Jun. 8th, 2009 06:59 pm
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Big hugs to everyone out there who is having a hard time for one reason or another. Seems this year isn't being any kinder and it seems to be the same people suffering. I wish I could change it; give some peace to those who need it, and teach those who cruise through life on the backs of others to understand real problems. But I don't know how to do that, so I'll just say I'm here when anyone needs me.

My weekend was spent finished the third Phoenix Wright game, which was awesome, and making Amari's skirt, which is looking pretty good if I say so myself. I might have to take some progress pictures. Unfortunately it's not quite finished, as I went down to the guild hall market to pick up more lace, and they've sold out of the black one. I can have it in white or pink, but not black. Bollox.

Finally, a question about hats! I've decided to go with a tri-corn, which I will make out of the same velvet as the frock coat. It's not the stuff I picked up in london, it's a stretchy velour and about as stiff as a very unstiff thing. What do I need to back it with, to make it rigid enough to make the hat, but still flexible that I can bend the brim in place? I'm guessing interfacing alone isn't going to be enough.

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Date: 2009-06-08 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As a maker of hats I can advise! The best tools are milliners buckram and wire. You make the brim out of the buckram and then use a zigzig stitch to attach the wire to the edge. You then make Mr hat, and then bend the rim into your desired shape. Buckram Millinery wire

Another way to do it is to use craft foam or plastazote. You then ducttape the wire to the edge of the brim and then actually glue your fabric down over the top using thin layers of pva. You then cover the edge with bias binding so it's nice and neat.

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Date: 2009-06-08 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thankyou very much, that's pretty much all I need to know!

I was hoping you were going to comment, as you're the first person I think of when I think of hats.

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Date: 2009-06-08 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah - Phoenix Wright. I'm still on game two >_< but then I have to be in the right mood to play defense attorney, so that's probably why I haven't played it for a while. Hmm yes Kitten, that might have something to do with the lack of progress on said game ...

Well done on Amari's skirt. I really should start my costumes soon!

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Date: 2009-06-08 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The third one is really really good. Complete the second and I'll let you borrow. After you've done your cosplay of course :P

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Date: 2009-06-08 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That sounds like motivation ... !


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