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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: 48 Yard Petticoat/Crinoline Tute on: April 10, 2012 05:16:31 PM
Hey everyone, I've received 2 emails via my website from people looking for the tutorial, as it seems to have disappeared from Craftster's image hosting. I've compiled it into a 4 page PDF, which you can download by clicking this link: http://www.rockinbdesign.com/graphics/petticoattutorial.pdf
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pinup Perfect Pink Playsuit on: April 22, 2010 03:07:02 PM
Thanks everyone! Much appreciated Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Urgent Dress From Question on: December 22, 2009 12:35:47 PM
I second hoxierice's advice!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: If its possible, women's fashion overalls? on: December 22, 2009 12:34:29 PM
Check out Freddies of Pinewood dungarees for vintage inspiration - I just bought a pair. http://www.freddiesofpinewood.co.uk/dungaree-dolls.htm
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making exact copy of top on: December 22, 2009 12:31:36 PM
We were taught to do ruboffs in school (terrible ethics in my mind, but that's how it works!) by pinning straight pins into each seam, basically lining the seams with pins. Each side of the garment is then laid out flat, one at a time (by flipping the garment over - front, back, sides, etc.), laying pattern paper over each side and rubbing along the seams with the flat side of a pencil or chalk - thus outlining the individual pattern pieces. Once you have the rough shapes "traced" out this way, you go back and clean up the lines, then true the pieces.

We were assigned to copy tailored jackets this way for one of my patternmaking classes, all of our old profs said they had to do this a lot in the "old days" when they were starting out, so the company could buy the garment they wanted to knock off, rub it off, then return the garment with nary a mark and get their money back.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: 40's satiny western shirt repair on: December 22, 2009 12:21:25 PM
Satin is so tricky. I think your best shot would be to use a teensy bit of fray-check along the raw edge, and then use a tricot fusible underneath to stabilize. Then, stitch to secure, but not too much because overstitching it will destroy the satin. You may be able to get away with just stabilizing it, if it looks OK then I wouldn't overstitch.

Perhaps the best thing to do is to find a scrap of similar weight satin fabric, replicate the problem, and experiement with that first. That way you won't be experimenting with your actual garment.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Dollar store centerpieces.... on: December 15, 2009 01:17:45 PM
Wow, I really love how the finished centerpieces turned out. The fluted plate on top of the candlestick looks SO NICE in aqua, it really does resemble a vintage piece of glassware. Love the roses too... great idea for my sister's upcoming wedding!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafting of a Hogsmeade Wedding on: December 15, 2009 01:15:20 PM
Wow, this is such a cool theme for a wedding. I can't wait to see pictures of your crafy goodness, I love me some HP!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Dexter Onesies (quite a few pics!) on: December 15, 2009 01:13:47 PM
That is adorable! SO CUTE!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Trompe l'oeil, trompe le monde! A trench dress on: December 10, 2009 07:20:47 AM
Wow, amazing execution! I've always been in love with this concept, like those cool transparent Prada raincoats from their 2002 collection. HOWEVER - I've never seen this executed in such a striking manner, and with embroidery! Brilliant! I adore everything about this, and the dress fits you fabulously! Good job Smiley
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