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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: gingham+hearts hoodie; skirt on: August 01, 2006 02:51:37 AM
Thanks for the positive feedback guys.
The skirt is really as utterly simple as I said in that quick description in the first post.
I can give a rough tuturial (but I give the disclaimer right off that it will probably be horribly unclear):

Cut three rectangles of fabric.
One side should be 31 inches long, and the other should be the length you want the skirt, plus around an inch and a half (for hemming the top).
Sew the three rectangles together by the short sides, so you have a tube of fabric.
Depending on how neat you want to make it on the top either:
a) fold over edge and sew with enough allowance for elastic to fit through (what I did)
b) fold over raw edge, sew, and then fold over again and sew with enough allowance for elastic to fit through
c) attach bias binding to the top edge and fold over to inside, creating the casing for the elastic this way
Then, just thread through as much elastic as you want/need.
I don't really know any stead-fast rules on which elastic or how much you should use, but I just used around 11" of a wide, light weight elastic- my hips are 36"- and it's comfortable and hasn't stretched yet, even though I've worn it quite a bit.
On the bottom edge, you could either hem as normal, or for the black band around the bottom as on mine, use bias binding, but attach the bias binding to the inside first, and fold and sew out to the outside.
And tada! There; possibly the simplest skirt you will ever make.

Er... I'm not sure that that was very clear at all.. Especially my instructions for putting the elastic in the waistband. But I think that's a pretty basic technique anyway, so hopefully you should be able to do it without my instruction.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / gingham+hearts hoodie; skirt on: July 31, 2006 11:46:28 PM
The hoodie is about as wholly unflattering as anything can possibly be.
But I made it just for lounging around the house, so it doesn't really matter.
Plus, it was my first attempt at anything with sleeves, so I had bigger issues other than whether it made me look 3X my real size.
But okay, the facts:
- I added lining (the pattern didn't instruct it)
- gave it heart pockets (again, not instructed)
- over long sleeves, to keep my hands nice and toasty warm
Also, with all the excess material I bought to line it, I had enough left to make a cute, full gingham skirt. Easiest project ever (sew three rectangles together at the short ends, put elastic at the top, hem the bottom), but probably actually one of my favourites.
Er.. and please ignore my peeking out belly..

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Big bow bag on: July 31, 2006 11:43:25 PM
Not much to say about this, just that it's my latest bag, and I'm utterly in love with it.
It's lined with white material, but I'm too embarrassed to show the inside, because I did a stupid stupid thing and didn't put wrong side to wrong side when sewing in the lining, and so when you look inside you get to see all the rough messy edges of the lining.
Why didn't I just unpick it and fix it?
Because I'm horribly horribly lazy.
But to make up for that dodginess, I have the cute MASSIVE bow, which I love.
And the chain for the a strap, for a change, which I also love.
The bow's a little uneven, and my insertion of the zipper was HORRENDOUS.
But oh well
Also, the chain's much longer than it looks; I just curled it around a bit so it would actually fit in the photo
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / three skirt to dress recons on: July 31, 2006 11:36:08 PM
Returning from a trip down to Melbourne to visit her mother, my mum brought me back a whole swag of goodies from grandmothers wardrobe.
I loved everything, but unfortunately couldn't really see myself wearing three of the skirts with any of my tops.
But, being the dress-whore that I am, turning them into dresses seemed like the perfect idea.
The first two are pretty much identical, because they were the same style of skirt. I just put darts in what was the yoke of the skirt, and took the extra material from it being too big for me to make straps.
I need to wear the black belt with both however, so as to avoid looking pregnant, because the darts didn't really give much under-bust definition.

The third one, only under the bust is the skirt.
The plain black sweetheart section is just a cheapy top I got at a cheapy store.
Attached the two, stuck a zipper in the side, and there. Done.
I wear a belt with this dress too though, because it isn't perfectly straight where the skirt meets the top.

Hope you like them
Comments/criticism appreciated
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dramatically increasing the size of a pattern on: May 14, 2006 11:25:35 PM
My mother came back from visiting her mother yesterday with a whole lot of vintage things for me in tow.
The big item were some gorgeous vintage patterns.
My absolutely favourite ones that she brought up are possibly THE most adorable dress patterns I've ever seen, BUT one problem: they're for chilrden.
There are three patterns that I want to make- one is for a bust of 30", one is 28", and one is 25".
I am 32.5"
Hhrm. No. I don't think they're going to fit.
So I was wondering if I could somehow manage to resize them up?
Trace around, adding an extra inch or whatever all round?
Is there a special tool I could use for this?
Or is there a better way/no way?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: starry shirt dress! on: April 18, 2006 05:21:26 PM
That is adorable.
It fits you really well, and I love the poufyness of the skirt part.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: puff sleeved polkadotted, ribbon and sweetheard neckline! on: April 18, 2006 05:05:32 PM
That is absolutely adorable!
I love everything about it.
It's such a perfect fit on you.
And it looks really good with the ribbons.
...tutorial maybe?  Grin
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bunny Coin-Purse on: April 18, 2006 04:21:51 PM
That is so cute!
Kind of creepy too... Unzipping it is like opening it up for dissection..
But maybe that's just me?
Well, it's still adorable anyway!
I want one!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A new dress on: April 18, 2006 04:14:27 PM
This. is. FANTASTIC.
I agree that it would look excellent and nice and striking in either black or red, but I think it would still look fabulous in ANY colour.
I think I'm actually genuinely IN love with it.
Oh, please please please post a tutorial! Even just a quick despcription of what you did, not neccessarily giving the pattern pieces, if that's too much bother.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Me make skirts? That's Unpossible! on: April 18, 2006 04:10:44 PM
Those are great!
I especially love the first one- reminds me of a vintage '70s skirt I have.
Very nice.
And the second one looks kind of retro-'70s-cool too.
Love them!
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