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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Nursing top--with TUTE! on: August 17, 2007 08:54:12 PM
Wow! Now I have like million ideas on my head...  You used only one rectangle from the flower-top, am I right?   

Yep, one rectangle.  And one strap  Cheesy  And hey, share some of those ideas...one nursing top does not a wardrobe make!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Nursing maternity shirts? on: August 16, 2007 09:51:59 PM
It looks like you might have done something similar in the pic you just posted, but here's a link to a tute I just did for a nursing shirt recon that you could easily make out of two maternity shirts: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=190612.0

Also I made a nursing maternity top using the rostichery twist top tute mention in a pp...all I did was make the underlayer more of a trapezoid with a curved bottom instead of a rectangle, if that makes any sense.  It sort of just looks like the front piece is extra flowy. 
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nursing top--with TUTE! on: August 16, 2007 09:41:38 PM
I've lurked here for awhile but I haven't seen anything quite like this, so I thought I'd give this tutorial thing a try.  Many thanks to the rostitchery tutorials ([urlhttp://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/techniques/index.html[/url] )for inspiration  Smiley

Tonight I turned these

into this nursing top:

Sorry about the flash and crummy pic. Here's a pic showing the nursing opening (you pull the top part up and bottom part down):

Here's how I did it:

I started out with the two shirts and seam ripped them up both sides all the way to the armpit.

Then I cut the flowered one across from armpit to armpit to make a rectangle. In the pic, you'll see I actually made a little divot in the middle of the top so it wouldn't show under the deep v of the top part.

Then I gathered the entire top of the of long sleeve tee in the middle and used one of the straps from the tank to secure it:
Note: this made for a lot of fabric over the chest. Next time, I think I will cut about 1/3 of the fabric off the bottom of the orange tee, rehem the bottom, and then do the gathering. 

Next I gathered the edges of the top tee so they reached about halfway down the back and basted them to the back of the long sleeve tee. Here's a pic of my pinning for basting

and one of me trying it on over a different tank to see how it fit (this would be where I should have noticed that even my giant nursing boobs are no where near a size 44EEE so I probably should have used less fabric -LOL)

Going back to the flowered tank rectangle, I attached a piece of 1/4" elastic across the top, stretching slightly. Ignore the horrendous sewing job 

Finally, I sewed the flowered rectangle onto my orange tee (orange tee was turned inside out):

Done! I'm not sure that I like the two different fabrics...I think I might like it better with two matched shirts, but this is what I had lying around and I thought it would make it easier to explain the process.

Note: if you don't like the gathered top, you could also just cut off about the bottom third of the top shirt, resew that hem, and then sew the underlayer on as above.  It would make a Boob-style top like the one shown here: http://www.duematernity.com/bovrinutop.html.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Watermelon, Polka Dot, Leopard AND Roses Twirly Party Dress! on: August 16, 2007 09:35:57 PM
That's beautiful!  It's like a little slice of summer in a twirly dress  Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Shorts & shirt pocket applique for Toddler Birthday Boy on: August 16, 2007 09:32:46 PM
Great idea!  If there's one thing little people love, it's showing off how big they are!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Sushi Twirly Skirt Dress, with pics and action shot on: August 16, 2007 09:31:09 PM
Super cute!  I have some sushi fabric too that I made into little baby pants.  Why do I love pics of raw fish on kids???
7  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Minneapolis Craft Group starting soon and looking for space to have????? on: July 29, 2007 09:52:22 PM
They don't serve coffee, but have you looked into reserving space at a local parks and rec building?  Not sure if this would work or if it costs $$, but might be a thought. 

Another thought is Clickety Sticks on 50th St has space where they offer classes, maybe they would be open to hosting a group?  Same with Wonderment in Linden Hills. 

What part of mpls are you thinking about?  I can think of several little neighborhood coffee shops in the Nokomis/Longfellow neighborhoods, but I'm not how much space you're really thinking about needing. 

That's all I can come up with on top of my head, but I'll think about it some more.
8  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Who's who? on: July 29, 2007 09:35:29 PM
Hi, I'm Christy.  Just stumbled across this and thought I'd introduce myself.  I live in Mpls and am a SAHM to three little tasmanian devils disguised as darling children (but I'm not fooled  Wink ). I knit, crochet, and sew, mostly kid stuff because it's little and gets done quickly.  I've been in the mood to meet some other crafty folk!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Adding roll up cuff to baby pants--help! on: May 06, 2007 04:19:42 PM
Stitch witchery it is, then!  Thanks  Grin
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Adding roll up cuff to baby pants--help! on: May 05, 2007 09:15:23 PM
Sorry to be unclear, I'm having a hard time explaining this, but will try again...  The problem comes with how to attach the cuff to the inside of the pant leg while still hiding the raw edges so they aren't seen when the cuff is turned up.  I can't "premake" the cuff (ie sew it into a circle, then fold in half) and attach to the finished leg because the leg is too small for me to get around the arm of my sewing machine and the cuff is too long for me to just push the extra fabric aside and sew it without going around the arm of the machine (yes, I could do it by hand, but I'm a bit too lazy and my hand sewing way too messy! LOL).    If I fold the cuff in half, flat, and attach the cuff front and back at the same time to the flat pant leg, then when I sew up the leg seams, the raw edges show on the cuff part too, so you can see them when it gets folded up. 

The only way I can see to hide the raw edges is to sew the cuff, flat, to the front of the pants, sew the entire leg seam, then fold the bottom of the cuff to the inside of the pants so that the top of the cuff on the inside matches the top of the cuff on the outside.  Then when you fold up the cuff, it looks nice, and the raw edges of the cuff are hidden inside the fold. BUT when I do this I'm back to the problem of the tiny finished pant leg being too small to fit around my machine arm so I have no way to sew the inside edge of the cuff to the pants.  I know I've seen pants like this before, and I was just wondering if there was some obvious solution I was missing (or maybe people who make these pants just have really small machine arms?). 

If you are suggesting something different than what I've said above and I'm just not understanding, sorry for being so dense!
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