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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Burlesque Costume Help on: September 29, 2010 04:07:18 PM
Are you looking to use ribbon as the straps or to sew your own fabric straps/ties? If you want to sew on ribbon look out for double-faced satin ribbon (smooth on both sides) usually polyester but I think you can find it in silk in some places. In the past I've found the edges of ribbon scratches my skin a bit behind my neck when used on ties so you might want to consider that if looking at ribbon. Hope that helps.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Design questions - cowl neckline dress and waistcoat 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.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using Cordura - sealing eges/seams? on: May 04, 2009 08:14:47 AM
Popping back in a bit late - I've finished sewing my bag now. I found the Cordura quite easy to sew (the 500 Denier is quite a bit thinner than the 1000 Denier Cordura). It tried to unravel once I'd clipped the corners and hadn't sealed the edges, and probably because I poked at it a little bit wondering if it was unravelling too. Wink For sewing I fiddled with the tension a bit, had the bottom a little bit looser than usual but it didn't throw up any particular surprises when sewing it with 100% polyester and a size 14 needle with around 8-10 stitches to the inch. I had more trouble the number of layers (6-10) in parts because of the piping like de_sjiem than anything else. As de_sjiem said, practise on scraps until it looks right before starting work! Hope the sewing goes smoothly for you!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using Cordura - sealing eges/seams? on: April 21, 2009 04:59:46 PM
That helped a lot, thank you so much!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Using Cordura - sealing eges/seams? on: April 19, 2009 11:06:21 AM
I have some PU coated 500 Denier Cordura that I'm using to make a messenger bag, it has a thin coating/plastic type layer on the wrong side of the fabric. Do I need to heat seal the edges of the Cordura to stop it ravelling and/or should I seal the seams? The bag is fully lined so there will be no exposed seams.

I'm not so bothered about it the bag being 100% watertight, I'm more concerned about it staying to together!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Supernatural Swap Round 2? on: March 29, 2009 04:29:53 PM
I'd love to take part in this swap (I'm madly in love with Supernatural right now) but as others have said, maybe not right now. I'm still trying to finish all the Supernatural related crafting projects I've started and the summer dresses I haven't. I'll keep checking back too though!  Grin
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cordura??? on: March 23, 2009 10:12:18 AM
Have you found any Cordura yet? I'm in the UK so I can't rec a stateside shop but there should be an online supplier nearer to you if you look for outdoor fabrics/marine fabric specialist supply stores (it took me ages to figure out those were the kind of places that tended to stock it!).
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with design/fabric choice please! on: March 11, 2009 12:05:36 PM
Thanks for the help elijor! Grin I'd completely forgotten that EVERY messenger (all floppy ones) I've made wore through on the sides where I attached the strap first rather than the back or anywhere else!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where sells metal loops in the UK? on: March 11, 2009 06:05:01 AM
Thanks! I did try there but they didn't really have what I was after. I ended up ordering from www.profabrics.co.uk in the end because they had lots of stainless steel metal bits to choose from.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Help with design/fabric choice please! 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 appliqué/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 appliqué (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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