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121  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help, this 'easy' pattern is driving me insane! on: September 13, 2010 06:33:41 AM
Hi everyone,
I wondered if any experienced seamstresses out there could give me a hand with this pattern as its driving me crazy!

I wanted to make an evening gown and I found this 'easy' pattern here
http://wkdesigner.wordpress.com/2008/08/27/halter-gown/
I'm not a particularly advanced seamstress myself, but I know the basics and this pattern looked great because it only really has one piece to cut out and sew.

However, I don't know what I'm doing wring, but I just can't seem to follow the instructions properly. I tried to make a practice one on a smaller scale so I could figure out which bits to sew, etc. and I am ending up with something that doesn't even look remotely like a dress...more like a giant handbag, that's all sewn up with nowhere for your head'lags or arms to come through!! And as for the shape...goodness me, what a state!

I know this pattern has two layers (charmeuse and organza), but I'm just doing it with one layer at the moment to keep it less complicated, but I'm not getting it at all, and I'm so frustrated because its so beautiful and its supposed to be easy - I feel like an idiot not being able to follow it Sad

Do you think that its more complex than it seems? Can anyone suggest an easier way to make a similar looking dress? I'd be really really grateful for any tips.

Thank you so much Smiley
122  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can someone help me figure out how to make a reversible tube dress/top? on: September 13, 2010 06:10:54 AM
Thank you so much, that's really helpful! I'm going to give your suggestions a try and see how I get on.
Thanks again for replying Cheesy
123  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Can someone help me figure out how to make a reversible tube dress/top? on: September 06, 2010 07:36:56 AM
Hello everyone,
I wonder if someone here could help me as I have an idea (which I thought would be quite simple) but I'm having some bother figuring out how to put it together.

I have made quite a few tube dresses and tops in stretchy fabric, which have all turned out nicely. I have cut out 2 pattern pieces (a back and a front), hemmed them, sewn them together, turned them inside out and voila! However, I had an idea that I would like to make a reversible one - one that I could wear inside out too. I know I will need 4 pieces of fabric (2 of each different pattern), but I can't for the life of me figure out how to sew it together so that the seams are hidden when I turn it inside out.

I know that it must be possible as I have seen similar garments for sale in the shops, but my brain can't deduce how it is done.

If anyone can follow me and knows what on earth I am talking about, then I'd be really grateful for some advice.

Thank you so much!

Lesley x
124  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Raggedy Annie questions from complete beginner! on: January 30, 2010 10:52:32 AM
Hi everyone,
I've been lurking on Craftster forever, marvelling at the things everyone can make, and so I decided to join in and recently bought a pattern for a raggedy Annie doll as I've always wanted to have a go at making one - they're so cute!
I have a couple of silly questions though that I was hoping someone might be able to help me with before I get going.

1. I bought some muslin to make the body but it seems very thin and fine - is it supposed to be like that, or are there different types of muslin that you can buy?

2. It says on my instructions that I need 'Prismacolour' pencils (I think its to colour the eyes). I don't know what these are! I live in the UK and the pattern is from the US so I'm not sure if it is a brand of pencils only available in the States. I have some watercoloue pencils at home but I don't know if they'll do the same job. What type of pencils should I use if I can't get the Prismacolour ones?

Ok, that's enough for my first post. I'd be ever so grateful if anyone could help me, and I promise to post a picture when I have finished (though at this rate that might take quite a while!! Cheesy)

Thank you! x
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