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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: DIY Fabric labels??? on: May 16, 2010 09:13:15 PM
You can use stamps and ink to make tags on twill tape:

12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Pattern Testing Etiquette? on: May 16, 2010 09:10:46 PM
For the record I'm not going to disclose all information because I am paranoid and afraid someone will steal my idea.  That being said I want to start a sewing pattern company for a niche market.  My patterns will include a lot of sizes, up into the plus range.  I obviously will need to test my patterns before I sell them.

So, what is the etiquette for testing patterns?  How do I find testers?  Do I pay them for their time?  Their materials?  Or is(are) the finished garment(s) payment enough?  How does that work?

Thanks for any input, I really appreciate it.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tail Of a tux shirt on: January 09, 2010 08:20:19 PM
Very awesome shirt!  I love a man in tux tails.  Yeah, you're a girl, but it's still cool!

I'm glad you've recovered well from your surgery.  Yikes, tumors!  Were they benign?  NOw I feel like a horrible person because at first I thought your scars were hickeys.   Embarrassed  Sorry!
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Cat Puppet on: January 01, 2010 02:33:33 PM
I think he looks like the fox on Labyrinth!  He's so stinking cool, great job!
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Do I own the copyright? on: December 18, 2009 09:54:53 AM
Thanks for the replies!  I don't think I'm going to persue this legally since 1) I don't want to spend the money on it and 2) I'm not planning on using this pattern for my own business.  I am okay with giving her a copy of the pattern, I just wanted to know if it was mine.  Thanks for satisfying my curiosity!
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Do I own the copyright? on: December 17, 2009 10:09:03 AM
Okay, here's the situation.  I have a friend that came up with a nursing poncho design.  She has a seamstress sew them up for her and she sells them. 

Recently there has been a demand for toddler sized ponchos for kids to "play" at nursing their babies.  My friend came to me and asked if I could make up a pattern and sew her the ponchos.  I agreed to this and made my own pattern based off an adult sized poncho.  It is not the same pattern as hers, it's missing a few features that her adult sized ponchos have (pockets, armholes, and decorative pleating).  She didn't pay me to make up the pattern, and she pays me $6 a poncho to sew them up.

She came over yesterday to pick up the last batch.  She told me that she was going to need the toddler pattern because she's decided to go to a different seamstress for sewing them.  I said I would make her a copy but keep the original (I'm sad about losing the money, but I have a new little one coming in February and I also have a 2 yr old, AND do daycare, so my life is a bit hetic right now.)  I have no qualms about giving her a copy of the pattern for free, we're pretty good friends.

After I said I was going to keep the original she gave me a little look and joked that it was okay and she wouldn't make me pay the copyright fee.  I looked at her and I said that I was under the assumption that it was my pattern since I drafted it myself (yes, from a finished product, but it's changed a lot).  Nothing more was said about it.

So I'm curious if you guys know who really owns the pattern.  Any advice?  Thanks in advance!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red Riding Hood Playsuit /pj's with CUTE SURPRISE on: November 13, 2009 10:56:54 PM
I LOVE THIS!  And the flap is not noticeable at all.  Super cute, love the ruching and the hood and everything.  I want one.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: New and improved maternity jeans, with tutorial (plenty o' pics) on: October 31, 2009 06:02:07 PM
This is great!  I'm a little over halfway through my second pregnancy, but my homemade Bella band isn't doing the job anymore at keeping up my pre-pregnancy pants.  But I remembered last time still have to hike up the maternity pants.  This is a great fix to that problem.  I'ma gonna get right on it.  Thank you!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: A tiny ruffle butt on: September 19, 2009 08:33:10 PM
Soooo cute, if the one I'm carrying turns out to be a girl, she is certainly going to get a ruffle butt!

By the way, did you notice that you're daughter's birthmark looks like a angel?  Very pretty.
20  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Renaissance Festival Imp Costume on: July 22, 2009 11:21:27 AM
This costume is AMAZING.  I love it so much!  I also really like your friend's plague doctor costume.  You guys did a great job.  This rocks!
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