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31  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / large nautical t-shirt - ideas? on: December 11, 2005 03:53:15 PM
Hi all!
I found this oversized nautical stripy t-shirt at my local markets on the weekend (yay for camberwell markets!  Grin) and I'm not really sure what to do with it. I was thinking of making it into a dress but am out of ideas about the style or cut
Any ideas or suggestions would help! Tongue

a couple photos

32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Stripe-Me-Good summer dress - doubles as a skirt! on: December 03, 2005 02:22:59 AM

as a skirt!


as a dress !  Grin Oh, I could not help the CHEESYness of this CHEESY pose...

found $1 per metre stripey fabric from st vinnies
and a $4 top (for waistband) that I could not resist buying because of the rainbow goodieness - from op shop

But something seems missing, it looks quite ordinary to me... Tongue any suggestions?
33  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Regular Thread with Stretchy Jersey knits? on: December 02, 2005 07:29:54 PM
Does it work?
I have two fabrics, one is a striped, stretchy knit and the other is a ribbed off the shoulder cotton/spandex top that I'm going to be reconstructing into a skirt, but my trs old sewing machine can't handle elastic thread. Is it possible to sew two stretchy fabrics together with regular thread and it will still remain stretchable?  Cheesy 

34  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Stripey Birthday Tote! =] on: November 22, 2005 12:48:13 AM
Another bag for another birthday girl!  Grin

A lovely friend of mine is turning 15 this weekend and she made me this awesome doll for my birthday a couple months ago,

(our very own creation - the original cyber superhero - ASTERIX GIRL)

and so, a lovely girl deserves a lovely bag
&here is my attempt to make one  Tongue



kthnxbye lol
35  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Polka Dot skirt! (from XL shirt and too small Levi's) on: November 04, 2005 01:57:17 AM
For those who live in Melbourne, Australia -> I went to the Sunday Camberwell Market
and bought

- an extra large women's shirt (a kind of cotton polka dot material
- a pair of black levi's (which ended up being a size too small pour moi)

and created..........THIS!  Grin

My bed wearing it  Wink
I used the button up part of the wrist as a pocket

Front view - hooks fasten the waistband together
hehe you can see the end of my necklace

Mirror shots

I'm a bit iffy on the wearing of tooo many patterns... does the stripy tee and the polka skirt clash too much?

thoughts? opinions? <333
36  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Anna Sui Military Style Vest on: November 02, 2005 01:57:44 AM

I think I've got a basic idea to make this, (a simple vest, but the sides a bit more diagonal /  \ like that) but I would love some help on how to make the collar and any other comments!


37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I Like Birds (The Eels) Small handbag! on: October 24, 2005 04:55:36 AM
 Cheesy It's my friend's birthday on Thursday and she is totally in love with the song 'I Like Birds' by The Eels!
So to mark this very special day and for her show her love the song (and birds  Grin) I made her this bag!



polka dot lining! ^_^

I made it using this tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12251.0
38  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to make this dress? stretchy fabric required? on: October 18, 2005 03:43:45 AM

I really like the pattern of this Princess Highway dress ->

I think that the red band is ribbing, and the tanktop part and the skirt bit is probably some kinda stretchy fabric.. but at the general fabric stores around Melbourne (like Spotlight, Lincraft, Clegs) they don't sell much stretchy stuff..
So if I'm using a nonstretchy material for the tank top and skirt part.. and ribbing for the waistband joining the two together ...how do I cut the shape of the top and skirt so that I can kinda gather it at the waistband?

Sorry if that made no sense

Any help would be appreciated!
39  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I'm a sucker for Polka Dots (box pleat skirt!) *WITH TUTORIAL* on: October 17, 2005 04:13:33 AM
Hiya all!

Personally, I LOVE polka dots and skirts, they are just too cute!

With this skirt --> I had to sew together panel after panel of polkadots and plain soft-linen kinda material together and then pleat them...then I ironed like nobody's business  Grin
It fastens with two small hooks and a few push-buttons  Wink

Added Tutorial! Sorry I have crappy paint skills (photoshop was being a biatch)

for the waistband you should probably double it if your fabric is extra light like the kind I used.

I usually make a mock-up in paper so this is the mini-version of that!

the older tutorial


Hope it made sense
If you have any questions feel free to ask

40  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Shift Dress with Pleats + Denim Bolero! on: October 04, 2005 02:38:52 AM
Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer
w00t I finished a kind of, semi, quasi shift-dress over the holidays, freehanded basically XP, with some cute checkered cotton material. I feel really silly wearing it because it looks like a little kids dress only in a bigger size, and I had some leftover light denim and I made a little bolero/shrug thing
It's supposed to look like this camilla&marc one http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v154/a1m2y3/IMG_3781.jpg
(from the Spring/Summer Mercedes Fashion Week), though I forgot to cut it that way, my first time trying out sleeves too  Undecided

my hanger wearing it

infamous mirror shot  Cheesy

pleats close up

full shot photo   o___D;   lol

I feel like i should be playing tennis or wearing bug-eye sunglasses or something  Grin

Okies here's a tutorial for the bolero! Keep in mind that you will have to adjust according to your body shape and also the type of fabric you're using  Cheesy

1. cut your pattern - allow at least 1-2 cm (sorry I don't know how to convert to inches!) on each edge for seam/hem allowances
2. sow with good sides together (lol red to red etc - I feel dumb being ridiculously thorough but... Grin)
3. pin sleeve with the edge which has more of a curve to the arm-opening- adjust and wear to see what looks good to you and sew
4. hem all edges !  
Also this is a v.v.v.rough re-sketch of the pattern because stupid me I sketched my pattern on old newspaper and left it on the living room desk. Mum thought it was scrap paper and threw it away  Undecided
If you decide to make one do post so I can see your lovely creations!   Wink
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