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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Making a number of identical figurines on: September 13, 2013 08:22:04 AM
Hello, I am working with a friend who has a start-up publishing company. I help make some of her different merchandising items. One of her authors is publishing a book that involves minotaurs. He has asked that we make a small minotaur figurine to go with the book. We would like something that would give a good result and that can be easily replicated. I was thinking of making a polymer clay original and then using a mold-making compound to make a mold from the polymer clay original. I would then cast the molds in something like plaster of paris or perhaps resin. We've also talked about using an epoxy clay but we are wanting to keep costs down. I am not particularly experienced with polymer clay and wanted to see if you guys think this plan is workable before I spend a great deal of time making the original. Making completely individual figurines from scratch is not a viable option due to time constraints and the costs associated with this.

Thanks Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Skirt, Bolero, and Tie (moderately pic heavy) on: October 25, 2009 02:15:22 PM
Hello good people of Craftster. I've been hanging out here for a few years now and have really enjoyed the opportunity to see what other crafty people have been creating. I've been sewing for about 4 years now and have made a bunch of projects but haven't had the chance to use a camera to get some pics of my work online. I made my entire outfit (skirt, cami, bolero, bra, and panties) and I made my partner's tie. I drafted all patterns myself. I finished the skirt about 2 years ago. It took about 100 hours of work to complete (it was one of the first times I used silk and I was very new to drafting so making the yoke part of the skirt was very difficult. The cami and bolero are more recent creations. The skirt is very heavily inspired by a Lipservice skirt (it's from their autumn line from a few years ago but I don't recall the details right now and I can't find pics of the original at the moment.) When I saw this skirt I fell in love but didn't have the money to buy it and thought drafting it would be a nice challenge. It is made out of acetate brocade and silk. The cami is a really nice soft jersey with stretch lace, and the bolero is cotton velvet with a crepe satin lining (The lace and lining were added by hand). The tie is made out of the same brocade as the skirt (it's silver and black instead of black on black) and has a satin lining. The skirt looks a little neater in real life, apparently the fabrics it is made out of don't photograph too nicely. Also, the white streaks on the cami aren't stains, that's just the way the light reflected off the spandex in the fabric. Anyways, now on to the pictures.

The both of us together:

The Skirt

Full Front View

Full Back View

Full Side View

Front Detail

Back Detail

The Bolero

Front View

Side View



Full Tie

Fabric Detail (this is the same as the patterned fabric on my skirt, except the fabric on the skirt is black on black)

Comments and Criticism are welcome, I've been looking forward to hearing how to improve my designs and sewing skills.

Fabric Information:
Thanks for the lovely comments Smiley. I got the fabric off ebay from Renaissance Fabrics. When I was looking for that store again I saw that Fabric Masterpieces is also selling it. Looks like Renaissance has it for slightly cheaper (and has a fairly large selection of different broccades) but both seem to have good feedback.

*Like most brocades this stuff can be a real PITA to work with, so if you're going to get it make sure you get enough to leave very large seam allowances, and if you're going to use it for something heavy duty with a lot of stress (like a corset) you'll want to back it with something stronger or the fabric will separate at the seams. I wouldn't recommend pre-washing this stuff, it will develop permanent creases and wrinkles. It did seem to tolerate really high heat on the iron very well (some wrinkles wouldn't come out otherwise) and that seemed to make pressing the seams easier than lower heat but make sure you try on a small piece of your own first. Sorry for the mini-novel there but figured some one might benefit from the heads up.

Thanks for being so patient with the multiple screw-ups involved with getting (and keeping) this posting up and running. I've definitely learned a lot from this process and hopefully next time I post something it will work the first time and stay working.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Military Jacket Trim on: September 28, 2009 10:45:47 AM
Hiya everyone. I'm going to be making a military jacket soon, and of course, those are never complete without trim. I'm a little lost as to what the best type of trim would be, so I thought I'd get some ideas from you guys. It doesn't have to be the traditional gold or silver,  I'm more interested in the types of things I should look for in a good trim.

