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1  Re: Problems with Patternmaking for Fashion Design 4th edition in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Thesingingllamas on: December 14, 2010 11:51:23 AM
If you have the dress form that is your measurements and shape, then I would suggest draping. I would not normally suggest draping, but it takes atleast 3 fits and changes with flat pattern unless you are draping for a standard form like the measurements in the book.

Try http://dedredhed.deviantart.com/art/Basic-Bodice-Drape-Front-29110482 and click download image on the right.

Once you have your basic, trace it onto paper and learn how to manipulate the darts. There is a 1/4 scale basic pattern in the back that you can copy and play with the darts before messing with your basic.

Trace your basic onto oaktag or posterboard so that you can easily trace around it when creating new styles. I like doing the new styles on paper about the weight of printer paper. They don't rip, but you can still trace through it and fold in the darts. You can also roll it up and keep your projects in cardboard postal mail tubes or plastic art tubes. I got my paper at hobby lobby and my oaktag from southstar supply, but the oaktag is an investment. Do NOT get paper that is slick. You will want to be drawing with pencil and pencil doesn't work well on slick paper. Also, pick up a roll of matte clear tape while you're at it for the same reason.

The main reason there are darts on the front of the skirt are because it is supposed to go up to your waist, your true waist. You are also supposed to have the posture of the dress form. Do you have any back pain? I found out that I was unconsciously arching my lower back too much. I looked like #4 in this picture. which is from Dr. Bookspan Once I did the stretches that took the pressure off my back my clothes fit better.

You don't have to have deep darts, but you will want to draw in where they are supposed to be because this is your princess line and you will be manipulating the darts to make different skirt shapes.

Good Luck!
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2  Re: Help, this 'easy' pattern is driving me insane! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Thesingingllamas on: September 14, 2010 03:08:03 PM
Does this help?

The written instructions are rather confusing. I'd se the charmeuse and organza together from the neck down to the notches, then turn so that the raw edges are sandwiched in between the two layers. Then I would sew the cb seam with organza to organza and charmeuse to charmeuse. Then I'd sew the hem and put the neck on.

Edit: I noticed the pic automatically resized smaller. If you click on it it will open up a larger version.
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3  Re: Fabric suggestions for Star Trek Costume in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by Thesingingllamas on: April 28, 2010 03:47:04 PM
1 Interlock is usually thicker than Jersey. Jersey = plain t-shirt knit.

I made this star trek outfit out of polyester spandex interlock. I think it is also called a double knit. It was on clearance when I bought it. Ponte is a bit scratchy and uncomfortable, think grandma.

It's hard to find the right color. Maybe one of these? http://www.hancockfabrics.com/Cotton-Interlock-Turquoise-Fabric-Front-Page_stcVVproductId49133395VVcatId537258VVviewprod.htm
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4  Re: Goofed up an armhole. a little help please. in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Thesingingllamas on: April 27, 2010 10:35:12 PM
Yes, you would need to make a new sleeve for your new armhole.

Marked about where the underarm changes into the front bodice.

Flipped the top to form the S curve

Rotated a bit to round put the cap

More rounding

Then you match that up with the back half of the sleeve and check you have enough width. You need the bicep + ease. You may also need a sleeve cap with. Try on your top, mark a certain number of inches down (like 2) and measure how wide the sleeve needs to be to cover the arm. Then fiddle with the whole thing a bit. You should have more of a curve in the front of the sleeve than the back.

Notch and attach.
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5  Re: Goofed up an armhole. a little help please. in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Thesingingllamas on: April 17, 2010 08:08:56 PM
I'd do this:
Usually the sleeve curves so that the underarm matches, then the top of the sleve curves in the other way to accommodate the shoulder.
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6  Re: Suggestions for Harley Quinn Arkham Asylum costume? in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by Thesingingllamas on: November 04, 2009 12:54:04 PM
Wow! Those colors are hard to find. If I can find one in a fabrication, I can't find the other.
I would try covering shoes like these: http://bit.ly/1dNuDU
She did it without the boots and it looks like reqular tricot swimsuit material http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2302101/
It looks like everyone went with red, but the picture looks more orange or red orange to me. Ok, I just watched a video of the game and it looks like red.
This would work well for the red parts: http://spandexworld.com/c3/catalog/product/1211, And this one would probably work for the purple parts: http://spandexworld.com/c3/catalog/product/2058
Those 2 behave the same way because they are 4way stretch foil spandex.
This one is cheaper, but is only 2 way stretch: http://spandexworld.com/c3/catalog/product/2057
This one would behave the same as above, but the color is redder http://spandexworld.com/c3/catalog/product/57

