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Some fun tutorials I’ve tried lately:
The Lola Headband Tutorial from Two Little Bugs Clothing is a short and easy to follow tutorial on how to make a variation of those yummy flower headbands (or barrettes) we’ve been seeing all over the place for mad amounts of money. And if you’re sewing-phobic, don’t worry, this project requires absolutely no needles or thread, just scissors and glue.

The next one is for the plush pumpkins that are so ubiquitous this year. If you missed this one, here’s a really nice tutorial from New House, New Home, New Life. She buys 1/2 meters of fabric, but I’m sure you’ll be fine if you buy half yards ;). These are so easy to make that they’d be a great sewing project for kids and beginning sewers. The hardest part is getting the real pumpkin stems. If you can’t find real ones you can always make them from pipe cleaners or paper maché.

Edit: if you have trouble finding fold-over elastic locally, www.SewzannesFabrics.com has a great selection of colors.

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Farthingales Corset Blog (farthingalescorsetblog.blogspot.com)
Linda Sparks literally wrote the book on how to make a corset (The Basics of Corset Building). She owns the sewing supply company Farthingales, originally based in Canada, they also have a location in Los Angeles. Farthingales specializes in corset supplies. Her blog mostly consists of announcements for the various classes she and others in her company teach. But check out her other sites for great info like the Tips and Tricks page on her L.A. website.

Good Quick Cheap (www.goodquickcheap.net)
David T. Howard is a professor and resident costume designer at the University of Rhode Island. His blog focuses on costume design and construction. He posts lots of pictures of vintage and antique clothing from the school’s stock. He also posts some of his design renderings and the photos of the corresponding finished garments. This is a great resource for anyone interested in costume design.

Oh So Happy Together (ohsohappytogether.blogspot.com)
Jessica obviously loves to sew for her daughter. This blog is full of tutorials on fun kid- and adult-oriented craft and sewing projects. One of my favorites is The Dress Up Skirt (i.e. Tutu). I also love the photos of a gorgeous, vintage inspired, girl’s sailor dress she made.

The Sassy Crafter (sassycrafter.blogspot.com)
is “a writer and crafty gal who loves transforming old things into hip new accessories for you and your home.” Her blog consists of stories and projects about a mix of sewing and crafts. She writes excellent tutorials with thorough instructions and informative photos. Some of my favorites are The DIY Bobbin Organizer, The Executive Chef Apron, and The Re-purposed Top.

Sew Retro (sewretro.blogspot.com)
You probably already know all about this gem. Members post their vintage inspired creations. There are a lot of posts that are just ads trying to get you to visit a member’s personal blog but this is actually a decent way to find other interesting sewing blogs and project tutorials. Members also post about occasional freebies and give-aways.

Threadbanger (www.threadbanger.com)
Threadbanger is a video blog that focuses on DIY sewing projects. Some are fashion related and some are about home decorating. The videos are made by the Threadbanger staff, by guest artists, and by viewers. So, if you have a super cool tutorial you want to send them, you might be featured on a future episode!

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Duct Tape Corset Pattern Class

• 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa, CA
• Saturday, May 8th, 2010
• 1 PM to 5 PM
• $35 per person

Have you ever wanted to make a corset for yourself but were afraid it was too complicated?

Have you tried to make one and just couldn’t get it to fit comfortably?

I have the solution. I’ll be giving a class on how to make a custom corset pattern using duct tape and an old T-shirt.

This method creates a pattern that is exactly the right size and shape to fit you perfectly. It’s very easy to do (with a little help from your friends).

Come get wrapped in duct tape! I’ll guide you through the process and you’ll leave with the perfect custom-fit corset pattern.

Bring:
• A picture of what you’d like the corset to look like; try to get a view of the back as well. Drawings, photos, books, etc. are all fine.
• Your own T-shirt and be ready to sacrifice it to the god of fashion.

6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa on Saturday, May 8th from 1 PM to 5 PM. $35 per person.

See photos from the last corset pattern-making demo I did at the Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition.

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I recently finished serving as Assistant Costume Designer to Pat Fitzgerald for Is He Dead? at Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma. Is He Dead? takes place in 1846 and was originally written by Mark Twain but was never produced in his lifetime. It was discovered in his archives at UC Berkeley a few years ago by Ms. Shelley Fishkin. Then David Ives got his mitts on it and cut quite a bit out, added some anachronisms, and generally made it more accessible to contemporary audiences. It’s a very silly farce about a painter, Jean Francois Millet, who stages his own death in order to increase the value of his paintings. The ruse works and shenanigans ensue.

Our cast was on fire and the whole experience was a joy. You costume historians out there might notice that we didn’t exactly stick to the right period. But, I figure if David Ives can do it, so can we.

To see the pieces I built for this production click here.

Here are some behind-the-scene photos from fittings:

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On Saturday March 13, 2010 I gave a demonstration on how to draft the perfect custom corset pattern using duct tape and an old T-shirt at the Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition.

This method works extremely well and is almost fool-proof. I’ve tried making corsets from store-bought patterns; they never fit right and it’s hard to know how to adjust them. I’ve tried draping a corset on a dress-form but, as you can imagine, that doesn’t work very well because a dress-form has no “fleshy” give. Using the duct tape method you get the right size and shape to begin with as you can control every aspect of the fit.

The general idea is to wrap yourself in duct tape and draw the seam lines on. You then cut off the duct taped T-shirt, cut along the seam lines and trace the resulting pieces on to paper. They usually need adjustment so that the lines are nice and even and the pieces “true” to one another.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to make your own duct tape corset pattern.

Click here to download a PDF: Duct Tape Corset Pattern

Following are photos from the Steampunk Exhibition. Many thanks to Iana and Rachel for their invaluable assistance.

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My name is Sarah Beata DeLong and I am a costumer living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Visit About Sarah for contact info and the Costume Gallery to see examples of my work.

sarah@sarahbeata.net

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