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1  DIY Inspiration for a Large Floral Skirt? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Penguillama on: May 11, 2012 10:06:33 PM
I apologize in advance for the poor image quality Tongue. So I found this huuge floral linen skirt at the thrift store for $3:

and I think it has potential to become a cute summer dress. It's hard to tell in the photo, but it has a wide, flared skirt and buttons down the center.

I was thinking I could have the top part fitted, with some buttons open so it has a bit of a V-cutout--BUT I'm a little hesitant to remove/reattach the skirt because I want to preserve the buttons (don't want a zipper). Should I:

A. construct the bust separately and re-attach it to the skirt (which would require a zipper)
B. do the bust separately and DON'T reattach the skirt, just belt it as separates
C. Just fit it as a maxi skirt
D. something else inventive!

Can have any ideas, or maybe some pics for inspiration?
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2  Preserving Chlorophyll-Based Dyes? (would a mordant work?) in Dyeing: Discussion and Questions by Penguillama on: April 12, 2012 03:39:42 AM
Hello all! I have absolutely no experience with dyeing, but I want to try dyeing with photosensitive natural dyes (i.e. pretty much any fruit or vegetable).

I'd like to try an anthotype on cloth (images created by imprints on photosensitive dye left in the sun). The great thing, and also the drawback, is that photosensitive dyes fade. I scoured the internet but couldn't find any solutions, so I was wondering if a postmordant could prevent further sunlight fading? Or is there anything else that would work?

Any advice, experience, or knowledge would be greatly appreciated Smiley
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3  Re: Help! Need some inspiration for this LYCRA :) in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Penguillama on: March 09, 2012 06:48:45 PM
I'm wondering if it'd be tacky as a bodycon skirt like:

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4  Re: My unhealthy teapot obsession. (What to make out of this fabric?) in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Penguillama on: March 09, 2012 06:36:11 PM
I can definitely envision a structured summer dress with white accessories, maybe something like:

(pardon the size, I didn't know how to re-size it)

if not a full-on dress in that print, I feel like you could make a voluminous high-waisted skirt, and wear a cute bustier white top.
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5  Re: What to do with this top in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Penguillama on: March 09, 2012 06:21:06 PM
definitely prefer it as a shirt Smiley a wide black self-tie belt directly under the bust (e.g. empire waist) might be flattering, especially with a structured fabric.
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6  Re: DIY alteration on a too revealing square neck in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Penguillama on: March 09, 2012 06:05:59 PM
you could also remove the black ruffles and add your own that are longer. or instead of ruffles altogether, add some black fabric in a sweetheart neckline

you mentioned the problem might be that it's not suited to your bust? is the fabric loose to the point where it sags down a bit, making it more revealing than it's designed to be? that happens to me too sometimes, but your best option is to wear a bra that's more structured, or has some padding.
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7  Help! Need some inspiration for this LYCRA :) in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Penguillama on: March 09, 2012 06:05:20 PM
I went to a discount fabric supply store and saw some lycra fabric on sale for .99/yard. I chose 2 yards of a pale pink fabric with a cherry blossom motif--pretty, but not something I would have chosen if it wasn't on sale:

I'm hitting a wall as to what I can do with it--I've never worked with lycra or stretchy materials before. I'm young and have my own sense of style, so I probably won't make a calf-length A-line skirt. I just don't know what else to do with this fabric, and was wondering if you might have some inspiration or ideas?

If not I'll probably use it to play around with. my mediocre sewing skills can be replaced by my grandma's otherworldly talent, so any level of difficulty is fine. Thanks!
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