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1  Re: how do you ladies gather? in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by i_am_alexia on: April 06, 2007 04:50:20 PM
I know you've got lotsa input already and have probably gathered all that you wanted to by now, but I recently made a tute on puff sleeves so I have a picture of gathering that I feel the need to share Smiley

Ignore steps one,two and four Smiley

So if you hadn't actually sussed it out, and are a visual person like me, that mighta helped Smiley Otherwise I hope you don't mind me sharing my two cents.
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2  Re: Jeans and bright shirt *first post* in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by i_am_alexia on: March 25, 2007 04:19:40 PM
I LOVE the shirt, the colours are so nice! And I know what you mean about cats hahaha.

And wow! I'm WAY too scared to try and make jeans! Yours look so great though, so maybe I'll give it a go. I have a bit of a J.Lo behind, so jeans that fit around the bum, don't fit around the waist or legs. Thanks for the inspiration.
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3  Does anyone have an Acme machine!? And help with tension?(with pic now) in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by i_am_alexia on: March 15, 2007 04:22:01 PM
Ok I desperately need help. I hope this is the right board - mods feel free to move it if it's not.

Has anyone out there got an Acme serger/overlocker? I just recieved one for my birthday and I am having a LOT of trouble working it/fixing the tension etc. Its an Acme model fn2 -7d.

The problem is, since it was bought on an online auction through my parents - I can't ask the previous owner for help (especially since I think he just sells them and doesn't use them).

The internet doesn;t want to acknowledge that this Acme company exists and I can't find a website for it, and the instruction manual that came with it isn't even for my machine.

I am desperate to use my machine, I just wish I knew how. Has anyone ever heard of this machine before - heres a link to the guys website who sells it. It's the one on the left.

I can get the thing running, but some of the threads are loose, and I don't what to adjust to tighten tension, or which thread needs tightening.

If anyone has an Acme machine please say! And if anyone has an idea what I could do to tighten the tension that'd be really great too.

(I've never used a serger if you can't tell)

Thanks so much


EDIT: This is what it's doing.

The one on the left is what the top of the stitch looks like - it looks fine.

The one on the right, is where I sewed two pieces of fabric together, and this is the inside of the fold. (hope that makes sense). This doesn't look alright (obviously) the stitch is too loose. Which tension should I be adjusting on a three thread machine? Any ideas?
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4  Re: 100 Themes Gallery in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by i_am_alexia on: March 05, 2007 11:58:19 PM

I love that song...Frontier Psychiatrist, by the Avalanches...my favourite line is 'Now tighten your buttocks, pour juice on your chin!' (or something to that effect)

Hahahaha thats my favourite line too! I was tempted to change the spiral in the background to the lyrics from the song JUST so I could have that on an ATC card! But then I remembered my writings crap so I thought against it.

Anyway, heres two more! This is fun Cheesy

These ones aren't as obvious at first what they're about, so if you need some explanation just ask

50. Breaking the Rules (this is breaking the ATC rules anyway haha, but I'm not really selling so thats ok)

And 70. 67% .. Just realised you can't read it very well - first line says "67% of Americans sleep with their pets" and the rest is an article about how Americans like to take cat naps with their pets haha - first thing I saw when I googled 67%)

(I cut the lines straight, its just this pics distorted haha)

Thanks for looking.

My tally stands at 5/100
I have completed numbers 12, 18, 19, 50, 70
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5  Re: 100 Themes Gallery in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by i_am_alexia on: March 05, 2007 09:11:59 PM
Alright, I'm ready to post my three Smiley I'm sad to say that mine aren't the fancy ones with all the stick on bits, but thats partly because I'm not that good at that stuff, and partly because the only crafty things I could find at my BFs was sharpies (which are mine anyway haha)

So here we go!

18. Rainbow (just some thread and sharpies)

19. Grey (if you look close enough you can see a word oooh)

12. Insanity


My tally stands at 3/100
I have completed numbers 12, 18, 19
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6  Apples,dragons, and unicorns in space! (three new tops) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by i_am_alexia on: March 01, 2007 08:58:51 PM
Ok, so so far I've only had insults on this top (well on the material, not the top) but I dunno, I really like it and hopefully there'll be at least one other person out there who likes it too. I'm gonna wear it anyway, but if I get some good feedback I won't feel so embarrased when I do hahaha.

Here's the top ... As you can see I need to tighten the straps but I was just way too impatient haha.

I'm not sure what I was trying to achieve with this pose haha, maybe the side without my arm getting in the way? The stripes of lace are parallel btw. Just not in this pic.

And possibly my favourite part of this top (besides the fabric....) The back! The blue stripe turns into a tie Cheesy And no, I'm not imitating a hunchback - Im trying to make sure I'm actually in the photo haha.

