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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: I'm With Coco! With removable strike beard! on: March 03, 2010 04:00:01 PM
So cool, crochet usually isn't my thing, but I love this! Especially the removable beard. Very cool.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Sewing my own wedding dress!!!! on: February 22, 2010 04:04:21 PM
Yes, line the dress as normal
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Sewing my own wedding dress!!!! on: February 22, 2010 03:17:17 PM
If I can get it in Australia, you can get it in England!

Backing, interlining or underlining (all the same thing) your fabric is a technique used in costume and bridal to give the fashion fabric, or bridal fabric, more body and a fuller handle, give it a smoother appearance over the body and make it less prone to crushing.
It does take longer, but the results are definately noticable and well worth the time.
When you have cut out your dress in the main fabric, you also cut it out again in the underlining, lay them together, press with the iron, and baste them together on a flat surface. From this point on, you should treat them as one.
For example, the dress I am making atm, is of a silk/rayon duchesse satin, and I backed it with the finest cotton voile I could find. Khalje also recomends silk organza, among other fabrics.

Obviously every dress is different, and this won't be suitable for your super slinky dresses, and is only of use for structured/fitted dresses.
For your dress, from what I can see (i'm unclear what the skirt looks like), I would be underlining the entire dress, aside from the ruching over the bodice, as this would create too much bulk.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Sewing my own wedding dress!!!! on: February 22, 2010 02:20:06 PM
Looks great so far! I can't wait to see the final product!
I'm currently making a wedding dress for a friend of mine, I'm in the final stages (lining, buttons, hemming etc). This is the first wedding dress I've ever made, but I study costume making, which is similar in many ways to bridal.
I have a tip for you which really helped me, go to your local library and see if you can borrow this amazing book, "Bridal Couture: Fine Sewing Techniques for Wedding Gowns and Evening Wear" by Susan Khalje. While all the pictures are dated 90s poofy dresses, she really has some great tips for achieving a high end finish, and covers everything from backing your fabric (make sure you back your fabric, it really is worth the effort!), to the best places to put your bones, the best way to insert a zipper by hand, all that stuff.
It is a highly recommended book (look on amazon for the reviews), but it's pretty pricey.

Good luck!
 
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: 11 gowns, 6 waistcoats, and 4 pairs of knee britches...by December 1st! on: December 14, 2009 08:14:12 PM
How did you go with this?
I'd love to see pictures of the ensemble!
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Theatre Project: Tom Jones on: December 14, 2009 03:14:03 PM
Wow! What a great job! That sounds like a ton of work. How much time did you have? Budget?

I think the budget was around.... $4000 ish dollars, for a cast of 16, each with an average of 3 costume changes.
I personally did about 130-140 hours of sewing, in about 7 weeks. The designer was doing all her researching and sourcing well before that, but I was only available for that time period, and all this with a broken wrist!!
I think the other primary costumier did about 100hrs, and there were other helpers, who probably added upto about another 50hrs.
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Theatre Project: Tom Jones on: December 13, 2009 09:17:28 PM
Hi guys, I recently helped out with some of the costume making for Tom Jones, a production by the Guild Theatre in Sydney.

Directed by Alan Mundy

Costume Design - Leone Cripps

The following costumes were made for the Guild Theatre at Rockdale, for their 2009 production of Tom Jones. This production was a huge undertaking for a community theatre costume department. I think we did well considering time constraints, budget, and the fact I broke my left wrist in the first week of costume production!
Here's a couple of pics of some of the outfits I put together.



Jenny Waters, Corset & Petticoat w/ hip pads



Sophia Western. I didn't make this outfit specifically for this production, but the designer was happy to be able to use it.



Tom Jones (on right) Coat, Waistcoat, Fall Front Breeches, Stock



Tom Jones (on right) Coat, Waistcoat, Fall Front Breeches, Stock



Captain Fitzpatrick (right) Cape and Coat only





Tom & Sophia (Bodice, over skirt, & underskirt)



Squire Western (coat, breeches, waistcoat)



Blifil (on right) Coat, Waistcoat, Breeches

Thanks for looking!
8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / ASIA / Re: Singapore on: October 25, 2009 02:59:37 AM
Hey guys,
My mum recently visited Singapore, and took a visit to Arab St for me, and bought a bunch of silk dupioni in a range of different colours from Mahaco Impex.
I was wondering if you guys know of any specialty bridal fabric shops around that have a website and might ship to Australia?

Thanks!

Sarah
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutorial: How to pattern foam costumes on: October 20, 2009 10:23:24 PM
A girl at my college used this technique to make horses heads, they were incredible! As is your dinosaur! I would looooove to use this one day!
10  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Sydney - TAFE Costume Course in Peril! on: October 20, 2009 08:41:15 PM
Hi Guys,

I thought I should let you all know about the plans for the Diploma of Costume course offered at Ultimo TAFE in Sydney.

Currently there are no plans to enrol stage 1 for 2010, which will set a precedent for no further enrolments in the years to come. This is due to budget cuts as you probably might have guessed!

I am going into my final year in 2010, and while this won't really affect me directly, I find it incredibly disapointing to think that such a fantastic and enjoyable course might not be offered anymore. The are a number of private fashion colleges and numerous TAFE campuses that offer fashion, but this is the only costume technicians course offered in the state!

In July of this year, the shoe making and footwear department at Ultimo TAFE closed its doors to new enrolments, although it had full classes and plenty of prospective students. This means that any students in Sydney who are interested in footwear must move to Melbourne, or take short courses run by private tutors.

I can appreciate that these are expensive courses to run, but is there no value in the traditional skills and techniques that are taught by industry professionals?

If you have an interest in doing the costume course, the best course of action is to register your interest in enrolling by:
1. Calling fashion technology reception at the college on: 9217 4837
2. Request an application form, you'll probably be told that they aren't running the course next year.
3. The receptionist will collect your contact details so we can show 'the powers that be' that there IS a demand for this course!!

If you have ANY questions please, please, please, email me at sairosaurs@hotmail.com, or you can check out my portfolio here to see what kind of course content there is www.sarahmckinleyco stumes.blogspot.com
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