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41  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some purses I made on: September 23, 2004 02:53:54 AM

Does anyone have a good sewing book to recommend? I need to know basic things like how to attach a waistband to a skirt? How to have openings so that I can get in and out of clothes?

I have both the Butterick / Vogue "Step-By-Step Guide to Sewing Techniques" (Pub: Butterick) and the The Complete Book of Sewing by Chris Jefferys (Pub: DK). The Complete Book of Sewing is far superior with good photographs and detailled instructions of every technique you could think of. The Vogue / BTK book isn't quite as clear and uses illustrations instead of photos, so it's hard to work out what's going on sometimes.
42  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some purses I made on: September 22, 2004 09:43:46 AM
You could stick matchsticks into cork, that would make the same sort of frame! I'd like to give this a go, they look very "vintage"!
43  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Your Own Corset? on: September 22, 2004 06:25:43 AM
I wouldn't use metal boning. For a start, it's difficult to work with, and it would be quite uncomfortable to wear (being so rigid!) I've always used Rigilene for boning and it's strong enough to allow waist reduction (I use petersham ribbon too for added strength and shape).

If you're plus sized, I'd perhaps consider an underbust corset. I am large in the bust and had purchased a corset for 120 (about $215 US). The bust is too small and digs in, making my boobs spill out all over the place. NOT a good look! I don't know how pre-made plus-sized corsets are sized bust-wise; mine is a 22" and the bust is tiny. I'm only saying this in consideration that larger ladies tend to have large busts!

There are some nice History patterns in the Butterick book, as well as the Simplicity patterns, if you wanted to make your own.  Try http://home.aol.com/lclacemker/larasbodicepattern1.html for the duct tape method; I think you'd be able to do that no problem! As far as a busk goes, they give additional support and structure to the front of the corset (being made generally of steel), but you could always use a heavy zipper, boned at either side, if you thought working with a busk would be too difficult?

Best of luck!
44  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Machine / Serger Recommendations on: September 19, 2004 11:08:52 AM
I have to get their brand ...

I always use non-branded compatible parts for my Brother. I'm sure it's not associated, but I think Brother machines are JUNK. I can't wait to get rid of it. I hear a lot of praise for Janome, and I really want a lovely drop-in electronic model with ten-bzillion stitches and all that fanciness. Mind you, by Brother overlocker is great and I've never had a problem with it. It was quite affordable, and easy to thread too.
45  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: interfacing help...It's like paper! on: September 19, 2004 10:58:46 AM
Ordinary interfacing is kinda like paper. Once it's ironed it becomes a little more sturdy (fusible or not!). For making bags, I use ordinary medium or heavyweight fusible interfacing, though for a structured look (rigid sides, a strong base) you might want to use craft vilene or buckram.

I can't find plastic canvas in the UK - I'd love to get my hands on some though Smiley
46  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Mittens are evil on: September 18, 2004 03:41:22 PM
Hell, I do stuff like this all the time! I usually start off making something and get tired and a sore back and all the rest, so stop paying attention, and realise I've messed up completely.

My latest disasters include:
Sewing two left arms for a tailored jacket from a vintage 1940s pattern. I'd also sewed two left linings.
Sewing a band onto a top I'd made inside-out using the most tightest and tiniest stitch imaginable. I couldn't unpick it.
Sewing a collar onto another coat I was making so that the stitching faced outside. Luckily I rectified this with some black seam tape...
47  U.K. AND IRELAND / SCOTLAND / Re: Zero posts! on: September 17, 2004 06:33:53 AM
in exchange for say some Jaffacakes maybe...

Very strange, a friend of mine was talking about posting Jaffa Cakes to the US the other day!

I'm Scottish and like doing crafty stuff. I had it easy, as for the last year I've worked in a fabric store in Glasgow and we had a fair amount of basic craft and card-making supplies (and the whole Impex catalogue to choose from). There's also a couple of art stores with fairly decent craft supplies nearby. I'm curious to know, what can't you find in Scotland? Remember sometimes things have different names in the US, or are known by the brand name.

48  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: felt monsters! on: September 17, 2004 06:12:27 AM
Yeah, the heart zips into his chest  Cheesy . I'm so impressed by the other projects on this site, so many inspiring ideas!!
49  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / felt monsters! on: September 17, 2004 05:01:44 AM
Just discovered this forum today, and I thought I'd post a pic of two felt monsters I made 2 years ago. They're looking a little worse for wear these days, and I made them for my boyfriend on Valentine's...

50  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: DIY tailor's dummy on: September 17, 2004 04:46:42 AM
Hey. This is a really clever idea, but I was wondering, how easy is it to stick pins into the dummy? (For clothing alteration or what-not...)

Also, what the hell is foam rubber? I live in the UK so if anyone knows what this is or where to get it, I'd much appreciate your advice, as I think I might have to give this project a go!
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