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1  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.
2  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!
3  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 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.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Where sells metal loops in the UK? on: February 28, 2009 12:43:47 PM
Does anyone know of shops/websites in the UK that sell rectangular metal loops (preferably stainless steel) for messenger bag straps? I've seen them on US websites but I'd like to buy from a UK supplier so I can get crafting sooner rather than later!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Denim jeans - patterns? on: February 13, 2009 03:10:27 PM
I want to make a pair of jeans with 100% cotton, non-stretchy fabric with an obvious diagonal but I can't find any patterns for non-stretchy fabric. Does anyone know of any patterns for a pair of jeans short of taking apart an old pair and making my own pattern?
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Strength of jump rings? on: January 29, 2008 11:42:40 AM
Beading newbie here! I made a necklace with silver findings and gemstones, now the gemstones are pretty heavy, I used a bolt ring and a jump ring as the closure. Does anyone else do this/has anyone else found it a problem? I'm not convinced that the jump ring won't be pulled open by the weight of the necklace!

Along a similar line I'm planning on making my second bracelet using eyepins joined with rings - would it be best to used soldered round rings rather than jump rings to join the eyepins together? What do you use?
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Recyling spiral sketchbook bindings? on: May 26, 2007 02:50:50 PM
Has anyone had any success in pulling off thick metal spiral binding like the binding on these ( http://www.graphicsdirect.co.uk/products/245/Pink-Pig-Bright-A4.htm )sketchbooks and then bending it back into shape on a new pile of paper?

I'm hoping to make a spiral bound sketchbook with a variety of papers inc handmade paper and some tracing paper but I don't think I'd be able to get Staples/similar place to punch and spiral bind a hardcover and the variety of papers I'd like to use.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 2 way stretch fabric help! on: April 05, 2007 03:40:37 PM
As per usual I'm making my life difficult with my sewing projects. I'm sewing a dress using a striped cotton blend fabric, the fabric has a 2 way stretch at right angles to the stripes. However, when stretched and poked this fabric distorts so that it will no longer lie flat on the table. If I then iron the fabric it mostly returns to being flat, but not entirely.

I have interfaced the bodice pieces with a lightweight interfacing so that they are reasonably stable, but I'm wondering if I do that to my very-nearly-but-not-quite bias cut skirt sections whether they'll lose the ability to drape nicely. I'm using the thinnest iron-on interfacing I could find, but it is a thin fabric so I think that'd be the appropriate one anyway.

So, should I interface or maybe even line the skirt sections but treat the lining as one with the outside fabric? Or does anyone with experience of working with two way stretch on the bias have any other ideas/suggestions/advice?

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Appropriate fabric choice (help!) on: February 17, 2007 12:55:23 AM
I'm making a fully lined long sleeved evening dress. It is from a pattern but by the time I finish altering it won't bear much resemblance to the original pattern.  Sad

Firstly I have this notion in my head that you're not meant to mix man made and natural fibres. Is this generally a good rule?

Ideally I'd like to make the entire thing in silk but money doesn't allow that. If I make the dress out of a polesyer charmeuse satin is it okay to line it with something like silk? And would I roast wearing polyester/silk? Any suggestions for a better type of fabric to use?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My First dress!!! 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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