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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Underwired bra on: August 15, 2010 06:29:14 PM
Do you happen to know any specialty suppliers that carry underwires? I finally went into Victoria's Secret today and got measured, learning that apparently no department store carries my size! I want to at least get to work on the pattern.

Craftcrazy13 - I haven't used this site, but from a quick snoop around various websites they do seem to have the largest range of sizes in underwires - http://www.bramakerssupply.com/bms_underwires.html

You'll notice that each underwire is rated for several different band/cup size combinations. So long as the wire fits comfortably round the base of the breast, without pinching or leaving acres of space, then you should be able to use it. Even if your old bras aren't your actual size, the underwires may be perfectly usable.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Underwired bra on: August 14, 2010 05:12:11 AM
It looks good.
I just made a underbust corset, this tutorial just might help me make a corset with a bra attached as a full corset... awesome.

Ooh yeah, that would work! You'd just need to draft the cup patterns and set them into the top of the corset rather than a band Cheesy

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Underwired bra on: August 14, 2010 03:51:49 AM

I made a bra! I live in Japan and can't get my size here - imported bras start at about $70 and more, so my friend suggested I try making my own.

I had some trouble trying the 'tape and drape' technique for the pattern, so I ended up drafting a block from measurements. It's a three-piece cup, made by sewing together two rounded-off triangles, and then a band at the top using the bottom triangles, inverted, as a guide. Most of the hardware (wires, straps, hooks, and some of the fabric) was salvaged from an old bra, and I had the fabric in stash, so the whole thing just cost me $2 for elastic and ruffle ribbon Cheesy

The band was drafted in one piece and is basically a rectangle, with a curve of about 35 degrees added in so it hugs the ribcage. The front piece is the same non-stretch fabric as the cups, the back is stretch-fabric-and-elastic. The fabric is doubled for the bottom of the cups and the front of the band for extra support. Cups are sewed first, then stitched into the band, then underwire channelling added, and elastic, and finally the straps, hooks, and finishing touches.

You can find my pattern method and exactly how I sewed it together on my blog - http://abigailscraftshowto.com/2010/08/how-to-make-a-bra-part-3-sewing-your-bra/

It seems pretty comfy so far, though I've not tried teaching a class in it yet *lol*
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / felt Ironside Dalek stuffie on: August 06, 2010 02:39:17 AM

Im now on my fourth or fifth marathon re-watch of the last season of Doctor Who, and today I decided Id pay tribute to one of my favourite scenes with this little felt Ironside Dalek, politely offering you a cup of tea Cheesy

The pattern, and process pics, can be found here: How to sew a felt Dalek stuffie

To make your own Dalek, youll need:

    * Felt your preferred colours plus black, grey, blue and white
    * Thread to match felt
    * needle, scissors
    * polyfil or other stuffing material

Cut out the pieces, plus small circles for the hemispheres (the classic Dalek has 50 you may want to use fewer!) and any other details you want to include in my case, a thin strip for a neck strap, two long rectangles to fold into packs/pouches, two large dark brown circles for the tray, and two white and a light brown circle to make the cup and saucer.

Begin with the small details. To make the eyestalk, roll a small rectangle of felt as tightly as possible and whipstitch the edge. wrap the eye discs round the middle of the eyestalk and stitch into place. Ive only used two discs, though Daleks usually have five or nine. To make the eye, make a running stitch round the edge of a small blue circle, and pull the thread tight. Now make a similar running stitch round a slightly larger black circle, place the blue felt in the middle, and draw the thead tight so that the blue just peeps out. Sew the finished eye to the end of the eyestalk.

The head piece has a flattened edge on one side fold this flat area around the eyestalk and sew into place. The rest of the head is made by making a running stitch round the edge of the head circle, and drawing it partially closed so it can be stitched to the neck.

To make the neck, use an appropriate colour of thread, doubled, to embroider the neck uprights in backstitch or stemstitch. Whipstitch the top edges of the neck rings into place, horizontally across the neck.

