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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sherri Haab Jewelry Inspirations - Lucite Flower Bracelets on: May 02, 2010 11:08:26 AM
This is really beautiful; it looks like a great book!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Shrinky Dink 3D 'Diamond' Ring [UPDATE: TUTORIAL ADDED on pg 1] on: May 02, 2010 11:05:53 AM
This is a great project! I hope you don't mind, but I am thinking of making one similar but with a really large sized "diamond" (if I do make it I will post it!). Thanks for the tutorial!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Peacock Shrinkydink Bracelet [img heavy with process pics] on: May 02, 2010 11:02:18 AM
This is absolutely gorgeous! Have you ever thought of selling something like it?
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fossil Pendant for Mom on: May 02, 2010 10:56:43 AM
That is gorgeous! You have a lucky mom!  Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Inspiration sites on: May 02, 2010 10:48:29 AM
There is a competition in New Zealand that is called World Of Wearable Art; I don't live there so can't see it in person, but there is a section of their website that has past winners, which is really interesting!

6  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Dress in Spring 2010 Stuart Weitzman Ad on: May 02, 2010 10:31:44 AM
I think a fine tulle would work well for the underskirt. For the dress, try layering fabrics - put a stiffer interfacing under the outer fabric to give it a bit of stiffness and support (sew the regular fabric and the stiffer fabric as one and then line as usual).

Hope this helps!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Unemployed and making a lot of crap!! on: May 02, 2010 08:36:20 AM
This is really amazing! I love how your corset is not just your average one, it has shaping to make it unique. And I know how it is finding work in the fashion industry (I am assuming that is where you are looking) - I am having the same problem (well I have a "job", but not a great one)! Your work is inspiring me to create some great things of my own!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: dress expansion/zipper replacement question on: May 02, 2010 08:27:38 AM
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but putting in a regular zipper actually takes more seam allowance than an invisible zipper... when you sew an invisible zipper it is only 1/2" seam allowance and when you sew a regular one, it is 1".

If you want to make it a bit bigger, I would suggest sewing in a new invisible zipper and try and make the seam allowance as small as possible (you could probably get away with 1/4" seam allowance) and then try taking out the other seams by a 1/4" or so.

I hope this helps! If you have any other questions, just send me a message!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: yoke shirt help on: May 02, 2010 08:23:02 AM
What you are describing is called a yoke. I am not sure of any online tutorials, but hopefully I can help you a little (I am new to craftster, so I will try my best).

You can add as much seam allowance as you want, generally it is 1cm (3/8"), 1/2", or sometimes even 5/8". I usually use 1/2". I think the easiest way to do it would be to use a seam ripper and take the sleeves off. Mark your yoke lines on the t-shirt (don't forget to add your seam allowance up from where you want the actual seam to be) and cut the top portion off. Then sew your yoke onto the t-shirt and reattach the sleeves.

Depending on how tight fitting your t-shirt it, you might be able to get away with using your t-shirt sleeves as a pattern for your woven sleeves. I wouldn't want to stray too far away from the pattern as you need to sew these back into the armholes.

I hope this helps! If you have anymore questions, send me a message!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question about lining and draping on: May 02, 2010 08:14:21 AM
Hi, I am totally new to Craftster, so I hope I am not butting in!

But, the great thing about draping is that there aren't a ton of rules (and it is a lot easier than patternmaking)! You don't need to have a "foundation" or lining under the fabric that you are going to drape. If you are going to line the dress afterward, then you can always drape the lining seperately - and yes, then you sew with rights sides together as usual.

If you have ever watched project runway, you may have noticed that there are little lines all over the dressform - these are guidlines. Basically you put the lines to show things like the neckline for instance, so if you drape the lining seperately you know where it should end so that it matches up with your dress pieces.

I think the easiest way to drape is to just lay the fabric over the dressform, mark everything (with chalk so that it doesn't ruin the fabric, or if you can spare it drape with muslin fabric, and then you can lay it over the good fabric so that if you make a mistake, you haven't ruined your good fabric), take it off your dressform, cut off any extra fabric (outside of the markings and seam allowance), then sew it.

Another suggestion is to search "draping" on youtube and you should get a few videos of some basic draping techniques. I hope this helps you and hasn't confused you more! If you have any other questions, send me a message!
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