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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dying Denim **NEW QUESTION** on: April 13, 2008 07:47:46 AM
New-So, my pants are soaking RIGHT NOW, and I just realized I don't know what to do after they are done in the dye bath.
Do I rinse them in cold water?
Throw them in the dryer?

I am lost.. D':


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I need to know what brand has the -best quality- home-use fabric dye and where to get it.

I want to dye a pair of my jeans purple for my friend's Sweet 16 [her color for it is purple c: ] and I don't know what to buy Tongue
My jeans are similar to this wash already:
http://www.ae.com/web/browse/product.jsp?catId=cat90098&productId=0439_7179

How do I make sure they turn out purple and not pink??


**ps- I ended up buying Rit liquid dye ;P
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / I'm making Pokemon costumes... on: April 02, 2008 01:30:59 PM
..for adults! (I'm making a bunch because around 8 kids in my neighborhood will ban together and make a pokemon mob for Halloween. Hah, this will be classic!)----> I was originally going to do PowerRangers, but I figured that because we live in Ohio, Halloween will be VERY cold, and lycra is not the way to go. Fleece is much more suitable.
 
But I need some help pattern hunting D':
I am new to this whole 'pattern' ordeal, since I have been mainly reconstructing t-shirts and the such since  I got my sewing machine on Christmas.

I am looking for an adult-sized 'footie pajama' type pattern for the base of the costume. Oh, and any pointers and tips for handling fleece (like which stitch function??) would be much appreciated Cheesy 

Here are my inspirations:

You will need to open this with Adobe for some reason, but it's totally worth it:
(so i herd u leik mudkipz?)
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://lh3.google.com/_gnc-U8yxeqI/RqazsiMZ28I/AAAAAAAACFo/onY8KCzRFkE/s800/070720-017%2BOtakon.JPG&imgrefurl=http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/z3G-dUyEJ8HpzhwZiH3gKw&h=800&w=536&sz=87&hl=en&start=19&um=1&tbnid=TfgkF-sDhAcH-M:&tbnh=143&tbnw=96&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmudkips%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN

Pikachu! HA!
http://cache.kotaku.com/assets/resources/2006/09/pikabellyrub.jpg

Comments, ideas, and your own experiences with costume making is wonderfulllll!


EDIT:
I found a pattern possiblility.
http://www.kwiksew.com/Catalog/cat_detail.cfm?pid=2175&QL=MissSleepware
I love how the try and make the models look sexy in footie pajamas. Hah!
Yet, if you know of any other patterns, PLEASE post them! Thanks!!!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Beginner Quilt pattern(s)?---> For a bedspread? on: February 19, 2008 02:00:45 PM
I need an easy, and if possible, free quilt pattern for a total beginner to quiting Cheesy

Ridiculous, I know, but I am completely re-doing my room & I need a bedspread C:  I have 2 twin beds to quilt for, and I am planning on using an Amy Butler fabric collection to quilt with...! I'm pretty excited to re-vamp my room, epsecially since I've had the same nasty lavender stripe wallpaper since I was like 4.
[I'm fifteen now Undecided]

And any *great* site on how-to-quilt would be awesome, I hardly know what batting is.

I'm pathetic.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Button-up shirt recon! HALP! on: February 17, 2008 09:54:37 PM
I have two men's button up shirts that my dad gave me, and I don't know what to turn them into, although I have a few ideas inspired by, you may have guessed it, Urban Outfitters :'D

Sorry for the bad cell phone pictures, I didn't feel like taking the time to whip out my camera and go through the whole process -.-



The lightest one is a very light blue, almost white in cretain lighting. The other is a kindof vibrant robin's egg blue...sorta. It's blue. Put it at that.

Here are the ideas:



DANG!  UO's website just went down, so scratch that plan. You got the gist, right? I want to rip those shirts apart and make them pretty.

'Cept, I don't know how because I am fairly new to sewing but I am good at figuring things out.

Does anyone know a tutorial, free pattern, or examples of someone who already made something similar?
Or maybe just...
Tips?
Suggestions?
Tricks of the Trade??!

Anything is loved, trust me C:
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / POWER RANGER costume q's! on: February 04, 2008 01:31:01 PM
Okay, this is a multiple question-er. So get ready.


I am making myslef a blue Power Ranger costume out of scratch for Halloween ahead of time, and I have a couple of fabric and pattern related questions, since I am VERY new to sewing, but I have basic tricks that I know Grin

Answer one, two, or whatever tips and knowlege you can possible dish out. Like I said, I am a newbie to the extreme.

QUESTION # 1:  This is regarding my fabric issues.

I am debating between stretch velvet and a rayon/lycra blend as the main fabric for the whole "body suit". The velvet is a 2-way stretch, and the lycra is a 4-way stretch.
I am thinking that the velvet will be a tad warmer on a very cold October night, but do I NEED a 4-direction stretch to make this costume possibe? Because if so, then I am stuck with the rayon/lycra.
Also, keep in mind that I am a 5'7''  15-year-old girl with no intention of my awesome costume riding up my butt the whole night. The 4-way may be more of a curse than a blessing. {Also, it would be common sense to have the velvet (2-way)  stretch horizontal, right??}




Question # 2:   The dreaded pattern.

I decided to make the suit as a 2-piece at first, with a top and a bottom and then sew them together and make a white 'utility superhero belt' to hide the stitching. Is this a good way to go about it?
Also, I found 2 patterns I could use for the bottom, or the pants part of the costume. I'm putting all the links at the bottom of the page to help you read this terribly long wall of text.
The first is a (FREE!) skinny jeans pattern from Burda. I could just alter it a little bit and use elatic or something similar instead of a button and a zipper, like a pair of jeans would have. The second is a yoga pants pattern, which may be more appropriate for the type of material I'm dealing with, but is unfortunately not free. What do you think would be better for my project??

Oh, an I have no idea what I'm doing for the top. I'll probably just find a long sleeve shirt pattern and alter it to make it more like a second skin.


So you see now why I need your help. Any type of assistance, or encouragement even, is GREATLY appreciated!!
ps- Two new EXTREMELY helpful links added at the end!!! (Possibly extremely helpful....you decide.)


LINKSS!!!!!

My Reference Picture:
http://www.rangercentral.com/images/mmpr-rg-billy.jpg

Stretch Velvet:
http://www.spandexworld.com/catalog/viewitem.php?id=676

Rayon/Lycra:
http://www.spandexworld.com/catalog/viewitem.php?id=3261

Free Skinny Jeans Pattern:
http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/1760
Note: make sure to click on the 'view creations' button within that box. The pattern image doesn't do it justice; the button will show you examples of the finished product.

Yoga Pants Pattern:
http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=12689

Unitard??(I just found it):
http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=850

WOAH! A basic altering-friendly long sleeve top pattern!
http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/542
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