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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Moving jean back pocket placement for better tush! on: September 05, 2012 11:41:40 AM
Hey all,
I was going to put this in the completed projects forum, but I have no pictures of my tush yet!

I have been on pinterest for a while, and some of the posts describe how to pick jeans that suit your derriere.
Basically, jean pockets on even the most popular brands (I'm looking at you Gap) aren't properly placed for anyone larger than a size 4. They are always placed too wide, on an angle, and too high.

Just to clarify, I'm a size 10. I have thrifted jeans (the Sweetheart type) from Old Navy (not sure how old they are, I have two pairs and they vary in length).

I took one pair that was a bit short, and made them skinny. I also took in the waist to a 10 (from 12) since they are so stretchy after a day wearing them. I did this by sewing up the sides only (no darts in the back or any of that nonsense..I did it before and it was too complicated for me!).

Now for the fun part. I removed the pockets in the back carefully. I stitched a pattern onto the pockets..they were plain before. Stitching will improve the look of your tush. I did a simple double V (almost an X) shape with dark yellow thread.

When I reattached the pockets I staired long and hard in the mirror with pins and my derriere. Lots of fun here hahaha.

General placement for the pockets: They should be sewn on straight, so that the pockets line up with the center back seam...most low quality jeans have these on an angle. 
They should also be closer to the seam than before (I moved them to start about 1.5 inches from the seam on either side).
I also moved them lower by ~1.5 to 2 inches. Very important!! Most mom type jeans put the pockets too high, which creates a long bum. You do not have a longer bum now than you did 15 years ago! That's just your jeans!
So the pocket tip at the bottom should end somewhere at the end of your bum, or where your bum connects to your leg. This might look a little funny if your jeans are high waisted, and if you wear them without a belt. Just try it out while pinned and see what you like best.

Then I just topstitched them in place!

The only problem is I have shadows of where the pockets use to be, since the fabric here is darker (hasn't been worn out). I may bleach the jeans and dye them a mint colour, or I may just try to lighten the specific area with a diluted solution.

If I take pictures I'll let you know, but for a 4$ pair of jeans I've had for a few years, they certainly look better!
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / how can I resist dye without using wax/batik? I'm dyeing with tea.. on: October 29, 2010 12:08:38 PM
Hello all,
I need help figuring out how to dye fabric for a cushion while leaving a resisting shape in the original colour. My shape is going to be an animal, a rabbit or a horse on cotton (the weight of a tea towel)...Basically I want to try out making something like this for my sister, but I don't want to have to buy a lot of supplies to make it work (it might just be easier to sew on an applique instead..)
Are there any colour resist methods that are simple or not expensive? (as in, I can get supplies at the dollar store..)
Please keep in mind I'm in Canada, so a lot of crafting bits aren't available here (I only just found freezer paper!).
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Flannel Baby Blanket with Ribbon Tags (tutorial images) on: March 15, 2010 03:52:41 PM
This is my first thread...and my first sewing project!
I made a baby blanket with ribbon tags for a friends shower. The pictures don't show every step, but I'll fill you in Smiley
First, I cut out the flannel pattern side, and the fleece (plushie side!). I tried to make them both 25.5 inches by 25.5 inches..but they ended up being more like 24x24 inches. I really have to learn to cut straighter.
I cut all the miscellaneous ribbon pieces around 4 or 5 inches. 4 inches is sufficient.

Then I pinned the ribbons as loops in between the folded fabric. Just place the ribbon (folded in half with the loop side facing into the blanket) between the two right sides of the fabric and pin. I placed them about 2 inches apart..maybe less (I'm use to metric)

You can see here I have lots of left over tails sticking out. I should have cut the ribbon shorter...Make sure the loops aren't too long or they will be a hazard for the baby.
Then I did a straight stitch all around, leaving a 10 cm gap (4 inches) to turn it rightside out. Make sure you cut the ribbon excess BEFORE turning it rightside out (I almost forgot, I was too excited).
I then closed up the hole by adding a few more loops of ribbon and top stitching with a fun zig zag. I didn't iron yet because I was afraid to melt the arctic fleece.
Anyway, voila! A pretty tag blanket.

It probably took me about an hour and a half...Just because I'm not use to sewing!
Please leave questions or comments and I'll be happy to answer;)

What do you think of the colour combination? I needed a gender neutral pattern, and I really like these swirly polka dots!
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