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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I need help with these pleats, please! on: September 03, 2006 05:47:16 AM
Hi, everyone. This is the first time I've sewn pleats, and funny, but it's a "easy" McCalls pattern! And I'm confused.

Here are 2 pictures of the front of the pattern for view C, which is what I'm making:

And I scanned the pattern pleat lines, pictures in 2 parts. First pic is the top of the blouse's pleat, second pic is the bottom of the pleat (the middle of the pleat is just the straight dotted lines:

and the instructions which is what is confusing to me:

OK, I've basted the top and bottoms of the pleats BUT it says "Top-Stitch along the dotted lines on front" and "remove basting between circles"

To me, top-stitching is decorative and on the front, but do they mean "stitch down the blouse on the dotted lines through both thickennesses" and when it says "remove basting between circles does that mean, if I did stitch down the blouse, to remove the middle of the stitching? AND what is with this extra corner piece (shown in pattern scan at the bottom of the blouse and in the shaded in picture in the pattern instructions). Do I sew that through both thickennesses? I'm really confused about that part. It is only printed on one side of the pleat line.

I'm also confused about the top of the pleat, see on the pattern there is a wavy line that says "pleat" next to it.

Thanks for your help everyone!

22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My T-shirt capri pants! on: August 03, 2006 02:25:43 PM
Well, I couldn't stand it. I had to have some T-shirt pants.

Never mind that I'm NOT a tiny girl. I wanted to make some!

So I get this T from Goodwill, I liked it because it had drama faces on it (I'm an actor) even though it was some hospital shirt for some fundraiser, but I didn't care. I spliced it up and tried them on, and I couldn't even get them over my thighs. So I stuck some material down the sides, still too small. Then another stripe of material in the first stripe, and finally got them on...but dang, they were low rise.

The instructions said to use the material from the sleeves for a waistband, but that wouldn't be happening, considering I needed more. So I had the bottom of an old T that I had a recon accident with, folded it over, and sewed it on top. I added a drawstring and while they may not be good to wear in public, I can wear them on the family beach trip around the house, they are very very comfortable.

My favorite part was the happy accident that happened at the calves...I used the hem of the shirts I used and each strip was slightly shorter, but it looks neat that way...kind of layered.

So here they are. The pants:


and my big ol' butt


I wouldn't wear anything this tight in public, but they are comfy and I wanted everyone to see I could do it. I would have to say the pattern needs work, it's a tutorial I got from here, but I modified to fit me and that's what recon is all about, baby! I'm sure if I used a larger shirt to begin with, they would have fit. But I'm glad I did it, they are very cute.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / OMG! I cut off the monkey's head! Recon gone wrong...! on: July 14, 2006 02:01:44 PM

Boy, do I feel stupid.

I found this ultra-cute Cheerios shirt at Rugged Wearhouse for $2.00, was a bit snug, then I remembered "Colette" from "99 Ways..." and how I had reconed a shirt earlier and it made it looser because of the splicing of the sides, so I bought it.

Here is the shirt, uncut, modeled by the floor:


Isn't it cute? So, ok, I start cutting, turning the shirt inside out so the pattern wouldn't distract and I could see the seams, I finish, put it on and ACK! The monkey's head is gone! I was thinking I'd be cutting into the wording...hey, it's been a long day...didn't realize, sigh, boy I feel so stupid!

I'm laughing so hard right now.

Note to self: the cut out in front is OPTIONAL, to remember this next time

If anyone out there thinks the shirt is cute without the monkey's head, speak up. Otherwise it's going in the scrap bin in case I need a T back someday! ROFL

24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Blue Men's $2.00 DKNY shirt into... on: July 13, 2006 08:40:38 AM
I got this shirt at Rugged Wearhouse, it's a men's DKNY Tae-kwan-do shirt, super cute, and only cost $2.00


I cut the neck to a round neck, trimmed the sleeves, and cut the hem off. From the hem I cut 2 strips, and pleated-ruffled them around the neckline with handstitching. This started out as the Rachel shirt from "99 Ways..." but the sleeves were really hard to do (you'd have to hand sew them and cut carefully, and I didn't) and I hand sewed the ruffle on the neck, but I liked the way the folded pleating worked out. Sorry for the bad blurry pics, I had to set the camera up to takes the picture


Here is a closeup of the neckline, also lightened up so you can see. Wow, I need to trim that thread. Good to know.

25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / (sort of) "Natalie" Cheerios shirt on: July 12, 2006 02:33:25 PM
First, Rugged Wearhouse is freakin' awesome! You can get new T-shirts there for cheaper than used crappy shirts at the goodwill. This Men's size S Cheerios shirt cost me $2.00



I decided to do "Natalie" from "99 Ways...", just the top part of the pattern. The length was too much so I hacked it off, now it's a bit too short, but what the hell. Mabye I'll add to the bottom later, who knows.
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What can I do with a pair of men's pants??? on: July 13, 2005 09:14:45 PM
OK, I have a pair of men's pants I want to make something for me, for a chick. I'm open to any and all suggestions! Throw them at me! Send me ideas, links to stuff, whatever. I'm in the sewing and creating mood but don't know where to start! Thanks!
27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Help! Straight Bow! on: January 18, 2005 03:46:21 AM
I make these teddy bears and always tie a ribbon tie around their neck. I tie in a bow but it is always lopsided.

I'm probally tying it wrong. Please help me (either explain or list a website link with instructions) on how to achieve a completely straight bow, with the two loops on top the the ends running diagonally down.

Thank you!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / back button up shirt, need to do something with the hem...??? on: December 21, 2004 08:09:33 AM
I have a fab charcoal grey long sleeve shirt, square collar, that buttons up the back. The bottom has 5 large eyelet thingies toward the hem, one has fallen off and now there is a 1 1/2 inch hole there. It seems they were soddered on, and I tried to tuck the fabric back into the eyelet thingy but it just made the fabric start to run. Another is starting to come out.

It's a fabulous shirt, and I really love it but I need to do something with the bottom . I was thinking of cutting the hem off right above the eyelet things, and resewing a 4 inch strip or something to the bottom, but with the button up back I'm at a loss as to what to do. I wish I had a digital camera (oh, hope I get one for Xmas) to show what I'm talking about.

The fabric is soft, almost a fake suede but not totally---Shirt is in great condition. Any ideas?
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