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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Would like some advice on this Sash & attaching lace! on: May 15, 2011 04:47:35 AM
Hi Everyone,

Im making 2 of these sashes for my bridesmaids to wear at my wedding in August.


I've made a 'dummy' out of plain navy cotton, and it looks great, but now I want them to be covered in lace.

Im not really sure how to best go about it.

I was thinking id cut the same pattern out of the lace, then sew it to the cotton before folding and sewing etc as the pattern calls for. But I'm worried that the lace might kind of 'sag' away from the cotton, so I was thinking I could also sort of just tack it here and there with a few strategically places stitches, after I sew to the cotton, and before I go on and fold it.

Do you think this would work? Do you have any better suggestions?

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Obi Belt/ Sash- help with this Tutorial! on: March 21, 2011 12:49:53 PM
Thank you SO much! I just did a little test with  scrap bit of fabric, about 1 meter long, just to see if I can get the shapes right- it looks awful because I didn't even cut it straight but the general idea is good to go!

If I want my belt to be 100" long, I need to have two strips that are 50" long to sew together- thats right, right?

I think I may leave those extra bits in the actually, I'll be ironing the belt anyway and I think that it might help to give it a bit of weight in the ends, just to help if hang a little nicer? Well we will see.

Thanks so much again, I think I was just staring at it for too long, it began to not make any sense!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Obi Belt/ Sash- help with this Tutorial! on: March 21, 2011 10:36:18 AM
Hi All!

Just wondering if anyone can help me figure out this tutorial?


Im trying to make two of these for my bridesmaids, but I cant figure it out! I know its probably really simple, maybe im just tired!
The diagram looks easy enough, but what I
cant work out is, those bits at the sides, in the lighter blue colour, wont they have raw edges, and the interfacing will show? I can only assume they want me to cut 2 pieces, as it doesnt actually say.  Or do you think im supposed to make four pieces, sew two to each other (front to front), then flip rightside out and iron, THEN do this fold over and interfacing part? Surely that will be really bulky. That cant be right?!

I also dont know how long to make the 9 inch pieces, and im just totally confused!

I would REALLY appreciate if someone could desipher this cryptic tutorial for me!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Rubber Stamps for a Postcard on: May 11, 2010 03:34:49 AM
Hi All!

I as wondering if any of you could help me out. Please forgive me if I have posted in the wrong area, I usually lurk around the sewing & clothing forums!

I am sending out some save the dates for my wedding, they are vintagey postcards. We had all the info printed on the back, and I left a space to the right to write out the address. 
But now Ia little worried about writing the addresses in nice straight lines! And then it suddenly occurred to me, that maybe I could get a rubber stamp that just has 4, 5, or 6 lines, which I can stamp on and then fill in. I think it would look pretty cool because, I have a few other stamps ill be using on the back, so it would fit well.

Does anyone know where I can get that kind of thing? Or can you suggest any stamps brands that might have such a thing?

Would appreciate any advice.

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: just IS there such a thing as luminous fabric?? argh! on: June 06, 2009 03:10:59 PM
Do you live anywhere near london? There are some fabric shops dotted around soho backstreet that might sell that, or know where you can get some.

Also, i cant remember the name or the street/area but there is a 'wholesaler' type district/street many of which will do smaller orders if your really nice/tell white lies about being a designer or something.

Have a poke around the city guides for craftsters area on here, within the England thread- you may have to dig around a bit, but there is a long thread about where to buy fabric in london, and a few posts on wholesalers etc

good luck!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: A Q on making a dress smaller on: June 05, 2009 04:44:15 AM
thanks guys, ill let you know how it goes!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I feel like Belle! Blue dress on: June 03, 2009 01:41:02 PM
That is very belle indeed! and very nice!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: A Q on making a dress smaller on: June 03, 2009 01:37:27 PM

Id hadnt thought about the whole armhole thing....good idea about getting someone else to pin me in!

Ill have to catch the boyfriend in a good mood- i feel some baking coming on!now i just need to find a baby.....  Grin

thanks again!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / A Q on making a dress smaller on: June 03, 2009 10:54:06 AM
Hi All,

I need some advice!

I almost finished New Look 6774, Ive done pretty much everything but sew in the zip and the straps to the back.

Ive tried the dress on though, and its huge! Its much to big around the waist/body. The dress has a center back seam (that isnt sewed all the way up yet as the zip goes in next), and a 'midriff' and a bodice, but they all line up straight at the back.

So i was thinking, do you think i could measure how much smaller i need it to be, lets say 4 inches, and just cut 2 inches off either side of the centre back seam all the way to the top?

It seams simple enough but something tells me its a little too simple  Wink and im really new to patterns and dressmaking so id really like another opinion!!

this link might help 'visualize' http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=17562

Thanks very much!  Grin
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Baste-ing: Machine or by Hand? on: May 26, 2009 01:17:35 PM
Thanks guys!

I think ill go for machine- im assuming thats what the pattern wants me to do?! I cant really understand why it says baste instead of just stitch to be honest, after the basting it just gets sewn to the midriff section, which i think is also basted.

Any ideas why it calls for basting instead?

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