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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing with nylon thread? on: June 29, 2009 02:31:13 PM
Hi guys! So I got a job sewing some tarps, and they provided nylon thread to sew it with - the problem is that the nylon thread keeps "shredding" in my machine, for lack of a better word. The bobbin thread is fine but the top thread seems to be getting stuck in the needle or something, it just gets thinner and thinner until it finally disappears. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong? I thought maybe it was the needle so I switched it out and I'm still having this problem. : /
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Inspiration Board Collage (big imgs) on: March 29, 2009 10:26:34 AM
I HOPE this is where this goes...if it's not...I'm really sorry!

My old laptop died and in the time between it dying and me getting a new one, I was bored ALL. THE. TIME. I seriously did not realize what a timesuck the internet is haha. So, since I'm also constantly trying to figure out what style of things, colors, etc. that I'm drawn to in an effort to not make so many wardrobe purchases I regret later, I decided to make an inspiration board! I'm a terrible, terrible magazine hoarder so the vast majority of these images came from my magazine stash (mostly comprised of NYLON, Bust, and Venus Smiley ).



Everything ready to go!



In progress



Finished (bigger image here)



Detail shots (bigger image here)

Aftermath:



Maybe I went a LITTLE bit overboard with the cutting out of images? Wink

I don't know if it counts as a craft or art, but I was trying to think about negative space and making the whole thing look aesthetically pleasing the whole time, so maybe? Tongue Let me know what you think!
3  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / McQueen for Target skirt on: March 23, 2009 09:58:05 PM
So this McQueen for Target skirt is sold out EVERYWHERE and before I got one. Does anyone know of a very similar pattern? I don't want a circle skirt, and I'd just make a gore skirt off of guesswork (I'm sure once I decide on the measurements and the number of gores it'll be really easy) but I wanted to get others' opinions first, as I want that specific silhouette, not a fuller or slimmer skirt. Thanks!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / IndiePublic and ModelMayhem? on: March 10, 2009 08:04:37 PM
Hi guys...I was curious how many of you use the networking sites IndiePublic and ModelMayhem. IndiePublic seems relatively new to me, but looks like it could be neat - I've only been on there a day or so, though, and so far it looks like it could just be an excuse for all of the other sellers to spam you with comments about their site.

I was also curious about ModelMayhem, because I've seen some "small time" designers on there, but a lot of the designers are really pricey lines. I've got a photoshoot coming up (ack! so many things I need to make!) and I was thinking of starting an MM profile afterwards but I'm not even sure if it's worth it. I guess it'd be a good networking tool?

At any rate, if anyone wants to add me on IP, my profile is here.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two poofy skirts and a...trash-victorian/steampunk-esque? skirt (IMG HEAVY) on: January 02, 2009 04:49:31 PM
So I've spent most of my days off in the holidays looking at pictures of burlesque/lolita/steampunk fashion and decided to make some skirts, here's the results!



w/out petticoat



w/petticoat

simple circle skirt with an elastic band. ended up a little shorter than I wanted! But I lurrrrrve that fabric. you can't see it very well here, but it's got little skulls with top hats and cards and says ace of spades all over it.



w/out petticoat (but with cat!)



I call it "painting the roses pink" Wink
this skirt was an EPIC pain. dear gods. the fabric I found at a thrift store, and I loved how swishy and drapey it is. But I don't usually wear a lot of b/w, so I decided to paint random roses pink, do pink splatters as well, and add the grommet tape along the bottom. After spending a few hours painting it, I went through with the sewing...and it was HIDEOUS the first time around. I have a picture but I will not post it for the sake of my dignity LOL. Since it was so soft and wonderfully drapey, I decided to do ribbon drawstrings in the side, and left the skirt REALLY long...this made it very ugly when worn and it almost looked kind of like wearing a big shopping bag or something. So I had to pick out the thread from the grommet tape, cut like two feet off the end, take in the sides so that the ribbon drawstrings aren't there any more, and then resew the grommet tape. I'm really not sure if it's cute enough for all the effort I had to put into it, haha.

and here's the last one, that I spent several hours last night/today working on:



I was going for a steampunk feel but I think it ended up more...trashy victorian hooker hahaha. I was going to sew a chain so that it draped across the bustle part but the only chain I had was too short (and would have been a bit bulky anyways) so I might pick up some fine silver chains when I have the money and do that. Oh and the belt isn't part of it, I just thought they'd look good together. haha, turns out they don't really, but oh well. More photos:








closeup (kind of...) of front


closeup of back and bustleish thing

and here's a shirt I stencilled up a bit, I know there's a forum for that but it's such a simple stencil I'll just post it here since I'm already posting.





