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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help with Simplicity pattern on: June 21, 2009 08:58:29 PM
What I would do with this particular pattern is to extend the bottom edge of the bodice down to almost as far as the point goes down in the front and back, and re-draw it with less of a curve on the sides, so it's just a little rounded in the front and back instead of the drastic point.  Or, if you don't want to re-draft the bodice, maybe you could make it in two pieces and attach hooks and eyes to the skirt waistband and the inside of the bodice to join the two together.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you add a consealed zip to a dress? on: February 21, 2009 03:51:33 PM
If you buy an 'invisible' zipper at the fabric store, they usually have instructions for putting them in, but basically what you do is stitch the zipper to the part of the fabric that gets turned under at the side opening, so the stitching doesn't show.  When I'm making a garment with an invisible zipper and a lining, I usually machine-stitch the fabric to the outer layer and just handstitch the lining to the other side of the zipper.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Satin+ bustle skirt *and w/ pics* on: December 31, 2008 02:51:21 PM
It looks like the skirt (which is really cute btw Smiley ) in the photo is cotton, so the stretchy poly stuff won't drape the same way-- I think it'll look nice with the ruching, but it will drape down instead of standing out.  I don't think you'll need anything as heavy as canvas for the lining, a good cotton broadcloth or linen will probably give it enough body. 

As for getting the wrinkles out of the fabric, you'll probably want to pre-wash it anyway, just in case the fabric wants to shrink, so what I would do is just hang it on the line to dry, or you could just iron it on the lowest heat setting.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Favourite pattern marking product? on: August 29, 2008 04:28:34 PM
I have bad luck with tailor's chalk, too, so I use regular school-type chalk on most of my fabric.  Plus it's wicked cheap, so I don't really mind if the cats steal my chalk bits. Smiley
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: What does it mean when... on: June 08, 2008 08:29:21 PM
Sounds like the mess on the back of your stitches is probably a tension problem... try a scrap piece of fabric and experiment with the tension wheel on your machine until the back looks good...if it's not the thread tension, it might be the bobbin tension-- your machine manual will tell you how to adjust that.  The problem might also be that the machine's threaded incorrectly-- try just taking everything out and re-threading it to see if that helps.
6  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: stella mccartney floral dress on: May 13, 2008 07:01:18 PM
Pretty dress! I love Stella McCartney Smiley

This pattern's kind of similar, only with wider straps: http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V1012.htm?tab=dresses_includes_designer&page=2
It looks like the pattern's made for knits, though, so it might not work as well with a non-stretchy fabric.

This one (Simplicity 2925) looks kind of close, too, you'd just need to lower the neckline: http://www.simplicity.com/assets/2925/2925.jpg

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Altering pants? on: April 26, 2008 06:08:12 PM
The easiest way to make pants smaller is to take them in at the outside leg seams.  It might not work with all the pants, as it's kind of hard to do when the pants have side pockets, but it's the simplest way, and it won't interfere with the rest of the fit.   A more advanced fix would involve making some darts in the back, but to do that, I think you'd have to take the waistband off and put it back on once the darts are in.   
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to put an invisible zipper in? help needed on: April 23, 2008 10:24:02 PM
I usually baste in my zippers by hand and then sew them on the machine, 'cause zippers are a pain Smiley  I think the easiest way to put in an invisible zipper is to baste the seam closed, then lay the zipper inside the seam and either hand-stitch or run it through the machine.  If you're careful, you won't need a zipper foot-- I usually just stitch about halfway, leave the needle in the fabric, and pull the slide up past where I've already sewn so I can finish without hitting it with the presser foot.  Then you just rip out the basting stitches.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Summery tie-back Dress! on: April 21, 2008 07:09:17 PM
It's adorable! That fabric is great Smiley 
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to hem velvet? on: April 13, 2008 06:30:38 PM
First, I'd check your machine manual and see if it'll do a blind hem stitch... you'll want to practice on some scrap fabric, 'cause it's hard to get the fold right for a blind stitch, but that will probably be the best way to do a finished hem without the stitching showing on the outside, which probably will upset the pile a little.  If your machine won't do a blind stitch, you could use hem tape, or hand-stitch the hem-- fold the hem under twice and just catch a few threads from the back of the fabric with the needle so your stitching won't show on the outside.
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