Sewing with knit scraps

The material I love sewing with more than anything else in the world is knit fabric and I love doing t-shirt reconstruction thanks to the book Generation T. Book information and website here-

http://www.generation-t.com/

Before I bought the books, I had (and still have) SO MANY T-SHIRTS and I wanted to do something fun and interesting with them and thus, a new passion was born. Someday, I’ll get around to photographing t-shirt projects I’ve done from the books and some I created on my own but I’ve created a new problem- I end up with TONS of scraps. I’m the kind of crafter that hates waste and if it’s there’s a piece that’s big enough for me to think I can do something with it, I’ll hold on to it. So I love patterns and projects that use pieced together fabric and I had the thought “why don’t I try to make underwear?” They’re made from stretchy knit fabric!

Because Google knows everything, I searched underwear pattern and came upon this tutorial by Novita-

http://verypurpleperson.com/2013/01/tutorial-sewing-panties/

Please check out the rest her blog too!

In the entry, Novita also linked to free panty patterns. This is the one I used-

http://www.makebra.com/free-hipster-pattern/

And here are the results!

Panty 01Panty 02They are hipster panties though in the back view, they look like boy shorts because of the way my dress form is shaped. I used picot edge elastic and when unstretched, I do have some puckering issues, but issues to work out the next time I make them.

I used four separate pieces for the front and back because I didn’t have any pieces that were large enough for the whole back and front section. The pattern pieces were designed to be placed on the fold so they’re halved and so I cut the halves then stitched the fabric together. I also wasn’t sure how( to keep the crotch lining piece from moving around while attaching the elastic to the leg opening so I anchored it down with a few hand stitches.

I’m happy to say, they are very comfortable and while it’s not completed sewing project you can show to just anyone (unless you’re a superhero), it’s a great feeling to make your own clothes.

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My furry assistants

Let me introduce to you my two assistants. Or at least they think they’re assisting me. My two chihuahuas!

JJ and Brolly Bow Tie 01The tan one on the left is named Brolly and the little white one on the right is JJ. They are both males. And when I say little, they are small. Brolly is 6 pounds and JJ is 4 pounds. But you’d never know that from their personality. They strut around like a dog 20X their size!

One BADASS dog.

One BADASS dog.

So much attitude, JJ holds his hind food.

So much attitude, JJ holds his hind food.

They are best friends and brothers. Same parents but different litters born a year apart. JJ is the older one.

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So cute!

I absolutely adore them and they are my best friends!

A brief history of Lolita fashion

I love Lolita fashion and subculture. And before you ask, it has nothing to do with the book. It’s a street fashion that started in Japan in the mid 90s (or arguably as early as the late 70s, early 80s) with the rise in popularity of Western Goth fashion and music in Japan. The style didn’t have a name until Japanese designers started to notice and emulate the clothes that teenagers were wearing, like many subcultures that started organically and then were packaged and resold. At the same time, rock stars and and bands started wearing frilly dresses and fancy clothes, and the style spread even more. No one knows who first started calling it “Lolita” but it’s one of those English words that the Japanese adopted to describe the growing fashion without understanding its context. They thought it sounded “cute” and appropriate to describe the look. The term was further popularized by the rock star, Mana, who started his own clothing brand in the late 90s and coined the terms “Elegant Gothic Lolita” and “Elegant Gothic Aristocrat” to describe his brand’s style, further popularizing “Lolita” to describe the look. Since then, the style has spread worldwide and Lolita fashion enthusiasts can be found almost anywhere, even outside of Japan.

For references and more information, here are some links:

What to do when a shirt is too short? Add a peplum

So I bought this great shirt during a Labor Day sale.

So colorful!

So colorful!

However, the shirt was too short because it was a cropped shirt. I don’t normally wear crop shirts but I thought I’d try it and see how I liked it. Aaaaand turns out I don’t like crop shirts.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the reasons I learned to sew was so I could modify and tailor my own clothes so what do I do? ADD A PEPLUM!

Because I’m lazy, I used a McCall’s pattern that had a peplum pattern piece rather than trying to measure and make my own. I used McCall’s #6754.

Peplum shirt 02

I want to make more clothes from this pattern.

Also a really cute dress and shirt pattern. And really easy!

The shirt was made from a stretch fabric so I found a stretch fabric in a similar color at JoAnn and went to town with my seam ripper, scissors, and serger (I love alliteration).

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Hemming the peplum on my sewing machine.

And now, I have a super cute n’ color shirt that doesn’t make my stomach cold!

New shirt!

New shirt!

Back view. I love clothes with a back interest.

Back view. I love clothes with a back interest.