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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Altering a pattern with shoulder pads. on: September 10, 2012 08:16:37 PM
If it calls for shoulder pads that are 1/2" or smaller, you can leave them out without any problem.  If it calls for larger shoulder pads, you can alter the pattern pretty easily to accommodate the lack of padding.  To alter the patterns, fold under (or trim) the shoulder seams of each pattern piece a 1/4" to 1/2" (except for any lining pieces because they aren't affected by the shoulder pads).  You would need to adjust pattern pieces for collars or neck facings by folding under the same amount at the shoulder seam notch.

...But it is more likely that your pattern doesn't call for the She-Hulk shoulder pads, and you won't have to worry about altering anything.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: shirt yoke on: September 10, 2012 08:09:45 PM
I believe it is a flat-felled seam.  The seam is stitched, then pressed up and top-stitched so it lays nice and flat.  Flat-felled seams are more durable, too.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to do Stitch of a swimwear? on: September 10, 2012 08:02:46 PM
Swimwear is stitched with sewing machines and sergers.  I don't know where you've been shopping, but I've never seen a swim suit that was not sewn.  Swimwear fabrics are not plastic, they are a blend of synthetic fibers usually including spandex, nylon, or polyester.  Generally, they are made with the seams serged, or with a zigzag or stretch stitch.  I've made several swim suits and have not found it to be at all difficult.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can you dye a swimsuit? on: September 10, 2012 07:58:41 PM
You have to be careful with synthetics because the dye is frequently added in while the fiber is still in its liquid state, and sometimes the manufacturers will also add other chemicals to make it colorfast.  If you feel confident, give it a shot.  You can hand sew an applique or a pattern of beads to cover any patches that didn't take the dye.  If you hate the color it is now, you're not getting any use out of the swimsuit anyway.  Dyeing it may not be much of a risk if you can't wear it as it is.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: New sewer, want to alter bikini top after my tailor half-a**ed it... Help? on: September 10, 2012 07:50:03 PM
Yeah, she didn't put much effort into that.  That's why we learn to do it ourselves, huh?

If you haven't worked with swim knit fabrics before, stretching the fabric on the cups will probably be a headache for you.  It's just the nature of that fabric and how it behaves.  As far as stitching, you would have an easier time removing the strap from the cups first, then readjusting where the cups are positioned.  It will take more time, but it just might give you a little less frustration.  Some sewing machines have a stretch stitch which looks like a standard straight stitch when sewn, it just allows the fabric more "give".  I don't really like that stitch because it takes time to figure out the right adjustments for stitch length and tension and you always want a scrap of similar fabric to screw up while you get the kinks worked out.  The easier alternative to the stretch stitch is just to use a zigzag stitch, which ironically lets the fabric stretch even more than a stretch stitch.  Go figure.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can I sew a coat? on: September 10, 2012 07:33:13 PM
I don't recommend attempting a wool coat if you are still pretty new to sewing.  Wool coats are much more involved and require lining, interfacing, advanced tailoring and other techniques which you probably have not yet learned.  Besides, wool is in a higher price range and it is a total bummer to use up high grade fabrics for a project that may not turn out as well as you'd like.

My suggestion, since you already seem excited at the idea of making winter garments, is to try fleece jackets.  Fleece is a very popular craft store fabric and lately you can find it in TONS of great prints and colors.  It is fairly inexpensive (at least, compared to wool), unbelievably easy to work with, and it does not need a lining or even serged seams!  You also have several options with ready-made patterns from Simplicity, McCall's, etc.
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