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  1. Posted
    I just got some free fabric from my great aunt. They are vintage and heavyweight. There are really thick fabrics some are patterned and some are solid colors. They also have a variety of textures.
    I have no idea what to do with these! Does anyone have any ideas?
  2. Posted
    I really don't recommend the McCall's peplum pattern-if it's the same one I bought, the sizes of the shirt don't correspond with the fit. It was far too big in the bodice, and not in an easily salvageable way. I wasted hours and a nice piece of fabric on that pattern :( However, there are many drafting tutorials for bodices and pencil skirts, and peplums can be anything from a gathered piece of fabric to a very short circle skirt :) Hope this was helpful!
  3. Posted
    If it's just for the ends of ribbon or something, I've previously used clear nail polish.
  4. Posted
    Hi,
    I'm new to the site and am kind of confused with how I'd go about searching for this kind of tutorial on here, so I'm sorry if there's one for this kind of project that is in a very obvious spot! I was probably too dull too figure out how to get to it.
    So, I'm new to sewing, but I do have someone in my house who can help me if I get in over my head in this project. Oh, and bear with me- I'm terrible at describing what I'm looking for.
    So. I saw a picture on a website of a fabric wrist cuff. It wasn't a thin-ish bracelet, because it covered a few inches of their wrist, kind of like half an armwarmer. It was very intricate and lace-y- it basically seemed like they started out by making a plain white wrist cuff and then added layers of lace, appliques, little charms, etc. I have essentially all the supplies I believe I'd need, and I'd (much) prefer to hand sew this wrist cuff. Have any of you seen tutorials, maybe not just on this site but anywhere, of this kind of piece? Even if it just teaches me how to make a basic wrist cuff like that and I add the layers of lace and stuff, that'd be okay too.
    Thank you, and I'm really sorry for my bad description- I can specify if need be. The reason I didn't add the picture I spoke of is because I can't seem to find it anymore, but I remember it fairly vividly.
  5. Posted
    I would wear them I think that 30ties would make a fashion statement.=)
  6. Posted
    I think it's like one of those fabric like the tent fabrics and swimming costumes?
  7. Posted
    I think I'm going to go with Krista's concept of the tea party dress, but make a pullover sheath dress with a lace panel in the front :3
  8. Posted
    I have used Fray Check and it works better than anything else if you're using it on garments, but that's about its only good application.
  9. Posted
    I don't generally use it- I have it, but the only thing I ever would use it on was ribbons, and I found burning the ends of my ribbons far neater.
  10. Posted
    Hi Cut out and keepers,
    I'm not keen to shell out $14 for a bottle of "Fray Block" - a sloppy clear glue that you apply to stop fraying. I normally use PVA glue or clear nailpolish.
    Are there benefits to Fray block that I'm missing out on?
    Thanks for any answers!
  11. Posted
    I have some black satin I've been wanting to make a corset with, you've just reminded me ;)
  12. Posted
    yay!!! Everyone needs a tea party dress!!!
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    I like kristas idea I would go with it!
  14. 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
  15. 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!
  16. 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
  17. 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.




  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Posted
    This is the first dress i made with my sewing machine ^_^

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    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.
  27. 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. :)
  28. 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! :)
  29. 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 :)
  30. 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 :)