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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Working with striped fabric on: July 07, 2006 06:34:09 AM
I'd like to make a circle skirt from some very stretchy striped fabric I picked up today. The stripes are quite fine, although not pinstriped. But of course, my problem is, how do I cut the pieces in such a way that the skirt won't end up looking hideous?

Here's an ultrcrappy diagram:

Obviously, I don't want to just cut a donut from the fabric, because then the stripes are going to look all weird. My idea was to cut four pieces of donut all oriented the same way as that first piece you can see on the diagram. I was also hoping cutting it this way would minimise any problems with it stretching oddly due to the difference in stretch (it has about twice the stretch horizontally along the selvedge as it does... the other way).

Can anyone see any problems with this? Better ideas? Stripy circle skirt just a big, big no-no?

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Stretch Panne Velvet? on: July 03, 2006 04:52:26 PM
I want to make Rostitchery's Quickie Dress but my stash is very depleted at the moment. The only thing I have that I think could be appropriate is a fair bit of crushed panne velvet (the stretchy kind) in a dark purple colour. My question is, is this fabric going to really accentuate lumps and bumps, or is it fairly forgiving in that sense?

I'm so keen to get started, I'd consider making it out of a garbage bag- and I know it would still turn out HAWT!


3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bali Wrap Pants-Photos and Tutorial on: June 10, 2006 07:23:41 AM
So, I love bali wrap pants like this:


Want some? Here's how!

First, I'll mention that I'm about 5'4" with a little junk in the trunk, but not a huge amount. This pattern should fit a lot of people, being as adjustable as it is.


Fabric, about 2 1/2 metres or 2 3/4 yards. I used a cotton print, but I think this would be even better in a nice, soft, drapy satiny material or a stretchy knit.
A sewing machine. If you're adventurous you could do it by hand, but it would be a long arduous task.


Take 2 metres/2.2 yards of your fabric. What you need are two squares of fabric that are 2x2metres (2.2ydsx2.2yds). Take one of the pieces, and fold it in half vertically (if your fabric is patterned.) Orient it like this:

You need to cut curve in the top right corner, and your fabric is folded vertically with the fold to the right. Cut out a curve matching the one shown in the above photo.

Repeat on the second square, using the first as a template.

Lay your two pieces of fabric on top of each other with the u shape at the top. Sew the u-shape together. Hem all the raw edges.


Using the left over fabric, cut 4 pieces 50cm/20"x 8cm/3". Sew up the long sides and turn inside out. These are your ties. lay your pants down, right sides facing, u-shape at the top. Pin the ties out to the sides at the top, fold over the top edge to cover them and sew across. Repeat on other side.

That's it! You have a pair of bali pants. Now, how to wear them.

You can have them tied either in front:

(excuse how the left leg is sitting weird- photographer didn't give me time to adjust properly. They do lay flat!

Or in back:


To tie them in back, pick up the pants on allow the seam to run down your crack. Tie in front. Reach between your legs and pick up the 'front' of the pants so that the u seam you created runs up between your legs and wrap the ties around your back. To wear them the other way... just reverse this process.

That's it!

My pants look short because I find if I make them regular length (down to the floor) the sides gape a lot. I imagine if they were made of a drapier fabric, this would be less of an issue. If you're using a fabric that drapes nicely you may like to lengthen the pants. Alternatively, you could make a short version. These pants are uber comfortable, and I can tell you that it took me longer to create this tutorial than it did to actually make the pants!


4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Disproportionate newbie with sizing questions. on: May 19, 2006 07:43:03 AM
So, for my first 'real dress from a pattern' I'd like to sew Butterick 4790- http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/butterick/shop.cgi?s.item.B4790=x&TI='4790'&page=1. It looks like a nice simple pattern for a new sewer, and I'm hoping that the sizing will be forgiving. However, I seem to have a totally disporportionate body:

Heres me:
Height- 5'7"
Bust- 34"
Chest- 33"
Waist- 32"
Hips- 40"
Back waist- 17"

Is my body totally screwy or what? Non existent boobs, loads of junk in the trunk and a long waist. Lucky me.  Granted, I'm only 7 months after my second baby, but still...

Anyway, how do I reconcile my freaky dimensions with modern pattern sizing, in particular, the pattern I mentioned above? I'm trying to figure out whether to buy the 10-12-14 size for my itty-bitty bust and adjust for my waist and hips, or do I do it the other way around, and buy the larger size? And then, what's the best way to adjust the pattern? I imagine I can fudge a little with this particular pattern, but what about in future?

Agh, I'm so overwhelmed and I haven't even started yet!

