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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Catsuit or Bodysuit Pattern for Superhero? on: November 06, 2006 04:09:32 PM
I'm about to embark into the exciting world of comic-book character costumes, and we all know that the mainstay of the superhero costume is...

...a tight-fitting catsuit or bodysuit!

Does anyone have a recommendation for a stretch bodysuit pattern?  Has anyone else sewn one of these garments?  Made a superhero costume, perhaps?  I searched Craftster but nothing came up.  I've looked through the websites of Vogue, Simplicity, McCalls, and Butterick and haven't found anything.  Kwik-Sew has a few, but online reviews have been pretty negative, stating that they are far too baggy and have gaping armholes.

I'm quickly running out of ideas, and would really prefer to use a commercial pattern, rather than try to draft a new one from scratch.  Any suggestions?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How do I cut a bias skirt with pattern fabric??!?!?? on: June 09, 2005 03:34:36 PM
I'm trying to make a dress with patterned fabric, but it's printed with words and people so it only looks correct if the fabric is cut straight up and down (on the grain).  That was fine for the bodice, but now I'm at the skirt.  I've looked at some skirt pattern I own for a full skirt (between circle and A-line) and they all want me to cut the skirt pieces on the bias.  Well, if I do that, then the design will be at angle across the skirt and look really odd.  (The design includes vertical lines like filmstrips, so it will be extremely obvious if it's not up & down.)

I'm really at a loss as to how to proceed.  If I cut as directed on the patterns, then the design on the fabric will be totally weird and go at an angle across the skirt.  But if I lay the skirt pieces straight along the grain and cut, then the skirt won't hang properly (ie. because it's not on the bias).  Plus, the pattern will still be a little odd, because it'll intersect diagonally at the side seams, from the curve of the fabric (but I think that'll still look better than having the whole design crazy on the bias).

Any advice?  I would love to hear ideas or suggestions if you've had this problem, or if you have an idea how I could get around it...unfortunately I think what it comes down to is that the pattern is printed on the grain and can never be cut on the bias.  So how the heck does anyone expect us to be able to make any patterned skirts??!?!?  Clothing manufacturers must print their designs on the bias.....Grrrrrr.....please advise me!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Showstudio Sewalong: Junya Watanabe dress from Winter '05/'06 collection on: May 29, 2005 05:44:02 PM
Showstudio sewalong alert!  From the same website that brought us the Mysterious Galliano Pirate Jacket, comes a couture dress pattern from Junya Watanabe's Winter 2005-'06 collection. 
UPDATE: Here's the direct link to the pattern: http://www.showstudio.com/projects/dressmeupdressmedown/download/

Here's a photo (tiny, but the only one we have so far).  Maybe we can track down larger shots of it on the runway.

And Showstudio's comments:
We are utterly delighted to announce that as part of the Liberty Ross 'Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down' project, the brilliant Japanese designer Junya Watanabe has offered to contribute a garment pattern from his forthcoming Autumn/Winter 2005-6 (not-yet-in-the-shops) collection. Picked out by Liberty Ross from Jonathan Kaye's draft selection for the live event at the end of next month, the pattern is for a wool and pvc dress (pictured above). The pattern will be available (free of charge) for you, the viewer, to make up in advance of the event (urging you to engage with the draping and cutting techniques of the designers represented forces you to enter into the spirit of the coming season, no?). We expect it to be launched in 2-3 weeks. Forgive me for gushing, but Watanabe has been a heinous omission from our contributors list and this is a longstanding personal aspiration fulfilled. Hurray!

So come aboard and join the sewalong - it should be a great one.  While we wait for the pattern to be posted, we'll be talking about Watanabe's previous collections, theorizing about what the dress might be like, and generally getting excited!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Geisha Girl Springtime Dress on: April 22, 2005 10:44:06 AM
I wanted to make a flowery, floaty spring dress that was *very* loosely based on the kimono style.  I did a few sketches of the design I wanted, and then started sewing!  Here's what I came up with:

The side shot...you can see some of the straps hanging down.

The front.  I love the flower pattern on this chiffon.

