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Embroidery Machines / Re: Sewing + Embroidery machine
« on: Today at 15:33:40 »
 :fish: :fish: :fish: There you go!  :D

Embroidery Machines / Re: Sewing + Embroidery machine
« on: Today at 13:43:16 »
Guess what?
The showroom machine is incomplete  0_0 So I still have to wait 3 more weeks for a new one.
Good thing I wasn't holding my breath...

Wrenkins, I probably could make it more rigid, but that would not solve the excess ease at the dart tips that would still be there and doesn't look too good.
Missie, unfortunately I cannot extend the tucks that incorporate the bust darts, as that is how the pattern is made. But I could try extending the other ones as they are made to end at a seam (armhole/shoulder).
BrendaP, you're right, a much thinner fabric that would press well would be very different, tho it still has to be topstitched (I made a test version out of muslin but had the same problem with thegaping tucks). I did interface the scuba so it's a bit more rigid and holds a crease well, but no matter what I do I don't think I can sew a dart with a very smooth tip.
Well, learned a few lessons at least :) And the scuba was rather cheap, so not that sorry about it. But it did consume the last of my interfacing, and that I'm a bit sorry about.
How about some form of decoration to hide the dart tips. Maybe some applique or something? Tho I'm not sure how I could do that without attracting more attention to the area? The only thing I thought would work is to apply some ruffles (maybe in organza and in the same color) in princess seam shape. But I'm afraid that would be a bit too much.
Something like this:

Forgot to mention I did try hand sewing first. No good, the tucks want to split open so much that the stitching end up showing and I end up with too much ease towards the armholes and shoulders. Looked so bad I didn't even think of taking a picture. The only way this would actually look good on someone is with maybe a looser shirt/blouse.

Imi, you could always buy a cheaper embroidery only machine  :D Might also have a larger hoop for embroidery :D

In the wardrobe / Help me make my origami top wearable
« on: Today at 07:40:54 »
So I've made the origami top for the Japanese challenge. First try on me and I knew why I'd never seen one of these actually worn.
It looked really nice with tucks, except for two problems:
- created WAY too much ease, so it looked two sizes too big from the bustline up.
- even the slightest movement caused the tucks to unfold and the effect was lost.
Best thing I could come up to was to topstitch the darn things in place. Which I did (only basted them and wasn't super careful, that's why some of them don't look so neat). But because scuba is rather thick and doesn't crease all that well, I'm left with little puckers at the end. The darts that incorporate my bust darts are the worst, I'm left with pointy boobies  :\
I don't think there's any way of covering those two, as my bust dart are quite large and if I manipulate them all into just one dart there's always going to be a pucker (or maybe I'm not skilled enough yet).
The only option I see is to cover them somehow. Maybe some ruffles or something? Any ideas?

ps: dress form ended up with bust line a tad lower than my actual bust line, that's why it looks a bit odd.
Original, with tucks:

And topstitched:

Oh Imi, you really don't! :)
If I had the Atelier 7 I don't think I could justify buying Atelier 9 (I did have a lot of trouble justifying it to myself nonetheless, but hubby was all "just go ahead and buy it and stop talking about it).
Maybe you need a longer break from the Roses quilt, we just can't finish at some point.
No plans for today. Maybe a bit of cleaning, because my sewing room is such a mess! I really have no storage options and I keep saying I'm going to design a layout for a new sewing room, but I just don't have any ideas!
Maybe I'll open a topic for some help with this.
Have a lovely day! :)

Today... / Re: Sunday 25th June
« on: Yesterday at 08:47:30 »
Mornin everyone! I have a (very) small waterfall, but no frogs or newts. Better that way as I think the dog might eat them :S
Sitting here drinking my coffee, listening to the lovely sound of the water. Might do some gardening today if friends don't come over, roses need some trimming.
Have a lovely day!

Corsets / Re: Bust adjustment
« on: June 24, 2017, 22:12:24 PM »
You don't have to pull apart the seams completly, just to the waist (or wherever you think good fit starts). But the boning has to be removed unfortunately.
Not talking about prettyness, but a good fit is achieved a certain way. A pucker is not a problem only esthetically with a corset. You will have it front and back and after some time it will dig in.
You could try a bridal shop if you don't want to do the alterations yourself. Most of them do alterations and are familiar with corsets.

Corsets / Re: Bust adjustment
« on: June 24, 2017, 19:19:11 PM »
Ok, moved to computer and looked at the pictures. Boning does indeed appear to be in between the two layers, so there's no need to make any casings :)
A 5 inch difference is quite a lot and I'm afraid it will look odd if you take it from 1 or 2 panels. The best way to remove extra fabric is at a seam (or seams in your case). I'm not sure how darts would work, because you might end up with a little pucker on the dart tip.
Seeing that your corset is 2 separate layers (as opposed to 2 layers treated as one), adjustments are not that complicated, but it's a bit more work.
If interested, let me know and I could write some steps. Mind you, this is all theory, I haven't actually altered any corset.

Corsets / Re: Bust adjustment
« on: June 24, 2017, 19:02:25 PM »
I'm on my phone and I'm not sure if what I see is actually there or just my imagination, so I will need you to confirm :) those are either flat felled seams or the boning is not applied to the seam but to the left and right and sewed in between the two layers (I'm thinking it's the latter).
If I'm right, you kinda need to pull apart about half of it.

Corsets / Re: Bust adjustment
« on: June 24, 2017, 18:47:01 PM »
Usually corsets have a 2 inch gap at the back, so should be a 32. That leaves you with a 5 inch difference you can spread between the panels.
Is the boning on the outside or on a separate layer on the inside? If on the outside, you will have to remove binding on top, boning and bone casings, adjust seam, sew back bone casing and boning and bind.
I told you about that course because it would be very useful to know how a corset is made to be able to alter one properly.
For lacing you can also use some ribbon, as long as you lace properly (tying at the waist) it should be fine.

Corsets / Re: Bust adjustment
« on: June 24, 2017, 18:23:13 PM »
Can you post a picture, please? Corsets are fairly easy to adjust in the bust, but adjustments depend on the type of corset (invisible boning or boning on the outside).
No slashing needed, as corsets have princess seams and at least 6 seams where you can adjust (not counting cf and cb as those are quite hard to adjust if you have a busk/eyelets).
Is it single or double layer?
If you are interested in corsets, there's a class on Crafsty (there I go again with the craftsy classes  :D) by Alison Smith called Sewing corsets I think. I just finished it yesterday and I learned a ton of stuff.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Official Japanese Sewalong
« on: June 24, 2017, 15:53:04 PM »
Well, I went ahead and interfaced it. Worst case...I ruin some fabric and learn something, right?
Sewed up the front, went great. The interfacing gives scuba more structure and stability. It is a bit bulky in some places, I'll see if I can do some seam grading.
Gotta cut & sew the back, hopefully will get the bodice done today.
Sandra, I find it's the best way to learn. Fingers crossed it's smooth sailing until the end :)
Edit: Sewed the back and...well, let's just say I'm not pleased. Will probably have to sew up the darts as there's WAY too much ease on top.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Official Japanese Sewalong
« on: June 24, 2017, 13:07:27 PM »
I finally finished my Origami bodice pattern. Took me the whole morning. Not that it's very hard to do, I'm just rather slow :)
Sewed a front to test the look. Not bad me thinks.
I was planning on using scuba to make it. It doesn't hold creases all that well, so I was thinking of using some woven interfacing to give it a bit of stiffness. Anything wrong with that idea?

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