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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 73 ENTRIES / Horse hair into retro style western coat on: April 04, 2012 10:57:39 AM

I had a fairly big chunk of horse hair (from the last time my horse got his hair did), sitting in a drawer, and I'd been planning on doing something with it for ages.

I pulled a jacket outta the closet (really nice pendleton one that fits me well, but booooooring).

Made the hair into fringe by sandwiching it between- shoot, I don't remember. Bias tape or hem tape or something like that from my crafty stash drawer.

Then I drew a little rope design, programed it, and sewed it...

Fit it to the jacket

Same thing for the front-

Added piping from the stash

Cut some platinum leather fringe for under the hair, because it really wasn't popping... guess I didn't take pics of that, but you can see it attached here.

added piping to the front too

And finished it all up. Sorry the modeling pics aren't the best- took 'em with my computer.

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Accidental Cabbage Shirt on: November 16, 2011 12:35:27 PM
Heheh. Definitely a good band name.

I've come to terms with it, kinda like it now. It is pretty funny.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Accidental Cabbage Shirt on: November 14, 2011 11:02:13 AM
I'd been wanting to do a monochromatic design for awhile, so yesterday I whipped up a suitable rose/rose and horseshoe design. Sewed it in orange on a white shirt and it looked pretty nice.

Then I grabbed a green shirt and didn't think twice about sewing it in greens. And... well. Tada. Accidental cabbage shirt.

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery machine to computer link on: November 12, 2011 05:22:21 PM
When I put together my whole set up about 2 1/2 years ago, there was no mac friendly digitizing software. None. Dunno if that's still true or not, but I bet it is.

I have parallels and windows on my mac just for my embroidery machine stuff. It's never caused any problems with computer performance for me- you really don't even know it's there. There were a few hiccups in translation from windows to my embroidery machine that of course no one could help me with because the program "wasn't for a mac"- but with a ton of fiddling with settings in several locations and a lot of hair pulling I got it to work (my biggest problem was my digitizing software wanting to write files to a drive that technically did not exist- and it not telling me that there was anything wrong there- it'd "complete" only the files weren't being written anywhere.)

Yeah, the software wasn't exactly cheap to set up, but it was more economical than getting a PC to use with my machine, so there's that.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Catalog- does it stand out too much? on: June 24, 2011 12:26:40 PM
Thanks guys. They are a little bit of a pain to make but they really don't take much time to do (and are SO cheap), so it's worth it if they'll get me sales.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Catalog- does it stand out too much? on: June 18, 2011 12:22:12 PM
I'm moving into wholesale this summer (after 2 years of selling out of my own store) and have been working on a catalog to send out to retailers. I want it to stand out, and I think I'm happy with this version, but I'm questioning myself too- is it too far from being a normal catalog? I'd greatly appreciate your opinions.

I'm making these out of fabrics I've found in thrift stores and from scraps I'd hoarded, to keep with the greenness of what we do with our products, so they're all going to be a little different. Do you like the concept here? I've had a few other versions but I think I like this one the best. Shoot, I dunno. Now looking at the pics maybe it's not. This is maybe driving me a little nuts.  Grin

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 4th of July Western Shirt on: June 13, 2010 12:47:55 PM
This is phenomenal! I love it!
8  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Birdie boot recon on: March 18, 2010 05:07:46 PM
Not too complicated, but they're the first shoe/boot project I've ever done, so I wanted to share.
The birds are black suede.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Velvet on: February 23, 2010 09:08:01 PM
I don't know a dang thing about kids or babies and just found out my BFF of 20+ years is pregnant.  Grin I'm gonna go nuts making lots of stuff, of course.

I was thinking (sorry, first part isn't clothing) of making a reproduction of the beat up velveteen rabbit I've had my entire life for the kid since my friend always laughed at it. But I was thinking of using velvet to make it a bit more decadent (and cuz I have some already). Would this be an OK thing for a baby? I was also thinking of making the kid an outfit to match the rabbit... I'm sure velvet isn't the most practical choice, but other than laundering issues, is it OK for kids? Or should I skip that altogether and make just a matching bunny hat?

I see "baby" fabrics at the fabric store- are they really necessary?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress form adjustment ideas needed on: February 19, 2010 05:20:40 PM
So I bought a beat up ol' dress form at a thrift store ages ago, it's pretty close to my size so it was a sweet find even though it is rough and a good 40+ years old.

Here's what's causing me problems- I can't think of any way to compensate for this, though I've read quite a few posts about padding and customizing dress forms on here. Just looking for ideas, I've been thinking about it for too long and I'm over it.

Hips, waist and bust are good- right at my measurements- even the distances between all of those are pretty close. But I'm a tall girl, and once you get past the bust, this dress form is not like me at all. The armpits are too low, the shoulders are too low, so's the neck- all that is off by a good 4 inches vertically. Obviously this makes everything that has sleeves go flippin' haywire. It's adjusted to be as tall as it can be, so I'm looking for ideas on how to fix this. I think doing a shirt w/ padding under it- it would be pretty floppy adding that much height, wouldn't it? I don't want to completely murder the form, since I make clothes for other people more often than I do for myself... I was thinking about going to Lowes and seeing what kind of hardware-y things I could find to make shoulders to drop on top of it, but I don't really have a clue about how to do that.

Any ideas? My camera went MIA during Mardi Gras so I can't post pics today, but if they'd be helpful, I've got a new camera on the way and I'll post them then.

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