Making a beautiful creation is not a waste but its understandable if you are concerned with usability at this point. Maybe you could try making fashion doll clothes? Many high fashion designers do it and people who collect dolls like interesting display outfits.

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    hi there! i know how you feel gurl, how about selling off your projects on online stores like etsy or using them to build a portfolio (or both!)? i always have crazy ideas but i just feel like im wasting my fabric on something i wont use. selling your products on etsy is an awesome way to both promote yourself and earn money from doing something you love. i can't think of any other solutions though, sorry!Happy

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    I am in love with high fashion, and an always creating designs that make an impact, but are not necessarily the most wearable. I don't want to waste the money and time to create something without wear or use. And yes, I am a pretty good seamstress. How can I transfer these ideas into a more solid medium while being usable? Thank you!

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    If you wanted a nicer edging along the top and bottom, you could also glue a lace trim along the top+bottom. This would also prevent the bias-cut lace from stretching too much and getting damaged over time.

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    Thanks!

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    Glueing.

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    Headbands and scarves! The only difference between them is how wide and long the final product is. They're just rectangles.
    For headbands, think about how wide you want it to be, then cast on however many stitches that'll be (knit a test square, or gauge, to find out.)
    Use garter stitch (knit every row) so it'll have a nice stretch.
    Once you've got a decent length, wrap it around your head to see if it fits. It's better if it's too tight rather than too loose. A too tight final product means you can give it away to a kid with a smaller noggin. (It's not everyday I meet someone with a big head in need of a headband Tongue)
    Cast off and stitch the ends together. Don't worry if the seam looks messy. You can cover it up with a nice brooch, fabric flower, strip of contrasting fabric, etc. Or you can just hide it at the back of your head.
    This cat hat is adorable and pretty easy:
    http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/knitted-cat-hat
    Happy crafting!

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    Thanks for the suggestion. Happy The bamboo spokes are 10 inches long. so the lace is gonna be in pieces. What do you reckon will work better, gluing it together or sewing?

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    Cut it like you would cut a circle skirt along the bias so you get more stretch and it lays flatly for you. Determine the length of your fan across the top and the length of it across the bottom and devide that number by 6.28. Fold your fabric accordingly and cut.

    If you don't want to do that then I suggest cutting the lace into elongated triangles as you suggested.

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    Hi! My mom asked for a fancy Doña lace hand fan. At my disposal are two lengths of black lace and a bamboo fan frame. The one for the main body is a yard long and 6 inches wide. The other is some kind of trimming i fished out of a bin at a local craft store, also a yard long and 2 inches thick.
    Unfortunately, the main body lace is rectangular, whereas the fan would be a semi-circle.
    I've never done this before and I wouldn't want to waste the lace by bungling it up.

    Should I cut the lace into elongated triangles and jigsaw puzzle them into a curve? Or should I bend the lace to my will and force it into the curve of the fan?
    I'm afraid that last idea might make it impossible to fold up the fan. The bamboo spokes are fairly tight at the base, where the lace would undoubtedly bunch up.
    (I wish I could post pictures, but my phone is being a butt right now.)

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    http://shanelregier.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-to-make-ruffles-part-ii-circular.html says a lot about ruffles, it should help Happy

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    It looks like 2 half circle that had their flat side sewn up the middle, and then split of at the top around the collar.

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    The ruffles were probably cut in a circular shape with a hole in the middle, kind of like cutting a circle skirt, but also cutting a straight line from the center hole to the outside of the piece of fabric.

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    sorry, for whatever reason the picture didn't load. [URL=http://s67.photobucket.com/user/pinkweeds/media/22381_zps1456e59b.jpg.html][IMG]http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h287/pinkweeds/22381_zps1456e59b.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

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    I've been recently going through my WIP projects and attempting to get them all finished up and done. A few years ago I purchased fabric and made the main body of a dress inspired by a top I saw on Heavy Red. But the ruffles continue to allude me. If anyone has any suggestions on how I might go about sewing on ruffles onto a dress that is similiar to this top, I'd appreciate it.

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