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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Local Fabric Stores? on: October 19, 2011 07:36:30 PM
I live in the Bay Area (CA) and am just getting my feet wet with sewing. I'm not that impressed with the fabrics at Joann's, and was wondering if there were any alternatives. I'd prefer physical stores, not websites. I'm looking for either cheap fabrics that I could experiment with (can be used, thrifted, etc--just something wearable and not shabby), or more interesting/unique fabrics that aren't so much 'cute animals on fleece'. Thanks in advance!

As a more general question.. Do thrift stores sell fabrics? Would chain thrift stores like Goodwill sell any?
22  California / California: North / Fabrics in the Bay Area? on: October 19, 2011 07:22:02 PM
I'm new to sewing--not even new so much as I haven't really started yet. The only place I can think of for fabrics and supplies is Joann's. I'm not that impressed with their fabric selection, and was wondering if there were any other shops you could recommend. I'm looking for either:

A. dirt cheap (could be vintage, used, anything as long as it's not hideous and stained) fabric to experiment with
B. interesting, unique textiles--as long as it's not too expensive (i.e. nothing over like $20 a yard)

23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How do I make an Obi belt? on: May 10, 2009 07:42:40 PM
I was inspired by the 09 runways (i.e. Balenciaga) and thought an obi belt would be a nice addition to my wardrobe.
I have absolutely no experience in sewing, although I do have an old sewing machine that survived through communist-era Russia. What sort of material would be best? i.e. soft and silky, or thick and stiff? I would like something more modern as opposed to fantastical/cosplay. If there are any patterns/instructions online, could someone send me a link?
btw, http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/F2009RTW-ETAHARI was my inspiration for this. From what it seems like, an obi belt is usually made of two different pieces--would fabric stiffness be more important in one as opposed to the other? For something like http://www.style.com/slideshows/fashionshows/F2009RTW/ETAHARI/RUNWAY/00060m.jpg would I need to made it with the same process that one would make a corset?
Thanks so much for your input!

p.s. also... http://www.style.com/slideshows/fashionshows/F2009RTW/ETAHARI/RUNWAY/00230m.jpg would it be possible to make a belt like this? I'm assuming the fabric must be super stiff or attached to something stiff, but I wouldn't know.

(I dooonnn'tt really mean something like http://pippijoe.blogspot.com/2008/08/obi-one-tutorial.html)
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mas T-Shirts on: June 28, 2007 09:46:55 PM
Those are so awesome! The rent shirt looks great, and I love how professional the transfer paper ones look Smiley. Just curious, what brand of transfer paper did you use? Because when my friend tried doing that once, the outline where she cut the paper was visible..
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