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171  Re: deep deep cowl back halter? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Alexus1325 on: September 08, 2009 08:35:18 AM
If you mean what I think you mean, you want to basically have a long slit up the back of a halter top that has a cowl at the lower back, right?

To do that, take the back piece of your pattern. Cut across it at the waist, because when you add the cowl part, it will naturally sit lower than your waist. Now what you do is tape a new piece of paper (nice and wide) to the waist of the bottom piece and tape the bottom piece with it's new attachment to your desk. What you do next is take the corner of the top piece at the side seam, match it to the corner of the bottom piece at the side seam, and tape it in place with a few inches of spread between the centre-back corners. Smooth out the new line into a curve, and when you cut it, only the bottom portion will be aligned with the fold of the fabric.

That's the general outline of how you'd do it. I just extrapolated from the principles used to create a cowl-neckline. You'll need to experiment to get it exactly the way you want it, though.

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172  Re: Random Swap Round 2 - Signups 08/30/09 - 09/13/09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Alexus1325 on: September 05, 2009 12:57:07 PM
Here I sit agonizing if I want to join in or not... I'm about to start my last year of school, so busy busy busy! But seriously, that pancake bunny is classic random Cheesy The bunny is telling me to craft...

I had a "blue" tooth as a kid, too! I fell face-first onto concrete. It turned brown, and didn't fall out til over a year later.

For my randomness, I've chosen Lily Allen wearing Giles Deacon's "Who Killed Bambi?" dress. She's probably the only person who actually bought one. The fashion world was in an uproar for weeks!

The owner of the blog "Who Killed Bambi?" sarcastically featured it:


I don't think she was too impressed with Mr. Deacon's usage of Google.
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173  Re: HOW TO make a standup collar??? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Alexus1325 on: September 04, 2009 02:42:52 PM
Maybe a shape like this would work?

Well, except taller. I'm leet with paintbrush Tongue
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174  Tigers go RAWR! Shirt becomes underpants. in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Alexus1325 on: September 02, 2009 10:20:10 PM

So Mom got this shirt from Value Village, thinking it was perfect for her brother:

Turns out it was too small Sad So sad for my uncle. Mom gave it to me, knowing I could "do something with it." RIGHT SHE WAS!

My boyfriend now has fabulous tiger undies Cheesy

This shirt seems to be a men's XL (tag was cut out, so *could* be a large) and it was juuuuuust barely enough fabric for boxers for a man with a 34 inch natural waist (36 inch low waist). All I did to make the pattern was measure and trace a pair of his old undies and guesstimate the angles of the curves and whatnot. I'll be adjusting the pattern for sure, as it's a bit snug in the uh... nether parts.

Hope you likey Cheesy

*PS: Feel free to check out my post about fall fashion over on my blog. I welcome opinions, discussion, and being pointed to other cool stuff Cheesy
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175  Mo, The Mohawk'd Teddy Bear in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: August 30, 2009 11:58:27 AM
Awhile back, EssHaych wanted people to test a pattern for a teddy bear named Sam:


Despite some problems I had simply due to inexperience, he actually came together pretty well Cheesy Doing a teddy taught me alot about creating three-dimensional objects in crochet. Before I was even half done, I knew I wanted to give him a mohawk and gift him to my brother. He's made of black and grey leftover felting wool, with grey, light grey, and blue felting wool for his mohawk. He's also got a little felted tail, sparkley dark blue button eyes and an embroidered nose Cheesy His slight wonkiness simply adds to his charm Tongue My brother LOVES Mo (his choice of name Tongue), especially the little X's I used to attach his eyes. This is a 22 year old "man's man" that we're talking about, but he's always had a great sense of humour, so I knew Mo would be appreciated Cheesy

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176  (PICTURE PLUMP) Slash-and-weave, Tim Hortons, and Ruffly Bib of Awesome! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Alexus1325 on: August 29, 2009 08:48:37 PM
To draw views,*maniacal laughter*:

I've been busily crafting with other materials lately, but here's three clothing items I made this summer.

Kirkland Lake campus of Northern College tee from my BF's friend. I saw all these cool slash-and-weave recons and tutes that I *had* to try it! My BF really likes it Cheesy He hates my ruffle-butt jeans, though. He ripped the ruffle off last week, and I was too busy laughing to kill him Tongue That's ok, I'll do the ruffle again, but actually in the seam (which is how he wanted me to do it in the first place).

