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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: Away and returning on: June 03, 2013 05:36:12 PM
cool beans!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Away and returning on: June 03, 2013 11:05:04 AM
Used to frequent this site a lot, moved on to things like a full time job for a few years. I find myself once again jonesing for swaps. Is there any specific criteria for returning members concerning signing up for swaps? I have only good feedback, but it is years old.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Taffeta advice? on: May 10, 2010 05:51:08 PM
Lets look at it this way:
how many pictures do you expect to be taken of you in this dress?
how simple/ complicated is the dress? (pictures really help)
are you going to hate yourself forever if you botch the tailoring?
will it mean not going to prom if you can't do it/ screw it up?

Sometimes on-line help just isn't enough. I suggest taking it to a tailor and asking for an estimate, it may be way less than you realized in cost. Or, if you go early enough (by early I mean with at least three weeks before wear date, preferably more) asking for a lesson in how to do it yourself in exchange for manual labor. It's an old fashioned notion called apprenticeship, and you'd be surprised how many people are still open to it.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What to do with all that t-shirt material left from my t-shirt quilt.... on: May 10, 2010 05:44:09 PM
Not completely unrelated: I worked at a shop that did tee-shirt quilts as custom orders, needless to say we disposed of the tee scraps fast as you can imagine the size of the pile from two quilts a week coming into the shop.

We gave them away three places:
1) a mechanics shop that specialized in restoring old cars, for parts cleaning and detail buffing
2) a salon, they loved old tees for waxing strips
3) the animal shelter, for both cage liners and bandages (they'd wash and use strong bleach first).

So, if you decide you can't use it all, there are some other non-land fill options Smiley
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help storing patterns. on: May 10, 2010 05:37:25 PM
I just use the large portable hanging file boxes. like these: http://www.buy.com/prod/portable-letter-size-hanging-file-box-13-7-8w-x-10-3-4d-x-10-1-4-black/q/loc/101/205786490.html

 I use extra deep hanging files and put single categories of patterns together. I often am lazy and don't attempt to refold patterns into those too-small paper envelopes, they go in gallon size zipper bags. Squishing all the air out helps in putting a lot of patterns into a single folder.
I have four of those cases, but need about two more to just keep my current stock. I'd estimate I have about 400 patterns currently.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bits & Pieces Of Cloth on: May 10, 2010 05:31:49 PM
Or donate it to your local quilt guild or church who has a charity sewing circle.
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Medieval theme banquet dress? on: April 28, 2010 06:57:21 PM
You can reinforce that mask and make it stronger, no need to start over Smiley

I recommend a heavy coat of varnish of some sort on the inside, that way if you get sweaty it won't cause your mask to disintegrate. You can use a  couple coats of spray varnish (hardware store type thing) or just finish off a bottle of nail polish, either will achieve the same effect.

As to reinforcing it, plaster theater masks I've made and used were about 1/4" to 3/8" thick, pretty substantial but not terribly heavy. Just add a couple more layers right on top of your mask (spritz the dry part with a tiny bit of water 30 seconds before laying down fresh plaster). The very last layer you can smooth over nicely and have a great surface for painting & decorating.

Plaster is porous, so it needs some kind of sealer all over once it's finished.
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: Freezer Paper won't come unstuck! on: April 18, 2010 07:51:59 AM
Chances are your iron was too hot when you put the stencil down initially. To get wax out of something you need to keep ironing it. Bear in mind you don't want to scorch your paint so just warm enough to soften the wax, not full heat! Place a paper towel over your waxy spot & iron, the towel will absorb your wax out of the fabric. You may go through a whole roll of paper towels doing this if you have a lot of wax to remove, use the cheap thin ones.
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: "Bubble Shorts One-piece" type costume, help! on: April 17, 2010 07:38:55 AM
I think it is very do-able but it depends on your sewing skill level. Don't be afraid to ask for help!

Back in the 80's cheerleaders wore poufy cotton bloomers under their skirts, that is the pattern you need to find that bottom shape (I'd try Ebay). I'd combine that with a corset bodice and a separate blouse. The bloomer/ corset bottom piece needs a side or back zipper, a really long one, to get that final fitted shape. The cool thing is, unlike many anime drawn outfits, this one is actually wearable and I think can actually be pretty comfortable.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Invisible zipper + lining on: April 13, 2010 06:30:19 PM
Hand stitching finer details on a garment is never wrong. That is exactly the thing people pay big bucks for and call Couture Wink
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