I'm not sure how active this community is...

I'm looking for a tutorial on the best way to sew a LOT of small pleats in a strip.

It is my intention to then fasten them to neckline & bottom edges of a bolero style jacket... if that helps.

Thanks in advance....

Vintage sewing patterns

I am selling all of my vintage sewing patterns, I just don't have time to sew any more. If you have specific questions on any of the patterns, just let me know and I'll pull it out of the box. Tons of 1950's, some 40's era, and 60's too. The price is a steal for over 100 patterns!

Here is the auction:
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Dressmaker's dummy for swap

Hi there Sewing Disorderists

I have an unused adjustable (vintage?) dressmaker's dummy I'd like to swap for a smaller one (preferably adjustable). I would guess it's an Australian SZ 16+ - neck unmarked but adjustable, bust 100-116cm, waist 77-93 and hips 101-117. Note that I'm in Melbourne, Australia! Anyone interested?

BTW it looks (as far as I can tell) exactly like this one:

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Hi im selling the machine Brother 60-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine, CS-6000i is
Brand New*

  • A wide variety of built-in utility, decorative and heirloom stitches, each with multiple stitch functions
  • LCD screen with computerized stitch selection
  • 7 styles of 1-step, auto-size buttonholes
  • Super-wide (7mm) zigzag and decorative stitches
  • Automatic needle threading
  • Built-in thread cutter
  • Variable needle position
  • Fast, automatic bobbin winding
  • 1-step bobbin replacement with quick set drop-in bobbin
  • Quilting features included
  • one-touch start/stop/reverse operations
  • Operates with or without foot control
  • Drop feed for free motion quilting. Create free-form or traditional quilt patterns
  • Sew fleece, elastic and other stretchy fabrics with the built-in stretch stitches
  • Use the built-in decorative stitches to embellish clothing, pillows, towels and more. Perfect for creating crazy quilt designs
  • Create delicate family treasures using the built-in heirloom stitches
  • Free arm/flatbed convertible sewing surface
  • Accessories for zipper insertion, darning, twin-needle stitching and button sewing
  • Built-in accessory storage
  • Electronic speed adjustment allows you to choose the most comfortable sewing speed for your project
  • Quick change presser feet
  • Stitch width and length control
  • Adjustable thread tension control
  • Safety power and light switch
  • Lightweight with built-in handle for portability
  • Instruction booklet in English and Spanish
  • 25-year limited warranty
  • Unit Dimensions: 16e x 6.7e x 11.4e
  • Shipping Dimensions: 20.2e x 12.6e x 17.6e
  • Shipping Weight: 18.7 lbs.
  • UL/CSA listed
  • Model Number: CS-6000i

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Hi everyone, I'm new to LiveJournal and am looking to make some friends and get some tips. I love wearing lolita fashion and am a beginner in sewing, hoping to make and sell original clothes some day. I love to combine lolita with rockabilly and diy kitsch style fashion- turning vintage and retro prints (like pokemon bedsheets and super mario fabric) into lolita-style jumperskirts and accessories.

I can't wait to start talking and making friends, and I hope to receive plenty of feedback and criticism- I still have a lot to learn! ^_^

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"Have you ever..

held your sewing scissors like a weapon."

A couple of days a go I was buzzing the side of my boyfriend's mohawk and the hair was too long for the clippers. So I grabbed my sewing scissors and cut it shorter, no big deal...

Until I poked him in the eye with the scissors! I am so embarrassed, but I had to share because it is so close to the line on this groups info page. This is after I poked him in the eye earlier with my finger (also by accident) and knocked out one of his contact lenses. Sigh.

In other news, my place is a disaster of sewing projects unearthed. The boyfriend "reorganized" my fabric stash while I was away this summer and I was upset. Finally had the guts to tackle the hoard and it wasn't all that bad.

Now I want to make this:

Has anyone else made anything similar? What are the most difficult parts? What should I know before I start? Having not made a costume for a while and with modest but copious sewing experience I'm hesitant.
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ok mommy-ladies. i need your help.

i need to find a "prissy pants" pattern. for a gift. a cloth diaper cover. but the one i'm looking for ties on the sides. no snaps or elastics.

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Let's set something off in here...

There hasn't been much action in this community. C'mon, let's get something going.

I'm going to repost something from my journal that I thought was cool. Let's hear from the rest of you. If you aren't a costuming person, paraphrase to denote what you have done and would like to do with yarn or textiles.

La Diva Sewphisticate's costuming meme...

1. What is your favorite costume era ?
Hmmm...a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away? Or maybe Early Kogal? Middle Kawaii? I dunno...

2. What is the part of the costuming process (research, sewing, etc) that you hate the most ?
Machine sewing is still something I have to concentrate on completely for fear of mutilating my hands.

3. What is the part of the costuming process (research, sewing, etc) that you love the most ?
Research, and that "wow, I gotta make that!" inspiration you get when you see a really cool costume that's executed well.

4. What kind of detail in a dress immediately catch your eye ?
First of all, I'm not a "dress" kind of gal. But what catches my eye at an exhibit like "Dressing A Galaxy" is all the detail that doesn't make it on the screen but is put there "just because." No way you are going to see all those wonderful nurnies and embroidered textures and so on even on a huge theatre screen, much less on a TV watching a DVD.

5. What dress (painting, museum item, etc.) started your love for costuming ? When ?
I suppose it was going to Ren Faire the first time and just being blown away by the amazing work people had put into their outfits. That would be mid 1970s. When it was still being held in Agoura.

6. What costume are you sure you would never do ?
Darth Vader. When you are 5' 2" on a good day you simply can't pull it off.

7. How many projects do you have ? Count them all, not just the real planned projects, but also your dreamed ones.
OK, Chinese video game martial arts chick...I have the pattern and hopefully after the Woodbury "Common Threads" fabric sale on Thursday I'll have the fabric. A real undertunic for my Jedi robes, not the badly-done dickie. Fuu-chan kimono set. (Samurai Champloo) A redone pair of lightsabres, also for the Jedi outfit. Wait, that's propmaking. I also want to do a SW "Face" character...Jocasta Nu. I think it would be a gas to put on that outfit and read to little kids. In character. Oh yeah: I want to build myself a sewing dummy. One with legs so I can use it for fixing pants too.

8. What was your very very first costuming try ? It could be a barely begin project.
A "Bugaloo" from the Sid And Marty Kroft show of the same name. My mom and I did it together when I was 7 or something. We took a green mop and turned it into a wig with antennae. I had neat green wings.

9. What costume do you madly love, but don't feel able to do?
Padme Amidala as teen queen multi-layer kimono outfit. It was gorgeous on screen, it was even more gorgeous in person. The headdress alone is scary to even think of doing. Also I doubt I'd be able to pull it off. I would probably look like the Dowager Empress or something.

10. Which of your follow costumers do you admire the most ? Why ?
colleency. No doubt. Because she has been very encouraging.
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