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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Have you heard of this book??!! on: November 20, 2005 02:30:24 PM
Okie dokie. So, I went to amazon.com and did a search under "clothing remaking" and up popped this book called Patterns from Finished Clothes: Re-Creating the Clothes You Love by Tracy Doyle. I haven't purchased it yet, but I'm planning on it (I just found the book tonight).

Here are two editorial reviews.

There are several good reasons to duplicate clothing for which no commercial pattern exists: a fatal spill may have destroyed an expensive garment; there is a desire to copy a well-fitting purchase in a different fabric or color; or a favorite garment has been worn to the point that mending is no longer an option. Doyle demonstrates how to take an existing garment and make a pattern faithful to the original without equipment more elaborate than cork sheeting, tracing wheel, pins, and paper. Assuming the reader is already familiar with basic garment construction, she works through the process of analyzing a finished garment and preparing a paper pattern and construction plan for it. In the process, she demonstrates how much the amateur sewer can learn about sewing by "dissecting" the work of commercial designers. A unique reference for sewing collections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Step-by-step, the photos and line drawings show how to copy pants, sleeves, pleats, shirring, pockets, and other details. It covers copying asymmetrical garments and knit clothing that is stretched out of shape....Doyle suggests ways to vary the pattern, then shows garments shes collected from used clothing stores to study for unusual details...Im glad to welcome this book to my library.The Creative Machine.

Sounds good, huh? Does anyone here already have this book? If so, what do you think of it?
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting vs. crocheting?? Which one?! on: October 17, 2005 11:40:36 AM
Ok. Here's my dilemma. I've taught myself a teeny tiny bit about knitting... I can knit a simple scarf with just one kind of knit stitch. But, I've been thinking about seriously taking it up, you know, buying a book, getting good needles, that sort of thing. But, my question is: should I crochet or knit? What's the difference? (sorry for the stupid question)  I've heard that crocheting is easier. Is that true? Plus, I'm really intimidated by reading patterns and such.

Please, please give me some advice! Anything is welcome! Thanks a whole bunch.  Smiley
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How To Make A Bolero on: October 16, 2005 08:36:12 AM
OK. I've been trying super hard to find a way to make those cute little boleros that are everywhere, but all I can really seem to find on this site are links to knitting/crochet pattern. Not that I don't love knitting & crocheting, it's just that my medium of choice is fabric.

So. This is my awful attempt at explaining step by step how I'd go about making a bolero. And maybe it'll make sense. I tried uploading my pictures from Paint, but I had lots of trouble and gave up. So.. hopefully it's clear enough to understand.

Here we go. **Fingers crossed**

What you'll need:
--An old tee that fits well, but you don't mind taking apart. The tee can even be slightly too big for you, which would work nicely with seam allowances, but I would definately stay away from something that's too tight.
--Sewing machine or needle and thread.
--Poster board (instead of that really thin paper that most patterns are made on, I like using good ol' sturdy poser board. For me it's much easier to handle. And it doesn't rip. You can't fold it like the thin stuff, but what can I say.)
--You fabric of choice
--Fabric pen
--Seam ripper
--Marker or pen


1. Take apart your old tee with the seam ripper. When taking apart the sleeves, take special note of how they were sewn onto the tee. You'll need this information for your new bolero.

2. Lay out the back piece of your tee and one of the sleeves onto the poster board. Trace around the pieces very carefully. Don't forget to make room for seam allowances.

3. Ok. Here's the part that's a little tricky to explain, so bear with me.
For the two front pieces of the bolero you'll only need to follow this step once. Take the back piece of the tee and lay it on another piece of poster board. Now, you're going to trace only these parts of the tee: the left shoulder, the left armhole, down the left side and across the bottom only half way. (I hope that makes sense.) Please also make room for seam allowances, as well.

Now, take away the old tee from the poster board and you'll be left with a drawing of half a tee without the neck area. To complete this piece, draw a curved line connecting the shoulder to the bottom.

This is used for both sides of the front of your bolero. The side you just made is the left (or the right when wearing it) and when you flip it over it's the right (or the left when wearing it.)

