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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skull Caps on: September 27, 2008 10:04:19 AM
Those look like the store bought ones my friend has.  Except your fabric is way more badass!  *LOL*  The snakes, especially.  Looks like you put more detail in the pattern than the store bought ones, too.  Or am I just imagining that the band tapers over the ears in the second pic?  Either way, nice work!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: whoa! cute dress made from crazy orange pants on: September 25, 2008 04:16:56 PM
Is it wrong of me to think that those pants were just crazy enough to be kinda cool?  *LOL*  Maybe it wasn't the pants so much as the fabric.  You've given that crazy orange fabric a second chance at life!  And a very awesome job you did.  I'm with everyone else who said they never would have guessed that dress had once been pants.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What kind of fabric is this? on: September 25, 2008 03:32:54 PM
I burned a swatch of the fabric this afternoon.  It melts and shrinks away from direct contact with flame, and it took me a several tries to get it to light.  Flame sputtered and extinguished itself.  Smoke was white sometimes and black when it actually caught fire.  Melted bead is hard (doesn't crush, but can be snapped) and mottled in color, similar to the colors on the front side of the fabric (gold and green).  The smell reminds me of my iron heating up, but I've been fighting allergies and my sense of smell could be way off.

I'm having trouble finding a burn chart that lists anything fitting all of those qualities.  Sad  All I can figure now is that it is synthetic and not fiberglass.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What kind of fabric is this? on: September 24, 2008 02:31:03 PM
Do morie fabrics have that pattern on both sides?  The woodgrain is only on the back side of this stuff.  I uploaded another pic that has a little better detail and shows the front pattern.

Fiberglass, huh?  I didn't even know they made fiberglass fabric.  I've folded and carried this stuff with no itchiness, but if it is fiberglass, I definitely won't be using it for costuming.

I've heard of burn testing to identify fabrics before, but I don't have a good (safe) place to burn test right now.  According to this chart, fiberglass fabric doesn't burn (makes sense), so I guess a burn test would rule that out.  As soon as I get a chance, I'll try a burn test.

Thanks, all.  Smiley
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / What kind of fabric is this? on: September 23, 2008 12:45:25 PM
I've come into a large quantity of fabric from what used to be several very large curtains.  Unfortunately, I don't know what kind of fabric it is.  It's slick feeling, and I'm pretty sure it's synthetic, but I don't know what exactly.  The edges fray easily into long strands lengthwise and fuzz widthwise, if that makes any sense.  The front is striped, but the back is white and has a weird, almost wood grain look to it.  Here's a link to a (bad cameraphone) pic of the back.  ADDED: Pic showing the front, back, and fraying edge.  Can anyone identify this fabric?  Thanks!
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Re: Sewing Newb on: September 11, 2008 08:47:44 PM
I'm still a long way from a finished costume, but when I get something completed I'll definitely share.  Smiley
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: costumes- not just for halloween anymore on: September 10, 2008 02:13:21 PM
I actually found Craftster when Google searching for costuming related stuff.  I'd love to see a costuming forum.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Kilts okay in everday life? on: September 10, 2008 02:10:18 PM
Congrats on making your own kilt!  Kilts are absolutely acceptable for daily wear, and to heck with anyone who says otherwise.  I can't wait to see pics!

A friend of mine is becoming a bit of a kilt enthusiast, and has found a wonderful forum for like-minded folk at X Marks the Scot.  They have a great forum for DIY'ers including patterns, instructions, and tips for making your own kilts: X Marks' DIY Forum.
9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Sewing Newb on: September 10, 2008 02:02:27 PM
Hi!  Long time lurker, first time poster.  My name's Kate.  I've been interested in sewing for as long as I can remember, and am finally getting around to learning.  My goal is to be able to make my own costumes for Renaissance festivals and the like, and I love costuming in general.  I have a great admiration for anyone who can make things with their own hands.  Crafters are my heroes.   Cheesy

I'll probably just lurk around some more for a while, occasionally poking my head up to make a comment.
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