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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / question about doing FBAs on: September 10, 2010 08:53:27 PM
i've never done an FBA before because i've never sewn any tops or dresses, but i have a theory on an easier way to do them, and i want to see what everyone thinks of my idea.

patterns are drafted for a B cup, right? so if i figured out what my bust measurement would be if i were a B cup instead of a DD cup, cut that size, but then graded out at the bustline to the size i actually am, would that work?

for example, my measurements are 37-29-37, so i usually cut a size 14 and then cut the waist a little bigger. if i tried my theory, i'd subtract 3 inches from my bust to get 34" which is a size 12, so i'd cut a size 12 at the shoulder, and then a size 14 for everything else.

so would this maybe work, or am i completely crazy?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / looking for modern equivalent of vintage pattern on: January 29, 2010 10:25:49 AM
i found THE pattern i've been searching for to reproduce a dress i saw on marilyn monroe once, but unfortunately it's a vintage pattern. the pattern is the one in the lower right in this picture: http://selfishseamstress.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/p1060204.jpg
does anyone know where i could find a similar pattern that's still in print, or perhaps a pattern that would be easy to alter? mostly i'm not sure how to do the pleated top.

if you're curious, this is the dress i want to reproduce: http://s716.photobucket.com/albums/ww164/bodysnatcherrrr/etc/0_2737f_fb91cf94_XL.jpg

i'd really appreciate any ideas you guys have. thanks in advance!  Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / question about linen skirt with gathered waist on: October 28, 2009 06:30:40 PM
is there any reason why a linen skirt with a gathered waist would somehow not work? like, would it stand out funny or hang weirdly or anything? i'm trying to make a nice full skirt but making an actual circle skirt wastes too much fabric, so i decided to try a gathered skirt instead.
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / question about black vest for barmaid costume on: October 13, 2009 02:31:42 AM
i decided i'm going to be a barmaid for halloween. i already have the white shirt and can easily make the skirt and apron. however, the black vest is a problem. i found a pattern for it (http://www.simplicity.com/p-1942-costumes.aspx view c), but i don't want to buy a whole pattern for just the vest.

so: how would i go about making this vest without buying the pattern?
5  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / narcissa's coat in harry potter #6 on: July 16, 2009 03:40:44 PM
if you haven't seen the movie and don't want to see screenshots from it, don't click any of these links!

as the subject suggests, i want to make a copy of narcissa's coat from when she goes to snape's house with bellatrix to ask for his help. for those who haven't seen it yet, i found a couple pictures:

that shawl looking thing actually turns into a hood. it's sort of hard to explain without pictures, but i can't find any better ones than the two i linked to. : / the hood is a couple inches longer than her head so there's sort of a brim sticking out over her forehead. from there, it falls straight down to right above where the buttons start.

i found the following pattern (http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V1266.htm) which i could shorten and add godets between the current seams of the bottom to make it fuller, but i can't figure out how to make the hood. any thoughts?
6  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / bebe strapless pleated dress on: June 08, 2009 10:23:42 PM
i'd like to make that dress, but i'm not sure how to do the skirt part. the bodice will be easy, i'll be able to draft my own pattern for that. it looks like the stripes on the skirt are sort of wavy, and that's the part that throws me. any ideas?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / adding boning to thin cotton dress on: May 12, 2009 02:30:01 AM
i just made a gorgeous dress that i'm in love with (although it's not yet hemmed and has no straps). it's very form-fitting, so i'd like to add boning to smooth out my figure. what's the best way to attach the boning? the dress itself is just basic quilter's cotton, and i haven't decided if i want to use cheap plastic boning from joann's, or something more substantial, like heavy duty cable ties.

btw, the dress is very similar to this: http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/swingdress.html, but it's kelly green instead of red.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / help with pirate shirt? on: September 22, 2008 07:37:27 PM
i'm going to be a pirate this year, and i can't figure out how to make the shirt i'll wear under my corset. it'll be pretty similar to the red shirt on the left here: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v16/GurlWithGuitar/costumes/073.jpg except my sleeves will only be elbow length. i get the general idea of how to make it (the shirt's a big rectangle, and the sleeves are skinnier rectangles), but i don't know how wide they need to be, or exactly how to attach them together. i've googled this to death, but nothing i've found gives me any idea of how big everything needs to be if i want it as poofy as the picture. help?
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / dyeing clothing with kool-aid? on: November 23, 2006 04:36:17 PM
so i was just thinking that i could do with a new, nifty hoodie. walmart typically only sells the plain ones in boring colors, like red and white and black and navy. i was thinking of maybe a lightish purple, or maybe a baby blue. i don't want to mess with fabric dye, because it's expensive kind of, and i've never messed with it before. and then i had a brilliant idea. they dye yarn with kool-aid, so why not a hoodie? i'm sure they're made of the same materials sometimes, and i've read plenty of tutorials on dyeing with kool-aid, so it can't be that hard.

has anyone attempted this before? or maybe do any of you have any idea if this would work or not? i'm super excited about this, because i know walmart always has white hoodies, and they're really cheap. so now i can have a pretty hoodie for very very cheap, and i am excited! Cheesy well, provided that it works.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitty's exchequered on: November 19, 2006 06:04:21 PM
i'm currently working on knitty's exchequered for my boyfriend, and i'm about 6 or 7 inches in. this is my first foray into the world of double knitting, and i'm actually really pleased at how it's coming out. Smiley i'm making it in black and white too, instead of black and yellow, so it's all YAAAAY SKA!! Cheesy

has anyone else ever made this? if so, i'd love to see how yours came out. i've only ever seen the pics of the finished one on knitty, and google doesn't want to be helpful at the moment.

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