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21  Re: Corset and tute! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by boingo82 on: July 30, 2007 03:38:22 PM
Thanks again for the tute, here is the finished product:
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22  Gold butterflies underbust corset - my first corset! ---PIC HEAVY---updated in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by boingo82 on: July 30, 2007 03:20:14 PM
First corset I've ever made...not counting my mock-up of this pattern.
I drafted the pattern sorta based off Roethke's instructions here. Modified it a bit to use coated steel boning and to compensate for my weird no-waist-but-skinny-ribs shape.

FRONT, golden butterflies brocade remnant:

INSIDE, cute cotton pattern remnant:

The busk I ordered was out of stock (darn!) so I used a bunch of hook-n-eyes to close the front. They are set inside the seams so they're more discreet:

It has 4 total layers, 1 brocade, 2 of some super-tough remnant fabric I had, and 1 cotton. 48 main pieces plus the things where the eyelets are, so 56 pieces total. 24 bones.

Modeled by my helpful pillow friend:


Enough boning to stand on its own!


Front in action:

Side in action:

Back in action:
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23  V-neck crossover shirts for people with boobs. NOW WITH TUTE!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by boingo82 on: July 16, 2007 10:15:42 PM
Yesterday and today, I made 3 shirts!
I've never actually made shirts for myself before, I have tough-to-fit boobs and belly, so this was something new. Cheesy
They are based off this shirt which I bought from Bravissimo. I love it. But I can't afford $40+ and shipping for more. Also they only come in 2 colors. (I bought the green one..)

So I laid that shirt down and traced it to get rough pattern pieces. The first shirt I made is this one:

The lesson I learned on this shirt is adjust your stitch length for knits, or you will get puckering at your seams. My biggest fault as a seamstress is that I don't want to futz around with adjusting stitch lengths, tensions, or even putting in a matching thread color. I will purposely sew only black items for a few months just so I don't have to swap threads. I am lazy on the prep. It was my downfall on this shirt. Fortunately it's not bad, and still totally wearable.
It is a double knit, 100% cotton and no lycra, so it fits baggier.

Then today I adjusted my stitch length and made this one:

Again, 100% cotton double-knit and no lycra so it fits a little baggy. However, it's going to be an awesome winter shirt. The double-knit ones are pretty darned warm.

Then I went to Hobby Lobby to pick up some felt and in the remnants bin found $5 of stretchy black knit, thin and soft. And *just* enough to make a shirt!
I whipped one more together, and it is my favorite. Lighter weight, fits slimmer. Didn't use anything but a serger and rotary cutter to make this one or the dark purple one! So fast and easy.

All together I spent about 4 hours and $10 on the 3. Cheesy

*sigh* Please ignore my inability to make cute faces when being photographed. I always, ALWAYS, get caught at the worst moment.
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24  Re: New copied pants in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by boingo82 on: June 24, 2005 10:42:00 AM
Very nice - that's such a great way to get something you know will fit perfectly
Thanks! I am very happy with these. I love that I'm still getting use from the $60 Silvers too.

You can make a pattern without taking the item apart.  It's a little too complicated to explain here, there's a whole book on it,  "Patterns From Finished Clothes"  by Tracy Doyle.  People who are interested may be able to borrow it from their library.  It's about $10 on Amazon.

I will have to look into that. Smiley On these pants it was very helpful to take them apart, as that's the only way I could figure out how to re-assemble the fly. :p It would be really nice to copy some other things I have though without ruining them.

'm always urging sewers to use clothes they love to help with the fitting of new things too. 

One thing that's interesting to me about these pants, is seeing all the places where my previous McCalls attempt (hello, 7 inches of ease) went very wrong.

oh wow! they look great! it's such a good idea to use yr old pants as a pattern, i always forget that and tell myself that making a pair of pants is just way too much of a hassle.
Thanks! You should totally go for it, it's not bad at all. You can unpick the seams while watching TV, and the actual sewing took me about 3 hours...which I'm sure would have been a LOT faster if I removed the pins as I came to them instead of hitting them.  Undecided I went through a whole package of needles on these things. In fact the needles were more than the $1 a yard fabric. Tongue

Loving the contrast lining in the pockets! For future projects, you might want to try using vintage scarves for little bits of lining....I've used them for pocket linings (nice and lightweight too!), for deep bias hem facings on a-line skirts and, as i learned the hard way, with interfacing to face out a shaped waistband and pocket flaps...they look great, especially wild print scarves used with denim or menswear type suitings.

Thanks, that is a great idea!

But what is this lapped fly of which you speak, LOL? Your fly looks perfect, and TBH I've never even attempted to do a trouser fly any other way!

Anyway, great job, they look FABULOUS.

Thanks, LOL, you ever try a McCalls pants pattern. Their zipper application takes forever, looks stupid when you're done, and doesn't have that handy backing that prevents you from zipping up 'stuff" on accident. Example, is a wad of the same fabric that I ruined with McCalls 2707.

Wow. Those look AMAZING. I dont think I could ever do something like that. Great job!! Youve inspired me to try something like this, on a smaller scale, however. Greatttt job!
Thank you! I bet you totally could do it, IMO it is easier than using a pattern. I think nothing teaches you more about garment construction than disassemling "real" garments.
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25  New copied pants in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by boingo82 on: June 24, 2005 04:21:27 AM
My favorite pair of jeans had worn through the knee. I would've made them into shorts, but the bum was about to go next. So, last night I unpicked all the seams, taking notes, ironed them flat, and cut out a new pair from some weird canvassy fabric I have. I plan on making more of these as soon as I get some more suitable fabric.

