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61  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Monster fur+pattens on: January 20, 2006 08:58:16 AM
I've been itching to play around with monster fur for a while... JoAnn's is currently on sale for 60% off, which is still a bit, but I wouldn't make anything really big....

I was originally thinking to make a coat, but I don't think that I would wear it.  I've decided that I want to make a monster fur vest, inspired by a fur vest that I tried on at TJ Maxx that was $100.  YAY!

I have a question about fitting the pattern for something made of monster fur.  Because it is so thick, would I have to make the pattern a bit bigger than what would normally fit?  And... Would using princess seams be a bad idea to getting a better fit?  Would it be better to have the side seams be the only thing to give it shape?

Any info would be greatly appreciated!
62  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Interfacing, vinyl, and other stuff? on: January 13, 2006 09:13:30 AM
I'm getting ready to embark on a purse making expedition, but I need some help in clearing the order of things....

I haven't decided what I'm going to be using for the main fabric, but probably something sturdy.  I need the bag to be strong and stiff, so I was going to use that thick fusible fleece interfacing.  It's thick stuff.  My problem comes in because on the front flap, I was going to add this deco where I was going to cut out shapes in the main fabric, and stick vinyl under it, like a shadow effect.  I don't want to cut the vinyl out and sew it on top like a patch, you know?  My problem is that I don't want the interfacing to show along the edge of the cutout shapes.  I also don't want this visible line of interfacing that I'll get if I try cutting it to whatever shape, and because it's thicker stuff, it will be really noticeable.  And I know that you are not supposed to iron vinyl, so I can't just attach the interfacing last.  I want to use fusible rather than sew on, too, because I have a lot of it because of a freak mass communication one time....   Undecided

So... What do I do?
63  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / converting vecro and elastic to darts and zipper? on: January 09, 2006 02:06:53 PM
So I have these windpants that are nice windpants.  They are lined, and they basically look like cargo pants.  The problem is that they have and elastic waistband and a velcro fly opening.  I want to basically change these into real cargo pants, and make it so that there is no elastic or velcro.  It also pretty high waisted, so I was planning on dropping that.

My plan was to remove the waistband and velcro, figure out some dart placements.  There is a problem with this because of a back pocket that isn't just a patch sewn on; it's set in, so I can't rip it out.  It starts about 3-4 inchs from the center back, and ends about 2 inches from the side seam.  I was thinking that I could get the dart into the space between the centerback and the side of the pocket...  will this work?

Also, I have no idea how to go about replacing the vecro with a zipper, which is my main concern.  And ideas at all?
64  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Defining my generation on: January 01, 2006 07:33:43 PM
SOOOoooooOOOoooo...  I knitted  myself a scarf.  It's inspired by that Final Fantasy scarf that was made a while ago...  Except this is Super Mario Bros. 3.  I made it a few months ago, but I just got a digital camera, so I couldn't show it until now!  So... Here ya go.

There's fleece sewn onto the back to make it really really warm.  And I love it.  Smiley
65  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Anthropologie on: December 29, 2005 02:38:42 PM
I sure hope this is legal.   Undecided     Cheesy

Anyway, I don't need to tell anyone how wonderfully beautiful Anthropologie's clothing is.  I also don't need to tell anyone how expensive it is.  I did a quick search here, and a lot of people have been using them for....um.... inspiration.  I was wondering if maybe people would like to do a sewalong and.........uhm.....  completely and blatantly rip-off a design with me?  No, that sounds bad.  How could you say that nicely?  Hmmmm...  I'm all for supporting a person's good idea, but I don't have the cash.  So yeah.

Anyway, I think this could be fun.  I don't want to really say one particular design.  I say, everyone pick one that they like and go for it... and post your results when you are done. 

Anyone up for it?  The design that I have been eyeing for a while is the edwardian coat.http://www.anthropologie.com/jump.jsp?itemID=6769&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=12&iSubCat=311&previous=1
Although that one will take a while.  I also MIGHT alter the sleeves somehow...  Make them shorter maybe?  Or I'll just do full length.

Ok, so there is my challenge.  Anyone want to join me?  Remember, it doesn't have to be that specific coat...  It can be any design.

Oh, and Mods:  .... if this is just very illegal and wrong, feel free to delete this post.
66  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / To flatter a shorter person on a runway...? on: December 19, 2005 03:34:11 PM
I have recently met all of my models that will be walking my three (ooOOoooo... So many!) outfits for the fashion show at the end of the school year.  One of them is about 5'4", which is a bit short for runway stuff.  I want her to walk for me, but I find myself in a bind because I don't know what is a do or don't for a shorter person.  I myself am quite tall so I don't have ever worry about being really overpowered by what I wear.  I need some help!  Other than the sligh height constrant, she has the perfect body that I wish I had; Thin but curvy in all the right places.

