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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / scraps + boredom = camo open back tee! on: January 29, 2006 10:16:08 AM
while i'm in the swing of things.... i had an hour to kill and some scraps of camo that pretty much needed to be used for something.

i also live and die for those tees with the open backs. you can guess the rest  Cheesy



aoplogies for the crappy photos. my resident photographer is otherwise occupied, and my camera is bollocks anyway  Undecided i might try and get better ones...
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / butterfly mock wrap top with SIMPLE SLEEVE TUTORIAL!! on: January 28, 2006 11:18:21 AM
one of the things i've been promising to make a tute for a while for is the humble sleeve. easy enough, unless you've never done one before and then OH GOD it's baffling. so, let me assist in de-baffling you. or baffling you even more, cause it's harder to explain than to do.

firstly, you'll have made the body of your top. it'll already have sleeve holes, if you have arms, which i'm assuming all of you do (very hard to craft without them). so fab. half your work is already done, and you didn't even know it:

so you need to find out how big the armholes of your top are. there's an easy way to do this, and a hard way, and the easy way doesn't involve doing it one-handed while taking a photo of the process with your other hand:

nevertheless, we can see that my armhole measures about 6 inches. i say about cause i'm using a cotton lycra jersey which is really stretchy, so half an inch here or there is not vitally important, cause you can stretch it to fit as you sew.

your next step is to fold over your fabric, cause we're going to be cutting the sleeves on a fold. half the effort, and you know that the shape will be even.

the folded edge is along the bottom in this picture. you then need to cut the edge of the sleeve that will meet the armhole, using an elongated s shaped curve like the one above. it doesn't have to be totally spot on, as long as it's the same kind of shape. the cut you will make is the length of the armhole meaurement you just took plus seam allowance. so my cut is 6 inches long, plus half an inch for the seam.

IMPORTANT: using the same measurement will only work if you are sewing with stretchy fabrics. if your fabrics are not stretchy, you will need to allow more room around the arm for movement, so your s-shaped curve will need to be longer than the armhole measurement and be gathered before attaching it. if i go into how to do that too, this tute will be longer than life itself, so i'll assume everyone's down with the stretch.

now you have to decide how long and how wide you want your sleeves. measure from the tip of your shoulder to where you want to sleeves to end. use this measurement along the bottom (folded) edge. then measure around your arm at that point. halve the measurement and add seam allowance and use that to cut the cuff (smaller) end. the join the cuts to get a shape like this:

open it out, and you now have one sleeve piece.  Grin

cut another identical piece (or, if you're sneaky like me, you will have cut on a double fold, so there'll already be two. hurrah!).

take one piece, and fold it longways, with the right sides together. sew the long, open edge, so you have a tube shape with a little extra at the top end, like this:

now take the body of your top and turn it inside out. take your sleeve piece and turn it with the right sides out. put the sleeve piece into the armhole, with right sides together, and match up the seams. like this:

then match the raw edges of the armhole and the top edge of the sleeve piece, and sew them together. it's easier to pin them in place so that your sleeve will be attached evenly, but i haven't done this cause i don't really need to, and cause i tend to just injure myself on the pins anyway cause i'm the clumsiest person you've never met.

it's pretty hard to see when the sleeve and your body piece are the same colour, but that's the jist of it. a better idea for the tute would have been to do the sleeves in a different colour, but it's a bit late now. if anyone gets really stuck, i'll take some more pics the next time i do different colour sleeves.

and yes, there is an old phone behind my sewing machine. no, i don't know why.

ANYWAY... if you turn your top to the right side, you should see that you now have a set-in sleeve. yay! now you just need to do the other side. boo  Embarrassed

if anyone here does only have one arm, not only will i be really impressed by your unilateral crafting, you'll also save yourself a lot of time sewing sleeves. bonus.

and now, presenting the finished article:

i noticed after these pics that the shoulders are a little loose, so they've been fixed, but the only real difference is that now it stays on my shoulders instead of disappearing halfway down my arms  Cheesy

and it looks uneven on my boobs because i have uneven boobs. true story.

