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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: purple & yellow yoke top! on: April 14, 2007 12:44:32 AM
why look so angry? your shirt is beautiful!
I specially like the buttons ^^
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Where are you Spring? I want to wear my new dress! on: April 14, 2007 12:41:01 AM
you made exactly the right combination of pattern and fabric ^^. your dress is wonderful Smiley.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A dress with an autumn-feeling on: April 14, 2007 12:32:06 AM
I love it!
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skull Bra!!!! NWS on: April 11, 2007 10:45:18 AM
first of all: I love your bra, dragonmuse!

then: I know a dutch pattern 'company' (it's just a small one Wink) that sells patterns in your size, but it would probably be easier to look for one in the US Wink. (www.merckwaerdigh.nl, if you're interested anyway Wink. the pattern I found is CUPL16)
BUT: maybe it is an idea to look for some book or something in which is described how to draft bra patterns (I have one and it's ridicoulisly easy, but that might depend on the drafting system), or take a course where they draft you a pattern and where you learn exactly how to sew your bra. I did such a course, it was 120 euro's for four lessons, the pattern and materials for 2 slips and a bra.
just another option.
You could ask if they know something about such a course at your local sewing supply store, or I heard once of a lingeriestore with bigger sizes offered such courses.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Half knit/half sewn green dress. on: April 11, 2007 10:29:59 AM
wow, I love it. you did a wonderful job Smiley!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to make LEGGINGS??! *the 80's are back!* on: April 09, 2007 06:47:56 AM
do you have a pattern?

if you don't have one, you could rip apart a tight fit boxershort. the important thing is that it has a front and a back seam. it is easiest if you don't have side seams, but if your boxershort does have them you can get rid of them by overlapping (but not too much! picture 1).

take the shape of the boxershort over on paper, and just add length. measure the width of your legs every 6 or 7 inches, taking somewhat 10% off the width (you use stretchy fabric!) before you draw it on your pattern.

now the sewing:
I would not advise you to hem the lower eh.. thingies. you use knit fabric, that won't fray (right word?) and if you do try to hem them it wil probably get wobbly.
so, the first thing you do is making the 'leg seams' (using zig-zag or another strech stich if you have one you find more suitable Wink). you now have two tunnels; the right and the left leg. (another picture; 1)
turn one of the tunnels inside out and put them into eachother, good sides on eachother (you want the seam to be on the inside, not Wink?). now sew the legs together. (picture 2)

the only thing that needs to be done now is putting elastic in the upper hem. for this, we return to the first picture, section 2 and 3.
use wide elastic! one inch should do, two is most probably too wide.
first zigzag it on the upper side (2) (attaching the elastic to the fabric). then turn it inside (that's why I made pictures, 3) and zigzag it again on the same place (making it look nice Wink). I made the elastic orange on the pictures.

sorry for the messy pictures, when I was halfway explaining it I realised there should be more Tongue.
I hope it's understandable.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: bathing suit time?!? on: April 05, 2007 01:55:02 PM
I started making a bikini last year, but I never finished. however, I did do some 'research'.

you probably need elastic, for it may seem that it fits very well but when it gets wet it can be diffrent, and then you need elastic to keep your bathing suit in place. the way unlikely_redhead describes how she did it at the leg openings works as well, but not in all places. you don't have to stretch out the elastic too much, the point is just that the elastic does not realy strech out when wet, and most lycra does so you need it at some places to keep everything in place.

the elastic that is mostly used in bathing suits is 'nude elastic' (which is literally translated from dutch, I would not know where to find translations of this kind of words, but: the word describes exactly what it is. nude elastic is elastic without anything covering the rubber). they make diffrent sorts of it (just like they do with lycra by the way), some last better in salt water, others do better in water with chlorine in it.

making the bottoms won't be that difficult. If you don't have a pattern, just take appart the underpants who are most like what you had in mind for the bottoms. if that one happens to be your favorite one, take the next closest Wink. just make sure the thing you are taking apart fits very well Smiley.

one other thing: lining! against fabric shining trough, to make it all a little more.. firm (is that the right word?) and for the crotch part. in dutch the lining for bathing suits is called charmeuse, but you can just as well look at bathing suits, see what it looks like, feel how it feels and then look for it in a fabric store Wink. or just ask for bathing suit lining Tongue.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: advice needed for my funky pleated skirt?! on: April 05, 2007 01:31:29 PM
you could do the tule and attatch the lace to the tule (from where you can see it, so that it looks like it's only lace but you get the volume of the tule).
or you do one layer of lace and one of tule?
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: I got 6 boxes of fabric...and I have no idea what to do with them! on: April 02, 2007 08:17:19 AM
Well who wouldn't love bags...!
When you have a piece of fabric you don't know what to do with, you can always make a bag! And one never has enough of them anyway Grin.
Skirts are fine as well, most of the time.

You could have your own Use What You Have-month (or two months, or even a year is you have that much fabric Tongue), it really makes you creative because well, you have to do with the fabric you allready have. It's good for your wallet as well Cool.

another thing I do sometimes is hang a piece of fabric somehwere I can frequently see it without planning to look at it, and just think: 'would this make a cool top? what kind of skirt would look nice out of this fabric?' - make the fabric inspire you. It doesn't do that when it's in a box Wink.
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: feminist slogan for t-shirt on: March 31, 2007 10:59:52 AM
O I just thought of this 'punctuation practise':
Women without her men men are nothing
place dot's, comma's and so on. of course, you take the feminist one:
Women, without her, men are nothing.

(the men's version is of course 'Women, without her men, are nothing.')

(and still I'm not really sure if I did this all right since english is not my first language. someone please tell me if it's wrong (and what it should be then))
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