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1  Texas / Texas: North Central / where to buy sequins in Dallas? on: June 25, 2010 03:40:01 PM
I'm looking for 3mm flat black sequins, and Hobby Lobby is no help.  There are bead stores all over the place, but I don't think they carry sequins.  Does anyone know of a trims store or someplace that would be likely to carry a wide variety of sequins?

I did find some embroidered trim with small flat sequins on it at Golden D'or.  If I don't find anything else, I guess I could buy some of that and rip the sequins off.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / partly-elasticized waistband instructions? on: March 30, 2010 06:58:59 PM
I have a 5-panel circle skirt & I want to add a waistband that's only elasticized on the back 2 panels (and has a zipper in the center back).  I can find directions on how to make a non-stretch waistband with a zipper, and how to make an elastic casing waistband, but I can't find directions on how to make a hybrid.

I could probably easily figure it out on my own if I just forced myself to do so, but I've got the heebie jeebies about messing it up. 

Does anyone know of a video or illustrated instructions for how to make partly-elasticized waistband with a zipper?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Where is opalescent organza? on: March 27, 2010 10:23:48 PM
Back in the '80s, I had a Lady Lovely Locks doll, which is shown on this page:


As you can see, many of these dolls have an opalescent sheen to the fabric of their skirts. 

I've also seen this same multi-colored sheen on Wings of Isis.


It's a much more dramatic effect than most iridescent organza, which is "shot" (woven with threads of one color in one direction, and a different color in a different direction). 

What is this fabric called and where can I find it?  Thank you!
4  COOKING / Dessert / substitute for zucchini in zucchini cake? on: September 22, 2009 09:21:29 AM
I made a chocolate zucchini cake from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking.  It had a fabulous texture and taste, but a faint odor of zucchini, which I found disturbing.  So, I want to substitute a more innocuous vegetable.

I've gotten suggestions for carrot, sweet potato, various squashes, and pumpkin.  Which one would make the most zucchini-like substitute?
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / What fabric is Dr. Horrible's coat made of? on: July 08, 2009 10:27:11 PM
I love Dr. Horrible's coat, seen here:

with larger screencaps here:

I'm thinking of making a hip-length version in olive green as a Halloween costume/everyday jacket.  I like the slightly rumpled texture of his jacket.  What kind of fabric do you think that is?  Is it just unlined 100% cotton twill, or...something more interesting?  I almost think I can make out slubs, which makes me think linen blend, but it's not crumpled enough for that.  Maybe a linen-look?

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / perking up tissue paper on: June 24, 2009 01:12:35 PM
When I decorated my first apartment a couple of years ago, I made a decorative curtain by tracing & cutting hundreds of butterflies from tissue paper and then basting them to cheese cloth.  It looked great (if I do say so myself), but as soon as I hung it up the butterflies started to wilt. 

Now, 3 years and 2 moves later, they definitely need some sprucing up, which is almost certainly going to involve a warm iron.  I'd also like to do something to help them stay perky this time...preferably something spray-on.   

Should I spray on some starch before I iron them, or spray on some sort of sealant afterwards?  I don't want to mess with the drape of the cheesecloth, so it should be fairly light.  I also don't want shiny patches.  What would you do? 
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / source for clock kit with silver shaft and quiet movement on: June 01, 2009 07:06:59 PM
So, I searched the whole entire world (or, at least, Google Images and Kaboodle) for THE CLOCK.  You know the one?  The one that totally adds that special touch to your artistic vision of your bedroom, but doesn't wake you in the middle of the night with its incessant tick-tick-tick ,and doesn't cost an arm and a leg?  The clock of your dreams?  Well, I didn't find it.  So I'm going to make it!  (Story of my life.  This is why, if I ever get married, my mom is totally planning my wedding.  Otherwise, I will find myself hand-printing cocktail napkins in the middle of the night.) 

BUT it must have silver or white hands (ideally, silver).  All of klockit.com's movements have a gold shaft, and I can't stand mixing metals!  And it must either not have a second hand or (preferably) have a "continuous movement" second hand.  Do any clock-making divas know where I would find such a thing? 

If I really had to, I think I could just spray-paint the shaft and and cap white and go with white hands.  I think the nubbly texture of silver paint would contrast too much with smooth silver hands, so I don't think that would work.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / where should boning end on wiggle dress? on: May 07, 2009 11:51:20 AM
I'm making a strapless "wiggle dress".  It currently has a rather prominent horizontal wrinkle at the back waist.  It's not riding up due to the butt being too small.  I think it's "riding down" because it's rather tight on the chest...but I think it needs to be somewhat tight there to support me and not gap.  I think I can fix the wrinkle with boning, but where should the boning end so that it doesn't dig in excessively, draw attention to where it ends with wrinkles or other visible signs, or restrict my movement too much?   
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / what fabric should I use for a canopy/mobile on: April 28, 2009 11:36:07 AM
I LOVE "Falling Garden" by Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger, and I want to make something similar (err..."inspired by") to hang over my bed.


I need it to be semi-portable, as this is certainly not my last house.  I was thinking of making a cotton gauze canopy and tying fishing line to that.  However, I worry about the cotton gauze rotting over time or deteriorating from strain.  Should I use polyester tulle instead?  Or just a big net of made of fishing line, or wire, or ribbon?  Or a trellis?  Not hurricane fencing, as I'm thinking pastoral.  What would you use?
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Anything I should know before hand-sewing sequins by the yard? on: April 17, 2009 10:05:30 PM
I'm filling an applique in with sequins.  In the name of better control (and being afraid of breaking a needling on the glass beads), I'm hand-sewing them.  In the name of speed, I'm using pre-strung sequins by the yard.  The only info I could find about hand-sewing sequins by the yard was this:


It never occurred to me to stitch at a 45 degree angle (I was going to go straight across), so I'm wondering if there's anything I haven't thought of yet.  Anyone have tips or know of more detailed directions?

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