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1  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / hotpatterns (Xposted) on: September 05, 2005 09:38:57 AM
Oh thank goodness, my ads are up on craftster, I don't feel so baaad posting this!

Ok, so I've posted this on the 'get website opinions' board, but I figured, if you're into sewing & fashion, you're more likely to look here first, right?

So finally, my new website is luanched, selling my range of dressmaking patterns...it's www.hotpatterns.com

I'd love to know what you think...feedback has been great so far, but i'd love to know what you sewing divas think!

Oh yes...I'm aware that the site is really slow to load at the moment....DH has been wrangling with network solutions all morning, they've promised to sort this out PRONTO.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Finally! Hotpatterns! on: September 02, 2005 07:43:00 PM
I'm exhausted, my eyes are crossed, by neck is stiff & my back is sore....I've shouted at my husband, dog, parrot, printers, illustrators, web guy & stangers in the supermarket queue....but finally, after 6 months of hard slog & not really seeing the outside world much...my site is up & running!

It's www.hotpatterns.com , I'd love your opinions, especially if you are a sewer or just into fashion.

And now I'm off for a well-deserved early night...wonder if my husband will recognise me? Wink
3  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Miu Miu skirt, anyone? As easy or as hard as you like..... on: August 07, 2005 01:40:54 PM
Stumbled across this ultra-gorgeous Miu Miu skirt (in the line of work, I hasten to add) and I thought...oooh, that would be great for a sew-along. You can see from the pics that it's basically a pencil or very narrow A-line skirt (so not too tricky there) with a waistband, gentle gathers at the waist, and patch pockets. But check out that BEAUTIFUL embroidery!

Anyway, here's my thoughts....we could do any kind of pencil or A-line skirt -personally I'll be doing a slightly drop wasited one, without a waistband because that's what i look good in-, with or without the wasitband, with or without the pockets..I think you see where i'm going here....and the flowers -actually any shapes, leaves, hearts, you name it...could be any medium you liked....print, paint, stencil, applique, embroidery, whatever.

So whaddo y'all think? Are you in, or will I be the only Craftster swanking along in my lovely new skirt, inspiring envy wherever I go?

I'm suggesting we set a rough deadline of end of September to complete it...that way we all have something yummy to wear SOON


PS...just had a look at www.fashionfabrics.com , where they have some lovely rich purple fabrics (if you want to re-create this skirt as near as poss)..prices from $4.00 a yard for poly suede to $$8.00 a yard for gabardine...you only need a yard for this skirt, plus lining, a zip, and your trims...so let's see, about $25 ( if we're being generous) to make one, or $1550 (yes, one thousand, five hundred & fifty dollars) to buy one...hmmm, lemme see, what to do, make or buy, make or buy....
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Laundry stain disaster! on: August 05, 2005 08:25:21 AM
 Huh So I bought 5 yds of fab black stretch cotton pique, and pre washed & dried it twice (I like to be thorough!) before i made it up. I got a pencil skirt, an a-line skirt and a pair of funky cuffed culottes out of ot (not bad, as it's only 44" wide & I'm a size 16!)...but now disaster has struck. I washed all three pieces, and they have come out all streaked with  horrible dusty white marks. I'm sure it's a residue from the wretched laundry liquid, as I used a different one that time. I have a vague recollection that you should soak the garments in a solution of white vinegar & water to get the stains out, but am I right or am I completely mad? Please help, I can't wear my lovely things & I'm SOOOO cross! TIA
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Applique??? on: June 30, 2005 07:49:52 PM
I have a vague idea of something I want to do, but I'm hoping one of you groovy craft-bunnies knows a good way to achieve this. I want to do a big applique in black linen (of a skull & crossbones, since you ask, I'm feling fairly Pirate-y these days!) and I want the edges to be frayed. I thought of cuting out the shape with a 3/8" allowance around the edge, then cutting out the same shape without the allowance in fusible interfacing, pressing that onto the linen and then chucking it in the washing machine to get the frayed edges. Whaddya think? Anyone got a better method? because i can't think of anything else...... Huh
6  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Chloe Jacket Obsession on: June 30, 2005 06:15:38 PM
Ok, I'll admit, I've been somewhat obsessed by this jacket

It costs $2,220 to buy...which is obscene, it's a jacket, not a kidney!

So I made one:

Here's the back:

It's not quite finished yet, I've got to hand finish the lining & sew on the buttons but apart from that, it's done...and frankly so am I.

I foolishly ignored 2 of my golden rules...and boy, did I pay the price!

