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31  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Draping/Dress Form Questions (I have no idea what I'm doing)... on: August 29, 2010 08:24:08 PM
Ok, here are my suggestions.

First, if you could I would make a sloper/body block that fits you then when you take that and put it on the dress form it will really be you. Because it came off of you.

Second, if you could I would make the "weird dart things" into a princess line to the shoulder (that is what is on real dress forms, it provides a nice line if you want to drape princess lines--like your seam down the center front)

OK so that wasn't your question at all, but you have to have a seam where the neckline of the bodice becomes the neckline of the neck. Again, that is how real dress forms are, You are having weird bunching because you are going from the curve and shape of the neck/shoulders to the curve and shape of the neck. It just won't work without a seam. Like a turtleneck or a shirt collar, it isn't the same piece as the shirt, they are separate pieces with separate curves to go around different parts of the body.

Yes, you did the right thing by pinching out the excess fabric to make the waist darts, your technique just needs refining to get out the excess wrinkling.

On real dress forms the top (where the rod comes out) has a metal cap like thing so the fabric would just end, probably stapled to the top of the neck and the cap covers the raw edge bits. I don't have a suggestion, but that is a real dress form, you can decide how you would accomplish that.

Also, go to the library and find a draping book. It will really help.
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: armhole resize + dress alteration on: August 29, 2010 08:10:16 PM
If you want to change the neckline and it really is shapeless you could try to pull up the shoulders (to raise the armholes to the proper level) and make a new neckline. Although the pockets might end up in a funny place.
33  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Suggestions to pretty-up a baby bunting and many other questions on: August 28, 2010 08:45:41 AM
Are you talking about Simplicity in general? Or have you heard baby/childrens patterns run large? I don' know, but I wouldn't assume that because womens patterns have excessive ease that baby patterns do too. The drafts for adults and children are totally different and each group has different needs. My theory is you never know how big a baby will be so don't go too small, the can always grow into it, plus people generally give 0-3month clothes as baby shower gifts, so bigger sizes are appreciated. And yes, it is hard to find not so girly clothes. I would look at the mothers style and pick elements from that for embellishments, or do they have a "theme?" an animal? Do they really like a movie? book? video game?
34  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Paper mobile on: August 24, 2010 03:18:19 PM
I had this swatch book of papers (I ordered to choose paper for our wedding). I didn't know what to do with it, but decided to make a mobile. There is so much paper I could probably make three more.

The paper swatches were 4"x2". First I cut the paper in half so I had 2" squares. Then I ran the paper through my sticker maker. I ran crochet cotton through the paper.

Paper mobile parts by hoxierice, on Flickr

I used an embroidery hoop to hang the strings.

Paper Mobile by hoxierice, on Flickr
Paper Mobile by hoxierice, on Flickr

35  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: New Baby & Pregnant Momma Swap Shipping by 8/15/10 on: August 23, 2010 05:42:35 PM
So, I sent my package about a month ago and really want to share

My partner said she had a pirate theme, I had so much fun

A pirate baby blanket, all the fabrics are pirate/nautical in nature. The back is a shark flannel, I didn't know what to do with the back, so I figured pirates are in the ocean and under the ocean is sharks.

Pirate quilt by hoxierice, on Flickr
Pirate quilt by hoxierice, on Flickr

A pirate/sailor outfit

Pirate suit by hoxierice, on Flickr

Pirate booties! If I had fabric with treasure chests I would have used that then they would truly be pirate booties

Pirate Booties by hoxierice, on Flickr

And a pirate hat

Baby Pirate by hoxierice, on Flickr

Again, I had too much fun making this stuff.

36  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Replacing an Invisible zipper by hand... on: August 19, 2010 02:36:45 PM
Or if you have a buttonhole foot with groves in the bottom, or a cording foot. I searched FOREVER on how to put in an invisible zipper without the foot and came across that, it was the answer to my prayers. (I suppose I could have just bought the freaking foot)
37  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Birth announcement help on: August 16, 2010 04:09:29 PM
So I am working on the birth announcement and one thing has me stumped. On one side will be a "traditional" announcement, picture of the baby and stats. The other side I want to use different ways of getting across the same information. So, I have her weight in grams and her length in meters. I found obscure holidays for her birth month and day.

That is easy you have Length------0.xxxmeters. But, I have found pictures of obscure "famous" people with my baby's name and want to use that for representing her name. I have a picture and under it a description of who that person is. "Inventor of ..." "character in such-and-such play". I am having a hard time on how to get it to come across that these pictures represent the baby's name.

Right now I have Introducing and then the pictures, but I am afraid that is not enough. Help? I'll see if I can upload my working announcement so you can see what I am trying to say.
38  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: New Baby & Pregnant Momma Swap Sign ups 6/15/10 - 6/30/10 Ship 8/15/10 on: August 14, 2010 04:03:46 PM
Ladies I am here and watching but will be a little slow in updating until Thursday. I was attacked, assaulted, and robbed at work last night. I am nursing a fractured hand, a lot of bruises, and damaged feelings. They were arrested and then released and actually returned to the scene to watch me and my vehicle being processed by the crime scene unit. Thanks for your patience.

Oh my goodness! How horrible! You have our patience and well wishes.
39  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Flannel and absorbency on: August 14, 2010 05:59:41 AM
I bought some flannel to make changing/lap pads for baby. Prewashed fabric and some flannel absorbs wetness (pee) like I want, some (same brand, different color) repelled water. It pooled on the surface. Why is that? How do I know what will work and what won't? Ideas? Tips? Know a better place to ask this question?
40  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: July 2010 Birthday Discussion and Gallery on: August 10, 2010 06:58:42 AM
I just wanted to thank everyone again. Your gifts have gone to good use. I had my baby, a girl! On august 2nd 1/2hr+ before midnight 
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