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I've been sketching clothes I want, but can't make, due to lack of skill. I'm seriously considering trying to see if I can find someone in town to make some of these, and see how affordable it is.

On related notes:

Anyone have recommendations for sewing classes in Toronto? I'll have to learn how to use a pattern some day.

Also, anyone know where I can get opera gloves in men's sizes? How about how much a pair of riding boots should cost?

I don't have the cash to do any of this stuff right now, but my brain seems determined to think of stuff, so the rest of you get punished for it.

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mycrazyhair
Jan. 25th, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)
Those are some really neat designs.
curgoth
Jan. 25th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
Thanks.

You and S. should check out the top shirt here. My world seems to be overflowing with random penguins of late. I blame you two. :)
much_ado
Jan. 25th, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)
Also, anyone know where I can get opera gloves in men's sizes? How about how much a pair of riding boots should cost?

for the opera gloves, contact Malabar, somewhere down in the Yorkville Village area of Queen west.

for the boots, if you buy new, you can expect to pay in the neighbourhood of $300, but i recommend scanning ebay regularly; you may luck unto a good-condition used pair for under $100

on the topic of custom work, there are two people on my FList i can recommend. one is nocturnalia, the other is firefae. both are professional seamstresses/costumiers with heavy goth leanings.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 25th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
Those are neat designs. I would totally envy a person wearing the velvet shirt or the spider skirt. For the spider skirt, would the light gauzy underlayer get jammed between your legs? I have a light cotton long swirly skirt, and over the course of a day it get gummed up as I stride.

For the Japaneseish skirt, I'd think the pocket near the lacing would introduce a structural weakness at a point that holds the weight of the skirt. But the upper-side-groin area is the best place to put pockets that should be hidden... Hm. One that opened from the top, a slit below the waistband, should work fine. (Oh, and thinking about skirt weight, would you have some triangle of fabric behind the lacing to keep it from digging into your hips?)

I bet you could find a hoodie pattern that would be nearly what you wanted for the hoodie...
zdashamber
Jan. 25th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
Arg! These LJ failings are getting annoying. That comment is me.
curgoth
Jan. 25th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)

For the spider skirt, would the light gauzy underlayer get jammed between your legs? I have a light cotton long swirly skirt, and over the course of a day it get gummed up as I stride.


Hrm. I'm not sure - I think the fabric is stiff enough that it won't try to wrap around my legs.

For the Japaneseish skirt, I'd think the pocket near the lacing would introduce a structural weakness at a point that holds the weight of the skirt. But the upper-side-groin area is the best place to put pockets that should be hidden... Hm. One that opened from the top, a slit below the waistband, should work fine. (Oh, and thinking about skirt weight, would you have some triangle of fabric behind the
lacing to keep it from digging into your hips?)


I was thinking of having the lacing anchored to a reinforcement layer right along the sides - I had figured on the pocket sitting between that and the outer part of the skirt. I don't want fabric behind the lacing - I want it open. That way I can decide if I'm feeling bold enough to show off that much skin, or wear bike shorts/tights underneath, as well as drawing attention to the non-traditional parts of it. I figure if the laces dig too much, I just make sure I'm wearing a tight belt to hold up the weight rather than let the laces hold it up.

I bet you could find a hoodie pattern that would be nearly what you wanted for the hoodie...


See, this is why I need to get around to taking some classes - my current level of skill is such that I can sew basic square tunics/robes, but I can't do anything more advanced. I don't know how to operate a pattern, so I can only make things when I can see in my head how everything will fit together from scratch. Hence all these ideas that aren't currently going anywhere. :)
the_doughboy
Jan. 25th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
I can set you up with D's dress maker. She does non-bridal gowns as well.
the_doughboy
Jan. 25th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
You can also get Opera golves at Tuxedo stores. ie the place we were three weeks ago.
curgoth
Jan. 25th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but the odds of them having opera gloves in boy sizes are pretty small - I can find plenty of places that have opera gloves, but invariably, the fingers don't got past my second knuckles.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 26th, 2006 06:33 am (UTC)
lol,,,you look like a woman in your pic,,,why are you looking foe men's sizes?
thekat03
Jan. 26th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
the spider skirt is very intreguing, and probably wouldn't be too hard for me to make. question: if the overskirt panels meet in the back in the middle, won't either your underwear or your ass show a bit? not that that's a bad thing *grin*, but i imagine that might not be what you want the skirt to do.
curgoth
Jan. 26th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
The underskirt material isn't completely see-through - especially near the top where it's more dense, I don't think it'll be too visible, even if the panels separate. On the other hand, maybe I should have the top 6-8 inches in the back sitched together. :)
corbet
Jan. 26th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
No! No! Air flow is good. (Yeahhhhh, "air flow," yeahhhhh...)
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