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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / I want to earn the title seamstress on: April 11, 2009 10:54:45 AM
If I even spelled that correctly.  Hi there, I'm really trying to get my clothing to be worthwhile.  I recently purchased a brick and mortar store and well that is the final kick in the ol' booty to get me making clothing for other people.  But being as I have honestly never spent a day around another person who even knows how to operate a sewing machine, I am seriously all self taught.  So, basically, I want to know if what I do is standard. 
Coats and Clark thread.  Thats all I buy.  Since Walmart is the only place I can really shop and it is sorta well priced, and durable.  Good choice?
I overcast stitch all my edges since I haven't earned enough to put out another couple hundred for another machine.  Is that good enough quality?
I have a machine I am not supossed to oil, but how often am I supossed to change needles?  Ah, if I basically sew mostly knit/jersey material for a better idea of wear and tear.
Ugh, my brain went dead.  Any thoughts or insight, or just advice would be adored!  I have people buying my items in my store already, I just want to make sure I'm giving my best, ya know?  Thanks. 

Oh and if anyone wants to be an online buddy, I'm game!  I like sharing info and tips and whatnot.

12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I love hair clips on: April 10, 2009 10:53:40 AM
So that button challenge got me thinking about buttons and how I hate wearing clothes with buttons on them... My personal OCD style.  But I love buttons.. So I have a small collection... So this was made.

And I'll let you see that back so you can see just what I did... because everyone needs a button hair clip...  I used my man-strength glue gun tho... Sears Craftsman.  Freakin hot I say.  It holds well amazingly.

Me looking goofy.

And these I have been making for my store.  Thought this one is less simple.. I normally use one flower but this is from my wedding leftovers (the blk flowers)

Me. goofy.. agian... why I say why.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / He's homicidal and comfy! JTHM skirt on: April 10, 2009 10:41:16 AM
I loooove this skirt, so I made it a small size just to make sure I didn't try to keep it for myself.  Elastic encased waistband,  a 4 panel A-line skirt out of an old mens Jthm shirt and a oversized red mens shirt.  I made it pretty plain because well, Johnny is enough.  I drool over this... SEXxXY!!  haha.  Okie...  Here it is...





That little seam is there because the red shirt had a stain that I didn't see until I was already mid-project... So I made do.  It's cute.

Do ya likey?
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Purple Polka Dots for a little lady. EDIt!! added matching shirt! on: April 02, 2009 01:12:43 PM
Ohhh I impressed myself with the shirt.  That darn deer was hard to sew!  Tiny lil legs!  So this is the matching shirt I used the original as a pattern for the dress, and then decided to change out the sleeves and applique it with the cutie deer, I found the picture of the deer floating around google.  Then just printed it out and pinned it to the fabric and cut the fabric with the picture.

And a pic of the inside of the sleeves...

My niece has a birthday coming up soon and since everyone has overloaded gifts of Hannah Montana and jewelry... I decided I'd try to make her a dress.  It is a knit fabric I have a buuuuundle of, I figured that would be good since I'm not able to perfectly size it to her.  Although I'm pretty sure it is definetly too big.  My sister-in-law said she was between a 6 and 7.  I bought a cheap-o 7/8 tee and used it as my template which I will later give sleeves and a deer applique of the same fabric as a side gift.  I'll prolly post that tomarrow.  So what's the thoughts?  Good?  Bad?  Kinda dull maybe?  Oh and it has pleats at the tops of the sleeves because I accidently made them too big, but it works.

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I made skirts! Hot Wheels! Yay! on: March 26, 2009 02:16:03 PM
So I made these two skirts because I looove short skirts, but need to be more... mature er whatnot... no booty showing... so longer yoke, and mini pleats at bottom.. sounds good to me!  The blue material is from a Hot Wheels bedsheet, I'm gonna make my son pants out of it to match. (awwwww)  And I just used left over D-rings and some red strappy from walmart for belt loops.  The black skirt was a pain.. because I decided that I didn't want my pleats to be crooked or poofy on there after I washed it or whatnot.. so I sewed each freakin pleat.  Inside and out.  I thought it would never end!  I also made them kinda basic so I could re-size them as my Weight Alteration continues. Yay!  Skirts!

16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Would your little girl wear this? on: March 26, 2009 10:57:22 AM
I made this 2T toddler dress/jumper kinda thing out of an old t-shirt that had a super cute print on it out of a pattern I drew up based off a 2T shirt.   I have a son, not a daughter, so any feedback would be awesome.  I have it for sale in my brick and mortar store for 12 bux, it think thats reasonable, maybe....  Its cute, but I'm thinking maybe making an outfit out of it by adding bloomers?

Excuse the images, I only have a webcam for now.

17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage curtians to hott skirt on: March 25, 2009 11:02:20 AM
Me and my little sister spotted these curtians at the thrift store one day and decided... they must be worn!  Which reminds me I still have to make her a skirt out of them... because that was the deal.  Anyway, that was honestly like a year ago, and I only remembered now because I sold this skirt recently because it was originaly for me, but I made it too big.  So someday when I find the curtians in my pile-o-fabric, I have skirts due.  I took pictures of the zipper and overcasting... because i was really proud.  I still am.

Pattern was some paper I taped together and traced out from another skirt I liked.

Ya likey?
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Yucky comforter to bloomers, that are too small :( on: March 17, 2009 09:47:00 AM
I found this material as a nasty comforter at one of my local thrift store.. they wanted only 1 buck for it.  Sounded good, I own a washing machine and a seam ripper, my mom said I was crazy.  Here is my first try at bloomers, I need some cause I have a son, so I can't be trampy anymore.  Sad  But I don't want my million skirts to go to waste.  So here's my comprimise, haha!

Buuuuut, they don't give that same look on my big butt, so I need to make a longer pair, for the ruffleness.
Here is my favorite stitch in the world.  Number 15 on my Cosco Brother.

It is my cheating stitch, Hem?  whatever.  This will keep it from unraveling.  Works great for me, and great for making quick 2T pants!
Buuuuuut, I dunno what to do with them, I dun wanna sell them.. hence the cheater stitch... and they have a hole!  Darn. 
Maybe they can go on the sale rack...
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I can finally fix tee shirts! yay! on: March 04, 2009 11:56:27 AM
For like... ever, I have avoided sewing tee material because my last sewing machine used to EAT it.  and I haven't had lots of time to experiment with my new brother from cosco!  but now i can!  and i used my overcasting stitch instead of serging it seams.  looks like it will hold pretty well.  i have no before pics because i thought it was gonna be horrible, but i am proud... i know its basic, but still!  it was a men's box shaped tee, and i resized, shoulders and all, made a new neckline, and just now realized i sewed one of the sleeves inside out.  damn.  thats the second time ive done that.

Funny how i am more proud of this then when i made the entire princess toadstool dress from scratch.
20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / This is now my income. Help? on: March 02, 2009 11:23:02 AM
Hi there, first off I thank anyone who takes even a moment to even read this! 
This past December I bought a store I had worked in years ago.  I am in Baltimore City in MD.  The store is doing ok finacially.. could be better, and thats why I am trying to expand onto Etsy, and making the website and myspace for the store itself more interesting.  So if anyone has ANY comments, ideas, thought's... anything I would love some feedback. 
Also I am currently borrowing a Kodak camera for my etsy use...  Should I buy a better camera then that?  Any suggestions?  I can take all the help I can get as this now will be my source of income...

Links are in my signature.  Thanks so much!!
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