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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Drapey (but flatering) Green Tube Top!!! Improved tute, q/a, and tips...! on: July 08, 2005 06:51:32 PM
So here's my lovely tube top. I've titled each section of this so you can read and skip as you like because its getting kind of long.


I love it! It was extremely simple to make and I might attpemt a little paint tute later on if anyone actually wants one. Theres a little earring/brooch pinned in the middle for a little accent. And I'm thinking about wearing it on a date........ Comments???

Okay so here's the tutorial -- you will kill yourself its so easy!!! A great first project. I love it I'm looking for more fabric to make a few more and add some straps so I can wear it to school!!! YAY!!!!!!! Anyways I hope this is a good Tute I've never posted any projects or tutes before, but anyways let me know if you have any more questions....


1) What you do is just place the middle part on the middle of your back, (I folded the top in just a little so its not a raw edge hanging out)

2) Pull the top edge around so that the two X's meet just above your bust

3) Pull until its tight enough to stay up but not like too tight (if you're having problems with a flimsy fabric I would suggest Adding elastic around the top when you are all finished like a thin elastic and zig zag it in - I didn't because the fabric worked, you shouldn't have to...)

4) Okay so then all you do is sew from where the two X's meet DOWN THE BOLD LINES (as far as desired, mine drapes enough so that my tummy doesn't show if you're worried about your tummy peeking sew the whole edge, I didn't)

5) Slip it on......... You're done......... One seam, thats it, YAY!!! and I think that the brooch really looks really good on the top, if you had a busy print or something you may decide against it, but I really like it......

Maybe this can help??
1. Cut a full fabric width (60") by desired lenght (20") rectangle
2. Wrap around your chest, overlapping fabric. Mark under your armpits (x)
3. Fold fabric in half (30"), right sides together. Cut the curve at bottom
4. With fabric folded, sew from selvages up to the x mark. the opening is the tube that holds over your breasts.
5. Final result will be a tube, with the middle of the fabric (fold in the diagram) in your back, the seam you made draping vertical over your chest

CrazyFool The brooch is just decoration, the weight of the fabric hanging in the front pulls the middle down slightly hence getting the rouching effect.

PuckrUpNkissMoi The back is completely flat and I was having issues uploading the picture it looks just like any normal tube or halter top

Mrssutton99 You sew along the edge where the Xs are. The beginning of the seam ends up being tight enough where it holds up the top part.

Pink Ballet Shoes I love Forever 21 and their wonderful tanks But I too have never wanted to spend that much So anyways The curve in the bottom makes the pointy part in the middle longer, eliminates some bulk, shows off your hips a little more, and makes the front flow a little better.

Crafty fiend It looks like a rectangle laid out with the top part of it sewn a little in the middle

Purple Heather The Xs meet up with each other and you sew outwards toward the open edge and NOT towards the fold, I have no idea how to measure it. I really did this on a whim and I just wrapped it around me and pulled it tight so that I knew it would stay up and those two points were in effect my new Xs Does that make sense??? Hope so

cataway - You can make a tube top using the "exaggerated seam allowance" method, but you will get a completely different drapey effect in the front - I've done that before too - But you have to sew a regular seam along the edge with the X's (so you are sewing paralell to the arrow that says "Must Stretch This Way") The only part of the top that is tight is the very top above the bust. The brooch is where the seam begins.

WHERE DO I SEW??? - This is a FAQ and so I'm answering it in general instead of individually - I've modified the tute to make it more clear and I added big BOLD lines on the picture that show the two edges that should be sewn together with a label that states that they should be sewn together. I hope this clears up the sewing issue! If not ........ Hmm.. Well I'll try something else.. Let me know.(the seam will hang vertically down the torso when worn)

miel - If you mean that your fabric is only 30 inches wide, just make two rectangles and sew them together, you need the 60 inches in order for it to drape, keep in mind that if the fabric is 30 inches folded in half it would work because the pattern that I show you on here is 60 inches layed flat

owalkerjillo - (I have no idea what the fabric is called it was dollar fabric from wal-mart) The fabric has to be stretchy and a little silky if you were to lay a square down and pick up the middle it must drape effortlessly, I tried to make a top like this out of a regular spandex and it did not work at all! But spandex is very stiff and cotton like so it didn't drape......

CraftinMyAssOff - PLEASE POST IT!!!!!!!!! Cheesy

catalabella - THATS GORGEOUS. I'm so glad you got it all figured out thankyour for the TUTE2 (now above)

miel - I love that fabric! Thankyou for posting your top!

