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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 / 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:

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Big pocket apron! on: December 07, 2007 12:50:38 PM
I was inspired by the simple aprons at Selvedge and designed this pocketful beauty.

It's reversible and has 4 great big pockets on each side, all along the bottom hem. I cut it in a trapezoid shape so it covers me up really well!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / pleating help? on: December 03, 2007 12:17:11 PM
I'm making a Utilikilt knockoff for the man this holiday season. This is my first experience with pleating so extensive.

Is it normal for my pleats to be "climbing" as I go? If you look closely at the upper edge in the pic you can see it. Sorry it's not a better shot:

I know that if pleats stay perfectly parallel they don't do it ... but the UK has a few tapered/angled pleats next to the edge of the apron, and as soon as I stopped angling them and started making them parallel, they began to climb and they haven't stopped. I have about 6 inches of safety margin on that fabric, but at half an inch per pleat the climbing is using it up pretty fast.  Undecided
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / half circle shapes on bias -- clue me in here on: December 03, 2007 10:02:41 AM
I wanted to sew a half-circle half-slip (hee) out of this nice flannel-back satin and I'd like it to be as slinky and flowy as possible. So I'm thinking, bias cut.

But I'm unclear, my understanding is if I take my piece of fabric and fold it perpendicular to the selvage, and then cut my half-circle out, part of that half circle will be cut on the bias and part will be on the straight of grain, right? (Is it even possible for something to be part bias and part straight of grain?)

If I want it all to be on the bias, do I cut it in several gores and position each gore so that it's on the bias?

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / where can I find really pretty nightgown patterns? on: November 29, 2007 08:58:25 PM
I mean, look at this:


Isn't that gorgeous?

There is Vogue 7837, which has a lot of possibilities. But other than that it seems to be a sea of stodgy nightshirts an unisex pajamas. Oh and yoked nightgowns of the kind you might sew in a soft flannel and snuggle up in, but I'd hardly call them glamorous.

Where are the bias-cut slips? Negligees? Pretty sleeping things?

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Nani Iro fabric on: November 26, 2007 04:26:04 PM
Ahhhhhhh! How did I fall in love with something this expensive?  Roll Eyes

Have you seen these Japanese fabrics?



Sigh. I wish I could find it for less than $17/yard. I'd have to sell my body to sew a dress out of it.

10  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Vogue 2960 on: November 26, 2007 11:46:58 AM
Fell in love with it, bought it.

Has anyone here made it?

It looks fairly straightforward. I bought the largest size it came in and it's still smaller than my bust ... here's hoping I can let it out at the seams, or something.

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