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Topic: what to do when your basement is too creepy for doing laundry  (Read 3856 times)
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« on: May 29, 2008 08:16:35 PM »

A couple of weeks ago there came a night when I realized  Shocked I had not done laundry in far too long and had nothing to wear to work the next day. The laundromat was closed by this time and even though there is a coin washer in our basement, I did not want to go down there in the middle of the night to wash anything; basements frighten me even when they're normal, but ours is definitely not that. We have to go outside to the back porch and open a "trap door" to go down into our basement and it is super creepy because 1/2 the floor is still dirt from when the building was built in the 20's and there are random holes all over the place covered up by plywood. Neither me nor my roommate have yet been brave enough to lift any of the plywood to see what's in the holes. Plus there really is no lighting other than a garage lamp (the kind with an extension cord and a cage around it that you would use when working under the hood of a car) hanging directly over the washing machine. So what to do about clothes for work? Why, get out the sewing machine and browse through the fabric stash of course!

I had not made anything without a paper pattern before, but I have done a lot of sewing of clothes in the past. I found this polyester knit I had forgotten about in the bottom of my cedar chest; about 2 yards of it. I laid it out on the kitchen floor and, placing a camisole on top for reference, cut out the back piece. Then I used the back piece as a template for cutting out the front piece, only I drew out what I hoped would turn out to be a cowl neck and cut that out as well as completely guessing on what the sleeves should look like. I tried making them large and figured if they were too big I could just gather them slightly and make them poofy at the top.

After sewing the sleeves on and sewing the shoulder seams together I tried it on to make sure all was going correctly and dang, I didn't cut the knit out the right direction and the stretch was going up and down instead of side to side so it wouldn't fit across my tummy, let alone my hips at the bottom! So I eyeballed a triangle shape to add to the side seams and then finished all the edges with some antique lace I got from Grandma's stash a few months ago.

Close-up of fabric, quite true to color

Front view

So you can see the shape of the sleeves

Inserted triangle

Back view

Let me know what you think, please, as I am excited about it being the first thing I've ever made without an actual pattern!
The greenish shiny stuff behind me to my right is part of the canopy I made for my bed (the frame is made of old cedar fenceposts and my dad created the entire thing himself from napkin drawing (seriously) to completion. He is just that awesome. I will take pics of it and the canopy I created for it someday when I have access to something better than a webcam for taking pictures)
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2008 09:20:56 PM »

I hear ya!  I don't like basements either.

Great job on your shirt!  It looks really comfortable.


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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2008 02:43:02 AM »

shudders! no way would I use your basement either ekkkk! scary shivers!!! as for your top, its fantastic! I love it well done on being so creative

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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2008 08:03:53 AM »

I hear ya!  I don't like basements either.

Great job on your shirt!  It looks really comfortable.

Thanks! It is super comfy. There's lots of room and it's really nice to wear out during the day when it's hot but still a little breezy; like when I'm riding my bicycle to work and back ^.^
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2008 03:41:53 PM »

I love it! You did a great job of turning a mistake into something gorgeous. I would have sewn something, too, if I had your basement!
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2008 05:07:22 AM »

Shockedwow this is very cool. you need never go down to the basement again! just sew new stuff every night! I've ben searching for a pattern to suit some fabby poly/spandex crazy pattern material I got in the remnants bin but i might just use this as inspiration and forgo the pattern. Thanks!
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2008 01:10:41 AM »

I love the frilly flouncy sleeves.

« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2008 06:57:05 PM »

I really love your shirt and the improvisation you did with the triangles. It's very cute. Also, I love the lace!
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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2008 11:55:42 AM »

Very resourceful solution to quite the predicament!  Love it.

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