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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Figuring out a bustle skirt, pattern or tut? on: September 21, 2010 03:01:37 PM
Hi guys,

I'm currently figuring out my female Mad Hatter costume for Halloween and I'm trying to figure out how to construct this skirt!


Wondering if any of you lovelies have seen a tut along these lines or anywhere I could find a pattern I could adjust.

Any help is totally appreciated! Thanks in advance!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Old pants, redone! on: September 11, 2009 07:56:04 PM
So, I had these boring, ratty, old dress pants taking up space in my dresser, and I had always liked how they fit (I like a high rise it smooths out the hip/thigh area) but the fabric was just some poly blend and they were getting ratty at the hems, so I decided to use them as a pattern for a new pair!

My local fabric store had this wicked grey suiting fabric on sale for $3/m that I found and I knew they'd make an awesome pair of pants... sooo here's the process.

The original pair of pants...

I started taking them apart with my handy-dandy seam ripper.

Layed out all the pieces so I understand what pieces were what.

Then I pinned them to my fabric (sorry, no pictures for this) just like I would for a pattern, cut them out, and I looked an my original pant pieces to see which ones needed interfacing and interfaced them.

I then used this tutorial online for piecing the pants together. They explain two ways to do a pants zipper, which is nice.

And here are the finished pants. I didn't put buttons on yet, but that's because I want to pick up some really neat brass ones or something...

So what do you guys think? I saved a bit of money here because I didn't need to buy a pattern, and I already knew how the pants fit, so I saved a bit of trouble... I feel all smart Smiley

EDIT: Photobucket is not working very well, it keeps distorting the photos, and it's freakin' me out.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Back to School! New School bag. on: September 03, 2009 07:37:06 PM
Hi Guys!

So it's time to head back to classes, for me at least. So I've been thinking about making a simple messenger bag/laptop tote kind of thing for school and I found the perfect materials today!

Exterior: Magenta stretch corduroy. $3/m
Interior: Blue with white polka dot polyester satin (it's a real pain in the butt to sew though... *see EDIT* yikes!) $2/m

So I decided on a simple construction to begin with and began adding things as I went. This is the first bag I've actually completed... so it wasn't as well planned out as I wish it could have been.

I skipped out on the interfacing, so it's a little slouchy, but I think I like it that way.

Anyway... here you go!

and a gratuitous picture of my cat being annoying helping out.

So the pockets were kind of an afterthought, and so was the zipper pocket in the front. I hope it doesn't look like it though.

It's not really 100% complete though, because I still need to put on the strap, top stitch the top flap, and figure out if I want a snap closure or velcro or if I'll just let it flop there. Any suggestions, questions, comment?

Thanks for lookin'!

EDIT: I forgot to mention a few points about that pesky fabric again. I LOOVED the stretch corduroy because it's a nice heavy fabric and sews beautifully on my machine... but the lining fabric I used I didn't really enjoy, it frayed easier than Chinese silk brocade for goodness sakes, and because the corduroy has a nap to it, it made a mess the whole way through the project. Pain in the butt! But it looks good in there!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Pollini Dress Sewalong? on: February 16, 2009 05:46:26 PM
I don't know if anyone has seen this pattern from burdastyle.com yet, but I'm quite enamored with it. I really, really want to try this out, and I figured I'd invite anyone else here at craftster to join me!


The members at Burdastyle have created this one out of a number of different types of fabric and I'm thinking about whipping it up in this really neat navy blue with thin green pinstripe cotton weave later this week.

The pattern is only given in a size 36, but I think it would be easily customized to fit just about anyone, I printed off mine just today and tiled all the pieces together. I'm going to lay them out, and compare them to my body measurements and tweak them to fit just right.

It looks as if once all the sizing is right it shouldn't be too difficult to construct. So how about it guys?
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Evil Fabric/Pattern on: February 12, 2009 12:28:58 PM

So I have this nice New Look Pattern 6803 and I was going to do view D (the lighter coloured short tunic) in a great patterned stretch satin.

No matter how many times I try and line up the collar piece and sew it to the shirt it just WILL NOT LINE UP! Stretch Satin is EVIL.

I've ruined several yards of this stuff trying to get it right. Good thing it was in the sale bin...

Wait, maybe that's why it was in the sale bin...

You know what's even worse? When I get really frustrated with a project, instead of just walking away or putting it away for the evening I keep working away at it, thinking I'll fix it and eventually I get so frustrated I just cut it into scraps in a fit. (I'm such a child when I lose my patience.)

Anyone else have EVIL fabric stories, or patterns that you know are easy, completely understand how to construct but try as you might just can NOT complete?

Share your EVIL Fabric/Pattern combos here!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Tailoring a work shirt to fit right on: January 31, 2009 06:54:29 AM
Hey everyone. I'm new to craftster and to machine sewing in general. I bought my first machine about a week ago to be able to do some of my own hemming and dressmaking - and I love it!

I have a few work shirts that I have to wear, but they're a little too box-shaped (as most uniform shirts are) and I'm allowed to tailor it to fit. I'd like to be able to sew darts into it in the front and/or back to give it a more womanly shape but I don't want to mess it up.

I don't have a dress form, and I only have my own two hands. Is there a way to lay the shirt out flat, inside out, and mark where to sew the darts so that it's even and symetrical?

Thanks for your help!

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