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Tutorial: High-Waisted Skirt

I got a request for a tutorial for the high-waisted skirt I posted a couple weeks ago…  So here is my awesomely drawn tutorial.

You will need:

fabric for the skirt.  I got my ombre effect fabric because (shh) the fabric was being used as curtains.  The part that the sun faded is the ombre.



a 7″ zipper

Your fabric will need to be three times your waist measurement, width-wise.  Make it whatever length you want.  Sew the sides together to make a tube, leaving 7″ open for your zipper.  I used the selvedge as the sides, so I didn’t have to finish the seam.  Finish the bottom hem by folding it over twice, iron it, and sew it.  Cut your waistband to your waist measurement plus 2″, and 3″ tall.  Cut your interfacing to your waistband width, and 1.5″ tall.  Iron your interfacing to the bottom half of your waistband, on the wrong side.  Fold the waistband down over the interfacing, wrong sides together, and fold up .5″ on either side to make a hem, ironing both folds.  Sew the ends of the waistband together.  Using either a hand stitch or a very long machine stitch, run the raw edge of the skirt and pull the threads, gathering the skirt to your waist measurement.  Pin one side of the waistband to the skirt, right sides together, and sew.  Remove your gathering thread.  Flip the waistband to the inside and whip-stitch the other side down to the wrong side of the skirt, being careful to hide your stitches in the seam allowance.  You should have a slight overlap on the waistband when you try it on.  Sew your zipper into your opening on the skirt, right sides together.  Sew your hook and eye to your waistband where it meets.  And you’re done!  If you need clarification, let me know, and if you make it, send me a picture!


Fashion: High-Waisted Skirt

I made this skirt out of an old curtain one night when I couldn’t sleep.

Tutorial: Girl-ifying a T-shirt

Let’s face it, women’s T-shirts suck.  The fabric is thin and flimsy, with too much stretch.  They tend to come in limited sizes and if you have big boobs, by the time they fit over your chest, it’s six inches too short.  They are also usually more expensive.  I’ve always bought men’s T-shirts, but I hate having the neckline up so high.  It feels uncomfortable.  They also have no curve to them, making them unflattering.  For the longest time, I just cut the neckline right out.  But that looks bad, and it just looks worse every time you wash it.  So I figured out a way to make a basic T a little more suited to my body.

This looks horrible. Don’t do this.

Start with a loose men’s T

The first thing to do is to carefully unpick the neckline with a seam ripper.  Only undo the front portion of the neck, from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, leaving the back neckline intact.

Undo the neckline from shoulder to shoulder

Next, pin the neckband down to the length you want to open up the neck, right sides together.  You can add half an inch to a couple of inches.  Trim out the excess, and take it to your sewing machine.

Using a zig-zag stitch on a fairly wide and long setting, stitch the neckband to the shirt, encasing the outer edges in the zig-zag and backstitching at the ends.  Taper the stitch line where it meets the existing seam from the back of the neckline.  You will have to stretch the neckband slightly to make it match.

Now look at your pretty new neckline!

With the shirt inside out, mark out a curve on either side to take it in a little.  You can make this as dramatic or as subtle as you want.  I didn’t take out much, because I still wanted my shirt to be on the loose side, with just a little shape.  Pin it, trim it, and stitch it the same way you did the neckline.

Shown with one side cut and pinned

Now try on your shirt!

another altered neckline

Cosplay: Yuuko Ichihara

This is a cosplay of Yuuko Ichihara, from the monkey’s paw episode of XXXholic.  I fell in love with the costume when I saw it, and I wanted that kimono to use as a bathrobe!  It was my first kimono, and I’ve fallen in love with them.  Wearing it around the house makes me feel like an incredibly elegant lady.  I’ll be wearing this costume to Saboten con next weekend!

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