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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ridiculously easy american apparel knit tube dress (with tutorial!) on: August 18, 2006 06:27:42 AM
I made one last night and it was fun!  (Sorry, no pictures yet.)  It took just a few minutes to sew and I think I answered my own question (line up the top and bottom with the grain so the neck will curl out and the arms will curl in).  It was easy to make, but it wasn't easy to make look good.  I put it on my wife and it just didn't do anything for her figure, I think because she's not exactly well endowed up there if you know what I mean.  Still, a fun project and thanks for the tute!

Hey there, good to know that someone was able to make sense of my directions! Since it is a sewn up rectangle, it doesn't really give much definition to your body when you wear it. I liked it loose since I could have it sort of "rouched" folded around my belly. But if you're wife has a smaller frame, you could try making the dimensions more form fitting, or sewing in a bit of a curve down the seam. Then cut the neckhole open a bit more so that you can still do it off the shoulder. I haven't actually tried this before but hopefully it'll work!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ridiculously easy american apparel knit tube dress (with tutorial!) on: August 17, 2006 09:26:34 AM
i think it looks great!
and thanks also for the tutorial!

i do have a question though: what exactly did you mean by cutting the rectangle so the neckline curls outwards and the armholes inwards? i understand the curling direction part, but how can you specify which direction the fabric curls?

Yeah this does sound kind of confusing after I read it again! Since knit fabric naturally curls, it hides the raw edges so that you can get away with no hemming with is a HUGE timesaver. You'll notice this on any cut piece of knit fabric. So by curling "outwards", like at the neckline, you'll be able to see the rolly bit whereas at the armhole, it curls inwards so that the rolly bit is hidden. Does this help? I'm really bad at consise descriptions! Let me know if you're still puzzled and I can take some more pics for you!

by the way, thanks for the wonderful comments everyone! this is my first clothing tut so its good to hear feedback!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ridiculously easy american apparel knit tube dress (with tutorial!) on: August 16, 2006 06:59:01 PM
Here is myridiculously easy american apparel knit tube dress

I saw this dress at AA:


and after a quick inspection I noticed that it was simply a rectangle with four seams! So I ran home (slight exaggeration) and whipped this up in about 40 minuntes, including cutting (which always takes me forever, due to my perfectionism).

Looks good with pants too!

here's a closeup of the off-shoulder bit:

I used a knit material that was on sale from fabricland for something ridiculously cheap like $1.50/metre. And it took less than a metre to make this dress, so you do the math! suuuuure beats $26 US!

Here's a simple tut for you...

Its just a rectangle with the sides sewn up and space left for the arm. Then sew in two inches at both ends of the short side of the rectangle to make the shoulder seam, and you're done! you might want to play around with the dimensions according to your body type (I'm a size small) but I made the armholes nine inches and the width is about 17 inches across and the length is around 36 inches. I also found it really helpful to make a fabric sandwich, then cut the two pieces together so that they'd match up perfectly. knits can be a little finicky and shift around so this makes it easier. Also, you want to make sure that you cut the rectangle so that the neckline will curl outwards and the armholes curl inwards .

comments are welcome and appreciated!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yam, sheep and ribbon bags (somewhat image heavy) on: August 21, 2005 08:16:39 PM
The puckering that you mention when you sew...do you mean where the yams are sewn on? If that is the case, how about using some stabilizer? (That's an extra piece of fabric behind just the embroidered/sewn area to give it a little more body). It makes the fabric stronger so it won't sag from the extra weight of the stitching.

Love your bags!!!!

The puckering was a bigger problem with the blue "yams" lettering. I tried to iron it out but all it did was make the wrinkles more obvious! The picutre of the yams didn't require as much stiching so it wasn't as bad. The stabilizer fabric idea sounds genius, and I will definitely have to try it, thanks!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yam, sheep and ribbon bags (somewhat image heavy) on: August 12, 2005 07:32:22 PM
Thank you guys so much for your positive feedback! I'm giving this whole forum a BIG GIANT HUG! Electronically, that is...

I love those bags especially the sheep one! and the ribbon one is so unique!   
You asked about the lettering.  For the record it looks really good in the picture but if you want it straighter you could hand stich using applique.  It takes awhile but that's what I use for piecing patterns in quilting.  If you want to try it, let me know and I'll try to explain.  It is really easy once you get the hang of it.
Great Job!! Grin

The hand stiching sounds like a bright idea! Of course, being the lazy and fast-results person I am, I went with the sewing machine for a quick fix. I would love to hear your technique, it sounds useful for jobs where I'll need it to be professional and neat.

I like the yam one, but im not to fond of yams, and the jellybean pattern is so pretty, the ribbon one is also very good, and the sheep they are ALLL  very good, and very creative

NOT FOND OF YAMS ?? You should try a purple yam! Pleasing for both the eyes and the mouth. 
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Yam, sheep and ribbon bags (somewhat image heavy) on: August 08, 2005 05:11:45 PM
Sheep Bag:

This was my first bag that I sewed, and I was quite pleased with the results. I cut out fabric pieces for the sheep and hand sewed them on (bad idea! It took forever and the pieces kept fraying on me. But still looks pretty good...). Here's a close up of the sheep:

Yam Bag:

This is my favourite bag. It was made for a friend's birthday. I used blue cording and my sewing machine to sew on the lettering. It was pretty rough and slightly messy but didn't take me very long. The sewing made the material wrinkle and bunch up a bit. Any ideas for better methods?

This is the other side of the yam bag. I sketched on pictures of yams with dressmakers chalk and used the sewing machine for the "embriodery". At first they looked like croissants. So I added the "eyes" and now they look like fish. Hurrah.

Ribbon Bag:

This was a gift for my sister. I just sewed on some ribbons in different colours onto the bag before I put it together. Pretty simple and looks cool!

Here's a shot of the lining I used for the bags:


For all the bags, I basically used the ever-so-popular jordy bag method, with slight changes to suit my needs.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / blue and white armwarmers on DPNs on: August 06, 2005 08:33:50 PM

These were my first knitting project after taking a seven-or-so year hiatus when my mom taught me to knit a scarf when I was but a young'en. I twisted a piece of mystery blue and mystery white (i.e. from my mom's grab bag of yarn sans labels) together and basically knit a circular 2x2 rib tube with a 8 stich hole for my thumb. Too bad its still summer! These'll have to wait until fall rolls around.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Maki Sushi TP Cozy (knit version tutorial) on: April 11, 2005 11:44:23 AM
hahahaha, that is WAAAAY too fabulous! I'm totally gonna make six for a pack of sushi. and maybe knit up some wasabi and ginger!!!!
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