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3351  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for batwing/flutter sleeve tutorial.... help! on: March 18, 2008 06:11:24 AM
Hi there!  This page shows the outline of a batwing sleeve:

It should work if you fold your fabric, cut two of those out (on the fold), and then sew up your seams and finish your edges.  There are probably also more complicated ways of doing it.  Good luck!  A good tutorial on flutter sleeves (in various lengths) would be a marvelous idea, but as I've never sewn them, I'm not the one to write it.
3352  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: please help me on: March 18, 2008 06:07:30 AM
Would he be interested in manskirts?  It's basically a long 1/2 circle skirt (thus very easy to make) with maybe a cargo pocket (I've seen both with and without) or two.  They're actually quite sexy on the right guy, and can be rugged or feminine, depending what they're paired with.  You could also make him an underbust corset (would it still be called that for a guy?) with light boning.  These can also look, well, not rugged, but interesting, on a gothy (or emo) guy.  If you're at all hesitant to make him clothing, why not make him an Alice themed bag (the reverse applique in the Tallulah Bankhead thread would be awesome for this) or other accessories?  Good luck!
3353  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: help with strech (tee shirt) fabric on: March 18, 2008 06:00:07 AM
Were you using a regular needle, or one intended for knits?  That's probably your problem.  If this isn't your problem, try experimenting (on small swatches) with different stitches.  I've never used a cotton knit, only blends, and I use the second or third smallest straight stitch, though I've been told that straight stitches aren't the best for knits (I just count myself lucky).  Maybe post a picture of your stitches so we can see why they're wonky?
3354  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Sleeping Beauty Briar Rose costume on: March 17, 2008 07:40:15 PM
That is beautiful!  Is the skirt pleated in the front, or gathered?  Either way, it looks really accurate!
3355  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Cute as a Button Costume on: March 17, 2008 07:38:42 PM
That is just absolutely adorable!
3356  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My beautiful new Easter dress... Simplicity 4119 on: March 17, 2008 07:19:52 PM
That's beautiful!  I love that style dress...it's so sweet, and really timeless.
3357  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: St. Patty's Day Patchwork Skirt on: March 17, 2008 07:19:04 PM
That is super cute!  And I love the outfit altogether.  I'm working up the courage (and the fabric collection) to use that tutorial.
3358  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fantasy Costumes: What would you like to know? on: March 17, 2008 05:27:19 PM
Have you got a livejournal account?  The Cosplay and Faerie Fashion communities are two that I watch, and this sort of thing is right up there alley.
3359  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you make a t-shirt bigger? on: March 17, 2008 11:06:30 AM
Unless it's got a good seam allowance to it, the only way I can think of to make a shirt larger is to either add fabric (preferrably in an inconspicuous place, like in the side seams), or to slice up the back and add grommets and close it with lacing, corset-style, or some other sort of system that would leave part of your back bare.  Is it tight all the way around, or just in certain areas?  If it were just snug across the chest, I'd consider cutting a slit in the back, partway down, finishing both sides, and add ties to the top, creating a keyhole sort of a thing.  Hope this helps!
3360  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice on twirly skirt, please? on: March 16, 2008 07:43:49 AM
Well, I actually had started cutting out my pieces right before Penlowe responded.  I decided to go with the circle skirt plus tiers way.  It isn't going to be as easy, but I put on a circle skirt, and then a broomstick skirt (the only thing I had that was gathered at the waist) and the circle was a lot more flattering.  I'm tall(ish), but I've got a really short torso, so having a lot of gathering at my waist (or hips) tends to exaggerate my hips instead of my waist, visually.  It actually looks like a reverse muffin top, or like I'm wearing a petticoat.  I'll post pictures when it's done.  Thank you both for the advice, though!

Oh, and about the wedge circle skirt, I've made two of those, and I find that they're much more flattering if I can make the waist as small as possible.  In both instances, I ended up forgoing any kind of elastic, and just made a fitted waistband that I can pull on over my head (I don't have a zipper foot).
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