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1  REmixing a sweater pattern, IE changing it up! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by educo on: November 18, 2008 11:47:58 PM
I'm attempting my first sweater and I have found 2 patterns that I would love to knit up.  My question is.  What should I do when I want to change the actual stitch?  I have a book on knitting stitches and I'd like to substitute one of them instead of using the suggested stitch.  How can I transition this successfully?

Also, I want to use chunkier yarn to make it more bulky.  How can I do that? Meaning how can I translate the pattern to accommodate these changes?

This pattern is the Twiggy tunic from Twinkle's book and I'd like to make this slightly over sized and have the off the shoulder look be drapier, should I just knit more stitches?

I hope my question gets answered, I'd like to start these asap!

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2  Love it. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by educo on: June 09, 2007 07:41:03 PM
Hey guys I just made this dress and I love it!  I jumped on the Infinity dress bandwagon when I found a vintage infinity dress pattern on ebay. 

Dug up some fabric that was waiting for a dress like this, and here it is!

I decided to post two styles of this dress.  Forgive my bra.

With the fabrication, it reminds me of those old dressing gowns women used to wear around the house in the 30's and 40's.

Comments appreciated!
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3  Re: Knock-off For a Plus Sized Diva in Designer Clothing Homage by educo on: February 22, 2007 11:32:58 AM

This is what you do.

Cut 2 pieces of knit fabric.  Give it a good medium weight, it will be nice and comfy.

This diagram can be used for both the front and the back because the stretch of the fabric.  Make sure when you lay out the pattern that the stretch goes ACROSS the body.

If you want to make a modification, I suggest raising the neckline for the back so it does not dip as low as the front (it also will prevent slippage).

Okay, for the cuff, I suggest cutting two rectangular pieces like the picture the length of your arm circumference wherever you want the sleeve to be.  Add 1/2" all sides of the rectangle.

Also add 1/2" on all sides of the pattern as well.

How to sew:

Gather along the stitching lines as stated on the diagram.  You can mark those with chalk or thread on the wrong side so you know where to gather.  The easiest way to gather is to get a piece of clear elastic or narrow elastic, whatever you can find.  Measure the gathering line from the top at the shoulder line, to the bottom at the waist.  Shorten that measurement by 1" or 1 1/2".  Cut the elastic that length.  Cut 4x, 2 for the front, 2 for the back.

Along the gathering line, place one end of the elastic so it crosses over into the seam allowance at the shoulder line.  Stretch the elastic down to the waist and cross over a little bit into the seam allowance.  Gather the fabric to your liking between this distance and sew RIGHT ON TOP OF THE ELASTIC from top to bottom.  Keep the elastic on top and the fabric on bottom so it will be easier for your machine to sew.  Repeat for front and back sections.

When that is done, sew the shoulder lines on the front and back pieces, RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER.  Repeat for the "skirt" section below the waist.


Now, take those sleeve cuffs you cut out.  Sew the short side of the rectangle RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER WITH A 1/2" SEAM ALLOWANCE.  Fold in 1/2 along the long side of the rectangle and press.  Repeat for other cuff.  (the width of your cuff is your choice, but when you decide, DOUBLE the measurement and add 1/2 SEAM ALLOWANCE, so you'll be able to fold in half and press).

At the end of the sleeve, run a gathering stitch.  Leave the threads long so you can gather loosley or tight, what ever you want.  Take the cuff and attach it to the sleeve and adjust the gathers so if fits within the cuff.  Sew with a 1/2" seam allowance.  Repeat for other sleeve.

At neckline, what I recommend is that you get some binding that you see on the tshirts you wear and sandwich the neckline between the binding an sew along the edge.  This will give it a professional look, if not, you can fold over along the 1/2 seam allowance and topstitch.

Repeat for hem at bottom.

Good luck!!
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4  Re: Gorgeous Black Dress that Beyonce wore to the Grammys in Designer Clothing Homage by educo on: January 17, 2006 09:59:37 PM
so you won't have to click on the link

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5  Re: How would I make a dress like this... in Designer Clothing Homage by educo on: November 25, 2005 04:51:48 PM
okay, one more time
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6  Re: How would I make a dress like this... in Designer Clothing Homage by educo on: November 25, 2005 04:48:30 PM
Alright, let's see if this works
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7  Re: Vogue 7571- I'm in love. in Sewing Pattern Reviews by educo on: June 01, 2005 06:19:32 PM
Let's see if this works, if not my pics are in the craftster gallery
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8  Re: chloe satin dress *love*love*love*love*love*love*love* in Designer Clothing Homage by educo on: June 01, 2005 05:20:43 PM
I was partially right.  It looks wrapped and joined at CB but instead of an invisble zipper, it's with covered buttons (my fave!!)  and the skirt looks like it has the invible zipper closure.  Check it out.  Also as you can see it's a halter top style.

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