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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / What the heck is up with the neckline of my Butterick 5603? on: July 26, 2011 08:10:03 PM
It seems like everyone only has great things to say about this pattern, and no one else has had this problem, but I'm ready to scream. I  made a muslin of View B with the bandeau neck, and the neckline is so wide it falls off my shoulders -- and friends, I have wide shoulders, I'm one of those "inverted triangle figures". It looks absolutely nothing like the view B featured by Butterick. The shoulder straps on the model rest where her bra straps would rest, not off the edges of her shoulder.

I would think that I cut it too big, except that I need the largest size in the envelope because of my bust measurement, and indeed it fits just right across the bust. How do I make this work? I am tearing my hair out.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Refinishing cigar boxes/refinishing soft wood on: January 09, 2009 10:02:16 PM

Does anyone here remove the original finish from cigar boxes completely and re-stain them for their projects?

I have a lovely box I'm working on and about half done sanding off the finish completely (a lot of work but cheaper than stripper and I'm more confident of what I'm doing). I've never used wood stain but I'd like to stain it rather than painting it like I've done with other boxes.

I expect the wood is a cheaper, softer kind -- pine maybe? and I have a vague idea that soft woods are harder to stain evenly. Do I really need the pre-treat solution that Minwax etc. flog or will I be OK sanding very carefully and applying a gel type stain and finish in one? Any recommendations or especial advice?

Thanks Smiley
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / making incense? on: September 08, 2008 11:47:17 PM
Are there any threads about making incense, real incense from powdered woods and resins and not dipping blanks?

I searched the site and came up with so many mentions of "incense" that I couldn't go through them all -- and the ones I checked mentioned it in some other context. And I can't find a 'candle and incense' making board or anything.


4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: have you seen this victorian chemise pattern? on: January 17, 2008 05:31:52 PM
The Past Patterns one is pretty close too.

The Simplicity one is probably closest to the cut I want, though.
 (If anyone has any other ideas, please please post them -- this is driving me batty.)
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: where can I find really pretty nightgown patterns? on: January 17, 2008 03:34:31 PM
I got the Kwik Sew book for the holidays! It has a lot of awful pictures of women modelling hysterically unflattering lingerie in silly early-80's colors, but the instructions are excellent and the patterns are clearly ones that can be adapted to a huge range of classic styles.

And I have the Burda pajamas on my to-sew list Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: have you seen this victorian chemise pattern? on: January 17, 2008 03:30:21 PM

Is this what you were thinking of?
Yes! Very very similar. The exact pattern I'm remembering was from one of the smaller historical pattern companies, though.

Ludi, close but no cigar; I was looking specifically for one that was off the shoulder with a band/yoke like in the picture. I found lots with the shape yoke of the one you linked to or a variation therof.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / have you seen this victorian chemise pattern? on: January 17, 2008 10:34:53 AM
I know, I know I've seen the pattern somewhere, and can't find it now; and Googling is giving me no joy today.

It looks very much like this:

8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Finishing a Zipper Seam? on: December 16, 2007 07:49:27 PM
You could conceivably bind the edges of it neatly with 1/4" bias binding.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: JOODITO made micro minis and such... on: December 13, 2007 08:24:34 AM
Unhesitatingly #1. The thing I love about your designs is that although they have that cutting edge look and original feel (yup, I can tell a Joodito from a mile away too) they're still completely functional. I'm a big-on-function person, I love my slouchy sweatshirts and comfy jeans, and I would wear your jackets in a heartbeat and love them even more because they have that style along with the functionality.
10  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: McCalls 5314 - gingham wrap dress on: December 10, 2007 07:32:16 PM
OK, I have a question: one of the very first steps is to ease stitch the edge of the bodice front and adjust the easing to match the bodice side-front. However, when I did this, I found out that if any piece needed easing it was the bodice side-front! The curve of it was longer than the easestitched bodice front and I ended up trying to steam and pin it into submission, which resulted in quite the rumpled-looking seam.

Did anyone else notice this issue when they sewed their dress?
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