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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Easy Shirt Pattern for a Guy on: August 06, 2013 07:36:54 PM
Hello!  I'm not really new to sewing, but I'm not confident in all my skillz.  Zippers still scare me.

I would like to make a button-down shirt for The Hubby.  Nothing off the rack fits him the right way and he would look smokin' hot in a customized shirt.  I know a bit of pattern drafting but drafting a shirt for him from scratch is intimidating.

I don't know all his measurements by heart, and since he's at work you're going to get what I know.  His shoulders, from edge of shoulder across the back to the other, is 18.5".  He has a 29.5" waist.  Also, his hips are really slim.  Basically the classic inverted V shape.

Is there a pattern anyone can recommend for me to start with?  I would appreciate something with short sleeves so I don't have to tackle a sleeve placket, but it would be easy for me to draft this change, so it's not necessary.  I'm also guessing I'll have to put some darts into his shirt, right?

Anyways, any advice would be helpful.  Thanks in advance!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Full Bust Adjustment Question on: June 22, 2013 05:51:55 PM
Hey there, FBA question:

My measurements are 42" full bust, 36" waist, and 48" hips.  My bra size is 34F, but I wear it on the largest hooks, so more like a 35F.  My measurements basically fit the norms for pattern companies, but I know those are all drafted for B-cups. 

So even though my measurements "fit" am I supposed to be buying by my high-bust measurement and then doing a FBA?  I'm had problems in the past with empire seams not staying under my bust like they're supposed to.  Thanks for any direction/answers.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Sell patterns now, sell pattern supplements later? on: September 11, 2012 01:56:05 PM
I want to start an independent sewing pattern company.  The patterns would be for fashionable clothing that women can breastfeed in.  After talking with Tim Gunn -- IN PERSON! -- I have come to the conclusion I need to obtain a patent for my nursing access designs before selling my patterns.  Design patents are dauntingly expensive, $4,000-$8,000.

This is my question.  I've been considering selling the patterns WITHOUT the nursing designs/pattern pieces/instructions.  Once I've earned enough money to obtain the patent then I can sell pattern supplements so that those who already own the patterns can then convert them to breastfeeding wear.

I've asked people in my close circle what they think about this idea and the overwhelming opinion is I should NOT sell non-breastfeeding patterns first since the whole nursing aspect is my niche.  But I can't think of another way to make the money I need.

Any advice?
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Pattern Testing Etiquette? on: May 16, 2010 09:10:46 PM
For the record I'm not going to disclose all information because I am paranoid and afraid someone will steal my idea.  That being said I want to start a sewing pattern company for a niche market.  My patterns will include a lot of sizes, up into the plus range.  I obviously will need to test my patterns before I sell them.

So, what is the etiquette for testing patterns?  How do I find testers?  Do I pay them for their time?  Their materials?  Or is(are) the finished garment(s) payment enough?  How does that work?

Thanks for any input, I really appreciate it.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Do I own the copyright? on: December 17, 2009 10:09:03 AM
Okay, here's the situation.  I have a friend that came up with a nursing poncho design.  She has a seamstress sew them up for her and she sells them. 

Recently there has been a demand for toddler sized ponchos for kids to "play" at nursing their babies.  My friend came to me and asked if I could make up a pattern and sew her the ponchos.  I agreed to this and made my own pattern based off an adult sized poncho.  It is not the same pattern as hers, it's missing a few features that her adult sized ponchos have (pockets, armholes, and decorative pleating).  She didn't pay me to make up the pattern, and she pays me $6 a poncho to sew them up.

She came over yesterday to pick up the last batch.  She told me that she was going to need the toddler pattern because she's decided to go to a different seamstress for sewing them.  I said I would make her a copy but keep the original (I'm sad about losing the money, but I have a new little one coming in February and I also have a 2 yr old, AND do daycare, so my life is a bit hetic right now.)  I have no qualms about giving her a copy of the pattern for free, we're pretty good friends.

After I said I was going to keep the original she gave me a little look and joked that it was okay and she wouldn't make me pay the copyright fee.  I looked at her and I said that I was under the assumption that it was my pattern since I drafted it myself (yes, from a finished product, but it's changed a lot).  Nothing more was said about it.

So I'm curious if you guys know who really owns the pattern.  Any advice?  Thanks in advance!
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Cheap beans and grains recipes? on: April 29, 2008 09:32:57 PM
I'm trying to get my food budget down to $20 or less a week for my hubby and me.  Beans and grains dishes look like the way to go.  Does anyone have some recipes to share?  Beans and grains can be good, but I need new ideas on flavoring them.  Other cheap ingredients can be used.  We're trying to go vegan, so, yeah.  Thanks!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Making a lined vest, question on: March 21, 2008 10:37:28 PM
Yes, I did post this in the regular clothing board, but I wanted to try here to, since I want to finish this tonight!

I'm making an Easter suit for my son who's 3.5 months.  I have a little suit that fits him that I made the pattern from.  It's just slacks and a vest.  The vest I have is fully lined, turned, and then top stitched.  I have looked and looked at the ready-to-wear vest and it looks at though they sewed lining and outer right sides together, leaving an opening at the back "hem" to turn it, and then top stitched the whole thing.  They even sewed the armholes before turning the vest.

I'm trying that.  I have right sides together, everything is sewn except for a small opening at the bottom hem.  I've even sewn the armholes.  I can't turn the vest.  I've looked at the RTY vest again, and they did indeed sew the armholes before turning.  How can this be?  Can anyone help me.

Thanks!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with lining a vest on: March 21, 2008 10:36:03 PM
I'm making an Easter suit for my son who's 3.5 months.  I have a little suit that fits him that I made the pattern from.  It's just slacks and a vest.  The vest I have is fully lined, turned, and then top stitched.  I have looked and looked at the ready-to-wear vest and it looks at though they sewed lining and outer right sides together, leaving an opening at the back "hem" to turn it, and then top stitched the whole thing.  They even sewed the armholes before turning the vest.

I'm trying that.  I have right sides together, everything is sewn except for a small opening at the bottom hem.  I've even sewn the armholes.  I can't turn the vest.  I've looked at the RTY vest again, and they did indeed sew the armholes before turning.  How can this be?  Can anyone help me.

Thanks!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Sewing little clothes on: February 24, 2008 05:35:03 PM
Alright all you ladies (and gentlemen, I'm not sexist):

How do I sew itty-bitty dolls clothes without having my machine suck the cloth down my throat plate?  All my doll patterns have a 1/4" seam, and I always seem to get my clothes stuck in the machine.  Any help would be appreciated, as this is very frustrating.

It usually happens with knits.

Thanks!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Nursing--Went from B to D cup on: February 05, 2008 05:48:12 PM
Hi ya'll, I'm a new nursing momma, and a lot of my shirts don't fit anymore.  My ladies didn't get much bigger during my pregnancy, but I've gone from a B cup to a D cup now.

I'm trying to wear a lot of button-up shirts to make nursing easier, but all my old shirts are popping open over my breasts.  I'm too cheap to go buy new ones, so I'm wondering if there's a way to alter my shirts now to fit better.  Like, putting a gusset in under the armpits to make my shirt bigger in the bust.

Does anyone have experience with this problem?
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