in my gallery but can't seem to get them on here!??!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / twisty hems! please help!!! on: April 14, 2008 09:25:11 AM
Hi i'm new to crafster and it's brilliant, you guys are all very talented.
Anyway my problem is that twisty hems are the bane of my life!
I don't think i used to have this problem, so maybe it's a bad habit in holding the fabric that i picked up. it's not too bad on cotton, canvas, denim etc but as soon as itry and hem anything stretchy, silky or slippery i get these really annoying rippley twists in my seams. anyone got any ideas on how to sort it out?
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