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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ruched bikini bottoms on: May 15, 2012 11:02:36 AM
you sew the regular thread around it, but not through it.  tack it down at the top, stretch it to the end point and pin. sew it securely to the fabric using small stitches.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ruched bikini bottoms on: May 15, 2012 09:55:33 AM
use a piece of elastic or elastic thread.  if you use the elastic thread , i'd couch it with regular thread--i think that will give you the best and most comfortable ruche.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to alter skirt I made that's too big now? on: May 12, 2012 10:41:10 AM
try adding a dart in the back if your bottom stayed the same size.  if it didn't, try taking in the side seams. or  turn it inside out, put it on and if possible have a friend help you pinch out the excess fabric and pin.  mark the pinned areas and sew.  hope that helps
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Make them fit better...? on: May 10, 2012 07:26:22 AM
can you post a pic, or describe where they don't fit?  its hard to help with such a vague description.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Recreating this Betsey Johnson skirt on: May 08, 2012 12:12:15 PM
awesome answer rossie--you really found a great pattern to help! 
i absolutely recommend french seams.  you final product will look so much better for it.  I think if this is your first attempt at clothing though, you will be discouraged.  silk chiffon is heavenly to wear, but hellish to work with.  use a fabric starch/stabilizer definitely.  and make a mock-up--maybe three, so you get the look and fit you want.  be patient too.  and buy the right pins and machine needles for you chiffon--you don't want any snags in the final skirt.  sew slowly and pace your sewing.  you can get real silk chiffon from dharma trading in the us--but you have to dye it yourself--but its cheap and a good quality.  good luck if you decide to do it.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Inexperience + slippery fabric = EEEK! on: May 07, 2012 07:39:38 AM

spray it twice, at least.  its amazing, and you will want it for most of your projects--even your jersey.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Neckline hem tutorial type thing w/pics on: March 02, 2012 08:28:42 AM
SEW ON THE OTHER SIDE.  SOUND WAY TOO EASY RIGHT?  IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE TENSION OF THE TOP THREAD versus the tension of the bobbin. sorry about the all caps.  quilters do it all the time.  or you could topstitch the neckline so it lies flat
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Your Own Corset? on: March 01, 2012 09:47:48 AM
can you post a picture or describe it better?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to re-set a yoke/waistband? on: September 10, 2011 05:27:03 PM
it sound like you've got a plan!  alternately, you could topstitch the yoke and thus eliminate the handsewing.  i hate hand stitching, so i got good at the topstitch.  good luck!  post a pic when you're done.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What type of fabric should I use? on: August 06, 2011 09:03:22 AM
wool garbadine is a very fine fabric and will be easy for you to use.  its a good idea and will be warm.  a raw silk is also a good idea.
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