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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pressing tulle? on: September 19, 2008 03:56:58 PM
I want to make a tulle circle skirt with several layers.  However, most of my tulle has been folded up in storage (not crushed, just folded).  How would I make it smooth and press seams?  Should I even try?  I can probably cut it without pressing but I don't know what to do about the seams. 
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / WHY would a pattern I've made a thousand times end up too small? on: May 14, 2007 04:55:49 PM
Seriously?  I just used my favorite skirt pattern and I normally sew it with 3/8" seams, but I had to rip out the seam and sew a scant 1/4" seam and EVEN then, it is so tight I can barely pull it over my hips!  I guess I could wiggle into it from the top down, but what gives?

I've gained a bit but I made the larger size of this skirt so I shouldn't have had this problem.  Now I'm paranoid about using the pattern again. 
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Changing the wash on jeans? on: May 08, 2007 11:46:32 AM
I have a pair of jeans that fits okay and I like to use them when I'm playing with my kids (not my favorite pair or anything).  However, they have faded whiskers all the way down the leg that I think look really gross -- almost like tiger stripes.  The wash makes the jeans look really cheap and crappy. 

Can I overdye them or will that make the lines look even worse?  I don't think I want to bleach because the denim is very stretchy and bleach will probably destroy the fabric.

Thanks,
Brandi
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Fabric paint as dye? on: February 15, 2007 12:01:42 PM
Hey guys, I saw a tutorial online about using fabric paint to dye shoelaces.  You're supposed to mix half water and half paint to dye with.  I find myself wondering if that would work for twill tape and cluny edging -- two things I can NEVER find in the right colors.  What do you think?  What about acrylic paint? 
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How do I REMOVE jeans buttons? on: July 12, 2006 04:45:16 PM
I have a denim jacket I want to recon, and I would like to be able to remove those metallic stud denim buttons!  I want to replace them with more normal buttons.  However, I don't even know if it's possible (and it certainly looks hard -- possibly dangerous).  Could one of you gurus suggest to me a way to get these pesky buttons off?  Thanks profusely in advance!

Oh, and I believe that removing those buttons leaves a bit of a hole in the fabric but I have stabilizer I plan to use on the back, so I'm not too worried about that. 
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing white T-shirts? on: March 28, 2006 09:34:50 AM
I have a couple of white ts that are still in good shape but definitely starting to trend to the off-white end of the spectrum.  So, I had this idea to dye them but I want them to be a vintagey color -- like washed out blues, purples, that kind of thing.

I know RIT isn't good for bright, vibrant colors, but can I use it if I want the washed out look?  Will it bleed forever onto my other clothes?  I want to use something that is relatively inexpensive, available locally and not too, TOO toxic.  That rules out Procion MX and so on.  I had the idea of buying one of those tie-dye kits and just using one color at a time, but all the ones I can find are bright 60's colors.  Is there any way to subdue them?

Thanks in advance....
7  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / How easy are the clothing patterns in this book? on: March 06, 2006 07:09:26 AM
I've been crocheting for 4 years now and made innumberable blankets, hats, one baby sweater, etc.  I've always given up on crocheting clothes for myself because it's too hard to figure out the gauge -- things don't fit right, it takes too long, etc.  I really want to be able to make some shrugs and cardigans.

How easy are the patterns in this book?  Do they fit well?  Is it hard to figure out the gauge if you use different yarn?

Thanks in advance! 
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Steam-a-Seam 2 vs. Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 -- what's the dif? on: February 17, 2006 03:59:42 PM
So, I've been doing some applique..... Grin  (I'll post pics soon, I promise)  Anyway, I used Steam-a-Seam 2 regular on a denim skirt and it came out pretty cool but kinda stiff.  So I bought Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 to try it on another skirt.  I don't have a whole lot of the material I want to use, so I don't want to ruin it.  Will Lite Steam-a-Seam work ok on denim? 

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