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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Free sewing patterns for clothes - download here on: January 19, 2005 01:10:38 AM
I think this has been my ultimate mad sewing moment - I've drafted and sewed and webbed for way too long to provide some free sewing patterns - I really hope you craftsters out there like them and the site.  I might be ready for some gentle critcism in a few days but until then here it is... Grin

 http://www.flashingblade.net/fitz/index.htm

um, it will move to www.fitzpatterns.com  sometime soon in case you read this after it has moved.
12  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Standard sizes on: October 02, 2004 02:56:32 AM
Does anybody know if there are American industry standards for sizes and where I could get them? I have found some British ones in a pattern drafting book.  In Australia, the sizes are pretty much dependent on whichever company is making them but there is a study going on to measure a huge range of people and attempts to get some sort of standard going. 
13  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Metric V Imperial - why? on: October 02, 2004 02:53:57 AM
Can anybody tell me why America uses the Imperial measuring system and whether it would be a good idea to have the finished sizes of my patterns available in Imperial AND Metric - or can you easily figure it out anyway?
14  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Seam allowances in patterns YES or NO? on: October 02, 2004 02:49:03 AM
I'm making up some simple free patterns that I will post on my website.  Do people prefer having seam allowances on the patterns? and if so, how big should they be?  When I sew I use a 6mm allowances because I can't be bothered wasting time trimming but I've been told this is too hard for beginners.
15  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Lincraft surprise on: September 02, 2004 09:06:55 PM
I actually found some cool material in Lincraft today!  Not just close or acceptable but bordering on really good. They have some cute prints with modern type flowers on it. 

I still don't get what is with the colours of the plain stock - why can't there be colours that are close to fashionable?  I'd really appreciate it too if they could stock contemporary magazines in there because I completely lose all sense of creativity when I'm in there for more than 5 mins.
16  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Custom-fit alternative patterns on: May 10, 2004 02:52:44 AM
I've been reading all these posts and it looks like we've all got the same kind of problems:
1. the existing patterns are daggy or cutesy
2. they don't fit
3. we can't be bothered learning drafting.

I've got a plan to put together some cool patterns and make them available to your measurements ie you key in your measurements on my website and I'll mail you a pattern to fit either by snail mail or by email to your nearest kinkos.  It won't be free 'cos its going to cost me a fair bit of time and money and it's about 3 months off at the moment but if anyone wants to help out by telling me:
a. how much they think is a fair price; and
b. what kind of patterns they'd like ie drop waist pants, skinnyleg jeans, kilts, 50s dresses etc
or by answering a short emailed survey that's be great.  I'll aim to give the first 20 a free pattern. I say aim, because I'm still working out how to do it.
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Funky felt placemats on: March 27, 2004 09:13:53 PM
Here's some placemats I made.

and

they're cheap and easy to make.
18  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Independent cool pattern companies on: February 16, 2004 12:25:51 AM
Can anybody recommend any cool pattern companies? Is there anything other than Butterick, New Look, Simplicity, Vogue, Kwik Sew & Burda out there?
19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Why do you sew? on: February 08, 2004 11:41:25 PM
 Huh I'm doing a uni project on why people make their own clothes these days and what they do and don't like about the sewing patterns available.  Do you sew cos its cheaper (i'm not sure that it is)?, cos its better quality?, cos the stuff in the shop doesn't fit?, cos its a hobby?    
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