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11  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Treble & Bass clefs inspired!! :D on: November 24, 2007 10:29:17 AM
As a music nerd, I absolutely love these!   Grin You might want to repost this under "completed projects" though.
12  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Medieval cholis with tutorial! (img heavy like whoa) on: July 27, 2007 09:32:54 AM
OK, so a tutorial was requested for the medieval Indian cholis I've been making, so here it is! The pattern I used can be found here:
But it IS a bit confusing, so I'll try to explain it as best I can. The hardest part is the measurements and doing the math, but it's all explained on the pattern, so once that's done, you're halfway there. Once you've done all your measurements, fold a piece of fabric in half (the two sides of your choli are virtually identical, so it would behoove you to do this) and cut out the pieces.

I like to start with the cups. First, take a top cup and a bottom cup piece, and place them so that the taller side of the bottom cup is on the same side as the shorter side of the top cup, like this picture:
Now, this is very important: The picture above shows the piece that will be covering your right boob. To make the left boob, you do exactly what you've done, but MIRRORED. In fact, every piece of this choli you make must be mirrored for the left side, or else you will end up with two right sides of the choli, and you will have to put your head through a block of cement. This is what the left side should look like:
Woohoo, mirrored! Remember to do that, always, forever. OK, but just in case you're not confused yet, this is what the choli should look like from the outside. Therefore, you must turn it around and pin it on the other side.
That's the right boob still.
Now you're ready to start the sleeves. Take each sleeve (mirroring each other of course) and position it so that the side with the smaller cut taken out of the corner is farther away from you. Then position the gusset so that the right angle is right up against the larger cutout piece. The longer arm of the gusset must be against the edge of the sleeve. Maybe a picture will help:
However, we want the seam to not show, so fold that edge of the sleeve back on top of itself and pin the gusset like so:
Sew everything you've pinned so far.
Now you're going to attatch the side panels. Position the side panel horizontally so that its taller edge is against the taller side of the bottom cup.
Do that for both sides.
Finishing the sleeves is a bit tricky. Flip the sleeve over and pin so that the longer gusset edge, and a bit of the sleeve itself, is pinned to the opposite side of the sleeve, so that all the seams will be on the same side. This is how the sleeve should look inside out:
You will notice that now the end of the sleeve that is NOT going to be the cuff (meaning, the one that looks all funky and jacked up) has several sections to it. The large section should be attatched to the top cup, then just continue pinning so that the sleeve is sewn all the way down to the side panel.
What? Of course I used green thread on maroon cloth so that you guys could better see my seams. Also, I was too lazy to rethread the machine.
If you're done that for both sides, you're ready to attatch the two sides of the choli together! This is an exciting moment. Give yourself a pat on the back, maybe have a cup of tea to regain some small spark of your sanity.
To attatch the two sides, simply sew the two cups together at the bottom cup.
You're done! All you need to do now is attatch the straps. Most people just use extra scraps of cloth, but I like to use trim. I usually like to make 3 sets of straps, ever since I fell while wearing one and my two sets of straps both ripped off.
Ta-da! Your very own choli. Wear with care.

Thanks for looking!
13  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Medieval garb #5 - pic heavy on: July 17, 2007 06:34:31 PM
Here are as bunch of the cholis I've recently made. Check out my other posts to see the rest.

This one was bright green cotton, pretty plain, no trim.

This is one of the long-sleeved ones that I made, dark blue with copper-colored trim around the bottom.

Closeup of the trim

Here's another long-sleeved one, green with brown-and-black trim.

Trim closeup

Full shot of the green long-sleeved choli. My mom made the harem pants, which are really comfy. Thanks for looking, especially any SCAdians out there!
14  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Medieval garb - another choli on: July 17, 2007 06:27:55 PM
Here is the fourth Indian choli I made on my recent choli rampage. This one is also green cotton (guess my favorite color) with no trim, but it's one of the better ones I've made.

Sorry about the blurry pictures.

