So Just to be clear, If I buy the "cute item" pattern I can make one, sell it, and then have to purchase "cute item" pattern again before I can sell another.
Now if I have my own pattern, inspired by something else (because what craft isnt) I can sell as many as I want as long as it is my pattern?
Where does the line blurr? I base a lot of the stuff I make starts off as commercial patterns, then go off to left field with it, longer, bigger, tighter ect. Also does this apply to old sewing patterns? what year is the cut off to be "vintage" or fair game to use?
as to the original thread* If someone wants me to make them something, they buy the fabric/thread/yarn, pattern if i dont have it, and give me some of their time or cash in return. Favors are a good thing to trade, as is $20, or dinner(s).
I just realize I am a spaz and was in the last zelda swap.... yeah its been a long year. anyhoo, in the make a friend swap we devolved into gamer swapping (I had a good friend, then an awesome angel) the zelda swap was fun, if you read the last zelda swap questionaire it asks you about favorite games and extras you enjoy and major hated parts ( IE the stupid navi fairy that stops you every time you are trying to do something to tell you about what it is you are trying to do)
anyhoo, i'm in... well 99% need good dates first. lets wait until after the new year? please?
2 sister in laws, both pregnant, one is DH sister, the other is DH SIL. I want to knit for DH sister who I think will appreciate it (anything) and use and love it. DH SIL is a touch of a snob, and tho I don't know her well have a feeling that she will see it as "homemade" "cheap" and all the other bad things people call crafts when they don't like them (this has been confirmed by the rest of the family).
I don't want to step on family toes by making something for DH sister, and not for DH sister in law but also hate the idea of wasting my time on something that will not be used.
I have even thought of crochetting a baby blanket for each of them, then knitting something special for DH sisters baby.
Ok, the hubs sister, and sister-in-law are both preggers. Sister (whom he is close to) is having her 3rd child, its been 6 years since the last one, and is due in January ish. Sister-in-Law(who is weird and a snob) is having 2nd child, girl, due in September, and its been 3-4 years since the last one (boy).
Gifts are needed and I, being new to the family, don't want to make more problems, sister-in-law is a snob and odds are wont use handknits, or any other handy crafts. Sister would think they were awesome. But I don't want to knit things for Sister causing a bigger rift between family and sister-in-law(she causes most of the problems, but I don't want to add), if I didn't make things for her, but at the same time if she wouldn't use or like them. Oh it doesn't help that sister-in-law lives in another state, and sister lives in same town as grandparents so is around all the time and is much much more sociable.
So the grand question is how to handle this situation. Do I buy for sister-in-law and craft for sister, and will that look bad?
Yes and YES. Yes Pre Wash - its for a baby, mommie is going to have to wash some bodily fluid off of it from time to time, so wash it so it has already shrunk/discolored/changed texture. I torture my fabric for the first wash (as fabric) that way whomever can abuse it in the future with little fear. HOT water, BarBQue dryer. Yes - zig zag the edges, when in doubt do it, better to waste your time zig zagging than have your entire piece turn to string in the washer, or dryer.
another option: Taylors Chalk. just trace the shorter hem onto the fabric in taylors chalk then cut it out on the chalk line instead of the pattern line. start with big piece one, align it, pin it down, then go up under the skirt length of the pattern with the chalk, I usually just flip it up, trace, and then pin on another piece of pattern making sure to not pin over my new chalked edge. If that is too hap hazzard, trace the entire piece and remove from fabric, I did that with a particularly difficult apron once and it worked like a dream.
I do this the opposite way, to make hems longer, esp on pants. and to use a smaller size on the pattern, I cut them all out to the largest size to allow for more pattern use, then trace the smaller size onto the fabric.
With twins, just make two! There are a lot of gender neutral gifts. and depending on the attitude and style of the parent(s) to be you can make tons of stuff. Every mom I have ever talked to loves onesies. Put stuff on them, Band Logos, Tie Die, arrows pointing sideways saying "they did it!", cute sayings, Somewhere on Craftster there are ones that say "thing 1 and thing 2" from dr Seuss. twin popsicles would be soo cute. Get the bigger sizes. Twins are going to (usually) be smaller than normal babies, but EVERYONE buys tiny things for showers, get the bigger stuff so when they grow she doesnt have to replace everything. Twins also go through things faster, more blankets, more burp cloths, MORE diapers.