Seam Sealed - When garments are sewn the needle creates holes that will allow water to pass through. Seam sealing tape is applied to a stitched seam using heat to bond the tape to the material making the seam waterproof.
Since the top of the dress is made with some sort of vinyl, which gets permanent tiny holes when sewn, I would guess that the sealing tape might also be used on those holes, in addition to the tweed of the skirt.
Hi, just a quick note from a very appreciative SHOWstudio - we are really loving your interest in our free downloadable garment patterns (have you seen there are four: by Yohji Yamamoto, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Martin Margiela - check in our Archive!)
To answer your questions about scaling and printing, in the new one (Junya Watanabe dress pattern launched last night!! http://www.showstudio.com/), you can either download the full pattern, save it and then print it out in full at Kinkos or similar or print out the 'tiled' sheets. We look forward to seeing your versions of the dress in our 'viewer's gallery'!
Also, I should say that we'd be really grateful of some of your expertise for our less gifted seamstresses that use our site. Could I encourage one of you to post some instructions/guidelines on our forum? It would be very much appreciated!!
Thanks to you all, Penny - Editor, SHOWstudio
Hi Penny - thanks for stopping by! We're all excited about the new Watanabe pattern, and flattered that you linked to our sewalong on your homepage. I just sent you a note. -Tigralon
Saw a fabulous skirt in a mag recently...it was made from a striped fabric (so similar problems to your fabric i guess) but was flared...they had done it in panels, about 12 in total, so it had the same shape as a half circle(-ish!) but you really 'saw' the stripes, they wern't distorted, actually you really got to see the stripy-ness...and they finished it with a horizontally cut strip (about 3") of the fabric to trim the hem. HTH and hope I'm making sense...been working waaaaay to hard of late & I'm tired....
That sounds really interersting. I had very briefly toyed with the idea of trying to do multiple panels (each shaped like a slice of pie, kindof) to keep the vertical lines mainly, well, vertical. But it just seemed like a lot of mathematical trouble in order to get it precise, and I'm a perfectionist. Plus there are also these weird off-set horizontal divisions, and...oh sheesh. It's so impossible to describe. I'll just post a photo when it's done.
Do you happen to have a photo of that skirt, or know what mag it was? I'd like to check it out. I'm really into stripes recently.
Be sure to try the fabric on the bias before you give up. When it's draped and swishing around your hips, the pattern may not be obvious as you expect. Drape it over your shoulder and see how it looks.
You know, I had originally feared the pattern would be awful on the bias, but in fact, it might actually make it more interesting. Thanks also for confirming my belief that I couldn't cut it on the grain...I was nearly certain that was correct, but just couldn't remember if there was a trick I had forgotten before I chopped up the fabric. I'm going for the bias cut!
I'm trying to make a dress with patterned fabric, but it's printed with words and people so it only looks correct if the fabric is cut straight up and down (on the grain). That was fine for the bodice, but now I'm at the skirt. I've looked at some skirt pattern I own for a full skirt (between circle and A-line) and they all want me to cut the skirt pieces on the bias. Well, if I do that, then the design will be at angle across the skirt and look really odd. (The design includes vertical lines like filmstrips, so it will be extremely obvious if it's not up & down.)
I'm really at a loss as to how to proceed. If I cut as directed on the patterns, then the design on the fabric will be totally weird and go at an angle across the skirt. But if I lay the skirt pieces straight along the grain and cut, then the skirt won't hang properly (ie. because it's not on the bias). Plus, the pattern will still be a little odd, because it'll intersect diagonally at the side seams, from the curve of the fabric (but I think that'll still look better than having the whole design crazy on the bias).
Any advice? I would love to hear ideas or suggestions if you've had this problem, or if you have an idea how I could get around it...unfortunately I think what it comes down to is that the pattern is printed on the grain and can never be cut on the bias. So how the heck does anyone expect us to be able to make any patterned skirts??!?!? Clothing manufacturers must print their designs on the bias.....Grrrrrr.....please advise me!
Hey cathou, are you feeling as left out as I am, with all these marriage proposals for IndividualFrog? Where are our suitors? I guess I need to just wear my jacket in public more often.
Lol... guys where are you? She wants some love'n!
Hahahaha...don't you know that male Craftsters are practically an endangered species? I think we should instigate a new plan - every female member of Craftster has to get one of her male crafty friends to sign up and start posting his own crafts!