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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help for wonky crotch/fly Jeans on: January 19, 2011 06:58:16 PM
I just did this today on a pair of jeans I stole from my husband and altered the heck out of. Smiley It is because they are men's pants, and here's how I fixed it. I unpicked the waistband seam from the center out to where the inner pocket edge meets the waistband. Then, I made a diagonal cut on the jeans fabric itself from about an inch or inch and a half down on the zipper edge on each side, up to that spot where the pocket edge meets the waistband. Make sure the distance you're cutting is the same on both zipper edges. Then, I took that newly cut edge and sewed it back into the waistband. Because it's now cut on a diagonal, there's more fabric so it won't all fit as nicely as before. To fix that, I was just able to double over some of the fabric on the flaps that cover the zipper inside and out. It's not even noticeable, unless you're having to double over so much that it's exposing the zipper. I suppose you could also try putting in a dart inbetween the pocket and the fly or easing in the difference something, but this worked for me. Hope that makes a little sense...
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Men's Jeans To Woman...Anything! on: January 19, 2011 06:51:00 PM
I'm actually wearing a pair of jeans right now that used to be my husband's...he outgrew them, but the waist fit me, and since that's the only hard part to change I took a stab at it. They were Gap "loose fit", which I would assume is just about like the relaxed fit you're talking about. First, I took them in at the inseam, all the way up and over the crotch and down the other side. I sorta based it off another pair of jeans. That took out some of the unneeded space that guys need there, but girls don't. Wink Then, I put the jeans on inside out and pinned the outer seam until it was the fit that I like. When I cut off the extra fabric, I just zigzagged to keep it from fraying because I don't have a serger, and that's been working just fine. I wore them that way for a while, but the front part of the top of the jeans would always bunch up funny. So, just this morning actually, I made the final alterations that made them fit perfectly. I unpicked the waistband from the center out to the inner edge of the pockets. Then, I made a diagonal cut through the zipper to meet up with the old edge by the pocket corner. Then, I resewed the waistband as it had been before. I had to alter the zipper flaps a little to make up for the extra distance (there's extra distance because it's cut on a diagonal compared to how it was before...) that wouldn't fit into the old waistband, but it's hardly noticeable to do so. That took care of the extra bulging, and I'm quite happy with how they fit now.

It kinda sounds a little confusing, but I didn't find it to be too hard. Just kinda took each fit issue as it came, and we didn't have to throw out a $50 pair of jeans my husband only wore twice. Smiley You may have to look out for things like topstitching on the seams, but I took these in so much that all the old seams went out the window anyway, other than right on the side of my hips. I'm sure it would also look nice to go back and topstitch the seams, but I haven't done so yet and they look fine! One thing to consider though is that men's jeans don't stretch like women's do, so you may not be able to make them quite as tight as they might normally be, but mine are fitted pretty well and they are still pretty easy to move around in.

Hope that helps some, if you haven't already found something to do with the jeans in question! Smiley
13  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Medium High Heel Fixing Tutorial (Intermediate) on: January 04, 2011 10:35:43 PM
You could probably go to the dollar store and find something rubber to use...think things like door mats, door stops, or rug pads. Can't think of anything else off the top of my head, but I don't see why something like that wouldn't work. Same thing could maybe work finding something cheap and rubber at the thrift store and just trimming down to size.
14  Texas / Texas: Southwest / Re: El Paso on: December 18, 2010 12:47:45 AM
Yeah, I'm in the same boat so finding the cheap fabric was a great deal for me. Also, it's worth it to look in the Goodwills every so often, I've found quite a few pieces of good fabric there for cheap too. It's usually rolled up and in the metal baskets on top of the clothes racks, rather than hanging yardage, but if you look closely you can usually find some...Also, if you like doing clothing recons and stuff, the cheapest thrift store is called Next to Nuevo, in Central El Paso on Chelsea inbetween Montana and Trowbridge, I think. Plus, it supports the Center Against Family Violence, so it's always good to know your money is going to a good cause. There's also another awesome thrift store on Alameda at Little Flower in the Valley called the Family Thrift Center. I've done quite a bit of searching around for this type of thing, so hopefully it's helpful, depending on what part of town you're in.
15  Texas / Texas: Southwest / Re: El Paso on: December 17, 2010 08:02:05 AM
Yeah, the Walmarts have all gotten rid of their fabric except over in the Northeast on Transmountain, although the others occasionally have a "fabric roadshow" where they bring a few in, so keep your eye out. A couple also have prepackaged 2 yard cuts of different fabrics. Hobby Lobby and Joann are both alright. My favorite, though, is La Chiquita downtown, on Mesa inbetween Overland and Paisano. A little disorganized, but SUPER cheap, and worth the digging! And every time I've been there have been people able to speak English to me, which in El Paso is a plus. Smiley There is also another fabric store I've heard really good things about called Telas de Rio Bravo on El Paso St. between Overland and Paisano, just a couple blocks south of La Chiquita. Haven't gotten a chance to go, but driving by it looked very promising. Hope that's helpful!
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Craft Storage and Thread Organizers on: December 14, 2010 08:49:05 PM
SO cool! DEFINITELY being added to my list of craftster inspiration posts. Smiley Not overly complicated, just super practical and cute-to-boot, love it!
17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Decor on: December 14, 2010 08:39:41 PM
You could maybe try those "Hercules Hooks" to hang them. They're sold under a bunch of different brands names now, Dollar Tree even carries them in some places, but the whole is tiny and they're pretty darn strong. Don't see why it wouldn't work! Beautiful creations too.  Smiley
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: kitchen island from kitchen-related objects on: December 01, 2010 06:53:26 PM
Way cool! Now I just have to get a kitchen big enough to fit an island...  Wink
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