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21  Re: ikea fabric love (1st-ish sewing project...yay!) img obese in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bobbingblondie on: May 17, 2008 02:51:24 PM
i made a circle skirt with that same fabric from ikea!  i love it, and it looks great on you Smiley


i took a couple of pics of mine

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22  top simplicity 3956 - girly pink-fest! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bobbingblondie on: May 15, 2008 03:42:40 PM
hey everyone

here is a top i made (with the aid of my mum) a few weeks ago that i thought i would put up.  its simplicity 3956 view A with a couple of small mods.  the shoulders had to be cut further in (apparently mine are narrow compared to the rest of me!) and i put in a dart at the bust because there was an awful lot of fabric around there.  i also used a ribbon under the bust instead of a fabric band just cos i thought it would look nicer, altho the hundreds of tiny invisible stitches i used to put it on nearly killed me!  this was the first time i did a zipper (thanks to my mum for showing me the secret to putting it in straight Smiley) and i'm pretty proud of it, especially since it went in right first time around.  the fabric had a lot more pink embroidery on it than i thought when i looked at it on the roll, but what the heck i'm a girl so i reckon i can pull it off! Wink

(apologies for the blurry pic)

from the side you can maybe just see the little dart on the bust if you know where to look

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23  old t-shirt into summery halter top in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bobbingblondie on: May 14, 2008 01:01:34 PM
since the weather has been so sunny lately i decided more summery clothes were required, so it was bye-bye t-shirt, hello halter top!  basically i just took a cotton t-shirt, cut it off under the arms, took it in at the sides, and then made a couple of straps out of the bit i removed.  once i'd made it i thought "bit plain!" so i made a wee gather in the centre.  had my sewing machine not been having a spazzy day of thread chewing, it would have taken me about half an hour, but instead ate up about 3 Sad


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24  keyhole halter top with a few pics - first project post :) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bobbingblondie on: May 05, 2008 07:03:34 PM
Hi everyone!

I'm a newbie around here and this is one of the first sewing projects I've completed all on my own (I usually end up going round to my mum's house cos I'm worried about ruining it!) so I thought I'd put it out there and get some opinions.

I used a free pattern from here http://m-sewing.com/patterns-catalog/ (#5421, top with decorative piping, which is misleading as there is no piping involved) with a few alterations.  It was pretty much intended to be a practice piece for me to get used to my new sewing machine, so I used some cheap poly-cotton stuff rather than the sheer fabric suggested, which is probably why it doesn't really hang that well.  It's also a little long in the body for me so it looks overly puffy without careful adjustment, and the fabric is so thin and see-thru that I really should have lined it, but I'm generally pretty happy with it.

I made a couple of changes to the pattern, namely I used buttons rather than a zip (I thought a zip would be too stiff for the fabric) and I ended up cutting off the halter neck above the keyhole because it looked really bad (I don't do well sewing round sharp corners).

Firstly here it is laid out on the table, so you can see the tie waistband which is hidden by the overhanging fabric when it's on me:

Next a shot with it on:

Here it is from the side:

From the back (ignore the weird way the top button is pulled, it's just cos I'm taking a pic over my shoulder):

Any comments/suggestions?

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