Distinctive fabric has red and purple 4way stretch metallic spandex for only $10 http://www.distinctivefabric.com/fabric.php?product=METALSPANDEX

You can get up to 12 swatches for free from spandexworld. They are amazing. Those are just gorgeous. The gloves would be easier to make out of the 4 way stretch. I would do arm warmers and gloves instead of 4 separate gloves.

For the shirt, I don't like doing collars or buttons, so I would probably buy a little boy's shirt at target, get it to fit my waist, but too small in the chest. Cut off the sleeves and make the armholes bigger (but leave room for seam allowances), then, take the remaining sleeve and do this:

You take the sleeve, cut off the lower portion. You could leave the original seam in there if you want. The Illustration has it undone. Cut it up the middle like shown, then take the lower part of the sleeve, cut a rectangle the same width as the sleeves. Sew the rectangle in the middle. Cut a piece of elastic to fit your bicep and sew it on the bottom of the sleeve, then gather and sew in the sleeve cap to the shirt.
When you cut off the lower portion, leave a little more length for the sleeve than you think to give it room to puff out.
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7  Re: For someone who's never sewn before... in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Thesingingllamas on: September 05, 2009 07:44:12 PM
Ah ok, so you'll pretty much be doing this all day, everyday. I, on the other hand, only have class 2 days a week for about 2 hours each, so it takes longer to cover everything. The joys of a public university.

Make the pattern on scrap paper first. The problem you might have with such a scooped out back is that the back neckline might want to rise, causing the whole garment to rotate around the arm.

The pieces underneath are the facing pieces. See how I changed the arm hole? I also widened the whole piece. The arm hole should make a 90 degree angle with the side seam. Also, there is a 90 degree angle with the shoulder and the arm hole.

The button band should extend 1/2 the width of the button past the button. When you mark where the buttons should go, mark the width of the button from the edge of the pattern.

To match up the plaids, draw a line straight across the back at the arm holes and straight across the front at the armholes. Matched plaids show a sign of quality. Also, top stitch the armholes and neckline. And don't forget to add seam allowances and interface your facing pieces.

Also, as far as construction goes, stitch the shoulders together first. Front to back, right sides together. Do for both the outer pieces and the facing. Press the seams  and pieces open. Lay the facing pieces on top of the outer pieces, again right sides together. Stitch the arm holes. Stitch the front and neckline. Then stitch the side seams. Turn and press. Topstitch. Add button holes and buttons. Ta Da!
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8  Re: Need help with Wedding dress in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Thesingingllamas on: July 27, 2009 09:11:52 PM
Orange Sash!

I love bright colors though. I would also go with some bronze beading or bronze accessories. Maybe just bronze beading on the V part of the neckline? To draw the eye down and give the illusion of a lower cut V neck? V necks are so flattering.

Ever since I saw this bride, I'm in love with cardigans with wedding dresses. http://partyperfectblog.blogspot.com/2009/02/gen-ben.html

Edit: Just noticed that the part that hangs down that is also champagne is also part of the sash. You could add the new sash on top and tie the two together with the new sash being shorter and the original sash extending on.
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9  Re: Dress details fresh eyes needed in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Thesingingllamas on: July 12, 2009 06:23:27 PM
You should make it longer! Like this:

I love purple and I think it looks gah-geous.
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10  Re: Zipper newb! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Thesingingllamas on: June 21, 2009 11:00:47 AM
I don't like the little plastic invisible zipper feet just because I have never been able to get them to work for me.
I had one like this:
And the thing in the middle always popped out on me.

Then I had one like this:
My needle wouldn't clear the foot, so that didn't work. When I say that I mean the part that holds the needle ran into the foot, so the needle wouldn't go down.

So now I just use a skinny regular zipper foot and stitch close to the teeth, but I have to be careful not to catch the teeth.
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