Make your own tights? - Jay Maynard

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Sunday, 6 November 2005


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1152 - Make your own tights?

The lady who ran Renaissance Dancewear decided to get out of the business about this time last year. She tried to sell the business, without success. There are lots of reasons I didn't look into buying it myself, not the least of which is that, being partially colorblind, I can't begin to do the marvelous work she did in matching colors.

She's now scheduling a series of seminars to teach experienced costumers how to do things her way. She's going to include a complete set of patterns, as well as lots of know-how and hands-on teaching. It looks like two full days, with an optional third half-day for some extras.

She says it's for experienced costumers, especially folks with experience in sewing and pattern drafting. I'm sorely tempted to go anyway, even with my current limited level of knowledge - or, quite possibly, seeing what's necessary to gain the requisite level of experience. Her tights are that good, and I've never been able to get as good anywhere else. I'd love to be able to make my own, so I don't have to keep chasing down suppliers.

current mood: [mood icon] curious

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From:melissasutton
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I still think your ren doublet would look AWESOME with pumpkin pants =)
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From:jmaynard
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Perhaps, but I'm not fond of them...
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From:melissasutton
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that is a hinderance then =)
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From:irpooh
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Go for it... you can always "borrow" some eyes for color matching.. and its a useful skill!
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From:jmaynard
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The description of the prerequisite skill level in the description is scaring me just a bit. How would I know if I know enough, and how would I get the experience needed if not?
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From:thatguychuck
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Assuming you would have to arrange plane fare for a seminar, I would suggest contacting the owner and asking if she would be willing to make you a few pairs over the years at double her current going cost. It's very possible that she'd be willing, and you're likely to save money.

If knowing how to make the tights is what you're interested in though, accept no excuses. Enjoy the seminar. After all, *you* don't have to be the one picking out the colors to sew the material. A friend can always do that.

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