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1  Re: DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by thixle on: May 10, 2004 12:52:43 PM
Awww-- Starmeg, those are so adorable! Is that flannel? It makes Aunt Flo so cheery!

VoiceFromAfar-- I have a little cloth bag (hehe, Jordy-style but only about 3 inches tall) that has a velcro closure. I pop the used one in a zip-lock baggie and tuck it into the bag. No mess and no one can see it in my backpack (or purse, whatever)... The best part: it is made patch-work style from my old undies and has a matching bag to store my clean ones!

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2  Re:corset? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by thixle on: March 02, 2004 02:18:16 PM
The satin stitch is functional and decorative. Lets see if I can explain: I stitched the front to the lining with a stright stitch. Then, because the stitching was wavy, I went back through all the layers with the satin stitch- both re-inforcing the seam and making it pretty. Then, I straight stitched through all the layers to make a channel for the boning.

evlcuddlz-- Remember, this is my first sewing machine project, so don't be intimidated at all.
As for placement of the seams: With this one, it was fairly easy, because John is all stright lines, I just angled them in to the front bottom to give a slimmer look. It doesn't work that way for women, unless you want a "victorian" straight corset... But they flatten the boobs too much for my liking.

Right now, I'm working on mine, as well as teaching two other gals in my Fibers class how to make corsets. So, three different body types and I think I have a formula for boning/seam placement.

First mark the front center and back center with a straight vertical line. Use electrical tape to make the line straight and still contoured to the body (does that make sense?). Second mark a straight vertical line on each side of the body (under the armpit, splitting the body in half-- same amount of corset on either side when you look directly at it in profile). So, now you have four different panels in the corset, about the same width.  -these are marked with the thicker lines-

Next you'll mark the back. If you want your corset to be open a bit in the back when you lace up, mark another vertical line just to the side of the center line. Then divide the back into two or three sections (I only drew it with three sections). Just make the sections about the same width at the waist.

Finally mark the front. For a flatter bust area (and easier sew), mark one line that goes right over your nipple, tapering to the front bottom. Use electrical tape to get a good straight line. The other front section will start at the "armpit" side of your breast, tapering toward the front bottom, to give a little lift and shape. It should go over your hip bone.
For a "rounder" bust, mark two lines through the breast, on either side of the nipple. Then mark a line to the "armpit" side, going over the hip bone. When you cut out the duct tape, the breast piece (where your nipple would be) will still be round. Cut that open to where it will lay flat-- making a gusset that you will sew together.

Here is what I mean about the breast gusset:
With the duct tape pattern, from the inside:

And the outside:

Hope that helps!
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3  Re:corset? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by thixle on: February 22, 2004 01:44:14 PM
I finally have pics of the corset!!! Finally... But, no pics of my buddy wearing it... YET. Keep in mind as you view, that this is for a barrell-chested man, not a woman.

Here is the front (closest to the actual color):

And the back:

Close-up of the stitching, the metal bones are to either side of the thick black machine "satin" stitch:

Close-up of the hook 'n eye front closure (as seen from the inside):

So... what do you think?
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4  Re:Undergarments and So Forth in What the heck can I do with THIS? by thixle on: February 08, 2004 05:22:12 PM
Ok, I took MissRoo's advice (again, lol) and made a smaller, matching bag to carry around. Here are the 2 undie bags, with my iron to show the size! The little bag was pretty hard to do because it just barely fit over my sewing machine "arm" thing.

Good sides:

Not-so-good sides:
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5  Re:Undergarments and So Forth in What the heck can I do with THIS? by thixle on: February 05, 2004 02:26:50 PM
Here is what I made from my undies! This is a horrid photo, but... It is a bag to hold my "feminine supplies." I made two crazy quilt squares, then sewed them onto fabric and made the bag-- a la Jordy's messenger bag tutorial! (but without the strap because it will stay in my bathroom cabinet)

I only used my blue undies, so I still have more to use!  Grin
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6  DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by thixle on: January 21, 2004 09:58:40 PM
Cloth pads, as in, ahem, menstrual pads! There was a lot of talk on glitter of cloth pads, so I did some research, and came up with my own pattern. I thought I would share here for those who have wondered, or who have never heard of non-disposable menstrual pads.

I "recycled" a black cotton t-shirt, cotton shorts, and waterproof nylon shorts to make this. But, you can purchase fabric (flannel is easier to sew than t-shirt) if you want. I just had these fabrics laying around.  

Here are the websites that helped me the most on fabric selection, etc. (but I don't have a serger, nor did I like the shapes of their pads very much, hence, making my own pattern):
You can also do a web search for "cloth menstrual pads" for a LOT more information.

On to the tutorial!

1.  The pattern pieces cut out--> Top- 1 fashion fabric, 1 lining; Backing "wings"- 2 cotton, 2 nylon:

2.  Fold over 1/2 inch on straight side of all Backing "wings," press. Lay down 1 nylon piece, fold side pointing up. (I used fusable seam tape here to hold them together because the nylon slips around, but you can just pin.) Then lay the cotton piece on top, fold pointing down. Iron to fuse together, or just pin and go to next step.

3.  Sew the straight sides of the "wings" using a zig-zag stitch to make it pretty  Wink

4.  Now, stack all the layers like this:

5.  Even up your edges and pin them together. (they are in the order of step 4). I left HUGE seam allowances, cause I can sew on a line better than I can by following the edge of the fabric, so here I traced my "actual size" template:

6.  Sew a straight stitch all the way around on that line, then trim off the excess edges. You'll want to cut about 1/8 inch from the sew line:

7.  Turn right side out and press

8.  *horrible pic* Here, I have used a zig-zag stitch to top-stitch the pad (around the edges to keep it flat), and added velcro for closure. You can use buttons, snaps, etc for a closure:

Top of the pad:

Bottom of the pad (shown here with toweling insert):

I thought the $$$ print fabric showed off the idea nicely. Instead of paying sooo much money every month, these are pretty cheap, really easy, and last for years.

