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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fit -- vintage vs. modern patterns on: December 02, 2007 08:17:19 AM
Someone please explain to me what the deal is!   Cheesy

I have begun in the last year to sew from vintage 50's-early 70's patterns (skirts, shirts, dresses, coats, etc..), and I have found that hands down, they fit better than modern patterns.  Mind you, I have a weird body (don't we all?): I'm short, have a short torso, long legs, thicker waist (comparatively), narrow hips, lack a bum of any consequence, have broad shoulders, narrow chest, and DD boobs.  Yet, I wrangle less with old patterns.  It's fantastic, yet inexplicable to me.  I can even make a fitted dress, which I could *never* do with modern patterns (at least the ones I'd tried).  So, my question is has there been a marked change in pattern drafting over the last 30 years or so?     

I know some of you must have researched the pattern industry...if not I have a new quest!  Maybe this is all fluke.  Who knows.

2  COOKING / Dessert / Need ideas for "prom food" for faux prom party on: October 15, 2007 09:15:50 AM
Okay, so my department is having a grad student "prom" this weekend, and the theme is...well..."bedazzled" 80's-90's lameness.

If anyone has a recipe for supremely tasty hors d'oeuvres (sp?) that aren't a total pain in the arse to make (I love to cook, but I'll only have one evening to cook/assemble), please send them my way! 


3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / How to be a muse!? Help! on: October 04, 2007 04:52:59 PM
Ok, so after an English class this week, our ancient professor claimed three of us in class his "three muses!"  He's a 90 year old poet who's allowed to to say kooky stuff like that. 

We all have since decided to go as the three muses for Halloween and will take a photo to give to him, and I really really want to do it up right.  I could theoretically drape a costume (between TAing and classes, I'm strapped for time), but I'd rather start with a pattern and work from there.  Does anyone know of a really good, theatre good, classical pattern that could work for a muse?   

I'm also wondering about makeup/accessories/hair styles (I currently have short, choppy, hipster hair--I don't  know how else to describe it)...any ideas?  I'd really appreciate it!

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Alternative to ikea's deka system on: July 15, 2007 09:20:47 AM
This is what I'm talking about

I live in an ikea-less area but really want to showcase some "art" I ripped out of these 1960's-1970's middle school English textbooks I got from my boss.  I know someone has to have rigged this up themselves.  I guess I could just attach wire to nails in the wall, but there might be a better way...

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / particle board--painting/staining on: June 29, 2007 10:04:35 PM
"Particle man, particle man, doing the things a particle can" is stuck in my head now...growlies.   Cheesy

I know people have posted about painting particle board furniture before, but I have yet to see a photo of anything finished without decopauge on it.  I have a vile little desk, the typical particle board with woodgrain contact papery stuff on it, and I would like to try painting/staining (I did see online where someone polyurethaned raw particle board and it looked pretty cool--the different colors/textures).  If anyone has pictures of painted particle board, I would love love love to see them!   
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / vintage purses on the wall..have I lost it? on: June 23, 2007 07:00:24 PM
So I have this tendency to never say no to a good vintage purse, and now my closet is overloaded; still, I refuse to sell them.  (It's a problem).  I'm moving into a boring new apartment soon and was thinking of putting up a wall hook dealy, very simple, white or black, and hanging my brightest purses as "art."  Like an installation of purses--ha!

So what do ya think?
7  Texas / Texas: Central / Any shops in Austin that'll buy clothes? Meet n' greets too! on: June 19, 2007 07:30:46 AM
I'm getting ready to move down to Austin (Aug. 1st) for grad school.  I sew clothes based off vintage patterns (40's-70's mostly) with vintage-esque and vintage fabrics, and I was hoping to sell them to some shops for extra cash here and there (TA-ships pay piddly nothing!).  I've been sewing for fifteen years, so my clothing is not slipshod.  I serge everything or french seam.  When I was down last week walking trudging through the jello-thick humid air (really, it is beastly!), I saw lots of what looked like independently owned clothing stores.  If any of you Austinites know of places that would be receptive to buying a small collection or piece by piece, please do tell!

Also, since I'm coming down from Kansas City and don't know a soul, I'd love to meet some good crafty people in August, if anyone is up for it.  I'll be living in the very uncool Far West area, but I have a car, so heading down to SoCo or whathaveyou isn't a problem.   
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / vintage pattern--no instructions--Yoke/inset issues! on: May 31, 2007 03:16:59 PM
Okay, so I bought a 1970's dress pattern that has a split yoke/bib/inset (whatever you want to call it) attached to a gathered section of the dress and collar and puffed, cuffed sleeves.  I'm fine on sewing everything except the yoke.     It's very similar to this one only it has a longer inset (below bust) and the dress is more fitted.

if anyone has sewn one of these inset dealies before, I'd appreciate advice on what to do and put where first, second, third, etc...  As I said, that's the only part that's making my brain hurt a little. Grin
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sewing your own jeans...advice on: October 05, 2006 03:40:24 PM
Ok, so I've been sewing for about 12 years, and I've never tackled jeans.  Pants at all really.  I've done a couple pair, but never liked the pattern and wasn't determined enough to do all the alterations.  But I need to now!  I have a couple Vogue patterns and made a mockup of one--the things had the hugest hips/legs, and they were supposed to be very close fitting.
As far as my body goes, I'm really high-waisted with lots o' boobage, so I wear super-low slung jeans, preferable with a tilt waist to cover my bum :-), and I have narrow hips and thighs.  Generally, when buying RTW jeans, I have to go up a size to fit my waist and live with a little baggy baggeroo-ness around the bum, hips, and thighs. 
So after all this rambling, my question is, have any of you sewn your own jeans with success?  How much alteration did it take?  I'm wondering if ripping apart my favorite pair of RTW jeans to use as a pattern would be better than going off these ginormous commercial patterns (I never have this problem with skirts, shirts, coats, jackets...just these blasted pants!).
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Steering clear of "ruts"...? on how you avoid the same 'ol same 'ol on: August 07, 2006 12:04:21 PM
A friend of mine has quit one school to transfer, so she can start getting the basics down for a career in fashion (she has no background in construction/design/etc...) after which she plans to transfer yet again to, hopefully, an art school/design school.  I worry at this move, knowing the school she is attending this fall has a pitiful offering and will literally only giver her the basics.  Think midwestern values, huber-practical, we-make-clothes-that-sell-in-malls, who-needs-that-hoity-toity-couture-stuff kind of mindset.  Now, I don't see any problem in not stressing clothes as art, but there's so little exploration!  It made me start to wonder how many of us actually have distinct boundaries in regards to fashion that we aren't fully aware of.  And how long do we cling to them?         

Really, I think a fine line can rest between a person's "style" and being in a fashion rut, finding yourself gravitating to a certain "genre" of cuts, fabrics, etc..., not branching out and trying the new (or old for that matter).

I've wondered lately if I've been on the same road for a while and have started the grooves that can become ruts.  I've decided a new path needs to be cut!   Cheesy 

So, how do you keep yourself progressing as far as your fashion sense goes? 


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