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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Tattoo fabric in stretch? on: February 10, 2007 10:30:58 PM
I would love to make some tops and skirts, etc from tattoo fabric but I just am not into the non stretch for that. If anyone knows of where I can get it in stretch please share..

22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Has Anyone Here Tried Making The Cups Of an Old Fav Bra Larger on: December 17, 2006 08:05:09 PM
I have lots of D cup bras because I used to be between a D and DD so I could wear lots of D styles. Now that I am older and 'fuller' it won't work anymore. It's DD only. I dont' want to give up some of my D bras if I can help it.
Has anyone tried making the D cups, or any cups, larger? I tried with one and I totally screwed it up but I still think it will work.
I cut a slit along the cup at the outer edge about 1 1/2" long and sewed a wedge in. 
If anyone has any hints I'd love to hear them..
I'm going to re-try it and if it works this time I'll post the results...

23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Is there any fix-up/spruce-up for this worn fluffy stuff? on: December 13, 2006 03:38:24 PM
I recently bought this rather worn cute swing coat in a girl's size for a recon. I should have looked closer because today as I went to start cutting I noticed that the edges are pretty icky. It's made of that stuff they make stuffed animals from. I'm sure it's polyester but the tag is too worn to read. It's stretch if that is any help. I haven't washed it yet and I probably will do that.

This is the worst button. I'm thinking I should replace them all...

I'm hoping that someone might know of a way to make those flattened out places shown in the pics look better. I realize that it won't look like new again, I just want to make it look acceptable. The rest of the garment looks pretty good and I will see how it looks after I wash it.

This is the flattened/matted area...

Also I'm thinking of putting a complete border around the edge. This will eliminate that particular spot but I still need help making the rest look good...

Here's a pic of the whole thing

Any help would be greatly appreciated...
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sox to Sleeves on: December 12, 2006 09:58:41 PM
I don't know if anyone has done this. I can't imagine that I am the first, but hey, you never know...

I have had this pair of cute little sox for like, 20 years. Seriously since the 80's. And they are LITTLE. But I just could not part with them cause they are so cute. Well recently I had a brainstorm to try to use them as an addition to sleeves for both decoration and length...

Here's what I did...

Here's the soc right after I cut off the toe. I forgot to take a pic before. The heel is underneath

Here's both sox, toes cut off

Grab the heel like this

Now sew across the soc so as to make the heel dissappear making the sock a tube rather than having a heel.

Here's what it looks like right side out.

Here's what it looks like on. As you can see the stitching line is pretty much camoflaged by scrunching the sleeve which is how we wear them anyway lots of times.

I haven't used them on anything yet but I will. AND next time I get into Target I will be looking in the cheap-but-cute-sox isle.
Just thought I'd share...
I hope someone can use this..
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / The Tropics Placemats on: December 06, 2006 10:40:01 PM
First time posting on this board... I usually hang out in the clothing section.

Here's my latest addition to our home.
I have had this fabric for years and though I always wanted to make something cool from it I just never did. Without any reason what-so-ever these placemats came to me. They turned out quite nice I think..
Thank you all for looking

There are only two because it's just my fiance and I, they're oversized and they are different from each other. I studied the fabric and wanted to make them fit together sort of puzzle-piece-like, but the leaf pattern placement just would not co-operate to my liking. I ended up making the first one looking at the fabric the way it was meant to be, then turning it [the fabric] to make the second one. The second pic is actually the one I made first. I just had to have those leaves as accents on the outer perimeter and that seemed to be the only way.
Also as you can see in the first pic, the bottom edge is shaped like the table. That's not a fisheye effect from my camera, my table is actually shaped that way so I made a pattern from the table and cut the border of the placemat to fit it.

Anyway here's the two of them

For some reason the camera washed out much of the yellow background. It's a bit more colorful than the pics show.