EDIT: oh, and in the title i mean the sleeves are simple. the tute is really chuffing complicated Tongue
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / star print hoodie and issues of perspective on: November 21, 2005 03:21:32 PM
now we are getting well and truly wintry in this little ole island, i decided that i needed clothes that were a bit warmer. not that this is, really, as it is made of thin jersey. but it's the thought that counts, right?

i got this amazing star print stretch jersey off ebay, and was saving it for something where it wouldn't be too overpowering. then i thought, really though, where's the fun there? and made this. but i gave it plain black sleeves and pockets so as not to visually injure people.

it's just your average run-of-the-mill raglan sleeved hoodie. the pattern came both from my brain and from a raglan tee i tore apart. the hood is lined, and there's a little kangaroo pocket to keep my mitts warm. well, not that warm.

it also struck me, after many months of pondering, is that the reason that i always look like i have massive shoulders and teeny legs in these pics is because my lovely photographer/boyfriend is way, way taller than me.

24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / playing with bleach in bathrooms! - fixed images. on: October 24, 2005 03:42:32 PM
ok, so first there was this shirt, which i loved: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=57896.0

so i decided to blatantly rip-off the idea. 35p bleach later (that's like 60 cent bleach, transcontinental kids - how thrifty am i?) and i'm ready to rock. i did a few test samples on my jersey bits, and found some black that turned this amazing reddy colour. fabness.

i cut the stars out of freezer paper, ironed them on and went to town with the bleach. rinse, chuck on some cheap vinegar to neutralise the bleach, and give it a good wash and iron and we were ready to rock. i stiched round the stars (deliberately badly) with turquoise machine embroidery thread and fashioned a new top.

i had also seen those shirts with the open crossover back on ebay, you know the ones, so decided while i was ripping off ideas, i may as well go to town. and so this was born.

please bear in mind in the 'on me' pics that i need to gain a few pounds, and so have made it deliberately big to avoid incredible hulk moments in the future. this is why it looks a bit baggy. it's not just cause i can't measure :p

also, i chucked the bleach down my toilet when i was done, and this morning i noticed it was super-super clean. bonus! Cheesy
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / jean-ius idea on: May 23, 2005 02:57:14 PM
i found a pair of jeans at a charity shop that fit me absolutely perfectly, exactly how i like (super low waist, loose leg flare) but were the ugliest colour known to man. so i did what any sensible person would do, unpicked the ugly little things and used them as a pattern to make more jeans. yay!

these guys are made from lightweight denim with dark stitching (it'll look better when they've faded a bit) and have hoooge back pockets and flowery pocket linings.

my plan is to make a pair of these in loads of different colours and fabrics  Cheesy



26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / fruity man shirt into funkay shirt dress on: April 16, 2005 03:27:06 PM
ok, so some guys wear pink. i'm cool with that. but pink and flowers, on a shirt? oh no, that's not manly at all.


so i rescued it. and much chopping, resizing and adding later, i have a shirt dress/tunic type thing. yay.


and in action (looks kinda lumpy here, cause i have hoooge baggy jeans under):


that black strip is stretch jersey, so it sits quite funkily on my hips rather than poofing out the way a lot of shirt dresses do. and i added a couple of snap fasteners to keep it from gaping.
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / solid silver star stone set ring. all the s's. on: March 16, 2005 03:07:28 PM
So i've been taking advantage of the UK government and taking jewellery evening classes for free, hurrah! And this is the first thing i've made. i'm pretty happy with it.

