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LilMissPink
« on: October 10, 2008 08:24:34 PM »

I want to make a bumblebee costume but I have trouble finding a fabric I like, so I want to use black and yellow satin and sew them together. What would be the easiest way to do this? Thank you

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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2008 01:07:26 AM »

I would start with one color fabric and use fusible web to iron-on stripes of the other color, then cut the costume pieces out of that. 

An alternative would be to cut strips of both fabrics and sew them together, but that's a lot more work.

Either way, definitely make the stripes first, then cut your pattern pieces.  Pieced fabric has a nasty tendency to get smaller as you make your seams or applique to it.
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2008 09:04:21 AM »

thank you so much! so this fusible web, how would I cut it/arrange it to fit?? do I cover the whole black fabric and then lay the yellow across, or do I cut it to fit exactly behind the yellow strips?


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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2008 09:25:42 AM »

Personally I would sew the black on top of the yellow, rather than vice versa.


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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2008 11:49:54 AM »

actually, that does sound like a better idea  Wink

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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2008 12:34:15 PM »

Sewing is a nicer option, I just find iron-on easier, and less likely to pucker.  I would fuse the web to a big piece of the stripe color, then cut out the stripes and apply them to the base.

If you sew on the stripes, will you fold the edges under or zigzag them on so you don't get ragged edges, or is the costume a one-night affair and you aren't worried about that? 

Ludi is right, black on yellow probably is the better choice.

And I was thinking... bumblebees are fuzzy, maybe you should consider fleece or chenille or corduroy.  But satin is shiny and more festive, so that's nice too.  Satin frays badly, chenille and corduroy less so, fleece hardly at all.

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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2008 04:29:24 PM »

ok thanks steiconi I've never used fusible web so I dunno how to use it

I'm going to use a yellow satin fabric (hopefully a yard will do, I'm making a short tube dress) and a 2" wide black satin ribbon to make the stripes, so I don't think I will have to deal with edges.

hmmm, the fuzzy IS a good idea also  Wink I guess I'll make my descision in the store  Cheesy a velour dress with the satin stripes would look pretty unique.

I'm going to wear it with (black or yellow, depending on what I can find cheap) stiletto pumps, very sheer black tights, and wings made from wire and yellow pantyhose.

I was also thinking to use those pretty stretch sequins as the stripes as well as a matching headband (I love headbands) but I'm not sure if it's smart to use stretchy material on a less-stretchy (though I wil lbe looking for stretch satin) material... or do you think I could get away with it?  Huh (I'm a beginner sewer still, BTW)


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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2008 05:36:52 PM »

Personally I love working with fleece because it is so cuddly.  Smiley

I would make a fleece bee.




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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2008 10:16:56 PM »

oooh, a satin-and-sequin bee in stilettos!  To die for!
You could use the stretch sequins on non- or less-stretchy fabric, just make sure you don't stretch the sequins when applying them, or you'll get a gathered effect.

fusible web is easy.  There's paper on one side; iron the other side onto the back of your applique fabric.  Cut out your design, remove the paper, then put the wrong side (the web side) of the applique on the right side of the background fabric and iron it.  I don't think I'd use it with the sequins, it would be hard to get it hot enough without melting the sequins.  You can get pre-cut strips of the fusible web, that might work well for ribbon.

What will you use for your stinger?
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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2008 10:35:12 AM »

 Cheesy I think I'm gonna pass on a stinger...  Tongue they look tacky.. and anyways I think bumble bees don't have stingers  Huh who cares  Wink

and thanks so much I think I'll pass on the sequins in that case, I want to do as least amount of sewing as possible... I really hope I can get away without a zipper, but I doubt that  Angry I don't think I have a zipperfoot, and if I do I have no idea how to use it...


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