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41  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Vintage reconned slip - chocolate and strawberries on: July 31, 2008 08:58:22 PM
i had to laugh out loud. i really wanted to emulate you and i thought embroidery would be great to keep my hands busy while i give in to my new obsession with streaming netflix movies and tv series.

hand in hand down vintage land we go.  now.. oops. i just have to learn to embroider:)
42  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: look Ma, no pattern! box pleated? skirt thing? on: July 31, 2008 08:51:00 PM
i'd wear it too if i were just standing there, not moving, just like in the pic<except i'd pull my shirt down> but the material's a.. i don't know what it is.. a stretchy upholerstery fabric? so it's really heavy, doesn't take the pleat well and once it unpleats it sort of gapes outward and uhm it looks funny. and did i mention the fabric's heavy? and sort of weirdly stiff. except it stretches. yeah. i don't know.  i also didn't match all my seams up right so where side skirt/side skirt and side yoke/side yoke all meet at the intersection of 4 possibilities of seams going wrong.. some of them go wrong.. and it takes alot of ironing to try to tame them into submission.  :/

on the bright side, it does have some stretch so when i flat out ran to try and get coffee before the espresso stand closed there was plenty of stretch and i could do an easy quarter mile in it Wink
43  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / look Ma, no pattern! box pleated? skirt thing? on: July 31, 2008 07:05:59 PM

i bought fabric. i bought no pattern. i didn't want to make another exactsameasthelast7skirts. i thought i'd add... PLEATS. so. i added... a pleat. and here it is. ok anticlimactic story. the rest of it is that i bought the fabric, started to cut it up, got discouraged, my mom was like honey, pleats are for patterns, gave me consolation, and the pieces and all went into a ziplock baggie for the next 10 months. wish mom was still around so i could show her. not the most spectacular skirt. and i don't really like it now that it's done for many reasons. but by gosh by golly i got it done. so i'm sharing it here.

happy crafting to all and to all a good night
44  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The Spookey 4-foot Papier Mache Halloween Tree on: July 30, 2008 03:16:10 PM
My boyfriend saw this pic when I logged into craftster.

this has been a reenactment of our conversation. but pretty much how it went. It's a great tree though, I love it too.
45  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Vintage reconned slip - chocolate and strawberries on: July 30, 2008 10:35:58 AM
you are currently one of the worst influences on craftster on me.....
i have a few suitcases of clothing to recon.
a wall of fabric

and now i want to go find adorable vintage slips to make more adorable. i'm glad you keep posting these so i can live vicariously through the wonderful pics.. vintage slips, hand embroidery, hanging on a clothesline... great way to start every morning and pretend i live in vintage adorable land... until i have to leave the apartment and face the real world where logos replace embroidery. thanks for great Craftster starts to my mornings lately though Cheesy your slips just get more and more wonderful
46  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Scrub Fabric? on: July 23, 2008 09:36:06 PM
when i was sewing my own scrubs i just went to thrift stores and got kids sheets.. alot of them were cotton poly blends... cheap.. and they worked well... never had any problems with them... i pulled them out of the dryer and hung them up.. all was well in scrubland for me.
47  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: polkakitties! 1/2 shirt => skirt on: July 23, 2008 12:20:46 AM
postback- it's like tagbacks, only better.
i saw "polka kitties" and seriously... i was expecting polka dancing cats. i am much too tired. luckily this was way way cuter than my demented mind even imagined. i need more fun skirts myself now i think:>
48  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Somewhat Vintage and Totally Awesome Tunic/Dress/Shirt {A tad pic preggers.} on: July 23, 2008 12:00:09 AM
adorable and super well crafted. thumbs up. <short post. diving back into midterm studying. your post is my regularly scheduled craftster forum post reading to avoid brain melt. thanks for being a great one. down side, now i want to go sew. arg.>
49  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: This Is Not The Face Of Happy. Shirt hanging weird. on: July 21, 2008 07:46:11 AM
Heyya, thank you lotsandlots. The whole thing is basted together right now... Very glad I took the time to baste this and try it on, I don't usually. I wasn't too sure about how it was going to go together I tried repinning multiple ways...  some ways it hung uhm. farther apart on my shoulders but you can tell it's not suppose to because the whole thing slides in, from off my shoudlers towards my neck and regapes.  it's two layers, not interfaced.

here's where I confess, I had issues with following the pattern, and didnt do it properly. and I learned my lesson for at least the next week and will follow patterns more carefully.. Thing is, I assembled the yoke, front and back, incorrectly.. and made it smaller than it should have been<between overly wide seam allowances and other wrong assembly problems> So I expected it to actually be too small and was surprised when it was too large.

I like the idea of next time cutting on the bias. :>

ok, read everyone's posts. tried another round of repinning at shoulders and the best I can do is to get it to sit farther apart on my shoulders and not gape and as soon as I move the yoke comes closer to the neck. and it regapes. I tried running some stitches through the middle 1/3rd of the front yoke and making gathers.. it's already pleated in the body so it looks pretty funny once I start making even more gathers but that is the problem. the whole yoke's just too wide so... going to take apart the basting, take out some of the width of the front yoke, I think the back is ok, and it's all the front, and try repinning til I get a better fit and then make a new pattern piece from the refit yoke... and make a note to cut it on the bias because that should also help the material hold it's shape, right? and be less drapey?

Sorry, I talk babble. alot. There's so manymany parts to sewing. there's having some vision of what you want in the first place. construction technique. fitting technique. knowing your materials.. god only knows what else. It seems like anything really fun somehow ends up being an art, science, and coin toss with fate half the time. thanks for your help and patience:>:>

I'm wishing there was a sort of tutorial of quick cheat fixes, like the gathering to get the yoke to fit part. ya know? "if it gapes here and you ran out of fabric and can't cut a new piece try- gathering, pleating, ruching, tweakinginwhateverway" there are fit books and tutorials online about getting the proper fit but a sort of cheat list of- ok, you've gotten this far, it's not fitting right, you can't start over, you want it to fit right, now what? kind of thing... hmm. maybe it exists and I just missed it.
50  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / This Is Not The Face Of Happy. Shirt hanging weird. on: July 21, 2008 12:01:44 AM
So. I'm posting more here lately rather than lurking obsessive like. At one point I saw an obnoxious orange floral in mom's fabric stash. I said SO COOL. She said I'd never make and wear something from it. I said THROW DOWN I'll be wearing an orange floral Something one of these days and so began the mission... I never got around to finishing it so tonight I was down and thought I'd try to finish one of the dozens of ziplock baggies of WIPS this is what I pulled out. OK. back story complete...
No, the problem isn't the glaring orange floral, or the idea that I thought it would look GREAT with a purple top part,or the way the fleece sweats really set it off, nor the fact that I need to clean up my apartment, or that it looks like I'm in desperate need of botox, that's just the look of WTF happened to my top.
It hangs weird and gapes in front, I've tried pinning it different ways, I've tried getting it to hang on me different ways but it slips back to the gaping front position.
Did I just cut the yoke too large/wide? are my shoulders freakishly narrow? I'm not sure what's going on. any tips would be appreciated. I think the body is ok. and that it's the yoke that's the problem. but i'm not sure. basically. HELP. this is not the face of happy wearing the shirt:/ do not like the big ol' gaping front:/

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