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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sleeve help! on: January 03, 2010 10:40:52 AM
I made a block pattern for myself, but I'm getting into real difficulties drawing up a sleeve block to fit the armholes I've drafted.

(I'm not sure if this is the right place for this; sorry if it's not!)

The block itself fits *perfectly*, and I've made countless good sleeveless dresses from it (adapting the armscye accordingly).  But whenever I try to draft a sleeve block (and then try the pieces out in muslin), there is *always* an excess of fabric in the sleeve head, so it is too big and doesn't fit right into the armscye.  I've had the same result from using drafting directions from different authors - Winifred Aldrich, these two...


...and others I can't recall.  Always the same, no matter whether I add ease or not!  I'm at the end of my tether with this, and I can't carry on wearing sleeveless dresses for the rest of my dressmaking days.  Any suggestions? Sad
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Problems with drafting a sleeve block/pattern on: October 05, 2008 11:13:27 AM
I'm having issues drafting the one-piece sleeve block from Winifred Aldridge's Metric Pattern Cutting (4th Ed.).

I've tried drafting it *three* times this evening alone, but I can't get the sleeve cap to fit the armscye of the bodice - it always ends up too big, even though my measurements and curves are accurate :/

Any ideas?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Finishing hems of knit fabric/stretch garments? on: August 23, 2006 03:26:27 AM
I searched for this in the archives, but I didn't find anything useful, so here goes...^^;

I'd like to know how to finish the neckholes/armholes/hems of clothes made with knit fabric.  I have a serger, but it doesn't have a coverstitch function Sad  I've also seen some people finish hems of knit items with this kind of scalloped lingerie elastic...


...but I'm not sure exactly how to sew it onto the hem :/

Any ideas?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lady & the Tramp Sundress on: July 23, 2006 10:11:48 AM
Been a long while since I posted anything of my own here O_o  But I thought you'd like this -


(Sorry for the huge pictures...I don't know how to use Imageshack thumbnails on this site...)

I made this weeks ago, to my own pattern.  It's got lined, shaped triangle cups that tie at the back of the neck, and the bodice is princess seamed and a drop waist.  It's a sale item for my shop, so it doesn't fit me...it's just pinned in at the back in that second picture ^^;  It was a labour of love, I can tell you o___o;
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern drafting/cutting book help...? on: July 11, 2006 12:56:12 PM
I already checked the archives, and I've narrowed down my choices for buying a drafting book to Metric Pattern Cutting by Winifred Aldrich -


and Make Your Own Patterns by Rene Bergh -


In your opinion, which is better...?  Which would you recommend, and why?  I'm leaning towards the second one, but the one bad review on it throws me off a bit :/
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My first handmade jewellery - choker & bracelet on: March 08, 2006 06:17:33 AM
In advance, sorry if these photos are a bit big O_o

First, the music note choker I finished making on Sunday -


It looks kind of off-centre, but that's just the way it was lying when I took the photo.  It's balanced in real life ^^;;

And the bracelet I finished making just now -


I'm in the process of making a matching choker for this.

I stressed a lot about making wonky links with both these things, but I guess it's part of the learning process ^^;  At least, I *hope* it is ^^;;
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Wire and bead connectors? on: February 15, 2006 07:15:28 AM
I'm really new to jewellery making, and one thing has me completely stumped - what thickness wire is best for making connectors (is that the right term? ^^;; ) with beads on them?  I bought 0.4mm wire, but it's much too thin and bendy :/

In particular, what thicness wire do you think kid_pirate (livejournal) used to make *these* connectors,  because it looks like it has the strength and thickness I'm looking for?

I'm guessing either 0.8mm or 1mm, but any help is welcome ^^;;

EDIT: If it helps, I think 0.4mm equates to 26 gauge, 0.8mm to 20 gauge and I'm not sure about 1mm.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lolita skirts ^_^ on: September 11, 2005 12:25:19 PM
Hiya, I'm new ^_^  I love making clothes, so I thought I'd show some skirts I made recently...


Lightweight strawberry print cotton with eyelet lace trim round the bottom and a built-in white cotton underskirt (the strawberry stuff was too see-through by itself ^.^;).  Fastens with two white flower buttons and a zp at the back, and also has two long ties that attach to the sides with buttons.  They tie into a really huge bow at the back Cheesy


The main picture's not so good, sorry ^^;; It's a bell-shaped (is that the right term? O_o) black cotton skirt with generic eyelet lace decoration round the bottom and front. Fastens with a black flower button and a zip at the back, and has two long ties that attach with buttons at the sides, so you can take them off for a simpler look.

Heh, I see there's a hundred other skirt posts here already - sorry to add to them Tongue
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