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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / tutu making: which net to use? on: February 22, 2008 02:41:01 PM
i'm hoping to make a tutu for a fancy dress night soon and before i go out and buy the netting i was wondering whether stiffer net is more likely to make the tutu stick out... or if it will make it hang down because of it's weight...

anybody know?
i'd quite like it to stick out so that it looks as similar to a pancake tutu as possible (but obviously without the expense, time and effort because i'll probably only wear it once or maybe twice) but i dont really want it to be majorly bulky because i'll be in a packed club which means i'll be hot and probably very close to other people haha

thanks for reading this. hope you can help me Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Eco-friendly a-level project (IMG HEAVY) on: September 01, 2007 05:37:27 AM
I was waiting until I received my exam results before I posted this one. I didn't want to jinx myself or anything :S

My brief was to design original, eco-friendly clothing and I decided to make the outfit out of second hand clothes and fabric scraps.

Sorry about all the pictures...


The whole outfit




The front of the jacket - each panel is made from a different fabric and most panels have been decorated or manipulated in some way. There is an off-centre zip.




The back of the jacket




The sleeves can be ruched and tied in place using the ribbons




The skirt - which began life as a large size skirt. It was resized and reshaped into a pencil skirt. Then I added applique detail.




Close up of rosette-style applique. The leopard print fabric was sewn randomly to create a crumpled look. My logo was stencilled on and hand-embroidery was added. It's probably my favourite part of the whole outfit Smiley




Thanks for taking the time to look Smiley

xxx

3  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / First proper embroidery attempt... on: May 12, 2007 06:31:54 AM
The only embroidery I'd ever done before this was pretty poor and very simplistic, but I fell in love with sublime stitching patterns and decided to include them on my dress for my birthday party.

Here are the results...
(sorry the pictures are big)





I'm happy with it and my guests liked it too Smiley


4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / white paint over pink? on: February 04, 2007 06:52:17 AM
hey im a beginner stenciller and i was just wondering, i want to stencil pink leopard print over green fabric and then put a white logo on the top of that? will this work if i let the pink dry fully first? or will the pink show through the white?

i'm using dylon fabric paint

thanks - anna xx
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / New to jewellery making - advice? on: November 20, 2006 02:14:10 PM
So my adventures into 'jewellery making' only stretch to friendship bracelets, some wire work and putting beads on a string...but i really would like to get into it as a hobby and make gifts for friends. Does anybody have any hints or advice? any suggestions of books, equipment that i should get? Thanks - anna xxx
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Anothing Jersey Seam Question... on: August 13, 2006 02:00:57 PM
Hi - I know there are a few questions about sewing jersey and stretch knit fabrics on this board, but i'm still a little confused after reading them all, so I was hoping someone could clear things up for me...

I would like to make a jersey top, but I'm not sure whether i need elastic thread or shirring elastic or even just normal cotton thread using a zigzag stitch... also if i were to use zigzag stitch, what length and width would i use?

Hoping you can help... anna xxx
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Another Jersey Seam Question... on: August 13, 2006 01:59:23 PM
Hi - I know there are a few questions about sewing jersey and stretch knit fabrics on this board, but i'm still a little confused after reading them all, so I was hoping someone could clear things up for me...

I would like to make a jersey top, but I'm not sure whether i need elastic thread or shirring elastic or even just normal cotton thread using a zigzag stitch... also if i were to use zigzag stitch, what length and width would i use?

Hoping you can help... anna xxx
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / AS Textiles Project (4 pictures) on: August 10, 2006 07:13:30 AM
So I haven't posted anything in a while and since i haven't got any pictures of my prom dress yet, I thought "what do i have to show my fellow craftsters?" and lo and behold i remembered my AS Textiles Project for school. The brief i set myself was to design an outfit for Vivienne Westwood based on the Theme of Alice in Wonderland.

The pictures aren't very flattering as i have a problem with looking decent in photgraphs, but here it is...


The Whole Outfit


The Corset Top

EDIT: ooh i forgot to tell you that the twin-needle stiching that you can see down the skirt is in a UV thread that changes from white to purple and yellow when it is outdoors or under a UV light. there is more of it on the waistband of the skirt, but you can't see it under the pointed part of the top xxx


The Back of The Top


The Back of The Gathered Skirt - Three Frilled Inserts with red embroidery

Any comments questions? I'm a bit nervous about showing this to be honest  Embarrassed But please tell me what you think or ask any questions you might have... Thank You xxx
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / distressed jeans look and how to go about it on: January 13, 2006 04:24:40 PM
so i have some jeans that have a little hole in the knee from too much use  Tongue oops

I've replaced the jeans, but the old ones with the hole still fit perfectly and so i figured i would put a couple of well-positioned horizontal rips in them so that they can still be worn, but I don't really know how to go about it without making them look either a) too neat and surgical or b) like i have scruffy jeans on.

So I guess you guys are the ones to ask for advice, right?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I need a theme for my textiles coursework. on: September 10, 2005 06:37:47 AM
I have to make a garment or outfit for my textiles course and I want it to be really "wow". Anyway, before I come up with any designs and start to make it...... I need a theme. e.g. nature, architecture, the 60's, birds, the jungle, hollywood, military etc.

Last year I did under the sea and made items for a child's bedroom and before that I made things like soft furnishings (cushions and wall-hangings etc.) and as this will be my first coursework garment, I'm sure you will understand that I want it to be really good and quite special.

Any ideas for themes and garments will we be appreciated...

Thanks xxx
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