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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Accessories for Optical and Aural Communication on: July 09, 2009 09:36:57 PM
wow..i don't really know what to say...just that these are super-cool-awesome-amazing-ilovethem.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: my first swimsuits :] on: July 09, 2009 09:21:33 PM
so i made another one today and wrote this tute. i dont know how helpful it is i might make another tute for a different style when i make a swimsuit for my sister. so here it is:

1) gather your materials. some dance/swim fabric (usually a nylon/lycra blend), braided elastic that's suitable for swimwear, elastic thread, some newspaper/paper for cutting out a pattern, swimsuit hook, swimsuit padding. i didn't buy any lining fabric so i just used the same fabric as lining too.

2)create your pattern. take a swimsuit or underwear and trace to create a pattern. if you're using a swimsuit you'll probably have to stretch it out to get to the actual fabric size. if working alone, you feet are very useful for holding everything in place to do the tracing.

3) take the front bottom piece and trace it again on paper. on your body, measure from where the waistband begins to under your bust to get an approximate length and then draw out the additional portion in whatever style you want at approximately that length.

4) trace the pattern onto the fabric (i used a highlighter). then cut out adding about 1/2" allowance around the edges.

5) sew the crotch seam together of the outer fabric and lining. i used a straight stitch reinforced w/ zig-zag.

6) take both layers and pin them together so the seam is hidden.

7) the line you traced onto the fabric should still be visible. using zig-zag stitch and slightly pulling as you go, sew elastic just outside of that traced line. trim the excess fabric along the edges.

8) cutout the pieces for the top and repeat steps 6 and 7.

9) now put elastic thread in the bobbin (look up how to shirr if you don't know what to do). fold the elastic/edge over and top stitch over the edges.

10) create the strings by cutting ~1" strips and pulling them until they curl and tying knots at the end. fold the inner edge of the top piece over, encase the string and zig-zag stitch down. (i ran out of fabric here and had to go buy another 2" to make the strings..i used the string from another swimsuit as a place holder) try it on and figure out where the hook should be and sew that on.

11) cut a little hole in the lining of the top and stuff the padding in. **note: i also added boning on the side seams (where the front and back of the top connect) to help the top hold it's shape.

12) sew the sides of the bottom encasing the bottom strings. (sorry don't know how to explain this - just make sure the string can still slide through)

13) try both pieces on and stretch the center piece up until it fits well. attach the bottom piece to the top piece by folding it over and encasing the string and zig-zag stitching it down. (the back hook isn't sewn in yet in this picture because i forgot to buy one but it should be sewn in step 10)

voila! i think i might go back and un-stitch the top and put an o-ring in like w/ the first swimsuit. using just the string seems a bit insecure

here's a rough post it note sketch of how to make the black swimsuit:

going from top left --> bottom left --> top right --> bottom right:
1) a. draw a "triangle" top w/ the curved bottom (there are tuts for this if you look up diy bikini on google). then add a little extra on the sides for a little extra coverage.
b. cut out a strip that's about 3-4" wide.
c. make 4 strings (described in step 10 above)
2) a. after attaching the elastic and top stitching the edges (excluding the bottom curved edge) of the triangles [[steps 6,7,9]], baste along the bottom curved edge. pull one of the strands of thread to gather it and tie the thread in knots at the end to hold the gather in place.
b. fold the strip in half and sew it into a tube w/ straight stitch and reinforze w/ zig zag. then turn the tube inside out. (this piece will now be called the "band")
c. using a zig-zag stitch, top stitch the band over the triangle pieces at the top edge of the band.
3) attach the strings w/ a zig zag stitch. (the tops of the triangles should have a small opening so you can slip the string in between the lining and outer fabric) when you sew the strings to the band, slip the string into the ends of the tubes and then fold over so it's even.
4) attach the bottom piece to the top w/ a zig-zag top stitch. to make sure it was secure i top stitched it to the top of the band and bottom of the band.

hope that made sense! feel free to ask questions if you need clarification!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: my first swimsuits :] on: July 09, 2009 09:39:54 AM
seeing that my professor canceled class today i'm off to go buy more fabric to sew up another one :] i'll try to post a mini-tut up when i'm done!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hand smocked yoke shirt (try saying that one 10 times fast!) on: July 08, 2009 09:25:07 PM
wow! the top looks great. i love the color and fabric choice! the smocking is amazing! i wish i had enough patience to try it out..i think i need to add "smocked (something)" to my to-sew list and maybe i'll find the patience to actually do it. thanks for the inspiration :]
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: my first swimsuits :] on: July 08, 2009 09:29:00 AM
thanks for all the comments!!

I love the black one. I've been thinking of making myself a cut out suit this summer... I can never find one that fits my smaller top and curvy bottom at the same time. (trust me fitting one but not the other is not attractive). I've been putting it off because I don't have a serger. Did you use a serger, or just a regular machine. If you did just use your regular machine what stitch did you use?


i just used a regular machine and it was totally doable with just straight stitch and zig zag! there were only 3 or 4 seams and for those i just used a straight stitch and zigzag to reinforce it. then for the edges, to keep them stretchy and secure, i used 1/4" wide elastic and elastic thread. i left about 3/8" allowance along the edges when i cut the pieces out. then on the wrong side of the fabric i sewed elastic down along that allowance w/ a zigzag stitch (slightly pulling as i sewed, of course). then after i folded it over and did two rows of straight topstitching w/ elastic thread in the bobbin (like you would for shirring).

oh and the whole thing was lined. so when i sewed the elastic to the edges there was 2 layers of fabric stacked. hope that helped!! let me know if you need any clarification...

i can make a small tutorial when i sew another one (which will probably be soon) if anyone is interested :]
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my first swimsuits :] ((tute added)) on: July 07, 2009 08:44:02 PM
last week i decided to try sewing a swimsuit and i'm quite happy with the results!! i made another one this week too :] ((sorry for the funky cutout pictures. i felt like posting the actual picture was a little too scandalous  Tongue))

here's the first one i made. i ran out of the navy fabric because i messed up cutting out the pieces but i found the bandeau top in target's clearance section for $3 so i just attached the two

here's the second one

i'm not sure which one i like better. i haven't actually gone swimming in them but i think they should hold up decently! let me know what you think..questions/comments/criticism/advice is welcome :]

**i added a tutorial..it's in reply #19. hope it's helpful!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I make hats that GLOW. on: June 09, 2009 04:40:00 PM
wow. these are awesome! and all this secrecy is intriguing!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: a few things i've made.. [[image heavy]] on: June 09, 2009 01:31:56 PM
The yellow tulip skirt and the blue skirt at the end are great!! I really like your style Smiley

thanks! i usually just wear jeans + tshirts but i'm trying to change up my style a bit. since i'm broke it's cheaper to just make everything. i'm hoping to do a whole wardrobe revamp this summer!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help!! Can you help me with this fabric? on: June 07, 2009 11:51:21 AM
i think a polyester shantung looks similar and is definitely cheaper
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: a few things i've made.. [[image heavy]] on: June 07, 2009 10:47:48 AM
thanks! the cardigan is one of my favorite things i've made. it's incredibly simple to make and the most comfortable thing ever! i wear mine all the time :]
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