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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions about corset making on: April 13, 2011 07:51:14 PM
1. What would be the best fabric to use for the lining?

Coutil is what "real" corsets are made out of, you could use a heavy twill, stiff and non stretcy

2. I'm hoping to make a reversible corset, and was thinking about having a double-lining in between the two outside layers of fabric. I was planning on sewing in boning channels straight into the fabric, instead of using the boning casings and sticking the boning between the 2 lining layers. Would that be a good idea, or should I do something different?

I think I would flat line the fashion fabrics to the lining fabrics, first and sew the channels in all layers (put the bones through the two lining layers.

3. I know steel and spiral steel boning is the best to use, and just wanted to double-check something I've heard in the past: Flat steel boning is used next to the grommeting and for the busk, and spiral steel is used for all other channels, correct? Please let me know if a different way is better!

That sounds good, I think it depends on how stiff you want the corset to be and how curved the casings are. I have made corsets with all steel bones and ones with all spiral. It kind of depends on what you want I don't think there is a "better" way than what you want/works for your project.

4. What is the best technique for sewing on the biased tape/finishing for the upper and lower edges for a corset? The last bridal-style corset that I made I used ribbon and it did not come out as smooth as I would have liked. Any tricks or suggestions to make it come out nice and flat?

Smooth how? Ribbon is not bias and doesn't curve as nicely. I think what I have done in the past is stitch and turn the sides and bottom and put piping along the top. Of course piping and bias are a lot a like. I think if you use bias it will be flatter(?) than a ribbon.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing a men's suit? on: April 09, 2011 09:11:10 AM
Yes I have. Really hard, it is more than just sewing. You use a lot of special materials to make the jacket look nice. It is doable, but I don't know if I would want to make FIVE and unless you were getting paid a whole lot it probably isn't worth it. This book is for women but has very nice pictures. This book is for men, but kind of hard to read. This book is also for women, but has shortcuts. The thing to remember is that women's suits can be softer and therefore have more "shortcuts" men's suits that look good are REALLY tailored and structured and have all sorts of work put into them.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Refinishing t-shirt hems on: January 09, 2011 03:50:35 PM
How much of a hem do you have? Is it that you don't have enough turned up in your hem allowance to weigh down the hem? I don't know, I don't think I have ever had that problem, I don't serge the hem of knits before doing the double needle thing.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Arm Pattern Question on: January 09, 2011 03:44:03 PM
Your sleeve has a dart in it. The dart would be on the back. Usually the sleeve will have notches, one notch matches the front, double notch matches the back.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: So I just got a dress form for Christmas, but... [looking for advice!] on: January 01, 2011 03:45:02 PM
Just an inch too big? I say it might not matter. If you aren't trying to make SKIN TIGHT clothes, your form has built in ease.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Corduroy Nap on: December 15, 2010 11:21:51 AM
It is just a color thing. You can cut it whatever way you want. It has to do with how the light hits the nap and reflects in it...or something I don't exactly know. I do know that if you cut it (fabrics with nap) smoothness upwards and you put it onstage you get a really nice deep rich color. But even for stage you could cut it the other way if you wanted to.
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: A Week of Baby Onesies Swap Round 5 GALLERY (Send-out 10/25) on: November 26, 2010 04:49:41 PM
Yes! I am so sorry I haven't posted mine from pinkmichk yet. It is not because I don't love them! I only have shots of three

Little baby geek

C is for Clara...or cute

Comedy/Tragedy masks

The other two one is a batman symbol, the other is a reverse applique heart. I will try to get pictures of those, but that will take like another month.
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: A Week of Baby Onesies Swap Round 5 (Sign-ups CLOSED, Send-out 10/25) on: October 31, 2010 08:56:10 PM
Now I feel bad! I don't think I mixed the paint/medium right because I was doing a different project tonight and I had fabric paint instead of acrylic and medium and the fabric paint turned out so much better.... Sad OH wait it wasn't that much better.
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: A Week of Baby Onesies Swap Round 5 (Sign-ups CLOSED, Send-out 10/25) on: October 17, 2010 11:20:06 AM
Ready to send, I wanted to on Friday, but I was a little crazy.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Frustrated on: October 07, 2010 03:34:29 PM
OK, I totally understand. What I hate the most is when I say something like "remember not to make THIS mistake" and then down the line you realize that in fact you did make that mistake!
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