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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Attempting to make my wedding dress on: January 22, 2011 04:03:12 PM
Organza underlining is a good way to stiffen the bodice. Just be sure to fully line it through because organza (especially synthetic) is scratchy.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: paint splattered dress? on: December 15, 2010 03:08:14 PM
I suspect you could probably just use food coloring and iron it afterwards. Or if you want it to be professional, get dyes for ti-dye and splatter the dress with that- I've dyed shirts that way and it did work. Either way, using cotton for the dress is best.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Problems with Patternmaking for Fashion Design 4th edition on: December 13, 2010 05:25:32 PM
I've had similar problems with other drafting books. I think the issue is that a few measurements are just not sufficient to get a sense of the body shape. If the basic slopers are close enough, you could always fit it until it's better. Unfortunately, as with everything, even drafting your own patterns will not guarantee a perfect fit the first time. Though, if the sloper is way off, you might consider a different method or even draping a sloper instead (and if you're curious on how to drape a skirt sloper, here's an article on it: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4668/drape-a-skirt-sloper ) Good luck and welcome to the wonderful world of drafting your own patterns!  Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What do you use for lining? on: November 27, 2010 06:06:06 PM
To be honest, I usually don't fully line things. But when I do, I tend to use synthetic linings if the fashion fabric is synthetic and natural fibers if the fashion fabric is natural fibers, though not necessarily of the same type (e.g. lining linen with cotton). But I don't have access to a fabric store very readily, so I don't use special fabrics intended for lining-I just use what I have lying around that I haven't make plans or omit the lining altogether (which is something I probably shouldn't do).
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help finding a pattern? on: November 26, 2010 06:49:54 PM
Here's some which are vaguely similar:

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Turning tights into socks? on: November 26, 2010 05:21:35 PM
You could sew knit ribbing to the top. If you don't have a serger, I think a zigzag stitch along the raw edges on the inside should be good enough.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need a wedding dress pattern on: November 25, 2010 11:00:07 AM
I made the dress for my sister-in-law, and we went to a large bridal store in San Francisco (we had to make an appointment, which I think is something most larger bridal stores do) so she could try on different dresses. There were no mothers or future mother-in-laws- just three bridesmaids and an artistic friend who all helped to give opinions on the various styles. We couldn't take pictures, but I brought a sketchpad and drew diagrams and kept notes on what was decided looked good or bad and what the bride liked.

In retrospect, I wish I had started with a pattern because I spent so many weeks on just fitting her instead of sewing (and I finished it just days before the wedding, and I was even sewing lace roses on the veil in the car on the way to the hen party). So I'd suggest coming up with the basic idea by trying on different stuff then looking for an existing pattern that comes close enough and altering it! Tongue
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need some other opinions!!! on: November 22, 2010 10:40:33 PM
The second fabric is truly lovely. However, I think for the skirt, the first fabric would be better because it is more casual-looking and thus more suited to the design as well as having a link to the brown corduroy with the browns throughout the print. 
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: velvet vs velveteen for a dress on: November 08, 2010 07:55:26 PM
The difference is that velvet is usually made of silk or synthetic fibers, while velveteen is made of cotton, although velvet also can be made of cotton as well. Velveteen has a shorter pile than velvet, and is generally considered soft while velvet is more luxurious. They also have different drape.

I'd suggest that if you really want to use velvet, that you use cotton velvet. I've heard it's easier to sew and certainly less pricey. Velveteen is less expensive still and easier to sew.   

Also, I think there are more varieties of velvet than velveteen- e.g. stretch velvet.
These links may help: http://www.fashion-era.com/velvets/velvet_sewing_tips.htm
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help Finding a Coat Pattern? on: November 07, 2010 08:18:56 PM
There is a free pattern for a similar coat on burdastyle: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/talea

The seaming might be a bit more difficult on this style, but if you have some experience with princess seams, it shouldn't be beyond your capabilities.

The reason why many coats have back yokes is to follow the contours of the body. Coats are usually made of heavier material and thus need to have a good fit around the shoulders and upper back. People's shoulders have a natural curve (some more than others) and the yoke allows more shaping across that horizontal seam. Some coats solve the problem with long princess seams that fall from the shoulders or with unique shoulder pattern pieces or with plain darts.

If you changed the pattern to having just one back piece, the resulting coat would fit differently, so it might be better just to start with a different pattern. Most patterns you will find will have at least the amount of complexity of the one you posted, so if you want something simpler, I suggest that you start with a cape pattern.
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