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schtickl
« on: March 12, 2008 04:48:15 PM »

Hey all! As a few of you know, I am a photographer, jewelry designer, and graphic artist. I am attempting my first official photoshoot soon and am in need of some props/clothing. I bought a few things and dont know how to make them bigger. I got a prom dress with black lace and need to make it larger. I have some other stuff I just would like to alter/change myself into something original. How can I start? I dont have a real sewing machine, just a handheld/battery one Sad


Please help! Tongue
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LisaB234
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2008 05:00:56 PM »

If you only need the dress for a photoshoot, could you cut up the center back up the dress and put in a corset like lace? That way, any model could wear it, just cinch it in or let it out to fit. Even if you want to show the back it could still work - ask your model to wear a black leotard. . .

Good luck!
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schtickl
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2008 05:16:20 PM »

Cool thanks! How would I go about it? im brand new to all of this
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http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5488961
zen-art-gallery.deviantart.com

SoRo Jewelry Design
LisaB234
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2008 10:39:14 PM »

Well, I guess it depends on how neat you need to back to look. I'd cut the back of the dress down to the hips, hem the cut edge under (by hand) and then put in grommets. You can get a kit to install the grommets with - hammer, etc OR you could buy grommet tape. Then you can just lace up the back with a ribbon. . . Other ideas anyone?
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SpottedFrog
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2008 08:24:53 PM »

If you want your sewn things to look professional, get a real sewing machine. Even a very simple and inexpensive one will turn out a better product than those emergency hem fixer things. Better yet, go get a really good used one.
Barring that, sew by hand. Those little hem fixer things are terrible, get rid of it.

Trying to learn to sew with one of those would be like trying to learn to drive using a kids' pedal car.
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schtickl
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2008 10:13:06 PM »

Cheesy ty - well it was like $4 at the good will store Tongue Yea I guess I'll check craigslist.
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http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5488961
zen-art-gallery.deviantart.com

SoRo Jewelry Design
schtickl
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2008 10:16:03 PM »

What are some good brands and models? What do i look for when looking for one ? (ie: specs and features?)
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http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5488961
zen-art-gallery.deviantart.com

SoRo Jewelry Design
SpottedFrog
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2008 08:48:56 AM »

Here ya go:) happy hunting!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=214760.0
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