-If you're going to add straps I'd use a more sturdy material instead of the stretchy material that you use for the rest of the top.
-Do not use a zig zag to sew the top, a straight stich will hold better in this case even with the stretchy fabric.
-owalkerjillo says "for more help on where to sew I just took a piece of random fabric and held it so that the middle was in the middle of my back and wrapped it around me. it made it so much easier to see where I needed to sew and what not." Thank you!
-do not use spandex the material MUST BE flowy and silky

You guys are great! Please post ALL finished products I would LOVE to see them!!!!!!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / adventursome project -- dance costume.... please help on: May 17, 2005 06:56:46 AM
I'm making a one piece dance costume it is a halter top and the pant section is a bell/bootcut pant. From the v of the halter neckline to the bellybutton is supposed to be cinched but that may not happen. Anyways I'm working with a strechy material. I was just wondering what I should do about pattern pieces. I have a halter pattern and could probably rig up a pant pattern but has anyone done anything like this before because I'd rather not have a seam going around my waist/hips and just have vertical seams. I'd also like it if anyone had tips for the neckline and the back like should I sew in elastic or what???
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Electric Scissors OOH My PLEASE help me!!! on: May 05, 2005 02:08:49 PM
My uncle bought me one pair and now bought me another (he's an elderly man, don't ask) so anyways. HOW DO I USE THESE THINGS. They are Singers and came with NO directions. I think maybe they have a special use and maybe I'm doing something wrong. Anyone have experience with these darn scissors.Huh??
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / I need to patent a design/pattern for a purse! HOW?!?!?!?!? on: May 04, 2005 07:35:17 AM
I have no idea how to go about patenting this pattern and design but I recently created a bag that is just adorable and very easy might I add. Well I did it in my Art class, and now this other girl is making another one and another one and well she's probably made like 4 or 5 now and it drives me crazy because it was my idea and now others are getting credit for it. I showed my Art teacher how to do one for herself, but I think that this girl is giving them to her friends so its really getting to me. So maybe I'm being selfish, but if any of you could help I'd really appreciate it.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Best Jewelry Tools???? on: March 24, 2005 06:53:32 AM
I want some REALLY GOOD needle nose pliers, wire cutters, and a crimp bead tool. etc. so anyways you get the point. What brands have you all been most satisfied with??? My birthday isn't until Aug.(when i'll probably ask for them) so if you could recommend some i'd appreciate it!
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Printing on fabric from a desktop printer. on: March 01, 2005 06:49:54 AM
This may be in the wrong place someone please move it if it is. I just wanted to know if you can print directly onto fabric on a computer printer or would it just jam the thing up completely. I'm not willing to take a lot of time messing with a real screen print thing right now i just have one pic that i need to print out and somehow get it on the purse. Originally i was just going to sew on a plastic transparent plastic over the printed photo onto the purse. I then realized that this is going to be my very favorite purse and i want to make it GOOD. Thankyou all very much. Steena
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / can anyone tell me about crimping beads? on: December 27, 2004 06:52:17 PM
in the past two days i've made about 20 or 30 pairs of adorable earrings and when i went to buy my wire tool there was a crimping tool right next to it. when my friend made me a necklace she used crimping beads. what exactly do they do??? and how do they work?Huh? thankyou all
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / pricing for a craft fair of sorts please help!!! on: December 05, 2004 07:37:34 PM
in january i am going to have a small show at our local flower shop. our town is about 3000 people or maybe some more i'm not sure. just to give you an idea. anyways i need to know how much i should charge for the things i'm making. i'm selling them on consignment so whatever i charge i get back all the money. here's a list of the things i'm making. if you could give me any suggestions it'd would be greatly appreciated.

berets (hats) -
small purse-
large purse-

any additional input would be a big help as far as like how i should present the things or how much i should make. thankyou all.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Custom Clothing Tags??? on: August 04, 2004 05:45:32 PM
i really didn't know where to post this because i didn't know if it was a silk screening thing or any of those or if it should be here. so i hope someone answers but anyways. i need to find somewhere to buy tags that i can customize (and how would i do that) or i want to find somewhere where they will customize them for me and then i can buy them. i'm starting my own buisness and i need these tags soon and very badly. thankyou!!!!!!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Iron ons and printing from your computer on: July 22, 2004 03:15:40 PM
what are the best iron ons so i can print sayings an pics out from my computer to iron onto shirts???
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