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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: ew, i love girly tshirts on: April 03, 2008 11:02:24 AM
I adore these! The second one is by far, the best. It looks like something you so for 40 bucks at a boutique somewhere. I'm jealous!

Could you explain how you got the sleeves to look so nice? my puffed sleeves never turn out right.

Actually, how did you get the ribbing on the collar to lay flat, for that matter? i've two shirts i tried to recon but the collar doesn't lay flat and it annoys me.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help finding a dress pattern on: January 08, 2008 04:58:31 PM
This is also similar to the dress


but the pattern was a bitch to work with
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Enchanted Giselle Blue Dress? on: January 08, 2008 04:53:27 PM
The dress can be made, quite accurately, by following this pattern:


"New Look 6675"
The only alteration that would need to be made, is to extend the middle bodice into the full length, rather then stopping at the waistline.

Although I must admit, not easily. There appear to be quite a few layers involved. It could be simplified into two pieces: the under-dress [the white showing] and the over-dress [the blue]

 For the over-dress, create the cups in blue, and attach the modified pattern piece for the bodice/skirt to the cups. Leave the front open. Create a simple shift style dress to wear underneath.

Otherwise, you will have to attach the blue cups to the over dress and create a lining as the under dress.  Attach blue ribbon over top of the seamline, and tie a bow in the front.

The sleeves are modified crescent shape, with a straight edge inside of the inner curve, similar to a half circle, although with a very narrow radius.

does that make sense?


i noticed that this tutorial has how to make the sleeves, exactly.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: backless bra with straps? Anyone tried to recon a bra like this? (Picture Ad on: January 08, 2008 04:35:13 PM
May or may not be helpful, but if you could purchase this [no matter what size] you could alter it to fit your cup size. i honestly can't quite figure out how this would support you at all.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Umm... Help! on: January 08, 2008 04:31:49 PM
Honestly? Any formal skirt pattern that has a tulip hem in the back will do. the only alteration is the bow is attached by drawing up fabric and making it a pencil skirt.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: tissue holder with zipper on: November 22, 2007 02:35:03 PM
Somewhere floating around is a tutorial for a "zippered lined pouch" or something. it's a similar process. the only difference would be to sew the two pieces to a square back.

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: PLEASE help with fabric ID!!! on: November 22, 2007 02:31:28 PM
sometimes, on the selvage, the fabric might tell you who the manufacturer is.

otherwise, you may be out of luck. is there any way you can find a coordinating fabric to use and use that as accents??
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Pads for the Curvy Gal...Tutorial on: May 17, 2007 09:28:54 PM
Not sure who posed the question, but about the recyled diapers made from birdseye:

it's a type of cotton fabric [duh] but someone told me once you can get it at joann's. it might also be called "diaper flannel"? dunno. BUT i do know you can buy cheap prefold diapers out of birdseye at walmartor even amazon for under 10 bucks:

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: bathing suit time?!? on: April 05, 2007 09:20:03 AM
I made my own swim suit lat year; modeled it mainly off a rash guard i saw. the only thing that turned out decent was the bottoms.

i took a pair of my underwear and went to trace them, but chickened out at cutting my favorite pair. instead, i used the pattern based upon the t-shirt underwear recon available here:

i cut it out of Lycra i had, then i just added binding around the waist and the legs. i measured with a thick piece of elastic [it was nearly 2" wide, but i wanted it that way...] around my waist to where i wanted it to fit. then i cut a piece of Lycra about three times the width and a few inches extra in legnth. i folded the Lycra over the elastic to crate a casing, the simply [HA!] stitched it to the bottoms.

for the leg openings, i stitched a piece of Lycra all the way around the opening, turned it over, the stitched again. i was lazy, and didn't bother making sure the raw edges were caught inside because the fabric i got doesn't ravel.

 won't lie. it looks funny when it's not being worn, but it looks great on me. well. if seeing a fat chick in a swimsuit looks good. meh. whatever.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help!!!! Must make this dress on: March 05, 2007 03:01:00 PM
it's difficult to tell too much from the pictures you gave, but it looks like a simple princess seam dress that flares from the bottom. then it has a stripe of the printed fabric and bell sleeves.


this may be a good start, but in order to achieve the fuller look of the skirt, you'd have to modify the bottom portion of the pattern...

i'm not eactly sure how much info you need, or how much is useful to you. i've drafted my own patterns before, but i don't know how you'd feel about that.

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