Thanks... I've never seen Kwik Sew patterns before. I checked their website and didn't see anything that I liked really for this, however. If I'm going to actually pay for a pattern, I'd prefer not to have to drastically alter it. In other words, if I'm going to pay for it, I want it to already look like what I want. But if anyone on craftster has experience making little hot shorts or the like and can draw me a little doodle of the basic shapes I need, that would be ideal! I am really just looking for quick and dirty. And cheap is my priority, since I'll be lucky if I can scrounge up enough for WalMart fabric!
I'm making myself a costume for The Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast I'm in (I don't have a specific part, I'm just one of the Trannies and we get to wear whatever we want).\ I have an idea of what I want in my head, but I'm inexperienced with pattern drafting, and very inexperienced with bottoms such as shorts, pants, panties, etc, so I'm looking for a pattern that could be my jumping off point.
Does anyone know of a panty pattern, or bloomer or swimsuit pattern that could be altered? I want to do it in cheap satiny material, with a lot of ruching and bows and lace and details (a little Marie Antionette inspired, you know!) Here's my idea: Since I'd be wearing a bra on top (covering it w/ fabric to match), I think the bottoms should have a bit more coverage than a normal pair of underwear. (We're going to be going out in the audience and dancing and flirting and sitting on people's laps too, so I want to make sure no one's gonna be seeing the goods for free). I'm thinking an old-fashioned higher waist, and maybe a ballet cut or boycut leg line. They could even be like a little pair of bloomer hot pants. And with LOTS of ruching and gathers!
I don't know if the ruching should go horizontally (down the sides like on an old-fashioned bathing suit, or down the middle front and back like some sexy bikini panties I've seen) or just have lots of gathers vertically around the waist and leg holes. I expect horizontally might look better.
Even just a drawing of the basic shapes I'd need to make something like this would help, if anyone knows. I'm having trouble figuring it out in my head. (I'd prefer not to have to actually pay for a pattern at a store, since it's hard to find the good sales and even at walmart they're like $7, which seems to be a lot to me when they're such fragile tissue and they're hardly in english)
it probably tells you what to baste (around armholes and necklines usually) somewhere near the beginning, but it's possible they somehow left it out. in the drawings it usually looks like 1 or 2 rows of long dotted lines around the curve of the cut piece. it's just to keep it from getting out of shape while you're working with it. so after to finish that seam or whatever, it tells you to de-baste, and in the context ou gave us, it definitely means take those temporary stitches out.
Cutting on the selvage is something I hadn't heard before. I knew what the selvage was, that little border that runs lengthwise down the fabric, but I have no idea how you would cut on it. it might make sense though about someone saying it's kind of the opposite of cutting on the fold.
I have a serger, but for most stuff I'm too lazy to pull it out. I use it for heavier fabrics that need a lot of support in the seams. If I'm doing something lightweight, I finish fitting the garment, then cutt off the allowance very close to the seam and then use a little zig zag over the edge to finish it. Most of the stuff I've sewn so far is casual or costume though, where it's acceptable to do things quick, cheap, and dirty. If I make something more special out of very nice fabric in the future, I expect I'd learn how to finish the seams very formally, IE enclosing them.
In theatrical costume building class, lots of times to build things faster, we line each pattern piece as we go (in other words, we cut out each piece in the lining and the outer fabric, and then stick those together before we even start building). The fabric is transported back and forth from our costumer's house, depending on what she's working on, and is taken in and out of boxes every week, so for fabrics that fray, we'll often just serge around the piece to attach the lining. Then when we construct, the seams are just normal stitching and don't need to be finished after, just pressed flat. It's a unique way of building something; I probably wouldn't serge the pieces first for normal clothing that I would wear, but it worked great for costumes that only need to look good from the stage. I expect it would work well for a thick woven fabric like for a coat to, if you plan on lining it separately afterward.
Maybe a thin twill or a chino? I don't know anything about riding gear and actually not much about fabric, but I know that those are used to make pants a lot and they are lighter weight than denim but heavier than t-shirt knits. chino i think is brushed to be softer feeling as well as sturdy. i expect they come both with and without stretch, but I have no idea how hard it would be to find them online.