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1  Tie Dye doesn't have to be tacky... in Dyeing: Completed Projects by lstarr on: October 16, 2005 08:46:27 AM
I thought I would share my tie-dying experience. I think it turned out really neat.
I dipped the shirt in parts at a time so the top of the shoulders is blue, the middle is green and the bottom corner is yellow underneath red. The trick is to tie your elastics really tight so the areas underneath are really white. The white circles remind me of stars!

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2  Eye Mask in Completed Projects by lstarr on: July 24, 2004 12:48:47 PM
I'm starting the night shift this week so I made myself an eye mask out of some black flannel stuffed with old t-shirt material:

It was my first time using piping and I don't think it was worth it  Embarrassed The rounded shape didn't make it any easier.

Here's the pattern I used:
Seam allowance has to be added though, mine is a bit small.
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3  Boring Photos in What the heck can I do with THIS? by lstarr on: July 12, 2004 09:10:32 PM
I have about 50 4X6 photos of the "Quebec landscape" (only one landscape I guess cause most of them look the same) that I'd like to get rid of somehow. I think they're kind of boring because there are no people in them. Would anyone else like them? Can anybody think of something I can do with them??

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4  Quickie Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lstarr on: July 11, 2004 07:49:43 PM
I made this dress last night for a kareoke party! out of two shirts my dad didn't want anymore. Basically I made a tube out of the green one and then cut two triangles out of the white one. I made a dart in them and sewed them onto the green seam allowance.

What do you think?
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5  Re: Wildlife T-Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lstarr on: July 11, 2004 01:33:34 PM
I didn't forget about my tutorial, I was on vacation!  Cheesy

I've found that the slip stitch is working for the sleeves of my wildlife tshirt but not the hem at the bottom. Right now, I'm going to recommend doing a top-stitch kind of hem. You can see it but it will be better for a knit because it's easier to do a stretch stitch with a machine. Tell us how you did it!!

I started with a biiig t-shirt and a little tshirt (the small one is the size I want my new one to be). I lined up the necks of the shirts which were roughly the same size and then put pins all around the little shirt (in blue).

Doing it this way might not give you long enough sleeves! It really depends on the length from the neck to the start of the sleeve (the original shirts shoulder).
I cut off the sleeves. I wasn't sure how much extra I would need for a hem. If you are going to do it this way, you probably want to cut off the sleeve right at the seam so you don't see it.

I cut out the shape of the pins. Remember to leave about an inch for seam allowance!! My tshirt was all stretched so I left didn't cut off the bottom at this point. I left the bottom hem until the very end when i could try it on. I also left the pins in so I know where to sew/serge.

When I cut the extra off around the sleeves, I left lots of extra seam allowance  just in case. I also left the pins in. The orange line is the original sleeve seam.

Here is it, ready to be sewn! (except the bottom which is really long at the moment)

This part is easy. Turn the shirt inside out and sew along the lines of the pins (take them out as you go along). When you get to the armpit, put the needle down, lift up the foot and turn the shirt, then start sewing again. Here's mine:

I just top stitched the edge of the sleeves.

I think I'll sew some lace around the top of mine...
Now try it for yourself!! Cool

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6  Re: help! can someone tell me how to sew darts? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by lstarr on: July 11, 2004 11:57:40 AM
You don't have to buy dressmaker's carbon because there are other ways to transfer the dart onto the fabric. You can draw on dots with chalk on a dressmakers pencil instead of drawing the whole line. If you do buy the carbon paper there should be directions on the back. If not, let me know and i will try to scan the instructions off of my package.

Also, in my last post I failed to mention that you should take a few stitches along the fold at the point of the dart (or both if its a double pointed dart).

And my own little tutorial!

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7  Re: Hemming Jeans Preserving Original Hem? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by lstarr on: July 05, 2004 08:50:37 PM
I bought two pairs of jeans from Value Village that had been hemmed this way. I think they look pretty swell. Here are the pictures:

I realize they are hard to see  Undecided
What they did was pinch/fold the amount they wanted to shorten the pants right above the hem. They cut the extra off and serged it but if it wasnt alot you could just leave it folded. Then they sewed on the outside right on top of the original hem in a dark colour you can't really see. It's kind of like "stiching in the ditch." I think it's pretty good but I haven't tried it myself but I'm sure I will, being so short lol
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8  Re: DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by lstarr on: July 03, 2004 07:44:49 PM
This is a really good tutorial. I've never heard/thought of using a waterproof/nylon lining, I may have to try that. I just use various thicknesses of washcloth material.
I made my own pattern based off of another pattern that was too big:

On the inside the edges are cut with pinking shears because it is really hard to serge this shape. In the pattern basically the stars get sewed onto the stars and the circles on the circles. Then the whole thing gets turned inside out. I use a safety pin to keep the wings together because Velcro scratches and I can't figure out how to put on snaps.
It's a really big picture so go to: http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v283/lstarr/paddern.jpg if you'd like the full-size version.
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9  No Dice in Stenciling: Completed Projects by lstarr on: June 29, 2004 08:29:55 PM
My boyfriend says this ALL THE TIME and I'm sick of hearing it!!! So, I stenciled it on his shirt (His forehead wasn't big enough). He thinks it's really awesome and he's going to wear it to his Magic tourney this weekend. He plans on taking orders.....
Anyway after that trip into WierdLand...
There are a few little leaks but hopefully no one will notice!! Enjoy!
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