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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does anyone have this pattern?? Vintage vogue on: October 21, 2012 06:50:01 AM
There are several listed on Etsy.
2  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Butterick 5317 Maggy London Dress on: October 21, 2012 06:45:53 AM
When i get wide-neck collar dresses, I normally get baby snaps and sew a little strap in the shoulder (tacked down on one side, snap on the other).  That way regardless of what bra you wear, you can temporarily attach the bra straps to the inside shoulders the dress - they won't slip, the teensy little strip of fabric won't give you bunchy shoulders, and you won't have to fuss with safety pins and the like.

Only trouble is til you're used to having them there, you might forget the first few times when you're getting undressed - accidentally tore a hole in one of my favorite dresses that way because I didn't tack the snap into multiple layers of seam fabric for durability like I should have.

Best of luck!
3  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Butterick B6582 - Joan Holloway would approve! on: October 21, 2012 06:40:15 AM
It's hard to see the cross-over in the white - you'd have to add a contrast piping or something to get it to show up.  Here's one of the same pattern that shows the cross a little more:

I prefer the single-sided pleats yours has tho - especially on the single-tone satin, it adds dimension.  Prolly wouldn't use a stretch fabric myself; maybe a heavy brocade or some type of upholstery fabric, then a shrug in a complementary color to wear in fall/winter.  Can totally see wearing this to the symphony.
4  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Corset from Simplicity 2355 on: October 21, 2012 06:35:37 AM
Have to agree - stick with the cording.  The color compliments, it's about the same sheen, and (bonus) you have an extra length of it if for some reason it ever needs replacing (or replicating, if you want to make another).
5  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Simplicity 2591 - 50s-style sundress w/ pockets on: October 21, 2012 06:31:01 AM
Your boyfriend's right - that fabric is perfect for a little sundress.  Would have wanted a fuller skirt, I think, but I like to twirl.   Grin
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Candy cane girl.... Simplicity 2591 on: October 21, 2012 06:26:55 AM
The candy-striped fabric is the perfect choice for this pattern!
7  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Simplicity 2591 on: October 21, 2012 06:25:19 AM
The fabric and the fuller skirt with the button waist reminds me of "the polo dress" from Pretty Woman.

8  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Butterick 4790 Retro '52 dress on: October 21, 2012 06:21:52 AM
I like the single-color uniformity.  Would be cute with the front bit of the dress as a complementary color as well.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need some help with this pattern. on: October 12, 2012 05:54:03 AM
Found some explanation in Ravelry comments about how to read the markup:

"Well, if you print out the graphs and line them up it will be a lot clearer how it works. They are colour-coded, so for example you line up the gold stars in one graph with the gold stars in another and youll see how theyre connected. In the graphs, I take the dots to mean chains, the long dashes to mean double crochet and the little crosses to be single crochet. The upside-down vs, or lambda shapes, are decreases.
The most confusing graph is cxema 5. Cxema 5 is basically the pattern for the bottom edging of the skirt and it features alternating little pineapples and larger shells. I think here the tiny circles mean chains this time. Perhaps the crosses with double bar mean triple crochet, though if you substitute double crochet that will work too. There are also little dewdrop symbols along the top and I dont know what those are supposed to mean.
This skirt is on my to-do list and I did start writing out a pattern of it for myself, though once I figured out how the colour-coding is supposed to work it seemed like it would be possible just from the charts.
Hope this helps."

Standard crochet markup guide:
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Walking Dead/ Eye's on: October 12, 2012 05:37:54 AM
Why am I so very tempted to make a few sets of these and randomly leave them on peoples' desks on Halloween?   Grin
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