Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Crusade 2010

So I have decided at the spur of the moment to motivate my self and build a body of crafty work.

The crusade is to create/finish/do a project a day for the entire year of 2010. Yes, seriously. In the interests keeping touch with reality, I mean that I will do 365 projects in 2010... mostly one a day though I intend to bank a few, cause you know I will go on vacation, have a hang over, run off with the pool boy, etc at one point or another in the coming year. So I have officially begun the count down Dec. 29th, 2009.

Each of the official "ya, I did it and wasn't just shooting my mouth off" projects will be numbered starting with #365 and going on down from there. 

These projects will be primarily crafty/sewing but could include other disciplines. For example doing an illustration for a future silk screen or pattern drafting for longer projects like corsets.

As some of you know (and others will learn) I often make myself little tutorials like things to think out a project that I am either modifying from another idea or doing from scratch. I also will be including my source of inspiration... cause not giving credit where credit is due sucks.

I invite others to join me and if you feel motivated you can contact me and become a contributor to this blog... moughh ha ha. Contact me by clicking on any of the little mail/envelope icons all over this blog especially at the end of posts.

Note about my work with clothing. There are ton's of resources out there for thin folks both for crafts and for fashion. When I look for resources that will look good on my body type the pickin' are slim (pun intended). My project, designs, modification and reconstructions are designed mostly for larger women like myself.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

#365 Sleeveless Wrap Shirt - Getting a jump on 2010

UPDATE: This is what I ended up with ;) Action pic's coming soon.
Modifications to the method are in red


This is what I am trying for:

I started with a long sleeve t-shirt (xxl) from target $6
I used tailor chalk
Sewing machine
(and possibly other t-shirt scraps)

Step 1 - Mark out your shirt
If you don't have a body dummy you will need a friend for this part.
Put the shirt on inside out.
Mark where the shoulders end
Next along the sides, pin down from the desired arm pit to where you want your to to end. Be careful to pin equally on each side. I like my shirts fitted but not tight so I was careful to not pull on the shir and left a bit of ease. Follow the pin lines with the caulk to roughly mark out the new fit of your shirt... do this on both the front and back!

With the tailors chalk (and pins if you like)mark out where the shirt will end in the center front and back.

Mark under the bust line (being careful to press the shirt up under a larger bust to represent where you actually wear the shirt). Mark this line center and sides... this is so you know where to put the wrappy bits.

Also mark on the sides where you want the wrappy bits to end... thinner and by the bust you end up with an empire waist effect. Thicker and more down you end up with a textured tunic feel (what I am going for).

Step 2 - Cut it up

With the shirt layed out as flat as possible clean up the chalk marks on both sides of shirt.. try to true them up as much as possible. You can do this before or after you cut off the sleeves.
Cut off the sleeves.

If you are going to finish the open edges of the bottom and arm holes cut them off a half  or a quarter of an inch over your marks.

Cut off the excess at the bottom.
Instead of cutting it off I left it and it gave me a great slimming paneled feel of an asian tunic... Though I had to rip out stitches at the end. Next time just mark the drop off point. That is the widest point of your hip or the apex of your hip curve.... is is were the side seams will end.

Next cut up the sides leaving half an inch for seam allowance.

Step 3 - Make the wrappy strip bits

Next do a bit of planning. Us the math from where you marked out your top in step 1. Lay open the sleeves and cut them as show. See the notes on the little drawings.

In the end I ended cutting each sleeve in three bits that ended up as tappered trapaziods like the illustration and sewed them together. I used french seams because I don't have a serger (yet!) but I wouldn't do that again as it was really to bulky for this kind of knit.

Then sew the bits of sleeves together till you have a strip that will go from one side of your body across the front and to the back with enough ease to tie comfortable. Add scraps of other t-shirt fabric as needed.

Step 4 - Put it together

This is a good time to check fit. Throw it over your head and make sure everything is landing correctly and that you have arm holes you like. Mark any fit corrections with chalk and pins.

Fold open the shirt at the shoulder seams. Place the wrappy strips to the edge of the front of the shirt... Wrong side to good side!!! Gather the wrappy bit as needed to fit in the desired amount of torso. This will vary by person but the goal is not to make your gut look giant and to make your girls  (no mater what size they are) look great yet modest.

Sew the wrappy bits down to the front of the shirt slightly inside the desired finishe seam edge.

Step 5 - No, Really putting it all together and finishing it
Fold the wrappy strips in (pinning if you need to) so they don't get caught when you sew the side seams.

Fold the shirt back together at the shoulder seams right sides together. Pin and sew the sides. Be Careful and don't sew all the way down to the bottom of the shirt like I did otherwise you will have to rip out the seams which is a huge drag with black on black and knit material. Huge.

I finished the sides and arms by folding over the fabric the same amount as the side seams folded in and going over them with a smallish zig zag stitch. I triple stitched the sides seams at the top so they wouldn't rip around my generous hip/bum.

At this point I haven't finished the neckline but that is cause I am not sure what I am gonna do with it. Need something but I don't want to kill the simple clean lines of the shirt.

Military T-shirt and other idea captures

Hmmm. I saw this idea at Cut out and Keep

And while I am not wild about the execution I do like the concept.

Other ideas I have been rolling around in my head is a ruffle front t-shirt and a pin tucked front t shirt. The ruffle front tshirt would start with a bit t- and would just have ruffles covering the front veritcally... yum.. still gotta figure out the finishing and the right size for the ruffles. The pin tuck shirt would start with a big shirt cut the front away... pin tuck it, Baste is back together and then cut to fit and finish the edges.

Oh and the idea I am working on right now is a faux tibetian wrap tunic shirt. Basically a sleeveless t-with wrap center.

Oh another idea that just popped into my head would be an semi infinity top. Basically a tube top with two halter strips (long ones gathered for the girls) that could be wrapped a number of ways like the infinity dress that is all the rage on the internet.

Only it would have a bit more boob coverage ;)

Like so many of my other projects I will write myself a tutorial before i do it most likely... just to get it all thought out. Then actually try it and modify the tutorial.

Also saw this skirt... I would love to make a everyday version out of some kind of inexpensive thick knit. Yum.|utmccn=%28referral%29|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/victorian_swimwear.php&__utmv=-&__utmk=52000169