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51  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Panties! And a vauge tutorial. on: November 01, 2006 11:15:45 PM
Hey everybody! I was hard at work tonight perfecting the pattern for panties. I'm a loser, I know. But I'm a whore for panties and I can almost justfiy spending 15 dollars on them...almost. Then I realized I had more stretch knit fabric than anybody will ever use, ever, and I probably buy on average about 5 yards a week. Its an addiction, okay?

 So it began...

These are all made of stretch knit, which is t shirt fabric, though some of the fabric was quite a bit more elastic, and kept its shape better. None of them are hemmed (which is the joy of stretch knit) and I didnt use elastic, for comfort reasons. And sewing reasons. Sewing stretch fabric without a serger is bad enough, why make it worse?

And here is the general idea of the shapes you should be cutting out.

If you're a size small, this pattern's dimensions went something like...

Front: 14 inch wide waist, 3 1/2 inch side, 8 inches in length on the crotch part. The width of the skinny part of the crotch is 3 1/2 inches. Scoop is improvise and you should use your favorite pair of undies as a guide.

Back: 14 inch wide waist, 6 inches in length at the longest point. The part where the crotch piece of the front will meet is 3 1/2 inches long.

The crotch piece was cut at 2 1/2 inches wide and about 3 1/2 inches long.

Holy crap! I took a photo of this on a cutting board with a measurement grid! I was rotary-cutting it (very good for cutting stretch knit, too, because you dont get those weird scissor-snag things). Yes, I did cut myself on the rotary cutter.

Please cut the fabric so it stretches from side to side. Please.

Now you make a sandwich of the crotch piece, the front piece, and the back piece. Right sides together, and make sure the crotch piece is hanging near the top edge of the front piece of the panty. This will make sense once you actually cut out the fabric. Pinning is advised if you are easily confused.

Now sew the two sides. This should be self explainatory, I hope.

You can add elastic to the waist and legs if you want, and of course you'd use a zig-zag stitch...but honestly, you can get away with not doing this if your fabric returns to its original dimensions well enough.

As far as adding embellishment, you can get away with using straight stitches as long as you're sewing it on fairly vertically. Otherwise, get decorative and use a zig zag stitch.

Additionally! And possibly, most importantly. The things that will mess up your panties the most are not cutting the long part of the crotch long enough, and not cutting the side-seam parts long enough. If the crotch is short, its going to pull the panties wayyyy down and you'll have super-low rise unwearable, uncomfortable panties. Its best to cut it a few more inches longer just in case. Pin to test, but use safety pins for the love of god.

And if you cut the side seams too short, but with the general low-rise panty shape, you will also end up with unwearably low rise panties. You can change the shape of your panty here, however, with how you cut it. Keep the side seam super long (around 5 or 6 inches) and you'll have more of your boycut variety panty. Keep it about average (4 inches worked well) and you have your average low rise panty. You can also play around with the scoop of the leg on the front and back, but for me in the back, I prefer to keep the scoop a straight cut. Its rather booty flattering.

And if you plan on adding a band on the top! Please make sure the fabric is stretching side to side, once again.

This is definately one of those trial-and error things, but they honestly take about 15 minutes to bang out. The time consuming part is the trying-on and the embellishing.
52  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Buttloads of purses. on: October 03, 2006 09:52:13 PM
I went on a purse making spree 2 months ago and havent gotten around to listing them on eBay, for want of a debit card.

I'm actually carrying this one right now, its probably my favorite purse ever. Very comfy. Stretch twill (leopardprint) and some really nice jersey knit.

Gorgeous mod bag made out of some more stretch twill. Its unlined, and I wish I would have used something to make it more sturdy...but seriously, its amazing. The pocket works.

Another stretch jersey concoction. The zebra is flannel...and its lined in pink quilting fabric. I like the pink quilting fabric cause it looks like the inside of a mouth...I'm weird.

A tiny purse. It should have been a clutch, but a made a cool strap anyway.

This one is moderately cute, but not really my style. Its just a simple hobo style with a tie. It was the first of the purse-making spree.

This one is for all the goths. Or Halloween fiends. Or something.

This became a graduation present for my friend. Alligator cashmere sweater from the thrift store...Oh yeah.

I adore this one. I painted a heart on it with puffy paint.

I rescued a t shirt from the garbage!

Totally adorable. Might give to my friend for a really late birthday present.

But yeah, I think sewing purses really exercises your creativity, and it definately improves your sewing skillz.
53  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mummy Costume Ideas? on: October 03, 2006 08:59:25 PM
I really cant think of anything good, and I'm usually not so feeble at this.

My boyfriend and I are both going as mummies.

I originally wanted to pay homage to the surf/garage band The Mummies and go as beach bum mummies...but he didnt get it and I dont think he likes the idea.

I'm thinking it might look good if he was in a suit and I was in a fancy dress...

I'm buying a crapload of muslin for the strips, I just dont know how to attach them to our clothing. I'm also wondering what items of clothing I could wear to attach the strips to, especially for me...Boyfriend wouldnt have too much skin exposed, you know?

Any ideas are greatly appreciated.
54  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Leopardy prom dress...5 months later. on: September 26, 2006 09:46:20 PM
I whipped this baby up in about 3 days. The fabric is a thinner cordouroy, I totally got it on sale, and was surprisingly comfortable. The only issue I had was with my stilleto pumps...but I'm classy and refused to take my shoes off at a school dance. I shudder to think about the shoes I purchased and returned (holy stripper heels.).

Anyhow, here we go.

I put a neat little antique brooch on the center front.

Its basically a tube, sewn in on the sides to fit, with a zipper up the back. The front has ruching (which I did the double tube + ribbon way) and I used bias tape for the top hem. The bottom hem is regular. It has a slit up the back, because I did the back section in two, in order to accomidate a zipper.

I made a pillbox hat outta the same fabric the other day, I should wear them together. Because oh yeah, I'm totally wearing this baby again. Its versatile!
55  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Thrasher Skate Goat blankety quilt thing? on: September 21, 2006 12:51:22 AM
I have this cool idea of making a blanket for my boyfriend, since he is the unfortunate recipient of most things crafty.

He's a skateboarder, and the Thrasher goat is a pretty iconic skateboarding image...if you dont know what I'm talking about, click:


I'm very excited about learning to crochet images into my work...but seriously...this goat? Never happening.

So I have another idea instead.

I want to make almost a quilt thing, using crocheted squares, and stenciled images of the goat on fabric.

What fabric do you think would be best to stencil the goat on? I'm worried that the quilt would look really strange if the fabric's weight and the crocheted block's weight didnt match up well.

I dont want this to be a quilt quilt, as in, something with a backing. I think I could make a sleeve out of the fabric and slip some batting inside of it in order to make the same weight...

But what do you think?

Aside from the fact that I am a nerd and my boyfriend is a poor, poor fellow?
56  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hoodie with a hood of monsterous proportions. + a tutorial. on: September 03, 2006 08:58:11 PM
Hey guys, I'm Cera, I'm a decent seamstress, and I didnt like any of the hoodies they had at Target the other day, so I went to Jo-Anns instead.

Seriously, guys, the hood on this baby is nearly as large as the sweater-body itself.

I bought this fabric from Jo-Anns, its super cute (but like 8 bucks a yard, lame) so go buy it up.

Hood down, Cera pissed.

Hood up, Cera looking like Paris Hilton.

The lined collar part.

Yes, the hood can engulf my head.

Pleated pockets.


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