I have a few ideas, but before I complete the outfit in my mind, I would like to know what I should avoid.  I'm afraid that I'll either make her look like a child (my other models are 5'10" and 5'8") or make an outfit that is just way to overpowering for her.  Or...  Is this not even a concern because it's a catwalk?

All of my garments are going to be in "formal" category, if that makes a difference at all. 
67  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / stiff shear coat? on: December 15, 2005 09:17:44 AM
Ok, so I just had a cool idea.

I'm designing a few outfits for a fashion show that my school has at the end of the year.  I wanted to make a long coat that's fitted on top and flared at the bottom, so when the model walks, it's all like, SHOOSH!  I was going to put a bunch of swirly big appliques all over it, out of shear fabric so that when they overlapped, they'd create interesting effects

Now, I just had a brainstorm.  What if the entire coat was shear?  Like, not just the appliques, but the base fabric itself?  That would be so cool!  But I have no idea how to accomplish such a thing.  What would I use?  I'd need to have something that is strong enough to have a seam, and be zig-zag stitched all over in order to attach the appliques.  Unless.... I found another way to attach them.  I don't  Ideas?  I don't want to use something really flimsey, like chiffon.  Maybe I could spray the entire thing with clear spraypaint.  That would make it stiffer...  Roll Eyes  I was thinking about that shear stuff you can get at the upholstery section....  Ideas?

Help me!  I really want to do this!!!   Huh
68  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / sewing a coat question! on: December 09, 2005 07:48:05 PM
Alrighty.... So, I am in a pattern drafting class, and I have choosen to draft a pattern based on http://www.newport-news.com/shop/Product.asp?gpcatID=2&pacatID=1649&subcatID=5409&catid=5410&superstyleID=205119&productindex=24&firstpagetypeid=&pageindex=24.

I'm using worsted wool fabric as the fashion fabric, and it's getting completely lined.  It's quite form fitted.  I find myself stuck with two questions...
1.  Would I interface the upper back?  The back is made up of two pieces; the upper part that goes from the neck down to the natural waist (it's basically the back bodice sloper), and the skirt part.  Would I have to interface the upper back area?  I have a small bit of facing for the neck area in the inside, but is that enough?

2.  How would I do the bottom hem, with the lining?  The back skirt part has two box pleats in it, so I have decided to put the lining and fashion fabric together, sew them like one with the pleats and everything to the fashion fabric of the bodice, and than hand sew the bodice lining to it, if that makes sense.  What I'm trying to figure out is if I should leave the hem of the lining loose, or attach it to the fashion fabric?  Normally, it wouldn't really matter, but the pleats make me wonder if I should just sew them together.

Any opinions?

69  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Straightening Aquarium tubing on: December 04, 2005 10:47:15 AM
OK!  So....  I'm working on a project that will including that clear aquarium tubing.  I think that it's made of rubber.  Problem is, the stuff stays bent and curled in the shape that it was packaged in, and I want it straight.  Any ideas on how to make it so?
70  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Winter coat insulation? on: November 09, 2005 12:32:21 PM

A newly delurked lurker here...  Smiley

I have a question to start my posting spree...  I am planning to make my winter coat this year, because I am picky and I don't like anything that I see...  Unless it's too expensive.  So... I'm going to make it.  Now, winters get pretty cold around here, and I have to walk to my classes, which are really early in the morning.  And...  I want it to be as not bulky as possible.   Undecided  Compromises will be made.

So.  What my basic plan of action is to have an outside fabric, which I have.  It's waterproof, probably a good windbreaker, and is strong enough to handle wear.  Then, I would want to put some form of insulation in the coat; an interlining.  Than normal lining fabric.

My question is, what should I use as the insulation?  I was considering quilt batting.... and my teacher mentioned that a few layers of normal flannel gets quite warm.  I am sure that both of these ideas are warm, but how warm?  Maybe a mix of the two would be good?  Or would that soon get too bulky and difficult to move in?  I am assuming that adding a few stitchlines over the layers to press them down a bit would defeat the purpose of warmth, right?

Now, I know that Jo Anns sells that Sherpa fabric that I believe is meant to be used as lining/interlining.  My problem with it is that I prefer my lining to be slick, you know?  So.... Unless this stuff is the warmest that I will be able to find, I don't want to use it.  Does anyone know how warm it is?

Ok, if anyone can help me, I'd greatly appreciate it! 
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