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1  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!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hotpants time! on: October 20, 2010 01:33:25 PM
So, I haven't posted in forever and ever and ever! Well, I haven't sewed in ages, so it's not like I've had anything to share Sad Buut, I got the crave again and whipped up these hotpants. They'd been on my mind for a long time before I finally hunkered down and made them. I love in a dorm now, and a lovely friend modeled them for me in her (so charmingly messy) room. I don't know, I just really liked the nonchalant feel of having a messy backdrop.

These are made with a damask knit (I've made some underwear from them as well) with black knit for contrast.

I got the plaid/houndstooth lycra a while ago, but this is the first I've used it. The metallic spandex was a gift for helping the girls across the hall with their togas.

And finally, my favorite thing to work with: animal print! If I could, I'd deck out everything in it.

That's all for now! Hopefully I'll be a bit more active with my sewing Wink
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / High-Quality Craft Felt on: May 29, 2010 08:15:59 PM
Where can I find high-quality craft felt? Or at least what terms should I be looking for that indicate it? Here are some images of what I'm looking for:

It looks so nice and smooth!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / More and more playsuit pajamas! on: January 05, 2010 04:09:31 PM
Okay, so remember that elephant playsuit jammies I made a while back? It got featured in BUST magazine! I just had to share with ya'll Smiley

Check it out (item #5):

Since my debut into the world, hah, I have been busy coming up with others.

Here's the first one. It's got cute heart apples and a bright, green trim.

This one I made custom, so I didn't actually model it:

This one is actually my favorite. It just turned out super cute and cuddly!

Then finally I grabbed a dinosaur thermal knit find at Joann's to make this one:

That's all for now, yay!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / thermal knits on: October 30, 2009 11:54:04 AM
anybody have a suggestion where I can find some? I've had little success, and it's ridiculously hard to find! I didn't know if there was some secret cache or something hiding online that I haven't found. Oh, and if you happen to have any yourself that you'd like to sell or something, I am interested! Thanks Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tunic Dresses on: September 30, 2009 03:37:51 PM
So, I've been wanting to create something with a lace inset since I first began sewing, and I just hadn't yet! Finally, here are two dresses/tunics/whatever with pretty lace insets. They each have a peterpan-like collar and a sweetheart bustline.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dress and Playsuit PJs on: August 27, 2009 03:21:48 PM
Okay, sick of me yet? Hah..

Yeah, so I made more PJs playssuit style! This time I added snaps at the crotch for easy-access-potty-going Wink
These have adooorable elephants on them!

And then I finally made another dress from my awesome dino fabric!

That's all for now Smiley thanks for looking!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Contour bustline dress, plus TUTE!!! on: August 12, 2009 08:31:56 PM
So, with this post, a lot of people requested a tutorial for the bust.

Here's the product I made for the tute! (Yeah I changed the photos-took some real ones... the others were total poopypants!)

Now, go make it!!!

(please don't forget to credit me! thanks, mucho appreciated Cheesy)


UPDATE: This dress made it on the front page of etsy! Ahhh! Happyface!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dresses and thongsses (and a whole load of pics) now linked to the TUTORIAL on: August 08, 2009 11:46:43 AM
UPDATE: Here's the link to the tutorial I created for you guys! http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/contour-bust-dress-and-tute

So, lately I have been super productive! That is very unusual.... Anyway, I have made 2 dresses and some thongs to share. The 2 dresses are very  similar 'cause I used the same pattern for them. I just created this contour bustline that is incredible! it's so supportive and flattering. Yet, each dress delivers such a different look just based on fabric choices! Man, I wish that I could not only keep them, but have places to wear them to! Then, the thongs are T-back style, which, for me anyway, are the only comfortable thong. I had a lot of fun making them--they are unbelievably quick to make! So onto the pictures!

Here's the first dress made from leopard print (I have an unusually avid love for animal prints!) and this super soft black twill. I think the lace straps give it such a dainty feel! (I love lace too!)

Here's the back. It dips quite low, and I loove it! The

Here's a close up of the bodice (and me looking not so yummy). It's painfully difficult to see the construction, which is sort of sad, because it's so intricate! Ah well...

The next dress. As said before, it uses the same tulip design. I actually scored the paisley at the thrift store, and I think it looks great with the satiny burgundy. Ah, I so wish the construction wasn't so hard to see! It looks just like your typical sweetheart bust, but really it hugs your curves perfectly! I am so proud of it Smiley

A close-up of the whole dress. If you squint reaallly hard, you can see the details of the contoured bust!

And, finally the back. Boy, I LOVE lace!!!! If I could, I'd put it on everything! Oh wait.. I nearly do  Roll Eyes

Okay onto the thongs! These are such great uses of scrap/stash fabric!

Here's them all:

Then a close up for each:

These were made from a light-weight, almost burnout, gray knit. All of them use the same picot elastic edging

Then, a ribbed polka-dot on a cream background (I have boatloads of this. Thank god I finally found something to use it for! Of course, it would be something that hardly takes up any fabric at all...)

And then one from the same damask I used for my other panties. And if you look closely, the crotch piece for this one is a little surprise!

And a final picture of them all again! (I have way too much fun with my camera)

Haha, okay, thanks for spending time looking at all these pictures! I really, really love craftster in that I am able to share all my creations with others that are interested. It's so much fun making stuff, but even better when I can show it off somewhere!

bisous  Kiss
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pantieees! on: July 23, 2009 08:11:55 PM
I love underwear so much, I could eat them! But, don't worry, I don't actually eat them...

These were both made with the same damask knit (you can find it at hobbylobby) and pattern, just with different trimmings.

These have pink lace and elastic additions:

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Here's me booty Wink

And these were made with black lace and red knit:

What? You wanted to see my butt again? Well, if you insist...  Grin

So, basically, I love making underwear... It's so satisfying because they're quick and easy!
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