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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / waistband on dress problems on: April 19, 2010 08:16:57 AM
Basically, i'm making a ball dress, its got a mid-length heavily gathered skirt and fitted sweet-heart neckline bodice, made of polyester satin, with a centre back zip. I want to put a fairly wide waistband on it in the same fabric, with an overlay of polyester chiffon, but when i've tried to put waistbands on dresses before, i've ended up with distorted fabric as the waistband is straight cut as opposed to the darted and seamed bodice. any idea how i can resolve this issue?
would cutting the waistband on the bias help? or is the simplest choice to make the waistband separately from the dress and have it fasten on separately like with lacing at the back?

thanks in advance
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / help with a dress/lingerie pattern on: November 28, 2009 12:47:04 PM
I'm looking to make a dress where the bodice is strapless and has 'cups' like lingerie, sort of like this dress http://www.buzzhollywood.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/cache1/5571f_Abbie-Cornish-Vogue-Australia-December-2009.jpg
However, the only patterns i've found so far are lingerie patterns that require stretch fabrics (e.g. Kwik Sew 2358), but i can't use stretch fabrics for this project.

I wondered if anyone knows of any patterns or the existence of any instructions to make patterns for something like this? I can adapt something, provided it has the basic cup shape and little elasticity/use of stretch fabrics. Thanks in advance for any help!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / A-level textiles project help on: July 07, 2009 08:01:00 AM
I wonder if anyone can help me...

This question might be a bit misplaced but this was the best place i could think of to put it. I'm doing a project in textiles to make occasion wear that is really nice and based on older more glamourous styles such as that of the 50's, but still fairly affordable, so i need to work out a budget. However i need to know what kind of markup is usually added on to the manufacturing costs (just really materials, not labour) of high street/high end high street garments so as to know how much my final product would be retailed for. Im looking for some kind of percentage or formula to help work it out.

Thanks so much in advance if anyone does know!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Gold coloured studs on: May 31, 2009 12:32:25 PM
I'm looking to get some gold coloured flat square stud embellishments to put on things like denim shorts, but so far I can't seem to find any Sad

I wondered if anyone else knew of anywhere that I could get some. I like in the UK, near London if that helps.

Thanks in advance!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Problems with a new Brother XL 5500 on: May 26, 2009 09:28:53 AM
Got a new machine - Brother XL 5500 special edition, but am having problems with it Sad

Tried testing some short lengths of straight stitch, but thread (not sure whether upper or lower) was getting caught in the bobbin casing. I had to remove the bobbin casings to remove this thread and after replacing the parts, i had problems with the thread snapping as soon as i began sewing.

Now i seem to have corrected this, but either i get the previous (most common) problem of thread getting caught in the bobbin casing, or the needle coming unthreaded, with the occasional perfect row. The machine seems much noisier mechanically than previous machines I've used as well.

I have no idea whether i'm doing something wrong or its a machine issue but would greatly appreciate some help.
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