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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / questions about using a pattern on: June 30, 2010 05:53:27 AM
I'm assuming this is the right place to post my questions..

So, I just finished my very first dress! It's a Vogue pattern 8489 http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8489-products-8867.php?page_id=857  which I admit, was a bit ambitious for my first dress.  I made a few amateur mistakes but over all I think I did ok.

I'd like to try the dress again, but I don't see the paper pattern lasting much longer.   I guess my question is what do y'all do with your patterns?  Like, what is your process when you get a pattern and start your garment?  Do you use muslin and transfer all the markings from the pattern piece, and then throw the paper pattern away?  Do you cut your pattern to the size you want?  Or do you keep the lines for the bigger sizes "just in case"? Do you pin the paper pattern to your fabric and cut?  Or do you trace then cut?  I'm looking for your wisdom from experience  lol

I feel like it took me longer to cut everything out than it did to actually put the thing together... I know there just  has to be a better/faster way... maybe i'm just lacking the experience needed.

I'll post pics in the "completed" section once I take some.  Cheesy

Thanks in advance
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / I think I bought the wrong butter?? on: October 21, 2009 09:31:50 AM
I got all excited reading up on MP soaps!  I thought since I've never made soap, this would be a great way to start.  I went to WholesaleSuppliesPlus.com (which was an awesome site, I love that they have customer reviews for the products) and bought a bunch of stuff!  Woo-hoo!

I bought a couple bases (natural shea butter base and aloe & olive oil base) which stated specifically they were for MP soaps.  I read somewhere (on this site) that you could add butter (like cocoa butter) to the bases if you so desired.  So I bought some natural cocoa butter from the same site.  But when I was looking back over the descriptions (after I paid of course) I noticed under common uses it says, "Cold & Hot Process Soap. Lotions. Lip Products"

Does this mean that I can't use it for MP soaps?  Or does it just mean it's not commonly used in MP soap making processes?

If I can't use it, I reckon I could hang on to it until I get up the nerve to try the cold process soap making!  haha
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