1) I didn't make a muslin! Why oh why didn't I make a muslin?Huh In my defense, I did the pattern with my groovy new software, as a sewing test to check that the patterns were coming out as they should. So the bodice went together perfectly, so did the collar, so i was lulled into a false sense of security until I came to the sleeves...or should I say, the Great Sleeve Disaster of 2005. Won't bore you with the details, suffice to say I will be making a muslin for EVERY GARMENT I MAKE IN FUTURE.

2) I always try to use the lightest weight of everything...so china silk lining, lightweight interfacing, etc. In this bizarre town I've landed in, the fabric shops...wait for it...don't have white or off-white lining!!!! Gasp! So I ended up using a very lightweight muslin to line & mount the pieces...as a result, this lovely jacket will remain unworn until the winter, as the muslin lining makes it too darn hot for Florida's current weather-bah! I'll be buying basic lining colors of china silk in bulk from now, that's for sure.

Anyway, comments, suggestions, all welcome! Whaddya think?
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / I need a blankie! on: June 24, 2005 04:46:20 PM
As I'm sadly unable to crochet (or knit, I'm so tense the wool has to be cut off the needles, LOL!) I'm looking for someone to take on a crochet project form me. My lovely little boy is now 2 1/2, but since he was born he has slept with one of his 2 beloved crocheted blankies, which are now starting to fall apart.... so would anyone be interested in making me some more? His blankies are about 42" square, and made up of concentric squares of different colors...if I could work out how to post a pic I would, but I can mail one to anyone interested in taking this on.

Anyway, I'm happy to supply the wool (I'll need to know what sort is needed tho!) and I can pay $ or, if you sew and would like a couple of funky dressmaking patterns, I can trade you! I'm launching my online pattern business in September so you can pm me with ideas of what patterns you'd like (jeans, coats, dresses,etc) and I can mail you a selection of the sketches I have so far for you to chose from.

TIA craftster chums!
8  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Relocating to Portland on: June 19, 2005 11:33:46 AM
Hi there, this is a little off-topic,(off any craft topic!)but I'm hoping some of you groovy craftsters can help!

We (me, husband, sweet little boy & dog) emigrated to the US from London almost a year ago. We currently live in Sarasota, FL. We love the US, and it's great for us for a whole load of reasons, but Sarasota, whilst beautiful, is so dull I think I'm losing my mind! We've been lucky enough to meet some fantasic people here, but they are few and far between. The average age is about 60, there is no nightlife (everything is closed by 9.30!!!!), the mood is pretty right-wing and Southeren Baptist (which is bizarre to me, coming from a pretty secular society), I've found the attitudes here shockingly racist, in a very covert way (again, I assumed that everyone would be a bit more chilled about people of different & mixed races...it's 2005 for goodness sake!) and blatantly homophobic, and this place has the creative vibe of my left flip-flop.

We both agree that hey, Sarasota has it's good points-beach, weather, etc, and it's a great retirement place..., but we're not dead yet! My lovely husband has an old travelling chum in Portland, and as he's been chatting to her over the last few months, we've thought, hmmm....maybe Portland might be a good place to settle?

So what's your thoughts? Portland seems to be a groovy city, I love the green aspect of it, it also seems to be a lot more 'arty' (oh how i hate that experession, but hey...) and-gasp-there seems to actually be some life there! I'd love to know your opinions....we plan to take a couple of trips there in the next few months, but I'd appreciate your comments...feel free to pm me or post it here when you have a minute!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fashion Sources on: May 19, 2005 06:00:50 AM
I'm not sure if everyone already has these links, but just in case.......these sites are great for finding all the current styles, they have loads of pics...
www.netaporter.com and www.yoox.com -these are both designer shopping sites
www.style.com -this shows all the catwalk shows as well as trends info etc.
I find them really useful for 'virtual shopping'....choose your garments, print off the pics, draft the pattern, get the fabric & make it up!
HTH Wink
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dream Wardrobe on: March 24, 2005 01:07:32 PM
I'm in the process of setting up an online pattern business(and a long & tortuous process it is too, but that's a whole new posting....), and what I wondered is this.....if you could have any clothes at all, regardless of price etc, what would you want? Here, fwiw, is my personal 'Top 10 Dream Items'...would love to know your opinions.
1) DVF wrap dress
2) Chanel-type jacket(with boning inside!Ooooh yes!
3) Ultrasuede bootcut jeans
4) pintucked front dress shirt
5) Westwood-type draped bustier
6) Shanghai tang pjs (www.shanghaitang.com 'eight fairies')
7) Galliano draped neck jacket
Cool low waist denim pencil skirt with fluted hem
9) a really pretty, fluid 40's type dress with 3/4 length skirt, empire bust and fluted sleeves
10) 40's style skirt suit in a heavy crepe with a nipped in jacket & slinky skirt

Obviously I want A LOT MORE than these items but they're a start...let me know your thoughts!
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