(that backpatch is from my very first Clash shirt ever...*sniff*)

this outfit made me think of a librarian or something so I had to whip out the glasses for a "SHH no talking in the library" photo.



What do you think, guys?

oh and just for the gratuitously cute factor, here's some pictures of my pain in the...I mean, cute little helper!




he kept trying to eat the scissors, I don't think he quite has the concept of sharp object down yet!


must have been tired after all that running around and trying to attack the scissors and pincushion, lol.

next up: zip-up spats in the "destroyed" fabric that I used for accents on the last skirt, leather spats with corset lacing up the back, and some kind of a top with this shiny black fabric I have. and maybe a zip-up vest type top in a zebra print chenille upholstery fabric I have.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Chunky wool yarn recommendations on: December 23, 2008 06:51:20 PM
Hi guys!

I have kind of a lame question for you. I'd like to start making a lot of felted stuff, but uh, I hate doing sc over and over again so I'd like to work with chunky yarn as opposed to worsted (and I'll be making a lot of purses, so they could probably use the added thickness for stability). However, I cannot seem to find chunky wool yarn ANYWHERE around here and there's so many resources on the 'net it's beyond intimidating. So I'm taking the easy way out and asking you guys for your favorite chunky feltable yarns  Grin Thanks a lot and happy holidays!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Some skirts (a petticoat too) and a fascinator! TUTE ADDED! on: December 14, 2008 08:42:48 PM
 Well, technically, as of right now, I have one skirt, a petticoat (pettiskirt?) and a fascinator - I've got another skirt planned for making tomorrow night but wanted to post this while I was thinking about it. yes,I did change my shoes/accessories, haha, I was borrrrrrred.

I was going to buy a petticoat but got fed up with looking for one, so I made one that I could wear as a skirt as well (I also crocheted the cloche I'm wearing):



http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3114/3109798068_15e2d3f012.jpg?v=0

(side note: do not recommend twirling in circles when wearing heels, no matter how low!)

it wasn't HARD to make per se, I just hateeeeee dealing with tulle. if anyone wants a tute I was thinking about writing one.

and then I made a dia de los muertos skirt to wear with the petticoat!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3036/3109798848_e70c85b171.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3091/3109800678_5654a20675.jpg?v=0

then there's this fascinator:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3126/3104173164_9927f9a6eb.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3066/3103341953_9582da8358.jpg?v=0

I didn't make this dress but I'm wearing my petticoat under it, and the fascinator is in my hair, so I'm posting a few gratuitous pictures anyways, haha. It's my Trashy Diva wedding dress  Grin

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3169/3109801190_cb20578600.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3089/3108970255_891188ae2b.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3261/3108970759_89722fccda.jpg?v=0

what do you guys think? stay tuned for the other skirt as well! Smiley

edit: added the tutorial for the petticoat to page two Smiley
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help me with my Rocketeer! on: December 13, 2008 04:21:55 PM
I was trying to use the ruffler foot on it yesterday and kept having problems, but assumed it was just me, so I left it alone. Today I went to use it again and after a few stitches it jammed up - I took the ruffler foot off and saw that the thread is stuck under the throat-plate. It's not the bobbin thread, it's the needle thread, and I can't get it unstuck. When I try to turn the hand-wheel so I can get the take-up lever in the lowest position, it keeps sliding apart...I don't know how better to describe it, if one of you has a Rocketeer you'll know what I mean - how the handwheel is made of two different parts and you can loosen it to keep the needle from moving - well when I turn it towards me it loosens. I have no idea what to do and I really wanted to get this project done tonight but I guess I probably won't : / any ideas?!?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Millinery on: December 11, 2008 02:44:23 PM
I want to get into hatmaking, and I'm between paychecks right now and a bit broke to be buying any books, so I'd like to do some reading on websites first. But I can't find a damn thing! I did search for this topic first and didn't find a whole lot. Does anyone have any resources online or tips for getting started? There isn't anywhere around here to take classes, as far as I know. And I want to do things like cloches and such, not sewn beanies. : / Thank for any help guys!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Flogging Molly t shirt into skirt on: September 17, 2008 07:39:37 PM
Well, there's not a whole lot of the t-shirt left anyways. It was a pretty cool Flogging Molly shirt with a pirate ship and some compasses on it. I used the bottom half of the t-shirt for the waistband and the rest is fabric from my stash. I thought it turned out pretty neat, what do you think?





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