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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Booth set-up and 1st fair advice? on: July 06, 2007 07:26:28 PM
I have my first fair in about two months and I'm completely lost on how I'm going to set up my booth. 

The space is the size of parking space and since my friend is the coordinator of the vendor booths, she's going to try to get me a space along the outside of the square (downtown, classic town square area) so I can have pilars to possibly string up some sort of clothesline.  I will mostly have clothing (adult and childrens) and a few hats and bags.  My friend might share the space with me and she'll have some jewelry.

I will have an 8 ft table and a dressform for a nicer outfit.  I have a freestanding clothes rack but I need to dress it up a bit as I don't want it to look like a garage sale.  I also really need a sign, I've seen where many have gotten their's at Kinkos - were you all satisfied with them?  I wanted to get a custom sandwich board but it was going to run me upwards of $150.  If I do well at more fairs, I might invest in that sign, but I'm not ready to yet. 

Any tips for my first fair?  Also, it's not specifically a craft fair - it's our town's soybean festival so there's a parade and other stuff going on.  I'm really nervous and I'm working on my collection right now.  I'm also not sure about pricing - I feel like everyone will be scared away by a $50 shirt (it's worth it but they might not know that).  I thought that by having bags and hats will be a bit more in the price range they can afford and I can start getting my name out there.

I might have to fork over the extra $10 so I can have a space with electricity so I can have my laptop there - that's a great idea!  I was going to have a portfolio to show past stuff I've done as well as some of my photography.
12  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / new McCalls costume patterns on: July 06, 2007 10:36:38 AM
Is it just me, or do the newest McCall's costume patterns they have on their site look really really awful?  I always thought they had decent costume patterns (like the separate skirts, corsets, and chemises).
Also, when did Vouge patterns get so cheap??  They used to be like $25 and now they are more like Simplicty and McCalls.

Just some things I've recently noticed...
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Jersey tunic with flower applique!! on: June 27, 2007 11:27:14 PM
I just got finished making this
It is cotton jersey and my own pattern - soo simple to make.
I've had this jersey knit for about 7 years and so far have made a skirt, shorts, pants, long jacket, and now this shirt!  I don't wear the skirt or jacket anymore though.
The applique fabric were squares and scraps that all came from my grandma.

Full shot

Applique detail

I'm going to wear it tomorrow!!  Yippee!
14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / sunset and stairway on: June 25, 2007 01:48:58 PM
Alright, so it's been a few years since art classes but here is my final drawing for the drawing course I took.  It is one of the staircases in the admissions building on campus...

The shading looks a bit off because of the flash but I just loved the details of the railing.  My favorite part of working on this was the comments and questions from the groups of people leaving for campus tours who would walk by me, sitting in the corner of a landing on the floor! 

This one is my first oil on canvas I've done in a really long time (I think my last one was like 8 years ago) so I didn't make it too complicated - it took me long enough to get up the gumption to start a simple landscape!

Any comments/suggestions are appreciated!  Again, I haven't done much art in awhile so I know my work isn't great but I'm trying to work on it a bit more.  I've been devoting a lot of my time to selling my clothing instead.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / ideas to recon a t-shirt into a 50's shirt on: June 20, 2007 12:34:33 PM
My work group is doing a 50's theme for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life this year and most of the women are wearing poodle skirts.  We don't have to wear our team t-shirts but I thought it would be fun to make a shirt out of it that would go with a poodle skirt. 
Any ideas? 
There is a rather large screenprint on the front and company ads are on the back.  I paid $10 for the t-shirt (a donation but still...) so I'd like to get some use out of it. 
The event is this weekend!!  I still have to make the poodle skirt but that won't take long.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Recon show on TLC on: June 19, 2007 12:30:55 PM
I'm not sure if this has been posted yet but there is a new show premearing this Friday at 9 pm (central time) called "I've Got Nothing to Wear" and it is a recon design contest.  I'm looking forward to checking it out!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Spring outfit...so it makes me look preggers...imagine that! on: June 17, 2007 01:37:37 PM
I finally got around to finishing this outfit yesterday.  It is a simplicity though I can't remember the number.  The shorts are linen and the blouse is a cotton/linen blend with embroidery.  I'm quite proud of my zipper - I think I've finally mastered them!  I think if I were to make the shirt again, I would use something a bit less stiff.  

The shorts aren't that terrible looking - the picture is bad.  

18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My first baby dress!! on: June 04, 2007 08:13:32 PM
Well, I found out my sis is having a girl (it wasn't a great pic, but I'm being hopeful!) so I made a dress out of some fabric that I've had laying around for...oh...6 years or so...anyways...it's not really done yet - I just thought it was so cute that I had to share.

Oh yeah, and it's my first time shirring - sooo much easier than I thought it'd be!  I will probably be adding sleeves of some sort and it isn't hemmed, but the baby isn't due till October.  I'm sure I'll be making a bunch more.


comments/suggestions appreciated.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Denim/floral/embroidered apron!! on: May 30, 2007 07:02:09 PM
I couldn't sleep the other night so I decided to make an apron instead!  
The denim patches I got from my grandma several years ago.  It was a huge pile of squares she had cut out and had hand embroidered about half of them.  I think I've made two skirts and a few bags from the patches and my grandma loves seeing me get some use out of them since she can't sew much anymore.  
Anyways...my pics! ("KF" are my grandma's initals)
The floral fabric is canvas and it's something I've had in what used to be my craft box for about 10 years.  I used to hate it but I love it now!  I've made a paintbrush carrier and paint bag out of it as well.
I have been wanting to use the patch with the pocket for a long time and I thought it worked well with this project.

Thanks for looking!!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 1950s day dress on: May 04, 2007 01:51:03 PM
This is my first challenge I've entered!
I made a 1950s style day dress in cotton, fully lined, with a lower ruffle for fullness, and boning. 
It's pretty hard to see the details but the most upper part of the bodice is sew pleats as well as pleats under the bust and on the waist. 
I was going to make a jacket to go with it but I ran out of time!
I get to wear this to a teaparty themed bridal shower tomorrow!  So excited!

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