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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What Kind Of Pattern Are You Looking For? on: February 22, 2010 04:58:34 PM
bump! (Years later, literally  Cheesy)

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: prom dress help??? on: February 10, 2010 08:49:17 AM
my school actually has a red carpet event for prom.  Grin It took me a lot to not choose a long dress because I love them, but they don't love me too much  Roll Eyes I am very short So I went for short. I did want to have a really nice statement necklace which is why I chose such a bare neckline for the dress. I wanted fabric with some texture and sheen to look more expensive (and less nude  Cheesy) but I guess a dress that is actually wearable is more important  Cheesy I could do some beading on the top piece.

thanks for the help aislynn  Wink
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP - Quilting fabric for clothes on: February 10, 2010 08:37:18 AM
i just got into this, I am a beginner sewer and was convinced that I HAD to use the more difficult fashion fabrics... not true. Especially since I am most interested in skirts/dresses. google "kona cotton" I haven't tried it yet but it looks like its really good quality, and cheap... for prints galore I like to look at equilter.com although their prices are high for my tastes  Tongue I discovered the "designer" prints of cotton there (before I had only heard of Amy Butler). When you find something you like goggle it first, chances are you can find it cheaper elsewhere.


14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Suggestions for "Cruise Wear" on: February 09, 2010 02:28:22 PM
I've never been on a cruise before, but if youre gonna be on a boat in october you might want to wear something (much) warmer.  Undecided

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: prom dress help??? on: February 09, 2010 02:22:24 PM
thanks! I was thinking to dye them myself but I guess I would be much less effective  Roll Eyes

I thought about cotton sateen for all of 5 minutes, it doesn't seem formal enough to me. I will really have to think about it.

eta: actually, thats a really good idea to keep in mind... I guess its ok to sacrifice some texture/sheen... I could just add a little more to the dress to make it interesting.

16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: prom dress help??? on: February 08, 2010 07:20:22 PM
thank you very much marie! your post was extremely helpful. I can do tall strappy shoes, but I'm not a glitter type of girl  Roll Eyes. I'm aiming for a romantic look. (Maybe I should have mentioned it, but gold is actually a shade off from my 'nude'). So I wanted satin shoes as well as dress and dye them to match.

I forgot to add something very vital... I found this pattern and I think its very close to what I want:

(mccalls 5881). I was thinking to use view D, and I would only have to rework the V in the front. and of course I always rework lengths because I am 5 feet  Embarrassed like this:

above all I just really want the neckline. so, is there a nicer alternative to dupioni that is easier to work with? I thought it would be easier to sew than any other type of satin. I don't wear synthetics because they really irritate my skin and make me itch. Huh

I found some great info about working with dupioni http://www.emmaonesock.com/guides/silkdupioni.asp. It suggests "for the strongest construction, underline the garment with silk organza." I would totally do this, either with the organza or simple cotton.

If its really just too out of my league to alter this dress the way I want it, I guess I can be happy with the above pattern view D. I just would have liked the neckline to look like my inspiration dress.

17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / prom dress help??? on: February 08, 2010 03:02:00 PM
I want a dress like this: Deep sweetheart neckline, strapless, short. Ignore the fabric, I want mine in a simple nude silk, maybe dupioni (is it hard to work with?). I can't tell where the seams, darts, etc. are in this dress but I would really like mine to have an empire seam.

So, my questions are:

Will I NEED boning for this?
Where should it be placed?
Could I get away without it?

Is this a project suitable for a novice sewer? (Yes I am willing to take the time and patience to make a practice dress)

Is it difficult to work with dupioni?

Is it reasonable to make the dress in white and buy white satin shoes so that I may dye them together, or will it be unlikely to get them the same color? (I want a gold color.

Thank you very much for reading and I hope you can answer at least a couple of my questions!  Embarrassed

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: I have a *weird* figure on: February 08, 2010 02:16:57 PM
I am about where you are, I hate my arms and butt but my hips don't lie, and what really looks good on me (im very girly) is a dark colored (fitted) dress with a light colored vest. The vest should hit anywhere from very short to right above the hips, I prefer my jackets to hit the smallest part of my waist. Just make sure the shoulders of the vest aren't too wide and you're good!

If not a dress then dark pants + jacket and a light top should do wonders. make sure the jacket (sweater, hoodie, whatever) is long and reaches at least past the top of your pants (tuck in your shirt! even if you are wearing jeans and a tee) and you are good to go!

19  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / I only want one page, what host should I get? on: February 05, 2010 04:09:08 PM
I am looking to buy a domain name and pay a minimal fee to host just one page as a store front. I don't want a free host, because i read that search engines do not list sites hosted for free; my whole point of doing this will be to create traffic. Any ideas? Thanks.

20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: 50/50 split on: February 05, 2010 02:24:41 PM
I HIGHLY suggest, if you go through with it, that you make a very neat presentation with your item and include your website name ON the item (idk what youre making, but if I were making something non-cloth like a bowl I would glue and seal my tag on the bottom of it) and everything along with it (price tag, packaging, etc.). Even if you will not be able to do what you described, you can still have something as simple as a website that presents you and your work with a "for more information, contact" link at the bottom of it. HTH!

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