I've finally gotten a corset done that I actually like.. Well, except for the small problem that it's, er, too small. The mockup fit. I think the problem is a combination of factors: I only did a 1-layer mockup (although it's nearly impossible to *adjust* a two-layer mockup, and what's the point of a mockup for fitting if you can't alter it? I've really gotta figure out a better corset-mockup method.) Then of course I'm still using cable ties as boning, and cable ties are significantly thicker than real corset boning, and with a heavily boned bodice, the boning sorta causes "shrinking" since the fabric doesn't lay totally flat. And I was hoping for waist reduction, but didn't learn until after I'd already started that ease should be added to the top to allow for displacing from the waist. So to get it on at all leaves a lacing gap of at least 4", and I still have muffin top problems. But I figured I'd go ahead and finish it, it was at least good technique practice even if I'm unlikely to wear this one much. (Unless maybe I lose weight.. Hey, I can dream, right?) And then I went maybe a tad overboard with the flossing, mainly just because since I can't really wear it, I didn't want to stop working on it. Usually I judge a project "finished" when I can wear it. I drafted it from the instructions in the free article on Foundations Revealed. The mockup fit wonderfully, I'm pretty sure the cable-tie boning was a big part of the fit problem. I've altered the pattern a bit, and am working on a version in denim that's just in a mockup stage now.. and getting a bit distracted with practicing gores.
Okay, I know that they're keyworded ads that aren't actually intelligently placed, but as I was browsing in the "clothing" section I noticed an ad for a "twist" dress that's actually just the Infinity dress. Curious about how much they might be charging for this dress, I clicked on it. For a "matte jersey" infinity dress, which I take it is polyester, because if it were silk or cotton jersey, they'd certainly be mentioning it.. they're charging $190 for a short version or $230 for a long version!! They're advertising, on Craftster, that they're charging two hundred dollars for the easiest dress on the planet to make! ROFL
I've been trying to figure out how I might be able to actually flatter my figure, but none of the standard advice seems appropriate. I'm distinctly pear-shaped, I'll wear a large-extra large in bottoms and would wear a small in tops if I didn't have big arms. Long and big around. They're ugly and scarred, too. Oh, and the bottom-heaviness is all width. Wide hips, flat butt. All of the advice I find so far as flattering a bottom-heavy figure seems to involve showing off the fit, perfect arms that people with pear-shaped figures supposedly have. Does anybody have any clue what styles might actually flatter a bottom-heavy person without drawing attention to the arms?
(I changed the name because it's not just my figure, it seems to be common, just not accounted for by the fashion industry, pattern-makers, or anybody else..)
The corset top is based off of Simplicity 2966, and then I added the zipper because I had an appropriately sized one that came in an assortment of 50 zippers from Vogue Fabrics for $7. I used plastic duct strapping as boning and enlarged the holes in it for the back, so that I could put the eyelets through the duct strapping to help stabilize them. It's a bit big, though, and doesn't cinch at ALL, so the eyelets don't need much stabilizing anyway. Next time I'll definitely make a smaller size.
The hoody is actually roughly based off of an old tissue tee that I got bleach on, so I took it apart to use as a semi-pattern. I got the fleece from Hancock right before Christmas when it was $2.25/yard and I found the bright thermal stuff in the red-tag section at Joann for $2.50/yard during the extra 50% off sale.
On the Michael Miller website, there is hedgehog fabric. Actually, there is a whole "hedgehog group"!!! http://michaelmillerfabrics.com/MMF/Swatch2.cfm?&Gnam=Hedgehog%20Group Is that not one of the cutest fabrics you have ever seen?? The first one is my favorite, with all the different colors of hedgehogs. I think I'm in love with this fabric. It's a new one, and I don't think it's available for retail yet! When I google for Hedgehog fabrics, mostly what I find are Japanese import hedgehog fabrics, but they're not as awesome. The main result of a google for hedgehog fabrics is stuff on Etsy that's made with the Japanese import hedgehog fabric. A few days ago google shopping brought back nothing on "michael miller hedgehog" but now there's actually one result--a place called Over the Rainbow-- but it's only available for preorder, and doesn't say when it will arrive! I think my boyfriend is seriously sick of hearing my babble about hedgehog fabric. I need hedgehogs!
Anybody have any idea how long it takes new designs to get to stores?
I'm getting a (slightly) better idea of how I'll organize my fabric, but I was wondering how others organize other sewing supplies? Do you have a commercial sewing box, or something more personalized? Did you make something? How many compartments/sections? More than one sewing box? What about things like zippers and buttons? And are you able to find what you need when you need it?
With the holiday sales and then 50% off all red-tag fabric at Joann, my stash has grown considerably (and I've somehow misplaced a 6-yard piece of hunter green panne velvet that should go perfectly with the sheer fabric that was 50 cents a yard..) so I'm wondering how you guys store and organize your fabric, especially if you buy fabric without knowing what exactly you're going to use it for. What do you keep it in? In drawers? Or boxes? Shelves? How do you sort it? By color? By type? Size? By what you think you may do with it? How long did it take you to settle on whatever system you use, and does it work?
Please forgive the noobish question.. but there are lots of recommendations so far as where to buy fabric online, and people keep mentioning specific brands, so I was wondering what brands people particularly like, and why? Are specific preferred brands based more on design/style preferences, or is it a quality thing? When I'm in a fabric store, I can at least feel the fabric myself, but I'm in an area that's pretty limited, the only local fabric store is Joann, and the local Joann is described as a "smaller store." Buying fabric online can feel like a gamble, since I can't actually see and feel it until after I've already bought it.. do your fabric designer/brand preferences have more to do with knowing what you're getting, or just what kinds of prints and designs are available?
I discovered a Nelco SAMB-2 hidden away in a corner. It's got quite a few features my basic Necchi doesn't have (like the buttonholer and the different stitches..) It's old and in much disrepair. There's a broken gear.. and the motor smokes. Replacement motors of the same specifications seem to be available (115/130 Volts, 80W input, 50/60 cycles) but they're available rotating either clockwise or counter-clockwise.. anybody have any idea?
Okay, after doing more research, it looks like only sergers use clockwise rotating motors.. so I can be pretty sure that this one is counter-clockwise, right? Or could that vary?