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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: sewing satin on: October 09, 2007 08:22:29 PM
I just wanted to mention that this is not at all uncommon; in fact, if you look at the seams in this  dress from the Vogue pattern cataloge, you can see exactly what you are describing. To minimize this, use a very loose tension and cut your pattern pieces slightly off grain -- but depending on the drape and weight of your particular Satin, it may never completely disappear.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: adding thumbholes? on: October 04, 2007 10:20:33 AM
When I have made fingerless gloves, I prefer horizontal -- but I don't think it's probably a huge deal. If the sleeve seam is near where you want the thumb to go, it might make sense to put the hole in the seam (and therefore it would be vertical).
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cutting out stretch fabric for non-stretch pattern? on: September 18, 2007 06:47:49 PM
Depends on how tight you want it. If the pattern has finished garment measurements printed, use that to determine 0 or negative ease at the bust -- i.e. if your full bust measurement is 36" choose the size where the finished bust is 36" -- which as you say is usually 1 or 2 sizes smaller than you usually use.  Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: American pattern magazines? on: September 12, 2007 10:12:35 AM
Adorn, Craft and Readymade are all awesome for ideas (though none of them are pattern mags like Burda).

There is Patrones, but that can be hard to find and is Spanish language only. I think it is easier to get in Europe anyway?

Also, any large Japanese or Asian language bookstore likely has some goodies on its magazine rack... although they won't be in English. Good illustrations and technical drawings, though.

Hope that helps!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: vintage evening dress -- halter neck, gold satin (many pics) on: September 07, 2007 09:41:24 AM
Wow. That could not have been easy to make especially with that fabric. It came out fabulous! What a beautiful vintage pattern and how lovely that you used it. To heck with those ugly ready made bridesmaid dresses!  Grin

No joke, right? I was veeeeeeery excited to be granted full creative control on this dress!

lol at the "size 16, 34 bust 37 hip" HA!
great pattern find BTW- where did you get it?

Ha! Yeah, the other interesting thing is this was the largest size in which this pattern was printed. The pattern was given to me as a gift, but I believe it was found on eBay.

That is lovely!  Is the skirt bias cut?  It looks very drapey and flowy.  Looks like it was a beautiful day for an outdoor ceremony too!

The whole shebang is bias cut. Cheesy I was initially intimidated by this, but it actually made the project easier (once it was cut out), as it stopped the satin from raveling (well, mostly). I did have to piece the skirt, though.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / vintage evening dress -- halter neck, gold satin (many pics) on: September 05, 2007 11:02:41 AM
I made this dress to wear to my sister's wedding. I used a vintage pattern (pictured at the bottom) and it only took me a week to do! The hem is a bit messy, though.

close up of bodice:





Well, there's the rub. I hope you guys like it!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: wedding dress-a-long? on: August 29, 2007 09:18:00 AM
hey cleandirty, I like the idea of fitting through the hip and then lengthening the hem. The top looks great, though. Does that include your built-in-corset that you were so worried about? (looks like you pulled it off!)

sajona - can we see a picture? =)

Har -- I ended up getting so frustrated with that dress I just switched patterns. I'll make the first one later out of matte jersey or whatnot.

I settled on this pattern:

And here's an action shot:

It fits really well except it's a bit difficult to pull over my boobs. I'll add a placket to the side seam eventually, but I might not have enough time to do it before W-Day.

Great pattern, though.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: velvet and silk... fabric keeps shifting!!! on: August 29, 2007 08:47:06 AM
What I do is hand baste along the seam line and then pin inside the seam allowance.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sizing you can count on-when using patterns on: July 20, 2007 08:05:19 PM
i'm a newbie sewer and my first pattern will likely be a Built By Wendy because its included in her book...

i'm a size small/medium on top (Cool and a 10 on bottom...so, should I be sewing top patterns with a size 10 and bottoms with a 12? Or will I have to go bigger?

You should use your bust measurement to choose top sizes, and your hip size to choose bottoms. I'm not sure if you mean you're a RTW 8/10, but I'd suggest going by your body measurements to start, and then adjusting if you need to.

RTW is just so across the board it's hard to use it to use it to estimate!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Chocolate Creme Square Neck Top on: July 16, 2007 02:32:54 PM
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