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  • Michelle Davidson
    May 31, 2011
      I second what Sylvia says.  Velvet will drive even an experienced sewer crazy.  Perhaps a light wool?

      From: Sylvia Rognstad <sylvia@...>
      To: TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 5:11 PM
      Subject: Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Learning to Sew Searching for Fabric?

      I sure wouldnt recommend learning to sew on velvet. I've been sewing
      for 50 years and still hate to sew that stuff. It's almost
      impossible to sew the seams with the correct seam allowance, since it
      slips so badly.

      Sylvia Rognstad
      Costume/clothing design & construction
      Alterations & home dec

      On May 31, 2011, at 11:47 AM, Claudia Hill wrote:

      > Wade,
      > For your robe, black velvet. It's a pain to cut and sew, but
      > nothing flows like velvet. Be careful, though if you decide to go
      > with velvet. Don't buy panne' or crushed velvet nor yet velveteen
      > and avoid stretchy velvet. If you are independently wealthy, go
      > for the genuine silk velvet but if your resources are limited,
      > polyester will work as well for a small fraction of the price.
      > Claudia
      > From: Wade MacMorrighan <Wade@...>
      > To: TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 7:49 AM
      > Subject: [TheCostumersManifesto] Learning to Sew Searching for Fabric?
      > Hey guys, does anyone have any advice on how I should first teach
      > myself the sew, as in using scraps of fabric (not that we have any
      > laying around, mind you!) and practice the sewing techniques that
      > I'll be using on my robes on any "scraps"? Oh, and I would like
      > anything that I sew to be as secure and as strong as possible in
      > terms of stitching and fabric! Any advice? If it should help in
      > terms of durability, back in Jr. High we were told that a certain
      > stitch (a zig-zag of some sort as I recall) was far more durable
      > than a basic straight forward stitch. Also, what sort of fabrics
      > ought I to be looking for? I have also heard that all fabrics can't
      > be sewn to each other, as I've found this gorgeous cardinal-red
      > satin (the perfect color for the lining!) that I shall be using to
      > line the bell-sleeves. But, what about the rest? I want something
      > heavy enough, yet something that isn't too light, but something
      > that has a great deal of "flow" and can
      > billow in the breeze when worn...oh, and it'll have to be the
      > blackest black imaginable. ;oP Something that has some weight to
      > it, but it will breathe a bit and not pull and stretch under it's
      > own weight. You know what I mean? When I went into Joanne's Fabrics
      > I knew exactly what I was scouting for in terms of a lining for the
      > sleeves (and I almost didn't, because every red but the cardinal
      > red seemed "off"), but I haven't a clue about what I should be
      > looking for the the bulk of my fabric needs. Oh, and it's a shame
      > that I haven't found any elegantly-patterned and monochromatic
      > silk, either. I def. have more than a few ideas for using those
      > with this pattern, too!
      > Hmmm....I always thought that the material that dinner napkins were
      > made out of might be a decent fabric-type to employ, but that's
      > just sort of an off-the-top-of-my-head idea I'm throwing out
      > there... It's not as if I've ever been able to *find* any linen
      > that's that heavy, nor of that quality. :oP
      > Take Care,
      > Wade
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