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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / So I just got a dress form for Christmas, but... [looking for advice!] on: December 26, 2010 05:44:39 AM
It's too big! It's a size medium, and about an inch or two too big in every measurement. Will this form still work, or do I have to return it and get a small? I mean, I know the point is to get the form the be the most like you, but I'd like to keep this form for a while and I know I'm more likely to grow bigger than smaller over the years.

I've never used a dress form before, so any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks! Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Need a replacement for sewing! Any ideas?[other craft suggestions] on: February 20, 2010 10:50:09 AM
Hey all!

So I am currently living in LA, doing an Americorps service year. I live in a pretty small apartment with a roommate, and there's no room for a sewing machine! I've been here 6 months so far, and I will be here another 6, but I've gotten to the point where I am just going CRAZY out of a need to do some crafting!

Does anyone have any advice about a craft I can pick up that doesn't require much space? I CAN knit, but the constant 70 degree weather here just doesn't inspire me to make wool scarves.

Thanks so much! I am just DROOLING while looking at all your completed sewing projects. Can't wait to get back to my machine!
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / My Star Trek dress! Hoorah! on: July 30, 2009 08:15:57 PM
I'm going to the convention in New Jersey this weekend, so I made a science officer dress from the original series. And, yes, I'll be wearing opaque black tights and bike shorts underneath. Haha, those original series dresses were SKIMPY! I still need to make the insignia, so any tips would be appreciated!

This is also the first time I've used a pattern to make a dress (it was a Simplicity re-issue from the 1960's), but I kind of just ended up playing it by ear anyway. It's a bit wonky!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What do YOU do with your muslin mock ups? on: July 30, 2009 07:26:42 AM
Yesterday I made a muslin mock-up for a dress with the idea being that I'd take it apart and use the bits as pattern pieces. The only alteration I had to do was in the bust (I had already done an FBA, but needed to fix the dart placement a bit) so should I bother taking apart the muslin when it was pretty easy to use the paper pattern pieces? It seems like just using the original paper pieces will give me cleaner lines... I don't know. What do you do with YOU mock ups? Do you just use them as practice? Or as a pattern? I'm also a bit confused about how I keep the markings (where I took it in, where I moved the darts, etc) apparent if I take it apart. Thanks!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Altering blouses to actually fit?!? on: July 23, 2009 09:23:28 AM

I'll be starting my first real, post-college job soon, and I'm desperately trying to find a standard white blouse that actually fits. I have a large bust (32F) and I'm a size 10. I have a pretty defined waist, but very large hips. I also have an abnormally long torso. I can't seem to find anything that fits my bust and the rest of my body. Also sometimes shirts get tight and short around my "haunches" haha. Has anyone had any luck with buying an off-the-rack blouse and altering it at home? I don't trust my sewing skills enough to make a blouse from scratch. I'm worried that if I buy one too big, I won't be able to just cinch the waist because maybe the arms/shoulders will look off? Or do you know of a great place to buy shirts designed for women who aren't a size 4 B cup? Thanks, I appreciate your help!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Have you ever made a swimsuit? ... without a serger? on: June 18, 2009 10:50:54 AM
Hi there

I've been swimsuit shopping for a few weeks, and I'm having no luck at all. I have a really long torso and long legs, but it's the torso that's the problem. I've found only two "tall" bathing suits, and they've both been pretty heinous. I don't want to wear a bikini, because I've never been comfortable in one. I really like the look of this swimsuit by Burdastyle: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/3803 I'm really intimidated by the idea of sewing a swimsuit. Has anyone ever done a one-piece without a serger? Thanks
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / There's a hole in my jersey! on: May 22, 2009 08:27:53 PM
I just noticed a little nick in the jersey dress I just made. It's not really big enough to patch or sew, it just bothers me. Any ideas about how I can fix it? Thanks
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How can I use the same pattern for two different sizes? on: May 15, 2009 05:58:53 PM
I bought a pattern that I love, and my friend loves it too. I would like to make us both the same dress from the pattern, but my friend is a lot bigger than me. Does anyone have any tips about how to make two dresses of different sizes from the same pattern? I always buy patterns that are a little too big for me (mostly because of my 32F gals) and my friend will fit into a dress made in one of the sizes the patterns come with. Thanks!

I plan on making muslin mock-ups for this dress, if that helps.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Muslin as regular fabric? on: May 04, 2009 11:34:43 AM

I'm not exactly new here, I've been a lurker for a while! But this is my first post.

Anyway, I was just wondering if I am crazy for thinking that plain, undyed muslin would make a good piece of clothing. I've never done it, because I worry that people would be all "she's wearing muslin? Ewww!" I know, I shouldn't care what people thinking; but I can't help it. Anyway, what are your thoughts? I think it looks cool!
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