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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  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?
4  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?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Putting princess seams together on: October 24, 2007 09:50:25 PM
When the two pieces are placed right side of fabric to right side of fabric, the curves are complete opposites. The side panel's curve goes out and the center pane's curves inward.
The only way they work is when I lay them on top of one another wrong side of fabric to right side of fabric and apply a topstich so that you can see one of the seams. This is not what I want.
How do I align them in order to sew them correctly ?

Thank you for your help since I am feeling very frustrated.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / measuring seam allowances on: August 12, 2007 07:31:43 PM
What is your method of measuring out seam allowances for curved lines ?

My pattern is a princess seamed dress with no indicated seam allowance lines.
I could just use a ruler and measure  out the curves slowly. I am hoping there is a quicker and/or easier way.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Coat tails on: April 25, 2007 01:50:44 PM
I am making an bolero for a dress. It is from the Vogue 2267.
I would like to modify the pattern to add on coat tails.
Does anyone know of a pattern/tutorial that will be helpful?

Coat tails look like this (Figure A)

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Petticoat: Broadcloth or tulle/netting? on: April 15, 2007 04:26:26 PM
My friend has requested a petticoat for a summer dress. The skirt of the dress is knife pleated along the top so there is some fullness to the skirt.
I going to add the layers onto the individual tiers to create gradual built up of fullness since she has an hourglass figure.
 For example, 1st tier has 1 layer, 2nd has 2, 3rd has 4, 4th has 8.
She asked me if it was possible to use broadcloth/cotton instead of tulle/netting.

I have a few questions:
1) In order to achieve the same fullness as tulle, does it require more broadcloth?
2) what are the pros and cons of using broadcloth for a crinoline style petticoat?
3) any suggestions for other types of fabric to use instead of tulle/netting?

Here is a picture of what I am aiming for:
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Removing iron on adhesive on: March 26, 2007 10:32:38 AM
Iron on adhesive is the devil.
I didn't pay enough attention to my iron. Some of the glue must have gotten on the iron because when I pressed my zipper seam on the right side of the fabric, it left horrible clear glue marks all over the top part of the skirt.
I tried to wash in out with soap but it made the marks more noticeable.
My boyfriend's suggestion was paint thinner.

Any suggestions on how to remove the glue?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern question: Simplicity 3875 on: March 21, 2007 12:46:19 PM
I purchased Simplicity 3875 a few days ago. I am hoping to make an slip dress for a pinafore I am in the process of making. I choose this pattern because I liked how the necked bodice.

My questions are:
a) Have you made this dress? How did it go? Any suggestions?
b) Is it possible to make the two contrasting panels that shape the v neck thinner?
c) The dress is suppose to tie at the back. I am scared the ties may add strange bulk to the back of the pinafore. Is it possible to eliminate them and still have the dress look form fitting? I was thinking of using elastic around the band instead.
Thank you for your help!
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