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Craftster pride the bleach stencil way. on: May 14, 2006 07:59:24 AM
I didn't have any paints, so I decided I'd satisfy my craving to create by doing a bleach stencil in honour of my favouritest place on the web- Craftster!

Here's me- tired but happy.

Closeup of the stencil.

It bled a little bit. I blame my impatience and the fact taht I just use printer paper- no adhesive or anything to hold it down nicely. Still, I'm pleased with the overall effect.

Yay Craftster! I can't wait to wear it out and hopefully meet more fellow Craftsters Smiley

And now to get this thing off. It's still slightly damp Smiley

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Japanese patterns- dog, cloth dolls, manga dolls including inuyasha, bears etc!! on: May 11, 2006 05:10:00 AM
I've been searching around on google japan tonight, and found a mountain of japanese sewing patterns. Here's the list I've compile so far. If I find more, I'll be back to edit!

Japanese Craft Patterns:

Daschund dog: http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/dog/dachshund.html

Mini Doll: http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/mini/mini.html

Angel Cat: http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/santa/angel_cat.html

Snowman: http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/santa/snowman.html

Santa Claus: http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/santa/santa_claus.html

Old Style 'Slim' Santa: http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/santa/santa.html

Pouch Clown (for pyjamas etc) : http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/mini/clown.html

Anime Dolls inc InuYasha: http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/anime/

Kimono Doll: http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/kimono/

Large Boy: http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/boy/

Large Girl: http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/girl/

'Nekomimi' Cat Girl Doll: http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/nekomimi/

Life Sized Baby: http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/baby/

Mermaid and Merman: http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/mermaid/

Mini Mermaid: http://mermaid.nunodoll.com/mini/mascot.html
--- To the right of this pattern are links for accesories including starfish and merbabies.


Fox: http://www.fukuinkan.co.jp/writer/kon/index.html
Pattern pieces are linked with the (1) and (2) links near the bottom of the page (just above the Adobe Reader button). In the box below, the pink links with the arrows between them are photographs of the construction process.

Teddy Bear: http://marine.sci.hyogo-u.ac.jp/~hammer/kuma/index.html
There are no construction photos for this pattern. The babelfish translation may help a little.

Guinea Pig: http://www12.plala.or.jp/kampei/moruzou/katagami/katagami3.html
click on the png link for pattern pieces. Clcik the large link at the bottom of the page for further visual instructions.

7  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: Amineko (amigurumi cat) Crochetalong (w/pattern link) on: March 30, 2006 08:54:43 PM
I've seen this pattern http://www5a.biglobe.ne.jp/~mite/diagram/crochetedCat.html for a gorgeous amigurumi cat called Amineko. Anyone feel like crochetingalong with me? I'm going to be using some chenille I got from a swap.

8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My firstest ever wheelspun yarn. on: March 11, 2006 04:51:33 PM
Like I posted a few days ago, my Ashford Traditional finally arrived on Friday. On Saturday, I got to spin my first yarns Smiley

This is a bad picture of my first yarn, Poco. Chunky/worsted thick n thin plied. Chocolate and natural undyed 100% Australian Polwarth wool. 13yd. Won't make much Smiley

And here's a close-up. This is a much better pic.

And this is Berry Latte. Chunky/laceweight thick n thin single. silver, natural and berry 100% Australian Polwarth wool. 46yd

Closer. Much better colour representation.

Berry Latte is almost dangerously underspun in parts. I need to spend more time figuring out tension.
But like everyone says, I'll just enjoy being able to create crazy thick n thin yarn while I'm a newbie Smiley

9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Because I know it will be appreciated here. on: March 08, 2006 09:28:56 PM
My wheel should be arriving tonight! Squee! It's an Ashford Traditional I picked up for an absolute steal off Ebay ($107AU which is about $80USD). My brother in law is going to pick it up and bring it over for me to night.


Can you tell I'm excited?

I've got a lovely little pile of fibre waiting so I can start as soon as it arrives and gets set up.

You can see these lovely things closer at my flickr. There are natural and dyed wooltops, wool rovings, wool/silk tops, cotton, angelina and silk hankies. All this stuff just WAITING! I can hardly stand it, I'm like a little kid on Christmas Eve Smiley

10  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Online Yarn Stores in Australia- resource. on: February 20, 2006 06:53:56 PM
I've put together a list of all the Australian yarn stores I can find that sell online. There's a couple of New Zealand ones as well.


If anyone else has any more to add, I'd be happy to include them. I'm especially looking for sellers of handspun/handdyed goods.

Etsy and Ebay shops that sell yarn also very welcome!

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