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1  UNITED STATES / North Carolina / Re: Raleigh/Durham finds on: September 30, 2011 06:15:22 PM
Awesome to see this thread!

New-ish to the area and wondering if there are any fabric stores in the Triangle that don't totally suck? All I've found so far is a very, very sad JoAnn's.  I'm bummed that I may have to either web-order or make regular buying trips to NYC...
2  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Two dress forms up for grabs in BK! on: June 22, 2008 11:02:54 AM
Hello fellow crafters,

Before I offer these up to Craigslist, I thought I'd see if anyone here would like them.


Two dressforms, both in the size twelve range.  Available for pick-up in Crown Heights.

One is an adjustable (I think the smallest size is 39", 32", 40"), the other is a Fabulous Fit form size 12 with narrowed shoulders (the second cover is included so you can add batting or padding to size, but I don't have the original pads that came with it).  The adjustable is pretty lightly used, although it's missing a rubber cap on one of it's legs; the other form is more worn, but has a sturdy base with good casters (it really just needs new elastic on the bottom of the top cover--other than that, a few scratches in the paint on the base, and the narrowed shoulders which you could pad to size, it's in good shape).

I'm moving next weekend: if you'd like one or both, e-mail me at samothracen at yahoo dot com this week to set up a time to pick one or both up.  I'm available any night after 7:30pm except for Tuesday; my fiance may be available during the day next week as well, I'm not sure.  I think the adjustable could be taken on the subway (you can detatch and fold up the base, so you'd just have to deal with carrying the awkward-shaped but very light body).  The base for the Fabulous Fit form is pretty heavy, so I would want a car to take it.

Happy sewing!
3  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Re: Patterns on: February 24, 2008 01:25:39 PM
Is there any place in the garment district that has patterns?  I've been in great fabric stores, but can't seem to find any reliable sources.

Have you seen the Fashion District online source book?  I recently found it in my quest for  a certain type of surprisingly hard to find elastic.  It has a section on stores that sell patterns:

If you don't care about looking through the pattern books, I find cheaper prices online through the official sites of the pattern-makers.  A lot of them have super sweet online sales every few months (five or six bucks for Vogue designer patterns).
4  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Notions shops (looking for plush elastic)? on: November 23, 2007 07:20:09 PM
I've been using my extensive hoarded fabric stores since I moved to NY, but I now need some 2" plush elastic.  Does anyone have a favorite notions shop? I've been working too much to take a day to wander around the garment district or the Broadway and Canal area to check out the fabric shops.  Does anyone have suggestions or favorites?
5  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: Southeast / Re: Anyone in Philadelphia? on: December 01, 2006 10:41:07 PM
The November cafe will be held on Monday, 11/20 (pushed up a week because of Thanksgiving) and the theme will be Holiday Gifts.  Hopefully you can come to that one! 

We'll also have a number of classes in November and December.  I hope to have the schedule up by this weekend.

Oh, man, see what I miss when I lock myself in my studio and keep off the boards for months at a time? Well. I wish I had seen this about 12 days ago, but I am definately going to try and come the January Sewing Cafe.

In the meantime, if anyone is interested in getting together for holiday crafting, let me know.  I'm in West Philly am capable of crossing the river (although rather slowly) with the aid of my trusty three-speed cruiser and/or SEPTA.
6  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: Southeast / Re: Philadelphia Fabric Shops/Sewing Supplies Shops on: December 01, 2006 10:18:39 PM
I am also a lover of the Jomar.  On fabric row, check out the basement of Maxie's Daughter--they've got some really great vintage fabrics for cheap (although check them, since sometimes the edges are faded or there's water stains). 

I'm also a fan of Karlin's on 8th just north of Market.  They're not huge, but they have a great selection of vintage buttons, plus some really nice woolens and formalwear fabrics for cheap.  I got a ton of super-rad 60" wide english wool suiting for like $7.50 a yard (!!!).  Anyway, the service is excellent and they're a nice place to know about if you're running errands in center city and just need a few staples like muslin or a zipper or something.  Plus, they're right next to the MFL, which is nice when it's freezing out and I don't want to bike down to S. Philly.
7  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: Southeast / Re: PHILADELPHIA TATTOO PLACES! on: December 01, 2006 10:02:56 PM
If you have a car, my not-quite-SIL works at a place in the NE called Electric Rembrandt.  She does great custom work and is really conscientious about the kinds of inks she uses, people with sensitive skin, etc....plus, the shop up there is set up so that each artist has their own little private room, which I find way more comfortable (there's nothing like getting a back piece or something in an open shop).  I've also heard good things about Noko Oi.
8  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Seale's Jocelyn vest on: August 27, 2006 02:08:13 PM
It looks to me like the vest has a shawl collar.  If I were you, I'd make it with a layer of fur, a layer of lightweight interfacing, and a layer of some sort of facing fabric to give it shape but not make it too bulky.  I'd make the fur layer a little bigger than the facing and interfacing so the seam between the facing and the fur would be an inch or so under the collar and wouldn't show.
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What you need to know to screen print t-shirts(and other stuff) on: March 07, 2006 09:20:25 PM
               a.  If your screen is brand spankin new, you need to abrade it so that your stencil will stick well.  To do this, just take a soft bristle brush and lightly rub it on the screen.  Only do this when the screen is brand new.  (Only when brand new.  Seriously, Im not kidding.)
           b.  Next you wash the screen and if you happened to buy a kit with a degreaser in it, use that. Then spray it down with water.
           c.  Let it dry for about an hour.  (To speed up drying you can use a shop vac and suck off some excess water after you wash it.)

Just so I'm clear: I'm assuming you abrade and wash before applying emulsion, right?

Edit: OK, so I have MORE questions! Can you talk more about this magical capillary substance? I assume this is presensitized screen? Do you stretch it on the frame like you would untreated poly (I've never done this, but I assume it's the same as stretching canvas and that I could use premade painting stretcher bars and my handy staple gun)? Any advice on brands? I've used pretreated metal photolitho plates before; I assume it's similar stuff only on fabric.
10  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: Southeast / Re: Craft classes in Philly on: March 07, 2006 08:59:31 PM
I think Temple has some cheap evening and weekend extension classes in center city.  Also, have you checked out the University City Arts League? Here's their site: http://www.ucartsleague.org/
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