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hobbyist costumer, love making 'stunt dresses' (ironic or novelty dresses), new mommy

craft interests: sewing, costuming

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Member Since: 02/25/2009

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The Barney Huntress

The Barney Huntress:  Started out as a joke when my friend and I kept seeing all these stuffed Barneys at the thrift store.  I thought it would be funny to have a 'tribe' of Barney Hunters...

American McGee's Alice

Recreation from the video game American McGee's Alice.  Altered blue dress, apron and 'knife' from scratch, purchased petticoat.

recent comments

Re: TWO Book Giveaway: "Sew Fun" and "Sewing School 2"

I have (and use) the Bernina my mom used to teach me to sew on and now I have a 6 yo daughter who I hope shows interest so I can teach her. She's interested in how the machine works but I ask her if she would like to try and make something and she says "Not right now".

Re: Book Giveaway: "Threads Sew Smarter, Better & Faster"

Make sure it gets oiled once a week and use GOOD thread!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Patternmaking Made Easy," Third Edition by Connie Crawford

I've been making easy skirt recently and I'd like to upgrade to dresses and would love some help from this book to be able to adjust the patterns. Love Connie!

Re: SewStylish Featured Giveaway!

I just got into making skirts for summer out of novelty fabrics - I would love this book!

Re: Book Giveaway: Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion

Dandies are great to see how their clothes set a fashion trend or change a way of thinking!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing"

I LOVE to try and incorporate vintage inspired pieces into my wardrobe and have a small collection of dresses I've made using vintage patterns and novelty fabrics! I'd love to add this book to my reference shelf!

Re: Enter to Win an Oliso Pro Smart Iron!

Use filtered water! Even if you don't have a filtered tap, you can buy inexpensive jugs from most grocery stores.

I also now keep a small hand towel near what I'm ironing. If I'm forgetful and the iron turns itself off (as many of them do these days) and then I come back to it and hit the steam, mine tends to spit water from not being properly heated up all the way!

Though this could be my inexpensive iron, so I'd really like to win the Oliso Pro.

Re: Book Giveaway: Dressmaking: 200 Q&A

when using a commercial pattern, iron it w/ no steam and re-trace it onto different paper if you've made alterations.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Costume and Fashion: A Concise History"

the 19-teens have always been my favorite period (before Downton Abby!) and would love to learn more about it!

Re: Book Giveaway "Vintage Lingerie"

LOVE vintage lingerie! I have a few delicate pieces I would love to try and copy and having the patterns I can use (instead of trying to copy off my falling apart garments).

Re: Book Giveaway: "Improv Sewing"

I'd love to maybe try some sort of soft form slouchy hat with the free form technique. It will still be cold here for a few more months but I need to start adding some 'spring' to my wardrobe.

Re: Clone Yourself A Dress Form

@seeingskinny the most you would be about 1/4" bigger. And that's with doing a t-shirt then the duct tape. And aren't most bras have some stretch to them? So it think it would be a big help for at least finding your apex point, band/cup/, strap placement - but you would still have to try on mock ups for such a tight fit.

I know a gal who does corsets has the corset that closest fits on her customer, then wraps them in saran wrap, then makes a pattern (seams, length, shape) from that.

Hope that helps!

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "The Art of Fashion Draping" by Connie Amaden-Crawford

As a plus size girl I would love to learn to drape tops for myself!

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: A Field Guide to Fabric Design

I have always ogled some of the fabrics over at Spoonflower and wished I knew more on how to figure out the repeat - I would love to win a copy of this book.

Re: DVD GIVEAWAY: Industry Insider Techniques with Louise Cutting Volumes 1-4

I would love to win this set of DVDs and take my sewing to the next level from "Did you make that?" to "WOW! You made that????"

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: The New June/July Issue of Threads (#161)

Stripes! I'm sew addicted to them!

Re: DVD GIVEAWAY: Threads Magazine Archive, 1985-2011

I often go through my mothers Threads magazines when I'm looking for inspiration or technique. Having the DVD set would let me explore a vast array of subjects at my leisure!

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Underwear Fashion in Detail"

Oh I LOVE underpinning books! I would love to add this one to my shelf!

Re: Book Giveaway: "THE VICTORIAN TAILOR" by Jason Maclochlainn

The 'big 3' pattern companies costumes for menswear is very limited and usually lacking in historical details. I would love to add this book to my costuming book collection and try and make something for my hubby!

Re: Create a Custom Dress Form

I second the comment by sewingmonk about doing the brown paper tape method. I think the last time Threads did an article about doing your own double (in their magazine) they included instructions on how to do it. The paper tape wont stretch or gum up your scissors, is just as cheap to buy, and acts more like paper mache and you can (carefully) put pin holes in it and draw on it!

But having two people help is best, and if you do get the brown paper tape - use warm water to wet the back before sticking it on. And you'll be standing for 1-2 hours so have a high stool or ledge to be able to lean on, and wear the bra you would normaly wear. Though I have done forms on people while wearing a corset so they could then drape/fit the costume they would wear the corset under.

Re: Book Giveaway - Sewing For Children

I can't wait to sew with my daughter. She's 2 now and can't leave my sewing machine alone!

Re: Spring Cleaning for Your Fabric Stash

I used to put much of my stash folded over strong metal hangers on an industrial garment rack. But it took up too much room (it was double sided) and it was near a window so some of the pieces got sun damage right in the middle of some of the pieces! So thank you for mentioning keeping your fabric out of the sun!

Re: Book Giveaway: Successful Serging

I would love this book as I keep misplacing my serger manuel and I know I can do cool stuff with my serger!

Re: Do you know the way to Puyallup?

Love Sew Expo! As a local Washintonian, I've been going for the last 10 years or so. If this is your 1st time here's some tips:

Bring your own bottled water - the vending machines run out quickly.
Bring your own snacks/food - limited food vending.
Wear your most comfortable walking shoes - it's all concrete or hard floors.
Bring a large backpack or tote for your goods that you buy, rolling totes/suitcases are severely FROWNED UPON!

Have fun everyone!