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Chatter / Re: A "real woman" (and her shape, size, fitting, etc.)
« Last post by FrancesGrimble on Today at 05:16:06 AM »
I like the flat technical drawings not shown on any kind of body, whether photographed or sketched. What I want to see is the technical details, not the marketing.
Making Bears, Dolls, Toys, etc / Re: Teddy Bears from fur (coats)
« Last post by Pina on Today at 04:52:26 AM »
Celia, that is an amazing site!  She sells bears, how-to guides, books and patterns, and there are even some free downloads, including one called "Making Bears from Mink" (at the bottom of the page called "Bear Making."  NAYY, just looks interesting--I haven't looked at her download.


Lisa,I agree !  :)    :)

Po and Frappe,as well as other teddy bears look adorable !  At a local non-profit thrift store I have seen several old fur coats and jackets for $ 5 last spring. Next spring I will look at the fur and think about making a bear from recycled fur for myself or someone else. I looked at the free Making Mink Teddy Bears pdf and think the teddy bear cub is cute.

Caring for your collection.
Mink as with fur garments should be stored in a cool dry place. Do not have your mink cub sitting in the sunny window, as the heat will weaken the leather. Of course do not allow your bear to get wet. If you are making a bear from real fur, store in a little box while sewing it, never in plastic. If the fur is dirty you can take to a specialist dry cleaner who can clean the coat before you cut it. Always work with clean hands and your bear will be beautiful for another 100 years.
Costumes, Costuming, Restoration / Re: Japansese kosode project
« Last post by Lisa on Today at 04:26:32 AM »
What a wonderful project!  Are you creating your own pattern?

 Love the look of the blues. ;D

Costumes, Costuming, Restoration / Japansese kosode project
« Last post by indigotiger on Today at 04:08:29 AM »
I have been wandering around down the rabbit hole of surface design techniques for the last month or so... with the initial intention of making a kosode* to wear to an event that honors my friend Kateline. As we are both in the same historic re-creation organisation that covers a time span of the middle ages and renaissance, the plan has been that those who want to can make suitable historic Japanese clothing.

I have long had a desire to actually do some indigo dyeing, and took this opportunity to do some shibori with my friend Jess... I found that the preparation of the stitched panels was very time consuming, but the results I got were very exciting to me. Lots more information and pictures on my blog post "out beyond blue"

Because there was a limited amount of time between when I got this idea and the actual event, I decided to use stenciling and block printing for the rest of the decorated panels. As I noted in my next blog post " Stenciling is faster than shibori. Block printing is faster than stenciling."

The various panels have all been attached to one another and the basic kosode is assembled, and I am now doing the hand hemming of the edges, and various sleeve openings...

I am attempting an interpretation of this Kamakura period (12th to 14th century) kosode. While the original was made from silk woven to look as if it was pieced together from varying panels, I am instead actually piecing together alternate panels of plain linen in a tiny check and boldly designed shibori and stenciled and block printed linen, all in my favorite tones of indigo blue. Why?... because I admire the Japanese style and aesthetic. And lest you think I have gone entirely around the bend, this garment will, after the event, turn into a rather splendid house robe for my everyday wear. (and I am considering lining the body of the kosode with silk, which will make it both warmer in the winter, and make it feel wonderful!)

*kosode is one early form of what eventually became the modern kimono
Regional Groups / Re: Pacific Northwest
« Last post by joycep on Today at 03:46:12 AM »
Thanks, Lisa, for those links. I do have information from the Or Emergency Mgt folk, but they aren't focused on sewing! 😊

I thought some of our West Coast SG people might be the voice of experience.

My favourite saying ..... is "If you can't hide it you may as well decorate it".  I will never be one for fading into the background. 
Making Bears, Dolls, Toys, etc / Re: Teddy Bears from fur (coats)
« Last post by Lisa on Today at 03:18:49 AM »
Have fun!  (You may want to get the free download from BareCubDesigns on techniques to use when making mink teddy bears.)

Please let us know how it goes...

 I want that fabric , also!

Heirloom and Hand Sewing / Re: Knitting IV
« Last post by Karendee on Today at 02:54:15 AM »
Lisa, congratulations on knitting such a wonderful sweater for your mom. She looks beautiful in it and the fit is perfect.

LyndaC, so sorry about your cat.

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