action shot and detail for any interested parties. the band is acid etched sterling silver, with a fine silver star, set stone (green jade) and about 10 hours work. plus the other 20+ hours learning how to use all the tools and not burn/saw/file my fingers off.  Cheesy


my next projects are a set of stone set bands, and a charm necklace. can't wait!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / kimonotastic d-ring belt on: March 12, 2005 10:20:13 AM
I had acquired some kimono-style cotton with the most amazing print, but it was only a small piece (boo!) and not really big enough to make a bag, or anything too huge.

so i had a wander around craftster for inspiration. remember this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=3930.0 ? of course! a belt.

because my d-rings were on the generous side, it had to be a bit wider and sturdier than a ribbon belt, but it's the same general idea, so if you want to make one, the aforementioned tutorial is mighty handy Smiley

i used mid-weight black denim on the back, which i found sturdy enough, but you could use interfacing if your fabrics are a bit weedy.

forgive the jaunty angles of the pics, and me contorting myself. taking pictures of your own waist is tricker than you think.


and because i grossly overestimated the size of belt i'd need, there was enough left to make a couple of cute little cuffs:

29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / butterfly top: with v-neck tutorial *lots of images* on: March 12, 2005 09:20:16 AM
What's a girl to do when she runs out of clothes on a thursday and there's still one whole day of work before the weekend? make a top, or course. or wash some, but where's the fun in that? so i did:

i found that gorgeous butterfly print fabric on a market stall, alongside the plain black, and it called to me. and because that top made me sooo happy yesterday, i decided that today i would tell the world (well, craftster) how to make one too, so you can all be as happy as i was.

the purple thing isn't part of the top, btw. it's another top i was wearing underneath, as the neckline is a bit too porntastic for work! well, for anywhere really. and i like to mix and match my layering. i guess you could just sew a little piece there if you wanted that look, though.

so, are you ready? great. we'll begin.

1. first you need a front. if you want to decorate, now's the time. do fun things to it, or just leave it plain. to cut the v-neck evenly, fold it down the centre, and cut both at once. easy. it should look a little like this. you can use a t-shirt that fits you well as a guide:

2. and now you need a back. that'll look a little like this:

3. right. now you need to sew the shoulders together, right sides together. where the blue line is, to make it easy.

then measure around the neckline. mine was 29". remember that measurement.

4. cut out a rectangle that's an inch shorter than your measurement (so mine is 28") long, and about an inch and a half wide. you can vary the inch and a half if you want a deeper or narrower binding. but all will become clearer later. like so:

5. fold the strip in half lengthways, so it's now really long and really narrow. making sure it's not twisted, sew across the ends at a 45 degree angle. i believe the technical term is mitre. but that's neither here nor there. the raw edges are at the bottom and to the right in my pic:

6. and when you open it out, it should look like this:

7. ok. retrieve your body pieces, and put the strip on top of the neckline, like this:

and stitch a couple of tiny anchoring stiches where the tiny blue blob is. it's not essential, but it makes it a whole lot easier. then you need to make a tiny snip from the point of the v on your shirt up to the anchoring stiches.

still with me? phew. great.

8. twist the strip around so the raw edge lines up with the raw edge of the neckline:

starting at the anchoring stitches, sew them together, about 1/4" from the raw edges. stretch the strip a little as you sew.

9. as you go all the way around, you should end up back at the stitches you started:

 joy! the hard part is over  Cheesy

10. turn the shirt the right way around, and it should look like this:

you can leave it like this if you want, it looks pretty cool.

11. or if you're really fancy, you can press the seams to the inside, and topstitch:

12. and remember, if you bollocks it up a bit, or even if you don't, a little bit of decoration goes a long way:

right, now put it on, take a pic, and pimp it about the internet:

30  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / soap/cosmetics supplies in the UK? on: January 02, 2005 02:20:27 AM
does anyone here make their own soap/lip balm/other cosmetics?

i've been looking for online suppliers of raw materials, but it seems like all the best are in the US, and it costs a buttload to import anything.

i don't suppose anyone knows any good UK suppliers. preferably online, but i could work with mail order too.

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