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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Longing for lime leopard on: January 11, 2009 03:48:08 AM

My roller derby team's colour is lime green leopard print. I want to sew some clothing and/or accessories, but can't find the right fabric! I've seen a bunch of projects on here using lime green leopard fabric, so I'm hoping some of you can give me pointers on where to get some. I'm looking for both stretch and woven (or even trims/ribbons) - cheap is good, and UK-based would be great but perhaps over-optimistic.

Oh, or if anyone happens to have a load of suitable fabric gathering dust, I'm open to swaps - let me know if you're interested and I'll let you know what I've got.

2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Anyone cut their own hair? on: October 31, 2007 08:41:34 AM
I'm sick of spending 40 on haircuts that aren't really what I wanted in the first place. So I bought some haircutting scissors today in order to have a go myself, hopefully roping in my housemate to help with the back. Do any of you cut your own (or your loved ones') hair? Any tips? Even better, any photos of your ace-o haircuts to inspire me to take the first snip?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Coat lining suggestions? on: October 09, 2007 02:18:24 PM
I've got some red garbadine (well, it was sold as garbadine but I'm not sure whether it is, it's pretty thin with a nylony feel) that I was thinking of making up into the long coat from Simplicity 3631. I was wondering what I could use to line it to make it a bit warmer, without making it too bulky? I can't afford anything too expensive. Any suggestions?

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Serger books on: September 30, 2007 02:16:01 PM
I just won a new overlocker on ebay - a Janome 634D - and am very excited! I am also a little scared, having never used one of these beasts before and having heard so many scare stories about the difficulty of threading them, let alone serging with them. Soooo, do any of you have a recommendation for a good book for the novice serger? Ideally one that focuses on Janomes?

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Industrial Sergers on: June 02, 2007 02:39:51 PM
So, I've been stalking overlockers/sergers on ebay for a while now, but haven't built up the courage to spend so much money. I've noticed that industrial sergers go for MUCH cheaper than commercial ones. They're really tempting, especially when they're local so I could pick them up. But, I've heard sergers are really hard to get to grips with, and I'm worried that, if I buy one of these industrial machines, I'll never be able to get it to work. Does anyone have any experience with these? Can anyone confirm/deny my suspicions?

6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help identifying sewing machine feet on: May 14, 2007 03:13:50 AM
I have a load of sewing machine feet for my machine, but apart from the basic one I have no idea what they do. Can anyone help me out? I've taken phots, but they're a bit shakey because my camera's a bit shit.

This one I haven't a clue what it is. It's made of plastic, and the bottom of the foot as two parts that rotate a little independently of one another. The left hand side bit (as looking at the foot in the machine) has a ridged underside; the right hand bit is mostly smooth underneath but protrudes downwards near where the needle goes.

This one I initially thought was a buttonhole foot, but now I'm wondering whether it's a zipper foot that can be adjusted to sit at either side of the needle. If it is a buttonhole foot I haven't a clue how to use it.

This one's pretty blurry - sorry about that. It's pivoted at what I guess would be the ankle of the foot, and has two rollers. My best guess is that this is for sewing tricky. sticky or textured fabrics to keep the foot moving.

These ones are hopefully a little easier to see. The right hand side one is 1/4" wide on the left hand side, and 1/8" wide on the right hand side. The middle one seems to be the same as a standard foot, but transparent - perhaps for when you need to see exactly. The third one I have no idea...

I hope some of you can help me identify some of them! Thanks in advance
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Retro skulls! My Lucy Westenra dress on: May 07, 2007 05:34:05 AM
This is by far my favourite thing I have ever made. I bought the skulls fabric about a year and a half ago, and it's been sitting in my stash waiting for that perfect project. The pattern is Butterick 4790.

Sadly I have no full-length photos of me wearing it, but here are two head-and-shoulders photos of me wearing it to a formal dinner:

Oh, and the title is because, at the aforementioned dinner, one of my friends claimed it was the sort of dress he pictured Lucy from Dracula wearing.

Comments very much appreciated!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Yohji Yamamoto jacket on: March 19, 2007 04:45:07 AM
I have finally got my camera working, so this is my first picture post on craftster. Hurrah! I made this a while ago from the free showstudio download, using some checked wool fabric I got for 99p on ebay. I added a lining to the basic pattern, and lengthened the sleeves a little. I wear it all the time!

Thanks for looking!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help finding coat/jacket pattern on: March 06, 2007 03:18:57 AM
So, I've got about 3 metres of red garbadine fabric and I wanted to make a spring coat with it. Now, I've got two ideas in my head regarding the type of coat I want, but after trawling through the catalogues at John Lewis I can't find anything suitable. What I want is either:

  • a short fitted coat like view A of Vogue 8346, but with a hood. Now, I can't find a coat pattern *anywhere* that has a hood. I wouldn't mind mixing two patterns to get what I want.
  • a moto jacket, like the ones that have been posted here recently, eg this one. Most of the ones done on here seem to have been people making their own patterns, but I'd feel more confident with a shop-bought pattern

Does anyone know of a pattern that fits either of these descriptions? Pretty please?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Catching bias strip in seams? on: January 12, 2007 03:53:40 PM
I bought Burda World of Fashion for the first time this week, and am trying to decode their instructions. Several of the patterns I want to make call for "bias strip" and say to catch this in a dart. Can anyone tell me what this means? Is bias tape the same as bias binding, and what on earth am I meant to do with it?

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