Your Questions About Diy Fashion

Jenny asks…

How do you get sketches made into clothes?

I am an aspiring fashion designer and so far I have only gotten my idea’s down on paper. I am in the process of starting my own fashion label but there are a few set backs. I have no formal training on stitching and dress making. I was wondering if any one new the name of a person job who takes sketches of clothes and turns in into an actually piece of clothing?

Michael answers:

DIY . Fashion design is also about making :) you could learn ..

Betty asks…

I want to be a fashion designer?

I’m 13 and I really want to be a fashion designer when I grow up. I’m really serious about this and I want to start planning things out and getting the skills. I know it will take a lot of hard work but I’m determined to do what ever it takes. It started when I found a lot of interest in sketching people and designing clothes in my sketch book. I have good color coordination and a unique style. I would like to know what I have to do to get the skills and what are some good universities for fashion designing.

Michael answers:

I would suggest to develope the skills try some of the DIY fashions on youtube. In addition, if you or your Mom has a sewing machine you can use try picking up some of the simple patterns and fabric to start making your own dresses. Wor you way up in the skill level on those designs. Read all the fashion books you can, look at the fashion magazines, watch Elle.tv see the fashion shows.
Here is a couple of twitter sites that you might find interesting. @Fashbo1 which is a blog where you can post pictures of your style and learn from other peoples style. It is very good. Another is @princessswag14 she is going to school in Boston studying fashion design Her and many others on Fashbo are doing the same. Good luck and hope your goals are extremely successful. Never give up those dreams…one day your clothes can be on the NY fashion weeks.

Robert asks…

How do I raise the floors in the first and second story of my house to make it level?

I have an unfinished basement with access to floor joists. Any diy website with a guide would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for the comment about shims. I should have been more specific. My floor drops about 5 or six inches in some places. The house is about 50 years old at this time and it is kind of “leaning in” on itself.

Michael answers:

No sites, but I do it, get some 4×6 beams at random lengths and begin to support the areas above/below the bearing walls and shop for some house jacks at garage sales.
They are 25, 50 & 100 ton jacks and will raise the house if placed in a checkerboard fashion under the beams and supporting walls of the house.
Jack them an 1/8” at a time, always keeping all jacks tight against the beams.
An 8′ level and a ball bearing to roll accross the floors will level the place quite nicely.
Remember to place large pierblocks under the uprights (if you have dirt flrs)and if the distance is to high, build cribs to support the jacks.
Later, when finished, re frame the house at the foundation and shiim up to the mudsills.
Additional photos would be nice to see how you’re coming along.
What state is the house/

Paul asks…

How to convert a regular electrical outlet to a grounded one?

I live in a co-op that has a lot of old-fashioned ‘regular’ electrical outlets, and I’d like to convert them to grounded plug outlets.

Do I need to hire an electrician? Will it increase the electricity that I use? Will it be a heightened fire hazard?

Thanks….

Michael answers:

This can be a DIY project if you are comfortable around electricity. First of all, TURN OFF THE BREAKER. Then remove the receptacle and check the wires and type of box you have. If there is a green of bare copper, you likely have a ground source. If the box is metal, and has metal pipe feeding it, it may also have a ground.

If there is a ground wire, connect it to the green screw on a grounded receptacle. Connect the white wire to the silver screw and the black wire to the brass screw. Reinstall the receptacle to the box, and turn on the breaker. Using a tester, check the outlet to check if it is properly grounded. If not, you will need to determine whether the ground wire is connected to the ground buss bar in the panel.

If the box is metal, see if there is a green wire attached to a screw in the back of the box. If not, add a small piece of green there, or buy a grounding pigtail. These are available from any hardware store/home center/etc. Connect this wire to the screw (10-32) and then to the green screw on the receptacle. Connect the white and black in the same way as above. Reinstall, turn on the breaker, and test.

If none of these work, you can install a GFCI receptacle. This will give you some protection against shock.

If any of this makes you uncomfortable, call an electrician. Improper wiring can be hazardous.

Hope this helps.

Daniel asks…

What’s the difference between punk rock and alternative rock?

I know that alternative rock incorporated several elements from old-fashioned punk rock but other than that I still don’t see the difference between the two genres that much. Help clarify it for me, please.

Michael answers:

Yikes, these answers are terrible! Punk music is hard to describe, because it is less of a music genre and more of a movement. Real punk focuses on DIY ethos, that is “do-it-yourself” and also think-for-yourself approach to everything. It is about independence, and rebellion against the inherent oppression of a forced social structure. Second, it does has a certain music style (the cliche “three chords and a drumbeat”) but that is besides the point. Notable punk bands include the following:
Crass: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aen9I_JmdtI
Zounds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8w14IaS8Us
X: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRWunSUmEm4
Discharge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhoJj022nQk
Rudimentary Peni: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsuOeFiKoXo
Alternative is a little complicated, because it can be broken up into two parts:
(1) First, it as a condition that applies to music that is outside of mainstream (or, alternative to mainstream). However, bands that were once considered Alternative began to make it big (such as The Smiths and The Cure) and consequently made this term near obsolete. An Alternative band can not be mainstream, because (by contradiction) it would no longer be alternative. Therefore, plenty of punk bands can be considered Alternative, because no (real) punk band is mainstream.
(2) The second definition of Alternative has to do with sound. The ‘sound’ began around the time of post-punk, when bands were taking punk ethic and applying to new, artistic, and experimental music. Sooner or later, these bands could not be placed into any genre, so they were called “Alternative” from there on.
Notable Alternative rock bands include the following:
The Jesus and Mary Chain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noeTCf8PLuc
Sonic Youth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRi2epOS5SA
Joy Division: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PldpBJEn4vQ
REM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA57Pafq_NU
Pixies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3r-xMt9JmM
In conclusion, the difference between punk rock and Alternative rock depends on which definition of Alternative implied. Punk is (conditionally) an Alternative band because it is non-mainstream, but is not in the second, sound-relevant definition.
Hope that helps.

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