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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern simplicity 1426 - Top A - Newbie needs so much help. on: July 20, 2014 09:52:33 AM
Cute pattern!
Yup , whatever you do to the main piece needs to mirror with the lining or they won't match up esp in regards to darts. You don't have to use same fabric for lining esp if it might show through it's better to use a simple white or beige cotton.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Evil Queen Collar on: May 08, 2014 09:38:08 AM
thanks for those ideas!

I've always wanted to try buckram for hat making but was intimidated. I thought you were supposed to get it wet, you just sew it on? I came across this where she used 2 pieces- one for each collar piece:
doesn't look like she did anything special to it tho.

that's a cool idea about stitching boning onto the buckram. I need to support that puppy.

I can't post pics but on my pattern it has a sort of second part to the collar for the underside so that when you sew it on the dress it basically reacts to that - oh gosh I'm doing a terrible job describing it...
but since I won't be attaching it to the dress I might try attaching to cape and/or making a halter using elastic around my arms but that's down the road.

that's a good idea about stitching on the feathers. It comes on a band of ribbon so should be easy enough to do. Haven't gotten in mail yet. I do have other glues to use for the additional loose feathers you may be right that it would be better to use those.

I love the look of the sheer over the opaque as well but doubtful that type of attention to detail will find its way into my finished product! My goal is for the thing to stand up sporting feathers.

My problem is I usually take a stab at something, realize it's all wrong and often end up starting over. I was trying to be SMART this time and anticipate trouble ahead. I already know that's not going to happen! As soon as I cut out my cape pieces I realized- nope this is ALL WRONG and started hacking at it, creating pleats and basically doing my own thing. I choose to think this is me being "creative" rather than unable to follow pattern directions!

for fun here's another "inspiration". Her collar is super rad and perfect shape. I love the Evil Queen so! I never wanted to be a "princess" growing up and felt the Queen was the paragon of beauty.
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Why are you Vegetarian/Vegan? on: May 08, 2014 09:08:06 AM
Ahoy fellow veggies!

When I was a kid I was "picky" and would get in trouble for not eating meat. Sometimes it was okay but others... no go. Any veggies- yum! My dad's a great cook and I always loved things other kids hated like spinach and brussels sprouts. I'd often cut the meat up into microscopic pieces and try to hide it in the bread and veggies. My mom thought the skin on fried chicken was delicacy so I'd hand it over gladly. 

I remember petting our cats and thinking somebody could cut them up and turn them into dinner- it just grossed me out to eat an animal. And I never liked fish (unless you count canned tuna and fish and chips). I cried on my one fishing expedition and plopped him right back in the water.

Around 18 I asked my dad not to cook me any meat cause I didn't want to hurt his feelings. I thought it was a phase but it took and it's been over 20 years now.

Funny how people say I'm so "good and strong" for giving up meat when it just grosses me out. I never judge other people for eating it and try every now and again to cook something for my boyfriend (like Guinness beef stew for st. paddys).  

I'm pretty lucky to be in LA where veggie options abound, other places in the country I'm a freak and France? forget it!) although the ubiquitous options get pretty stale. Why do they ALWAYS have a bellpepper, eggplant, mushroom dish? the ONLY veggies I don't like! I just realized my dad never cooked those growing up so maybe that's why I don't like them??

I've found some pretty good subs for things I miss like meatballs and tuna sandwiches but miss being able to order in a restaurant. Oh well- the payoff is way worth it.

I missed these for years and was thrilled to finally have them back so maybe a veggie out there could use these:
Here's the meatball recipe- I sautee onions and garlic rather than use the soup mix and don't bother with the second phase (baking in broth), just plop them in sauce for 15 mins. I also use different cheese and like a mix of mozzarella, queso fresco, parmesan. Even my carnivore boyfriend loves these.

For "tuna"- you just mash up garbanzos and treat like tuna- add mayo, lemon, dill whatever. It's not a dupe of course but a nice substitute.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Monsters and zombies!!! :) on: May 06, 2014 10:22:19 AM
I know this post is ancient but this is so rad!!
I am inspired- thanks, never would have thought of this now it's on my to-do list
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Green Chile Chicken Tamales on: May 06, 2014 10:11:37 AM
wow you make it look so easy!
In my family it was something of an ordeal requiring all hands on deck.
My mom/grandma's signature move was a black olive "for moisture".

Happy belated Cinco:)
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Evil Queen Collar on: May 06, 2014 09:55:20 AM
That's a great tutorial thanks! It's demystified the process a bit.  Hopefully all will go well and I'll update down the road.  Going to nit and pick at this.

I just realized the cape and collar aren't even attached in my pattern! I guess the collar is attached to the dress. These are the engineering bits I'll end up ripping my hair out over. My dress has no sleeves to adhere the beast to which was my first plan because I don't want it to tie in front.

Nice to know I'm not the only one to learn how to do things AFTER the fact and rips and resews like a mad woman! At least this isn't a wedding dress and I've got time...
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Evil Queen Collar on: May 05, 2014 02:58:08 PM
wow thanks for the detailed response!
I understand what you mean about creating reinforcement for the boning or wiring. Would the boning be going horizontally or vertically or both? This served only to make me realize I am NOT capable of this!


as far as the fabric- I'm just looking for what would be easiest to work with (hot glue to death) and be sturdy w/o being too heavy or flimsy. A jacquard sounds good thanks.

As far as the feathers I'll be using these:
http://thumbs3.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/pict/251457823558_1.jpg  I've also got a lot of other white loose feathers I plan to do individually. I doubt it will EVER look like this but another inspiration:

My evil queen will be an amalgam of different "inspirations" coupled with a purple sequin dress I'm hacking up and trying to turn into something gownish.  So it doesn't have to be traditional or exact. I'm a horribly inpatient "craftster"!

thanks again for all the info!
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Evil Queen Collar on: May 05, 2014 01:07:17 PM
Hi all!

Long time reader and first time finally posting here. hopefully this is in the right spot...

So I'm cobbling together an Evil Queen get up and am using a Snow White pattern I have for the cape.
I plan to make it look a wee bit more sinister by shaping the collar more pointy and adding a fur trim around the hem. I'm also going to be hot gluing a bunch of feathers to the collar so my concern is keeping the collar upright. The pattern says to simply use interfacing but with the added feathers weighing it down I'd like to reinforce it more.

Making it even more difficult on my rudimentary skills- I'd like the collar to slightly curve outwards rather than shoot straight up.
I've been researching boning vs. wires. and am clueless how to make that happen.

Also, any tips on best fabric to use? I don't really care as it will be covered with feathers. It will be white however and the underside will show- not sure yet if I'm going to put feathers on that part.

I'd appreciate any sage counsel!

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