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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Some new works - paintings, drawing and sculpture on: August 05, 2010 08:44:08 AM
It's been SO long since I've been to Craftster. I used this website to keep me sane during my "I don't know what the hell I'm going to do with my life" year. Now it's been five years since that time, and I'm headed in the right direction for me: fine art and helping people. I now create, teach, do massage therapy, and volunteer. I'm still interested in all things crafty among many other interests, but they seem to sit on the back burner - art being in the forefront.

Here's some of my recent works (the one on the bottom is almost done):

Thanks for peeking Smiley
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Thinking about Toddler Rockabilly Clothingbiz on: December 09, 2006 10:15:14 PM
Okay, so I couldn't use the search feature at the moment here on crafster.

I wanted to look up mostly starting out. What am I to do? I'm a little unsure as to the procedures, and am a LITTLE unsure as to whether or not I should do this and go through with it...so let me start out by saying the following:

Tonight I had a breakdown. I was going to school to be a massage therapist, and after I was done with it, I realized it's something I really don't want to do. Especially for the rest of my life. I haven't gotten my license yet to be a massage therapist, although I will next year. I'll probably do it for a few months to get some money out of it.

Anyway, for a while, since I've become really crafty these past few years and am really getting into sewing, I've been thinking about starting a business of my own. I believe it's a good market - rockabilly/swing baby clothes. Probably from newborn to toddler. And maybe some diaperbags, changing mats, and toys. Unsure thus far.

I've never had a baby nor do I really know anyone with a kid that I see regularly. Although if I had a baby, I'd definitely want to be able to buy this sort of stuff.

For now I am researching. Tonight will be my first real night of research. I'm checking competitor prices. I believe that at first I will have a website with a shopping cart and a few items. More than likely they will be like button down shirts, and blue jeans...stuff like that.

What do you guys think? And do you have any purely beginner advice? This is just a brainstorm I've had for the past few months. Nothing too serious until now. So I really don't know what to do. I still live with my parents, I'm twenty, without a car, and I don't want to mooch any longer.

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Warped cutting mat on: October 20, 2006 01:43:48 PM
I warped my cutting mat with an opaque project by mistake - advice! NEVER put anything hot on a cutting mat, ESPECIALLY an opaque projector. They are not repairable, I have to buy a new one. Lucky for me they are 40% off this week.

Word to the wise! - Hang your mats up if you can so that you never do anything like this!

Here's a pdf on caring for them and picking them out:

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Worth it?: American Sewing Guild on: September 16, 2006 09:48:30 PM
Do you guys think it's worth it to join American Sewing Guild? Pros and Cons? Experience?

I'm about an intermediate-ish beginner with sewing and there's no sewing classes here that I am aware of (other than ASG) and I don't know anyone in my town who can sew and show me the ropes (Someone I knew was going to be moving here, but is no longer going to be)

I'm having a pretty rough time when I run into little mistakes that I just can't think my way out of, and they are so simple no one writes about them. But I always seem to run into small problems that become huge over here.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / UGH! Please help..it should be so simple! on: September 03, 2006 11:56:17 AM
I am making a halter top (with ties), v-neck. Well, I sewed the facing to the fashion fabric, and the middle part NEVER looks right! It always seems to point up instead of down. I am just so frustrated! I expected this pattern to be so EASY! And my dress that I made with similar construction did the same thing - so bulky up in the front center seam (also somewhat of a V-neck/wrap)

No. 1: How the facing is sewn to the fashion fabric. Dashes lines are sewing lines

No. 2: How MY garment top looks after sewn, pressed, and turned right side out. Notice the pucker/bulge at the top center?

No. 3: How finished garment is SUPPOSED to look pressed, sewn and turned right side out.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Men's buttondown: ease and fit on: August 23, 2006 12:31:59 AM
Ok, so I'm trying to make my man a buttoned down flat collar shirt. It's pretty simple as far as shirts go - short style sleeve, no pocket (I opted out of that because he doesn't care), no pleats, no yoke. It does have side slits and self facing.

I'm doing view A of McCall's 4849.

