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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Need help finding quilt pattern to go with these fabrics! on: December 08, 2008 12:21:27 AM
So I bought some fabrics to make a quilt for my mother for Christmas, but now I'm having trouble finding block or quilt patterns to go with them. Here are the fabrics:

The scales of the prints may be a little off as I scanned the fabrics then resized using GIMP, but hopefully you get the idea. I think the problem is that I decided these are Jane Austen-y, early-nineteenth-century prints and that they might not look good in a traditional American quilt block (like Ohio Star or whatever) and probably won't look good in a more modern design either. Another problem is that the fabrics are all really similar in terms of color value (which I realized when I was buying them but couldn't find any coordinating fabrics that were medium or dark), so any pattern that relies on a lot of contrast may not work well.

I hope some of you can help--I really don't want to start just cutting out 8" squares.

2  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / How to make this beautiful dress... on: March 16, 2006 11:53:56 PM
How would one go about making this dress?

As far as I can see, it has the following (relevant to me) features:

1. strapless with lace overlay on top
2. I really like the neckline (not straight across, not standard sweetheart neckline either)--anyone seen a similar pattern? Other than that, the dress part seems pretty basic.
3. no waist seam, regular waist and bust darts (i.e., not princess seamed) and appears to have side zipper
4. lace applied on bias (but how did they do it so the scalloped edge appears both where the lace ends below the waist, and also on the left side of the neck?)

Also, what kind of fabric does the body of the dress appear to be made out of? It's probably silk, but what kind?
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