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1  Making a dress *Help needed ASAP* in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by randall321 on: February 09, 2008 02:01:12 PM
I really want to make a tunic dress. I've made quite a few dresses before, but this is a bit beyond my experience.

I can't decide if there should be buttons in the back, or a zipper. I also don't know how to do the sleeves.

I have the material already. I wanted something like britney spears where's in the picture, but decided that it might take a while to find something like that so I should just stick with what I have. In this case, I have a gorgeous blue/navy silk.

Can anyone please help me?
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2  My first Serger!!!!!!!!! *Image heavy and help needed!* in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by randall321 on: November 13, 2007 12:15:22 AM
Need help ASAP! Any sewing tips for the brother lock 626? I have no idea how to thread it (luckily it came threaded), no idea how to use it.. (okay, well a general idea)

but I need help!! Don't even know where to start

EDIT: Pictures (I thought I'd make it easy and label everything)

I have NO idea what all this is for
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3  Tube Top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by randall321 on: October 29, 2007 05:48:57 PM
It only took be about a half hour to make this. It probably wouldn't of taken so long if I didn't do the stripes though  Roll Eyes

I plan to have this design as a centerpiece for my clothing line, it will have differnt colors of stripes, etc.

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4  Babydoll Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by randall321 on: October 29, 2007 03:14:51 PM

It took a lot of trial and error, but I'm finally finished. I made alot of mistakes, some I can't even figure out what I did wrong, but I'm sure on the next one I won't make them again.

What do you think?
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5  2 Dresses made from my first ever homemade patterns! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by randall321 on: October 26, 2007 09:34:21 PM
You guys have listened and sympathized to my complaining alot so I wanted to post some pictures of the final outcomes.

The material on the two following dresses is black crepe spandex. I used about a yard for the tube dress and 1 yard and a half for the halter. (Everyone said I would need more, but I really didn't. The best part is I still have 5 yards left. Although, I'm going to purchase some more because the fabric is just gorgeous)

I designed the patterns myself, which was SO much easier than I thought it would be. I used wrapping paper that was straightned, and it worked excellently. It stores WAY better than regular pattern paper too.

This is the front of my beautiful halter dress. I'm considering keeping it for myself because I adore it soo much. The dress looks much better in person because my unflattering unform-like dress figure is crooked (I had to hunch over so I could have my sister cut the back off, and I than *uncorrectly* thought I could make it longer. I ended up with a freakish un-human like thing).

This is the back of the halter dress. You'll notice the dress is actually 4 very complicated pieces.

This is the tube dress. Which is wayyy more flattering in person. (The duct tape dress form was a big mistake. It doesn't resemble me at all >:0)

This is a close up on the top of the tube dress <Br><Br>

I'm not really sure if this is the forum to ask these questions, but I thought I'd take a chance.

Question 1: For some reason, there is a slightly unflattering flare to the halter dress on the bottom of the hem. Did I do something wrong?

Question 2: I'm not really sure how to price these when I get my ebay account set up. What do you think?

Question 3: After finishing a seam, should I just press the seam? or should I use the overlocking stitch thing on the two flaps???
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6  Re: My First Project *HELP NEEDED* (Update: Found AWESOME site) in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by randall321 on: October 26, 2007 05:16:38 PM
That's weird, I just finished two dresses and neither of them have any issues. There both stretchy, and i'm pretty sure I didn't align them correctly. . yikes. Issues how?

I just finished the plain black tube top dress, but I can't decide whether to give it sleeves and two large buttoms (very classy, either like overalls or on a fabric belt near stomach)

I also finished the black slit dress. (Muchos fabulous!). Instead of making it long, I thought I would make it kind of short first. Let's just say.. I'll be keeping this one for myself Wink

Pictures coming soon!

EDIT: Pictures! (I love this fabric so much, I think I'm going back to J's and getting at least 20 more yards! It's not as sparkly in real life, but it's just so comfortable, and stretchy. It's a make you feel good fabric.)

This is the front of my beautiful halter dress.

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7  What does one do in this situation? (Two Questions) in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by randall321 on: October 19, 2007 08:54:03 PM
Recently I came across about 15 old martial arts belts (which are basically silk, folded once and sewn together.)

I have no idea what to do with them. I can cut them, and sew them, but I have no idea what to sew them onto.

There very pretty shiny looking silk, but I don't want to waste them. If I sew them into dresses could they be like a belt, or maybe under the hem?

EDIT: Are any of these a zipper foot?

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8  My First Project *HELP NEEDED* (Update: Found AWESOME site) *IMAGE HEAVY* in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by randall321 on: October 15, 2007 04:31:22 PM
I thought I'd go ahead and start making some cute stuff for my business.

My materials:

2 20/22" inch Poly Invisible Black Zipper
1 12/14" inch Poly Invisible Black Zipper (I couldn't decide which one would be better for the dresses, so I thought if one zipper was too short I'd just use it for a skirt and cut the others.)
3 Coats & Clarks All purpose thread (don't be mad about the thread, I know everyone says you shouldn't use this brand.. but I've never had any issues with it.)
2 yards of Lace Merletto Purple (Not sure if I should get this.. it's on clearance 50% off)
and Last not but least, 9 yards of crepe spandex black clingy material (which I just AH-dore).

The Ideas:

I'm going to make 3 black clingy dresses. I have never designed my own pattern before but I have put zippers in, reconstructed clothing and used others patterns. (If this turns out well, I'm going to take lessons from a nearby professional designer who will show me how to make my own patterns).

Dress one is something I've never really made before. A very simple tube dress with a  slight flare with ribbons sewn on (I've done the ribbons before, it was pretty easy. (I've allotted 2 yards for this, but haven't purchased the ribbon yet because I can't find any from fabric.com)

The second one I've done in miniature (just to see what it's like). It's almost a halter. (It will be full length so I've alotted almost 5 yards for this, I know this is a lot, but I've never done such a long dress before so I really wasn't sure.)

The third one is very reminiscent of britney spears dress. It will be covered in a lace material almost like a mini dress. (I've also alotted 2 yards for this)

I could use any help at all. I have no idea how to design a pattern, or how many yards I'll need. I'm using fabric.com right now because the price is low. I've never designed my own pattern before.


I could use some help ASAP! I cut the first pattern from paper. I drew a full length scale of myself, than measure everywhere, doubled it and added 2 inches for seam allowances (This is for the very short tube dress)

What should be my next step?


I'm not sure if I'm the only person who makes there own patterns here or not, but I thought I'd take some iniative and find a site.
If ya'll are interested, it's a site with a video, step by step instructions, and you can even purchase there kit if you want.
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