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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Which is better for finishing seams? on: February 19, 2007 10:54:35 AM
I'm doing a skirt that has 6 rectangular pieces, with triangular gussets (at least I think that's what they are called) inserted about halfway up the skirt (these go all the way down to the ground as do the rectangular pieces). What would be the best technique for finishing the seams? It's a light weight brocade with silk inserts. Would french seams be good for this progject, or should I just stick with using the overedge stitch (due to the nature of the gores and all that). I know this fabric frays A LOT. And  durability is a very big concern of mine.

Thanks,
Lisa
12  Georgia / Georgia: Central / Corset Supplies on: January 30, 2007 07:44:09 PM
I was wondering if any of you knew of any places in Georgia that sell corset supplies, namely boning and grommets. I've looked all over the area where I am located( around Augusta) and there is nothing to be found. I know there are places to get this stuff on the internet, but I don't really have the resources to order off the internet.

Thanks
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Strengthening Seams on: January 10, 2007 07:50:03 AM
I'm making a skirt out of this brocade material. I made a corset out of the same fabric a while ago, and I'm noticing that the seams on the corset are getting a little stressed (not for tightlacing, haven't worn it a lot). And I was wondering if I should do something to the fabric of the skirt to strengthen the seams. Should I flatline it to a cotton, or could I slip a bit of grosgrain ribbon into the seam allowance for added strength (on the inside so it wouldn't show)?
14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Question about a sewing machine on: January 03, 2007 07:14:59 AM
This doesn't necessarily fit in on this board, but it seems as good as any. My mom gave me a Singer sewing machine from the 70's (one of singer's first computerized machines). It was a really nice machine when she bought it (pretty near top of the line). I just got a new machine and dont have room for two, so I was thinking about selling the Singer. The only problem is that it has some mechanical issues. It hasn't been serviced in a while, so I'm pretty sure that  is why its having issues. Should I list it like on Ebay and detail the problems, or try to shell out the cash to get it fixed first?


Thanks
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fabric suitable for this skirt? on: December 09, 2006 10:18:40 AM
I've made my own pattern for a skirt that is similiar to this one (it has the ruffles in the back) and I'm at a loss as to what material to use. The weather around here is generally hot, so a thick fabric is not what I want. I want something with some sheen to it, and was thinking that charmuse may be a good option, but I'm a little worried that it's not going to be full enough to really ruffle nicely. Could I go ahead with the charmuse, add a light facing to the ruffles, or go with a thicker silk fabric? Does anyone have any other ideas?



Thanks again, you all are always so helpful.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Crin Braid on: November 06, 2006 11:39:34 AM
I'm making a skirt of peach skin satin (It's a very lightweight, drapey fabric). It's ankle length, and slit to mid thigh on both sides. It's fitted through the top, and more full at the bottom. I want the hem to show off the fullness of the skirt (since peachskin is so light), but i don't want it to look like a hoop skirt. Would crin braid be ok to include in the hem? Would this make it too stiff? Has anyone worked with this stuff?

Thanks
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Finding a similiar fabric on: November 06, 2006 05:33:32 AM
I fell in love with this shirt from lipservice. The $100 price tag was not so lovable. I'm 100% convinced that I can make the actual shirt itself, but half of it's charm lies in this fabric (it's a cotton dobby lawn). I've looked everywhere but can't find anything really coprable. Do any of you have any ideas? (Something inside the US is preferable, but If they ship to the US, I love the shirt enough to pay the international shipping if needed)

Thanks, and here is the pic.
The top looks shinier than the skirt, but they are really just different colors of the same fabric. I'd love to do this shirt in black, but if the effect of the fabric is more important to me than the color, so I would be willing to do it in a different color.

It also has a large black lace applique in the back. Does anyone know where to get a large black lace applique? (At least that's what I think it's called....the fabric behind it has been cut away)

Thanks...and I've just realized how picky I can be....
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fixing bleach spots? on: October 30, 2006 11:12:16 PM
My boyfriend decided to clean the house in a new black tshirt. In the process he managed to get bleach on said shirt. Is there a way to remedy this? I thought about redying the whole thing, but it has screen printing on the front which I'm sure will be ruined if I try this approach. Is there a way to just add dye to the affected area (with out it being too obvious that it's different from the rest of the shirt)?

thanks
19  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing acrylic fabric on: October 08, 2006 11:14:22 AM
I have this cardigan that's in good shape, and I like the design, but the color doesn't go with anything I own. Is there a dye out there that is good for 100% acrylic fibers? I tried rit dye for the hell of it, but it only died the armpits (so now I have a blue thing with purple pits...I wonder why those dyed and nothing else did). What do you guys reccommend?

Thanks
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making a tie for the boyfriend on: October 02, 2006 03:00:12 PM
Well, I have this really great fabric, and I want to make a tie for my boyfriend. I'm technically reconning his tie from IHOP xp (stick it to the man). And I was wondering: would a brocade fabric would be too thick to do a tie with? It is a lighter weight brocade, but it's still thicker than what I've normally seen ties mad with. Should I just make the face brocade and then substitute something else for the back of the tie (normally one large piece of fabric, but make three peices instead: the front, and then one to go on each side). Thanks.
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