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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Finally! Hotpatterns! on: October 19, 2005 01:36:27 PM
Oooh, cinna-mum, I hear ya!

We've been simply swamped with orders (we're on the 4th re-print! eeeek!) but the fulfillment company have been great, they're working really hard to get all the orders printed & shipped asap...I've told them to send partial orders if necessary, we just want you to get your hands on those patterns & start sewing!

They've got to be with you soon, or else the local USPS depot (who already hate me, ha ha!) are going to enter a whole new world of pain...
2  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: hotpatterns (Xposted) on: October 12, 2005 10:26:32 AM
I ordered three patterns and am anxiously awaiting them!  Are you shipping yet?  I'll be sure to post pictures when I finish.

Yes indeedy, we started shipping 30th September so your patterns shpuld be arriving soon...the poor printers are working around the clock to print & ship more as our initial print run (which we thought would see us through the first month) ran out after 6 days! They are shipping the orders in the order we recieved them, but they tell me that pretty much all the orders recieved so far will have been dispatchged by the end of next week.

Thanks for your patience, and make sure you register for the free downloads on the site because the newsleter goes out soon with a free bag pattern download.
3  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: hotpatterns (Xposted) on: October 11, 2005 06:41:57 AM
My apologies if this has been addressed in a previous post, but...how would you rate the difficulty of your patterns?   Some of the designs I liked most were the coats, and I've never tried to make one before.   Do you think they're appropriate for the novice seamster? 
Thanks!

I'd say that pretty much all the paterns are suitable for an advanced beginner (if that doeesn't sound too bizarre!)...if you want a simple coat try the BoHo-De-Luxe Portobello Shearling, the coat relies on the faux shearling to do all the work, you don'y need to line it or use a facing, the pockets are patch and you can (if you're careful) just cut the bottonholes into the shearling, then re-inforce them instead of actually doing a buttonhole...so it's a pretty easy coat!

When I first saw this, the site was slow, but now its moving fast.  Design looks great, although I feel like the front page looks a little thrown together - it doesn't have the same pizzazz that the patterns and drawings do once you get into navigating the site.  I'd like to see stationary navigation along the side of the page when you click on "whole catalog" so if you change your mind, you can skip the whole catalog and look at just shirts, or what have you.

I loved the patterns, loved that you have plus sizes with b/c/d cups and the price does NOT scare me off.  I regularly buy sewing workshop and other designer patterns and they are almost always 15-20 bucks.  To me, its worth the price to have different patterns from the big three pattern companies, especially if you use them over and over.  I think the only problem where money may come in is when you can buy a similiar pattern from mccalls and the like  - I'm thinking a few of the pants patterns.

I'll be buying the boho deluxe peasant top when I get the chance!

I hear you re the front page & the navigation....I've had to make choices between speed/resolution for the biggest number of users, versus a more detailed home page & in-depth search facility. The problem with the home page is, I needed to get lots of info on it, without it looking too cluttered and being confusing. The catalogue was the best solution we could come up with for speedy searching through the collection. And for me, the primary thing is speed...you wouldn't believe how many furious emails we got in the first few days of the site, people were literally going nuts because the high volume if hits was slowing it waaaay down (and it finally crashed, so we moved to another, better server). but I'm working with myweb guy to try to solve the whole search issue.

Glad you like the styles, the peasant tops are really nice, you'll like them!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Finally! Hotpatterns! on: October 07, 2005 10:38:31 AM
.  I would stick around longer on the site if maybe I could flip through the patterns in a slide show maybe.  I got bogged down hitting the back button.  Two many steps for me. 

If you click on the 'whole catalogue' button on the home page, you can scroll through the whole collection. We've tried to make it searchable as much as possible, but there are limitations to the software (or so I'm told, my skill is pattern cutting, not got much of a clue re web stuff!)

How long did all of this take you?

Waaaaaaaay too long! It's been a year setting up, I've been working (actually, SLAVING) on the patterns for the last 6 months or so...drafting, testing, tweaking, grading (OMG! The grading! So dull! so complex! Soooo tediously technical! WTF...feel the fear & do it anyway...) and doing the instructions.

Back to the pattern drafting....the next 12 piece collection, 'Handbag Heaven' comes out early November so I'm doing the patterns for that at the mo.*sigh* no rest for the wicked....
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Finally! Hotpatterns! on: October 06, 2005 01:56:58 PM
I hate to say this and hope this isn't the case for you but my company used to use Network Solutions and we had tons of problems. We actually canceled our contract with them not too long ago and realized that most of our computer frustrations were in direct correlation with their service. Again, maybe this was an isolated incident but....

Don't even start me on network solutions....we had to move the site to hostasaurus after the first week, they've been brilliant but I think we'll need our own server soon....

network solutions? PAH! A pox on them & all their crappy services.

Glad you like the patterns tho.... Wink
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Finally! Hotpatterns! on: October 04, 2005 08:23:51 PM
... but the free pattern for the shrug is totally incomprehensible...

Oh, wait! I just got it! *giggle* You might wanna add a picture of it from the front while empty or something so that the stupid people like me don't get lost..

LOL! Sorry to cause any confusion, I tried to squeeze as much info on the page as possible (it could only be a single page, don't ask me why, I'm not a technical person, I just follow what the web-guy says!) but just couldn't get any more sketches on & still have the resolution I needed. Pesky technology! Wink
7  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: hotpatterns (Xposted) on: September 20, 2005 07:41:10 PM
do you have a sizing chart on your site?

Sure do, top left hand side above the logo, click on 'size charts'. Wink
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fat girls and skirts.... on: September 19, 2005 04:50:45 PM
See ladys it all works out in the end.Never settle because who knows what life may bring.And if he or she dosnt make you happy now,they prolly never will.

I hear ya sista Wink
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making a wedding dress on: September 19, 2005 04:46:02 PM
Hey Lash, glad to hear your on a roll with this! Here's some tips for you...

1) get a BIG clear plastic bag, the kind drycleaners use for their long dresses, and keep your dress in that as you work. Sounds bizarre but it's the easiest way to keep those pesky stray marks waay. Just pul out the seaction you are working on...sometimes you'll just have to take the whole dress out, but keep most of it in there when you can.

2) DO NOT wear red lipstick, or let anything red (like your son's drink!) go ANYWHERE NEAR IT...all marks are a pain to remove from a wedding dress (and sod's law says the marks appear just as you complete it, and in a really obvious place too!), but red is the absolute worst, because of the intense pigments.

3) re boning placement...as you are covering the bodice with a drape, I'd say, just sew the boning straight onto the back of the bodice pieces. BUT you may want to put the overbust boning to one side of the seam, because it can sometimes cause buckling if you place it centrally over that seam. Also, as you are having the drape over, don't be afraid to put extra strips of boning on if you wish.

4) re the boning going below the waist...stop the boning about 1/4" above the waist, make sure you cover the cut ends with a little scrap of lining to stop them digging in & HURTING...then about 1/4" below the waist, put in the boning down to the hips, again covering the waist end of the boning. And if you want to make that waist teeny-tiny, do a final horizontal loop of boning, to sit exactly at the waist. If you are using rigeline or similar, you can sew layers of it on top of each other pretty easily.

HTH, and incidentally, are you making the veil too? They're dead easy y'know.....
10  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Miu Miu skirt, anyone? As easy or as hard as you like..... on: September 15, 2005 05:19:37 PM
Yes, I've been a baaaad girl, haven't even STARTED the darn skirt, my excuse is my website! We had so much traffic the first 4 days it crashed, we had to move it...oh, sheer bliss(NOT)

Thanks for you kind comments re the website, now where did my spare time go?
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