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11  Re: Just made 3 knit shirts! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by boingo82 on: December 05, 2007 11:22:05 PM

Note: The pieces below are sized to fit about a 32F. My waist is about 29" so if that's not your size, adjust as necessary.

Note: I don't do seam allowances, I just serge right on the edge. I can't be bothered to cut the pieces out bigger than necessary and then trim off the excess. If you do seam allowances, you can add them on the perimeters.

I tried to add marks so you can match the pieces up easier, but if they're not clear just ask. Smiley

Cut the following pieces (drawn on 1" squares, make sure to view full)):

Also, cut a strip of knit that is the full width of your fabric, and about 2-4" tall, depending on how big you want your binding at the neck.

Match side boob piece to front boob piece, like so:


Match front boob pieces to large back piece at shoulders:

Take one of your long 4" strips, fold over to 2" wide, and serge to long front boob-back-front boob edge. I try to stretch the strip just a little so it gathers in the shirt fabric, and doesn't gape. This especially must be done in the shoulder-neck area. Also, make the strip hang a bit off either edge so there's plenty to catch in the under-bust seam later:

Flip the back out of the way, and figure out how much the two front boob pieces need to overlap in order to match widthwise to the underbust front strip.

Sew BOTH thicknesses of the underbust strip to the two boob pieces. The underbust piece is doubly thick to prevent it stretching and pulling up over the bust when arms are raised.

Sew the bottom panel onto the underbust strip:

With the side seams still open sew the sleeves on, matching marks. The sleeves are meant to be poofy so you will have to ease them in all around or gather at the tops. In this example I did half-sleeves but the pattern is for long sleeves.

*Sorry, I forgot to take pics from here out but you get the idea.
Sew the seams from the sleeve end all the way to the bottom of the shirt.

Cut 2 pieces off your 4" strips, about 7" or 8" long for cuffs. Serge them into loops, then fold over so they're 2" and doubled. Serge the raw edge to your shirt sleeve edge, easing in the excess sleeve.

Either hem the waist, or cut another piece of your 4" strip, either about 30" or however tight you want the waist cuff to be. Serge to a loop and ease in as you did with the sleeve cuffs.

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12  little boy in a Birds dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by boingo82 on: September 25, 2007 10:46:42 PM
What can I say, I don't have any girls to model and sewing boys clothes is pretty boring since you can't play with necklines at all.  Roll Eyes
This was my first attempt at drafting sleeves, I wanted cap-sleeves that weren't tight, and I think it worked well enough.
Oh also there's a small gap in the side so the whole tie thing can flip to whatever side of the dress is facing out. Wink
On to the pics - and ignore my sucky lighting, I always finish stuff at night and my sewing room lighting is terrible.

Birds side:

Yellow calico (Charlie Brown!) side:
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13  Re: Gold butterflies underbust corset - my first corset! ---PIC HEAVY---updated in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by boingo82 on: September 14, 2007 11:26:57 AM
Beautiful corset! Love the fabric and how you put it all together.
I don't think that anyone asked, but how did you sew inside the seams, the hook-n-eyes? I can't find a busk to buy or to order and I have to use hook-n-eyes.

Verrrry carefully. LOL
I'll try to draw a picture of how I did it.

first you sew the hooks upside down and backwards onto your top fabric and the layer behind it.

then using a zipper foot, straight stitch over that.

then add your other layers, top side down, and use your zipper foot to straight stitch again. You want to catch the necks of the hooks with your stitches so the base loops don't show when it's right side out. Stitch VERY VERY VERY slowly. Hand-crank it even. Otherwise you will break a needle.

Then flip it all right side out and straight stitch again, VERY VERY slowly to anchor the layers down and into the loops of the hooks

Do the same thing with eyelets.
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14  REVERSIBLE dress! ------------- Stripey and flowery! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by boingo82 on: September 04, 2007 11:22:13 AM
This was going to be a reversible wrap dress, but I didn't pay attention when cutting and laid the pieces out wrong so Icouldn't cut a third skirt piece.  Roll Eyes So, I made do. I think it's actually cuter than if I did it the first way. It was WAY more tricky to sew though, it was really hard not to sew myself into a corner on this dress.