The plunger arm is made in a similar way to the eyestalk, by rolling a rectangle of grey felt tightly and whipstitching the edge. The plunger is then sewed to one end.

The gun is made by stacking the three gun arm pieces, and then sewing tightly with a backstitch down the centre line. If you want your Dalek to be closer to the original, use four pieces, but this was too bulky for my small scale toy. Fan out the edges.

The hemispheres are simply small circles of felt whipstitched onto the skirt. You could also use beads or studs.

Whipstitch the neck into a tube, and then whipstitch the head and the skirt to it. Stuff well with polyfil or similar, especially the head, before whipstitching the base into place.

Sew the arms into position you can cover the joins with larger squares of appropriately-coloured felt if you wish, to emulate the boxes most daleks have their arms mounted on. Sew on shoulder slats if you are adding them, and a strip of felt around the bottom edge. Roll two small rectangles of felt tightly, as for the eyestalk and the plunger arm, to make the domelights.

Finish off by adding any other details you want, and youre done.

Care for some tea?
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Sailor Moon Amigurumis (Pic Heavy) on: July 09, 2010 07:19:16 AM
So cute! Nice work Cheesy
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Jute summer handbag on: July 09, 2010 07:18:17 AM
lol, yeah, I had to take lots of breaks, and was considering gloves!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Jute summer handbag on: July 09, 2010 02:06:50 AM

This bag is crocheted from jute twine good old hairy garden string! Unlike most crochet bags, this one doesnt need a lining as the fabric is firm and less likely to stretch out of shape. As you can see, by using different brands of string you can even get colour variations! I found one dark-coloured string at the 100Y store and a lighter brown at the convenience store.

Jute twine can be crocheted just like any other yarn, though there are one or two extra considerations. Jute can be pretty hard on the hands, so you need to take regular breaks to stretch your wrists and fingers. You also have to crochet fairly loosely if you crochet tight, it will be much harder to work.

The pattern is here, and took about 150m of string, plus a metre of ribbon. The base is a flat-sidaed oval, then worked straight up the sides, with a row of double crochet to make eyelets for the ribbon, and a picot edging.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Terrarium necklace - real plants you can wear on: July 07, 2010 02:28:00 PM

The other day I came across a feature on a jewellery maker who makes miniature models of terrariums as jewellery, which got me thinking, wouldnt it be cool to make some real terrarium jewellery?

I have whole lot of plastic test tubes which the 100-yen shop sells glass beads in, and lots and lots of kiwi-fruit seedlings after sowing the seeds from a supermarket fruit, so I decided to combine the two. Now Im on the look out for some pretty little perfume bottles, which I think would give the plant a little more space and look really nice.

I got the plant into the tube by carefully rolling the seedling and compost in paper, sliding the paper into the tube, and then turning it upright and pulling the paper out.

There are more pics and a full tutorial on my blog Smiley

Hopefully I can update soon with some growth!
9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Little needle-felted matryoshka on: June 23, 2010 04:11:33 AM

Her shawl could do with going over a bit more!

I made her from a base of an egg shape, flattened at the bottom so it would stand up, for the body and a ball for the head, joined together. I then covered the body with green fibre, felted in facial features, and lightly felted on a twist of greyish fibre for her hair. Lastly I loosely felted a flat triangle for her shawl, and then felted it on, starting at her hairline.

There's more step-by-step pictures on my blog - http://abigailscraftshowto.com/2010/06/how-to-needle-felt-3d-shapes-together-little-matryoshka-doll/
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Coiled snake amigurumi on: June 23, 2010 04:04:50 AM

I've been experimenting with adding shaping to my amigurumi using tall rows - obviously double crochet is out as it's far too hole-y for amigurumi, but half-double crochet seems to work well for adding curves as it is almost as firm as single crochet.

Anyway, I came up with this little guy - his head is just an egg shape, going into a tube for the body. One side of the tube is worked in single crochet, the other side in hdc, which adds a curve.

Here's the full pattern and a brief tutorial on adding shaping to your amigurumi designs.
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