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Member Since: 11/07/2009


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Re: How to Identify Fabrics with a Burn Test

I have used the burn test for quite some time now. It may not always tell exactly what fabric you have, but it will tell you if it is a natural or synthetic fiber, and that may be all you need to know. A mixed fabric can be tricky, but if you see ash and melt, then you know it is a mix of natural and synthetic.
I belong to a quilt group and I am the Tester. We get donated fabric and we also make items to be donated. Some places only will take things made out of 100% cotton, for instance Ronald McDonald House. We have made pillowcases for them several times, and I test the fabric for them so as to make sure it is 100% cotton.
I also use it on my own stash, as I have fabrics that go many years back. As I can only wear natural fabrics myself, I always check, since I have fabrics that I may have bought for other projects, but haven't yet used. Also mystery fabrics that came from who knows where?

Re: Downton Abbey Lady Mary Jacket

This is Beautiful! Well made, great design changes to the original pattern. Wonderful detail, lovely colour. Could not have been any better than it is. I hope you wear it, with pride, for a very long time (without wearing it out, tho.) It is a timeless design.

Re: Two Techniques for Edges

Great ideas, and clear and easy to understand. I had done the shirt tail hem before, using my fingers, and I used to think it was cheating. (Due to the old "rules" as to how to sew things.) In more recent years, I realized that whatever works is good and is not cheating; it is simply a different way to do things. That's progress.

Love that mitering technique, will have to try it soon. Thanks!

Re: Piece a Binding then Machine Applique it in Place

This is lovely! I remember seeing a similar type of edge-finishing application some years ago. Threads even had an article. I don't remember the author, but it was based more on using triangle pieces of fabric so it gave a jagged or prairie point look to the garment. Would be good with certain garments, but I thought that it was rather limited, depending upon the garment.
However, this is very nice in that it can be varied depending upon the sewer's desire and the design in the fabric used. Thanks so much for sharing this. I want to try it as soon as possible.

Re: Pintuck a Ruffle

Beautiful! And just think, one would not have to iron-to re-set pleats-after washing, since the pin tucks will hold their own. I love the pieced fabrics.

Re: Go to Great Lengths

As PeggyKemp says, the pictures do not explain when you are looking at the right side or the wrong side of the skirt. Any good sewing book (I love Simplicity's Simply the Best Sewing Book) will show how to do a false hem.

Basically you have let down and pressed out the original hem. Then- Right Sides together-- you attach the false hem at the very bottom of the skirt, sewing just a 1/4 inch seam. After pressing, you then fold the false hem up to the
Wrong side, press again (with rolling it up just a little so the false hem does not show) and hand stitch the new false hem in place.
Thus you have used only 1/4 inch of the original hem length, and have attached the false hem to finish it off as well as give it weight to hang properly. So now the skirt is extended lengthwise by as much as the original depth of the hem, minus 1/4 inch for the seam.
It is sort of a similar idea in construction as a facing at neck or armhole, tho serves a different purpose.

Re: Create an Illusion Mesh Edge

I don't think that is mesh or net or tulle, of the regular kind, like in Bridal sections of a fabric store. It is a nylon stretch mesh, I think. I have seen this on purchased tees. (Sometimes done nicely and sometimes not.) It would seem to need some stretch to it and not be unstretchy.
It would have been nice if the author of the article had written what she used and where to get it.

Re: My creative hobby

Beautiful work! I especially love the black bag.

Re: Thread Painting

Beautiful! You have really mastered thread painting if this is your first attempt.

Re: Weight a Narrow Hem with Thread

This is a good explanation of a narrow hem. I have used them successfully for Prom and Bridesmaid dresses, or anywhere I want an elegant hem that tends to float upward and outward, rather than hanging straight down. I've read of using them on sleeveless armhole, but have not tried that yet.

Narrow hems take a little bit of extra work, but are well worth the effort. And one you have done them a few times, you can easily see when they are appropriate.

Re: Substance: A Boutique with a Conscience

I really like the use of repurposed, recycled or reused fabric garnered from various sources. I have done a few myself and am interested in doing more. I also like the idea of tea dying and using other natural substances to dye - like onion skins.
However, I think there should be explanations as to how the consumer is to take care of the newly made garment - how to wash it, probably by hand, and perhaps having to redye it as the colour washes out. Care should be taken when making up the garment that all parts of it are compatible with the washing / touch up dying methods. For instance, on the tee that is tea-dyed, it has an applique on both front and back. Would they become muddied in colour and not look as they did at first if you had to touch up the tea dye? Probably not a big deal, but you can see that with other combinations of fabrics, one could run into a bit of trouble.
Or perhaps using something like recycled wool in combination with a washable fabric - the wool would shrink or maybe bleed into the washable part. It is all very well to reuse fabric etc, but one wants to make sure what they make is durable and looks good, holds up well, etc., or the whole recycling effort falls flat when the garment gets shoved to the back of the closet or gotten rid of.
This is not a comment on the above designer's work specifically, just a word of concern to anyone thinking of making garments from recycled parts.

Re: One Great Dress and Three Different Looks

Very clever, very nice looking and wearable. Your design is beautiful and the dress looks to be well made. I like the jacket and scarf which both add to the season-spanning usefulness, as well as diversity in wearing the outfit to different types of events. Thanks for posting it! I especially applaud the contrast/similarity of the diagonal tucks at the neckline with the horizontal ones down the dress front.

Re: No Ruler, No Problem

I have used the patten instruction sheet as a measure. If I have to reconstruct a measure in a different place, I just hold the sheet there, mark or make a crease, and then move it to where I need to put the same measurement.
I have also used parts of my hand, my fingers, from my finger tips to my elbow,etc. to make a measurement of something and then (remembering it) to reconstruct that measurement later.
The floor tiles in a store are great. I work in a fabric store, and mention to customers if they need to estimate something.
I also have used various sewing tools - scissors, clippers, pen,etc., whatever is available - and use a point up to the screw, or the length of the blade, etc.
A piece of typing paper - 8 1/2 x 11" helps also.

Someone told me that Everyone measures 1 yard from nose to thumb and finger tip of outstretched arm, but this is NOT TRUE. Mine is 32", tho if I measure to my outstretched middle finger it is 35". We, as sewers, know that many people have long or short arms, legs, torsos, necks, fingers, etc. So how could EVERYONE have the same length arms? A 6'2" man AND a 5'woman? I doubt it. However, as an AVERAGE it is close, but not accurate. Better measure your own before you use it as a yard stick.

Re: Smash's Springtime Fairy

Very nice! Love the colours. Looks like a fairy would love to have this costume.

Re: Silk Edwardian Ballgown

Gorgeous, beautiful, elegant! Work looks beautiful as well as the design. Take care of this dress for years to come.

Re: Vampire Lucy Westenra from Bram Stoker's Dracula

Beautiful, very elegant and scary. Great use of all the different parts. Love the headpiece.

Re: Headless Harry Potter

This is awesome! Very inventive! You had us fooled upon looking at the figure - it looks so lifelike, or deadlike. But your explanation is great. And he does look like Harry Potter (dead.) Great work! Thanks for sharing it.

Re: Winter Tree

This is awesome! Fantastic! Having done one-of-a-kind costumes myself, the type you have to completely make up yourself as no patterns exist for them, I admire this very much. It speaks Theater. Thanks for sharing it with us.