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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dungaree/Overall Pattern? on: October 04, 2010 06:46:24 AM
If you can't find a vintage pattern for these (I'm guessing that finding the right vintage pattern can be hard, but I've never tried, so maybe I'm wrong), I'd piece it together from a pants pattern and, if you can't free-hand the top, a dress pattern.  It looks like a pair of high-waisted, wide-legged jeans, and they look to be fairly fitted to her waist.  Perhaps you can find a jumper-style dress (like grade-school teachers wore in the '90s--haha) and use the top of it, but make extra long straps and add buckles. 

I was going to suggest burdastyle.com for pants patterns, because it seems like I'm always seeing retro-looking clothing on there, but I couldn't find a good one.  Maybe you can.  They're a great site, anyway.  Smiley

Good luck!  Have fun!  And I'd love to see the results!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Question Re: Recycling Cashmere on: October 03, 2010 06:23:32 AM
I'm getting ready to cut into a thrifted cashmere sweater to make it into something else, and I have a few questions (I've never used a cashmere sweater before to make things). 

First, are the raw edges going to fray or run?  I recently used a couple of cotton/rayon/nylon blends and they didn't fray or run at all, but I have no idea about cashmere.  Will I have to serge or hem the edges to avoid problems? 

Secondly, should I give it a special treatment?  I have felted 100% wool sweaters before, but I have no idea if there's anything special I should do with cashmere before cutting it up. 

Thanks for any and all help!  It's a beautiful sweater; I'd like to avoid any problems that will render it unusable! 
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Autumn Blossom Pin on: August 19, 2010 08:23:17 PM
I made this pin entirely out of re-purposed materials--a polyester scarf and a felted wool sweater.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  It's a tad more hippy-chic than I usually go for, but I think the uniqueness of it is good.  I'm hoping it'll work in it's favor, anyway Grin

Thanks for looking!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Satin & Peacock Feather Cuff on: August 15, 2010 07:11:33 PM
My parents have peacocks and my mom gives me their feathers.  I have had a hard time using them because I usually think they're kind of tacky, but I love how this turned out!  Just thought I'd share.  More pics and info on my blog at http://aquietlittlelife.blogspot.com/2010/08/etsy-shop-update-satin-rosette-peacock.html

Thanks for looking!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Beaded Satin Cuff on: August 06, 2010 07:41:23 PM
Yep, it's velcro.  I didn't buy anything new for this project, just used what I had, which was some leftover stick-on black velcro circles.  I hot glued them down.  I just made another cuff out of a vintage micro-suede gown and used velcro on it, too, but sewed it on (it wasn't the stick-on kind, which I hate anyway).  It seems to be a good closure for these bracelets. 
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beaded Satin Cuff on: August 06, 2010 12:13:49 PM
I'm not terribly "trendy", but I am terribly pregnant and I have a trendy shirt that flatters my figure that I like to wear.  However, the planet that is my belly was really too much of a focal point (it's a black shirt, no print, nothing to draw the eye except for my globe) so I needed something with some flair to wear with it.  I like cuffs, but haven't found any that go with the rest of my clothing, but I knew exactly what kind of accessory I wanted to wear with this particular shirt.  And it looks great with it!!  I can't believe it turned out exactly how I wanted it to!  It took a long time to make--like, 8 hrs, as I did the entire thing by hand--but it was worth it.  I love it!  To make it a little bit funky, I used some weird things for the middle part, along with beads and buttons and snaps and pieces off of broken jewelry.  There's actually a tiny nut there somewhere.   Grin 

Whaddya think?  I don't bead anything else, but I have been asked to make more of these, so any feedback to make them better is great! 
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: I Am Without (Crafting) Focus... on: May 31, 2010 11:37:58 AM
I never thought of that.  That helps!  Thanks!  I guess I'm trying to find the handful of things that I should stick with, but using the same specific style might help with the dreaded "drudgery". 

8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / I Am Without (Crafting) Focus... on: May 24, 2010 03:47:44 PM
For a long time I've known that I need to have more focus in my crafting (and fashion) style, and especially with my Etsy shop. Does anyone else have this problem??: I like to do all sorts of different things, so I resist the idea of settling into one kind of project (ex: reusable snack bags, purses, children's clothing, ladies tops/dresses) or one type of style (ex: bohemian, prep, punk, etc--but I'm pretty sure now that bohemian is me). But then, I'm all over the place! And in regards to my Etsy shop, I don't want to "limit" myself by narrowing down the type of projects that I do, and as a result I have done nothing in months because I have too many ideas, each "better" than the other, and no "most important" thing that I need to work on first. So, I get NOWHERE!

So, really, I need help. I need input. I need opinions on which kind of things I should do primarily (for my Etsy shop). It doesn't help a ton to look at my sales and see where the best seller is, because I haven't done a lot of sales and they're also all over the place (because my product line is!). I just don't know... Should I focus on children's clothing and accessories? Pillowcase dresses and matching purses are awesome, easy, and adorable. But ladies tops, with ruffles and flowers, are really huge right now and they're fun, too. (I don't think purses/bags are my thing, because they require too much time and special materials that aren't readily available to me at a reasonable price.) I've been doing flowers a lot lately, but I think that market is totally saturated and I don't really enjoy that anyway, not like I enjoy real sewing.

Anyway, I'm certainly not expecting anybody to take lots of time to analyze my blog, but I really have to get my focus figured out, or I might as well stop renewing my Etsy listings and just clean my house! 

Thanks SO MUCH for any input! I really value your help.


BTW, if you do feel like helping this misdirected girl out, "sewing" under LABELS on the right is a good one to click on to get a feel for the things I create. TIA!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Best Place for Russian Tulle? on: May 09, 2010 04:52:54 PM
I'm making a wedding veil for a friend, and she'd like it made of Russian Tulle.  Where is the best place to buy it?  If I have to drive to buy it, I'll be driving at least an hour so I thought I might just order some online.  Can anybody help me here?
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Dandewine--dandelion wine! with an instructional video! on: April 12, 2010 03:40:41 PM
Nevermind--I read closer. 
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