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Hey! There’s a lot of disjointed info out there about making puffy sleeves, and I thought it might be helpful to gather (ha) everything I’ve learned/found online in one place. Puff sleeves, more accurately known as “leg o’ mutton sleeves,” were popular between 1890 and 1906, and they’re a pretty common feature in fancy/ball gown costumes. 
Under the readmore: how to draft & sew puff sleeves and tips and tricks for maximum puff! Featuring really shitty pencil-on-Post-It diagrams by me!
Many thanks to all the people whose brains I’ve picked about this, as well as all the Internet resources I’ve trawled to make this possible.
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Next Generation Spacesuit like Second Skin

Scientists from MIT have designed a next-generation spacesuit that acts practically as a second skin, and could revolutionize the way future astronauts travel into space. (Photo : Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT)
Astronauts are used to climbing into conventional bulky, gas-pressurized spacesuits, but this new design could allow them to travel in style. Soon they may don a lightweight, skintight and stretchy garment lined with tiny, muscle-like coils. Essentially the new suit acts like a giant piece of shrink-wrap, in which the coils contract and tighten when plugged into a power supply, thereby creating a “second skin.”
"With conventional spacesuits, you’re essentially in a balloon of gas that’s providing you with the necessary one-third of an atmosphere [of pressure,] to keep you alive in the vacuum of space," lead researcher Dava Newman, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT, said in astatement.
"We want to achieve that same pressurization, but through mechanical counterpressure - applying the pressure directly to the skin, thus avoiding the gas pressure altogether. We combine passive elastics with active materials. … Ultimately, the big advantage is mobility, and a very lightweight suit for planetary exploration."
Newman, who has worked for the past decade on a design for the next-generation spacesuit, describes the new garment in detail in the journal IEEE/ASME: Transactions on Mechatronics.
The MIT BioSuit’s coils, which are a main feature of the outfit, are made from a shape-memory alloy (SMA). At a certain temperature, the material can “remember” and spring back to its engineered shape after being bent or misshapen.
Skintight suits are not a novel idea, but in the past scientists have always struggled with the question: how do you get in and out of a suit that is so tight? That’s where the SMAs come in, allowing the suit to contract only when heated, and subsequently stretched back to a looser shape when cooled.
Though the lightweight suit may not seem at first like it can withstand the harsh environment that is outer space, Newman and his colleagues are sure that the BioSuit would not only give astronauts much more freedom during planetary exploration, but it would also fully support these space explorers.
Newman and his team are not only working on how to keep the suit tight for long periods of time, but also believe their design could be applied to other attires, such as athletic wear or military uniforms.
"An integrated suit is exciting to think about to enhance human performance," Newman added. "We’re trying to keep our astronauts alive, safe, and mobile, but these designs are not just for use in space."


QUESTION! If it becomes loose when cooled then wouldn’t the freezing vacuum of deep space present problems?




Not taking any chances

Shit me neither

This cat is so pretty. But that bed is so adorable. Like jeez.



I saw this list of 30 day cheesy trope challenge for shipping, but since I’m a lazy loser how about you just throw a ship/bromance and a number in my ask. K? K.

  1. Coffee Shop AU
  2. Idol/Fan
  3. Anonymous Love Letters
  4. Angel/Demon AU
  5. Bartender AU
  6. Spin the Bottle
  7. Stuck Someplace Together in Winter
  8. Sex Pollen AU
  9. Matching Soulmate Markings
  10. Deserted Island
  11. Meet in a Dream
  12. Arranged Marriage AU
  13. Handcuffed Together
  14. Stripper AU
  15. Office Romance AU
  16. Seven Minutes in Heaven
  17. Noble/Peasant AU
  18. Orphan AU
  19. Vampire AU
  20. Magic Spell
  21. Superhero AU
  22. Online Relationship
  23. Mythical Creature/Human
  24. Mistletoe
  25. High School AU
  26. Elevator Meeting
  27. Body Swap
  28. Sex swap AU
  29. Clothes Sharing
  30. Zombie AU

plz do the thing, I will attempt to write you a ficlet. (I have a mediocre track record with this but will try! I love tropes!)