Side view

More to come, and please check out my other cholis on this board. Thanks for looking!
15  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Medieval garb - choli #3 on: July 17, 2007 06:23:02 PM
Here's another Indian choli. This one is also green cotton, but with a brown and orange trim.

Here's a closeup of the trim, which I also used for the straps.
Thanks for looking! Please check out my other cholis, which I just posted recently, and there's more to come.
16  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Medieval garb - green choli on: July 17, 2007 06:19:11 PM
Here's another choli I made (see my first post for a full explanation, but a choli is a medieval Indian garment that I wear during SCA events). This one is green cotton, and I added a green-and-gold trim, which made it take a little longer, but I think is worth it.

Sorry about the blurry pictures. Also, in real life, the boobs don't look that pointy.  Tongue

Hopefully this gives you some idea of what back looks like, although I had no one to tie it for me. I used the trim for the straps, and it ties in three places.

My mother made the harem pants, which are extremely comfy.
Thanks for looking! More to come.
17  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Medieval garb! on: July 17, 2007 06:13:49 PM
If there are any SCAdians out there, you may know that Pennsic is nearly upon us, and therefore it is the time for frantic garb making! For any who don't know, the Society for Creative Anachronism is a group of people interested in recreating the Middle Ages, and Pennsic is a 2-week camping event held every year where about 11,000 people show up to dress, fight, sing, eat, and live like it's the Middle Ages. So, here is one of the many cholis I have made lately in preparation, since I never seem to have enough. A choli is an Indian garment that resembles a sports bra with sleeves, and Pennsic is often too hot to wear anything else. Here's the first one I made:

Nothing too special, just plain dark blue cotton. Took me about half an hour.

Sorry about the blurry pictures, but it's tough to take photos of yourself when no one's home to help.  Undecided

Look for more posts of this nature to come, I didn't want to cram pictures of all my cholis into one post. Oh, and I'd like to give a shoutout to my mom for making the harem pants!
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Harold and Maude swap? on: April 06, 2007 08:53:26 PM
I recently saw the movie Harold and Maude for the first time (and second, and third, and fourth, and fifth...) and I LOVE it. Plus, it seems like swap-material gold. Anyone interested? I'm thinking clothing based on Maude's ridiculous fashion, stuff from Maude's house, death-related items, anything to do with Cat Stevens, sunflowers, all sorts of crazy stuff.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Rawrr! dinosaur hoodie [img pleasantly plump] on: April 03, 2007 07:30:31 PM
I had an old crappy hoodie lying around. I also had a long Tuesday afternoon with nothing to do. Hence: The dinosaur hoodie. I know it's been done before, but I just couldn't resist.
Here's what I started with. I will apologize for the smudgy mirror, but not for the awesome expression on my face.
It was kind of baggy, not very flattering, etc. First I carefully removed the "Atlantis" applique that was already on there. Then I got to work. I resized the whole thing, then added my own personal touch Here's the finished product:
And here's a closeup of the cute little dinosaur on the front. I call him Harold.
Here's a side view, so you can better see how I refitted it.
Ohhh, but that's not all. I give you... SPIKES
And while we're on the subject, those of you who put spikes on your hoodies before me, why did none of you mention how EXCRUCIATINGLY DIFFICULT it is??? Is there some sort of secret technique I don't know about? Because that @#$% took me like an hour and a half.
Anyway, here's a better view of the spikes while it's lying on my bed.
Hope you all like it!
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / first hat! on: April 18, 2006 03:22:10 PM
I know this is probably numbingly dull for all of you, but be kind, it's the first hat I've ever crocheted! I'd made loads of attempts before, but for some reason the circle would always get twisted... does anyone know what I'm talking about? Even though it looked like it would come out straight, it always ended up looking like a mobius strip. (If anyone has tips for avoiding this, I'd love to hear.  Grin )
Anyway, this was the first hat I ever had success with, so I ran around the house screaming for people to look at my hat.  Tongue


Its name is Winifred.
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