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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Garter Belts x3. Silk poppies, leopard print, tatoos, and more! on: January 05, 2010 09:15:42 AM
Do they hold stockings up for daily use?
I don't see why they couldn't!  I do use suspender clips so I wouldn't use them on my finest silk stockings, but they work great on thicker materials or fishnets.  I do use regular garter clips sometimes as well, but I just love how the suspender clips look Smiley

whoa those are BEAUTIFUL!
I loveee that poppy print!
I suppose most cotton prints arent really viable for garter belts are they?

Cotton can work well if you have a very tailored pattern.  I've seen people make high waisted garter belts out of cotton and reinforce with boning.  Bit more time consuming though! 
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: 6 Leopard Hats!! on: January 02, 2010 09:29:58 AM
Ooo, I want to try machine knitting so bad! But it's so hard to find a manufacturer that won't charge outrageous shipping prices. D:

Those are hats are fabulous btw and I really like the teal one! <3

I actually made these at a friends house (she has so many fantastic machines) but I do have a few of my own, all purchased at garage sales and thrift stores.  I don't have any electronic machines, but basic ones.  I paid $20 each (a real bargain).  You can also find them on ebay (or craigslist) for cheap as well!  Machine knitting can be really fun!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Garter Belts x3. Silk poppies, leopard print, tatoos, and more! on: January 01, 2010 11:14:29 AM
I usually make my garter belts out of knits and reclaimed materials, but this time I tried something a little new.  I made this one out of poppy printed silk chiffon with red silk accents and the like.  Took forever, but I love the result.

And I made 3 others with my usual knits and solid cottons:

Thanks for looking!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 6 Leopard Hats!! on: January 01, 2010 11:08:47 AM
I got a little carried away with these.. after the first one I decided I must make more in different colors.  I have so many ideas for future colorways as well, but so far this is what I came up with:

red and black

purple and black

Pink and black

teal and blue

gray on gray

cream and white!

They are all knit with 50/50 wool silk and 100% viscose yarn, except for the teal one which is bamboo and viscose.  I knit them on a Passap E-6000 machine.
Thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A bunch of Tank Tops!!!! *pic heavy* on: March 01, 2009 08:06:11 PM
I'm sick of the cold.. so I decided if I started making tank tops that it will start getting warmer outside.  Sensible yes?

Sex Pistols!



Murder City Devils!

Iggy Pop!
Almost all of my contrasting fabrics are t-shirt scraps.  Horray for recycling!
Thanks for looking Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: I feel like I know her, but sometimes, my arms bend back (Twin Peaks Hoodie) on: March 01, 2009 08:02:30 PM
Thanks everybody!!!
I've been wearing it every single day.. Love love!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I feel like I know her, but sometimes, my arms bend back (Twin Peaks Hoodie) on: February 24, 2009 11:10:06 AM
I never ever sew anything for myself... therefore my personal stash of fabrics/shirts to be done has grown ridiculously large.  I've been saving this shirt for years, waiting for the right project to come up.. I got sick of waiting so I cranked out this hoodie.
I used pink leopard knit for sleeves, hood and pocket.  The shirt itself was in pretty poor condition - really stretched out, lots of staining, and the material is super thin.  I reinforced every seam with extra topstitching.  Oh yes, all of the stitching is pink, and all of the inside serging is pink. 
I for some reason had difficulties taking a decent picture of the back - it's a portrait of Laura Palmer and it says "Who Killed Laura Palmer" - "Twin Peaks".
I loooooovvveee it!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 3 schmexy garter belts!! leopard, zebra, tattoos..... *pic heavy* on: February 07, 2009 03:35:08 PM
Ok I finally put together a tutorial!  I started a new thread for it here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=291197.0
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / sexy purple leopard and skull garter belt *WITH TUTORIAL* on: February 07, 2009 03:34:38 PM
Hi everyone!  I finally put together a tutorial for making your own garter belt (original thread was here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289593.0)

I made my garter belt using scraps left over from some t-shirt reconstructions (the skulls were a babydoll tee, the purple was part of an ugly 80s powersuit).  I got my suspenders from the thrift store.

What you need is:
    Fabric (scraps work well, I prefer knits but you can do a combo)
    Suspenders (or garter clips)
    Hook and Eye Tape (or bra closures)
    Fold-Over elastic (or edge binding, bias tape, picot elastic, whatever you want really)
    Decorations!! (this can be bows, appliqus, ribbon, whatever you want)
    Paper to make your pattern
    A garter belt or a pair of panties as a guide to make your pattern

1.    Trace your garter belt onto a piece of paper.  Smooth out your lines as needed and add seam allowance.  I decided to make mine paneled, so after tracing the garter belt I cut the pattern into 3 pieces and added seam allowance at that point.  Dont have a garter belt to trace?  Theres a great tutorial on punkrockdomestics.com for making a garter belt out of a pair of panties HERE: http://punkrockdomestics.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=29001&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=garter+belt

2.   Once you have your pattern ready, cut out all of your pieces!  Make sure everything is on grain you want to make sure it stretches (if using a non-stretch material, I find it best that the non-stretch is used for the front and back, not the sides).

3.   Pin your pieces together, stitch, then serge.

4.   Next, topstitch your seam allowances to one side.  This keeps your seams strong, flat, and if you use contrast stitching it can be a nice design detail.

5.   Now the fun part!  Decorate!  Stitch on all the crap you want (be sure not to sew anything where the straps will be!).  I find it easier to add bows last.. so.. if you want bows you might want to wait.  For this garter belt, I decided to add neon lace to the seams, and some eyelet tape to the front panel.

6.   Next, we attach our hook and eye closure.  I like to serge the edge of the fabric, stitch the hook(or eye) tape to it, right sides together, fold seam allowance towards the garter belt, then topstitch.  I like to do this now because I will be covering the edges of the hook/eye tape with the fold-over elastic.

7.   Now, we finish our bottom edges!  I attach the fold over elastic with the lingerie stitch (the one on your machine that looks like a zig-zag but its made up of a bunch of smaller stitches).  Once your bottom edges are done, serge/finish the four points of the garter belt.

8.   Now its time to attach your straps!  Suspenders generally are only adjustable on one side, so I decided to make those my front straps.  To determine length, try on your garter belt, decide where you want to wear it, and measure from the top of the belt down to where you want your stockings to be.  I have my front straps at 11.5 and my back at 12.5.  Pin on your straps and stitch em on!

9.   Were almost done!  Now its time to finish the top edge of your garter belt.  I used the same fold-over elastic with the lingerie stitch, but this time I stretch it slightly as I sew it down so that there is more elasticity.

10.   Ta da!  Now add any final touches (I added a bow and a heart padlock) and youre good to go!

Id love to see pictures if anyone makes their own.  If for some reason any of these steps are confusing, let me know and Ill see if I can clear it up.

Here are some other garter belts I made recently:

Thanks for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: embroidered cowboy shirt - my boyfriend is one lucky guy! on: February 03, 2009 09:25:50 AM
That turned out AMAZING!!! Everything looks great!
Yeah.. I've been planning on making my boyfriend a cowboy shirt for the past. oh.. 2 and a half years.. (I'm still scared). 
You pulled it off really well.  and your boyfriend looks incredibly happy Smiley 
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