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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Leaving edge frayed? on: September 06, 2010 01:12:54 AM
I have a plaid fabric, I'm intending to use it for a wrap skirt. Given the style of the fabric and skirt, I have the idea to leave the edges frayed (both the wrapped part and the hem).

However, I obviously don't want the entire fabric to get frayed, rather keep the fraying near the edges. How do I go about in making sure the fabric don't fray too long into the skirt? Would just a single straight seam say 1 cm from the edge be enough?

I hope this is understandable and that someone can help me!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How to handle seam allowances on: March 04, 2008 09:09:43 AM
Normally I zig-zag/overlock each piece (to prevent fraying) before putting them together. Once they are together I iron the seam allowance apart and that's it.

But I've been thinking, would it work to not do anything, put the pieces together and then overlock the edges? It would be a time'saver, not to mention I'd get rid of that boring first part with just zig-zagging all the pieces?

How do you handle it?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Seam Allowance on Pattern on: October 19, 2007 01:23:44 AM
I'm currently working on a Simplicity pattern (4116) and I have a question on seam allowance. It says on the pattern "SA unless itherwise stated is included but not printed on Multi-sized patterns"

What does this mean, should I add my own seam allowance or is it already included?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Purple Summer Dress on: August 30, 2007 12:53:54 AM
Ok, I finished this in June but I've been too lazy to put it up. I used http://www.burdamode.com/Free,1333669-1413206-1333668,enEN.html which wasn't that easy. First of all the descriptions were in German (good thing I took it in high school) and the sizes were really strange, or maybe that's just since you choose based on the bust measurement. I had to put in extra darts in the front, make the ones in the back wider as well as cutting of about 2 inches all together. The weird thing, however was that the sleeves didn't fit at all, I couldn't get them around my arms. I don't know if they were supposed to be left open, but that looked weird so I made them to fit (must have some artistic freedom, right?)

Anyway, enough talking, on to the dress


Detail and fabric close-up:

I wore this to my sister's wedding and people seemed to like it
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Collar for shirt on: August 25, 2007 12:12:43 AM
I wonder if there are and shirt-experts out there. I have bought a plaid fabric, great for shirts so that's what I'm making. I have a pattern making book, so I will try to construct the pattern myself, a task I haven't quite mastered yet (there are great descriptions in the book though)

I have two choices, putting the collar as part of the front piece or making it a separate piece. Which do you think is easier/looks best etc? Your thoughts would be good.

I also have a sweing books on techniques, which would help me in putting the collar to the shirt, should I choose the "independent" collar.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Corset style top + skirt = New Outifit!! on: March 29, 2007 10:36:20 AM
So I got invited to my friend's dissertation party. And you know what parties mean; an excuse to make a new party outfit!

I made a dress for my boyfriend's dissertation (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=131978.msg1286583#msg1286583) if you haven't seen it Smiley. While I love the dress I can't really wear it much so this time I decided to make a two-pice so that I can dress either piece down with something else.

The top is shaped like a corset, but it's just the fabric and lining. The skirt is a half-circle skirt.

From the front

Front again, but with tummy showing


There are some minor mistakes, but I doubt anyone'll see them besides me.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My newest skirt - with pleats and all on: February 12, 2007 12:04:46 PM
This fabric has been sitting here since October or November and now I finally got around for using it to make a skirt, like I was planning all along. As the fabric seems very winter-y it wanted to finish it now so I could wear it a few times at least before it's time for more spring-y stuff.

So without further ado, my latest skirt (not the best pic I know but it's a very simple skirt)

There is a zipper in the side and a button (the second zipper, I accidentally sewed into the first one so I had to cut it off, which made for the perfect fit of the waist). The back looks pretty much the same as the front, with two pleats.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Clothes from my past years (4 pics) on: January 15, 2007 12:23:25 PM
I thought I'd share some of the things from the past, the time before Craftster.
I think I was around 11 or 12 when I made this skirt for a Christmas. I can still get in on me, but it becomes way too short. It's a shame, because I still love the fabric. Maybe I should go in search for a plaid fabric. My mum helped with this.
This dress I made in school in the eighth grade I think. As it has no shape I can still wear it, but it's too short for me now so I only wear it over pants (it's been a while though)
This dress was also made in the eighth grade. It's a great summer dress, but too tight over the chest now. I will probably use it for the shape of tunics though, just need to widen it.
Finally a pajama jacket I did in the sixth grade.

I have made more stuff over the years, but I couldn't find them right now, plus I know some things have fallen to pieces. I hope you enjoyed my little show!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Christmas Dress on: January 15, 2007 12:17:22 PM
I haven't really fallen into the crafting spirit as I found myself looking for my Christmas dress in clothing stores. But then I came to my senses and started looking in fabric stores instead Smiley

So here it is my Christmas dress (I have been really busy lately and haven't had the time to post it sooner.

It got a bit big around the shoulders and I had to improvise some darts, but other than that I'm pleased with it, it also has lining and an invisible zipper in the back. Please tell me what you think!

(oh, and I didn't have a good face day...)
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / This is my business side... on: November 24, 2006 09:01:26 AM
My inspiration is actually America's Next Top Model, a bit embarrassing but true. Jade in Cycle 6 wore a bodice once that I liked so I made one for myself. I feel very business-like when wearing it, now I just need a job so that I have a place to wear it.

Oh the pic as well


I borrowed the main outline for the bodice from a dress (my previous post) and just made it longer and gave it a deeper neckline. I am quite pleased with the outcome.
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