This started life as a men's XL non-official Tim Hortons tee from Mumsie and an old long-sleeved winter undershirt that just happened to be the exact same colour as the writing. I ran out of fabric so the arm-hole bindings are a bit snug and the collar is a half-train-wreck (that's the re-do, it's better than the first try). I hate that so many ready-to-wear garments are constructed OFF GRAIN. It makes reconning a hassle. It wasn't til I was done and looked at myself in the mirror that I realized it looks a bit like a cheerleading outfit Tongue

Lastly, something I bought the materials for way back in February. I found the autumn floral poly-cotton jersey at St. Vincent de Paul's, so roamed around looking for two tops that matched the colours in it. That ruffled bib was nightmarish to put in, but I LOVE the end result!

I have specific requests for critique:

Do you like the collar? It's a cravat threaded into an open-fronted turtleneck, but I'm not sure I like it. The higher neckline is appropriate for the general look I'm going for, but I'm considering attaching the cravat itself to the neckline, except at the middle so that I can still tie it. Then again, that collar is REALLY well-attached and it just might not be worth the effort...

And that waistband! Ugh, it's killing me! If I take it out and move the skirt up, in your opinion, would the skirt be TOO short??? Do you think it would look alright if I put a ruffle at the bottom to compensate for the shortening???

Thanks for looking Cheesy

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177  Re: Does Anyone Remember the 1970s? in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by Alexus1325 on: August 27, 2009 09:12:02 PM
Go to Google Image Search and type "70s fashion" and "70s disco fashion" as a start.

This is hilarious but definitely NOT SAFE FOR WORK. The pix from the 70s in the right-hand column are illustrative of various short-skirted styles in the 70s and also provide you an idea of hair-dos.


For something really casual, go attack your local second-hand stores. Get bell-bottoms in anything (corduroy, polyester, velveteen, coloured denim) or pants that you can convert with inserts at the calves, and a button-down shirt. Plaid is good, but paisley or other psychedelic patterns are excellent as well. Find a blazer or vest that is in the same colour range as the pants and shirt (eg same colour but different tone as the pants, or one of the colours in the shirt). Seriously. I have seen pix of my dad dressed like that, and Donna on "That 70s Show" dresses in a similar style alot.

Here's a pic of my fave vintage 70s outfit that I own (minus the shoes, they were too uncomfortable so I sold them):

This is more disco-style. Denim catsuit with a collar, polyester shirt with a wierd German-stag print (that collar is huuuuuge), sealskin belt (inherited from great-grandmother, it's actually from the dirty 30s), and loafer-style heels. Except for GG's belt, it's all from second-hand shops. You can just barely see the orangey-brown strips in the shirt's pattern that I used as my accessory colour.

Hopefully that was helpful Cheesy
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178  Re: T-shirt surgery question? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Alexus1325 on: August 07, 2009 01:27:04 AM
I hate that! A small dart starting in the armpit and aiming towards your nipple is usually all it takes to make it lie flat.

Or, if you're working with a bigger men's shirt, and are tracing either a pattern or one of your old shirts, make sure to cut yourself extra room in the boobage area, but point the armhole/shoulder towards where it's sposed to be. Here's a diagram showing what I mean:


The length of the armhole should stay roughly the same, and the shoulder should stay exactly where it is.

Hope that helps Cheesy
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179  Re: can i make a dress into playsuit? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Alexus1325 on: July 30, 2009 10:05:29 AM
Perhaps something like this?

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180  Re: NEED HELP FINDING A PATTERN FAST!! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Alexus1325 on: July 24, 2009 06:31:10 PM
I don't know of a pattern that matches what you're looking for, but I've seen the techniques used on it in other places. The free tunic dresses on Burda WOF website is like the skirt of this dress, but with a pleat rather than gathered. Anyways, I whipped up a diagram of what the pattern pieces should look like:

It looks like the dress is made of jersey, so technically the bodice wouldn't need a dart, but stuff always fits better with one. The width at the top of the skirt would be your hip measurement, and the pleat would be hip-minus-waist measurement. The bottom of the skirt looks like it should be somewhat smaller than the hip measurement, but larger than the waist measurement. The outside edge of the skirt may be more curved like ( rather than straight like \ to make sure there's plenty of room for your hips.

Good luck Cheesy
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