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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: 2013 Back to School Lunch-along on: August 13, 2013 01:55:29 PM
I use nori sheets to make my own roasted seaweed snacks.  They kiddos love them.  I make sunbutter from roasted sunflower seed kernels (we're a nut-free classroom) and I'll pack it with apple slices or on celery sticks.

Another fun food takes a bit of time but hardly any work.  I'll pickle beets or make sauerkraut with red cabbage.  Once the beets or sauerkraut is gone I'll plop peeled hard boiled eggs into the remaining liquid.  The beet juice tuns the eggs hot pink while the red cabbage sauerkraut turns them deep blue.  The kids think they're very fun, and it's nice to dye food without all the nasty fake stuff.   Tongue

Making homemade "Lara Bars" is easy and tasty.  My usual recipe:  1/2 C + 1 T nuts (almonds, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, shelled pumpkin seeds, etc.), 1/2 C dried fruit (dates, apple rings, figs, dehydrated bananas (not the chips), dried blueberries, etc.), cinnamon or cocoa powder, and a small carrot.

Grind the nuts in a food processor until a coarse powder.  Add fruit, cinnamon or cocoa powder, and the carrot, chopped.  Process until it starts clumping.  Form into balls.  Roll in chia seeds or hemp hearts if desired.

Of course:  cherry tomatoes, berries, plums, fresh green beans, avocado halves, bananas, grapes, orange segments, cucumber slices, olives, etc.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Easy Shirt Pattern for a Guy on: August 06, 2013 07:36:54 PM
Hello!  I'm not really new to sewing, but I'm not confident in all my skillz.  Zippers still scare me.

I would like to make a button-down shirt for The Hubby.  Nothing off the rack fits him the right way and he would look smokin' hot in a customized shirt.  I know a bit of pattern drafting but drafting a shirt for him from scratch is intimidating.

I don't know all his measurements by heart, and since he's at work you're going to get what I know.  His shoulders, from edge of shoulder across the back to the other, is 18.5".  He has a 29.5" waist.  Also, his hips are really slim.  Basically the classic inverted V shape.

Is there a pattern anyone can recommend for me to start with?  I would appreciate something with short sleeves so I don't have to tackle a sleeve placket, but it would be easy for me to draft this change, so it's not necessary.  I'm also guessing I'll have to put some darts into his shirt, right?

Anyways, any advice would be helpful.  Thanks in advance!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: T-shirt Surgery Tutorials... on: June 23, 2013 05:00:44 PM
Empire Shirt:


Adding Lace to the Sides to Widen a Shirt:


Adding Godets to a Sweater to Widen the Belly Area:

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Full Bust Adjustment Question on: June 23, 2013 04:50:16 PM
Okay, thanks for the info.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: I want to make a "Stunt Double" on: June 22, 2013 05:55:12 PM
This is my favorite tutorial on making a body double using paper mailing tape.  It's just beautiful when done.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Full Bust Adjustment Question on: June 22, 2013 05:51:55 PM
Hey there, FBA question:

My measurements are 42" full bust, 36" waist, and 48" hips.  My bra size is 34F, but I wear it on the largest hooks, so more like a 35F.  My measurements basically fit the norms for pattern companies, but I know those are all drafted for B-cups. 

So even though my measurements "fit" am I supposed to be buying by my high-bust measurement and then doing a FBA?  I'm had problems in the past with empire seams not staying under my bust like they're supposed to.  Thanks for any direction/answers.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Anda Dress for the Holidays on: June 18, 2013 08:34:03 PM
Thanks for posting this.  I've been wanting an easy pullover summer dress but I didn't know how Anda would look on a plus-sized gal.  Yours is stunning!  I think I would just use an elastic waistband that I could belt over.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: FIRST SALE, and it was EPIC! on: September 14, 2012 07:44:49 PM
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Sell patterns now, sell pattern supplements later? on: September 11, 2012 01:56:05 PM
I want to start an independent sewing pattern company.  The patterns would be for fashionable clothing that women can breastfeed in.  After talking with Tim Gunn -- IN PERSON! -- I have come to the conclusion I need to obtain a patent for my nursing access designs before selling my patterns.  Design patents are dauntingly expensive, $4,000-$8,000.

This is my question.  I've been considering selling the patterns WITHOUT the nursing designs/pattern pieces/instructions.  Once I've earned enough money to obtain the patent then I can sell pattern supplements so that those who already own the patterns can then convert them to breastfeeding wear.

I've asked people in my close circle what they think about this idea and the overwhelming opinion is I should NOT sell non-breastfeeding patterns first since the whole nursing aspect is my niche.  But I can't think of another way to make the money I need.

Any advice?
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Pattern Testing Etiquette? on: June 05, 2010 01:20:40 PM
Thanks for the reply, that's a great idea!
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