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1901  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mori Girl/Forest Girl on: April 22, 2010 05:23:48 PM
I don't know how old this girl is, but her style is awesome and her tutes are amazing Cheesy



OMG, ok, so because you reminded me she exists, I was gonna check out her newest vids, only to discover that all her old ones are GONE!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAGH!!!!! I'm upset. There's a couple clothing tutes I've seen already, but that is definitely NOT going to give you a good representation of her awesomeness. I'm confused and disappointed, so I'm sorry I even mentioned it...
1902  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dyeing cloth dress heels on: April 22, 2010 01:27:30 PM

It depends on what the shoe's fabric is. I'm guessing you've never dyed anything before?

If you can, try to get a few threads of the fabric from the inner edge of the shoe to do a fiber test (unless there is a label somewhere saying what the upper is made of). Here's info about fiber testing:


The key points are cotton, linen, rayon and acetate smell like paper/wood, silk and wool smell like burning hair, and polyester, nylon and acrylic smell acrid and/or like burning plastic. Once you know what the material of your shoes is made of, you can choose a type of dye.

Here's some info about different dyes:


Follow the directions on the packaging as best you can, and I would recommend buying a short length of fabric with a similar fiber content and texture to practice on before doing your shoes.

And as if I just found this on Instructables:


Good to know that hot water can shrink the shoes!
1903  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: infant bloomers on: April 22, 2010 01:01:11 PM
You can make two-piece bloomers two different ways.

With the main seam on the outside of the thigh and the crotch seam done first (I use this method to make harem-style pants):


With the main seam on the inside of the thigh and the crotch seam done last:


With the crotch seam done last, you have one leg right-side-out and the other inside-out. Put the right-side-out one INTO the inside-out one and then sew the crotch seam.
1904  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Recon Question - Covering Logos on: April 22, 2010 12:51:05 PM
I say replace the logo on the front with something cute like RAWR! or MEOW! or... something Tongue I don't know what colours the shirt is, but make a rectangle out of a complementary colour knit and applique the letters onto the rectangle in a second complementary colour, then stitch the rectangle over the logo. For the thing on the butt, I agree with the others. Cut the bottom off and apply a band in one of the two complementary fabrics.

Like so:

I also like the idea of cutting out the neckline and inserting a false camisole so that it's not too indecent, depending on how low you'd have to cut it.
1905  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I draft a patter for some shorts on: April 21, 2010 11:20:21 PM
If they are at the end of their life, you can carefully cut off the seams, iron the pieces, and then trace the pieces. You will have to add extra for new seams, though. Depending on how the waistband is made, you may need to add extra to the top for folding it over, or make a separate waistband piece. Try to save the old elastic, but if it's attached with like 8 lines of stitching, you can buy new elastic for quite cheap.

The flannel from the old shorts will make great rags for cleaning mirrors and windows, or you can recycle it into cloth pads, small plush toys, or a case for a camera/Nintendo DS/cellphone.
1906  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: What should I do with these? on: April 21, 2010 10:53:50 PM
Those are awesome! I think you should try selling them as cabinet knobs first and see if someone wants them for their true purpose. Don't finish them though, just offer to mount them as knobs. They would make a neat serving tray if they were fused together in the same orientation, sort of pop-art-like. If they weren't glass, they'd be cool joined together as a belt, but I bet they're too brittle for that. Or how bout curtain weights? I counted them, and it looks like 24, so what about a clock? Sort of along the lines of one of them atomic mirror things, but a clock with these doohickies radiating outwards.

Shame about the order being canceled, those are wicked cool looking Cheesy
1907  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Needs to prove her skills, HELP!!! on: April 21, 2010 09:16:27 AM
The question is, will your mom even know what the heck it's about? Will you have to explain what a hongkong finish or french seam is? Is she capable of quizzing you on your construction order? Or is it that she just wants some sort of confirmation from you that you're totally serious about this path?

I say, temporarily forget about your mother's approval, and take on some simple projects but using advanced techniques. For example, you could make the Coffee Date Dress (which is adorable!) either fully lined or with hongkong finished seams. Or make a cushion cover to tackle a trimming technique you've never used before, like making and inserting piping, or gathering lace. And when your mom asks you what you've been working on, launch into the most detailed account of what you've done. "Well today, I used my sloper to adjust the bodice and then I made a mockup, but I'm not happy with the dart placement." Or "I spent all day practicing hand-stitching bias trim. You can really tell the difference from the beginning to the end! See what I mean? *show mom*" Probably not a bad idea to practice techniques you already know but need to improve, like putting in zippers.

I think the thing you really need to impress her with is your passion for learning and doing, so do it Cheesy

BTW, here's a link to the Coffee Date Dress:

1908  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Reconstructed lounge dress on: April 21, 2010 04:20:33 AM
I LOVE that rose fabric!!! I would totally wear that out in public Cheesy
1909  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sequin Robot of AWESOMENESS! on: April 21, 2010 04:14:57 AM
I'm so glad everyone loves the robot as much as I do! *hugs the robot*

Girl X: I think my lumps stand out so much because the waist curve begins about 2 inches above my waist, cuz a little girl's torso is way shorter than mine Tongue The side panels are just 3 inch wide rectangles not including the seam allowances.
1910  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: waistband on dress problems on: April 19, 2010 10:10:55 PM
Interfacing is awesome. If you can't find a good interfacing, a couple layers of muslin or broadcloth, or a single layer of say, a thin twill or denim, usually will do the job. The goal is to take the strain of the seams off the fashion fabric, which tends to be more delicate than a tightly woven cotton of some kind. You do what's called flat-lining, where you just stitch the support fabric to the back side of the fashion fabric with your stitching in the seam allowance (eg at 3/8s if your seam line is supposed to be at 5/8s) cuz then you won't see the stitch line when you sew it all up. Then you treat the supported waistband exactly the same as you normally would.

Your dress sounds really cute, by the way! I hope it turns out the way you want Cheesy
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