'nother one done

Got the silk gi type top done for my BIL. Now have to run to the post
office and get it in the mail today.
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a little funny on the dummy. But that dummy is nowhere near thesize/shape the shirt was made for. lol
Oh! This isn't quite as good as James telling Kate he had zero pants, but
Wed. night the boy tells me he needs a long sleeved dress shirt for 5th
grade graduation on Friday. Well, he's 11, and it's summer. We all know
that shirt is good for one wearing right? By Fall, the chances of it still
fitting are slim to none. And he's not going to have a whole lot of call
for long sleeved dress shirts over the summer.
So I dug in DH's closet. Found a shirt that had shrunk on him. (it really
did sleeves are 2" too short now.) Really nice baby blue and white tiny
check. A Claiborne TYVM. Pin fit to the boy. Scary thing was the fit
wasn't Too Far off. lol Sleeves were about 3 1/2" too long. And side
seams needed to come in about 2" on each side.
Cut the side seams open. Cut the sleeves off. (did not cut the underarm
seam open) Took in the side seams. Did not flat fell the seams, serged
allowance on the inside and set aside. Trimmed the sleeve heads down. Set
the sleeves in, serged that seam allowance. Looked to see which way flat
fell lies on sleeve (original seam.) Pressed sideseam allowance over to
match, faked flat fell by stitching twice on outside. Repeated that same
around the shoulder side of the armscye. Hemmed the shirt. Stitched the
bottom buttonhole closed. Called it a day.
Looked really good on him. Will see if I have any pictures close enough to
show the shirt. That was down and dirty altering, but in this case will
work quite well enough. ;)
Sharon
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mamahays
Very cool Sharon, congratulations. And it's probably a good thing your BIL doesn't have the shape of the dummy. ;-)
I love that! I still have several of DH's dress shirts, I think I'll give it a whirl, see if I can alter them for me. One especially, a gorgeous white-on-white dress shirt I'm loath to donate.
Thanks,
Beverly
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BEI Design
Thanks, Beverly. I think you should absolutely alter those shirts! I just wish I was close enough to come over and help you pin fit them. ;) Although, that would be a good teaching project to do with your DGD. I know she felt really Grown when she got to do most of her Halloween costume. But helping Grandma with one of Grandma's projects! Well, that's right and truly Grown and Responsible. ;)
Sharon
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mamahays
What a good idea! She gets a little tired of toile fittings (I'm headed over Tuesday for the (final I hope) fitting on the green Nationals vest. If she helps me fir a shirt, maybe it will help her understand why it's so important to have "another one, Grandma???". Plus, what's not to like about playing with sharp pins around one's Grandma? ;-}
Beverly
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BEI Design
Two words: Safety Pins.
LOL
Good luck with the fitting. I completely understand how antsy younger folk get during a fitting. DD is 15 and I still have to remind her to be still. DS isn't too bad. The only thing I have to tell him is that he can't look down to see what I'm doing. (he likes to bend at the waist to see well. LOL)
Sharon
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mamahays
Bending at the waist to see whatever, It's a guy thing! My DH will ask me to check something, pants length, swollen knees, a tear in a pair of jeans, the way a shirt fits in back, anything and then proceed to bend over at the waist. Juno
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Juno
I don't know how many girl/.women I have had ready for marking a hem, who think they have to *watch what I'm doing down there*! I always say, "Stand up straight, shake your hands and hold them slightly away from your body, and KEEP YOUR CHIN UP!" And, yes, I shout "KEEP YOUR CHIN UP, I KNOW WHAT I'M DOING, I DON'T NEED YOU TO WATCH!" Well sometimes that shout is only in my head.... ;-)
Works every time.
Beverly
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BEI Design
Ya just wanna pinch 'em doncha???? LOL Stinkers. Stand up straight, and put the remote down for 2 seconds! LOL
Sharon
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mamahays
Just to follow up. DBIL said that he got the shirt today in the mail. (mailed it Saturday, so this is really great! AR to NM.) He emailed and said:
"I received the Juban this afternoon. It fits better than anything   I've ever worn. No one else could have done a job as fine as that."
