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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: does anyone know?????? on: August 10, 2007 05:48:53 AM
depending on design it should be possible, but since you still want to keep a nice shape in it I would recommend having it done by a real seamstress. Unless its not for your wedding and just for fun, then I would recommend taking all of it apart, even the lining, then pieceing it back together inside out so you can adjust the seamallowances, then trace left and  right to make it symetric and baste stitch, try it on, take it apart, baste stitch etc etc ect till it's perfect!

it's easier if you have a mannequin in your size or a willing friend. good luck! show us pics! x L
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: dress must reach its full potential first on: August 10, 2007 05:44:50 AM
shorten it a bit, then add a band that's a little less wide than the dress, making it into a sort-of bubble skirt. I think it already looks super cute! x L
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Off-White Canvas Spinter Jacket on: February 22, 2007 11:41:08 AM
why not make them hidden buttons? That way you dont ruin the nice clean look of the lines you have now. With hidden buttons I mean the type that has an extra piece of fabric underneath to which you hook the buttons through and the pattern piece you have now will only be attached to that from the back, so no visible tucks or slashes on the front.. x L
4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Soles? on: January 26, 2007 02:57:38 PM
I only took one pair apart, but I'm actually pretty sure most of the "fashion shoes" are just glued together. Only the handmade italian expensive shoes with leather soles are nailed together with wooden nails. Most of the "sticthing" you see around a sole are "welts" or "welting" just a fake little leather stips, like piping in clothing that looks nice, but doesnt actually has stiches going through anything.

I was planning on making a sole this weekend, but I dont have any proper glue or cement yet.. I also want to think of a way to shape the soles (paper/leather) maybe on the last so that they will have a nice fit.

And yes the shoes were exactly like all my other shoes before I took them apart. One of the heels of a pair of high heeled boots just came off (when walking around in the city..) so they will be sacrificed next! Will keep you posted about this.

x L
5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Soles? on: January 24, 2007 02:25:02 AM
yeah buy that book by mary wales loomis and DO take a pair of old shoes apart, you'll see how easy they are put together! They are just paper, leather and glue!! There was no stitching from the upper to the sole in mine whatsoever! The metal part is only nailed to the heel, you can do that with normal nails too and then the rest of the shoe is just glued to that! Really!
x L
6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Found some good info on shoe-making on: January 24, 2007 02:04:44 AM
I also bought the book of mary wales loomis. I LOVE it! Unfortunately I still have one exam left before I can call myself a dentist, so I could only make a last in that time..

(IMAGINE all the cool materials I will have free access to! Plaster, stone which I found is really hard.. duh, but for a cast of a good last it'll be perfect! Because the plaster of paris stays a bit chalky so it's a bit messy.. I will even be able to make casts of cool heels and make them out of plastics!)

The best way to make a last is the get some cheap shoes that fit nicely and you may want to salvage the heel of! Because if you take older shoes you will get all the humps and bumps that are in them also... I didnt have time to get new shoes, so I had to tape up some old ones, since they were sandals.

I also put a panty hose in it, stupid because the plaster didnt go all the way into the toes.. so with the other shoe I pulled out the stocking before filling it.

The pink is very hard stone (from dental school) and the white is normal plaster of paris. Cute shoe, but I had a very similar pair.

Finished last! It was pretty difficult to get the other foot exactly the same..

The shoes I took apart were all glued together and the soles were just made of paper and leather! Great! Will be continued!

x L
7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Only One!!!!! on: January 24, 2007 01:43:06 AM
Can't you copy the other shoe or put it back together? I've bought the book make your own shoes and I am very very excited!! You can just glue it all together so I've been planning and making patterns for my yellow shiny leather T-strap round-toe heels!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Scraggly Panties take #1 on: January 18, 2007 11:20:14 AM
I've just gave my Elastic Wizard a try and it's really true, in just one snap it makes your work look very professional!! I've bought the elastic wizard on ebay for about 11 dollars and I bought 180 yards of picot edge elastic, that's what it's called. Here in Holland we've got a whole line of make-your-own-undies. Though quite UNsexy; merckwaerdigh You can find them on the dutch www.ebay.nl

I'm also trying to make a bra next!! It's also a bit of a technique: you sew the elastic on the good side of the fabric with the good side of the elastic together, with the nice picot edge away from the edge of the underwear. Then you stretch the elastic as you just sew it on (with a regular stitch) make sure the normal fabric stays straight, so hold it tighly on both ends while feeding it through, then flip over the  completed edge, showing just the ruffles or loops from the elastic and then with a normal foot while stretching it again, use the stretch zig zag, or a normal bigger zigzag will work.

The elastic wizard makes the first step extreemly easy, no stretching whatsoever, it stretches the elastic for you, and very evenly! Great!
I used little O-rings for the panther undies, it looks better. I've also make a pair of a remnant of very expensive silk I had leftover. You need only a scrap!
x L
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lined/Zippered Scooter Bag on: January 11, 2007 04:25:27 AM
Vintage inspiration:

A 1950s vespa with bag. Something like this does come in handy when you're traveling by vespa for longer stretches.

And my favorite, what I've been thinking about making for some time now:

This is a tucano Urbano avant la lettre!! Snapped a photo from an original vespa accesoire leaflet in a vespa museum Smiley I drive my little smallframe all through winter since it's my only means of transport here in Amsterdam. So its nice to stay warm, and possibly even wear a skirt in wintertime without freezing my balls off.

x L
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: Cheap silk screening, first attempt, gone wrong. Poor Oscar Wilde. on: October 09, 2006 09:55:04 AM
yay I did my first couple of screens today too!
I think you do need a squigy, or anything else that can push your paint down through the screen and onto and into your shirt, because just painting with a brush on my screen didnt make my paint really transfer. I would try any rubbery pan-scraper orso?

I should post a pic of my screen now I know, but havent made any pics! x L
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