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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / non-stretchy lace t-shirt? on: November 20, 2012 11:57:32 AM
I've bought a piece of beautiful black lace on discount and would like to make a simple t-shirt out of it (for wearing over tanks etc.)
The lace has only a very small amount of stretch, so I'm afraid that if i use a regular knit shirt pattern I won't be able to put it on (without breaking it). Do you think it would work if I used a bigger size? Huh
I've found this t-shirt pattern for woven fabrics, but I don't like it's square-y fit. I'd like it to be as fitted as possible.
I thought about putting a keyhole opening in the back with a little button closure (like here). Do you think this would help?
Do you have any tips or ideas on how to make this work? Or maybe another woven t-shirt pattern with a nicer fit?

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / old frumpy to new cute summer dress on: June 21, 2012 02:55:56 PM
Hello everyone!

This was an old dress of my Mom's, that I discovered in her closet (no! I would never dig through other people's closets to find something I could refashion! this was only by accident! Wink). She hadn't worn it in years and actually was on the verge of throwing it away.
It is made of a wonderfully light fabric and I actually liked the floral print. So I decided to save it and try to give it a new life.
And this is what I came up with:

(this cute tie thing in the back had already been there)

Here's a close up of the gathered sleeves/straps:

And this is what it looked like before (sorry for the mess in the background):

It was really weirdly fitted: too wide around the waist and belly and to tight around my hips.

So, I chopped off quite a bit of the length. Then I ripped the side seams open from the (new) hem up to the waist and sewed in a long triangle on each side, which I had cut out from the chopped off bottom fabric. This made the skirt part wider and created more like an A-shape. Then I cut off the sleeves and gathered the fabric between the neckline and the armholes.

As I'm as white as a sheet most of the year, I'm thinking of dying it a new color to make it a bit more flattering. But I'm not sure of how the print would turn out. Or maybe i should just try to get a good tan  Cool.
What do you think?

Comments/criticism/advise are appreciated!
Thanks for watching!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / two tank tops (img heavy) on: June 17, 2012 09:45:48 AM
The first top is made from an old white skirt with a beautiful teal embroidery with beads on the bottom. I had this for years but never wore it because it was a tick too long for my style and the color was just too light for my pale skin tone. I probably just bought it for the embroidery. (Sorry, I don't have any "before" pictures. My dad accidentally deleted them from the camera.)
I more or less followed this tutorial from Martha Stewart to make a dress: http://www.marthastewart.com/267528/diy-shift-dress  (My skirt just wasn't long enough to be a dress.)
In the end I dyed the whole thing red. Now it has a much more exciting and flattering color. The teal embroidery came out in a beautiful dark purple, while the beads, of course, remained teal. I like the contrast this creates. I also sewed a sash out of some left over stretchy fabric in the exact same color as the embroidery!

It has kind of a Jane Austen flair to it. I love that!  Smiley

The second top is made from a plain old white men's XL t-shirt. (Here's the awesome tutorial: http://www.crafterhoursblog.com/2011/08/tee-to-tank-tutorial-by-jen-from.html)
After sewing, I dip dyed it in the same dye bath as the first one. this was so much fun! And I love how the gradient turned out. I'm definitely gonna try this again with another color.
I braided the straps and belt with some t-shirt yarn that also took a nice long dye bath Wink.

Thanks for reading! Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Yo-yo Pattern Weights on: June 14, 2012 02:07:48 PM
Hi everyone!

I'd like to show you these cute pattern weights I made last week:

They were so easy and fast to make!

Here's how:

Start by making a simple yo-yo (here's a great tutorial: http://tearosehome.blogspot.de/2010/05/tutorial-how-to-make-yo-yos.html).
But before pulling it closed, put a stag of coins in the middle.

I placed a small circle of felt on top of the coins, so they wouldn't show through the hole later.
You could glue the coins and felt circle together with some drops of hot glue, but I didn't feel it necessary.

Now just pull it closed, secure the threads with a knot and hide the ends within the yo-yo.

Now make as much as you want/need/have coins for  Wink!

I really love them! They are so useful and even look cute just sitting around somewhere in the room.
As soon as I've collected some more of those little coins I'm going to make some for my aunt, who's also sews a lot from patterns.

I wish you all a nice day Smiley!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / yoga pants on: June 14, 2012 07:25:38 AM
Hello there!

This is the first project I'm posting here on craftster. I'm kind of excited  Grin
(Please bear with me if my English sounds funny. I'm from Germany  Wink )

So may I proudly present: my new yoga pants!

back view:

"action" shot from the front:


For drafting the pattern I used this tutorial:
http://www.helpster.de/pumphose-naehen-anleitung_29011  (unfortunately only in German)
But I reduced the measurements for the width quite a bit so they wouldn't be too bulky. And instead of just sewing a tunnel and adding elastic at the waist (as the tutorial tells you to), I made a waistband and pleated the fabric of the legs (as you can see in the picture above).

I'm thinking of making an other pair, because these are THE most comfortable pants I've ever had and I wear them around the house pretty much ALL the time!

So, I hope you like them and wish you all a nice day!  Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / another Infinity Dress Question on: January 26, 2012 07:22:08 AM
Hi there!
I'm thinking about making an infinity dress for my brother's wedding.
It seems pretty easy. But I've never sewn stretchy fabric, so i'm afraid to ruin my pretty and expensive fabric.
Is it easy enough to get it right the first time?
Or would you recommend making a sample version with some cheap fabric?
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