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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help on simple dress, please? on: July 13, 2011 01:02:00 PM
Right, here goes...

It's a strapless dress - the kind of strapless dress that can be made by taking a looong rectangle of thin fabric (2x your bust measurement or 3x your waist measurement is a good guess, whichever is larger) sewing the edges together, and gathering it at the top edge and just below the bust. 

For the straps to look as smooth as they do in the manga, you'd have to make them out of shaped pieces of fabric, but you could cheat with ribbon. Sew a piece of ribbon on the top edge, then another under the bust (on top of the gathering.)  For the neck strap, take a piece of ribbon and attach it to the dress where your bra strap would normally be.  Bring it up across your chest to your other shoulder, and wrap it around the back of your neck until it crosses itself in the back.  Then bring it down across your chest and attach it to the other side, just like you did the first. You'll probably need someone to help you - pin it with safety pins first, and make sure you leave a little room in the ribbon around your neck - I'd suggest that you sew the ribbon in a fixed position and add a clasp at the back so you can get out of it, or else you'll be hanging a strapless dress from your neck and choking every time you wear it. This is one of those situation where a picture is worth a thousand words - it will probably be much simpler if you just get some ribbon and play with wrapping it.

Those beads are crystal drops - that exact shape might be hard to find. They look flat, like chandelier crystals.  However, crystal drops in a round teardrop or diamond shape are easy to find. They have holes either in the top, across the narrow end, or running through the length of the bead.  You'll want the ones with the holes across the top - just stitch them to the ribbon where you want them.

Hope that's somewhat intelligible, I could show you in five minutes but my technical writing is a bit rusty.  Cheesy
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with gathering stitches on: February 06, 2011 10:25:27 PM
I'm not exactly sure what you mean.  Do you have loops on the bottom of your fabric (too much thread), or is it puckering (too little thread)?  Either way, it's probably a tension problem.  (So often, any time you have some problem that's absolutely horrible and you're convinced you need a new sewing machine, it's either tension or something silly like putting a needle in backwards.)

http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine_Repair/Thread_Tension_Settings.htm

Does that help at all?

Edit:  Also, this:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=9975.0

Failing that, the manual for the machine is probably your best resource.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Old black pants to pencil skirt! on: February 03, 2011 09:47:25 PM
Good job!  I've been meaning to try this with a pair of my old pants.  Tried it once with a pair of jeans.  I don't recommend this; there are not enough pins in the world.

I have worn holes in the upper thighs of every single pair of jeans I have ever owned.  There's a tute over at the blog Adventures in Dressmaking that involves fusible interfacing and machine darning, and I swear to you it has changed my life.  It works better if you do it before they develop actual holes, though.  Roll Eyes
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: What I've made this month ^_^ (dress, shirt, bikini) on: January 20, 2011 08:49:02 PM
I think I like your version better than the Anthro one.  I think it looks great both ways.  What exactly is going on there with the twisting and whatnot?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Striped circus skirt on: January 06, 2011 05:11:42 PM
Oooh, cute.   I love corset skirts.  On a non-crafty note, I love your shoes! 
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: I painted these wood bracelets and now I may be high on: January 01, 2011 03:13:56 PM
That's a whole lot of paint pen.  You should probably get some fresh air now. Tongue These are excellent.  I really like the lace pattern, and the color choices on the bird are really striking.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kawaii/Cute Jewellery on: December 29, 2010 01:47:33 PM
Love the bunny!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Black Widow Ring on: December 23, 2010 07:09:57 PM
Yeah, as soon as I posted that it occurred to me that it probably faded.  It's very interesting.  I can't really think of anything you could do to prevent it.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Black Widow Ring on: December 23, 2010 05:06:23 PM
I love the idea and the finished product, but I have to admit I was a little disappointed that it isn't belly side up to show the hourglass.

I would be deeply, deeply creeped the hell out to find one in my house, and I love spiders.  You don't usually die from a black widow bite, but it is not pleasant.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ange/dmon tank top on: December 22, 2010 02:17:45 PM
Love it!  You drew that freehand with Tulip fabric paint?  That's kind of amazing.
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