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121  Mens' Coat in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Jillie on: October 18, 2006 06:40:43 PM
Does anyone have a tutorial/tips on drafting a pattern for a mens' coat?  I've been looking online and can't seem to find anything useful.

This is my design sketch, by the way:


Important parts:
Slim-fitting in chest and sleeves, flares out slightly below waist
Cummerbund-style belt with fastener detail
Taller Chinese style collar


The fabric will probably be heavy courduroy or something with a similar drape, if that's helpful.

EDIT:  OK.. another question.  I'm going for the base-it-on-clothes-he-already-has/draping-right-on-his-body route instead of bothering with a pattern.  I sew better like that anyway.
But does anyone know from experience approximately how much fabric I would need?  He's a pretty small guy, about a 36" chest.
Thanks!


Thanks in advance,
Jillie
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122  Re: Making Your Own Corset? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Jillie on: October 11, 2006 01:49:40 PM
I need help again  Smiley

I just put the layer of interfacing into my corset.. and it's causing wrinkle issues. For some reason it wants to crease instead of curving nicely... hence the big ugly crease right under the bust.

I took a couple pictures so you can see what i mean:

Not terribly clear mirror picture


Excuse the stupid face... it was making me angry.

So what do you reccomend doing?  Do you think that if I added boning in the middle of each front panel it might help?

Thanks!
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123  Re: How to make a t-shirt with a cut-out? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Jillie on: October 02, 2006 02:17:08 PM
I've made one of these before.  Here's a picture of what I did:



Does that help?
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124  Fitted Sleeves Without Stretch in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Jillie on: September 29, 2006 03:51:18 PM
OK... so I'm working on making a corset with a matching jacket.
The problem is the fabric... i'm not exactly sure what it is, but it's a satin-like sort of thing.
Here's an old picture of the corset in one stage of construction, just to give you an idea (excuse the boobs, there were fit issues that have since been addressed):


But yes... I wanted the sleeves on the jacket to be nice and fitted, looking mostly like this (the inspiration):


Has anyone had experience doing something fitted like this without a stretch fabric?  I'm sort of afraid I won't be able to get my arms in... and I've got a limited amount of fabric, so there really isn't much room to screw this up.

Thanks!
Jill
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125  Re: Making Your Own Corset? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Jillie on: September 26, 2006 12:11:49 PM
OK, I did a quick drawing of what I was trying to say... I realize my knowledge of sewing terminology is middling at best, so I'm hoping this helps:



I promise, I can draw when I actually try.   Cheesy
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126  cuddly li'l uterus doll!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Jillie on: July 07, 2005 02:29:22 PM
Someone has probably posted this before, but I finally made the little stuffed uterus from an old issue of <i>Knitty</i>.



Her name is Cynthia... I made her as a congradulatory present for my best friend Megan after she recieved a 7 (out of 7) on her IB biology exam.

It's probably the most exciting thing I've ever made.
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127  Mark's Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by Jillie on: January 15, 2005 08:11:44 PM
My friends have gotten me on a scarf-making kick. 
(As if I needed the motivation *wink*)It all starteda month and a half ago,  when my grandmother gave me a whole mess of fun yarns for my birthday.  I was so excited, I brought a scarf-in-progress to school the next day.

Now everybody wants one!  I think I'm the only person who knits (excepting my friend M who I taught a month ago and has yet to make anything), so I'm sort of a hot commodity.

I've gotten into the habit of naming the scarves (all custom-designed with the person in mind) after their recipient, e.g. Hannah's Scarf, M's Scarf, etc.  This latest incarnation is Mark's Scarf:


It's the first guy's scarf I've made... and I'm quite proud of it.  I have the pattern on my website (called The KnitWench): http://www.geocities.com/thenovelgeek/knitwench/mark.html
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128  Re: INSANE skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Jillie on: August 06, 2004 08:12:42 AM
WOW!  I made almost the same skirt a while ago. (Well, yours is better)  It's even shiny.  Except mine is made out of a tablecloth and some curtains, and not so tight because I measured incorrectly.

It's being modeled by my guitar, Susanne, because I'm home alone and don't have anyone to photograph me wearing it, and the guitar and I have almost the same hips size. Grin  Heh... there's a new one.  "She had a guitar figure..."

You can't really see it in the photo, but there's blue lace between the pink fabric and the tulle.
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129  Mens' suit into dress- help with seam ripping in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Jillie on: August 06, 2004 07:53:36 AM
Okay.  So sinc eI work at a thrift shop, I'm always buying things for me to cut up and revamp.  Well, yesterday, I bought a mens' size extra-large wool pinstripe suit, simply because it was only $4 and I've been dreaming of a pinstripe dress for a while.
Here's a photo of the suit, before I did anything to it:

(I don't know why it's so small, and I can't rresize it- sorry.  I guess it's not all that important anyway.

I started tearing out seams to reduce it to fabric (and since design, not technical sewing, is my strong point), I started wondering if I should tear out ALL the seams, or just the ones that are necessary to make it a flat piece of fabric.  Tearing out all of the seams would make a lot of thin pieces.

In case the design of the dress has anything to do with the answer, this is my rough design sketch:



Help would definately be appreciated!  I'm waiting to start.
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130  The Caterpillar Keyhole Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by Jillie on: August 03, 2004 12:08:05 PM

Me wearing scarf.  Ignore the fact that I'm sideways.


Close-up

The yarn I used is Bernat Boa; I modified the pattern on the back of the yarn label to make the scarf.  It's just in stockinette stitch, with a keyhole about 5" from the end.  It was quick and easy, it only took me about six hours of work.  It's a birthday gift for my best friend, think she'll like it?

Cheers,
Jillie
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