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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Your Own Corset? on: May 30, 2006 10:20:46 PM
What are some cute, edgy combos that would be fairly inexpensive? She's a bit emo, a bit punk, a bit goth, a bit prep...I was thinking maybe even something Amy Lee-inspired? I dunno anymore whats "cool"

Can't go wrong with a basic black corset, but depending on her style, you can add lace trim, velvet ribbon at the top and bottom edges and over the boning, bondage straps...
Or jacquard is good. Not so much the printed kind (a bit bold for my taste), but the embossed kind, where the pattern is the same colour as the fabric.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Patterns/Ideas needed for dress - pics included on: May 27, 2006 08:47:06 PM
Too...short...? Says who? - it's at least knee-length. O_o
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Your Own Corset? on: May 27, 2006 08:41:24 PM
Hardware stores. Wink
I wouldn't try this if you're looking for total historical accuracy or to be able to tightlace, but if you can get a flat piece of wood not more than 2cm wide, two lengths will do for the busk, and for the boning, you can use plastic tubing. I'm using 4mm for mine at the moment, and it seems pretty solid, but I think I'll thread some wire through it just in case. I'm hoping it won't make the front too bulky, but since there's going to be two layers of lining and the outer fabric between the boning and the outside, it should be OK (hopefully!).
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: what to do with sheet music? on: May 23, 2006 11:26:57 PM
That depends on what it is - if it's Beethoven's 'Farewell to the Piano', pleeeease send it to me!  Wink

I heard somewhere that it was the last of the 6 bagatelles from Op. 126, but I've played all of them all the way through and it doesn't sound anything like it.

If it's not that, though, how about a hand bound journal? I had a notebook that I loved that was printed with Chinese poems. It wasn't decoupaged, but it looked like it - they were sort of layered, with the edges tattered and browned. I always thought it would look even better if it were really decoupaged, with the pages stained with tea and the edges singed.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Modify shirts for busty gal in professional environment on: May 23, 2006 03:08:55 AM
Put on the shirt inside out, then take a line from under the bust down to wherever you need it to stop. Just make sure you taper the ends so you don't get those awful pokey bits.
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: Why the 80s should not be brought back... on: May 23, 2006 03:01:57 AM
42? But that's the Ultimate Answer! Cheesy
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: Why the 80s should not be brought back... on: May 22, 2006 06:08:14 PM
Hmm...let's see.

-Underwear on display - boys or girls
-Those baggy tops made out of stretchy T-shirt fabric (honestly, what is the point of making something baggy out of fabric that is designed to cling?!)
-Cropped cardis (the whole point of cardis is that they're warm)
-Short or half-sleeved sweaters (ditto)
-Skinny-leg jeans (make you look shapeless, like a scarecrow)
-Skirts that are so short they double as belts (only acceptable if they're PVC!)
-Hip bands (make your hips look huge)

Though having said that, I'm glad Victorian and Edwardian are in fashion - makes life easier when wardrobe building. Also, I'm seeing things that Gothic Lolitas in other countries could well pay a fortune for... Grin
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Your Own Corset? on: May 22, 2006 05:57:13 PM
If you're looking to increase your bust, a Victorian corset is probably best. Don't go for Elizabethan, because the fashion then was to have a flat chest like Elizabeth I. Edwardian corsets will also increase your bust, but apparently they're designed to bend you into an S-shape, which may have been fashionable, but probably isn't good for you.

Good luck!  Smiley
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: some awesome DIY corsets!! (images) on: May 20, 2006 08:22:21 PM
Holy hell, those are awesome! Looks like something you'd pay an awful lot of money for from http://www.the-black-angel.com/ Smiley
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Corset top for somebody. ... with tute! IMAGE HEAVY D: on: May 20, 2006 02:58:47 AM
 Shocked I love you. Will you marry me?

Thanks so much for that tute - I'm making my first corset at the moment, and I was trying to get my head around putting 4 layers of lining in with a minimum of sewing (my machine hates me, and has developed a habit of throwing the thread RIGHT in the middle of a seam. Bastard.)

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