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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Thickening dye to paint on sheer fabric? on: April 14, 2013 09:39:02 AM
Hopefully this is in the right place - I didn't see a designated spot for fabric painting.

I'm working on a costume that calls for a burnout fabric but I couldn't find one I liked. Instead, I'd like to try painting on a sheer fabric to get a similar effect. It became apparent very quickly, however, that I would need something beyond my standard Jo-Ann fabric paints in order to

1. Keep the paint from bleeding too much (no watercolor burnout!)
2. Be opaque instead of just dyeing the sheer
3. Keep the hand of the original fabric as much as possible. This needs to flow!

The fabric I purchased is a sheer blush rayon

I've been reading a lot about dyeing/painting techniques and though I've learned a lot I still haven't come up with a definitive answer.

Right now my two biggest contenders are trying dye-na-flow with an anti spread treatment over the entire fabric or thickening procion MX dyes to a paint-like consistency.

Ideas?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Leather jacket, Slippers, Robe, Cloak, Hat, Glittens, Scarf! Morbidly pic obese. on: January 05, 2012 01:55:16 AM
I went a little crazy for Christmas this year! (and this isn't all of it!)

I thought about posting these separate but didn't want to seem like an attention whore!

I'm a costume tech for my university's theater department as well as a few other odd design jobs. I don't have any real 'training' besides working and my own practice. My boss gave me the keys to shop (only two blocks from my house!) and shop + winter break = sewpalooza! I made all of the following in the 2 weeks leading up to Christmas:

Winter Set

For my mom, free because all materials were scraps from costume shop. No patterns.










My mom and I going to Christmas Eve service!

Cloak

For my brother, who never leaves the house. Free, everything found in shop. No pattern.








There's crushed velvet in the hood! <3

Freudian Slippers (and robe)
For my dad, the psychologist. Get it?
Slippers were $9 for soles, no pattern. Robe was about $15 for fabric but I already had it so it was sort of free. pattern was a 70's dressing gown, single-sized, 12 inches too small. Grading grading grading!


The guts! The sole is made out of grippy fabric, leather, memory foam insoles from amazon, two layers of batting, and an Ultrasuede-like material. No pattern.


(the insert in the one slipper is after he wore them for like a week...he has uneven legs so he always puts those in one of his shoes)



(He's wearing this a little strangely....the cuffs aren't meant to be rolled, there is supposed to be a belt, and the lapel is a little off. Oh well!



Leather Jacket
Also for my mom. Bought 50sq ft of garment leather. Never worked with leather before! Made it in two days, so it's sadly imperfect. The hem is wonky and I need to go back through with an even stronger needle to fix some skipped stitches. $155 for leather, found lining and zipper. I heavily edited a pattern for this one.



Hand-embroidered my mom's name....hand embroidering leather is just a dumb idea!

You can see the most annoying skipped stitch - at the collar. My machine was just not having it! Also, check out the dotted line pattern next to the seams. I ran it through without thread to create that tiny detail on all the seams!


That's all for now - until I get pictures of my boyfriend's shirt, vest, and tie!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 2 weeks to make a prom dress...(Links to pics, long post) on: April 21, 2008 04:18:08 PM
Finally! After 2 weeks of slaving night and day, here, my friends is my perfect Prom Dress.



This took 5 1/2 yards of black satin
3 yards of lime green stretchy satin
5 yards terribly hard to sew rhinestone-encrusted sheer black fabric
6 yards of black lining
6 yards of thick netting
2 yards black interfacing
roll of stitch witchery
lots of boning...just lots
2 spools of black thread
one spool lime green thread
bottle of black seed beads
2 rhinestone encrusted buttons
3 black jewels (purse not seen)

There are two layers of thick netting under the dress. Every seam of the lining and dress was stitched with small stitches then overcasted. The overlay has entirely french seams (difficult to do when you technically can't iron the fabric...the glitter/rhinstones kept melting). The stripes on the bust have rows of hand beading on them. I'll get a better picture of that later.

Halfway through the hem I realized I had never actually hemmed anything before.

My Boyfriend and I


Just me



The Back


Closeup of the neck and earrings my mom and I designed. I ended up not having the time to make it myself, so my mom did it for me. T'was her first time making jewelry!



As for the pattern, I just used Simplicity 5207. Everything else was drafted myself. I used the pattern for the black dress. My boyfriends mom also made my corsage and his boutanir (How do you spell that?!) In addition to all of the flowers for 4 of my other friends.
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