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1  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: The Mysterious Galliano Pirate Jacket - Help Me Decipher It or Sew-Along! on: April 01, 2015 07:33:47 PM
A question for the people who have made this: how possible do you think it would be to adjust just the waist measurement for this pile of flesh/ was there much extra room in the buckle things (which i think adjust the waist from how I understand it) like enough for a 28 inch waist? I have some fabric and really want to start making it, but I'd want to know if there's anything really major I'd have to do before I print and cut out that monster of a pile of flesh.

I range from 26-28" depending on the day, and didn't make any adjustments to the size, just fiddled a bit with closure placement (easy since I didn't even use the snaps and did straps instead)

Just realized your post was from a year ago... sorry : /
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What could I do with this vintage dress? on: February 12, 2014 03:00:43 PM
Like others have said, it would hurt to see this cut up. It's in such good shape, which is pretty rare. If I was you I would sell it to a collector, and use the money to buy whatever new fabric you want.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: The Mysterious Galliano Pirate Jacket - Help Me Decipher It or Sew-Along! on: February 12, 2014 10:12:01 AM
I don't know if anyone who was around in this thread a couple years ago still uses the site, but just in case... I finally used the pattern for this! Thanks again to the person who sent it to me (I'm sorry, I've lost track of who it was  Undecided )

I didn't really follow instructions or use all the pieces, and I definitely wasn't going to set the massive amount of snaps it needed, so it's all a bit different, but here it is:

If anyone's interested in more photos/info, there's some on my blog:
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: faux fur skirt and leg warmer set on: November 17, 2013 05:26:16 PM
Did you use a pattern for this or just figure it out for yourself?  My 11 year old daughter loves your outfit!  Her dance class is dancing to a Monsters U. song and she'd like an outfit similar to yours.  I'm looking at McCalls 6816 to give me some guidance.  I see your tutorial as well which looks very helpful.  Thank you!

I originally used an a-line skirt pattern, but since then I've made a bunch of these without any. Fur is so forgiving you don't really need one. You could try the shapes out in some scrap fabric first. The skirt is basically a rectangle for the front and a rectangle for the back, slightly smaller towards the waist, sewn to an elastic waistband. The leg warmers are two / \ shaped pieces per leg, again with a regular elastic waistband on top. I did make a Monsters U version for someone: http://as-i-sew.blogspot.com/2013/08/commission-update-naomi-from-monsters.html
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can Anyone PLEASE Help Me Figure Out The Pattern For These Pants?? on: March 15, 2013 08:18:12 AM
I don't think you really have to do much... it's the fabric that's making them look interesting.
The actual pattern looks pretty simple. On your block, just draw the side lines on the pant legs straight down or slightly flared from the hip (instead of tapered towards the ankle). Ignore any underlap pieces for the fly and put in a zipper straight into the seam on the front. They seem to have creases ironed into the front like on men's dress pants.
That's pretty much all.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: ULTRA CUDDLE question on: February 08, 2013 02:31:40 PM
The fabric is made this way so you can use a single layer to make a blanket without lining it - both sides are the "right" side in that case. Whenever I've used it with only one side showing, I just pick whichever side I think will look better for the project. The shorter fibers seem more durable looking at the fabric after a couple washes, but they don't feel quite as soft... the fluffier side gets matted together with washing more easily.
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Fun fur animal hat with ears (with tutorial) on: December 16, 2012 07:47:55 AM
I finished another one of these yesterday.

One of the ears is floppier than the other, so they look uneven, but after re-doing it like 3 times I resigned to this.
Having a floppy ear is part of an animal's charm anyways, right?  Tongue

The fur is left over from this outfit, so I can have a hat to wear with it.

Thanks again for sharing the pattern! It's an awesome base to go off of (I've made some changes to it, but they're not obvious)
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: I can't believe I just... on: December 14, 2012 05:12:48 PM
I can't believe I just ironed felt with an iron set to cotton. Instantly melts acrylic felt into a solid piece of plastic all over said iron. Most came off, but getting the rest off will require work.

I did something similar the other day: ironed reflective iron-on tape on the cotton setting instead of whatever the lowest one is. I still haven't been able to get all the plastic off either.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Retro polka-dot dress on: July 30, 2012 12:48:47 PM
Is the girl in the pics the friend you made it for? she looks amazing.
I'm a fan of the vintage/pin-up look, and she really suits it. The dress looks fab on her.

Well done on making this fab dress!

Yep, she's the one I made it for. I'm with you, she really does have the look for it! Thanks!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Modifying patterns, weird fabrics and other things on: June 17, 2012 07:21:08 AM
I can't help too much with modifying patterns because I tend to just wing it, but a couple things...
If you don't want to start with a sloper, look for patterns that have similar seam lines to what you want to make. It's not too hard to move seams, but if you don't have to then that saves you time to focus on more complex mods. Trace the pattern you're using so you can keep the original to trace again in case something goes wrong (and it probably will, don't get discouraged, happens to everyone).
If you break up the ideas you have into smaller changes then it becomes less overwhelming. A pattern book can help you figure out the basic shapes and techniques to use, but you'll need trial and error to really know how different things work with different fabrics. (for example here's a book section on sleeves. This is my favorite resource though the page is now archived. http://web.archive.org/web/20070204015930/http://vintagesewing.info/1940s/42-mpd/mpd-04.html It's info for vintage styles, but the same techniques apply to anything you want to make).

I've sewn a good bit with vinyl. The biggest challenge is that it probably won't feed through your machine without a fight. I like to layer it between two pieces of tissue paper to get it going. Unless the vinyl is super heavy (think upholstery), I don't think there's a need for leather or heavyweight needles. Medium weight needles have always worked fine for me and leave smaller holes in the vinyl. When you're sewing it,the bigger/closer together the holes the more you weaken the vinyl so using a bigger needle might not be best. You also usually only get one chance at a seam because any stitching you remove will leave holes (pins will too, so either don't pin - use paperclips, tape, etc., or pin inside seam allowances.) Each "unusual" material you use will have it's quirks (heck, each "normal" fabric does too) but you can often google "sewing (type of fabric)" to find tips.

Modifying patterns and using weird materials can get really frustrating when things don't work, but it's also really rewarding when they do work, so don't give up!
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