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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone used nylon Horse hair braid? on: October 11, 2010 04:45:23 AM
Hi there,
my mum is making my sisters debutante dress and she is just doing the final hem for the big night this Friday. We have a tulle petticoat to wear under the dress to puff it out a bit, but we also bought some horse hair braid to thread through the hem just to hold it out that bit more but we don't really know how to put it into the dress.
At the moment we have it threaded through the hem of the lining but that isn't making much of a difference so we were wondering if it should be threaded through the hem of the dress instead?
Also, when we thread it in, should the braid be fully stretched (ie. braid is thin) or should we be compressing it (so that braid is wide) ?
We've never used this before so any help would be appreciated.
Thank you and I'll post some pictures of the finished dress Smiley
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Picture Hosting Support / Upload successful, but no pictures in my gallery? on: January 21, 2010 04:50:53 AM
Hi there,
I tried uploading some photos tonight onto My craftster picture hosting.  After I have selected my photos and clicked upload it tells me that the upload was successful but then when I go to My Photos there isn't anything there!  I am running Safari and the largest photo that I want to upload is 84KB.  Any help would be appreciated, Thanks, E.J.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First skirt! McCalls M4924 (Link to photos added) on: January 21, 2010 04:08:33 AM
Hi all, firstly Ive just got to say that I absolutely love this forum and find you all so inspiring! I only just started sewing last year but I am really enjoying it and one message that I have got from this forum it to not stress too much about things, just get in there and have a go!  Seams can always be unpicked later  Smiley

So now Im going to tell you about my first sewing adventure, and trust me, its been a long one!  About 5 years ago my boyfriend went to Japan for a holiday and brought me back some lovely red and gold printed fabric as a souvenir.  Then I was faced with the decision of what to make with it.  I only had about 1m so I was a limited a bit.  For 3 years I satisfied myself with just laying it out on the table and staring at it and then putting it away again  Smiley But I finally came to a decision.  Because it was quite a busy print I didnt want to make an entire garment out of it as it might be a bit too much.  In my mind I wanted a black skirt with inserts/pleats that would fall open to show the lovely red fabric in flashes as I walked.  
Okay, so I finally had the inspiration, now to find a pattern!
I settled on McCalls M4924 View A which was exactly what I was looking for.  Then it took me about another year of off again, on again sewing to finally get it finished for last winter.  I just struggled to find the time and as I was learning it seemed to take me a whole night to get a single step done, even with help from my mum (She would discuss steps with me, and tell me how to do certain things, but she never did anything for me which really helped me to learn) But I finally finished my skirt and Im pretty happy with it  Smiley

Im planning to go back and re-do the front seams, as you can see they dont sit flat and I think this is because my stitch line isnt straight.  But it does flash the red fabric while Im walking which is what I wanted, and 5 years on my boyfriend is happy with what I have done with his present so it has all worked well  Smiley

Just a general comment about the skirt is that it is smaller at the top of the pleats than I expected which means that I have to take my time while walking, no big strides anywhere, its all very lady-like.  I dont think it is a fault or a real issue, I just thought it might be worth mentioning if anyone else is thinking of making this pattern.
But without further ado, its on to the photos!
Thanks for looking and I appreciate any comments or critiques,
Cheers, EJ.  Smiley
Front:

Back:

Side with zip:

Close up of Japanese print:

Side views showing pleat detail:



Thanks Smiley

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