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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / corsets/bustiers: is it possible to alter something store-bought? on: August 15, 2012 01:10:54 AM
I bought a few bustiers off of ebay, and although all of them are supposedly the same size, the fit is so varied! one of them fits perfectly: the side boning doesn't stick out, the cups are supportive, etc. the other two are almost perfect.

one bustier has two issues: misshapen cups, and very noticeable side boning. I tried removing them, but the bustier completely lost its shape so I slipped them back in. should re-attach the boning closer/further from the cups?

on another, the cups aren't supportive. it's almost like the front boning curves away from my bust, causing the underwire to not stay in place--basically, it doesn't stay under the bust. all the bustiers are low-back, and they're tight enough that they should support the bust.

these are just the ebay pics from the sellers--if I have time I'll post pics wearing so you get a better idea of the fit. I really don't know anything on the science of bustiers/corsets, but I was wondering if there was any way I could make them wearable. they're exactly what I wanted, but I don't want to wear something that doesn't fit right.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Tote Bag Recon Ideas? on: August 11, 2012 12:15:00 AM
A few years ago when I was on vacation, I bought a small tote bag in Vienna. The image is cute, but I never used it because the handles were awkwardly short. I'm wondering if there's any way to alter the design to make it wearable?

The bag itself sort of looks like this:http://rohdesign.com/storage/images/SXSW-Tote-Bag-Final.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1291309963543 basically, it's small, flat, and really has no room for expansion. If I just added longer handles, it would still be a bit awkward to use. Any ideas would be great, thanks!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / bustier patterns? on: August 06, 2012 12:08:20 AM
I'm really into bustiers (e.g. paired with high-waisted maxis, fishtails, etc), but can't seem to find any I like that fit right--the only ones that interest me are like expensive and only come in generic sizes. I figure I'd be better off making my own.

BTW, by bustier, I mean pretty much a waist-cropped, structured bra with boning--like this:

(I'd kill to have that collection) or even this:


thanks in advance! I'd prefer not to spend over $20 for a pattern, and I definitely need it to be in English.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / BEST Iron-On Transfer Paper? on: August 04, 2012 04:15:51 PM
I'm thinking of making myself a couple t-shirts, or DIY-ing plain shirts into tanks. I want to put my own designs using transfer paper, but I hate how the extra transfer comes off white and visible--it makes everything look so "gee I made this myself!" lol.

Have you had any experience with transfer paper? Any brands I should try or avoid? Thanks in advance! I'd rather have paper that transfers poorly but doesn't have the trim visible, rather than paper that transfers well but has a super obvious trim.

(even better would be a way to transfer designs without transfer paper--screenprinting wouldn't be an option given the complexity of the designs)
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Why does this keep happening to my serger? on: July 30, 2012 06:35:06 PM
Every single time I use my serger, I get sporadic bunches of loose threads like this:

BUT, for whatever reason, it usually evens out towards the end. I hemmed about 2 yards of fabric for a skirt with a rolled 3-stitch hem, and even though I hadn't changed any of the settings or increased/decreased the speed, the last yard or so looked like this:

I have no idea what's causing this, since it happens sporadically, but it looks unprofessional and home-y. Any ideas?
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Online Patterns? on: July 30, 2012 06:21:50 PM
Anyone know any good online resources for patterns? I know all the big brands make their patterns available online, but for some reason they're usually like 4x what I'd pay for a pre-printed pattern.

Other than Burdastyle, are there any other sites that have affordable patterns that I can print directly at home?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Maxi Skirt [tutorial] on: July 30, 2012 05:35:30 PM
I've been hoarding fabrics ever since I bought a sewing machine a few months back, but I never attempted to sew anything wearable until now lol. I just completed my first-ever article of clothing: a maxi skirt with inverted box pleats and a ribbon waistband.

For more pics and a visual tutorial, visit http://tights-and-tea.blogspot.com/2012/07/diy-maxi-skirt.html.

If any of the steps are confusing, or if you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thanks![/center]
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Brother 1034D Serger: HELP! on: July 30, 2012 04:25:18 PM
I just bought a serger about a month or two ago, and after a bunch of practicing on scrap fabric I thought I got the hang of it. But this keeps on happening: basically, no matter what I do, I always get sporadic bunches of loose thread. If I tighten the string tension, the threads immediately snap; adjusting the stitch width or length doesn't resolve the problem either.

I just finished hemming my first garment, a skirt, with a 3-stitch rolled hem--for the first yard the stitches were sporadic and messy, but after that (with no adjustments) it stitched beautifully. I don't know what's causing it, but it looks unattractive and amateur. I'm sure it's a user error and not a serger error, but I'd love to know what's causing it. Thanks!
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