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Jan. 18th, 2007 | 08:44 pm
mood: frustrated with sewing frustrated with sewing
music: Kate Bush - Oh England My Lionheart
posted by: cornix in confident_lolis

Do other lolitas who both sew and are trying to lose weight get as frustrated as I do about having to make all your clothes adjustable size, so they'll fit you still if you get smaller? I sure do. I mean, it's worth it in the long run, but sometimes it's just so much extra planning and effort!

I have a few skirts with elastic waistbands, and that's a good way to get around that issue, but I don't really like the look of them that much, so these days I tend to go for a partial elastic waistband. I still wish I could make a regular flat waistband though! Partial elastic bands can be so fiddly sometimes, and I prefer the smooth look of a flat band. I know I wouldn't want to have to pull the skirt apart and re-gather it later. Gathering is evil. I guess you could sew a flat waistband and then, if the skirt has a bow, tie the bow tighter... but I imagine that might not be so comfortable, and might sit wrong.

What else is there? Well, shirring. A lot of people don't like the look of a fully shirred bodice, and I can understand that. I change my mind on that issue a lot. Incorporating back shirring is a good way to sew something that could still fit you if you lose or gain weight, whilst still having a pretty front.

Also, I don't own a serger, so I zigzag my edges, and I generally zigzag each piece separately before I sew a seam, rather than both at once afterwards. This is mostly just out of habit personally, but it does make it easier later on if you want to pull something apart and make it more fitted. Larger seam allowances are good if you intend to let something out later, but I still use small seam allowances... anyway, I don't want to have to let them out! >:(

Hmm, this started off just me bitching about sewing, but I kind of went on a tangent. Does anyone else have any tips or opinions on sewing lolita clothes when you hope to lose weight?

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From: kawaii_mon
Date: Jan. 18th, 2007 08:20 am (UTC)

I agree. I'm trying to lose weight at the moment, and I dont like shirred tops and dresses, so it makes me reluctant to sew anything for myself whilst i try to lose weight!

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From: puregirlblue
Date: Jan. 18th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)

My husband always worries that the brand dresses I buy now won't fit me once I start losing more weight. HA HA! He's funny.... I don't think I'll ever be too small to fit into brand... Anyways, a couple things I found that I really liked were adjustable lacing in the back of blouses to let things in or out (like this one from Fan Plus Friend.com). Also I only know how to sew elastic waistband skirts so I just take in the elastic once a skirt gets too big for me. Other than that I do have at least one brand skirt that fits me, that will continue to fit me as a lose weight. It's the Meta three-tiered skirt and I really do love it. It has a partial flat band in the front and the rest is elastic and it looks really nice.

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From: pearlzenith
Date: Jan. 18th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)

Partial elastic can be a huge pain, yes. And, it doesn't always look the way you want it to.

I know this is a weird suggestion, but perhaps you could try hiding the elastic waistbands with a same'fabric sash that ties off in a bow? It sounds odd, but I have an idea in my head that might make it work. If you're interested in me drawing out what I'm talking about, just let me know.

Adjustable lacing sounds like a good option, especially for blouses. I know I've had to use it to make blouses smaller because of my tiny chest.

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From: pearlzenith
Date: Jan. 18th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)

Oh, it looks like Meta did the work for me.


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