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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / quilting cotton on: October 03, 2013 07:59:16 PM
I have dozens of yards of quilting cotton fabric. I know it's not designed for garments, but I need some new clothes.... Do you have any favorite patterns or tutorials for either dresses or shirts that call for this type of fabric?

Also, is it possible to trace existing clothing and make a copycat pattern? I have a dress that's made out of a knit fabric, but it fits really well and I am wondering if it is possible to make a similar version in woven fabric... any thoughts?
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sheer fabrics on: March 26, 2011 09:38:11 AM
Does anyone have any books they can recommend for sewing sheer fabrics? I am working with silk, and I don't want it fraying or snagging. I have made a shirt, but the edges look tattered, and I want to get some tips before I try again on a dress.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / learning to make lace on: August 14, 2010 06:45:34 PM
I've been experimenting with making lace by using crochet, but I'd like to learn some more stitches.

Do you guys have any good books that I can read that have stitches that are see through? The more delicate the better! I also have trouble reading written patterns, but I am really good at reading diagrams, so if you know of some books that have diagrams, I'm ok with that.

I am willing to learn about all kinds of lace: bruges, filet, motifs, borders, etc.

I'm trying to teach myself as many patterns as I can before I am brave enough to design some clothing items.

Anyway, thanks for your help and recommendations!
4  UNITED STATES / Indiana / Indianapolis Fashion on: September 25, 2009 07:10:09 PM
Does anyone know of any retailers that carry local designers' work? I have been making some dresses and shirts and someone suggested that I approach stores to see if they will sell my work, but I don't know where to start.

Any ideas?
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / accepted into a show, but nothing is in writing yet on: July 28, 2009 06:46:49 PM
I got an email that said I was accepted into an art show. It also said that the location would be announced soon and that we would get a participant agreement.

It's been almost two weeks and no agreement has been sent yet. The organizer hasn't said too many details other than he's sorry and he will be sending it soon.

This is one of my first shows, so I need to order supplies. I don't want to order any supplies until this is set in stone, but I also want to make sure I have plenty of time to work if it all goes well.

They haven't asked for my booth fee payment yet.

Should I be worried? The show is in September, and I'd like to get a move on so I can prepare enough inventory. What do you guys think?
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / bird nests on: January 17, 2009 05:48:45 PM
My machine keeps jamming up. I keep getting bird's nests in the bobbin case!

When I had my machine serviced, I was scolded for using metal bobbins. Well, I'm using the recommended plastic bobbins, and it's still jamming up just as much as it did with the forbidden bobbins.

What can I do? I have a Singer if it matters. It's one of those fancy computerized ones, which is why I am told to use plastic bobbins. Do you think there is something wrong with the bobbin winder, or am I doing something wrong? I know my machine is clean since it was just serviced. FWIW, the nearest place that services it is 40 miles away, so I really don't want to go back if I can figure it out on my own.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / fireplace mantle on: October 12, 2008 06:30:51 PM
What should I put on my fireplace mantle?

I want to put something big on there. Small stuff just makes it look cluttered.

Our tastes are more toward the contemporary side, so I am not really interested in traditional looking things.

Does anyone have ideas other than candlesticks?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / duct tape dress form on: October 28, 2007 02:45:11 PM
Has anyone here made a duct tape dress form?

I tried to make one this afternoon, but I'm afraid my body double won't hold up on her own. She likes to slump over, or cave in some places.

Does anyone have any advice as to how to keep her sturdy, or do I have to go out and buy a real dress form?
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / velvet and silk jacket on: August 30, 2007 06:30:50 PM
Here is a work in progress of mine. It is a silk and velvet jacket. When I'm done sewing it, I'm hoping it will be reversible. I used a combination of MX dyes and discharging with thiox.

Now... let's see I can figure out how to post some pictures.

Here's the front:

Here's the back:

The front of the silk lining (if you can call it that. My intent was for the jacket to be reversible):

The back of the silk lining:
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / velvet and silk... fabric keeps shifting!!! on: August 28, 2007 08:47:30 PM
I had no problems sewing the velvet to itself, and only a few problems with sewing the silk to itself.... but sewing the two together is torture! No matter how many pins I put in, the fabric wants to slide around and I can't seem to sew a straight line.

Does anyone have advice for me? Even when I go slow or go to a longer stitch everything gets wonky. Plus, to make matters worse, I'm not exactly sure where my seam ripper is, so going back and fixing stuff is getting on my last nerve.

Thanks in advance for any help I can get!
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