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Jul 22nd 2011 at 9:37:06 AM

Pencil and paper first. I'm still trying to get used to my tablet's lack of friction.

Yuanchosaan antic disposition from Australia
antic disposition
Jul 22nd 2011 at 6:12:16 PM

I remember that happening to me. I know some people put a piece of paper over the top, but it wears the pen down more swiftly. Eventually I decided to just concentrate on getting the basics of traditional drawing first, and somewhere along the line I lost my tablet pen.

"Doctor Who means never having to say you're kidding." - Bocaj
Jul 22nd 2011 at 7:31:59 PM

My stylus is tied to my laptop, so that's not a problem for me. xP

Yuanchosaan antic disposition from Australia
antic disposition
Jul 23rd 2011 at 6:06:46 PM

Drawing I did over Thursday and Friday, but not the one that looks better upside down.

"Doctor Who means never having to say you're kidding." - Bocaj
Jul 29th 2011 at 3:24:56 PM

Done with the top third of my Beauxbatons dress, but only the mockup.

I think I have the hang of sleeves now, I set one in with one try again!

edited 29th Jul '11 3:32:37 PM by Leradny

Jul 29th 2011 at 5:49:05 PM

Gee, that was a fast costume even with shortcuts. Six-ish hours and I've already got the bodice and sleeves pieced. The skirt will take maybe one more hour to tweak and cut out. I have enough fabric for the capelet, yay. Don't have time to order a hat or millinery skills to make one, woe. Not going to wear accurate shoes in a long line. All I really need now is a wand.

Jul 30th 2011 at 4:11:27 PM

>Get ready to sew up your dress

>Realize that you cut out a piece on the wrong side so now you have two lefts

>FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

Madrugada Zzzzzzzzzz Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
Jul 30th 2011 at 5:45:03 PM

> Cry.

...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
Diamonnes In Riastrad from Ulster
In Riastrad
Aug 5th 2011 at 7:06:31 PM

So, I'm sewing a tabard for my Amtgard group.

My name is Cu Chulainn. Beside the raging sea I am left to moan. Sorrow I am, for I brought down my only son.
DrunkGirlfriend from Castle Geekhaven
Aug 6th 2011 at 1:29:01 PM "I don't know how I do it. I'm like the Mr. Bean of sex." -Drunkscriblerian
Aug 6th 2011 at 2:11:33 PM

The only thing I disagree with is Rule #4. Sergers are much too expensive and really overrated, having my clothes look like they came off-rack completely misses the point of making my own, and it's not even that hard to learn how to sew stretch fabrics or other finishing methods with a regular sewing machine.

Madrugada Zzzzzzzzzz Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
Aug 6th 2011 at 2:19:44 PM

^ I completely agree with you. I don't have a serger and I don't really feel the need for one. If the fabric is that ravelly, I either overedge it or put in a sewn-in lining

Other than that, following 13, 14, and 15, 16 really should be "you can see any bra through $1-a-yrd fabric. It doesn't matter what color it is".

...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
Aug 6th 2011 at 2:28:58 PM

I dunno, a flesh-toned bra works just fine.

DrunkGirlfriend from Castle Geekhaven
Aug 6th 2011 at 7:22:07 PM

I dunno, I'd like a serger (and an embroidery machine, and a...) someday. My current machine does overlock stitches, which I use a lot. Then again, I do a lot of work with problematic fabric that does unexpected things, and a simple zigzag over the edge usually doesn't cut it. [lol]

[up] Not when you can still see the outline of where the bra ends. tongue

"I don't know how I do it. I'm like the Mr. Bean of sex." -Drunkscriblerian
Aug 6th 2011 at 8:16:59 PM

Then one should probably get a thicker fabric. Barring that, uh. Pasties?

DrunkGirlfriend from Castle Geekhaven
Aug 6th 2011 at 8:19:20 PM "I don't know how I do it. I'm like the Mr. Bean of sex." -Drunkscriblerian
Aug 6th 2011 at 8:27:15 PM

Clearance sales are a seamstress' best friend!

Anyway I'm making a purple dress right now. I dunno what I want the neckline to be. Originally I wanted a square neck or a v-neck, but suddenly I want a high collar with buttons like this. Thoughts?

DrunkGirlfriend from Castle Geekhaven
Aug 6th 2011 at 8:37:18 PM

What's the cut of the dress like? Higher collars generally don't look very good on loose-fitting dresses, for example.

"I don't know how I do it. I'm like the Mr. Bean of sex." -Drunkscriblerian
Aug 6th 2011 at 8:44:36 PM

Reasonably close fit bodice, a circle skirt starting from the waist.

DrunkGirlfriend from Castle Geekhaven
Aug 6th 2011 at 8:52:40 PM

In which case, either way would look good. I personally find high collars to be a bit uncomfortable, even when they're properly fitted, so I'd go with the V neck. Not sure what you'd prefer though.

"I don't know how I do it. I'm like the Mr. Bean of sex." -Drunkscriblerian
Aug 6th 2011 at 8:58:15 PM

Eh, mostly I just decided that since I don't have any high collars it would be a nice addition to my wardrobe, while I have a lot of V-necks. Besides, I can always cut a high collar out if I don't like it during the fittings.

DrunkGirlfriend from Castle Geekhaven
Aug 6th 2011 at 9:04:53 PM

True. Have you already done the neckline on the mockup?

"I don't know how I do it. I'm like the Mr. Bean of sex." -Drunkscriblerian
Aug 6th 2011 at 9:13:25 PM

Actually I did a square neck on the mockup and I'm just going to modify the good fabric accordingly to see how it looks. Yeahhhhhhhhhh

Diamonnes In Riastrad from Ulster
In Riastrad
Aug 6th 2011 at 9:51:49 PM

. . .

What sort of material should I use?

It needs to be able to be sewn together into four layers without killing me during the summer. Something breathable.

And, it has to be available at Wall-mart.

:/

My name is Cu Chulainn. Beside the raging sea I am left to moan. Sorrow I am, for I brought down my only son.
Aug 6th 2011 at 9:53:44 PM

Use for... A costume? A dress? A shirt? Pants? Shoes? Bomb shelter? What?


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