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1261  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first blouse.. sort of cowl neck. HELP!! on: September 22, 2004 10:55:15 AM
I would first try looser and longer.  When you have your tension too tight it makes it bunch up more.  Same with shorter stiches.  You are aiming for something that will hold the hem but without putting too much stress on the material so that it will hang right.  I have gone through so many scraps trying to find just the right combination.  After you find what works, it helps if you make notes to keep for future projects.  I have a book where I put a piece of the material and write the notes about the tension and stitch length.  That way if I am making something in the future with a similar type of material, I won't have to go through the agony again!
1262  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first blouse.. sort of cowl neck. HELP!! on: September 22, 2004 06:13:58 AM
You might try using some of your scraps and working with the tension on your machine.  That is what I have the hardest time with myself.  Also try adjusting the length of your stiches.  I love how the top drapes around the neck!
1263  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: for the velvet/patchwork lovers on: August 27, 2004 05:59:36 AM
SCA stands for The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.  The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe.  If you go to www.sca.org you can learn more.  Or if there is a renaissance festival held near you, you can usually find a booth.  It is a lot of fun!!!
1264  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: first non-reconstructed skirt on: August 19, 2004 03:10:26 PM
Love the material!!!!  Can you tell us how you made it?  Did you use anything for a pattern? Grin
1265  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Duct Tape Art on: August 13, 2004 05:43:43 AM
Looks great!  How did you make it?  How are you planning on displaying it? 
1266  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Manly counterpart? on: July 20, 2004 05:54:18 AM
Basically anything to do with cars...remodeling, restoring old cars, etc.  Here in Houston we have a very large Art Car Parade.  You would not believe what some of these guys come up with!
1267  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: clear elastic question on: July 02, 2004 11:57:37 AM
I have found that if you use a "surgeon's knot" it will hold.  It is basically a square knot where you do the first right over left but then when you go to do the left over right you go through about three or four times instead and then pull TIGHT.  Hope that makes sense.

Here is a scouting website that has an illustration to show what I mean.
1268  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ben & Jerry's Tee Transformed! on: July 01, 2004 11:25:42 AM
How about cow print ribbon around the bottom?  The other thing that came to mind when I first saw it...green bias tape edging around the neck and sleeves to give it a more finished look.
1269  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: advice on dress... on: June 21, 2004 03:14:02 PM
Great job on the dress!  I agree with some of the others on the addition of some tulle at the bottom.  But I think the black ribbon should go around the top instead of under the bust.  Or something else you could do would be to make several removeable appliques.  You could attach them with snaps or with velcro.  That way you can change up the dress to fit your mood or the occasion.
1270  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: duct tape skirt? on: May 12, 2004 11:22:07 AM
a good place to go for some inspiration is www.ducktapeclub.com
they have a contest called "Stuck at the Prom" and some of the outfits are amazing.

Another good site is www.ducktapeguys.com  These guys have written several books about duct tape.

The main thing is to have fun and just go with the flow.
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