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1  CANADA / British Columbia / Buying studs in Vancouver area on: October 18, 2009 01:59:21 PM
I want some pyramid studs for a couple DIY projects, but I haven't been able to find them. I tried Michael's and another craft place in Richmond, but no luck.

I really hate ordering online because I'm cheap, and it pains me deepy to pay those stupid border/customs fees to ship to Canada from the US.  Sad

Anyone know where I can get studs in the Vancouver area? Thanks.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Prom Dress Mishap - Bodice Too Long! on: April 15, 2008 09:37:57 PM
My mother and I are making my prom dress this year based on an adaptation of a few patterns. Basically it's a two piece thing - boned bodice with a separating zipper up the side over a long high waisted skirt.

Anyways, we carefully fitted the bodice with a mock-up first, thinking we were being totally brilliant and avoiding any possible errors. When I tried on the bodice mock-up, it seemed way too short so we added a couple inches to it, assuming it was because I have a long torso. However, we very stupidly did not try it on with the skirt before finishing it.

I realize now that it was supposed to be short! We were fitting it as if it was a regular top, not part of a dress. The skirt is done now, the bodice is done and the thing would be fabulous if the bodice wasn't so damn long, it looks completely silly and disproportionate.

What's the best way (IS there a way?) to shorten the thing now? It has the separating zipper already sewn up the side and boning down the whole thing and everything.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Lengthening sleeves on a blazer on: January 05, 2008 07:03:50 PM
I picked up a lovely grey pinstripe blazer, and it fits very well, except it's "Petites" and the sleeves are too short! There's not enough fabric in the hem to lengthen the sleeves either, so I was thinking about sewing on some nice contrasting fabric. But how exactly would I go about doing it? The sleeve has two layers, outside fabric and lining, so I'm a little confusing as to how I'd sew on another piece.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help - recon tee with collar ideas on: September 03, 2007 05:15:11 PM
I work at a game store and we just got in some game t-shirts with logos I like, only they're all men's sizes so even the small is too big for me. So instantly I thought - t-shirt reconstruction, which I've never done before but I've always wanted to try. Workplace dress code says we can only wear tees if we have a collar underneath, so I thought it would be another level of awesomeness to add a collar to my reconstructed t-shirt and make it work-approved.

I don't know exactly what would be a good pattern to start with. I've been sewing for a year or so and I've done one reconstruction before but it was a skirt, so I'm not sure where to start when it comes to redo-ing a tee that comes in sizes from big to huge, I figure you guys could give me some ideas.

I'll definately need to take in the torso part, do something with the big t-shirt sleeves, and possibly add a collar.
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