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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES / Re: ugly suitcase to "MONSTERously" awesome suitcase on: December 05, 2007 02:15:23 AM
Brilliant!  That really made me smile, especially the fury lining.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cabled Riding Jacket on: November 13, 2007 07:32:12 AM
Simply Gorgeous!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: yucky oozy scars! first attempt!***warning, pretty gross :P** on: October 20, 2007 05:06:22 AM
Well, it turned my stomach, so I guess that's a good thing...for you.
4  COOKING / Dessert / Knit Marzipan on: July 17, 2007 07:44:20 AM
Really cute:


Tutorial here: http://veganyumyum.com/2007/06/how-to-knit-marzipan/
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Strong Corset Seams on: March 24, 2005 10:48:22 AM

Thank you so much for taking the time to reply.  I will trust in your experience of making/wearing them that it will be sturdy enough, and intend to give it a try straight away. 

'You could also use a woven tape, wide enough to keep your boning (about 2.5-3 cm should be wide enough) and sew it onto the seam allowance and anker it in the seam in the middle.'

As I have already started constructing this one, with a smaller seam allowance, I will have to continue with your above suggested method.  Should keep me happily busy this Easter weekend I think.  Hope to post it in the future when it's complete. 

Thanks again!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Strong Corset Seams on: March 22, 2005 02:21:30 PM

Will anyone please share with me the correct way to sew a corset seam?  I know that it is suggested that you use a flat-felled seam, and this seems understandable when the seam is for a single corset bone, but what about a construction seam where double corset bones will be used.  What would anyone suggest is the strongest seam method to use in this case?

Someone has suggested that I sew a basic seam, which I should press open and then sew each flap down to create two pockets for the bones, but I worry that the seam won't be strong enough.  Is there another way?

Also how wide do you make your seam allowances?  Mine are at 1cm at present, where I have been using bias tape to make pockets for single bones, but I don't think that this will be wide enough for a flat-fell or even the second method. Any help much appreciated.

7  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Londoners Lets Share Suppliers on: March 22, 2005 01:26:28 PM
I think that most of my favourites have already been mentioned, I travel all over London to find fabrics... Ridley Road and Walthamstow market (excellent!), Electric Avenue-Brixton (good variety and v.cheap), Brick-lane, Rolls and Rems...

I have two other places to throw into the mix, there are around 4-5 fabric shops, practically next to each other in Shepherds Bush (A-One-Fabrics: 50 Goldhawk Rd, W12, Classic Textiles: 44 Goldhawk Rd. W12), Between them they sell a wide variety of fabrics - wools, silks, cottons synthetics, sari/African fabrics, basically everything that you could want.  Some of the shops are more expensive than others but all good quality and much better prices than John Lewis. (Goldhawk Road tube station)

Haven't been there for a few years, but I've just found out that they are still going, so will be visiting very soon - The Cloth Shop at 290 Portobello Rd, W10, they used to be brilliant for linen and cotton fabrics in particular.

I know that 'squirrellypoo' has already mentioned it, but I absolutely love Berwick Street market, just off Oxford Street.  For anyone that doesn't know it, Yes, it is extremely overpriced, but if you love fabric, just go to window shop.  Borovik Fabrics (16 Berwick Street) and Greenscourt Fabrics (24 Peter Street) among many are where people from the fashion, stage and screen go to shop.  Beautiful evening, reproduction, velvets and silks (although you will find everything here cottons, wool and synthetics).  Staying in west London, another expensive but 'beautiful' shop is of course Liberty at (210-220 Regent Street).

Good trimmings shops in London seem to be in decline.  I know about William Gees(520-522 Kingsland road, E8 - amazingly cheap!), the one in Ridley Road market (U & I Trimmers - 144, Ridley Rd, E8), Kleins and Macculloch and Wallis, but many of the others seem only to be wholesale.  If anyone else can recommend any others, please do. In the mean time hope this helps.

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