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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Rogue and Wasp Cosplay for the wee one on: September 24, 2013 04:30:58 PM
LOVE THIS! She rocked those outfits, and reading the story was just so uplifting Smiley)
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ombre Galaxy trench on: June 04, 2013 06:23:57 AM
I hope you figure out how to wear that ABSOLUTELY EVERYWHERE!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sex & Country Carrie Diaries Inspired Long Tunic and Skirt {IMG HVY} on: May 29, 2013 06:25:40 PM
love x a million. Nuff said.
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Captain America Dancing Girl - Lead Variant on: October 23, 2012 03:18:30 PM
Seriously looked at the movie clip picture before I knew it was a movie clip picture, I thought, "They didn't use the original model? The outfit looks kinda frumpy on the second woman." Kudos for making an awesome costume that looks even better than your inspiration!
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Fluffy Pink Layer Cake Dress from "Firefly" on: April 18, 2012 05:47:14 PM
Incredible!! So accurate; this had to take your whole life.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Christmas Present: The Dress She Designed Herself on: January 13, 2012 10:01:36 PM
This is awesome! Turned out great Smiley)
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Mademoiselle Ensemble for Steampunk Croquet [NOW IMG HVY!!] on: July 21, 2011 09:51:30 AM
The amount of work that went into this is amazing! Congratulations for being awesome.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Prewashing fabric paranoia on: June 26, 2011 07:55:54 AM
Okay, okay, so a long time ago, I already asked about prewashing fabrics. I'm not going to lie, I can be super slack on that. BUT--I really want to be more diligent because I'm going to start sewing for my sister's baby (not born yet!) and would like to make everything as nice and clean as possible. However, the thought of washing all the fabrics I have at once terrifies me. I've been doing some research, but I still had some questions..

So. If I need to wash like a pagillion fabrics that are between .25-3 yards, how do I? I do NOT want to individually wash them! But I'm super paranoid that some fabrics will bleed on the others! I would absolutely love to just dump all of them at once into the washer, but that's not reasonable. Washing individually is terribly uneconomical, and I would like to avoid that. I feel confident about some fabrics, and am pretty sure they won't bleed, but there are some that I don't feel comfortable with. However, I also feel even less comfortable devoting a whole wash for like .25-3 yards (and then all that time included!).

I've read a couple of suggestions. First, perform a bleed test. Did that. It sorta bled? Like, I had to rub the crap out of it onto a washcloth to see a very slight color transfer. Do you think it's safe? It's really blue, with a lot of hot pink (the fabric, not the bleed)... D: What would be considered a dangerous bleed? Like, bleed on contact, or bleed when rubbed??

Then, I read about setting dyes/removing excess dyes chemically. There is Synthrapol and Retayne, which I would have to go out and get (yo, I'm a slacker who doesn't like spending money unless it's absolutely necessary...or fabric Smiley). But, I also heard of setting/removing (don't know which?) with vinegar or salt. I read to soak in salt water solution overnight--but the ratios were vague. Does anyone know about this? And another method: to use a 1:3 vinegar+water solution--but to wash, or to soak? How long? How do you rinse the vinegar out well enough?

And then finally, the one thing that I sounds the most promising to me: washing in pillowcases (or other sack). I figured, for fabrics I'm not so sure about, I could just pop them in a pillowcase..right? But then, problem comes: can you really adequately wash up to 3 yards of fabric inside a pillow case? Would that be counter-effective? And, would that actually work to prevent any potential (mild/slight) bleeding on other fabrics?

And extra finally, am I thinking way too hard about this? Is this generally not that complicated? I mean, I don't think this hard when I buy new clothes or linens (which often shrink/bleed after washes). I'd rather not ruin a bunch of fabrics at once, but I really, really do not want to spend forever washing them individually and wasting loads of laundry! I would definitely be open to washing smaller pieces (under a yard) by hand, if that would work. Except, I still think up to 3 (or even 5) yards alone in a wash would be a waste. And then, I'm worried if it would properly preshrink!

I'm so sorry this post is so long! I just don't have anyone to ask these questions, and I get so paranoid that I become paralyzed in fear of messing up. Thank you for any kind of help!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Blue and White Striped Dress on: June 24, 2011 03:01:56 PM
Did you have any trouble with the center of the bust? I made mine for a friend and at the end when I was putting the trim around the top, there was a bit of excess only in the center. We ended up just folding it and hiding the mistake with a button or two. She does happen to have a low, far apart chest, so it may just have been the way it fit her, but I love the way this pattern looks but I've been hesitant to use it again because of that problem.

I posted my dress on craftster, if you're interested in taking a peak haha  Smiley

I love your version!  I totally saw it earlier, but it didn't click that they were the same dress Cheesy 
I did have problems with excess in the center, so there is a center front seam where I took in an inch or a bit. I had completely forgotten about that!

Hey! So I know exactly what you guys are talking about. It can kinda gape forward at the center? This happens when the fit isn't right with the chest. Try tweaking the curve that creates the seam at the middle of the bust. You want to bring the sides of the top bust piece downwards to offset the gaping that happens in the middle. One way to do this is to slope the sides of the curve on the bottom pieces downwards. Also, try making the curve less severe, this will tighten things up and help the bodice fit better. This is very difficult to explain, so I hope this isn't too confusing to understand! Also, make sure you make very incremental cuts, because a tiny cut makes a lot of difference sometimes. Good luck, and sorry you guys had problems with the pattern >.< I know it's pretty wonky!

Also, both of y'all's versions look great! Very lovely Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: vintage dress refashion - summer edition on: June 23, 2011 09:29:55 PM
Absolutely beautiful! I've been meaning to do an open back for a while, and yours is so pretty!

I think it looks lovely the way it is, but I dug out a tutorial I found a while ago that might be of help for sleeves. It's for poufy cap sleeves, but I'm sure it would be simple to make it less so if that's what you'd like. Anyway, here's the link:

Hopefully it'll be a good reference. And good luck!
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