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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Medieval underdress/cotehardie sleeves help, please? on: July 30, 2013 03:27:16 PM
I'm in the process of making a cotehardie and an underdress for it, and can not for the life of me find a sleeve tutorial for the underdress that has photos. I can't say I'm the best with diagrams, and the blog posts I've been seeing with DIY medieval garments seem to skip photos of the sleeve pieces.

The cotehardie itself is going to have tie-on sleeves, but the underdress/chemise needs attached sleeves

Anyone have any resources?

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Making a square starting from the corner? on: February 25, 2010 07:34:09 AM
I'm trying to make a baby blanket for my aunt's baby, which is due in a 1-2 months (depends if they induce labor early), and I want to knit it starting from the corner, and I really like the look of yarn-over increases on the sides. However, when I knit it up with a YO on both the left and right sides, it only made a 45 degree angle, not the 90 degree angle necessary to end up with a square. Would adding another increase fix this problem, and if so, what kind of increase would you suggest so there isn't a hole other than the one created by the YO? If not, what would you suggest? I don't want some fancy lacy thing, just a big square that won't roll up on itself. Help please?

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Techniques for making boob-to-ribcage area more fitted? on: June 25, 2009 11:42:49 AM
I'm 40"-36"(ribs)-35"-40" and 5 feet tall so my curves are reasonably steep, especially in the bust area. I've been making  most of my clothes (that cover the top anyway) with re-conned t-shirts, but it's still baggy in that area between the boobs and the waist and it makes me look saggy even with the best bra out there. Darts have been okay at best, and the degree to which I have to slope the side seam creates a tube-like opening and am looking for something better. i hope you know what I'm talking about....

any suggestions?
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Yet another "buying a sewing machine" thread. on: August 07, 2008 10:10:30 PM
Budget= $200-$300 range
Need it to:
do basic functions (of course), buttonhole function not necessary
be able to sew through denim well
be able to have parts replaced relatively cheaply and easily.
be able to work out of the case (if there is a case) and not just out of those folding sewing tables.

I have a Singer Inspiration but it's more trouble than it's worth, I think I've sewn maybe twice with no problems on it.

I've had less-than-good experiences with used machines even after they've been serviced, constantly jamming threads nomatter what tension I'm on...I'm looking for something reliable, basically.

I know I'm probably asking for a miracle here, but that's what I have to work with....
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Material for stretch jeans that isnt too spandex-y? on: May 07, 2008 06:36:41 PM
I want to make skinny jeans a la Anita pattern on Burdastyle.
I want fabric with some stretch, in leopard and/or zebra (different pairs of pants, obv), but I don't want it to be too shiny or spandex-y, because I have some meat on my bones and don't want it to be unflattering, and I also don't want my underwear showing.
When shopping online (since I can't actually feel the fabric there), what words should I look for?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First attempt at a moto-style jacket. Whatcha think? on: April 15, 2008 08:11:19 AM
This took me forever to figure out but once I started, it was done within 12 hours, with breaks.
Thanks everyone who helped me out.

It's unlined, and I ditched the leopard collar because the jacket is more blue than black, so I'll have to dye it again.

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Putting a sticker to a button on: April 14, 2008 02:53:18 PM
In my area, there are these  "Made In W.N.Y." stickers on bottles of Coca Cola, because we have a CocaCola factory in our area. I want to put one of them on a punk pin/button/badge/whatever your region calls them.
How would I go about doing this without a button maker? I was thinking of gluing it to a preexisting button.
What could I use to make sure the sticker doesn't peel off the button?
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Where do you people find those nifty fabrics(leopard?)? on: March 19, 2008 01:37:38 PM
On pretty much every site I go on, I see some article of clothing with LEOPARD.
Now, I LOVE leopard. Thing is, my local Joanns stores (all three of them) only carry leopard for Halloween, and the fabric is really not good pants material (I REALLY want a pair of leopard peg leg pants).

Where do you people find your leopard?

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Rit dye question on: March 10, 2008 03:19:51 AM
I have this indigo bottomweight denim that I am making into a jacket. It's the darkest they had, so I figured that I could just dye it and avoid multiple trips looking for black denim.
I'm running into two potential problems:
1) It's got a stretch to it, and if I put it in the dryer, I get those annoying strings coming off of it.
2) I can't use the washmachine, because of the staining potential the dye has. It's a mom thing, she doesn't want her white sweaters turning funky because the bleach while cleaning the machine missed a spot.

So, this leaves me with...a bucket. In order for it to dye evenly, according to the package, I should dye smaller pieces in the bucket. So, I cut out my jacket's larger pieces and have a large rectangle left over to cut out the smaller pieces with. However, if I want to dry it in the dryer without hems, It'll get those string things and perhaps make the pieces smaller, causing the jacket to be too small.

Threadbangers, how do you think I should go about this?
Could I sew the jacket all together (minus notions) and then dye it?

also...from looking on the boards, I see that people have mentioned things like "it stained my kitchen purple!"

how does this happen, how can I avoid it? I have a lot of vintage furniture and a lot of white space in the kitchen.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Is it possible? on: March 06, 2008 04:54:13 PM
What's the closest stitch I can get on a Singer Inspiration to a serger's stitch?

I've been making my own garments lately but want them to look a bit more finished.
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