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21  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: It's not godzilla, but its IS a big lizard! on: April 04, 2008 07:45:50 PM
I thought it was a photo at first!  Is that a leopard gecko?  You did a really good job.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red and Black party dress! on: April 04, 2008 02:15:49 PM
Great dress, I love the lacing on the side.  Creative place to put it instead of the played out corseting effect in front or back.

Yeah, the location of the last shot is bugging me too!  It looks really familiar.  Where is it?
23  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Machine for Beginners! Help me pick! My first post :) on: April 04, 2008 01:03:50 PM
I think you should find a local sewing or quilting shop that sells used machines.  With a $175 budget I think you'll be much better off buying a quality older machine than a new one for that price.  I have a pre-computerized-era Bernina from the early 90s and I love it!  However, even used it was like $400.

The other benefit of a used machine is that often times you can get a whole set of presser feet and accessories along with it at no additional cost.
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: My petite size is giving me pattern problems! What to do? on: April 04, 2008 01:00:32 PM
Thank you for that invaluable clue!  It didn't even occur to me that there would be additional ease sneaked in.  I think the two latest patterns I've tried must have put in like 5 inches.

I just checked on a McCall's dress pattern that came out so huge on top, and the smallest size is a 4 at a 29 1/2 bust measurement.  It listed the finished measurement at 32" around the bust.  I wish!  At least now I have the motivation back to take it apart and modify it.

I think I'd be okay with minimal instruction explanations, I've seen plenty of links for vintage patterns but it didn't occur to me to try some. 

Thank you!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / My petite size is giving me pattern problems! What to do? on: April 03, 2008 11:46:53 PM
I am relatively new to sewing garments, my skill level is such that I can navigate a pattern just fine, but I don't really know how to alter it. 

The problem that I'm facing is that I sew the correct size in whatever pattern and it is inevitably too big for my boobs.  Like WAY too big for my boobs.  I am pretty sure I'm not making any mistakes measuring myself and I'm following the size guidelines. 

I wear a size 0 or 2,
I'm 31" around the bust, 28" under, 25" waist, 35" hips.  According to this Vogue package in front of me, that puts me somewhere between a pattern size 6 and 10, but I always make it to 6 since that's the closet to my bust measurement.

But when I got the garment together, it's massive!  It's too big over my boobs, and even too big around.  What am I doing wrong?

I've had the same problem with McCall's patterns as well, but on that one I sewed it to the smallest size and it was huge in the boobs but actually too small around the waist. 

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Edit:  I took some photos to illustrate my problem, there's a McCall's pattern and a Vogue pattern that have both given me... difficulties...  http://flickr.com/photos/mschristine/2389432320/
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: A Neighborly Gesture *updates on pgs 7, 11 and 13 on: April 02, 2008 01:09:21 PM
Wow, what bizarre behavior on the part of the neighbors, and good thinking on your part!  That chair is hilarious, you did a great job.
27  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Do any smoker succeed on Etsy? on: April 02, 2008 12:59:13 PM
I don't think it's required that you disclose that information, and if I were you I'd take if off your profile.

I do not smoke, but if I was looking for jewelry personally I wouldn't care if it came from a smoke free house or not.  Fabric items might be different.

By saying "this comes from a house with smoke" it almost implies "this will smell like smoke."  I'd just take proper measures to make sure that the items do not smell, and remove that information from your profile.  If you sell fabric items that are machine washable, just throw them in the wash immediately before shipping them out.

Also, have you tried keeping your card stock inside a zip lock bag or a tupperware?  You could even put something scented in with them like a lavender sachet, or just some backing soda to absorb and odors (although, not baking soda and lavender both!)
28  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Re: Here Comes the Dollar Tree Bride! (img heavy): on: April 02, 2008 12:54:43 AM
Wow, this blows me away. 
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Teacup pincushion - How? on: April 01, 2008 11:07:51 PM
Oh, I see!  That's a great idea, when you find that tutorial please let me know! 

If you measure the cup you want to use then you could just make an appropriately sized stuffed ball and placed it in there, either glue the bottom or just let it sit.  I think that would work just fine, or is there some more complicated aspect that I'm missing?
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Barbie is a ... on: April 01, 2008 11:03:34 PM
That is awesome!  I think it should end up as something that people see!  How big of a piece of fabric is it? 

It would be a great tshirt.  If it's smaller then a sunglasses case?  A clutch for holding credit cards and things?  A cosmetic bag? 

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