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« Reply #20 on: May 19, 2007 08:03:07 PM »

OOh!! I love the brown one...your stuff is such an inspiration!
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« Reply #21 on: May 22, 2007 09:25:40 AM »

Those are so Pretty! I love the flower one.
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« Reply #22 on: May 22, 2007 11:31:25 AM »

Thanks all!

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Very cute!  They are both so pretty.  I was wondering how you learned to make your own patterns.  Is it just trial and error or do you have a book?  Just curious how you learned.  Thanks! 

Sorry, somehow missed your question. 

I am learning by trial and error.  I only starting sewing a year and a bit ago, and I can't follow patterns because I think the way they put things together is silly.  (die burda die!)  I am definitely stumbling along here, but am probably learning a lot faster than if I could use patterns, since once I learnt how things go together design-wise, techique is easy to come by.

I have a stock of previous patterns I've made from pre-existing clothing and then altered every which way to improve fit, style, etc.  From these I motify endlessly: adding and subtracting sleeves, length, shape (a-line, straight, etc), strapes, collars, hoods.  And then, to make increase sizes (or decrease - although my kid generally seems to go in just one direction  Grin), I've studied the few patterns people have given me, and figured out what dimensions are increased by how much.  I also saved a copy of every pattern I've made/motified on brown post paper and filed it, so I don't have recreate everytime.

But for these halters, I took my kid's measurements and just winged it.  I think when you sew enough for one particular person, it becomes intuitive.  Still, I always expect my first go at it to just be the tester (and I try out new techniques on these too - zippers, appliques, top stitches, etc).  I'm always delighted when the tester turns out alright.

And I have been studing various books from the library.  My favorite, which is so beyond my skill level, but I find something new everytime I look through it, is 'The Art of Fashion Draping' by Amaden-Crawford.

I also spend a lot of time people watching, particularly kids, and see what clothes work for them, what looks comfy, and what's crap.  (There is a lot of ill-fitting crap out there, especially from the big stores.)  This may make me creepy?  Shocked  I find it more useful when designing to see real people wearing clothes, rather than clothes on hangers or on runway models.

Oh, and I briefly exploited a little granny for all of her knowledge and a use of a stitcher, but quickly grew more advanced then she could help me with, although watching what she did with the material was very helpful. 

So, basically, the point of this long winded response, is that I will take information in any form I can get and exploit if fully.  Craftster itself has probably been my greatest source of info and inspiration (prob wouldn't of started sewing if I hadn't had such yearning to possess what I've been on this site).

And, I talk too much.  Sorry, I should know better than to answer after a double tall latte.
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« Reply #23 on: May 22, 2007 02:25:07 PM »

So, basically, the point of this long winded response, is that I will take information in any form I can get and exploit if fully.  Craftster itself has probably been my greatest source of info and inspiration (prob wouldn't of started sewing if I hadn't had such yearning to possess what I've been on this site).

And, I talk too much.  Sorry, I should know better than to answer after a double tall latte.

even though i didn't ask the original question, i really enjoyed reading your response. i've struggled with stupid patterns for ages - i could follow them for the most part, but you're right, they are silly! and nothing ever turned out the way i thought it would. anyway, my frustration with that basically made me give up on sewing for the last 20 years. (ouch! i just totally dated myself didn't i?) it is great to get insight into a different approach/perspective from somebody who makes who makes such wonderful things! so feel free to post under the influence of double tall lattes any time!  Wink
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« Reply #24 on: May 22, 2007 04:33:14 PM »

Thanks Vegbee.  That's pretty much what I do too.  Guess I'm just still working on there.  I have a little old granny too, except it's my mom and not a granny.  She lives about 800 miles away too.  So I guess I'll have to keep driving my daughter crazy.   Grin
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« Reply #25 on: May 22, 2007 10:48:38 PM »

Me too!  I have been sewing about a month or so now.  I have a few patterns, but staring at them doesn't seem to help me understand them.  Like you said Vegbee (paraphasing now), looking at people waring clothes helps more than looking at a pattern.

I love the dresses!  When I saw the first one I started to think about making one for myself!  And I'm lovin' the slip on the second.  The applique on it is sooo cute!
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« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2007 12:56:23 AM »

i love both!!!
lovely little girl too Wink
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« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2007 05:55:40 AM »

vegbee, I have to say honestly that you are my biggest inspiration on Craftster. It makes me feel so much better that I'm not the only one that goes without using a pattern.  Smiley  Your stuff is always so adorable and professional looking, and your wee monkey is GORGEOUS!! Thanks for posting your stuff and sharing with us.
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« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2007 11:24:07 AM »

Thanks guys!  And aislinsmommee, stop!, you're freakin' me out!  Cheesy

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« Reply #29 on: May 23, 2007 05:14:31 PM »

ack! I promise, I'm no stalker. that would require waaaay too much energy on my part. LOL. i just believe in letting someone know when they do something good.
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