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  1. Posted
    Oooh. A dress like that just might work! I have some black lace and purple fabric I could use as well!

    I think I have enough ideas now to work up a few sketches and go from there :D
  2. Posted
    Underwear, pajamas, pillowcases. If you say satin, I say bedroom. I'm a bit afraid that black satin dresses look like sleepwear. You can also use it as lining. And that Tea Party Dress is awesome!
  3. Posted
    MONICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!! Do a Black period dress like the Tea Party Dress I made!! A Gothic 1700's time period dress would be so hot!!!
    mine took 7 yards of gold satin.....
    I'm down with sexy satin goth dress, corset and maybe a top..... don't forget lace someplace! I'll send you some if I have too! lol
  4. Posted
    Pillow cases for your bed. Satin and silk are slippery and some in the skin care business say it helps to prevent wrinkles. You seem to have lots, what the heck. Also decorative pillows, curtains,
    lining or under layer for clothes (fab with a lace skirt or shirt), accent or trim would be great on any clothing or decor (pocket accent, trimming edges, collar, cuffs, layering with other fabrics). please post whatever you come up with.




  5. Posted
    When I saw the title I immediately thought picnic blanket! But its obvisously not big enough for that. How about a lunch bag? Or a shopping bag. Or you could use it to make waterproof gadget cases.
  6. Posted
    Could you post a picture? Depending on the color, it might make neat patches for clothing, or you could make appliques from it. Since it is waterproof though, you could use it to make cloth pads/panty liners.
  7. Posted
    ok so i was in remnant kings a couple of weeks ago and found some waterproof material (no idea what its called but its the kind of stuff fishermans coats are made of?). it was in the bargain bin and it's just a bit bigger than a fat quarter.

    at first i thought about making a wash bag out of it, but i have a few of those already that are really cute.

    so does anyone have any ideas i could try out. i thought about making a waterproof hat from it, but i'd probably look insane wearing it haha.
  8. Posted
    yea, i'm from scotland to jacqueline and there is a remnant kings in glasgow near me.
    i'll have to check that out! i was in there last weekend but didn't see any then!
  9. Posted
    I like tops / blouses in satin although I have yet to make any although have modified some. I have made a number of belts and like the mix of satin and lace. Satin would be good for historical costume but obviously that is not really day to day. I think it works well in large areas with highlights / decoration in metallic threads (embroidery) etc.

    I will be interested in other responses here as I love satin
  10. Posted
    So, I have about 2 yards of black satin at my apartment, and my mom is sending me about 3 or 4 more yards (maybe more).

    I don't really ever work with plain fabrics, so I am a bit stumped as to what I should make.

    I like dresses and skirts, but don't know what styles would look good in satin since it's pretty shiny.

    Any suggestions? I am going to have more satin than I'll know what to do with, and I would like to make clothes out of it.
  11. Posted
    Hi, Do you have a 'Remnant Kings' where you live? I'm not sure if it' just a Scottish chain. They have 12" squares of felt in a really big range of colours. 70p each. I've just checked and they do have a website with the felt on it.
  12. Posted
    This is the first dress i made with my sewing machine ^_^

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  13. Posted
    I really like that talk to the trees dress! My local sewing shop sells really cheap polycotton that would be perfect for this, and I always have a ton of old vests hanging around.

    I like this maxi dress http://www.u-createcrafts.com/2011/07/boho-maxi-dress.html it looks pretty simple and you could use a pre-dyed fabric rather than dying in yourself.
  14. Posted
    Oh yeah. Threadbanger, on youtube, also shows easy starting points to work with basic patterns and alterations. You may have heard of them before. :)
  15. Posted
    One way I started was to get an old t-shirt and take it apart. Then I got some newspaper and traced around the parts. I just used the newspaper pattern on some fabric (2 or 3 yards) and then when I got to the bottom of the shirt I kept tracing to add length. If the practice I makes fits, then I can start adding small changes, like sleeve length and waist, ext...
    I also found ideas here:
    http://www.giannyl.com/
    I don't do everything she does, but it helps me with basic ideas and then it's easy to alter things for yourself.
    Hope I helped! :)
  16. Posted
    You can get away with doing as little sewing as possible in this dress. I've been mulling this one over since she first wore this but have never had a proper reason to make one myself. I've came up with how I'd do it but I've never tested it.

    So, any good with a paintbrush? Because a good idea for the pattern on the fabric is to either buy or make up a plain white, tight fitting dress with the top half that is similar to her's (that'll be your base for the whole thing) & then buy some white fabric. Make a simple circle skirt (there are so many tutorials online, you don't need hardly any sewing skills) & make it short to create the roof of the carousel. Use fabric paints or acrylics to make the pattern, it wont be too hard as it is just a lot of coloured stripes going in different directions. It's that or you hunt down a fabric in the same pattern & make it all up yourself. If you can't find a dress that is like her's then get a top & a long skirt. You just need the upper half & then something tight-fitting so people don't just see your legs through the carousel.

