"I know this is a late response, but I always line brocades that are going to be next to skin. Also, if it frays, leave wider seam allowances and/or serge the edges (depends on just HOW bad it frays).
How did you handle yours and what, if anything,…"
"I had a tough time doing this with a blouse sleeve. It seemed like I couldn't get the sleeve layer of fabric to move without either moving the blouse layer as well or having to press had enough to actually stretch the sleeve fabric. is it the…"
"The costume looks great. What did you use to stiffen the hip belt? And did the dancers have any trouble with the top lifting in front while they danced? I made a similar top and couldn't wear it to dance in because I couldn't raise my…"
"I'm looking for some help drafting a dress for a large, apple-shaped woman. I've done work for her before, but everything has been more fitted than she wants this dress so I've been able to curve outward from the bust to the waist.…"
Cross-post from Costuming: I am making a choli (Folkwear #144)- cropped backless top, wrap front, sleeves with gussets, tie back - from a polyester/nylon brocade I got at JoAnn. I will be belly dancing in this top so it's going to take a lot of wear and stress. First of all I'm looking for hints about the raveling issue. Then there's distortion along the bias edges of the front neckline. Then there's my big question - to line or not to line? The fabric is medium weight, prone to fraying and…See More
This is especially directed at Carolyn, since you've undoubtedly worked with brocades. But everyone feel free to chime in. I am making a choli (Folkwear #144)- cropped backless top, wrap front, sleeves with gussets, tie back - from a polyester/nylon brocade I got at JoAnn. First of all I'm looking for hints about the raveling issue. Then there's distortion along the bias edges of the front neckline. Then there's my big question - to line or not to line? The fabric is medium weight, prone to…See More
"I love Italian Renaissance and most Medieval. Would love to make some Civil War era women's clothes. I'm enjoying my foray into the world of Japanese animation. I do costumes only - no props, wigs or weapons....
Most of my customers are…"
I've been sewing for about 40 years, starting on my Mom's ancient Kenmore with a knee pedal and working up to my current Husqvarna. The last 5 years or so I've been designing and sewing costumes - Renaissance, Medieval and cosplay. I started belly dancing 2 1/2 years ago and now have a new costuming love to go with my hobby.
My sewing interests are:
My sewing machine(s):
Viking Emerald 116, White serger (low end)
I am interested in patterns such as:
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