This pic shows some of the leaf detail and the stitching. I left a seam allowance around the leaves when I cut out the two main pieces, folded that under and sewed it before doing the backing. I left the rest of the edges raw then I made the leopard print accent sections. I made the leopard print accents by laying a piece of tissue paper over the raw edge of the main piece. Using a pencil I drew the basic shape I wanted there and then cut it out of the paper. using that as a pattern, I cut the fabric out and added the seam allowance then. It seemed easier that way. I made them one at a time to fit each of those areas. I then folded the seam allowances under all the way around the pieces and sewed them down with an edge overcast stitch. I then sewed those pieces onto the main piece to cover those areas I left raw. They just met the edges of the leaf area

I used 1 layer of wonder under on the back side of the main piece (cut to fit within 1/4" of the edge) and then applied a piece of an old table cloth (also cut to fit) by pressing it on. We'll see how they hold up to a washing.

This pic shows the corner detail and stitching of the border. I used a blanket stitch. I like the way it came out.

More detail

Thanks Everyone for checkin it out..
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Yet Another Zipper Tut as Promised HUGE # of pics on: November 29, 2006 11:59:39 PM
I said I would post a tute of the next zipper I did in a T Shirt so here it is...

Here's the shirt after the zipper... I could not get a good before pic for some reason...
And this one is not too great...

It's just a long sleeve T. Good fabric though. I use a separating zipper. This one is 21" and it's a #3. I get them off the Internet.
I just have to have my riding shirts so that I can get them off or at least unzip them a ways just to be more comfy when I'm walkin around after I get where I'm going.

First cut the shirt up the front. To do this lay the shirt out perfectly flat, get a straight edge, make a line up the centre then cut. This one is off centre to avoid the logo but it doesn't matter, the zipper installation is the same. Don't pick up the shirt. Leave it lay there and go directly to the next step. That way the shirt and the cut is still even.

Cut two pieces of NON bias binding. Non bias because you don't want it to stretch. This way it will stabalize the t shirt fabric as you sew and the zipper doesn't stretch anyway. Avoid using anything slippery, it makes it much harder. I use the selvages I always cut off of fabrics. This proceedure also will ensure that the two sides are the same length

Cut two the EXACT same length with about 1" extra at top and bottom and pin the raw edge of the strip on TOP of the edges of both the cut edges only about 1/4" overlapping, or the aprox width of your stitch. I use a seam overcast stitch or a zig zag stitch if you want. Make sure the top and the bottom of the shirt edges match when you're done pinning. You will be sewing the raw edge of the shirt to the raw edge of the strip.

Now sew the strip on like so, It should look something like the pic below when you're done

As you sew do not remove the pins till you get really close to them. This will ensure that you won't stretch the shirt. Use the strip and the pins as your guide so that you end up with the exact same length that you pinned. Hold the fabric of the shirt and the strip smoothly as  you sew keeping the overlap even. When you get to the last pin resist the temptation to remove it till you get right to it. Otherwise the shirt will stretch and you do not want that.

Here's what it looks like when you flip it over.

Here's what it looks like when you fold those newly sewn edges under. Nice and clean and now it's ready to sew the zipper in.

Fold the extra tab of the strip over then fold the whole strip over all toward the inside of the shirt...

then you're ready to place the zipper and sew it. Open the zipper into two pieces. I leave more at the top than it shows in the pic below cause I like an opening there. I leave some at the bottom too. Using your zipper foot, begin to sew closely and evenly along the edge through the folded over t shirt and the zipper. Don't worry if you don't catch the ends of the strip. You will take care of them later. Try to make sure that the strip is hidden as you sew. Also if you want to, lean the tabs of the zipper, they are at the top, toward the inside and sew them down as you apply the zipper so that they dissappear under the edge of the shirt.

Here's how it will look on the inside when you get one side sewn in. Don't forget that when you get toward the bottom end where the slide is, keeping your needle in the fabric, raise the presser foot and slide the slide up out of the way then drop the presser foot and finish sewing the bottom end of the zipper. That is much easier than trying to sew past it.

Next, zip the zipper back together a few inches or all the way. If you start at the bottom like the pic shows then just a few inches will be fine. If you want to start at the top neck edge close it all the way. Lay the other side against the zipper taking special care to match the bottom, or top, edges. This is why you went to all this trouble to get the top and bottom edges EXACTLY EVEN. Start sewing just a stitch or two below, or above, the zipper tape and don't back stitch. If you get it crooked or uneven it will be easier to pull out and start over. You will go back later to finish all the ends. Sew only about an inch or so and hold it up or lay it flat to check it. If it's even then you can unzip the zipper and continue sewing that side.

