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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fitting muslin: Built by Wendy shift dress on: January 19, 2011 03:44:20 PM
I am currently testing out the shift dress pattern, in the Built by Wendy dresses book.
I am having a little trouble with fitting my muslin.

I originally cut the x-small because based on the measurements in the book and comparing the flat pattern piece,my bust measurement, 31" fell under the 32-33 bust measurement in the book.

When I tired on the muslin, there is wrinkling in back, on the shoulder blade. The wrinkles look like they are pointing to the armhole. I used a sloped shoulder alteration. It brought up the dart to my bust apex , but there is still a bit of wrinkling and the shoulder seams are too short.

Should I have used a different technique in order to remove the wrinkling in the shoulder?
Should I cut the size up and then alter the fit? I also had to alter the flare along the hip because it was too tight.

Thank you for your help. I really want this pattern to work out because I think it is fantastic basic to have in my small collection.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Gold Plated Chain turned into antique coloured chain on: August 21, 2009 10:24:11 PM
After several hours of working on a necklace, I placed it into a bag along with other chains and headpins.
The next day, my necklace looks more antique than golden. Now, I have learned my lesson. Stop buying cheap chain and pulling them all into the same bag. I worked hard and long on this necklace and I cannot bear to discard it due to the discolouration.

Can someone please explain to me why this happened?
Is it possible to clean off, even if it is only a slight difference?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Revenge Sewing on: January 25, 2009 11:52:34 PM
 I tend to make undies out of ex's t-shirts.
4  CANADA / Ontario / Re: cheap fabric in Guelph? on: November 05, 2008 05:00:56 PM
I just moved back from Guelph to Toronto!
There is a Fabricland in the Stone Road Mall. It is near the bus stop exit of the mall, downstairs and beside a Dollarama. You can take the number 9 bus from downtown and it will drop you off in front of the exit. I only used Fabricland for patterns but it is still a fairly large store.
As well, there is a terrific fabric store called Len's Mills. It is located at 234 Victoria Rd. S. You need to take the Victoria bus (forgot the number already). Just ask the driver to let you off at Victoria Rd and York Rd. It is tucked behind a plaza but easy to find! They have tons of notions and fabric for you to look through. If you spend some time searching, you can find good prices and good quality.
Take a look at Bibles for missions as well which is right next door. They have old patterns and second hand clothing that is useful for reconstructing. Sometimes they have yards of fabric and bedsheets.
Those are the only two aside from Value Village I would regularly frequent. Hope this helps.
5  CANADA / Ontario / Re: sewing machine repair in toronto?? on: August 06, 2008 10:07:15 PM
There is an  man who does sewing machine repairs at Bellwoods Ave and Queen (south side of Queen, right beside the seven eleven). He was fairly cheap. I paid $30 for my machine to be serviced and repaired plus a couple of metal bobbins. I had a positive experience with him.   He repaired the plastic piece which holds the bobbin in place, aligned the gears and oiled all the working parts. My machine is still in excellent working order a year later.
Here is a link to a forum which talks about places in Toronto for sewing repair:


6  CANADA / Ontario / Re: Carbon Paper in Toronto? on: August 06, 2008 09:48:46 PM
I don't know of any stores in your area.
You can find dressmaking carbon paper at a store called Mac Fab at Queen and Bathurst.
I would suggest trying art stores like curry's and woolfitts for carbon paper. It is not the same waxy type used for tracing patterns.  I never had any trouble with smugging  and it comes out in the wash usually if you add a little stain fighting liquid.
I know it is a fair distance from you but there are quite a few fabric store if you walk towards Spadina.
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: bobbin troubles for a domestic 955 on: February 28, 2008 08:35:27 AM
Your photo tutorial worked prefectly. Thank you for taking the time to show me how it was done.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / bobbin troubles for a domestic 955 on: February 22, 2008 10:16:31 PM
I cannot figure out how to thread the bobbin through the machine. It is an old Domestic 955.
The bobbin is underneath the machine rather than sitting on top near the presser foot.
I have looked for the manual over the internet with no success. I had no problem threading the actual bobbin.

How do I get the bobbin thread to catch?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fitting question: armholes on: November 12, 2007 01:21:39 PM
I am in the middle of reconstructing a very large men oxford shirt for a friend's birthday present.
I made a rather stupid mistake. I used another t-shirt and a pattern piece as my reference for recutting the armhole but I think I cut the holes too deep/large. There was  extra fabric on the shoulder blade near the arm hole so I shifted the shirt up by tucking a little bit of the fabric under the shoulder yoke. It  fixed the bagginess of the armhole.
It now looks like it is pulling at the bottom of the armhole and creating hozitiantal folds. I attempted to reshape the armhole (put more of a curve on the bottom) but that didn't help much.

Any suggestions on how to get rid of the folds? I have looked in my dressmakers dictionary but none of the diagrams are helpful. They seem to addresse every fitting issue but the one I am having.
Would letting out the side seams help?

Oh yeah, I wanted to put sleeves on the shirt. Is it still possible?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Putting princess seams together on: October 27, 2007 12:15:24 AM
Thank you for your advice.
A friend sent me this tutorial which was also helpful.
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