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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fashion Show -- Please help! on: September 22, 2007 01:11:59 PM
Hey everyone, I'm really in need of some help!

I'm trying to organize a fashion show at my high school next spring, to promote style awareness and donate all proceeds to charity (a dual cause-- Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and the American Autism Association.) We've just had our first meeting, and we have lots of interest, and I've created several committees for which people can apply to be heads of, such as publicity, art/decor, fundraising, etc.

The problem is that I'm really winging this whole thing because it's the first-ever show of its kind at my school, and I have no idea how one is actually supposed to be organized and produced. We either have to work with the cafeteria or the gym for the actual show, and right now we don't even have a runway. We're thinking of building one...but how?

In addition, I really want the clothing to be a mix of student-designed and donated from other designers/stores. However, I'm not sure how to approach either. I can sew/design but I'm totally self-taught, and most other students interested also have very limited experience if any at all. On the other hand, I'm not sure how interested potential donators will be.

Do you guys have any advice for me? Have any of you overseen the production of a fashion show before? Also-- this might be a long stretch-- would anyone be willing to make/donate their designs to our show?

Thanks in advance!
kalon[email protected]
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: grey scandelousish dress on: June 25, 2007 05:24:48 PM
very pretty! That's probably my favorite neckline to wear and make Smiley
It's pretty funny, because all the dresses being sold these days seem to be that exact length. I got two from Forever 21 yesterday that pretty much require shorts underneath to not be totally scandalous.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: piano dress w/ shirring. on: June 25, 2007 05:22:50 PM
I NEED THAT FABRIC! AND THAT DRESS! Ah I think I'm in love. How perfect.
Love your make art not war poster, too Smiley
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing tips for a beginner on: June 18, 2007 05:22:03 PM
Thanks everyone! I will try to take your advice. I'm a rising senior in high school + have never had any sewing lessons. My intended college major is fashion design so I'm sure I'll have Plenty of instruction there, but I'm just trying to get a head start Smiley

One more question-- how do bias tapes work?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 4 thrifted fabric tanks (img chunky) on: June 18, 2007 05:14:58 PM
Cute! So cute! I love them all, but especially the 1st and last Smiley
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing tips for a beginner on: June 17, 2007 10:28:59 PM
So...I'm fully aware of the fact that I'm much more of a designer than a...seamstress. I got a sewing machine a few months ago and have been producing things on it. However, I've always fumbled over mistakes and sewn things clumsily, so that my results always look slightly wonky. I also have the feeling that I'm sewing the "dumb way" sometimes and there might be much better ways out there. On top of everything I'm super impatient so sometimes I leave mistakes where they are Tongue

So I was wondering...

-Do you really have to pick up the bobbin thread? I can't seem to make the instructions on my manual work.
-How exactly do you sew a skirt hem without making it all bunchy?
-Why are there a million different kinds of stitches on my machine? How do I knew which one to use? (I've been sticking with a zigzag-y one)
-How do I go about making a pattern, or at least some semblance of one? I do original designs + I've always sort of eyeballed things, which doesn't always work.
-ANY other tips you guys think would be helpful??

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage Lime Gingham Sundress...Joy!! on: June 17, 2007 10:00:50 PM
soooooo cute and it looks amazing on you! I'm tempted to bust out some peppermint candy-stripe fabric for this ^^
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: pinstriped + florescent yellow dress! on: June 17, 2007 09:58:56 PM
thanks everyone Smiley I know it might be a little strange, but that's my style!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / pinstriped + florescent yellow dress! on: June 17, 2007 08:12:37 PM
So I bought some brown pinstriped material a while ago...probably intended to make pants with (boring), but I knew all along I'd fashion it into a dress (woohoo).

This dress was v. much trial and error, considering I have no idea how to make patterns, have no patience, awkwardly taught myself to sew, and it's the second dress I've ever made from scratch Tongue  I tried to trace the top half from a dress I already own, but it ended up totally different...so. Let me know what you think!

Btw, I am wearing a yellow tank top (will probably switch to white from now on). Otherwise it'd be way too low-cut Smiley



close-up of materials

obligatory action shot ^^ maybe a little Too much action, but at least you can see the skirt twirling.

It's an original design, and took about an hour to make.
comments are <3 Smiley)
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: A bunch of blah tshirts, revamped (many images!) on: May 27, 2007 07:01:25 PM
I really like the back of the first shirt.  If you don't mind, how did you achieve that effect?

^^ hehe it was purely bs on my part, but I basically realized that the shirt still was too big after being taken in, so I pulled part of the fabric in the back into a bunch and sewed a line across the back. Then there was a weird lump of fabric above the line and gathering, so I think I folded that inside and sewed it down. Sorry if the directions are really vague...I don't think I could even duplicate my results!
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