Needless to say, I was tickled to pieces! I sent him pictures of it when it was done before I mailed it. And he oohed and aahed over those. He said he might not do a perfect job at the wedding (Shinto wedding for his sister; he's performing the ceremony or at least a part of it) but he would at least be stylish. lol I told him to email me pictures of the whole outfit together. If I get those, I will post them so y'all can see too. He's so much fun to sew for. I'm really proud the fit is so good. I had only partial measurements, and I guessed from the gi that he sent out. lol
I believe I will go have some chocolate I'm so proud of myself. ;)
Sharon ---bracing myself to clone a teddy bear later this week!
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mamahays
Neat, Sharon, and congratualtions!
Skill will out! ;-)
Well, it's *good* for... ummm something, let's see, high BP?
Beverly
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BEI Design
Well done! I'd also love to see pix of this if you can share.
Don't they breed by themselves if you leave them in the toy box?
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Kate XXXXXX
No, that's Legos. ;) 'Sides, this bear is too big for a toy box. He's also needed to reprise a stage role at the end of the summer. Unfortunately, he's in such bad shape he wouldn't be able to stand up to the rigors of a full run of the show. *sigh* So he's coming here to be carefully copied, as exactly as possible. Swatches of faux fur, plastic eyes, plastic noses...they've all been evaluated and chosen/rejected based upon their Bluebearness. So far, we've been able to find a pretty darn close match on everything. I'll get pictures of this one too I promise.
Sharon
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mamahays
Hahahaha! Legos. Ain't that the truth! And finding that odd one on the floor w/ a bare foot....... grin
I love making stuffed animals. That and purses was all I did when I was young. Oh, and those hats like the one in the link. (But I didn't have access to silver glitter fabric - denim was more the norm... or some gauche stripe...)
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taught me how to use the sewing machine and gave me her scraps.It was also great fun to go w/ her to the fabric store and find funremnants. She was always game for me to try things out. I think mostof my dart making and point turning and joining odd seams was learnedon stuffed animals! grin I remember trying to design a stuffed horse. There were many models and that one bag of stuffing was beat to death going from one model to the next! Don't think I ever did finish that one.
But I did make stuffed soccer balls for many friends. Traced the patches off of a real soccer ball. At my 20th high school reunion, I was introduced to a former teammate's daughter as the person who made the soccer ball that she currently had on her bed! Wow! That one lasted at least 25 years!
Fun stuff. Might have to see if I have any fake fur laying around. Might have to try my hand at designing one again.......
Cappy Edgewater, MD
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Cappy
Yeah... And for some reason the yellow ones are always sharper than all the others!
I learned mine on dolls clothes!
I do that with stuffing and things like bum rolls for costumes! :D
My Big Sis still has the witchy rag doll I made for her at college! Must be 30 years old by now... :D
Fury footbals, hm?
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Kate XXXXXX
This thread is so much fun!
Two of my DDs, now 43 and 41, still wear some of the clothes I made them when they were in high school. Youngest DD just emailed the other night that she'd worn a rag sweater (anyone remember those?) to work that day and had gotten compliments on it...we both could date it back to her sophomore year because of an related event. The sweater was knitted from strips of a pastel madras plaid. I think the dirndl skirt of the same plaid has gone by the wayside, though.
Do I have to admit that both of them inherited my packrat tendencies? ;)
Doreen in Alabama
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Doreen
I have made those as tactile toys for babies, using a different fabric for each section, from slinky slippery fabric to fake fur. They're great shower gifts, and keep a baby occupied for several years, first with "feeling" the different sections and later throwing and catching the soft ball.
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Pogonip
Thanks. That was exactly what I was thinking. If he gets 2 or 3 more wearings out of it (picture day at the start of school maybe??? lol) I'll be shocked. It came out really well though. And if there is one skill set I need to work on, it's shirt making. I just haven't done enough of it compared to other things. (I have prom dress construction down to a scarily little amount of time now. LOL)
Sharon H.
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