AND FINALLY - drumroll please *drrrrrrrrrrr* the reason my mother hates this top....

The fabric!!

Magic dragon shows the colour best Smiley

And now the second top.

Again I got a lot of slack for my choice of material haha.My boyfriend (and practically everyone else I know) refused to believe that I could make ANYTHING decent out of this material, but I'm always up for a challenge(and unicorns) so I made this little number Cheesy

Isn't the fabric ridiculously cute!? And it really is wearable.. isn't it? 

Well anyway... here's my top Smiley I'm pretty proud of how it turned out Cheesy

Hahahaha aww I look so sad. The sleeves have been runched up with some string. I'll tidy my room one day, I swear.

Don't have my hair messing up the collar in this pic. The tops a lot straighter than these pics would lead you to believe. I'm just wearing it all crooked.

And lastly - My least favourite of the three, but only cos it doesn't fit well and I needa put some straps on it. The fabric on this one is probably the most sane, but my least favourite. So I'm totally over the whole fad of clothes with apples on BUUUUT its impossible to buy ANY stretchy patterened material in NZ so when I saw this for only NZ$3 I couldn't resist.

It's light pink, not white.

Doesn't fit extremely well, So I might have to fix it. Black straps are bra, not top by the way.

The pinkness goes on the back too. This photo wasn't sposed to look so artsy haha, again I had trouble taking a pic of my back.

Aaaand the lace on

Sorry about my tendancy to take a thousand pictures of each top, just wanted to get it all in Smiley

And if you have any questions on how anything was mad, just ask, I might even make up a tute Smiley

Thanks for looking Smiley

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7  Pinafore dress/top with giant pocket :) Pic obese. (WITH TUTE) (EXTRA PICS) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by i_am_alexia on: March 01, 2007 08:42:38 PM
Ok so honestly BEST DRESS EVER.

Or top.

Cos it can be both. That's just how cool it is.

So here's the thing - I hate purple, baby blue and baby pink yet the last four things I've made have been these colours.

But in this case I just couldn't resist. This fabric is so soft, sits so nicely and was soo cheap.

So after lotsa planning, I made this - a cute wee pinafore dress! It has a super big pocket, and some little black buttons. This was my first attempt at buton holes and wow! It's so easy!


But I have to wear a top underneath, otherwise it's a bit low cut haha. Imagine it with some cute slouchy boots, stockings and a long sleeve top for winter.

 It's a little short, but not TOO short

I had a lot of trouble capturing the true colour, but this one is probably the closest Smiley Plus you get a close up on how cute the pockets are.

BUT WAIT. Theres more! All you have to do is undo the buttons, and cross it over at the back (don't critisise the next pic, we all know how hard it is to take pics of your back) and....

TA DA. It is now a top, that covers your boobies, and looks super cute with some jeans and heels. (I know it looks the same length as it was before but thats my shoddy camera skills, it's considerably shorter - the band that was around my hips before is now around my true waist. The top now finishes around the level of my crotch) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/i_am_famous/Image0673-1.jpg

If I get enough requests for a tute, I'll probably make one, so don't be afraid to ask. Just as long as you don't start selling them or anything Smiley

Does anyone have any advice on things to change? My mum (my biggest critic) said the pocket is too slouchy, but I think I like it like that - I reckon itd look boring without the slouchiness. Anyone agree?

thanks for looking guys Smiley



Fooled around with some extra ways of wearing the dress, and after an extrememly busy weekend, I've finally got some time to sit down and show you guys Smiley

First of all... Whilst I was getting changed today, I realised it makes a funky skirt. I took a few of these pics in crappy light, If you REALLY want a better photo of anything (or just a close up or dif view that I haven't shown for the matter) just say so Smiley


And the straps just tie up on the side like so...

AND like I mentioned somewhere in the comments... As a dress (when I wore it out, I wore a black boobtube and leggings under it so It wasnt so revealing haha.


So heres the tute!

Warning = Ive made this tutorial for people who already have a basic understanding of sewing, for example, how to sew two bits of material together. Therefore, so its easier for me to explain I will draw pictures like this

Rather then

Assume I mean sew right side to right side unless I say otherwise

If you get confused, just ask.


Now cut out these bits.

Remember to add a few extra centimeters for seam allowances  If there are numbers in brackets, it was what my measurements were,before adding seam allowances). Im about a size NZ 10.

Ive put the numbers on a picture of the dress too, so you can see what bit is what.


