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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Forum/group/FB group/blog for historical seamstresses? on: February 10, 2014 11:30:58 AM
Well, there is this place, but is there any other places for discussing ideas, show ongoing and finished projects, share inspiration and do social networking?
I can find different sites and forum about specific periods, but I miss a group, that is general on subjects and periods.

And yes, there is this place, as I wrote, I just miss something like...I don't know, something more forum like.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cardigans from ponchos, blouses and pullovers on: September 13, 2013 02:07:10 AM
After. Cardigan:

Before. Strange poncho/cape/blouse thingy:

Before. Boat neck:

After. Cardigan:

Before (when I had already cut it up in the middle):

After. V-neck cardigan:

More pictures and reconstructions at http://sagaifarver.dk
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 7 dress and skirt refashions on: September 13, 2013 02:01:03 AM


Before: Tube dress. Too long and with an insanelig tight elastic above the chest.

After: Added straps from a bra, shortened the dress and used the fabric for "infinity ties".

This dress had become too tight around the chest, so I added a corset closure to add a few centimeters.







I added linin to give the skirt a bit of poof:


After. Took it in and shortened it:

More pictures and reconstructions at http://sagaifarver.dk
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Travel leaf tea and tea strainer holder on: August 05, 2011 03:59:40 AM
I have meant to make such one for at long time, but I just can't figure out how. It should be a small holder that I can put in my hand bag

It must accomodate:
- smallish paperbag(s) with tea by weight, not tea bags
- tea strainer (egg shaped with a handle)

The tea strainer takes some time to dry, so probably sometimes have to put it into the holder when damp. So the solution will have to include a closed, waterproof pouch for it (I have the waterproof stuff already, a scrap of PUL).

Any new ideas? I have seen a few good pouches/travel bags for tea on etsy, but they are all meant for tea bags. I'm sure I could use them with small paperbags with tea, but I still need a space for the tea strainer.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wrap-around skirt to cocktail dress. Tablecloth to dress to skirt. on: January 07, 2011 12:15:17 PM
So I browsed through the charity shop, when something caught my eye. A skirt in the style that has went so hard out of fashion: The wrap-around skirt. But there was something about the fabric....and yes: 100% silk. Mine for 45 Dkr. (4-5 $)  Cheesy.
It has been lurking in my reconstruction pile for a while, until I decided it was perfect for december's celebrations and had a future as a cocktail dress of sorts.

The insets and seams meant that there wasn't too much fabric to do with, but there was enough to make this, which I am very pleased with:

The original skirt:

And a little extra. I made a dress from a tablecloth as a mockup before I started cutting the expensive fabric for the real dress (it is not the blue one in this post). I am glad that I did, because the fit in the bust area was terrible:

But I kind of liked the fabric, an the fit of the skirt was good, so half an hour ago I took the dress apart, put a waistband on the skirt and a little zipper in the back. A little something for summer (which needs some serious ironing first):

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wide-leg trousers to formfitting ones (with sort of tutorial) on: January 06, 2011 04:34:00 AM
A lot more wearable than before

Before these were several kilometers wide (well it was the fashion at some point....). They still fitted me, but now I wanted some that fitted better and were skinnier in the legs. I used a pattern to aid me in recon'ing the trousers, so therefore only "sort of" tutorial. The pattern is from Ottobre 02/2008, nr. 15.

Here is how it is done - which wasn't completely what I did, but I learnt from my experience, so you don't have to do the same mistakes (and I can use it myself on the identical, but beige, pair of trousers that I have):

Rip the seams where I have marked with red (that is what I didn't do, I just placed the pattern on top. I would have saved me a lot of time og swear words, if I had ripped). I kept the waist and the zipper at the side, since they were fine.

Place the trousers so front part is on top of front part, and back part is on top of back part.

Find your pattern and place the pattern for the front part on top of front legs, and the pattern for the back part on top of the back legs. (picture doesn't show it right).

Cut (WITH seamallowance), pin, sew and et voila (which needs to have the seams ironed flat):

I'm very pleased to finally have a pair of trousers that I can use tucked into long boots, which is all the rage at the moment.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sweater dress from oversize man's sweater on: January 05, 2011 02:43:37 AM

(I have since taken the sleeves in a bit and shortened them further).

So I bought my boyfriend a wonderful lambwool sweater in the charity shop for 45 Dkr (4-5 $).

I was so proud of myself for the find, great quality and beautiful. But he didn't like it!
Hmm.....well then I'll just make something wonderful out of it for myself (ha!)

Snip snip snip

I thought of making it short sleeved, but it is sooooo cold at the moment (I'm such a weakling, -20 C (-4 F) doesn't knock anyone off their feet but me), so I kept the sleeves and the neck So its more practical than sassy, but I love it.

