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31  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What to wear to Monkey Day at the gallery. on: November 09, 2006 02:16:50 PM
I have an idear or two, but I always like input from people who live OUTside of my brain.

In mid-December, a local (Detroit) gallery is having a Monkey Day art opening ("Free banana with every purchase!"), and I would like to stitch something together to wear that is unmistakably for the occasion. One of the artists showing will be displaying a knitting-machine-made sock monkey prom gown, which -- as a guest and not an artist -- I am going to try to stay well away from, stylistically. But otherwise, something fun and unique and even a little stupid... Something involving cannibalized monkey beanies or faux fur or tails or... You tell me. Anything irresistible pop into your head?

I'll post pictures of anything I make, naturally.

Thanks!
-Dorion
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / ISO Stretch Faux Fur on: July 21, 2006 08:47:38 AM
I wonder if people don't read this board or if it's just that everything I'm looking for is impossible to find. I haven't gotten an answer to one of these questions yet.

I am going to attempt to make an animal costume, but I want it to be pretty close-fitting, so a somewhat stretchy faux fur would probably work best. I am trying to look into the minky fabrics, but I don't know yet whether there's any give there or not (and they are a tad expensive). Is anyone aware of a shortish-pile, slightly stretchy (doesn't have to be Spandex-level) faux fur I can get somewhere?

Thanks,
-Dorion
33  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / SEEKING Plastic Earring Findings on: July 17, 2006 01:36:07 PM
After years of trying different types of metals to find something my ears might not react so strongly to (I USED to be able to wear base metal earrings!) I seem to have found that PLASTIC, of all things, works fine for me. Now the challenge is finding plastic earring "wires." I have plastic studs (with the little base for affixing things to), but I'd like to find the hook-type for dangles. I would swear I've seen them before, but I can't find 'em now. Anyone know?

-Dorion
34  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Looking for bias tape supply (that's not Wright's). on: July 05, 2006 01:49:21 PM
My local sewing stores (Joann) only carry Wright's bias tape in all of their, what, 4 colors? I don't want to make my own bias tape because it's really not that important and I just use it for quickie edges. So does anyone have any good online resources, particularly for smaller double-fold bias tape in many colors?

-Dorion
35  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Feminizing men's shirts...? on: June 06, 2006 12:24:03 PM
I have a great love of camp shirts, particularly the floppy rayon short-sleeves I find at the local resale. I usually wind up wearing them open over a tank or t-shirt, but I'd like to figure out some ways to wear them as actual SHIRTS without looking like I'm wearing a giant rectangle. I have about a 44" bust and 36" waist and am 5'5", so I have to get men's L/XL and they tend to hang STRAIGHT DOWN from my chest, and then sometimes halfway down my thighs. Great comfort, not so great flattery.

Okay, so, let's brainstorm how you take a men's button-down shirt and make it more flattering for a woman, without necessarily making it TIGHT. My first thought is to shorten the (already short) sleeves to something more cap-like -- angled and re-hemmed. Also probably shorten the overall length of the shirt, possibly curving the bottom hem? There are bust-dart possibilities, but that gets a little complicated and may destroy the fabulously bizarre patterns I often find.

OR maybe I could start retrofitting them to something else entirely, like skirts??

More suggestions please!!

Thanks!
-Dorion
36  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Printing on fabric using fusible stabilizer. on: August 22, 2005 10:17:21 AM
I've successfully printed fabric with my Epson CX4600. I used the freezer-paper method, but it just now occurred to me that it might be do-able with fabric that has had stabilizer fused to it -- especially since I put stabilizer on the back of that piece of fabric anyway (after printing) to use it for the bag I was making. And there would be less danger of it peeling away from the paper (which it really wanted to do with the freezer paper -- plus it was trying really hard to curl).

I'll try it next time and post the results. Anyone done this yet?

-Dorion
37  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Epson DuraBrite Ink = Water Resistant on: August 21, 2005 08:34:49 AM
Last week I bought an Epson Stylus CX4600, which uses (and comes with) 4-color DuraBrite ink. It's advertised as water- and UV face-resistant, so it seemed natural to try it out on fabric.

I took a scrap of a lightweight cotton/poly muslin and ironed it to a piece of freezer paper. After one misfire, it fed through fine. I left the print to set overnight, and the next day I ran the top half under a running faucet. The ink didn't budge. I rubbed it a little with my fingers and it still did not smear or run. This is on UNTREATED muslin.

Yesterday I took a piece of heavier-weight plain white fabric (some scrap I had -- no idea of the fiber content) and printed a favorite picture of mine. After ironing some fusible interfacing to it, I used the zippered pouch tutorial from elsewhere on this site to make a very excellent pouch (with shoulder strap) exactly big enough to hold my phone and my wallet. Carried it to my friend's birthday outing; people were in disbelief when I told them I made it. (I'll probably post pictures of it on the zippered pouch thread, since that's the tutorial I used.)

Mostly just wanted to let you all know that DuraBrite inks do seem to be water-resistant. I haven't run the thing through a wash cycle or anything, but for light usage items, it seems like something that will work quite well.

-Dorion
38  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Looking for digital watch blanks. on: August 15, 2005 12:37:18 PM
Hi. Does anyone know where I can get digital watches (or, actually, analog would be fine) that can be customized with a picture on the face? I've seen people do it, but I've never managed to find an actual source for the watches themselves.

Thanks!
-Dorion
39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / ISO site to upload photo for PDF posters... on: August 09, 2005 01:35:27 PM
I know I saw the URL here originally, but it was more than a year ago, and I can't for the life of me remember what it was or where to find it. You all know what I'm talking about though, right? Is it still up? The PDF outputs were really cool kind of pop/op-artifications of your photos, with as many panels as you wanted...

Help? Please?

-Dorion
40  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / ISO Dressform Recommendations/Reviews on: July 18, 2005 08:35:28 AM
I'm a fairly inexperienced stitcher. I've been putting off getting a dressform for a while now because they are just so expensive. I don't think I can put it off any more, though. I'm starting to get into modifying pre-existing clothing, and putting it on me, pinning, taking off, basting, putting back on, repinning, over and over, is just going to make me crazy.

The only place I seem to see reasonably-price dressforms is Joann ETC. They sell them online, and right now the two that they are carrying are:
Singer 151 Adjustable Dressform - Medium $130
Dritz "My Double" Dressform (Medium #20200) $170

If I order on the right day, I should be able to get free shipping.

The reviews on the Joann website for the Dritz dressform are pretty bad. I've handled the Dritz form briefly at one of the stores and it did seem kind of cheap. One of the major negatives I've seen is that evidently some of the size adjustments are proportional (locked together) rather than individual. I kinda doubt my measurements have average proportions. There are no reviews for the Singer form.

What do you all use? I don't mind if a form is *kinda* cheap, but I also want to be able to get use out of it. I'm pretty sure I'd rather have an adjustable one, because I'm not sure I would trust the fixed-size models. I'm not interested in making a double of myself, either. At least not right now.

I'd love some real-world recommendations.

-Dorion
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