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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / help with elastic thread! on: November 05, 2008 01:06:42 PM
hi all you fabulous sew-crafters,

i am newish to sewing, and am trying to use elastic thread to do ruching... but it doesn't seem to be working for me.  it hardly ruches at all.  i'm not sure what i'm doing wrong.  i am ruching on a thicker fabric, and the instructions said to wind the elastic thread loose on the bobbin.  but it hardly ruches at all.  i've also read that you might need to change the tension on the thread... but this doesn't seem to have any effect at all.

anyone have any idea what i'm doing wrong, or what i might try differently?

thank you!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / sweeney todd & mrs. lovett on: November 03, 2008 09:47:32 AM
my husband and i LOVE tim burton films, and this year decided to go as sweeney todd and mrs. lovett. 

for my costume, i made the skirt (based on a craftster's bustle skirt tutorial), the corset (based on roethke's tute) and reconned a store-bought shirt. 

for sweeney's costume, i made the vest, the handkerchief, the razor holster (which you can't really see), and reconned the scarf and gloves.

most validating of all, we WON the costume contest at the club we went to for scariest category!!  while we lost out to bettie page from the sexiest category for the grand prize, we were pretty happy with winning the category, especially considering there were some great costumes!

now, the pics:





3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / help with bustle skirt on: October 21, 2008 11:57:13 AM
hello, i'm making a mrs. lovett costume for halloween, and am working on a skirt that looks like this:


i found the tutorial for this short bustle skirt: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=272060.0

is it the same idea, only longer?  any tips on how i can make this skirt? 
thanks in advance!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / *slightly off topic* tim burton fans! on: October 20, 2008 10:27:46 AM
i just found out about this and i'm so excited i thought i'd share, in case you hadn't heard.  tim burton is working on a new 3-D version of alice in wonderland.  johnny depp will be the mad hatter, helena bonham carter will be the red queen (off with her head!!) and anne hathaway will be the white queen. 

here you can get a tiny peek at what i'm sure are going to be fantastic costumes:
http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/09/26/first-look-mia-wasikowska-in-tim-burtons-alice-in-wonderland/

i know where i'll be getting my halloween 2010 costume ideas...!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / tired of the sexy-everything costumes? on: October 13, 2008 02:56:49 PM
is anyone else out there tired of seeing every costume for women (and increasingly, teenagers and girls!) in a "sexy" version?  a sexy harry potter hogwarts costume?  are you serious?  they wore robes!  i don't have any problem w/the sexy costumes (if you got it, flaunt it), but there aren't too many other options.  glad i'm making mine.  just my little rant for the day.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / stenciling help? on: June 30, 2008 04:53:28 PM
hi, i'm trying my hand at stenciling on t-shirts now, and am having a little trouble.  first, i tried the freezer paper method.  turns out, the only kind available (microwave safe!) at the stores near me doesn't work with the whole ironing it on thing (it doesn't stick, and it left a slight discoloration on the shirt).  then i tried using a manila folder, but that bled too much.  also, i tried using this spraypraint fabric paint, but i think i have to give that up bc it creeps up under the stencil and ruins the print.  (i guess i was just being lazy)

so, i've also seen the acetate sheet method, and i also found out there are papers made especially for stenciling, that stick onto the fabric.  anyone try these methods, and how did they work?

thanks for any help, ideas, suggestions!
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