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My 10-Second Organizational System for Sewing Machine Bobbins on: April 22, 2005 09:30:48 AM
Tired of all your bobbins getting tangled and wound around each other?  So was I.  Then came the brainstorm, while eating take-out teriyaki:

Chopstick threaded through bobbins = instant organization!
(That's a clean chopstick, by the way, not a leftover chopstick from the teriyaki. Grin)

So simple, so easy...and so pleasing.  If you use the cheap unfinished chopsticks, then the rough wooden surface holds onto the bobbins and they really stay on quite well.  Plus, now I can see exactly what colours are on the bobbins, without having to constantly pick them up, put them down, pick them up, drop them, rewind them, etc...

(I'm sure that many sewers before me have had the same idea.  Cheesy  But I had to share the joy anyway.)
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / An Interesting Metal Box (originally for drill bits) on: April 22, 2005 09:17:45 AM
I have this great metal box that originally stored drill bits.  I sold the drill bits because I don't own a drill, but I couldn't bear to part with the box.  It's so cool!  I just have no idea what to do with it...

The holes vary in size.  For reference, an eyeliner pencil would fit in about 2/3 of the holes.  But I don't have enough eyeliner pencils to use it for that. 

Here's the top.  I love the letters stamped into the metal.

I really feel like it has some great potential use!  Any ideas?  What in the world could I store in there?
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / My Free Sewing Machine...but now what do I do? on: April 08, 2005 09:30:08 AM
I got this sewing machine for free, about 5 years ago, when it was being thrown away, and I've been using it ever since.  I've never known how to care for it (so I'm sure I've really been abusing it), and it suddenly occurred to me that Craftsters would surely know how to care for a sewing machine!  So what do I do?  I should be oiling it, right?  But I don't have the manual, so I don't know where to drip the oil in.  Should I be dusting inside the bobbin well?  Cleaning out other mechanisms I don't know about?  It's a miracle it's lasted this long, but I know it's not happy because it sews loudly and heavily.  Still, it was free!

It's built into that table...I don't even know how old it is, maybe 1970s?

The only other identifier is a label saying "Kenmore."  I'd really love to track down a copy of the manual...does anyone know if you can find old sewing machine manuals or information online somewhere?  I'd also like to be able to buy a zipper foot, a ruffler, etc., but without the manual, I don't know which ones will fit.  I Googled without any luck.

Poor sewing machine...it's a miracle it's held on this long.  I just want to start taking good care of it so I can use it for another 5 years!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for Decorating Vintage 1940s Hats? (with picture) on: April 08, 2005 09:12:34 AM
I recently bought these two hats at the thrift store, but now I'm having a bit of creative block and I'm not sure what to do with them.  They're nice but dull...both black velvet, with slightly torn veils.  I love hats so much that I still had to buy them! Wink 

I'd like to wear them, but they seem a bit boring right now (especially the little flat one), so I'm looking for decorating ideas of any and all kinds.  Feathers? Veils? Rhinestones? Ribbons?  What do you all think would look good?

Give my hats a makeover...they deserve to be fabulous!  Cheesy
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Help! How do I fill little holes in rental walls? (holes from decorating) on: April 07, 2005 07:46:55 AM
This is actually a sort of reverse-decorating question, since I need to cover my tracks left by crafty decorating I've done in the past few years.  I'm moving out of my rental apartment in a few months, and I have a lot of holes in my walls.  A good number are from hanging pictures, but there are also rows of nails where I hung hats, wings, decorations, curtains, etc.
The biggest problem are the rows of holes from my staple gun.  Grin  I stapled fabric to my walls and ceiling, but I know that when I take it down, there will be long rows of little parallel holes.  Quite noticeable...

How do I fill all these holes back in?  Do I really have to go through the trouble of spackling, then sanding, then repainting?  That would be awful, but I'll do it if I must.  Please tell me there's an easier option!  (The only thing I won't try is toothpaste.  My friend did that once and her apartment reeked of mint. Cheesy)  Other than the toothpaste, I'm getting desperate for a solution...
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Why are my Modpodged pictures always bubbly and wrinkly? on: April 06, 2005 09:35:13 AM
I've come to the realization that I just don't know how to Modpodge correctly.  My projects always have some little bubbles or wrinkles, even if I try to go really slowly and smooth the paper down bit by bit.  My last project was really full of wrinkles:

(This is over at https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=31099.0.)
Granted, I did that at 3 am and simply slapped it on because it's just a container to store my ribbon spools, and not a priceless work of art that I'll save forever.
However, when I am Modpodging more important items, I would like them to be wrinkle-free.  Any tips or suggestions on how to make the pictures all smooth and flat, the way I see them done in other craftster's projects?
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