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31  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:wrap dress? on: April 08, 2004 04:55:36 PM
here's the two books i learned to pattern from:

basic pattern skills for fasion design - bernard zamkoff and jeanne price

how to draft basic patterns - ernestine kopp, bittorina rolfo, beatrice zelin, lee gross

oh i would recommend nixxing the raglan sleeves if you're not in love with the idea. they're really hard to pattern. the whole concept terrifies me! but if you're brave, more power to ya! cute dress! one thing i noticed in the picture is that the side seams sit at the front of the arms eye instead of in the middle. that might be hard to work with, it may require lots of trial and error. if you feel like you've gotten the pattern right make it first in cheap-o fabric to see if it hangs how you want. i hope i could help! good luck! Smiley
32  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re:coffee to dye jeans? on: April 07, 2004 05:29:10 PM
coffee and tea are perfect for dipping the color of stuff down. i love doing it. tea definitely works well. and if you wanted you could dye your jeans in the sun! i haven't used coffee much, but i now i might try it out.  

did the coffee dye stay or has it since faded?
33  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:t-shirts on: April 07, 2004 05:23:10 PM
another great company for blank shirts is www.americanapparel.com they don't use sweatshop labor and they have tons of awesome styles and colors. i have stuff from them and i love their t-shirts. they fit just how i want them too. hope i could help!
34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:Reconstructing Sweaters on: April 07, 2004 05:17:38 PM
maybe you could use a stay stitch. decide where you wanna cut, then about a half inch in from that sew a line up and down the length of your piece. that should help keep it from unraveling. for your big chunky knit stuff try doing the same with a zig zag stitch, it will help maintain the stretch
35  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:acryllic paint on a tshirt ??? on: April 07, 2004 05:07:50 PM
do those paint pens last? i still have nightmares of puff paint and sequins on sweatshirts. i've also used textile medium. you add it to your acrylic paint and it keeps it from cracking and stuff. it's made by plaid. i got it at the chain craft store, so it doesn't seem too hard to find. you're supposed to add anywhere from a 1 to 2 parts medium to your acrylic paint. but i've used the painting kind of acrylic (as opposed to the crafty kind) cause i had it around the house. so you might wanna experiment a bit
36  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re:kitty scratched up my Docs on: April 07, 2004 05:02:25 PM
oh no! my cat has ruined some of my favorite stuff. if they weren't so cute...if they look beyond repair (as in leather treating stuff is no longer helping) you can use shoe spray. it comes in tons of festive colors. i always see lonely cans of hot pinks and neon greens that nobody loves. check at your local cobbler, they usually carry some. and if you don't see any, ask and they might be able to get ahold of some. or if you're really really brave you could cut away the toe and other parts to make them into festive sandals. i saw todd oldham do it once and it was pretty good times. good luck!
37  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:tried to make a shirt, don't have enough fabric. what can i do with knit fab on: April 07, 2004 04:57:54 PM
i HATE when that happens. i feel your pain. i've used fabric like that for pillows/pillow cases. or if you have other fabric lying around maybe you could combine the two somehow. although i know knit doesn't play very well with others...
38  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:wrap dress? on: April 07, 2004 04:55:13 PM
i've drafted patterns before. most of my knowledge comes from books though. maybe if you post/send me a picture i can help. i know if you have a top you would like to copy you should try laying it out flat, pinning it down and tracing it onto a piece of big paper (butcher paper works pretty well). the go back and even out the curves and straight lines. if you really like the top maybe try using the top then finding a skirt you like and then combining the patterns. pardon my brainstorming. i hope i could help a little
39  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re:Can I dye cotton yarn? on: April 07, 2004 11:48:34 AM
procion is a cold dye right? i can't remember. i've never used it, but i've always wanted to. and i think they actually make a true black. which is IMPOSSIBLE  with rit dye. you get this awful brown/purple nightmare. now i really wanna try the procion dyes out!
40  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:Mini-skull Mini-scarf on: April 06, 2004 10:18:12 PM
i looooove this scarf! i don't know what it is about skulls+pink that's so appealing but i'm not complaining. i've been looking for a little scarf to work on for these warmer seasons. i am officiallly inspired Grin
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