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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: special grid paper for making your own patterns? on: May 24, 2009 08:09:58 PM
i don't particularly agree with the gridded paper for pattern drafting.  i'm working on my degree for fashion design and also patternmaking, and i find the grids more of a hinderance.  sometimes, the grids are thicker than your pencil lines, so what you think is a perfect square angle isn't perfect.  some places sell "point paper" for pattern drafting -- the paper where it's kind of like connect the dots, but with numbers and letters.  one of my professors -- who used to be a designer for dior -- gave us a handout and lecture against that as well because sometimes the 1's and the L's end up looking like pattern makers (i.e. notches).  i prefer the 2x18 ruler and an L square.

i get my paper locally, but this looks like the kind of paper i use: (the kraft paper. By comparison, i buy mine $7/10yds, the point/marker paper i can get $6/10yds and just use the back side.)

12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Quick Copyright question... on: March 09, 2008 06:47:45 PM
I have a classmate that brought in an old vintage book -- Practical pattern designing of women's and misses apparel by Grace Auditore.  I'm searching for it online, but am having no luck in locating a copy.  I was thinking about bringing it into Kinko's and having them copy it.  It looks like something that was self-published, with a copyright date of about 1985, I think.  Not trying to sell copies.  Any one know what my chances are of getting them to copy and bind it for me?  I'd do it myself, but it's a couple of hundred pages.
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Juki 735 HELP on: October 07, 2007 06:53:35 PM
I just bought a Juki 735.  I was experimenting with the coverstitch, and managed to make one with chainstitch and all, and now I want to go back to the overlock.  I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong, but I can't get it to work as an overlock anymore.  Once I close all the doors, the machine won't run unless it's in coverstitch mode.

Help!  What am I doing wrong???
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: "scrap" afghan on: October 04, 2007 11:14:27 AM
this is awesome!!!

how did you stitch them all together so seamlessly?!  wonderful! 

incredible... *major gushing*

Hehehe.  The backside looks pretty awful.  If I remember to, I'll take a quick snapshot for you.

Thanks~ Marian
15  California / California: Central / Redwood City, CA: Artistry in Fashion, Oct 20, 2007 on: September 08, 2007 06:37:52 PM
Artistry in Fashion
Professional Designer Sale and Student Fashion Show.
Saturday, October 20, 10 am to 5 pm
Caada College Campus, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. @Hwy 280, Redwood City
A fun, inspiring event where you meet professional designers and shop through an array of one-of-a-kind fashion pieces including clothing, hats, handbags, jewelry and more. Now in its 16th year, it benefits students with scholarships as well as serving as a learning experience in event planning and marketing. Fashion show starts at 1:00 p.m. in the Main Theater/Bldg. 3 (no late seating). $8 donation at the door; refreshments are available for sale throughout the day; free parking; wheelchair accessible. Visit our website at www.artistryinfashion.com or call (650) 306-3370 for more information.

16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Acrylic Painting of some Russian Ballet Dancer on: July 31, 2007 11:31:23 AM
Why did you choose to do it in black and white only? I think it would be a great idea if you did another painting with that style but in full colour or b&w with a hint of colour. Just a thought.

That was the assignment.  BOO.  I did think about doing it with a hint of color.  I think that would be striking, but we were only allowed to do greyscales, no color in this class. She was incredibly controlling and micromanaging about EVERYTHING...  If you weren't a "favorite," you better not deviate from the exact assignment.  I think in my next drawing class, I get to work with color, and hopefully, she's a nicer instructor.
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Acrylic Painting of some Russian Ballet Dancer on: July 30, 2007 07:43:57 PM

I had a very similar experience with regards to the art teacher by the way, I had a portfolio course about a week ago and it's made me completely reconsider going to art college  Undecided

Don't worry, I'm not actually going to art college; I'm taking art classes at a community college.  I received my BA already, and I can tell you that there are always many horrible teachers and many wonderful teachers whatever you decided to do.  Usually, I'm more careful about picking out profs, but the scheduling was perfect.

Good Luck!
18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Acrylic Painting of some Russian Ballet Dancer on: July 22, 2007 09:10:31 PM
I'm taking an art class through a jc this summer, and I made this acrylic painting of some Russian ballet dancer.  She gave us a pile of pictures and told us to pick one.  I would NOT recomend this teacher, by the way, because she's very rude and condescending.  Most of all the students in my class are very stressed out by her.  Of course, she has her favorites.  I took 3 years of art classes in high school and after finishing college, I thought I'd get back into it.

19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Silly question: Regarding Magazines, help, plz. on: July 07, 2007 12:52:00 PM
I really like WWD, Women's Wear Daily.  It's more of a daily newspaper for fashion retailers.  They highlight designers and they keep you up to date with what's going on in the industry.  It's pricy, $2 per issue or $109 per year. My favorite part is the Classifieds in the back.

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 3850 - Built by Wendy, Altered by Me on: June 10, 2007 08:30:28 PM
This started out as Simplicity 3850, Built by Wendy. I didn't like the elastic with the gathers at the neck so I decided I wanted to make it pleated. So I made my mock up and discovered that the size for someone of my bust does not work well. It was tent like everywhere and fit over my bust real funny. And since I have fat arms, that was particularily uncomfortable. So I ended up slashing and spreading the sleeves, draping and pinning pleats all around the neck, and tracing a RTW shirt's torso for the fit. I took the bottom of the sleeve in with an inverted pleat. And I made self-fabric bias binding for the neck and the sleeve hems. The shirt hem is turned up with slits/vents on the side seams. I wanted to make it out of a silk crepe I've had lying around, but I was so scared of screwing up the fabric, I bought some cotton from Jo Ann's clearance section.

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