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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how to remake this drapey top? on: February 28, 2008 02:37:32 PM
I'm making my own prom dress this year, and the top/bust part looks almost similar to this, except without the visible draping that crosses the right side and the seam under the bust.

Can anyone guide me on how to drape the fabric to make this?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Simplicity 4072 on: October 13, 2007 01:05:25 PM
http://www.simplicity.com/assets/4072/4072fb.gif

I don't have the actual pattern or instructions, but this is what I want to make. I have about four hours ><...

There doesn't seem to be an armscythe seam, so what would the sleeve/bodice pattern piece look like?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / wet seal knit fabric? on: July 05, 2007 08:34:35 PM
Does anyone know what I'm talking about?...a lot of shirts sold at Wet Seal are made from a very very light/drapey, semi sheer knit fabric with some stretch (not a lot). Is there a specific name for this kind of knit? Is it specially made for Wet Seal or could I find it in a fabric store? (particularly in wisconsin?)
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / machine problems...stitches... on: June 18, 2007 05:13:12 PM
So...my machine isn't making stitches correctly. When I do any length of straight stitch under any tension setting, I get a long line with dots (bobbin thread).

---o---o---o---o---

I can very easily pull out the top thread completely...it's like, the bobbin thread is just making loops around the top thread (which looks like dots). The fabric also gathers a bit while the machine stitches.

Does anyone know how to fix this? It's been like this for a week and it's really bugging me that I can't sew. :/
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / sewing slinky knit GRRR! on: November 25, 2006 04:19:30 PM
I'm trying to sew with what I think is called slinky knit...it's a cotton/poly blend, stretchy in a spandex-feeling way, slightly shiny, slippery like satin, and somewhat sheer.

The stitches will not go through! It will skip stitches (as if there is no bobbin thread) and then stitch a few stitches every half inch or so.

I'm using a zig zag stitch, and after a couple zig zags it turned into a straight stitch, then back to a zig zag stitch. I've tried ball point and sharp needles. Right after trying to stitch the knit, I stitched some woven cotton without adjusting thread/needle/anything and it worked fine. Then I switched back to the knit but it did the same thing again.

Has this happened to anyone else? Does anyone know why it's doing this??

This is driving me INSANE!!!
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Bleaching black hair on: August 12, 2006 09:54:59 PM
I'm bleaching white stripes in my hair, bleaching until light yellow and then using a toner to get it white. My hair is black, never treated or colored or anything.

I'm doing a strand test at the moment with 30 volume developer/powder solution stuff. It's been an hour with the bleach on and it's only a dark red-brown, a little orange on one end. So my question is, is it safe to leave it in longer than an hour until it gets to pale yellow? Or should I just bleach it again later on? Because I hear that you shouldn't leave bleach in for over an hour.

Also, does applying heat (hairdryer) make the bleach work faster? Is this damaging also? Could I do this to make my hair turn yellow instead of leaving the bleach in for longer or bleaching my hair more than once?

Ah so many questions. Smiley

[edit] Two hours, now it's bright-ish orange...
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / American Apparel on: July 28, 2006 05:02:38 PM
There's a special on NBC Dateline about American Apparel right now about the work environment. It seems interesting, apparently it's not that great, or something. Just letting you people know. Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Getting gathers to stay... on: July 10, 2006 10:19:04 PM
I gathered a skirt piece with the lekkner technique (zig-zagging over a straight line) and zig-zag stitched over it again, but the gathers still move around and stuff...how do I stop this? It's so annoying!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / blue-orange sky (img hvy) on: July 08, 2006 07:34:10 PM
I am not a photographer by any means, and my camera is pretty crappy, but just a couple minutes ago I looked out the window and noticed the color outside was a very strange hazy color. I couldn't see the sky because there are a bunch of trees outside the window, so I went outside. The sky was a very pretty blue and orange and I just had to take pictures. I think these are the best ones with the true colors (they shrunk a bit).


^^ This wasn't meant to be centered, I just noticed it now...




^^ vv These are almost the same but I like them both... Smiley






Click here to see the rest.

Comments/criticism appreciated. Smiley I might add a few of these to a portfolio thing.

(hmm, these remind me of a certain French painter's work; I read that he had his own blue shade that was named after him or something...I wish I could remember his name...)
10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / creasing on: July 03, 2006 11:31:11 PM
After you paint shoes, how do you prevent that crease/dent that occurs when you stand on your toes from forming?
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