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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Question and Prom Dresses on: May 07, 2009 03:03:19 PM
Hi All,

I have a question that I posted in Sewing General but am not having much luck with getting an answer so I thought I would try here since it's always busy!! Because this is for completed projects really, I also thought that I should post the prom dresses I made for my daughter and her friend. They were labor intensive and I'm happy with the results of both. So here they all are:

Question: I am desparately trying to find instructions on how to make fabric flowers. When I do searches I find more of the crafty or country types but I am in need of instructions on how to make the more couture style like this:


Anyone have any clue where I might find steps for this?


My daughter is in the coral dress. It's a two piece because she wanted it to be like a dress she found on the internet but I thought it would be easier and more functional to keep the two pieces separated! Yes, she wore Converse (cuz that's just her!!). Her friend Anna wanted something more formal and we were going to stick with a long gown but when I started sewing the crepe back satin I noticed it was pretty thick and didn't have a nice drape so it would make her look fuller, so I talked her into a shorter dress and then shot myself in the foot by suggesting we top the whole thing with sheer fabric. The dress pattern (Vogue) called for gathered fabric all over the bodice but the satin again was too thick and looked bad so the sheer was the way to go. It was a horrible experience though. VERY labor intensive!! I also made her sash and then made my daughter's date a bow tie and pocket square (why do I do these things to myself)!

Sorry so long, onto the pics:

This is everyone. My daughter is in the front on the far left. Her friend is in the back right with the shorter black dress.

Here you can see most of my daughters dress. It's hard to tell that it has a two layered skirt but it does. Also this pic gives the best idea of the color. It's a textured dupioni silk.

The top of Destini's dress.

Destini's date with his bow tie and pocket square.

A better view of the top of her friends dress. You can see all of the gathering I had to do!!

Full view of Anna's Dress


2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Fabric Flowers! on: May 07, 2009 11:10:48 AM
Hi All,

I am desparately trying to find instructions on how to make fabric flowers. When I do searches I find more of the crafty or country types but I am in need of instructions on how to make the more couture style like this:


Anyone have any clue where I might find steps for this?


3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Storage solutions for products?? on: November 28, 2007 03:22:52 PM
Hi All,

I saw that this was posted about a year ago but I didn't really see anything that would help me. I make handbags and currently am storing them in a storage tub. The problem is once they are piled in there, they get crushed and don't look as nice. When they are already assembled it's almost impossible to iron anymore and get in all the corners. How do other crafsters that sell handbags and things of that sort store their finished products so they aren't all piled in a tub??

Any ideas?? I don't have any hanging space anymore either because I totally changed my office closet out to shelves for fabric.

4  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Butterick 4978 - Giving me grief!! on: July 18, 2007 12:20:45 PM
Has anyone made this pattern?


I'm trying but the gathers look nothing like the picture. Also I have the worst time with slit fronts! It ALWAYS puckers at the bottom when I turn it right side out. Does anyone know a fancy trick to doing it?

I think it will be cute once it's done. I LOVE my fabric. I just hope no one notices the wonky slit!
5  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / My Rowena Sartin wanabe! on: July 09, 2007 12:32:42 PM
The minute I saw this dress I knew!! I had to make it for the Prince concert. But I only could see doing it in dark purple silk. Let me know what you think!



Details of collar:

Matching bracelet:

TFL! Sorry it's a bit picture intense!
6  ASIA / Japan / Japan traveling questions on: June 05, 2007 09:58:46 AM
Hi All,

My daughter is going to Japan on July 9th. She is 15 and will be traveling with People to People as a student embassador. I'm very stressed out about the trip because I won't be there with her.

None of the kids speak Japanese and they will be doing a home stay for 3 days. I guess I'm looking for any advice for her. Mostly I want to make sure that she does not offend her family by doing anything that they might think is rude. We've talked about not leaving lights on or water running. Saying please and thank you (in Japanese if she can memorize it in time), the proper way to give the gift at the end of the stay and throwing garbage away the right way (I understand there are recycling rules), and bowing and removing of shoes.

Can anyone give us some tips? Also, we are having a hard time to come up with gifts for the family she stays with. Any ideas?

Also, very important, People to People told us that there is no need for an adapter to plug in electronics like cameras and MP3 players. They said that Japan is the same as the US. Is this really true?? And if it is, is it just in the hotels or will the family also have the same watts?

Thanks so much for any help you can provide us...

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Looking everywhere for this bag! on: March 30, 2007 01:08:27 PM

I have been looking all over the internet for a bag I've seen two people at work carrying. I work at Target and it's pretty fashion forward here so I wouldn't be surprised if it's a high end designer but I just can't locate it! One I saw was red and the other was teal. They are pretty big, more tote like and the leather or faux leather looks to be aged. Here's a little sketch of how they looked:

To me the style looks a lot like Tylie Malibu or maybe Balenciaga but it's not either. Has anyone seen this??

TIA ;o)
8  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Heidi Klum's top in the latest episode on: September 01, 2006 11:45:17 AM
Hi All,

I can't find pictures anywhere of Heidi's top she wore at the beginning of this last episode where they designed an outfit for themselves. Does anyone know where I can find out who makes it or hopefully a pic???

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / McCall's 4304....has anyone had trouble? on: July 28, 2006 08:22:29 AM
I was wondering if anyone else has made Mc4304? I am working on it and was so excited to get it done but it's really wrongly perportioned! I usually wear a xs-sm on top so I cut it as an xs. It will be great in length but the ties ended up being more down by my belly button and so it doesn't look right when I go to tie it around my waist. it makes the wrap neckline bulge out and hang. It looks like if I grab it at the shoulders and hold it up about 3 inches it will be perfect. That's great! I don't even have the sleeves on and have already top stitched so I will have to rip out all of the top stitch and shorten the shoulders which will make it so the sleeve holes are smaller and then I will have to adjust the sleeves before sewing them in!!

Has anyone else experienced this? Hers a pic of the pattern:

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Craft Magazines??? on: July 14, 2006 09:01:48 AM
Hey All,

Does anyone know of some awesome craft magazines out there? Preferrably something that doesn't have s*x toys in them and such. If I knew Bust was full of all of that, I wouldn't have been looking at it at work! NICE!!!! How does that and crafts mix? Anyway, I love the fact that alot of crafters I've seen out there are  advertising in Bust but I really want something that's strictly crafts and ideas oriented that isn't your typical BHG variety.

Anyone know of any??

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