*I got so excited, that I had to post this now! I'll be back shortly with link to the actual patterns, and how to sew the toweling inserts!*  

Here it all is: http://web.archive.org/web/20060113103104/http://www.geocities.com/thixle/diypads_tutorial.html
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7  wedding set in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by thixle on: January 19, 2004 03:09:45 PM
I am posting these for a friend who is getting married in June. She is making most of her accessories for the wedding. Here is the flower girl basket (just a plain wicker thrift-store basket, with fake leaves hot glued on)... and her guest-book pen (made like the "flower pot" pens on craftster!):

She is also going to make the guest book, by covering it with leaves!

Just wanted to share  Grin (she is now a member, redbutterfly, but doesn't have a pic account yet)
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8  Re:flapper costume in Halloween Costumes by thixle on: December 27, 2003 05:04:55 PM
I think I'm the only one who hasn't seen Chicago yet, but this will give you an idea of what I did. The dress only cost $2, so it was no loss if I screwed up. (and it was really a lot easier than it sounds). As abricot said, it was an 80's dress, plain black, basically straight (it curved out at the bottom) and 1 or 2 sizes too big. Oh, and it didn't have any zippers, so I didn't have to mess with that. This was a few years ago, but here is what I did:

I chopped off the top and hemmed it, then sewed on straps (made straps from the sleeves, just long, skinny rectangles).
Then I put it on inside out, marked where I wanted the "waist" to be-- lower than your natural waist- at or just above the hips. Then I took it off and gathered it on that line. (Just hand sewed a big running stitch and pulled it tight to make gathers.)

I liked the shape, but I wanted more "back intrest," so... I cut the big V in the back-- don't cut it too deep, or you won't be able to wear it out.  Then I hemmed that.  
I know I sewed on 2 rows of black fringe (couldn't afford any more, hehe) at the top.  

To hold the back closed, I took a rope of plastic beads (the kind you wrap around christmas trees)... I attached a strand at the top of the dress between the straps that just went straight across. Ok, you know how the beads have a little space between them where the string is? I sewed THAT part to the fabric.... need pic:

Just make sure to REALLY sew it down, it holds the back closed. Then I hung more beads from that, tacking them in place and sewing them to the V the same way.
After I had all that done, I put it on (with a belt around the gathered "waist" to hold it tighter), bagged the top out over the belt, and marked how long I wanted it to be. Then I just chopped that off and hemmed it. It hit just below the knee.

Really, it was a lot easier than it sounds and tons of fun... Oh, the headband and garters were just long, skinny rectangles with elastic in them and fake flowers attached.
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9  heat/ cold pack rice pillows! in Completed Projects by thixle on: December 25, 2003 01:58:28 PM
These were a big hit today at Christmas! You can make the covers out of plain material (as I did) and paint designs, or use a fancy fabric!

Here are the ones I made:

And, my favorite (Yes, it is "Amy Brown" inspired, and hopefully, I haven't infringed on the copyright-- not selling):
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10  Ill-Fitting PJ Bottoms: Fit to Perfection! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by thixle on: December 21, 2003 05:43:10 PM
I love pajama bottoms... I always end up with a new pair around Christmas that just don't fit. You know the kind I'm talking about: the big, elastic waisted, huge crotch, tight leg man-pants with a button fly. I like mine to fit well, and thought you all might like it too! So how 'bout a tutorial for reconstructed PANTS this time. Turn those ill-fitting pants into great fitting drawstring pants!

1.  Put your pj's on inside out. Pull them up to where the crotch is comfy. At this point, the waist should be somewhere near your armpits. Make sure they are high enough in the waist to take off the elastic, and leave 1.5 inches to fold over for the new waist band (think hip hugger). If they aren't tall enough, you can just put some bias tape on later.
Mark on the side seam where your hips stick out the farthest. If you've got pockets in them, this spot will probably be at the bottom of the pocket.

2.  Now, take them off and chop off the waistband. If there are pockets, grab a seam ripper and take them out. Split the side seam down to the place you marked for the hips.

3.  Grab some pins. Put the pj's back on inside out. Pin the side seams at a comfortably loose point, angling down to the wide hip point.

4.  Look at your butt in the mirror. You'll probably want to take about an inch off of the back seam at the top so your butt doesn't look flat. Pin at the top, angling down to join the origional seam near the crotch.

Now, pull them off and sew where you pinned (red lines). Put them on right side out this time and make sure they fit. The waist should just be a bit loose. Then reinforce the seams.

5. All that's left is finishing the waist band. It's really just a basic hem. Fold the top over about 1.5 inches. Press, then sew 1/4 inch from the top, all the way around. Fold uder the raw edge and press. You are going to make a channel for your drawstring to go through, so you need to leave enough room for it. Sew down about 3/4 of an inch from the top seam.

If you've got a button fly, DON'T sew it down! Leave it open like this pic:

Cut a little hole for the drawstring to go through and buttonhole (blanket stitch) around it. Thread your drawstring through (if you hook it onto a saftey pin, it threads really easy). Put them on, and prance around in your "new" pj bottoms!!!

Ooops, thought we were done-- You may be if you like those tight leg holes... I don't. If you are lucky enough to have pockets, just use the fabric from them to make bell bottoms that match (you can always use contrasting fabric, though). Cut the fabric into 2 triangles, split the seams on the cuff of the pants, and sew the trangles in. Easy-peasy. Put them back on and continue prancing!!!

Here are my "new" bottoms. It took about an hour start to finish.


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