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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bodycon dress pattern? on: March 16, 2009 08:36:17 PM
I agree with mystico_tala - your best bet is to use a long sleeve t-shirt pattern, and extend the bottom til it's the right length. Just make sure to overestimate the length by several inches, as the stretch tends to make the dress shorten a lot! And you'll be best off with a four-way stretch so that you can get in and out of it, and won't ride up too much.

Another option for the pattern is to get a multi-size leotard/gymwear pattern - I have one that has patterns for leotards (sleeveless, short & longsleeve, as well as two-piece) and leggings. This is really useful, because I can trace off different sizes if I'm working with a low-stretch fabric. Or, you could go cheap and easy, and trace around a long-sleeve tshirt of your own! This isn't complicated at all, as stretch fabric is very forgiving. And then all you'd have to do is decide how deep to make the front and back scoops.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting Machines: how do I find out if anyone else here has one? on: February 10, 2009 06:50:27 PM
I have a knitmaster knitting machine with a knit radar and ribber! Has anyone else here got a knit radar? I havnt used mine yet,  im thinking of using it for my next sweater...

As I've said elsewhere in this topic, I have my mum's Singer 329 with ribber (except I don't have a table strong enough to hold the whole lot up and I got sick of catching it in moments of gravitational panic!). There is also a Knit Radar, but I can't for the life of me find the women's patterns anywhere. I think I read somewhere that the knit radar patters are quarter scale, so theoretically you could draft your own - I'm imagining cap sleeves for summer, and huge all-in-one cowls and hoods for winter! The only thing I'm concerned about is all those funny little tension rulers/gauges - I'm sure it will make sense once I sit down and put it all together. AaronBlue, I think we just need to dive in and have a go!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Peasant top bust part help please! on: February 02, 2009 10:52:28 PM
Look what I just found!

Dress with Gathered Bodice!

Just download it in the appropriate size, and shorten the skirt section. Depending on your software, you should be able to tile it over several pages to print, or it may be easiest to take it to a copy shop - it will probably need a "banner print".
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: IMPORTANT QUESTION ABOUT PATTERN MAKING PLEASE HELP... on: February 02, 2009 06:44:43 PM
I second desm88's suggestion of Metric Pattern Cutting. I've got my mum's copy and it's great. BUT! I started using it after years of sewing.

If you're really intent on diving in, I suggest Weekend Designer. He gives instructions on how to draft your own patterns based on items from the catwalk. There's a wide range of project complexity, so it should be a good starting point for your drafting and sewing skills.

Good luck!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP!! Why is my sewing machine doing this? on: December 18, 2008 07:47:24 PM
And clean your machine! I'm not familiar with that model, but you should be able to remove the bobbin, then remove the bobbin housing and maybe even the throat plate. You'll probably have to unscrew stuff to do that. Pull out your manual and see what it suggests in order to get into that space.

Once you've dismantled that area, get a little brush and sweep out any dust, fluff and threads. Even a little bit can be enough to send everything horrible. Then put it all back together again!

Another hint is to start with the needle in the fabric (by turning the flywheel til the needle goes through the fabric, and holding onto the thread ends). Some machines prefer this method, especially if you're using thick fabrics like denim or heavy cottons.

As well as everything that the previous Craftsters have said!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: FO - Vogue 8379 Wrap Dress on: December 18, 2008 05:11:40 PM
Beautiful! I've been feeling the need for a nice wrap dress - I've got some knit that will be perfect. I'm gonna go check out that Vogue pattern now!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: i love salvation army sweatersss! on: November 25, 2008 05:31:33 PM
Whoo lordy!

That's way too much sequins on an empty stomach  Cheesy

Congrats on seeing the awesome potential in some scary garments!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Waitress Dress & The Spiderweb Dress on: October 30, 2008 05:42:13 PM
I can see why you're in love with that style of dress... it's so cute! Such a simple, well-fitted style can work in so many ways - flats or flip flops for casual, or some sweet heels for dress-ups. I think you need another six of these dresses in fabrics for every occasion!
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: English - American Translations on: October 28, 2008 03:41:28 PM
Does anyone know of a reasonable/available substitute for corn syrup? Would glucose work, or is it too thick?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Would you knit this? (or wear it ?) on: October 27, 2008 09:41:10 PM
Val, it's lovely!!  I sat for a while and stared just to figure out how the heck you wrapped it in the photo, haha.

Thanks Cinderelly! It took me a while to work out how to wrap it (I think it's pretty heavily based on the length, as well as your own personal preferences), and then the next problem was remembering how to do it next time! I like this method though... Let's see if I can explain....

1. Put left arm in sleeve.
2. Pass shrap around your back to your right underarm.
3. Pass over right arm, and cross over to the top left shoulder
4. Pass across your back, and insert right arm into sleeve.

All done! Spend a minute or two adjusting edges and folds so it sits nicely, but otherwise you're ready to go! And of course, there are many other ways of wrapping up - go with whatever tickles your pickle.

I really do think this could work well sewn out of fabric - then you could really have fun with contrast ribbing (all the way around, even!), prints etc. And it would be soooo much faster  Wink
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