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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: the reversible mistake [lolz, it's a pun] on: June 16, 2008 11:19:03 PM
This dress is FAR too cute!! And this story is WAY too funny!  And kind of randomly, I was at Camp Geiger today, my husband is doing Sargent's course down there. 

My best marine corp story? When I put his pins on upside down during his pinning ceremony when he got upgraded (or as they say in the marine corp, promoted).  His commanding officer came over and corrected me while i was struggilng.  My handmade dress was also a big hit, but mostly because it was a little too short and low cut. Whoops!

Man, I'd forgotten about the time I tried to sew his patches on upside down because I thought they looked better that way. He laughed and laughed, and showed my roommate who was a former marine. It's been a long time, but he usually doesn't forget stuff like that. Probably because of the upside down pinning ceremony Wink

Oh man, the marine corp. i totally, totally don't get it.

eta: i mean, i don't get all the RULES of the marine corp.
2  UNITED STATES / North Carolina / Re: Anyone in Fayetteville? on: May 31, 2008 10:58:08 PM
This is a long shot, are any of you guys perchance going to the roller derby match tomorrow?? I'm coming in from New Bern and thought it might be kind fun if any craftster gals were going Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Argyle Applique on: May 18, 2008 10:32:17 PM
ps I meant to mention this article they gives photographic proof of the usefulness of topstiching needles! http://pinkchalkstudio.com/blog/2008/04/15/why-use-a-topstitching-needle/
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Argyle Applique on: May 18, 2008 10:31:44 PM
Very cute! Another way to get thick stitching is to use a top stitching needle and/or use two strands of thread at once. I just wind a bobbin in the same color as my thread and put them on the same thread holder, then you just hold them together and thread as usual. 
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Finishing Seams on: May 18, 2008 10:21:52 PM
Sew,Mama,Sew! has an excellent article on seam finishes. There are pictures, explainations, and how-to for a large variety of seam finishes.
  hehe I came over here from another seam finishing thread and saw this, glad my little article is making it's way through the interwebs Smiley

And i agree with Angel Treats on her book recommendations. Claire Schaffer's books are always amazing.  I own a few, but I always see them at the library so check there first. If you can ever get your hand on this book: http://www.amazon.com/Claire-Shaeffers-Fabric-Sewing-Guide/dp/089689536X/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1211174043&sr=8-2 Your mind will be totally blown. Way back a zillion years ago when I was in high school, I worked at a fabric shop and the first edition was in the back room. I studied it every break and learned so many tips on how to handle different fabrics.  It's a good deal at 35, it was 80 bucks for the first edition I remember (which was waaay out of my high school price range)

I've purchased used copies of the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing. An older copy can be secured for a buck or so and is just as good as the new one.  I used this version http://www.amazon.com/Readers-Digest-Complete-Guide-Sewing/dp/0895770261/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1211174399&sr=8-2 during college instead of the brand new one and did just fine. and saved myself 30 bucks.

looks like you are getting the hang of things, though!
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: do I need a serger to sell clothes? on: May 18, 2008 01:50:32 PM
I'm with kathleenalice on several of her points. Serging isn't the end all be all of seam finishing.  Traditional seam finishes looks much more professional and fancy than a serged seam, just keep in mind you'll need to  factor the extra time it takes you to do this into your price. That's where it gets sticky, pricing is a delicate balance of your time and materials, what your customer expects to pay, and what a similar item is going for. My advice? Make sure your item is so fierce, so original, so like anything else in the entire world that you can get away with charging a price that is fair for you and your customer Smiley

For most of the items I sell I use either lining or a serger, which is 90% of my items. I believe in never losing money off of what i make (it's exhausting and frustrating), it's helped me be in business without losing it.  When I do very special things I charge accordingly and if people want them they want them, and if not, they don't.  Until I become more established for my more expensive garments the projects that cost less for me to make supplement my income and keep me from having to get a real job Smiley

For all those looking for different seam finishes, I just wrote an article for Sew Mama Sew about seam finishes.  Check it out!  http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=488 
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: hand embroidered techno ethnic dress from scratch (comments appreciated!!) on: May 16, 2008 07:50:13 PM
This is 1,000% gorgeous. It got me to de lurk after nearly 1/2 a year Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Nintendo Controler Clutch on: April 21, 2008 06:47:10 AM
I've used plastic mesh before with good results. If I were to do it again (with plastic canvas) I would probably only line the front and back not the sides, it made it too basket like.   If I were to do it again with out plastic mesh, I would use timtex. It will add structure without making it too blocky and won't break down like cardboard.  I've found it for less than at the stores on ebay, or message me. I bought a whole bunch and don't need all that i have. . . .
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: ugliest....sweater....ever on: April 07, 2008 09:40:14 AM
Aw you guys are great! I knew there was a reason I wanted to make it... I think I'll find someplace to donate it to. Any ideas?

Donate it to me, I love it!! Seriously, I'd love to swap Smiley  I once decided to make a blue, orange and brown felted bag.  In theory it was a good idea, in practice it was super hideous.  I also screwed up the felting somehow and it ended up being even worse. I cut it up and made cat toys. They love em!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: shipwrecked waif corset on: March 09, 2008 06:50:29 PM
This is absolutely divine, and beautifully constructed!! I was looking through the pictures really quicky, and in my head I said, "Wait a minute? Where is she? That man is wearing funny pants. She must be at burning man!"  Then I read the words, and there it was Wink Reminds me that I need to get cracking on this years outfits. . .Smiley
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