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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Weaving/draping dresses?! on: August 13, 2009 04:34:36 AM
Hey guys! So I'm sort of in love with this sort of intricate draping & weaving on dresses:

(at the back)

I especially love the black one & if possible I'd really like to make one like that myself (although http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a166/feobeo2/ramibadedit.png slightly edited, mind the bad photoshop, haha). Problem is, I can't figure out how on earth to do this!

Any pointers?

Also, apart from the actual draping itself, I'm also confused by how they could have made them so that they don't shift, without having stitching showing...the pink one looks like such a fine fabric, I can't imagine it being topstitched but it doesn't compute for me that it can be held together any other way! Haha Tongue

Thanks in advance guys!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Camera bag on: May 30, 2007 12:00:44 AM
So my mum's decided to give me her old camera, which is lovely, but the problem is she has a big bag which everything kind of tumbles around together in. That wasn't so much a problem when it wasn't being carried around, but yeah. Any tips for making a secure camera bag for camera/lenses/filters/ninjas?

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / carrying cds on: May 22, 2007 01:05:56 AM
So. The age-old problem of transporting music rears its ugly head again. =P basically, I have a bunch of cds, the cases of which have gradually disappeared (as they are wont to do). Anyone have any ideas/know any tutorials/etc etc on a way to either make/customise those cd wallet/case/folder things (you know the ones) or another way to tote cds around, it'd be sweet. I tried searching, but I failed completely...maybe because I have no idea what to call the things =P

(also, sorry if this is the wrong board. it's not exactly a purse, nor a handbag, but they all...carry things?)
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 1930s clothing on: April 30, 2007 04:16:50 AM
I'm not sure this is the right place for this but...I'm making a film set in the 30s (mid-1937 to be exact) and I'm making the costumes myself. They're more upper-class than working-class (except there might need to be a few costumes for an airship crew) and I can't seem to find very much information on it...or maybe I just fail at Google-fu.

So, basically, if anyone knows any good sources on this? Or is one?

Sorry for the babbly-ness, and thanks =D
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Making bags solid-er on: February 01, 2007 10:28:43 PM
My sister wants me to make her a laptop bag. It's going to be messenger-bag-styled. However, everyone else's messenger bags seem much stiffer/solid-er than the ones I make, which normally I like, but for this it would probably be better as a stiffer bag.

Does this stiffness just depend on the fabric used? Or is there some way to do it with less-stiff fabric?

Thanks  Smiley I hope this made sense.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Flat caps on: December 18, 2006 04:13:12 AM
umm. I'm trying to make a flat cap/ivy cap/etc:

I googled it but all I got were tudor hat dealies.

Anyway, anyone know how to make one and/or where to get a pattern for one?

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I'm not sure where to put this =/ on: December 05, 2006 03:02:05 AM
But I have this fabric:

It's very light and drapey and a little see-through...I'm not sure what to make out of it. I'd prefer to make summer clothes, but I don't want to just make any old thing, you know? I'd rather it make use of the lightness/drapiness. Yeah. It was going to be a dress with a circle skirt, but I got lost on how to hem them, so: any suggestions for what I could do with it? And what I can do about it being see-through, because I'd really rather not walk out of the house in transparent clothes.

Sorry if this is in the wrong place, and thanks a bunch Smiley
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 2x Squishy amorphous bags on: December 01, 2006 08:25:51 PM
So after I got my sewing machine, this was the first thing I made:

Being modelled by our hall table; I swear, when you carry it/it has stuff in it, it isn't quite so...well, squishy and amorphous.

aaand the lining, which is actually a nice warm brown with pink spots...not sure why it came out so blue-y.

And my mum decided she loved it enough that she wanted one:

This is the closest to the actual colouring I got. The buttons need to be resewn =/

Lining! Woo.

I'm currently making one for my sister for Christmas, and one of her friends wants one, too. I'm not sure why everyone loves them so much, haha, unless it's that they're really soft and huggable. You know...if you wanted to hug your bag.
9  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Project Runway...again on: November 26, 2006 02:45:04 AM
So. I couldn't find a photo of it, but hopefully you guys will get what I'm talking about.

In the second? episode of Project Runway 3 - the one where they had to design a dress for Miss USA - Uli made this really pretty dress. I didn't actually look that closely, but the skirt basically appeared to be one colour, and then when the model walked it was all whooshy, and fabric of a different colour came in between the panels of the skirt.

So, my question is, how can one go about making this kind of skirt? I was thinking of doing two skirts, made out of four (bias-cut) half-circles each, and instead of sewing the half-circles together on the top skirt, just pressing the seams in and sewing them so the underneath skirt could come through.

Also, I want to make one in two layers of, I think it's chiffon? or something similar, whatever it is that's sheer-but-not-too-sheer, with a nice simple straight skirt - maybe made from jersey - underneath for coverage purposes. Would this effect the whooshyness of the skirt at all, or should I just do the second/underneath skirt in the jersey (ie having two skirts instead of three)

Thanks Cheesy and sorry if I didn't make sense.

Edit: I've been thinking about it, and chiffon/sheers'd probably turn out moir-pattern-y, so I'm thinking more about a lightweight, silky fabric, if that changes anything, haha.Or maybe two layers of nice jersey?
10  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Dressforms in Melbourne? on: November 23, 2006 03:38:59 AM
So, I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but oh well. Does anyone know where I can get an adjustable dressform in Melbourne? I'm up Eltham/Hurstbridge-y area, so somewhere around here is preferable, but anywhere I can train to works, too. I'd just make a duct tape one, but I make clothes for my sister and some of my mates, too, and they're pretty much all bigger than me, and I really can't be bothered making a bunch (plus it isn't the kind of thing they'd go for)

Also, I found one on ebay, but at its smallest it was 33-25-34...is it possible to get ones even a little bit smaller than this?

Thanks a bunch  Cheesy
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