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281  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: "Big Teacup" Tea Bag Holder on: January 27, 2005 10:18:42 AM
Wow! That is just awesome!  Shocked  I'll have to do one myself as I'm a huge tea-addict..  Smiley
282  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: A purse that lights up. on: January 19, 2005 01:26:07 AM
Wow, that is awesome =)  I want one too!
283  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Swedish "fika" on: January 18, 2005 11:30:50 AM
"you do it every day, several times"? Not even my caffreaked friends on Sder get to "several times". Smiley But then again, maybe many people do,

Well.. my family 'fikar' 2-3 times a day on weekends Wink And at work we also 'fika' 2-3 times.. And I suppose a lot of my coworkers fika sometime during the evening when they get home too..

I didn't know you could make small stuff like that in papier machie.. It's really cool.. =)
284  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tiny first post with tiny project (condom box) on: January 11, 2005 02:16:30 AM
You should have painted the chinese word for condoms on it Wink If there is one.. hm, maybe it was that very long stuff.. oh well, it was really cool =)
285  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Your Own Corset? on: October 02, 2004 11:25:54 PM
But the meaning with a corset is that it should reduce your waist-circumsize. If it doesn't reduce your waist-circumsize it isn't a corset, just a normal bodice. And if it stretches or the seams breaks when you try to lace yourself you haven't made it properly. Just because you reduce the corset with 10cm doesn't mean you have to lace yourself in 10cm. If you begin with a mock-up and feel that 10cm is too much, start with 5cm instead. But when you buy a corset it is recommended that you buy one that is 10cm smaller than your waist-circumsize.
Isn't flat steel boning the same as spring steel or have I missed something? I get so confused because spiral steel and spring steel sounds as it should be the same thing to me. But obviously it isn't..

I also saw something earlier in this thread about lacing the corset first, and then put it around you and try to close the busk. That is so wrong. You'll only hurt your corset if you do that. The proper way to wear a corset is to lace it really big, put it around you, close the busk and then start to lace it tighter. You start to lace just a bit, and then after an hour or so you can lace a little bit more. But remember to start easy, it's so much more comfortable that way.
286  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial on: October 02, 2004 12:51:21 AM
I read this thread a few days ago and at first I thought 'yuck, that sounds awful' but as I read on everything made more and more sense. And now I've made my first cloth pad Wink  It worked just fine and was so much more comfortable than the normal ones. Cheesy
287  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Your Own Corset? on: October 02, 2004 12:40:49 AM
I just joined here because I wanted to give you some advice on corset-making =)

When you are drafting your own pattern and are a 'standard'-size person you should make that pattern about 10cm (4"?) smaller than your waist-circumsize(sp?). You should also keep a watch out for the fat that wants to bulge out at the top and bottom of your corset if you lace it a bit. If you get that problem you need to enlarge the patternpieces at those places. When I made a corset for a friend I had to enlarge the back-pieces at the top to make place for that fat. It isn't because you are fat or something, it's just because when you lace yourself you squeeze all the stuff in your stomach and outside to places where it don't normally is.

I also think that for a real corset you need to use a busk instead of hooks and eyes and steel boning (or that really sturdy plastic boning that is made to work like whale boning), otherwise it won't hold it's shape. Around the lacing at the back you need to use that flat steel that won't bend to the sides (spring steel I think), otherwise your lacing will bulge and look really strange. Hooks and eyes at the front will work exactly the same, they will bulge if you lace a bit. I always use spring steel under the busk now too for extra support so it won't curve too much around the stomach.

And the more boning you add the more comfortable the corset will be, that's my experience anyway. In my latest corset for my friend I used about 28-30 bones. Spring steel at the back and under the busk and spiral steel in all the other places. Spiral steel allows for more flexibility when you  move. And if you have a seam that is curves you have to use spiral steel because spring steel can't follow that curve. If you have a lot of boning and sturdy material the corset can't bend itself and cause pain when you move or do stuff.

BlueEyedGirl: I think www.farthingales.on.ca have patterns that works for plus-sizes too. I have the silverado and it goes from size 6 to 26, I'm from Sweden though and don't know exactly what those sizes represent. If you are making your own pattern or enlarging a smaller pattern, remember that plus-size women can lace more tightly than thinner women thus you could make your pattern more than 10cm smaller than your waist-circumsize.

I'm so sorry about my long post and my crappy english, but I hope I could help a bit at least Wink
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