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1  Design questions - cowl neckline dress and waistcoat in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by a_starfish on: September 18, 2010 02:48:34 PM
1. The cowl neckline dress - I've never tried sewing or drafting a cowl neckline before - Is this idea even possible? Will the neckline hold in place or this style likely to result in the straps slipping off my shoulders? Is there anything that I can do design wise to minimise that risk? I was thinking of sewing the basic princess line dress and then attaching the cowl neckline to it so that it drapes down over the top of the dress. I have a green sateen fabric for this.

2. Halter waistcoat - Design opinions please! I like this idea but given a recent project failure I wonder how (un)flattering it has the potential to be as I have broad shoulders, small bust (34AA), waist 26", hips 38". I love all my my measurements (and shoulders!) but don't really want to make myself look even more flat chested and broad shouldered. I want to show off what I have. Wink

I have a gorgeous black wool/cashmere fabric for this.
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2  Help with design/fabric choice please! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by a_starfish on: March 11, 2009 06:02:21 AM
I'm making a messenger bag (not from a pattern) that's lined with quilted black satin. I was going to make the outside out of black canvas but I've fallen for the satin and would like to use that for the outside too... however if random bits were canvas i.e. the front under the flap and the back (see diagram below) which would receive the heaviest wear will it look particularly weird? I'd much prefer to be consistent but I don't think the satin would stand up to heavy wear very well (or might create lots of static). Alternatively would just the visible part of the flap with the appliqu/green cotton on it being black satin work? At least then the rest of the outside of the bag being canvas might make it look more coherent and the flap would be like a feature? I'm not really convinced! Help! I've been trying to decide for weeks.

The materials used on outside are going to be stainless steel, grey/silver coloured satin piping, a black satin appliqu (that's the random splodge on the green), pale olive/khaki green cotton and some black cotton webbing to attach the metal bits.

The satin is to the left and the canvas is to the right on both of test pieces of lazy piping. It's an ever so slightly bluey-black.

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3  Re: 2 way stretch fabric help! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by a_starfish on: April 14, 2007 05:59:53 AM
Thanks for all your help, the dress is now finished!

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4  My First dress!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by a_starfish on: June 20, 2006 07:51:27 PM

The obligatory mirror shot

This is the fabric close up

I patterned this dress from a fitted sloper created using the instructions here with ease added which I then proceeded to remove from everywhere except the waist in fitting. I joined the sloper pattern to a simple skirt pattern drafted from instructions here and shifted the darts so they matched with those of the sloper. I know I showed disregard for the fact they were fitting darts in doing this! Lol! I couldnt work out how else to do it other than simply move them across the few centimetres that were needed. I then added flounces to the skirt part. The fabric is a French cotton and was purchased at 2.40 a metre and the dress worked out at roughly 7.50!!! Grin

Im not totally in love with it even though it's great to wear it makes my torso look a lot longer than it is, but then Ive realised I do tend to wear clothes that dont make it obvious Im 510! Tongue
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5  Colour suggestions wanted! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by a_starfish on: June 06, 2006 10:01:45 PM
I want to make a cropped jacket or shrug to go with a dress I'm making but I can't think of what colours would look good! (Why can you never finish one project before starting to think of the next one? lol!)

This is the fabric the dress is made from:

The dress will have straps - this is how far I got with it yesterday, it gives a pretty good idea of how the stripes look on the dress.

All suggestions for a cropped jacket/shrug welcome!  Grin
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6  What's wrong with my sloper??? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by a_starfish on: May 21, 2006 11:19:44 AM
I tried to draft a sloper using http://www.leenas.com/English/draw_bodice.html, the measurements I had trouble with were the shoulder length and bust height, but they seem to be fine in the mock-up. Can anyone think of a reason why it is so baggy aside from too much ease in the garment? (I used 8cm of ease for the high bust measurement, 6 for the waist and 4 for the abdomen and hip measurements.) I just can't believe this is what a sloper should look like!  Huh

This is what my drafted pattern looked like before i cut it - http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y1/a_golden_starfish/crafts/P5216905.png
Slightly angled view of the mock-up - http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y1/a_golden_starfish/crafts/P5216909.jpg
View of back of the mock-up - http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y1/a_golden_starfish/crafts/P5216913.jpg
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