This ROCKS. And wow- I didn't get what you meant by "saddle" until I scrolled down a bit- what a great design! I *need* something like that...if you ever do a tutorial (or just more pics), I would be keenly interested in making one like that- such a smart design, and you did a GREAT job on it!
That would be a great option! Granted, Craftsy does the online classes thing, but private lessons might be more helpful for a lot of people- having specific questions answered immediately would be a biggie! That, and the ability to schedule a class for a specific time, one-on-one. This could be a really great solution for a lot of people. The idea's definitely sound.
Thank you for not taking my doubts as "being mean"- it's just that I've seen people screwed over on Etsy and Ebay, both by the selling systems themselves/admin., and also by dishonest buyers. When the odds are already stacked against the seller, it's a little hard to get motivated to sell. If it's a fair system, I'd certainly be interested, both as a tutor, and as a customer!
It sounds like a good idea, in theory, but your take (the percentage that Lorious is taking), plus CC fees seems a little steep. Especially when one considers the 15-minute rule- in all honesty, most of the stumbling blocks I've hit in learning a new technique were resolveable in under 5 minutes. Doesn't seem like there's a lot of incentive for the skilled tutors- there's too much room for non-payment, here. And because there's no secure way to record what did or did not happen...hmm. Not sure about this.
It's going to sound like it's worse than the initial problem, but....wasps. Wasps are great for spider control. Where I live, we have many types of 'em, and some can (and do!) sting, but what we've found is if we don't destroy the wasp nests that are further out from our house (in the trees, out by the greenhouse, etc.), our spiders stay under control, for the most part. We do trash any nests on or very close to the house- we've got kids, and I'm allergic to stings- but we allow some to survive. For the most part, they don't bother us, but we do see them actively hunting spiders, all the time. The one exception to the rule is those big black and white hornets- we kill those, period, because they're flesh-eaters- they'll attack a person or pet before they'll do anything about the arachnids. But the yellowjackets and the little brachonids do a great job of controlling all kinds of pests. (Also, if you put out scraps of colored paper for the yellow jackets, they make amazing multi-colored nests out of the material!)
Their stuff is GREAT. I like them better than Denver Fabric- I've ordered from them several times now, both directly, and through Amazon.com (they have an outlet through them, too, so you can use Amazon gift codes to buy!) They really do have high-quality fabrics, and the prices are GREAT, especially if you can catch something from their clearance. I highly recommend them!
You know, I think you could alter a bathrobe pattern to do this- just use a silky fabric, and add an inside "extra security" tie to the inside. To get the wrapped waist effect, instead of making a detached belt tie for it, attach it into the seam where the facing and front goes together, so that it will "pull" when you tie it...just a thought.