    Next is making the shape of the carousel. Obviously you need something circular or that can be made into a circle but you need it to be strong as well. Something like a cheap hulahoop would be good, you can get smaller ones for children & they would work well. Something like wire would give the shape but will bend easily & I'm not sure what else would work. The good side to hulahoops is that they are light so it wont be too heavy for the strapless top. So lets say you're using hulahoops, you'd just attach the hem of the circle skirt to the hulahoop by either glue gun or wrapping the fabric around the hoop & stitching it in place. As for the bottom one, you'll have to decide what you're using for the poles hold the top & bottom together. You could use wire, fabric, or something like wooden kebab sticks with the sharp ends cut off. Whatever you're using, cut them to size & glue gun them onto the hoops. You need these to be strong because they're whats holding the whole skirt together. If you want you could use strips of fabric or another kind of circle skirt to attach the bottom hoop to the dress, just make sure it can't be seen sagging past the bottom hoop when it is on. It doesn't matter if you can see it through the carousel because you'll be decorating it but still try make it neat.

    Now for the decoration on the carousel. You want it to be durable & waterproof incase it rains (even just running from the house to the car could ruin it if you use something like card). Craft foam would be good as it is lightweight & comes in a lot of different colours. You could try use fabric or maybe even something like acetate but I'd go for foam. Cut it out, paint it, glue it together; do what you need to create the same design & glue it on. The little flags running around the top can be made from foam or fabric & attached with wire or you could trim the sharp end off one end of a toothpick, paint it white & just push it through the fabric, securing it to the top hoop with glue on the underneath & just gluing the flag on the trimmed end.

    I tried to suggest a way that you can really get a lot of detail in & get it as close to perfect as possibly but would still look good if you weren't so great with whatever skills were needed for each bit. I hope I explained it well enough so you get a basic idea of how to construct it. I tried to think about how to make it really stable but, as there always will be no matter how you do this dress, things like sitting down will be an issue. Just remember the weight when you go to make it, the dress is strapless &, even if you decided to add straps, it will be uncomfortable if you add too much heavy stuff. Good luck, you should put it up on here when it is done. I would love to see how it goes.

    Hope I've helped :)
  17. Posted
    You can get away with doing as little sewing as possible in this dress. I've been mulling this one over since she first wore this but have never had a proper reason to make one myself. I've came up with how I'd do it but I've never tested it.

    So, any good with a paintbrush? Because a good idea for the pattern on the fabric is to either buy or make up a plain white, tight fitting dress with the top half that is similar to her's (that'll be your base for the whole thing) & then buy some white fabric. Make a simple circle skirt (there are so many tutorials online, you don't need hardly any sewing skills) & make it short to create the roof of the carousel. Use fabric paints or acrylics to make the pattern, it wont be too hard as it is just a lot of coloured stripes going in different directions. It's that or you hunt down a fabric in the same pattern & make it all up yourself. If you can't find a dress that is like her's then get a top & a long skirt. You just need the upper half & then something tight-fitting so people don't just see your legs through the carousel.

    Next is making the shape of the carousel. Obviously you need something circular or that can be made into a circle but you need it to be strong as well. Something like a cheap hulahoop would be good, you can get smaller ones for children & they would work well. Something like wire would give the shape but will bend easily & I'm not sure what else would work. The good side to hulahoops is that they are light so it wont be too heavy for the strapless top. So lets say you're using hulahoops, you'd just attach the hem of the circle skirt to the hulahoop by either glue gun or wrapping the fabric around the hoop & stitching it in place. As for the bottom one, you'll have to decide what you're using for the poles hold the top & bottom together. You could use wire, fabric, or something like wooden kebab sticks with the sharp ends cut off. Whatever you're using, cut them to size & glue gun them onto the hoops. You need these to be strong because they're whats holding the whole skirt together. If you want you could use strips of fabric or another kind of circle skirt to attach the bottom hoop to the dress, just make sure it can't be seen sagging past the bottom hoop when it is on. It doesn't matter if you can see it through the carousel because you'll be decorating it but still try make it neat.

    Now for the decoration on the carousel. You want it to be durable & waterproof incase it rains (even just running from the house to the car could ruin it if you use something like card). Craft foam would be good as it is lightweight & comes in a lot of different colours. You could try use fabric or maybe even something like acetate but I'd go for foam. Cut it out, paint it, glue it together; do what you need to create the same design & glue it on. The little flags running around the top can be made from foam or fabric & attached with wire or you could trim the sharp end off one end of a toothpick, paint it white & just push it through the fabric, securing it to the top hoop with glue on the underneath & just gluing the flag on the trimmed end.

