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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutu Help!!! on: October 29, 2011 02:29:28 PM
Real tutus require multiple layers of starched tulle and organza, pleated closely and stitched down. Often, they also have boning in them, especially if they are extremely large. 
Making one professional tutu (skirt & bodice together) takes approximately 40 hours of work.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: can anyone teach me to make a pattern? on: October 22, 2011 10:33:19 AM
Get some butcher paper or cheap muslin, or just use some cheap cotton if you've got it lying around. Cut yourself three squares, then baste them in an L formation. Cut a bit out of the corner where all three intersect for your neck, then drape over your shoulders.  The two seams should sit on top of your shoulders and point down your arms.
You'll then be able to experiment with how you'd like to shape the two front pieces, how you'd like to fasten them, etc.   
As for the hood, the easiest way to do this is take a a rectangle long enough to drape over your head from shoulder to shoulder and about a foot wide. Fold this rectangle in half lengthwise, measure and mark the halfway point on this fold. Measure and mark an equal distance down one of the long sides, then stitch from one mark to the other, trimming the excess. This should be a 45 degree angle. Stitch the long side with the seam to the neckline of your cape. 
If this doesn't make sense, I can try to draw it for you.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: New to sewing and making clothing. Need machine recommendations. on: October 22, 2011 10:23:28 AM
Don't spring for a serger just yet, get yourself a normal machine for now. It needn't be fancy, all you need is a straight stitch, zig-zag, and ability to backstitch; everything else is gravy. 
Try taking your machine in for a tune-up, and tell the folk behind the counter about the particular problems you've been having so they'll know which areas to pay special attention to.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Reccomended Sewing Books? on: October 08, 2011 12:36:10 PM
Get yourself a copy of the Vogue sewing book. It's not a beginner's how-to, but you will love this book; a friend calls it her "sewing bible."
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Another newb question... Fusible web on: October 08, 2011 12:12:33 PM
Well... that depends on what you buy. It comes in different weights, and I've found the mid- & heavy-weight stuff to be  stable enough, and invaluable when working with light or slippery fabrics, as long as they don't need to drape.
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Semi-period appropriate cover for my short hair? on: October 08, 2011 12:08:58 PM
A muffin cap is super easy: cut a strip on the bias that's an inch longer than the circumference of your head, and an oval with a circumference of 2.5 to 3x your head circumference. The larger the difference, the fuller your cap will be. 
Stitch the band into a circle and try it on, make sure there it's not super tight. Pin the oval to the band at for equal intervals. Take the slack and start making wide, close pleats. Once you've got it all pinned together, run it through your machine band-side up so the pleats stay neat. Then stitch the bottom of the band to the inside of the cap - I usually do this by hand.
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rotary cutter not cutting. Is it me or did I just get a bad one? on: September 03, 2011 08:55:42 PM
I realize this thread is old, but it hasn't been mentioned yet: is the safety off? I didn't realize my rotary cutter had a safety, and struggled to get it to cut anything.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stabilizer for Lace on: August 28, 2011 05:37:39 PM
Ultra Solvy is great and can be found in most fabric/craft stores.  I use at least two layers.
Badgemaster is even better, thick enough I only need one layer, but I can only find it online.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Want to learn to digitize & don't know where to start on: August 23, 2011 01:09:17 PM
Stitch Era Universal is free to download, or you can buy it from some dealers. It's full-featured, no 30-day limit or anything, but it's not exactly intuitive. If you've had experience working with Illustrator or Corel Draw, it'll make more sense.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Miniature lace top hats on: August 23, 2011 12:36:11 PM
I LOVE these! Have you done anymore of them? I will defiantly have to try this one out!

Yes, I have a few more sitting around now, including a blue Alice in Wonderland themed one with clock faces & miniature playing cards. (It's my favorite!)  I also have a couple stitched together but undecorated tricorns that I've been meaning to play with.

So cool.  I always drool over these (and the tricorn and witch hats).

I really wish this design would fit my 4x4 hoop   Cry

Well, I could always stitch out the pieces for you so you can do the fun part of putting it all together & decorating. Smiley
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