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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Teal Victorian Bustle Doll Dress! on: April 11, 2010 05:29:47 PM
Seriously cool, I had intended to do historic projects for my Poppet but fell off the turnip truck pretty badly when I moved.  Very inspirational!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Selecting a spindle on: August 01, 2009 03:40:35 PM
I have some cash kicking around in my paypal account and thought I'd like to funnel it into a new drop spindle, since there are some lovely looking pieces on Etsy (Besides, I like supporting creative people, especially if they're selling me stuff I can use to create with too!).  I have an Ashford student, and a lightweight one gifted to me from a friend who re-enacts viking era (which is significantly lighter than the Ashford student spindle, but I couldn't tell you how heavy it is or isn't).  I'm debating if I'd like to pick out a spindle from The Spinner's Emporium, Dragoncraft, or 3G Woodworks.  Any thoughts on any of these spindle makers?  Which are your favourite?  Also, if I've got one heavy one, and one quite light one, what kind of weight spindle would be quite handy for me to pick up at this point?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Victorian Bustle Dress - Senior Project on: June 09, 2008 01:03:54 AM
It looks great Smiley  What's the back look like?  Did you make a bustle?

Unfortunately, your photobucket album is password protected, so we can't see the rest of your pics!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Finishing Seams on: May 18, 2008 05:30:13 AM
There's a bit of talk of couture techniques in this thread.  Can any of you suggest to me a good book on the subject?  I'm wanting to bring my sewing skill set up a notch or two.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dressforms... on: May 18, 2008 05:22:26 AM
I'm petite and plan to make my own dress form using the duct tape method.

You could look at a form suitable for a child, and pad it out to the needed shape and measurements, though. 
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Drawstring skirt question on: May 11, 2008 08:48:38 AM
Hmmm, interesting!  I think I'm doing a drawstring waist due to a holdover from the previous concept (faux ren-faire style medieval kit) but this panel buisness is pretty interesting!  Will have to wait until tomorrow when I see the boss to see if this panel buisness is kosher or not... 
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Drawstring skirt question on: May 11, 2008 06:02:38 AM
Hey kids, sorry if this question seems really rudimentary, I'm returning to sewing after a long absence from it!  I'm a better stitcher than a patternmaker, I swear Wink

At the place where I volunteer, I've been asked to make up drawstring/elasticated waist skirts for use by staff members during events, and I'm sort of making them to generic sizes so that no matter who's working, it'll probably fit well enough (I'll cut a small and a medium size for now, based on who needs to wear them for a looming event).  You know when you have to dress up at the museum and they invariably give you that broadcloth skirt with an elastic waistband?  I'm aiming for something a little nicer in quality than that!  I'll be cutting in a weave fabric (not knit).  I've been doing some googling around for patterns or tips for drawstring skirts, and since it's a pretty simple garment, I'm not getting much of a result.

So!  For the TL;DR crowd:

If I'm hoping to avoid putting in a closure like a zipper (due to longevity of the garment, and my working on a deadline- I haven't the time or energy to faff about with zippers for 3 or 4 skirts in less than 10 days), then I'm going to have to cut my waist at the same size as the hip, then the elastic/drawstring is what'll bring it in, right?  Otherwise, the girls might not be able to get them up over their hips.  Does that make sense?

(I was thinking of putting elastic through the back, and drawstring through the front.  I have a few pj bottoms like this, and I was thinking the elastic in the back would offer comfort in a high-action job, but the drawstring in the front would allow the girls to adjust the skirt to fit them a bit better than if I just bung an elastic through the whole waist... any feedback on this master plan?)
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: dos burda dresses! (mega pics) on: May 06, 2008 02:23:34 PM
Both your fabric selections are lovely!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Dotee Dolls on: May 05, 2008 02:22:58 AM
I love 'Holiday' (her itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny bikini is ACE) and I like 'Princess's henin!  They're all great, good work.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Punk Leather Jacket (img full) on: May 04, 2008 01:47:15 PM
Crazy awesome, a real quality piece Smiley  Was it challenging to work with leather, or do the right tools really simplify it all?
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