4. Now that you have all your pattern pieces on the poster board it's time to cut them out.

5. Lay out your fabric. Place the back pattern piece onto the fabric and trace using your fabric pen. Now put the sleeve pattern onto your fabric and trace. Youll need two of these, so do it a second time. Next, put the front piece on your fabric and trace, then flip it over and trace again.

6. You should have all your pattern pieces traced onto your fabric. Now its time to cut!

7. Now that you have all your pieces cut from the fabric, take the back piece and one of the front pieces (lets say the left) and pin together, right sides facing in, at the shoulder and along the side, leaving the armhole open. Sew.

8. Do step 7 to the right front side of the bolero.

9. Now for the sleeves. Pin them to each armhole (remember how the sleeves were sewn onto the original tee?) right sides in and sew. This might take a few tries, but keep at it.

10. Youre almost done. Now you simply have to hem the bottom, the back neck area, the bottom of your sleeves, and the left/right side of the open area on the front.

11. And voila! Youre done. Decorate however you want and wear with pride.

Sorry it seemed overdrawn, I just wanted to make it as clear as I could. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer. I'm on every day at some point, so I won't miss anything!  Smiley
I wish I had pictures to show you, but if I can manage to figure out how my parent's scanner works (I'm housesitting for them... yay!) and  how to upload photos then I'll take some pics of my completed project and show you. But, if someone else does this and already has the whole picture thing figured out, please post if you'd like!

By the way... if anyone finds any flaws in my directions, let me know. I'm all for improvement!  Grin
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / So Much Info -- Where To Begin?? on: November 30, 2004 02:42:01 PM
Hi everyone.

I've recently decided that I want to learn how to crochet. I've gone online and printed out tons of free instructions and have taken a book out from the library too. But there seems to be so much information that I'm almost overwhelmed!! Where should I start?? I'm thinking about trying an "easy" scarf pattern first. Is that a good idea? Where do I go from there??

Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.

25  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Question & Answer board on: November 03, 2004 05:11:29 PM
I think there should be a section where people can ask questions and find or give answers.

I've noticed that a lot of people ask craft-related questions on this forum (including myself). It seems that there's no real place to put these questions, no real category that they fall under, which can make the other boards messy and a bit clogged. Also, when using the search for a particular question you might have, there are a lot of results that don't exactly match (I've had this happen in my experience, as well). It seems like it'd be easier (and a lot less time-consuming) to go to a Question and Answer section where people can see if someone else has posted a question like their's and then read the response.. or post a question of their own.

What does everyone think??

26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I need help with a skirt!! on: November 02, 2004 06:34:44 PM
Hi everyone.  Grin

I need help with a skirt I'm making. It's just a simple elastic-waist skirt, but, since I'm new to sewing from scratch I have a question. If anyone could help that'd be so awesome and much appreciated.

How wide would you suggest making the bottom of the skirt (for walking room)? I made one skirt and I thought that the bottom width was much too large and made the skirt look funny, but at the same time I don't want to make it too small and not be able to walk!  Cheesy

Please help! Thank you!

27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Wrap-Around Skirt Tutorial? on: October 12, 2004 05:35:21 PM
Hi everyone,

I was wondering if anyone knew how to make a no-pattern wrap-around skirt. I've searched the site and can't seem to find anything... 

Any help would be great!

28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How To Change Size of Pants??? on: September 23, 2004 08:41:24 PM
How would one go about making pants smaller or bigger?

Any suggestions and advice would be great!!

29  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Want To Start Jewelry Business on: September 23, 2004 08:08:36 PM
Hi everyone.

I've recently decided to start my own jewelry business. I have a great magazine that I can buy all of my craft supplies from in bulk (and with some great prices).

Does anyone who's ever done this before have any starting advice?

Thanks!  Cheesy
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Try These Pants on: September 20, 2004 09:11:03 PM
I got a cute book from a yard sale a little while ago. It was made in 1970 and was used in many hippie communities. In fact, it was made in one. Anyway. There's a section about making clothes and there was some simple instructions on how to make a pair of pants by making your own pattern. The instructions were incredibly simple and I've elaborated a tiny bit on them, but I haven't had a chance to try them it out yet.

Anyone want to be the first and tell the rest of us how it went?  Grin

Here are the instructions. Sorry for the crappy job, it's my first tutorial on this site. I hope I do the image thing right. Here goes:

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