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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fabric for riding breeches? on: March 21, 2009 03:54:42 PM
Does anyone know what kind of fabric one would use in making riding breeches? I know it's some kind of knit, I'm just not sure what, exactly. I need to order the fabric online there's no fabric stores around where I live Cry and I can't tell without being able to feel it. The fabric is lighter than denim, but not t-shirt weight, either. Obviously it needs to be able to withstand being rubbed against a saddle (and probably a few falls too!) so it can't be too thin.

Does anyone have any idea what I'm looking for? Huh
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / costumes that move on: March 03, 2009 05:18:36 PM
I want to include moving wings in some of the costumes for my school's musical this year. The minimum range of motion they need to have is to be able to fold shut and open once. I would prefer that they have more motion than this, however if they could continue to open and close throughout the scene, that would be cool, as would flapping motions.

I am sure some of you crafty types have some experience with making things move. Can anyone tell me how I would accomplish this? Also, does anyone have any advice on what materials to use, or anything else you think would be helpful for me to know?

Thanks muchly!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / sewing satin on: October 05, 2007 04:56:07 PM
So I planning on making a dress out of satin, for a friend's sweet 16. My problem is, I can't seem to sew satin without getting those annoying wrinkles along the seams! Does anyone know how to keep the fabric smooth and not-wrinkled? I'd love you forever if you could help!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Bathing suit fabric on: July 22, 2007 06:10:02 PM
Does anyone know what kind of fabric I should use to make a bathing suit? I guess nylon spandex- that's what the one I bought is made of- but I went to buy some and the site listed six different kinds of nylon spandex! Sad I didn't know what kind to get. does anyone have any ideas? do you think it really matters that much? If anyone is interested, the site I looked at is spandexworld.com , which is a site I highly recommend. Anyway, thanks for any help!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / looking for striped fabric... on: June 23, 2007 06:09:28 PM
So here's the deal: I'm looking for purple and white striped fabric. I have found fabric in just about every other color combination imaginable, and I simply can't find purple! Cry I'm hoping that someone here has seen something like what I'm looking for somewhere. What I want is fabric with fairly wide, even stripes, maybe about an inch wide, in bright purple and white. If anyone has seen anything, please help me out!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / zigzag stitch not working on: June 13, 2007 10:13:18 AM
I have a used Husqavarna Viking Madison. It works fine except when I'm trying to sew a zigzag stitch on stretchy fabric. When I do, it simply stops working- the needle, bobbin, etc all work fine except it doesn't actually make stitches. If I sew for six inches I'll get maybe three or four random stitches that actually worked, and the thread will just be loose in between them. (sorry if that;s a really bad description, I'll try and take a picture.)

The zigzag stitch works fine on non-stretch fabrics, and all the other stitches work fine. I've cleaned it, adjusted the tension, changed threads, and nothing worked. Someone please help me, my grandma just sent me 4 yards of cute stretch fabric!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / sewing spandex? on: May 29, 2007 05:23:52 PM
I've deicded to try and sew some spandex shorts (To wear under my school's uniform skirts, so I can preserve my modesty on windy days haha). Problem is, I've never sewn anything even remotely stretchy before, let alone 2-way stretch spandex. I was wondering if anyone here has sews with this stuff before, and maybe has some tips before I jump in and (maybe) ruin my pretty fabric? Any help will be appreciated!
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Old sail? on: April 28, 2007 03:29:39 PM
My family has a little sunfish sailboat that we pretty much let anyone we know use. Unfortunately, this led to the sail getting ripped pretty bad last year. We did find a new (better) sail, but now I have an old sail on my hands. I'd like to do something cool with it, but I really can't think fo what! Anyone have any ideas?
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / gum/ starburst wrapper chains? on: April 07, 2007 04:30:57 PM
I was at some little store a while ago and I saw these cute handbags that were made of sheets of linked starburst/ gum wrappers. I know how to make chains of them, but does anyone know how to connect them to make wide sheets of them? I've tried, and I just can't figure it out!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / help me with my jacket on: March 25, 2007 05:16:44 PM
I'm trying to make a cute cropped jacket (McCalls M5093, veiw B), but I'm having a little trouble getting the collar on- I can't get it to wrap around the neck and still connect to the second part of the collar on the front of the jacket.

Also, what is ease stitching? If it's not something I can figure out from a description, will it be possible to just not do it? The pattern calls for me to easestitch the tops of the sleeves when I put them in.

Thanks for your help!
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