My boyfriend is a large man, he's overweight and he's just overall, a big guy, regardless of weight. He's got a 60 inch chest and belly. My problem is that the shirt fits him just like a sloper would fit a woman. How am I supposed to add that 6 inches or so of ease to this loose fitting shirt?

 I've never altered or adjusted anything before (But i am seriously reading up on it). This is my test run before I make any big moves. I want to be able to make him shirts that he loves. Will I have to adjust the pattern first and then grade it? Or am I just going to alter it? The shoulder fits fine; I have to adjust the armhole (it's about an inch too small under the armpit, and I have to make alterations for his rounded back and I think one more thing.

Also, i'm having a hell of a time easing the sleeve cap. I've never sewn a sleeve cap on "right", and I really want to this time so it's professional looking. So I'm going to sears tomorrow to try to find a gathering foot. I don't want any puckers by doing it myself. I tried doing crowding, but I am confused. With that technique, would I do it on just the sleeve peice or WHILE I'm sewing in into the armhole?

This is a time that I really wish I knew someone who could show me the ropes or take a class, but I can't find any in town. I'm couting on you guys!

Please...save me from my insanity! Smiley
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Threading serger - FIXED! on: August 20, 2006 12:47:51 AM
Quick update - I fixed my problem! I accidentally didnt catch the part of the video where they say to push up the third guide to make the other two more easily accessable! I'll leave this here in case anyone does a search in the future to see this.

okay, I just got this Serger for Christmas and havent learned to thread it until today, I was watching my serging video and its of the same model my serger is, although I'm sure all sergers work similarly with threading. I have a Kenmore. Well, I'm threading the first looper, the lower, I believe. I am having such a hard time with the 4th and 5th guides! They are hiding from me  behing the bulk of my machine, yet in the video they are clear as day! I have done what they told me, I switched my serger to standard sewing, and I rotated the handwheel, but they are still hiding.

This is how the video shows it should look (circled in green, I can see, circled in red, is stuck behind the bulk of the machine, and the yellow I can barely see, but I can still manage to thread through it.)

This is my machine, same model as on the video:

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Men's pattern adjustments? on: July 29, 2006 10:24:27 PM

First of all I'm using Simplicity: Threads pattern number 4287; View C http://simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=4287

Are men's pattern adjustments the same as for women's? I'm going to attempt making my boyfriend a custom basic button-down yoke/back pleat shirt. I am about to cut out the muslin and whatnot, but I want to know what I should look for as far as adjusting it to fit him.

Here's the deal...He's a tall guy and he's big - big boned, tall, overweight, and muscular. So, most of the time his shirts are huge in the shoulders (because the one's that kinda fit his shoulders are smaller and never fit or look right over his belly.) He has large shoulders anyway. And of course, he's tall, but I dont think there's much of a problem with adjusting for that.

I just checked out two  books on pattern adjustment, but they are for adjusting for women (like most crafty things are - for women). They are great books, but I'm just wondering if it will work for a man's button-down shirt.

Another thing I'm curious about is that this particular view of the shirt has two tucks in the back right under the yoke, near the shoulders. I know for sure I'll have to adjust this pattern width wise because his chest is about a 60" chest, and the pattern in the largest size is 46" I believe. Not only that, but the ease is about, oh I think 6-10 inches when all done. Should I just make him a basic shirt without a yoke and then make the pattern for a yoke and tucks myself? Or how shall I go about that?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / When's the Fall Catalog coming out? on: July 28, 2006 06:00:23 PM
Does anyone know when the Fall catalog/collection of Simplicity and the other lines coming out?

I saw the fall preview catalog, but not the fall. I'm very impatient haha. Anyone have a clue??
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Hancock/Joann pattern sale? on: July 27, 2006 05:19:53 PM
Does anyone have the flyer of this month for Joann or Hancock's? I lost track of mine unfortunately, and I can't remember when the pattern sales are or which ones are going on sale. I'm particularly interested in the Simplicity patterns if anyone knows the dates. Please let me know if you can! Thanks so much!
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