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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stumped. Can you come up with a fabric that works? on: January 24, 2012 08:11:33 PM
For regular children's or adults leggings we usually use 180grams cotton/elastane (95% cotton, 5% elastane). But this fabric would be too lightweight for your needs.

When making jeggings we usually go up to 230 - 240grams (as they're winter weight), and they're usually poly/cotton/elastane.

I guess I would try to find something like that - a heavier weight cotton elastane or even nylon lycra. Nylon is usually used for swimwear so it's a bit more slippery. Cotton elastane would be a lot easier to sew, but you may not find the weight that you need.

I suppose you could always use a French Terry (that's like tracksuit fabric). It's usually 260grams so will be thick enough to not be see-through and it's nice and easy to sew.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question regarding measurements on: January 24, 2012 08:05:49 PM
Are you using a pattern drafting book or website?

If so, which one.

The books that I use are Winifred Aldrich and Helen Armstrong - both are very good. Winifred uses Metric but Armstrong is American so it's in inches.

I highly recommend either one.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need some help: little red dress on: January 24, 2012 08:02:08 PM
Looks like felted wool with some sort of black backing or fusing on it. Though if you're using felted wool you shouldn't need to fuse it.

I wouldn't use a knit as they stretch too much out of shape. Some sort of woven wool or wool-type fabric would be best.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do they do it! on: January 19, 2012 12:18:53 AM
Just find a nice lace that you like and then you cut out the pieces to go onto the skirt and sew them on by hand. It's not that hard, just time consuming as you have to use small stitches.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wool coat recon plans on: January 10, 2012 12:54:15 AM
Sounds lovely. (I'm going to talk in metric as I don't know inches sorry).

1. No you don't need special scissors or thread, just use a good quality thread. You may need a bigger (thicker) needle than your usual one though, but I would try to sew a bit and see how your machine goes.

2. You can add darts at the waist, just pin them in first to see how they look before sewing, or sew with a long wide basting stitch and then try on the coat to see how it looks. I would probably sew the darts about 10-15cm long (depends on how tall you are and how long the coat is). I would stop below the bust. Try not to put too much shaping in, just take in a few cms each side (4 -5 cm maximum in each dart).

3. Adding cuteness? Well i guess you could make a little flower corsage with a button and attach it (sorry, I work in children's wear we add corsages and frills to everything!)

4. Make sure you're going to have enough fabric for the belt! They are deceptive in how long they need to be and how much fabric you need. Remember they fold over in half and usually are over 1 1/2 metres long and then you have seam allowance. If you are only taking off a couple of inches you probably won't have a very wide belt (or it'll end up being too short) and then you won't have enough fabric for belt loops.

Anyway, good luck I don't think I've ever cut up one of my jackets before. Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP ME!!!!! RECONSTRUCT ADVICE!!! on: January 10, 2012 12:46:07 AM
Well I guess you could stitch a seam down from the shoulder to the edge of the sleeve and take out some of the excess.

That would give it more of a raglan look. Then depending on how the sleeve is constructed you may be able to add a ribbed band to the sleeve hem.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: DIY bra strap? on: January 10, 2012 12:44:29 AM
You can buy bra strap fittings off the internet or at any good large fabric store.

Just pull apart one of your straps there are usually two pieces - the ring and then the other piece (looks like a flat Cool. Then you just need to buy the strap elastic which should be available from any good fabric or trims store as well.

They're not that hard to make and you can then replace your ones that are too short.

It sounds like you may need a wider elastic if its cutting into you?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bead work on Dresses on: January 10, 2012 12:41:41 AM
I worked in a bridal shop for a while, those trims come 'ready made' and generally aren't sewn on (not that type anyway).

You should be able to find beaded fabric and trims in a really good, upmarket fabric store or on-line, but usually it's better to go and visually see it to make sure you're getting what you want.

Also you can cheaply buy Swarovski crystals, there are many suppliers around and they have a lovely sparkle. If you aren't using too many it shouldn't cost too much.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: adding sleeves to a cut t-shirt on: January 10, 2012 12:37:50 AM
It's a little bit hard to work out what  you did without pictures.

Usually when attaching sleeves on knitwear (t-shirt included) you use an overlocker/serger and you attach the sleeve to the body around the armhole first and then close up the sleeve seam afterwards.

Try pinning it into place before sewing - mark the top of the sleeve head and pin it to the shoulder seam on the t-shirt, and then pin around the rest of the armhole, then sew it.

 As you are using parts from different t-shirts they aren't necessarily made to fit eachother and so the sleeve may be too big for the armhole (if that makes sense). If you find that's the case, then you can always trim it along the sleeve seam to make it fit better.

ok, hope that helps.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: So I just got a dress form for Christmas, but... [looking for advice!] on: December 30, 2010 06:02:14 PM
I personally would take it back and get a smaller one.

If it's a few inches too big, then you won't be able to make clothing that fits you properly - it'll always be way too big.

Unless you feel that you'll be able to work with it, I suppose you could always make the clothing fit tightly across the dress form, but sounds like a bit of a hassle....
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