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by rajani
Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:03 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Millinary Wire?
Replies: 19
Views: 9552

Re: Millinary Wire?

Heather wrote:Never judge a hat without your full costume on. If you are in modern clothing with a modern hair style, you are seeing the hat through a modern eye. The look of a hat will change completely with the correct hair and outfit.



SO TRUE! :D
by rajani
Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:24 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Millinary Wire?
Replies: 19
Views: 9552

Re: Millinary Wire?

I've found with my hats, that because I don't have a lot of natural hair to pin a hatpin through, it helps to run a very thin covered elastic band under the brim on both sides which wraps around your head under your hairstyle in the back. Hats by Leko sells these elastics in several different "...
by rajani
Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:11 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Millinary Wire?
Replies: 19
Views: 9552

Re: Millinary Wire?

I buy mine from Hats by Leko. They also have various weights of buckram, pre made hat forms, feathers, flowers and all sorts of millinery supplies.
by rajani
Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:47 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Natural and chocolate linen polonaise
Replies: 4
Views: 3941

Re: Natural and chocolate linen polonaise

LOVE the hat! I'm stealing this style for my next dress!!!! :D
by rajani
Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:45 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Gray Driving Dress
Replies: 20
Views: 13560

Re: Gray Driving Dress

Was out in full kit with the horses again this weekend, and got footage of an unexpected feature of the dress. Twelve seconds of video. Wait for it... Mary, I heard somewhere that a lady should walk so smoothly that she could set a cup of tea on her bustle and not have it spill... next you need to ...
by rajani
Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:41 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Archon 35 Steampunk pictures
Replies: 18
Views: 11977

Re: Archon 35 Steampunk pictures

Have you tried the continuous bias tape method ? You sew your edges together once, cut on the bias, and voila! yard after fabulous yard of bias tape, already sewn together. Dread Pirate published the first one, but the one I linked to above has better in progress pics, and my old Dread Pirate link ...
by rajani
Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:20 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Archon 35 Steampunk pictures
Replies: 18
Views: 11977

Re: Archon 35 Steampunk pictures

Sergers are wonderful machines. I don't know how to do rolled hems or some of the other, fancier stuff on mine, but just finishing edges alone makes it worth the money. You can start dropping hints...like leaving sewing ads out with sergers circled. You know, things like that. ^_^ I'm already ahead...
by rajani
Fri Oct 07, 2011 6:37 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Archon 35 Steampunk pictures
Replies: 18
Views: 11977

Re: Archon 35 Steampunk pictures

Do you have a bias tape maker? Not the mechanical one but a manual one? It still takes a while, but it goes by much faster. I bought it before I had a serger to bind ruffled edges for my petticoat since it would be difficult to turn in and sew down the raw edges, but I almost had to have bought it ...
by rajani
Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:42 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Archon 35 Steampunk pictures
Replies: 18
Views: 11977

Re: Archon 35 Steampunk pictures

Andrea, funny you should mention Project Runway. I have been watching that show a lot, not because it's a reality show, but because it's interesting to see what they do on a very short timeline with materials they don't expect to have to use. I've taken to calling my own sewing my "project runw...
by rajani
Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:21 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Archon 35 Steampunk pictures
Replies: 18
Views: 11977

Re: Archon 35 Steampunk pictures

Andrea! You're so cute in that dress! I've been watching your postings on its progress for so long that it's nice to finally see it all done and furthermore, what you look like! I love the colors of the dress.... very fresh and springlike. Love it :) Great job! Are you going to be starting another o...
by rajani
Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:22 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My new TV460 evening bodice
Replies: 11
Views: 7043

Re: My new TV460 evening bodice

Oh my gosh, that's just luscious! You look fabulous in it!

ISN'T RED JUST THE BEST COLOR???? (It's my favorite!)
by rajani
Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:18 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Dress Fabric
Replies: 7
Views: 5568

Re: Dress Fabric

I have been buying silk from a shop on Ebay... have purchased about $600 worth of silk so far and the service has been great/prices are much cheaper than anything I can get here unless it's a clearance deal. This shop will send you swatches if needed.... they sent me about 20 swatches and didn't cha...
by rajani
Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:21 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: New dress for Llandrindod Wells festival 2011
Replies: 3
Views: 3420

Re: New dress for Llandrindod Wells festival 2011

I'm SO glad you posted this. I've been thinking of converting this same polonaise into a false vest front style, and wondered if it was possible and how it would look. Yours is beautiful and has given me the inspiration to try it myself! Great job.... :)
by rajani
Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:55 am
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: First bodice fitting help!
Replies: 19
Views: 15140

Re: First bodice fitting help!

Andrea.... never say "simple cotton". :D I've seen people make some fabulous looking dresses using nothing more fancy than this. It's the work and design that goes into them that makes them fancy.... IMHO a luxurious fabric is just an icing on the cake. I love the colors you picked out. Re...
by rajani
Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My Wedding Dress
Replies: 10
Views: 7868

Re: My Wedding Dress

I like this look too. Not too fussy and totally elegant. It looks fabulous!

I am in love with the way dupioni looks and behaves in a dress like this, the way it creases and folds. It just looks crisp and rustly.

Raji
by rajani
Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:45 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: First bodice fitting help!
Replies: 19
Views: 15140

Re: First bodice fitting help!

This is SO true. Which is why I had to end up making two bodices on my last red dress.... the first mockup fit snugly but perfectly, but once the linings and boning went in, I couldn't even get it buttoned. I know next go-round to make the bodice mockup fit slightly loosely, so when it's totally don...
by rajani
Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:32 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Meiji Victorian
Replies: 2
Views: 2907

Re: Meiji Victorian

This could be SO cool. Victorian with a twist. I love, love, love it. You have to promise to post pictures when you're done. Drat. I should do something like this, especially because I may have an occasion next summer when a Japanese version of Victorian would be SO appropriate.....

Raji
by rajani
Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:02 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Applying a wide pleated ruffle—now finished with pics!
Replies: 5
Views: 3975

Re: Applying a wide pleated ruffle—now finished with pics!

I love it! The whole outfit looks very neatly done and if that color is accurate, it's understated and subtle - nice! The pleats look very very even. Taking shortcuts on pleats usually means they end up somewhat uneven, and I am kind of obsessive about these sorts of details, so I appreciate consist...
by rajani
Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:04 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!
Replies: 34
Views: 22967

Re: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!

I thought I was the only one who did that! http://bestsmileys.com/lol/10.gif Andrea, you might want to have them check the price when you're there just looking. At my stores up here I can never tell what the price is on the red tag drapery bolts with the discount signs posted and I've been surprise...
by rajani
Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:15 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!
Replies: 34
Views: 22967

Re: Natural Form gown and Butterfly Train.... done!

Andrea, check at the Hancock Fabrics near you from time to time for silk. Here in the last few weeks I've gotten silk in the drapery aisles with the 'half off red tag' sales going lately for five(!) dollars a yard. It's not crisp enough to be called taffeta, or slubby enough to really be called dup...

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