Thanks, I hope this makes adequate sense Smiley.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need images from What Not to Wear Kathryn K. (2006) on: September 02, 2008 10:51:23 AM
Hello wonderful craftsters. I was watching What Not to Wear this afternoon and caught a rerun of the Kathryn K. episode from 2006. The second mannequin had the most wonderful jacket/shirt combo that I HAVE to have. I've looked for images but I can't find any from that episode. Does anyone know somewhere that might have some images of her mannequins? I know TLC has the episode avaliable for purchase, but I'd rather not go through that if there's a website with the pics.

I don't need a pattern for the jacket since I'm pretty sure I can make one myself/modify an existing one, I just need to get a better look at the details.

thanks Smiley.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Lingerie Fabrics on: September 26, 2007 03:49:40 PM
I want to try making my own bras and matching panties/camis. Are there any fabrics any of you have like to work with for these items? Are there any places that you would reccommend looking for fabric? The biggest think I'm having trouble finding is stretch lace. I like things that have a pretty high cotton content (yeast infection is not sexy).

6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Piping with stretch twill on: March 25, 2007 05:03:49 PM
I'm making a fitted shirt with light weight twill. I want to make some piping to accent the panels of the shirt. I know piping needs to be on the bias, but if I'm using a mildly stretchy fabric (stretch twill) does this rule still apply?

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I just made a boo-boo....A skirt that doesn't fit. Help? (Pics inside) on: March 17, 2007 12:07:47 AM
Well, I've just spent the last two months making a skirt. I made a toille which fit perfectly. I've unpicked the whole thing once to correct some technical errors. I've put the whole thing together tonight and realized that I have gained about a pound in my rear and it's just not going to fit. It's just barely too small. I can put it on as is and it's ok as long as I don't move (which obviously means that I'll never wear it out). Scrapping it is not an option, I've put months into it and the fabric is no longer avaliable so remaking it isn't going to happen. It's also been a rather costly endeavor, and I can't bring myself it throw all that money away. I think I've come up with an idea to make it fit, but I would like to hear every one's opinions. I don't have any pictures of my actual skirt, but it looks exactly like this:

As you can see from the pics, there are six straight panels with triangular insets inbetween them. Since I've lowered the waist of the skirt, the panels on mine are closer to the bottom of the yoke. Since I only need about another inch, I was thinking about making the two insets on the side go up higher to add some width around the hips (I've already put the front together and attached the yoke and put the back together and attached the yoke so I essentially have 2 large pieces that need to be joined at the sides. One side will get an invisible zipper). Do you guys honestly think that idea is going to work and still look good? Do you have any other options? (I can't rip it apart again because the main fabric is brocade and it just can't take any more rippage)

Sorry about the rant, I just had to get it out and everyone I know is asleep  Roll Eyes. You guys have all been wonderful, thanks so much.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Buying PVC? on: March 15, 2007 09:00:23 PM
I've recently decided that I'm in love with candy apple pvc and would love to buy some. None of the online fabric stores that I know about (which admittedly is a very small number) carry this sort of thing. Does anyone have any suggestions? What shoud I look for when purchasing PVC?

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making a Bra - I'm a bit overwhelmed on: February 24, 2007 02:56:49 PM
After another day of bra-shopping that involved me realizing that it's nearly impossible to find my size, I've decided that I want to undertake bra making. I've read a couple of pages that detail making a bra from one that you already have, and I'm confident that I can pull this off. My only issue is finding a fabric that is suitable, and what kind of fabric I want for the cups. I've seen the pre-made bra cups in stores, but those are a little stiffer than i like them. I prefer bras that are some where inbetween the very soft cups (where it's just a layer of fabric) and the moulded ones (where it looks like there's a boob in it when no one's wearing it). The bra that I want to copy feels like it has batting or something like that in it. Is there a special fabric for this?

What exactly do you reccomend for straps and the part that goes around the ribcage? Where do you reccomend getting the fabric (There are no stores around here for that).

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing stretchy fabrics when one is stretchier than the other on: February 23, 2007 09:44:13 AM
I have two knits that I want to sew together. Both are rather stretchy, but one is a good bit more so than the other. Would a reglar stretch stitch work, or will I need to take extra precautions given the difference in stretch. I would try it out myself, but I only have a very limited ammount of fabric.

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