1.Hip/Thigh band
A Measure across the widest part of your thighs from seam to seam. (50cm)
B 16 centimetres

2. Waist/Hip Band
C Measure from lower waist/hips from seam to seam (41cm)
D 10 centimetres

3. Skirt
E  E = C
F - How ever long youd like the skirt (35cm)
G G = A  

4. Pocket (for the pocket, I traced around 3 (the skirt) and then added about 6cm to each side and bottom, to add some slouchiness. I then traced around a large bowl for the pockets and cut them out. Its up to you to decide how big you want the pocket holes etc, so Ill just give my measurements)
H 26cm
I - 15cm
J C + 6cm each side
K F = 6cm to the bottom

5 Boob tray (for lack of a better word)
L L = A
M Ive got pretty big boobs, so what I did was measure from how high I wanted the top to go on my chest, to under my boobs. For me this was 30cm, which I doubled so I could fold it in half before sewing it on, so that it gave the top a nice finish without having to hem it.

6 Straps
N 53cm.
O 9cm

Well start with making the back of the dress. Take one of 1, one of 2, one of 3 and one of 5.

1. First of all, fold 5 in half across the middle. Take the bottom - not the fold, but the two ends- , and sew them to 2.

2. Fold 1 in half, the same as you did for 5, and sew the wider end of 3 to the two edges of 1(not the fold).
Now sew 2 to the narrow end of 3.

But the back aside for now.

Again grab one of 1, one of 2, one of 3 and one of 5 but also get 4

This is very similar to the back..

3. So repeat step 1.

But now we have the pocket to deal with. To make things simpler for myself, I laid the pocket (4) on top of 3, and sewed them together, rather then sewing them together whilst sewing them to other stuff. I dont know how to illustrate this bit, so I hope I can explain in words.

4. Lay 4 on top of 3. Ignore the holes youve cut out, and just make sure the top of the pocket -measurement H- is in the middle of measurement E and sew them together.

But remember how we cut 4 bigger then 3? To get around this, sew the sides up flat on top of each other (because there are the circles cut out, you dont have to do any gathering or anything confusing. Just match up the corner of J and I with the corner of G and F and then match up the other corner as well.

But this is the tricky bit. J and G wont match up, so what I did was put a few pleats in while I was sewing, to get rid of all the extra material.

Hopefully that worked out for you. Alternatively, you can have a non-slouchy pocket, and just cut out 3 and 4 the same size.

Now it gets simple again. Repeat step 2 the only difference this time is that Piece 3 has a pocket attached.

5. Now, lay the back on top of the front, right sides together, and sew up the sides.

You should now have a pinafore dress minus the straps. Try it on. If its a little short( like mine haha) adding a band (the same size as 2) to the top of the dress, and this will add a little length.

6. Now for the straps. Grab one of 6 and fold it in half down the middle. Sew down the long part to make it a tube, and then sew one of the ends shut.

7.Turn it the right way round, and attach the open end of the strap to the back of the dress. Do the same for the other strap. If you dont want to play around with the straps (ie uncross and cross them) ignore the next few steps, and sew the straps to the front of the dress as well.

HOWEVER, If you want to be able to change the length of the dress, make it into a skirt etc, youre gonna have to do the next step.

Which is

Making buttonholes! I thought this was extremely hard, but it really isnt. Hopefully your machine will have a setting for buttonholes. If not, try a different method of closure, such as snaps.

8. Put the button holes in the closed end of the strap and put corresponding buttons on the dress.

And HOPEFULLY, youll have a brand new pinafore/dress/top/skirt.

If any of this tute makes no sense, or you need clearing up, Ive made a mistake, or you have a better idea for something Ive done PLEASE dont hesitate to say.

If the pictures are hard to see tell me as well 

I hope its not too confusing, Ive never made a tute for something so complex.

And if anyone makes one, show me! Please!

Thanks for looking, Alexia.

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8  Re: Made cookies for Valentines! in Valentine's Day by i_am_alexia on: February 22, 2007 02:05:19 PM

My boyfriend LOVED them hahaha. Mum and dad thought I was crazy but it was worth it! I have a thousand more pics at my LJ (see signature) if you wanna peek at my bums. I'm making these for every event I go to know! they're so much fun.
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9  Re: Made cookies for Valentines! in Valentine's Day by i_am_alexia on: February 21, 2007 09:30:12 PM
Oh I had to join in...

I'm just waiting for them to cool before I ice them

Thanks for the great idea! Hope you don't mind me copying Smiley
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10  Re: Show off your hair! And questions about hair styles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by i_am_alexia on: February 13, 2007 05:15:03 PM
Hahah yay someone agreed with me - I like the mullet too.

And remember, even Scarlett Johansson sported a mullet and shes been voted Sexiest woman alive TWICE by Esquire AND FHM.(I'm not a Scarlett freak, I was just reading a mag article about her).

(I hope these pics aren't humungo)

Keep the mullet!!
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