It snaps in back with 2 snaps where the placket overlaps. They eyelet at the waist is just barely transparent, there are 2 layers there....and everywhere else for that matter. :p

On to the pics:

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15  Peacock -> Giraffe dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by boingo82 on: September 03, 2007 11:29:05 PM
My model is sleeping again (hence, I actually got something sewn Tongue ) so the pics are all on a hanger right now.

It is not actually lopsided, just it was poofing out towards the camera unevenly.

It snaps at each side with 2 snaps.

Peacock side:

I did this with the tension on purpose, so the orange would peek through to the peacock side. The uneven zigzag is not on purpose, that happened 'cause the sleeve *just barely* fits over my freearm and kept getting hung up.

Giraffe side:

It is about a size 12-18 mos.

edit: OK, model awake now. Smiley

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16  Re: Share your Mess...Then let's clean it up! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by boingo82 on: September 03, 2007 01:06:44 AM
Well, suffice to say I do not have any "before" pics. It was impossible. My sewing room is about 8' square (teeny!) and short of a wide angle or fisheye lens it's freaking hard to take the "clean" pics, let alone photograph it when there was a me-high pile of boxes in the middle.

Also my sewing room is also our "misc storage" room so there's plenty of non-sewing in there.

Here are my afters, anyhow.

Since it was seemingly impossible to get more than one item in each picture, here is a rough layout of the room:

Pictures following move clockwise around the room....
Sewing machine and left side of cutting/layout area:

Behind the sewing machine:

Serger and wire shelf behind it:

Closet. A lot of that stuff is non-craft storage:

Main fabric storage:

More fabric storage and snap press storage. I do not use the snap press on that flimsy wire thing, it just is stored there until I need it:

CD/DVD shelves from Target used to store thread and machine accessories:
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17  Re: Mix 'n' match reversible wrap dresses and shirts, some diapers too! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by boingo82 on: September 02, 2007 08:09:13 AM
Model's awake...
No pics of him in the red, white, and blue dress, that one's sized about 9-12 months and he's far too big for it. The forehead bruise is because he managed to fall off a bed, table, and another bed all in one day. He just started climbing this week. Babies.  Undecided

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18  Re: 1 size M shrunken sweater = cardigan, skirt, and tights in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by boingo82 on: September 02, 2007 08:06:35 AM
OK, my model woke up. (The story behind the forehead bruise is that he's learned to climb up on the piano, table, counters, couches, etc this week and is not yet skilled at getting back down.)  Undecided

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19  Mix 'n' match reversible wrap dresses and shirts, some diapers too! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by boingo82 on: September 01, 2007 10:14:17 PM
First the diapers - just fitteds with terry insides.

Reversible wrap dress one:

Here's what it looks like all spread out:

Made-from-scratch interlock ecru shirt with tights from the other thread:

Same shirt with a reversible wrap dress:

Made from scratch blue shirt:

Blue shirt with the other side of the previous wrap dress. (Yes that is the fabric I lined my corset with.)

Same side of the wrap dress with the cardigan from the other thread:

Purple reversible wrap dress, all interlock:

Plaid wrap dress (not reversible, the material on the other side is totally see-through) with from-scratch pants and top:
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20  1 size M shrunken sweater = cardigan, skirt, and tights in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by boingo82 on: September 01, 2007 10:08:40 PM
About 2 years ago my mom shrunk her favorite v-neck sweater in the wash, and figuring it was wool, gave it to me to make into diaper covers. I clipped off a bit and stuck it in bleach, and it didn't dissolve, so I didn't touch it....until now. I don't know what the fiber content is, but it's the softest cuddliest thing ever.

Unfortunately my models are sleeping for the night (plus they're boys, anyhow Tongue), so you'll have to see the completed projects lying down flat.

First I made a cardigan by salvaging the original neckline and the ends of the sleeves. I bound all the raw edges in a strip of scrap fabric:

Then using part of the bottom and the rest of the sleeves I made some tights:

Then used the remaining chunk of the bottom to make a little skirt:

Here is the approximate layout I used on the sweater - only a size M! As you can see I did my best to salvage the ribbing whenever it existed.
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