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21  Ack! Quilting and Minke- black vs white- can I save it? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by TeaCouture on: July 19, 2009 07:48:17 PM
So I'm quilting a white top to a black minke back. My problem- the black minke is pulling through with the needle to the front: Like so;

Anyway to get around this? will it pull itself to the back when it's washed- am I hosed? =/ bleh
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22  Re: Retro Butterick 5032 1952 Dress with Cumberbund Sash and Capelet Mock up in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by TeaCouture on: July 02, 2009 03:05:57 PM
Yippee! Almost done! Just need to hem and trim the zipper and it's show time!

Now for a bit of comparrison!

Before craftster help...

after crafster help...

Thanks everyone for your help- couldn't have done it with out you! I'll post pictures all fancy and made up.
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23  Re: Retro Butterick 5032 1952 Dress with Cumberbund Sash and Capelet Mock up in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by TeaCouture on: June 30, 2009 11:50:58 AM
Alright mock up version 2.0 is done and I've moved to cut the fashion fabric again...  Roll Eyes I think I might bring up the waist a little more in the front- but I'll wait till the I cut out the final to see how I like it.

Now my next question is when I go to hem this sucker how would you all recommend I do that... use the blind hem stich on my machine...? I think it has one anyways... or hand hem it. Either way tutorials on hemming would be great! Wink
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24  Re: Retro Butterick 5032 1952 Dress with Cumberbund Sash and Capelet Mock up in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by TeaCouture on: June 21, 2009 08:30:00 PM
The fun continues- got sidetracked by discovering just how bad my pool is leaking  Undecided

But that's a whole nother story...

I did figure out how to maket he bodice fit mucho better  Grin

I shifted the shoulder bit over about half it's width and redrafted teh arm hole to meet up with the shift.

I was afraid the neck was going to be too small but after putting it on I think it's okay. The back and front shoulders cover my bra and I discovered I needed to add another dart at the armhole to get rid of some pucker (but I only added it to the my right boob which you can see on the detail cheast shot- and damit it the bust dart baste came out with me putting the damn thing on!)- need to transfer that to the new pattern and then fighure out how to bring my waist up in the back...

Although now that I'm looking at it the left boob doesn't look so bad?
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25  Re: Zipper newb! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by TeaCouture on: June 20, 2009 05:35:18 PM
Invisible zipper on teh final.... still wonky... meh!

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26  Re: Retro Butterick 5032 1952 Dress with Cumberbund Sash and Capelet Mock up in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by TeaCouture on: June 20, 2009 05:32:48 PM
Okay the final fits a tad better than the muslin. Still have issues with the shoulders and the zipper is wonky  Undecided I need to hem it, do some top stiching and give it a final pressing after a wash- I may take it to the cleaners and let them take care of it. It's got issues and i might just go buy a dress as I'm not sure I want to wear this at my friends wedding- it looks homemade.. bleh...


Inside with natural light:

Zipper Detail:
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27  Retro Butterick 5032 1952 Dress in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by TeaCouture on: June 18, 2009 05:10:07 PM
A friend is getting married and she asked me to make my own dress... not a totally random request as I do sew costumes for the Renaissance Festival and Adrian Empire events... Still I'm fairly new to sewing.

After a lengthy email illmination we Both decided Butterick 5032 was just the ticket for my dress. I wanted a fitted bodice top and fairly full skirt. Little did we know that the full skirt is actually a seperate piece- no matter options are good.

So I measured and according to the pattern envelope I was supposed to be a size 18  Roll Eyes as this is a fitted dress and I didn't want to just go for it with my nice shiney fashion fabric I made a mock up is said size 18. After getting the bodice top done I had about too much fabric at the back by about 8" and the top of the neck line was bunchy... So I got some advice on how to alter it... and just as I was getting started on the alterations I decided to try the size 14...  Grin much better!

Now the dress calls for a zipper- ren faire costumes don't use zippers unless they are hidden -well in my world anyways... I've only done one... on a skirt and it was wonky  Undecided SO looking through my sewing books and a tutorial or two I gave the dreaded zipper a try... now on a mock up... totally okay with the results... not so much on a final garment made of Shantung. Here's the mock up version:

I've got a post in another section so if you have any suggestions please add them to 'Zipper Newb!'.


So back to the size 14... mucho better no more excess fabric and the front sits a ton better:

I'm making the other pieces as mock ups just because I'm paranoid so I'll post as I work and then end with the final product.

Okay so I finished and wore the dress to the wedding. I loved it! Here are a few pics of the dress.

oopsy- messy me
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28  Re: Zipper newb! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by TeaCouture on: June 18, 2009 04:46:10 PM
Okay so I did a zipper on my mock up. For a mock up zipper I'm okay with the stiching- so I need to work on that... and on the final I should face the zipper correctly. After I got it sewed in a realized I had put the zipper so the pull faced my back- yeah super fun to try and operate by myself  Roll Eyes

On a mock up... not bad... the finished product... um not so much...
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29  Acrylics water and Plywood- oh my! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by TeaCouture on: June 17, 2009 06:01:00 PM
I love painting with watered down acrylics on plywood. Well I love the 3 I've done. They aren't done but is art every really 'done'  Wink


I took a drawing out of my sketch book:

Photo copied it and did a photo transfer with acetone and painted over that with watered down acrylics:

And added ink onto the top of that:

I still need to add color to the wings and do some more with the foreground. Who knows what else my mind will decide it wants to add.


It was late I was working on angels and started sketching while waiting for paint to dry:

Then came back and added some ink onto the top of that:

It still needs work- it'll get more color and more ink but all in good time.

And My Shadow:

Close to being done I'm just afraid of overworking it:

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30  Re: Tshirt quilt help! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by TeaCouture on: June 10, 2009 02:49:29 PM
This is what I did with my fraternity shirts:

I took a white flat sheet- and safety pinned the shirts to it- whole- I didn't cut them unless I needed to. I didn't use interfacing either. If I do this again I would probably cut the back part of the t-shirt off and still use the flat sheet as a base. I sewed them all down and framed and backed the sucker in fleece- this is one heavy quilt... if I do another one I'll pick a lighter fabric for the back. it's super cozy warm though!

I like the quilts on Too Cool T-shirt Quilts =D
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