    I tried to suggest a way that you can really get a lot of detail in & get it as close to perfect as possibly but would still look good if you weren't so great with whatever skills were needed for each bit. I hope I explained it well enough so you get a basic idea of how to construct it. I tried to think about how to make it really stable but, as there always will be no matter how you do this dress, things like sitting down will be an issue. Just remember the weight when you go to make it, the dress is strapless &, even if you decided to add straps, it will be uncomfortable if you add too much heavy stuff. Good luck, you should put it up on here when it is done. I would love to see how it goes.

    Hope I've helped :)
  18. Posted
    this dress is super easy to make, cheap and cute! :) happy sewing!
    http://talk2thetrees.blogspot.com/2010/07/how-to-make-easy-high-waisted-dress-for.html
  19. Posted
    I tend to get mine from either a small local craft shop that has it on a roll so I can buy by the metre or just get an A4 sheet of it. Maybe some local craft or sewing shops will have something. Sometimes they can be cheaper than big shops like hobbycraft & sometimes they can be a lot more expensive so you've got to do a bit of looking around. You can order from hobbycraft online & they're pretty reasonably price & have sales on things like felt quite a lot but they sell 2 types, one is really good, thick craft felt & the other is thin, rough feeling stuff thats really something cheap for kids to mess about with. I tend to get mine from The Range because the one where I live is just down the road from my flat while the hobbycraft is the other side of the city. The prices are good, they have different sized sheets & it's the good thick, soft stuff. I, personally, haven't bought much craft stuff online because I have always lived in places with a fair few craft shops but, as with everything, I think it would be best to really look around before you buy & don't buy in bulk right off. There are a lot of craft shops (even just small ones) that sell online so it would probably be worth trying one of them over ebay. I think with this sort of stuff it's always best to go to the shop & then you know exactly what you're getting. Even charity shops sometimes have unwanted craft items & scraps. If you're gonna go for buying online it would be best to buy in bulk, then you're not paying 3 times as much as you did on the felt just to get it sent to you.

    Hope this helped :)
  20. Posted
    Try my H&M Inspired Dress, it's super easy to make!

    http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/hm-inspired-dress
  21. Posted · Edited
    A shirred top dress might be the easiest, though it requires you to hand-wind bobbins with elastic thread.

    The "pattern" is basic, usually it's just a rectangle that's 15-25 inches wider than your largest measurement (hips or bust) depending on how loose you want it, and then cut it as long as you want it to be. With stretched elastic thread on the bobbin, and regular thread in the needle, you make long straight stitches (the stitch length should be as long as possible), usually 1/2 inch apart until the entire bust area is shirred. Then of course your can sew up the sides of the rectangle and add a halter strap if you want.

    T-shirt or jersey dresses are also easy to make, since you can just follow the shape of your favorite t-shirt and just make it longer.
  22. Posted
    Hello lovely people,
    I really want to make dresses like a boss but I have to get started somewhere. I have a sewing machine and I have used it for projects before like tailoring mens t-shirts to fit me or hemming my pants and stuff. I have only really worked with recycling thrift store finds. I want to make something from scratch, like buy the fabric and make it myself. I know nothing about using patterns and things like that. Is there any website or project you recommend for an intermediate...beginner???
  23. Posted
    It sure isn't gravity! haha.

    My "girls" just don't deal with strapless. Straps are a must. No straps? Then I have to tuck them into my belly button to hold them in place. ;)

    Seriously, instead of straps, I adopt dresses into halters. Get a neck warp bra and you're good to go with lots of support.

    Good Luck!
  24. Posted
    i add see through straps to mine
  25. Posted
    i get mine from the range mostly but i tend to use wroving wool and do wet felting. I also know of a scrap place near church stretton in shropshire if your ever down this way that may do felt for cheap
  26. Posted
    FOAM SHEETS why did I not think of that? Thankyou very much for the dress tutorial!
  27. Posted · Edited
    With a CAD system or by enlarging it before printing.
  28. Posted
    You try using this tutorial by Carly from Chic Steals http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/sexy-bustier-dress - you could pick up a cheap shirt second hand and then make carousel separately using foam sheets and toy horses painted with acrylic paint.
  29. Posted
    how do you enlarge a dress pattern 500% ?
  30. Posted
    Hey, so my friend is having a circus-themed party for her birthday and it's fancy dress. Now, I absolutely adore fancy dress and I thought that it would be amazing if I could create something like the carousel dress that Katy Perry wore for a live show.

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    I'm pretty much a novice when it comes to dress making, and something like this looks really complex, but I was hoping that somebody on here might know of some easy dress patterns I can download (hopefully for free?!) or have any ideas about how I could make this happen.

    The party is over six months away so I will have plenty of time to create something, but I am something of a perfectionist and if I'm going to do this I want to do it properly.

    So... any suggestions?