Luckily my edges are nice and even. Top and bottom. If you follow these proceedures you simply can't get one side longer than the other.

Finish off the edges and add an extra row of stitching about 1/4" away from the initial row. You can pretty much self explain how to finish the top and bottom edges by the looking at the contrasting stitches in the pic below. I like to lean the tabs of the zipper inward so that they dissappear after it''s sewn and remember to fold over and hide the ends of the strip too. Sometimes they dont get caught when you initially sew the zipper in.

Not too bad a result. I hope someone gets some use from this..

27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sexy Black Riding Gloves With Added Pics of My Other Favorite Revamped Gloves on: November 26, 2006 10:41:18 PM
and Yes... I will wear them...

My latest project is a pair of boreing HD riding gloves desparately needing to be recharged...

Here's what they looked like before

and here's what they look like now

A few details...

The things with the rhinestone H's are garter belt thingies..

I opened up the sides so that I could work on them easier halfway intending to sew them back together then decided to put eyelets in. I laced them up with small satin ribbon. Not sure how long that's gonna hold up..

The lining is a remnant I got a JoAnns... I fell in love with it and intend to get more. It says JoAnns Exclusive on the selvage...

The fabric of the cuff is cut from a blouse I got resale. It is... or was... a BeBe shirt that's why the tag laying there. I was debating weather or not to put in on one of the gloves somewhere but I have not done that yet.. It's a stretch fabric and has a very odd raised mosaic pattern that seems almost like rubber. I'm guessing it's supposed to resemble something reptilian. But it's black and grey so it's very faux...

I used a layer of Wonder Under on both the upper and under layer and a layer of med weight interfacing in between both... Worked great. I may decide to make the next ones a bit thicker...


I used an old pair of cheap leather gauntlet gloves that had a really lame gauntlet that didn't even cover my jacket cuffs.

The basis of the new guntlet is black denim.

The bands with the metal buckles are off  of a bikini Shocked that I couldn't wear anymore, need I say more?  

The tan edging is an old pair of fredericks stockings...

And the leopard print is just something that I had taken apart. I can't even remember what it was now.

They are very comfortable and I wear them just about every day.

Here's the next pair to go under the knife/scisors... The pic is of the way I start a project. I collect things based on color first, then texture, then the trinkets and etc... I have that pile of stuff to the side as I'm working on other stuff. Sometimes I have several piles because I think of things to start and add to their piles as I think of stuff I have stashed... I usually don't use all of it but have to try everything "on" as I create/recon it... Just sharing how I do that.

These were quite easy actually. Much easier than I thought. I have more pics than this if anyone is interested. For those of you who live in colder climates and wear gloves more often there may be some possibilities for you to spruce up some boreing gloves to look hot hot hot!


28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Wonder Under Problem Question on: November 24, 2006 09:44:16 AM
'Wondering' if anyone has had the same problem with Wonder Under that I am having.

I had some really old stuff that I used and had no problem peeling the paper off... In fact the paper practically fell off cause it was already loose and separate in most areas.

I just got some new stuff and used it on a place mat to fuse the pretty front to the back lining. When I initially fused the Wonder Under to the fabric then tried to peel off the paper most of it came off in little pieces making me an insane person... Also it seems to want to lift up some of the fusible product as I peel the paper.... does anyone have any idea if I am doing something wrong or is it simply the nature of this beast?

I followed the instructions. No steam, hot iron, so many seconds, let it cool, etc, etc... What's happening?

I need some help. The only thing I can think of is that perhaps my iron is too hot. Can that possibly cause this?

Help....  Huh
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sleeve advice on recon in progress on: November 19, 2006 10:39:19 AM
hi all...

Hoping someone can offer some advice on weather or not these sheer sleeves will look ok on this dress.

I'm making a tunic out of the above tube dress. There's no armhole shape to speak of because the shoulder is a straight piece of felt-lined elastic. It meets the yellow 'yolk' that I added. I want to add those sheer sleeves. They came off of something else. They fit perfectly and there's no problem sewing them on, I just wonder how they will look sewn into a square sort of armhole.

