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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How hard would it be to make these? on: January 28, 2008 12:40:16 PM
I've been drooling over these clothes for a few weeks now. I never buy clothes so I wasn't even planning on buying anything, but today I thought I'd at least check out the price range, and I was SHOCKED!
They were horribly overpriced which made me so sad Sad
My mom used to sew all the time when she was younger. She made clothes for herself, my dad, me and my brother. According to her, these clothes are VERY easy to do, and she plans on helping me "wing it".
I've never wung (haha, is that a word?) anything in my whole life, I am by no means a skilled sewer, I know how to follow patterns and I know how to alter clothes but never even thought about making anything without a pattern.
What do you think, how hard could this be?

Both vest and skirt.


Vest & pants.


Vest.


Am I in way over my head here?
I really do trust my mom that she knows what she's doing, but being pretty much a sewing newbie, I don't want to buy a bunch of fabric just to f- it up :/
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / International shipping.. on: July 28, 2005 02:44:11 PM
I did a search but didn't find anything about this, so here goes.

I've been thinking about starting an online store, or maybe just getting an account at etsy, doesn't really matter. I love to sew and craft, but of course, I can't wear and use EVERYTHING I made, and it's a waste to spend money on materials only to have the finished product gather dust in my closet.
The only thing that's worrying me (and this is REALLY worrying me) is shipping. I am from Sweden, and shipping internationally seems really expensive.

Let's say I make a bag. I charge, maybe $20 for it (I was thinking of calculating the cost to make it, and then add maybe $5?), and sell it to someone in the US. Depending on how big it is and how much it weighed, shipping would be something between $13 to $28!
To me, that's A LOT to be charging for shipping.

When it comes to myself, when I look through a (let's say) online clothing store and find clothes that I like, but then find out that shipping to Sweden is $30 ("standard" shipping rate at a lot of stores), I decide not to buy it, and I mean, these are PROFESSIONALLY made clothes!

So what should I do? For most "big" items, such as bags and clothes, I would have to charge at least $13 for shipping!
Would you buy something home made if shipping was that expensive, or should I just give up my dream to start my own store?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / PSP: good quality photos? on: July 28, 2005 02:05:54 PM
So I was looking through this topic: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=21744.0
and loved the fact that I found it.
However, I use PSP 8, and when you try to adjust your levels there, it looks NOTHING like in Photoshop.
Does anyone know how to do this is PSP, or am I just going to have to get Photoshop? :/
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I'm on a sewing rampage! on: January 07, 2005 06:01:05 PM
As a Christmas present, my mom got me a vintage (I guess? It looks that way, I don't know how old it is) sewing machine. A Bernina 530-2, if anyone was interested Smiley
Anyway, I'm still a sewing newbie, but I LOVE IT.
I should be cleaning the apartment, doing the dishes and doing laundry, but instead, I sew Smiley
Since my boyfriend and I never use the kitchen for eating in, it's like my own sewing room!

Anyway, here's some stuff I've made since Christmas.
I'll just put it all in one post, even though I guess they should be in different forums..

First thing I did was to make a skirt out of an old pair of loved sweatpants. They were holes in them, and they were REALLY big, so I thought I'd make something smaller out of them.
I doubt that I'll ever wear this skirt outside because it's very short, but I think it was a good newbie project (even though I did make some mistakes).
The second picture is of a flower-type thing that I didn't have much success with. I made a mistake that was painfully obvious without the "flower", so I thought 'Better this than nothing!' Smiley

The plaid skirt took quite some time. I've never fiddled around with zippers before, and it was really hard for me in general, because I made it from scratch without any patterns or anything. It's not perfect, but I guess that's the charm with making your own clothes Smiley
I found the fabric at a thrift store, it was actually a curtain and cost me 40 SEK ($5 USD)! Quite a bargain, if you ask me, because I still have some fabric left from it.

A few days ago, I was in horrible womanly pains, and mom had an old heating pad-type thing that I borrowed, but after using it a while, it kind of started to smell like cat pee. It didn't surprise me, because a few year ago, my mom used to hade two un-neutered male cats that peed EVERYWHERE.
The fabric around it was really old and worn out, so I thought I'd update it a bit. No big project, but I'm still very fond of it Smiley

And last, but not least. I made this today!
In some way, I've managed to misplace my very old make up bag, so I thought I'd make one out of some old fabric instead of paying a lot of money for something that's so easy to make.
I got this fabric from my mom. I L O V E polkadots, but I haven't had anything small to make (it wasn't a lot of fabric).
I got bored around midnight and had nothing better to do Smiley

I put some soft fabric inside it, just because I thought it would be cuter that way Smiley
Even though I'm going downtown to the sewing store tomorrow, I was too lazy to wait until then to buy a zipper, so I just sewed on some button-type things that came with the sewing starter pack I also got for Christmas.
It kind of looks like a little purse when it's filled Smiley
I don't know why, but this project has been my absolute favourite! But I guess it might be because I'm in love with the fabric.

Sorry for making the post so long, I'm just so proud that I actually managed to make these things myself. I'm a biiig procrastinator and I'm really not good at anything, so it makes me very glad to see that I can start something and actually finish it!
Right now, I'm working on a 60's type swing skirt. It will be adorable! I'll probably wear it every day Cheesy
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Big bag tutorial? on: August 31, 2004 01:41:50 PM
My mom has this old old bag that she uses when she goes shopping, so I thought I'd make her a new one.
I'm looking for a tutorial for this kind of bag:



I've seen ALOT of bag tutorials, but none that resemble this.
I'm basically looking for a tute for a big, square bag with the straps on the side, like that.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My first project ever! on: August 31, 2004 09:03:00 AM
I know it's not much - but I am still so proud!
My first project ever, so I started out with something very easy.
The "10 minute skirt", made from an old t-shirt that my fianc never wore, so I stole it Cheesy

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v16/jadededge/skirtone.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v16/jadededge/skirttwo.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v16/jadededge/skirtthree.jpg

Please excuse the preview of my red panties  Cheesy
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Printers? on: August 30, 2004 02:52:02 PM
I wasn't sure where to post this, but I'll post it here, because it's within the topic of future stenciling.

I've completely fallen inlove of the idea of stenciling. What a wonderful, and cheap, way of customizing your clothes to fit your style!

The thing is, I will ofcourse need a printer for it, so I was wondering if anyone had any advice or recommendations when it comes to printers?
I've been looking at the Canon i560 - http://www.canon.com.au/products/printers/colour_bj_printers/i560_specs.html

It seems alright. It's within my price range, and all the reviews have been great, but I don't know *beep* about printers, so it would be nice to either hear what someone who's familiar with printers, and people who may have used this one, have to say.

(and if this post is inappropriate or anything, feel free to delete it)
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