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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help me find this video? Please? on: December 12, 2012 07:32:56 PM
I've exhausted my google searches and I'm hoping some nice person out there can help me out.
The video is of a male on a stage giving a presentation to an audience. He uses a very long piece of red knit jersey to make a dress. He take circles the size of the model's bust and hips, traces these to random spots on the long piece of fabric. Then he cuts out the circles and connects them together to form a dress.

If I remember correctly, in addition to the circles he has a shape for the top of the dress that he traces and cuts out of the fabric, nothing much, mainly the neck and arm holes. Because of the untraditional construction, the result is kind of bulbous with folds, definitely more of an art piece.

Please help?
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Help pricing an Ashford Joy? on: June 29, 2011 10:29:05 AM
I am trying to sell my Ashford Joy locally so that I don't have to deal with shipping, so I put up a listing. Someone contacted me and was surprised how high I had it priced. Later I learned from her that there is a new and an old model. I had no idea that there were any changes as I have not kept up with the community. I think I bought it around 2007 and I'm pretty sure I paid around $600 for it new as it is a double treadle.

What changes have they made?
Am I allowed to ask for help pricing it?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bidesmaid dress on: December 27, 2010 10:13:56 PM
I'm surprised the jcrew version is cheaper.

There are a couple over a vogue that have a similar feel, but aren't the same. This has a similar silhouette and this has the surplice line.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ladies? Need some help with the "girls..." on: December 27, 2010 09:58:13 PM
JCP gives you a coupon if you get a bra fitting from them, but I definitely second having proper foundations.

I'm small (32A) and I always get compliments when I wear my dress that has a square neckline and a nipped waist. Accentuate the waist so that you don't turn into a cylinder. I also get compliments when I wear cowl necklines or scarves. However, it is all in the confidence. There are some girls that are small that can pull off outfits that big busted girls can't. Think fashionable instead of worrying about sexy.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: lining a coat with silk? on: December 24, 2010 03:19:29 PM
Silk is way more durable than acetate. You can use silk thread, but I just use all purpose thread. Silk is a perfect lining for a wool coat. Silk will also keep you warmer than acetate.

I have a wool coat that I'm going to line with satin once I get a couple days free. I already have the pieces all cut out and everything. I even put a pleat in the back because the old lining tore in the center back.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Problems with Patternmaking for Fashion Design 4th edition 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!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where do you go for help understanding a pattern? on: December 12, 2010 10:16:27 PM
Take your project to the fabric store and ask the workers. When I worked at a fabric store, we were happy to help with this sort of thing and if I couldn't answer it my supervisor usually could. It is easiest to help on a weekday instead of a weekend since there is less customers.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dress forms on: December 07, 2010 01:08:39 PM
The Prym Dritz Twin-Fit dress form goes that small in the petite size, but I have to warn you that it does not accurately mimic the human body. You will have trouble pinning into it unless you pad it out. Also the shoulders can be awkward to get stuff on and off since they don't collapse.

The patterns straight from the major pattern companies will fit the Dritz form perfectly even though they don't fit your body well and you have the form adjusted to your size. The form is also a b cup and the bust isn't a natural shape, in fact the bust appears to defy gravity with how it is shaped. I had to dial it all the way down and pad it out to my measurements. I had to square out the shoulders and lift the bust because that is how I'm shaped.

If I had to choose again, I'd probably get the Uniquely You in the petite size. I have also owned a PGM Pro dress form that I sold because I never used it. It was pinnable, the shoulders collapsed, and the bust had a natural shape to it. It also had a butt, which made me very excited since the Twin fit stopped at the hip and had weird holes where the dials were.

I'm pretty sure I was your size when I got the Twin Fit, but now I'm a 32-25-36
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: velvet vs velveteen for a dress on: November 09, 2010 08:07:44 PM
The way those dresses drape, it looks like stretch velvet. Woven velvets have more "body".
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making a homecoming dress! What is this called/how do I do it?!? on: September 17, 2010 10:22:32 AM
Chiffon is not stretchy, it is slippery, but does not stretch unless maybe you put it on the bias. Tulle has a little bit of stretch, but I'm pretty sure it is the fishing line technique. The only sheer with stretch is like swim suit mesh and dancewear fabric. It looks somewhere between an organza and a chiffon. The lettuce edge I've only seen done with knits and that fabric doesn't look like a knit. Are there any stores around you where you could look at something like those dresses up close and feel them?
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