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Finally it happened to me!!! My craigslist find of the day/week/maybe the year!
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Date: 6/14/10 2:31 AM

While perusing (ok ok, Stalking) craigslist this eve I found an ad for a couple of boxes of fabric & yarn & sewing stuff. Free. I always seem to miss out on the free goodies by *this* much time, but I e-mailed. Got a call back; it all sounded good, the guy lived close by (it was his Mother's estate stash) & I figured "Great - some free muslin material!"

I got there & found 2 LARGE boxes of material, a box of patterns, lots of yarn & quilting stuff, odds & ends - the house smelled like smoke (the Mother's DH apparently was a heavy smoker) but I figured hey - I'll toss all the material in the wash & if it survives, fine, if not, oh well....

& then the fellow asks if I'm interested in a dress form. Uhhhh YES! (since I don't have one and have been diligently looking for a decent cheap one). It's a Quality Queen fully adjustable vintage form from Penny's - price tag still hanging on it!!! Original price: $10. Today's price to me: Free. My size!

I loaded up my Subie Outback, & I've been spending the last 3 hours going through everything, and Oh. My. Goddess. This woman was a seamstress. The quilted pieces (there are quite a few hand quilted, batted, really lovely squares that I'll probably give away - they need to be finished by someone who will appreciate them!) Lots of muslin material - looks like she traced her patterns onto the muslin & even the sewn muslin pieces were beautifully done! The fabric? Lots of scraps & quilt squares, but also yards of beautiful silks & wools (the wools I'll give away to a smoker) & cottons.....QUALITY fabric! The patterns - nearly all Vogue & designer patterns - appears to be mostly 60's, 70's & NICE designs! I would say about half of the patterns were timeless beauties, with gorgeous Vogue necklines & touches that are head turners. Even a couple of Burdas in there!

My washing machine is going to be very busy for the next couple of days!

And I really hope I can get this gorgeous dress form sized right for me - the only problem (besides the smoke smell) is that I have a very long waist to neck ratio on a very short body, & I need to figure out how to get an extra inch onto the form - hopefully I can do it with some creative padding.

Just had to share my glee w/ folks who would understand. This totally makes up for missing out on that $25 Featherweight!
-- Edited on 6/14/10 2:32 AM --

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Date: 6/14/10 3:47 AM

Wow! Congrats!

About padding the form...

I've had to do that because some of my clients are longer waisted than my forms. First I determine (on you) the shoulder seam to bust point length, and then the length from bust point to waist.

Then compare this to the form. It'll tell you if you're longer under the bust or above the bust. In my case, my client is 2" longer under the bust. When I fit on the form I just keep in mind that there will be a puddle of fabric sitting at the waist line because of the extra 2". You can always make a horizontal fold around the garment taking up the slack of the 2" so you can determine the rest of the fit nicely.

If you're longer from shoulder to bust point than your form, you can pad the shoulders up and then pad on the top side (think sweetheart neckline area) of the bust to build the apex at a higher point than existing. Just keep in mind also that your side seams will not be perfect under the arm plate.

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Date: 6/14/10 4:47 AM

Wow, good for you!

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Date: 6/14/10 6:41 AM

Congratulations, JillyBe!

One thing you might consider about the dressform is taking Jean Haas' duct tape class to put on top of your dressform. So that you can get the exact double of yourself. Just by having the dressform on a base is a step ahead. What is most amazing about Jean Haas' method is that you see every bit of you, such as if your bust isn't as perky as the dressforms, where your small back flattens vs nicely rounded injection molding.

My ASG group took Jean's class and made our dressforms from scratch, but one of the members had taken a similar taping class years earlier and put it on a standard dressform.

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Date: 6/14/10 8:06 AM

If your dressform and/or patterns smell smokey here is a couple of things you can try that may help.

For the dress form -- place it in a closed plastic bag with some charcoal briquets in the bottom of the bag. What I did was get a long garment bag (think gown length from a drycleaner); put the top of the bag under the stand of your dress form with a tray (I used an old aluminum pie plate) of charcoal briquets. Pull the bag up around the top of the dress form and secure it shut at the top. Set it in the corner and leave it sit for a couple of weeks -- you should be rid of the smoke smell. Then let it air out outside if possible and give it a couple of good sprays with your favourite perfume or an air freshner. Happily pad away.

For your patterns you can put them in ziploc bags with some charcoal or with dryer sheets to remove the smoke smell. It can take awhile and depending on how bad the smell is you may have to change out the bag and charcoal and give it a second go.

Your fabric may need to be washed more than once to completely get rid of the smokey smell -- sometimes after you wash it, it will smell fine and then you dry it and some of the smell comes back -- just wash it again.

There may be some cases where you can't get the smell out and then you can either give it to a smoker who won't mind it or just toss it.

Just some ideas from a former heavy smoker who really wanted to save some of her stash.



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Date: 6/14/10 8:22 AM

That rocks! Such a find! Kind of like Christmas in June, eh? The charcoal idea is excellent! I remember an old trailer my family had and we used charcoal in the icebox (literal icebox) when the trailer wasn't being used. It works like a charm!

Enjoy your treasures.

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Date: 6/14/10 8:43 AM

So glad you were the one to find that stash.. makes all those hours on Craigslist worth it, when you truly get lucky.

Charcoal, fabreeze, and maybe hanging it out in the sun if possible.. I had a clothesline put up just to hang my sheets.. The smell of fresh air and sunshine can't be beat.

Old Vogue patterns.. sigh.. what a find.. those are truly treasures..

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Date: 6/14/10 1:23 PM

Thank you for the hints everyone I'll definitely use the charcoal trick on the non-washables.

I'm on, I think, about my 10th load of laundry & I've already packed 2 boxes of goodies outside to find a home for. The inside of my washing machine stinks!!! It didn't even occur to me until now that I should probably be wiping it down w/ vinegar or something in between each wash. I have a "clean washing machine" cycle that I've never used lol!

The Queen (her name now) has so many adjustments - 14 movable body parts - that I think I can get her pretty close to being "me". I'll still need to fill in all the gaps with something - maybe I'll start a thread on that once I get her de-smoked - she doesn't seem to smell that bad at this point, but I don't know what I'm imagining & what's really there as far as smoke smell goes, at this point!

When the cleaning is all done, I know I'll think it's been a major score again, but honestly, right now, I'm thinking I'll never again get fabric from a smoker!

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Date: 6/14/10 1:54 PM

You may also handwash wool fabric just as you would a fine sweater.

If there's any wool you'd love to sew cut off the lengths you'd need and wash that yardage. Be sure to cut more than you think'd you need to allow for shrinkage. Then you can pass on the rest ...

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Date: 6/14/10 2:11 PM

Congratulations, JillyBe. Wow, what a find! Free? All of this was free? I am excited right along with you. Give us an update when you have the dressform completed and let us know some of the items you will have made from the fabric.

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