If anyone has had any experience with this I would appreciate feedback.

Thanks in advance
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tutorial: Betty Boop_Leopard_Silk_Etc_Purse on: October 13, 2006 12:11:24 AM
I posted this in the generals clothing section without realizing there was a section just for purses, bags, etc... So here's the Tut for the one that's over there.

First, here's a pic of the finished project...
It's for my neice and I got it mailed off today... I hope she likes it... She's 8  Grin

I started by deciding the basic size that I want the purse to be. I don't care about exact sizes or shapes. If I want to make something and I want a basic look if I get close I'm happy, so in this tut you are not going to find any exactness regarding measurements and shapes.

I cut out the front and back first. My pics are kinda mixed so I'll have to explain. And I just realized that I didn't take a pic of the front and back pieces before I sewed them together.
The pic below is of the back panel. I cut the back and front panels about 10 or 11 x14".

The Pic below is of the front. I also cut two pieces of cotton batting the same size. One for the front and one for the back. I simply sewed all 4 pieces together, right sides of the fabric together with the batting on the outside of each piece. You can use anything you want as batting. I have used old quilt pieces, old blanket pieces, even towels. In fact I like the old blanket best because they have been washed so many times, have a denseness to them and that adds quality and weight to a piece. This piece came out kind of light and I'm not crazy about that. Sew all 4 pieces together along both long sides and the bottom. I use about a 1/2" seam most of the time. That gives me more room for error. If I sew a seam crooked or have to trim a little here and there then that helps make up for it.

After you sew those seams trim the corners across.... in other words so that the piece you trim off will be in the shape of a triangle. This will help the corner lay flat when you turn it inside out. Don't cut your stitching of course. Trim within about 1/8" of the corner stitching.

Now to make the bottom look like this here's what you do.

You can either lay the seams over to one side or you can open them up to lay flat on either side of your stitching. I opened mine up cause I think it's better and makes everything more uniform. Grab the side seam and the bottom seam at the corner and press them together. Stitch straight across about 1 1/2" up from the corner. Now you can fold that flap toward the bottom and stitch it flat or you can leave it cause there's a lining. I think stitching it flat is better though. I'm sorry I don't have a pic of that procedure.

Here's a close up of the corner after it's sewn flat..

Here's the beginning of the flap. The left is the pink leopard backing, the right is the ribbin trim (remember the leopard backing is just a little bigger all around) and the leopard strip for the edging. I made the ribbon trim by sewing pieces of ribbon together at the edges. Lay them side by side and then use a seam overcast stitch that my machine has. You can use a zig zag stitch just as well. hold them taught front and back without pulling either way as you sew and that should do the trick keeping them flat. You can plan it or not. I planned it by laying out pieces of ribbon side by side and just adding more. I sewed them together if they looked good. After that I cut the the bottom edge in a V shape and followed the instructions below.

This is a pic of the back of the flap after I sewed the ribbon front to the it. All I did to edge it was to cut the pink leopard fabric bigger by about a half inch or so, fold the edge of it over all around about half of that and press then pin them together. There should be about 1/4" or so left. It doesn't matter what the measurement is as long as it is enough to cover the edge of the front when you fold it over it and make sure the flap is going to be the size you want it to be to cover the front of the purse. Now stitch it down and you're done with it. Just sew it onto the front when the time comes but not yet. As for the brown leopard trim, it's just a piece of fabric about 1" or so wide. It had a nice freyed edge so I pressed the other edge down about 1/4", centered it and sewed it on. finish the ends however you want. Add buttons, pins, patches, beads wherever you want to hide raw edges and ends. Just try to use your imagination. There are no rules. Remember that and stuff will just start to evolve.   

Below is a pic of the front of the flap finished except for the ends of the brown leopard... I was going to fold them once then fold them again and lay them against the back, stitch them down then add a button or something but I couldn't find anything I liked in my stash. so I cut them shorter and made a small hem on the back. You'll be sewing this on after you finish the lining. That's coming up next...

It's late and I have to get up early so I'm going to finish and make any corrections needed tomorrow...  I will also take some generic pics to fill in some of the places that I have instructions but no pics...

Remember there are no rules. Remember that and you'll create something great!


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