I was inspired by this:
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Seeking inspiration to make these boring clothes awesome on: January 04, 2011 06:09:47 AM
Recently I sorted out my closet. I gave a lot to goodwill, but I felt that some items had the potential to be brought back to glory again. Some of it will act as "fabric" becoming something completely different than they were, but its not those that I'm posting about here.

Its the pile of those items that I want to keep as the dress item they are, but upgrade. I have a lot of ideas but I would LOVE some more ideas.
And hopefully, posting here, gives me a kick in the behind to get started on the reconstruction....

Oh, and most of it is winter clothing, so it has to retain some ability to keep me warm.

Here they are:

1. Cashmere blouse that my grandmother gave me, so so so so soft (the first cashmere item I have ever laid my hand on, and I'm ADDICTED). But I HATE turtlenecks. I'm thinking a crew neck (not too wide), but otherwise keeping it as it is, casmere doesn't need bling to be cool:

2. Boring tops, strechy fabric, quite short. They fit me really well, which I why I'm holding on to them, but showing bellybutton is a fashion that (thankfully) died many years ago. I'm thinking wide crocheted edges along the bottom.

3. Red blouse. I have absolutely no idea. It is thin, soft and warm, but hideous. V-neck? Keyhole neck? Something that is showing more cleavage anyway.

4. Beige cotton blouse. Never worn it, I always end up being too warm but freezing my arms off. The turtleneck has to go. But don't know if that vil be enough to un-yuck it. I could make it into a vest?

5. Green sweater. Somethime back in the 90'ies I thought that this was cool.....I'm thinking taking it in in the sides and making it short sleeved. Would actually have the potential to be very 2011 then....

6. And no less than big shapeless woolen sweaters (and I believe I have a few more somewhere in the attic). They are too short to become sweater dresses. Maybe I will just take them in in the sides, but it is so boring....I could make skirts out of one, and use the sleeves for trouser for my son? Cardigan? I really want to make something completely different out of these.

7. Beige trousers and black trousers. How could this ever have been in fashion...? I wonder if I can use the "make flared yeans into skinny jeans" - tutorial on these? (believe it of not they are only a size...8 in US measurements)

8. Linen skirt. This was once my favourite summer skirt, untill I dropped some food item on it a most unfortunate place.....basically it looks like I wet myself Angry Roll Eyes . But I would so love to figure out some way to cover it so I can wear the skirt again. Placing a flower/patch/whatever right at the spot would just highlight my croch area, so thats not so good an idea.

9. I was on the werge of tossing these two, when I thought that I might use the top part as part of dresses of some sort...still thinking:

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Toy dragon finished! on: November 17, 2007 07:34:59 AM
I knitted this cute dragon to my little sister, and had gotten specific instruction as to how it should look.... She got it for her birthday and was thrilled:D.
Here are the links to the pictures:

IMG_2794 by Saga in colours, on Flickr

IMG_2793 by Saga in colours, on Flickr
Pictures don't seem to work, don't know why... I looked in FAQ but it didn't help. Help?

It doesn't have wings in the picture. I added another set of wings: My sister wanted it as "realistic" as possible, so I opted for big bat-like wings, which would actually keep a dragon in the air (had it ever existed).

I also chose not to make it upright standing (like a Tyrannosaurus), but rather lizard-like (since my little sister, who is a great authority (...) on dragons, told me that it was teh was they were portrayed historically).

The stuffing shows. I did make swatches, but hadn't considered that stuffing stretches the knitting.
Note: Should be knitted on needle size a bit "too small" for the yarn chosen. E.g. I would use 5 mm needles for knitting other stuff with that yarn, but should probably use 4 mm or 3,5 for dragon-knitting.

Pattern is Aussie Jean's (Dorina Dragon): http://home.alphalink.com.au/~woodsy/dragonpattern.htm
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / English word for a non-inkjet patch transfer? on: November 15, 2007 05:14:37 PM
I have looked on the internet for patches/appliques that can be ironed onto fabric, but I don't know the correct English word for them.
They are not ink-jet transfers, but I thought you would be the right people to ask, since they are a kind of transfers.

My dictionary translates both this kind of patches and iron-on transfers with 'transfer'.

Here is a link to pictures of these objects: http://www.stofstedet.dk/stofshoppen/catalog/index.php?cPath=65_123&osCsid=9492f8e5de5147f5076213e96e40641d
They can be of any material and be embroidered or not. The only thing they have in common, is that they have that "stick when heated" on the back.

What is the proper English word for these things?

Thank you:)
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