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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress forms for long torsos? 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
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Double sided fun-fur/fleece cat bed! on: June 10, 2010 06:26:07 PM
So, I had some black fleece left over from a couple of projects.. and finally made use of it!
With a little work we have a brand new!

To get an idea of the size, the puffy circle is about 13".
This was my first cat bed and I know it took me a little while to figure out how I was going to put it together so I wouldn't have any exposed seams to finish (except a hole about 2 inches long that I flipped the entire bed though.. slowly) when the project was complete.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Instructions for pants sloper to jeans pattern? on: June 09, 2010 09:25:39 PM
Hey --
Does anyone have any information or links that can help me modify my standard pants sloper into a jeans pattern?  Or any information on negative ease for stretch denim?  I finally got my pants sloper fitting properly and now I'd like to use it to make some fun stretch jeans!
But I can't find much, if anything, online about modifying pants slopers into jeans! Any help would be awesome.  Smiley
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Help with handspun yarn curling back on itself... 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!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Suggestions for making jeans smaller.. 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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