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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Giselle Dress on: January 18, 2011 06:15:34 AM
Vogue 1094 is close. You must get rid of the pattern's gathered waist and slightly redesign the neckline in order to attach the ruffles.  The dress looks like the bodice is a princess cut. The pattern uses darts. This is a very simple change to make.
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Upcycled sweater boots (w/mini tutorial!) on: December 30, 2010 09:07:46 AM
These are amazing! Love how "earth-friendly" they are. Great way to cover old shoes headed to the dump. Love this.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas for this Fabric on: November 19, 2009 06:34:30 AM
Careful  not to use that fabric right against the armpit/underarm if making a sleeveless shirt. I made a sleeveless mod-dress with it and it rubbed my underarms raw by the end of the night. If you do, (I was told later) you should pull some of the sequins off with a twizzers on the underarm section.
BEASTLY to sew, unless you use some type of silicone lubricant on the needle and a little on the thread. I've heard people use astroglide, etc with some success.
I use the brand called Sewer's Aid. Works like a charm and only costs around $4.00 at the local fabric store. Without it the glue holding the sequins on will gum up your needle terribly and break your thread. Don't even waste your time trying the cleaning of the needle with alcohol trick. I tried that first and I was cleaning the needle every 10 seconds, very frustrating!
Good luck, if you have the patience to sew that type of material it makes some amazing outfits.  Love the cowl neck shirt suggested by the previous poster!!!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dresser - To paint or not to paint? on: June 30, 2009 05:36:35 AM
I had a piece from a thrift store that I paid $15.00 for. It was a long dresser that I wanted to use up against the back of my couch that was not against a wall. People told me not to paint it either. They were horrified at the thought. It had a modern, sleek look, but the stain was out-of-date and didn't match my decor. I painted it black like the other poster above. I love it! I get a lot of compliments on it now. If you're not in love with it then paint it. It doesn't matter how much it is worth if you don't really like the look of it and it doesn't fit the decor of your room. Then it just becomes an eye-sore and a looks like "something you have to keep because Grandma gave it to you" piece. It's yours, do with it what you think is best for you.
5  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: bebe strapless pleated dress on: June 09, 2009 05:12:32 AM
Just put right sides of fabric together and use lots of pins since you are a beginner. The more practice you get with sewing the less pins you will use. I didn't realize you were a beginner--I left out some crucial steps that I thought you would know.  The pattern you draw needs to line up exactly to the opposite side since it will be sewn together and the lines must match. It might be best to make a small template of one wave and keep flipping it on straight line that goes across your paper as a guideline. After halfway across your paper you can fold your paper in half and trace the waves. That first wave line Must match up at the end. Be anal or it will be sloppy in the back. Also when you move the paper down to trace the rest use a measuring tape to be sure it is even across and one side is not higher than the other. --The pattern piece needs to be half the size of the finished product. Place it on the fold of your fabric to cut the full size out. However, because it is pleated if your backs do not match up exactly it is not going to ruin the dress. Just make the pleat fold over it to cover it and no one will notice (just depends if you are a perfectionist or not). Your zipper will probably extend into part of your skirt also.
6  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: bebe strapless pleated dress on: June 09, 2009 04:37:51 AM
The strips are done before the pleating and before even attaching the skirt to the top. You will sew your stripes while the fabric is flat. Get a large sheet of paper (or tape newspaper together). The very top of your paper will remain straight because that is your seam to the bodice. Measure on yourself how far down you would like the black stripe to begin. Transfer that measurement to your paper (be sure to add seam allowance). Draw the wavy line to separate the two colors (gray and black). CUT on this line when you are satisfied with the shape. Now you want the top of the black line to be a reverse image of the bottom black line. Take the "Gray" top of paper that has been cut from the "black" and move it down on your paper past the black. Do you see how this is the EXACT shape you need for the bottom of the black? Trace it. Yeah now you have a pattern for the gray and black sections of your skirt. Again be sure to remember that seam allowance will be taken from the top and bottom so draw stripes thicker than you want the final product to be. Continue this way. The top of the white is already drawn from the bottom of the black. Cut paper again. Move black down to trace the bottom shape of the white. The bottom of your paper is the hem-line. You may add more paper to bottom to make it longer etc. -----Take this pattern and trace out the  pieces on the corresponding fabric. Sew pieces together. This is the rectangle of fabric you will use to sew the skirt and pleat. Hope this makes sense.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm making a PROM dress and I really need guidance..... 40s-ish fishtail sty on: April 03, 2009 04:42:23 AM
Since your so new to boning and the dress will slip down without it especially at the boobs-- I would suggest putting time in designing the dress without it. You only have a month and this is a big task if you are inexperienced. Go and purchase a strapless (corslette) bra that extends to your waist. Then you can attach your finished dress to this bra and it will keep the dress up. Obviously not the perfect way to go about the project, but much easier for a beginner with a short time period. Also, take the advise from a previous post and try and work from a purchased pattern, it will save you time. See bra example below
You could easily search online for a cheaper one.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Your Own Corset? on: March 12, 2009 07:20:06 AM
I was taught to solve the sitting problem that when you make up your muslin (which can actually be your liner or interlining if you wish to save time) pin yourself into it and SIT down with your chalk marking pencil. Anything that folds up on the when sitting is excess and needs to be marked. This is because it won't bend later with boning/busk in it. Unpin yourself and cut off the excess. Pin yourself back in to make sure it is right before you copy these muslin peices on the rest of your fabric. Linda Sparks has an excellent book out called The Basics of Corset Building. It's the best book for any corset questions and it's also a step by step book with pictures. This is just my opinion, but it will take you from beginning to end with basic steps for a beginner. I use the sit down method and I can sit, but I personally don't think any corset is comfortable for sitting because it keeps my back to straight and I have a bad habit of liking to slouch when I sit.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Steampunk super-quick knits? on: March 05, 2009 10:34:09 AM
I can't help with the steampunk thing, but the dress top slipping down is an issue. I can see it sags at the sides. It really needs some boning to keep it up. I see your budget is only $4.00 and thus buying some covered boning is not possible. However, with the great creative minds on this site you learn some tricks. Roethke did an entire corset with plastic milk jugs or was it plastic soda bottles as boning. Genius!! I "borrowed" her idea in a pinch one night when I ran out of boning for a strapless dress. I used a cottage cheese cantainer and it worked great. Cut 4 pieces of plastic in equal length and slightly curve the edges so they don't poke you. Then cover them with fabric (put two on top of each other for added strength) and sew them onto your dress top's (liner) side seams. So cheap/recycleable and works perfect. Now you won't have to worry about your top slipping down like that again. Oh and again Roethke is pure genius!
YOur dress is adorable on you. Good job.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 30 days of Obama t-shirts on: October 21, 2008 04:16:02 PM
I heard he was having an Open party at the park also. That would definitely be different and so awesome!!  cute shirt and love your commitment to wearing one everyday.
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