fiber arts!

Discussion in 'Make It So' started by jacktrash, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. emythos

    emythos Lipstick Hoarding Dragon

    where the FUCK do i get good fabric.
    (online, specifically. because plague.)
    i got a bunch of patterns on sale and now i'm like. but nice fabric tho?
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  2. TheOwlet

    TheOwlet A feathered pillow filled with salt and science

    My coworkers got me a sixty bucks gift card to my local fabric shop for my 30th bday.
    And my mum gave me an 'intro to clothes sewing' book

    So. Clearly now i gotta.
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  3. Sethrial MacCoill

    Sethrial MacCoill Attempts were made

    Spoonflower for fun (or custom!) patterns on cotton. I can't speak for the quality, since all I've done is window shop, but the selection is enormous and everyone I've talked to who used it has liked what they got.

    Burnly and Trowbridge for wools, linens, cottons, threads, notions, and other really high quality natural fabrics. You pay a lot for what you get, but you get what you pay for. for linen and cotton. Huge selection of colors, all really high quality.

    (I mostly sew for larps, so I mostly go for natural materials and limited color pallets. If you want synthetics, you might have to see if joanns will ship to your location)
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  4. TheOwlet

    TheOwlet A feathered pillow filled with salt and science

    I have finished four oft my five crimmus guft plushies, and the fufth us in tge works, so i should be able to get everything ready and shipped in time!
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  5. emythos

    emythos Lipstick Hoarding Dragon

    this is EXACTLY what I needed, thank you
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  6. Deresto

    Deresto Foolish Mortal

    I unfortunately only barely go here but I thought I'd share this cool af fiber arts video I was recced on youtube:

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  7. Jean

    Jean Let’s stop procrastinating -- tomorrow!

    making a cross stitch pattern!
    the next two lines are italicized. in my rough draft i allcapsed them, but i'm wondering if i should do a different color instead.
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  8. Emma

    Emma Your resident resident

    I vote different colour. I think it'll look better.
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  9. TheOwlet

    TheOwlet A feathered pillow filled with salt and science

    Lads, lasses, lenbies... I finished my plushie project


    Left to right: @KaidaShade 's Brick (Rustpunk), @TwoBrokenMirrors 's Sammie (Intrepid), @kastilin 's Sköll (Starmap), @Codeless 's Sweetheart (True North), and @IvyLB 's Volta (Harper's)

    About a month of work, all in all.
    And yes, those are functional pockets.
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  10. kastilin

    kastilin get in the fucking crayfish shinji

    they all look so good! im still hella impressed with how quickly you put all those together
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  11. artistformerlyknownasdave

    artistformerlyknownasdave revenge of ricky schrödinger

    they look so good!!!!!!! i want to hug them all
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  12. TheOwlet

    TheOwlet A feathered pillow filled with salt and science

    Thank you!! They are EXTREMELY huggable I have tested them all.
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  13. Alaspooralice

    Alaspooralice An actual trash fire

    I've started on a shawl that I'm gonna put beading in! Probably gonna start it over cuz its my first time doing kfb and I think I need practice but it's pretty fun despite the fact that I'm not super great at knitting
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  14. emythos

    emythos Lipstick Hoarding Dragon

    oh nice!!!
    i believe in you!
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  15. Sethrial MacCoill

    Sethrial MacCoill Attempts were made

    That feeling when you have exactly enough fabric for a project...
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  16. Sethrial MacCoill

    Sethrial MacCoill Attempts were made

    Fixed a cloak for a friend today. I made the cloak in the first place on commission, made it wrong because I trusted a free costume pattern on the internet instead of asking someone in my larp or taking a pattern off my own cloak. He got it the first time last August, didn't wear it until winter when he discovered it was a bit too small to really keep him warm, got it back to me to fix in February, and I promised I would have it ready for him the next time we saw each other, thinking I had maybe two months to do it. Then I sat on it and procrastinated. He's coming into town in a couple days, and I finally got the project done this afternoon, nine months later.

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  17. emythos

    emythos Lipstick Hoarding Dragon

    so. i mentioned before that I'm working on a cape.
    the cape wraps around in the front and fastens in the back.
    I added a couple inches on to the wrap pieces, knowing that my chest is larger that what the pattern expected.
    today, in the process of adding my darts. i realized. that i need to add TEN MORE INCHES. TO THE WRAP PIECES. WHOOPS.
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  18. Sethrial MacCoill

    Sethrial MacCoill Attempts were made

    I am losing my entire goddamn mind over a project/competition I'm in right now. The competition is to see who can make the best garb for $20 or less. My plan is to make an entire outfit of court garb, including hat. Got done buying fabric today and squeaked in at $19.93, with five yards of structural fabric, two yards of decorative fabric, and one spool of thread to stitch it all together.

    Then it occurred to me. Tax is 9% here. One of the other groups doing this project has a local tax rate of 10%. Another has a tax of 4%. This is WILDLY UNFAIR! So I start asking about it online, get a couple other people on my side. The person running the competition is in the 10% zone, and she agrees that this is absolute hogwash and decides that only pre-tax costs count!

    I have another $1.87 to spend! I'm gonna buy another spool of thread! I'm actually going to make good garb instead of whatever I can sling together with bare minimum materials and one month to sew!

    (BTW every single thing I've bought so far has been at least 50% off, and I have the receipts to prove it.)
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  19. Sethrial MacCoill

    Sethrial MacCoill Attempts were made

    So, to continue, another thing (a couple more things) about this competition that's fucking destroying me is that we're invited to estimate down to the penny how much material we used, for things you have to buy in large batches like thread (usually) or stuff like heat n bond or fabric. I'm almost definitely going to use every single scrap of fabric. What I didn't give myself budget for, that I may have a tiny little bit of budget for now, is fuseable interfacing. I'm going to be doing, like, a lot of applique on this piece, at least an entire spool's worth, and for the couple hours I was sitting with 7 cents to spare, I had to come to terms with the fact that I was going to have to do large, intricate designs using nothing to hold it in place but a glue stick and a positive attitude.

    Now, I'm seriously considering getting the smallest thing of color matched red thread I can buy and calculating to the nearest square inch how much heat n bond I can get away with, with the few cents I have left over.
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  20. Sethrial MacCoill

    Sethrial MacCoill Attempts were made

    So. SO. After several emotional journeys, a marathon of sewing, and a little more math with the help of people who are much better at math than me, the project is DONE.

    but seth, you may say, it's barely six days later. CORRECT. I HAVE BEEN SEWING NONSTOP FOR THE LAST SIX DAYS. CAFFIENE AND TACO BELL SUSTAIN ME.

    Anyway, I did a little bit of math. Actually a lot of math. I hate math. Anyway, the after tax amount I had to spend was $21.85. My total material costs come out to $21.64.

    Fabric: 7 yards (5 red, 2 yellow), totaling $18.53 after coupons.
    Thread: Two spools used, one and a half of one color, half a spool of the other color, totaling 3.06
    Heat N Bond: Calculated to the nearest square inch to be worth $0.0024 a square inch. 55 square inches used in the final piece, totaling just under 15 cents.

    This project took roughly 18 hours. If I were selling the outfit at cost to a fellow amtgarder I would charge $200 for the final product. If I were selling it to anyone in a different larp, it would come out to probably $300, for a custom appliqued tunic and rus pants.

    I'll have pics for you tomorrow.
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