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3391  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: New at sewing! on: October 31, 2007 02:27:46 PM
Skirts are what I attempted after pillowcases.  In the Clothing-Completed Projects-Tutorials list there are several easy walk-throughs for panel skirts and circle skirts.  Super easy, and very satisfying to complete.
3392  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Fairy Wings.....help on: October 29, 2007 01:49:32 PM
I second the hardware section of Walmart.  It's usually around the nails and hooks and such, and comes in big fun rolls.  14 or 16 gauge is what I typically use for my cellophane wings and it works great.
3393  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Built in bra? on: October 26, 2007 07:30:07 PM
Thanks for the input.  I don't have a pattern, per se.  I'm winging it, with a Simplicity dress pattern for general guidance in the proportion area.  I had a thought in the back of my head that I wanted the dress to be backless...or at least low-backed, but I don't know how to make it both backless and strapless without boning (which I'm not skilled enough to do well)...

The idea I had with the bra was to use the bra 1) to structure the top of the dress (I'm a bit busty, so if I can shape the top around a well-fitted bra, it'll stay up on its own), and then leave straps in the back (loose from the side seams) in line with the bra strap.  They'd tie in the back to both cover the bra strap, and help keep the dress up, so as not to put all the stress on the bra.  I don't think there was actually a 2, there...sorry.

But yeah, and then I was going to fit the front panels to my waist , and let the back drape loosely from the side seams.  I'm going to either get a friend with similar measurements, or make a papertape dress form, to make sure it'll drape the way I think it will before I sew, but logically, it ought to work.  Right?
3394  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Built in bra? on: October 25, 2007 05:26:38 PM
Hello, there!  I'm relatively new to sewing, but I'm catching on.  I want to make a strapless dress for a Christmas party, and I was thinking about sewing it to a strapless bra.  Is this a bad idea?  What would be the best way to fasten the dress in the back?  I haven't put in a zipper yet, mostly because I don't want to try and change the foot on my machine, but I'm willing to try it.  This is the dress I'm basing my pattern on:

...with a few changes.
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