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1  Dress forms for long torsos? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Avalon the Arcane on: February 13, 2012 06:07:24 PM

Hey, I'm looking for suggestions a long torso dress form.. with a crotch!  I've been looking the past couple of days for this, but haven't had much luck.  I'm decently tall and I must make my own patterns or consistently modify any pattern I use to make it long enough. (I'm talking a significant difference -- above the bust to lower it, at the waist to lower the waist line, etc.)

The "Uniquely You Your Shape" dress form looks *amazing*.. but no crotch, which is an important feature to me.  I've been looking at the "Semi Professional Misses 3/4 Form" with Fitting System by Fabulous Fit (http://www.fabulousfit.com/), as well as this Roxy Display full female form (http://www.roxydisplayinc.com/webpage/dressforms/femalefull.html).
I'm really looking for a 3/4 form like Fabulous Fit makes.

I came across the Adjustoform Leg Form 8-part form.. does anyone have any experience with this one? (http://www.adjustoform.com/acatalog/Sew_Deluxe_8part.html)

How about Dritz My Double Deluxe Dress Form?  It appears to have a crotch, kind of. (http://www.overstock.com/Crafts-Sewing/Dritz-My-Double-Deluxe-Small-Dress-Form/4819630/product.html)  I thought I remember hearing about this one breaking/falling apart during use on some occasions.  As far as back waist length on this one, it says it goes up to 16"... while that Roxy full body form above says "NK. TO BK. WT. 16 1/4"... hmm.

Not many of these give measurements for the total crotch length.. and for the ones that do (Fabulous Fit and Roxy) it is too small by a couple of inches.  So that's not going to work either.  Sad

I tried to make a tape double of my self, but that really didn't work out.  My boyfriend tried to help me, but he's really not very good at hands on craft type things.

Any suggestions for dress forms like the ones described would be awesome!  Smiley
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2  Help with handspun yarn curling back on itself... in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Avalon the Arcane on: February 05, 2010 11:55:29 AM
Hi all --
I'm having a little bit of trouble with my hand spun yarn.  I'm very new to spinning (this is my second skein) and I keep having trouble with the yarn twisting back on itself after I set it (hot water, then hanging it to dry).
Am I over spinning it?  Am I setting it wrong?  I made the yarn into a hank then tied it, soaked it in really hot water, then hung it to dry with a light weight at the bottom to keep it straight.  I did notice that when it was hanging some parts of the yarn did not have enough tension on them and some did (like some parts still managed to have enough slack to squiggle back up when they were drying, and some hung straight)... I'm not sure why it was doing that.
Can anyone offer me suggestions?  Am I just over spinning the darn thing or is it supposed to be like this?

Oh no!  The squiggles!  Shocked

Thank you!
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3  Suggestions for making jeans smaller.. in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Avalon the Arcane on: February 01, 2010 11:21:24 PM
Hey -- I've got a bit of a problem!  I ran across some great jeans (I love the fabric), but they are a few sizes too big for me.  I'm contemplating acquiring them, but they'd require some modifications.  I think they are around a size 10 (I understand they are approx. 30"-32".. I _believe_ that is around a size 10..?  Please correct me if I'm wrong -- I'm unfamiliar with "waist sizing" for women's clothing.)  I would need to make them fix a size 2.

If anyone has any experience with such drastic modifications, I've got some questions for you: do you think I would have to completely dismantle the side seams and resew, top-stitch them, etc?  Given how much smaller I need to make them, would I be modifying the side seams or possibly the reconstructing the butt portion as well?  I'm wondering if it's worth it to attempt this... I have decent experience sewing clothing, bags, etc.  The print of the fabric is extremely unique and I've never seen anything like them.  Smiley

Here are the pants in question.  Any feedback would be _extremely_ helpful!  Links to informative threads, tutorials, other info -- anything could help!  Tongue

Thank you!
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4  Re: Fiber Friday 01/29/10 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Avalon the Arcane on: January 29, 2010 06:06:32 PM
Oh my gosh -- I can finally contribute something to Fiber Friday instead of just drooling!  Cheesy
I'm so excited!  Here we go...!

Here's my first hand spun yarn ever, completed just this week.  Grin
It's wobbly looking and lumpy.. but I love it and I'm still proud of my work.  He he.  Some parts look to be over spun.. some parts not spun enough, but I'm learning!

Here's my second attempt.  I made it quite a bit thinner and I'm paying a lot of attention to the thickness to make sure it's consistent (because thick and thin's not my goal here).  I'm also doing my best to keep the amount of spin as consistent as I can.  I haven't gotten that far though it yet (it's taking me a _lot_ longer than the previous one!) but here's my progress so far:

I really like the blue, pink, and purple coloration of this roving.  Princess-y.  Tongue

Great work everyone!  And I love, love, LOVE "Cake".  Very creative.
Suggestions for improvement are very welcome!  Smiley
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5  Re: Learn To Spin 2010: Source your tools in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Avalon the Arcane on: January 20, 2010 03:11:14 PM
After a lot of searching I finally purchased my supplies:
(I'm posting address if anyone wants similar supplies.)

A set of two spindles (top and bottom whorl) from Ma & Pa's Spindles on Etsy for $11.90 + shipping.
I wanted to be able to try both and figure out which I like best, have different tools for different purposes, etc.

A Romney roving sampler pack from fleecemakers on Etsy, consisting of 4 - 1oz balls -- each with different swirled colors!  This was one of the prettiest, best deals I could find.  I'm not brave enough to dye it myself.. Smiley  It cost me $8.50 + shipping.
At the time of writing they have another still available.

Stocking up for my new craft cost me under $30 shipped.  Cheesy  It worked out better, considering that I wanted two different types of spindles, to buy the supplies separately rather in in a kit.  And I got more roving to work with that what I saw included in most kits!  I'm pretty happy with that.  Smiley
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