Pocket detail

Genuine fly (none of that "lapped application" hooey)

Top front of pants

Ignore the carpet, vacuum broken.

Front of me in 'em

Side view


(Gosh, it is SO HARD to take pics of oneself.)
And of course, now that they're assembled I realize I should've put the pockets on higher. Too late though. Maybe next pair. Smiley
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26  Re: Show off your hair! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by boingo82 on: June 01, 2005 04:39:02 AM
I was part of that conversation and no offense taken. It wasn't "judgement", it was observation that a girl I personally know dyed her hair and she doesn't have the confidence to pull it off. ..

Sorry if I misunderstood. I didn't read it as "she couldn't pull it off" but more as "these kids that like Avril or dress preppy should not have a certain hair color". Also don't remember who specifically said what, that just seemed like the tone of a lot of posts. It sounded more like stereotyping/grouping to me, than commenting on a particular person's ability to wear a hairdo.  However, seeing as that was many many pages ago, and it's 5:30 a.m., I would not be at all surprised if I read into it wrong.

My hair a few hours ago BTW. Up with a pen. BOY I am creative.
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27  Re: Stuffed Sandwich in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by boingo82 on: May 22, 2005 10:42:27 PM
Sequel to the 1st one:

Now with whole wheat bread!
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28  TUTORIAL: Messenger-y diaper bag with zip-off changing pad. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by boingo82 on: May 16, 2005 12:39:59 AM
As seen on this thread:

Right-click any image and choose "Show Image" to see it bigger!!

You will need...

sturdy interfacing

a yard each of outer and lining fabric.

1/2 yard or less of some sort of waterproof, wipe-clean stuff for the changing pad.
      (For the love of pete DO NOT USE PVC. Trust me. Use something NOT sticky   or you will end up wanting to flush your project down the toilet.)

2 matching zippers at least 18" long, up to 24" long. They MUST be separating zippers, and get the sturdiest, chunkiest ones you can find. The ones I used on this example were a little too petite.

Some sort of hardware for hooking the strap on. Or something.

I wanted a bag 11x14x6, so I cut the following pieces.
2 28x15 pieces for the changing pad. One of the outer, one of the waterproof stuff.
4 15x12 pieces for the front/back. 2 outer and 2 lining.
4 12x7 pieces for the sides. 2 outer and 2 lining.
2 15x7 pieces for the bottom. 1 outer 1 lining.

To get started, I separate my zippers and grab 1/2 of each. I do this because even 2 18" zippers are slightly different, and I want each to match up with its own "mate" when the bag's together.  I mark the 1/2 point on each zipper and on the cloth.

With right sides together I pin the zipper between the outer and the waterproof stuff.
VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure the "outside" of the zipper is facing the "outer" fabric, not the waterproof.

I do the same to the other side.
IMPORTANT: Make sure the "separating" ends of the zippers are both toward the same end  of the changing pad.

I sew down the sides with a zipper foot, staying about 3/16" away from the zippers. I sew up the ends leaving an opening to turn the changing pad.
I turn it right side out and get this:

If you have done this right, you should be able to zip the pad into a long tube at this point.


Next I take the 2 "side" pieces, 12x7. I find the center of the zipper again, and the center of the fabric about 1" down.  I pin the zipper as shown..dunno how to explain it.
IMPORTANT: Again the "front" of the zipper must face down, so the pull is against the fabric.

Baste as shown around the zippers. This totally sucks to do, you will have to lift and reset the presser foot a lot around the corners, probably.

Now's a good time to put on strap-holder-thingies. Also I have pressed the TOP part of the zipper up and stitched it. DO NOT DO THAT on the sides, but do on the top.

If you want to, now's a good time to put a pocket or something on the front of the bag.
I put one on, then pinned the side onto the front. I stitched along the edge over the basting. Well close enough anyway.

Open it up and see this....

Repeat for the other side.

Sew the bottom on....

I then sewed the back on and put the inside together. As when making any other bag leave an unsewn part in the lining to turn the bag through.
I set the lining in the bag (right sides together of course) ....

Stitched around (broke 7 needles in the process Roll Eyes ) and turned it inside out...

Then topstitched around the top edge which looks cleaner.

Zipped the top on and had this:

Ask questions if you have any!!
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29  Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by boingo82 on: May 09, 2005 12:00:36 AM
I'm curious what everyone else here is working on!

I have a Kenmore 158-17550, circa 1960- or 1970- something.

My parents got it at a yard sale almost 10 years ago for like $15. It came with all the little accessories and a bunch of cams for the decorative stitches up top.  I don't have the buttonholer though. Sad

now I do have a buttonholer for it, and I'm also proud owner of another, slightly newer Kenmore:
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30  Re: NINTENDO chair in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by boingo82 on: May 07, 2005 03:53:01 PM
Hey thanks for the compliments. Here are some more pics. They are almost all bigger if you right-click and hit "view image".


Closeup of old fabric:

I saw a little bit of bentwood under the old cover...and hoped for an awesome varnishable bentwood chair...but....


Insides of the new cover. I started piecing with the black/gray strips in the middle, and worked out from there. The arrow button and the "a" and "b" button are machine-appliqued (read: zigzagged) on.

Back of the chair for the person who wanted another view:

And to the person who thinks their lino is uglier than mine....It CAN'T be, unless it has a GIANT SUNBURNT SPOT in the middle.

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