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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Tips on resizing this apron for plus size? on: September 11, 2011 05:35:33 PM
I would like to make this apron as a wedding gift for DHs cousin.  Before anyone scolds me on the no-no message that giving a bride an apron sends, trust me, she'll LOVE it. She is begging everyone for baking stuff, recipes, etc, as she has recently discovered cooking.  I've gotten some eyebrows acting like I'm trying to throw women back to the 50's housewife era... Undecided I'm not, promise! I just want to surprise the bride with a super duper apron! I'm also going to make one for the groom in a manlier fashion.

Both are nerdy, so I'm theming them for Star Wars. Grin

Anyhoo, for the bride I would like to use this pattern: http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/Blog/Classic_Apron.pdf

Can anyone give me tips for how to size it? I am a novice at sewing, but think I can manage this. I am a 10/12 myself, so I'm not sure if I can measure it for me and wing it.  I haven't seen the bride in a number of years, but she is a bit curvier than me.

Maybe I'm just over thinking this and the size in the pattern would be ok for her? I just don't want to make it awkward and get the size too small/big.

I'm starting to freak out, can you tell? The wedding is in October!!

Attached a photo of the bride.

22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Bride of Frankenstein Afghan on: September 02, 2011 09:38:23 AM
Nevermind...I missed a page and found all the info I need on page 2.

Love this! Thanks for the inspiration. I think I will finally teach myself to do this because my little man needs a Sheriff Woody blanket!  Grin
23  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: I've got a friend thinking about joining Etsy...need your opinions! on: June 07, 2011 05:59:57 PM
Your ramblings have been great, thanks!

She's not necessarily looking to sell her stuff, so much as I mentioned it and she said "hmmm, ok". She told me she's a bit nervous about becoming an "art factory" and losing her creativity. I just know that she ends up with pieces with no homes and I think they should have homes!!  Wink

As far as size, they're usually about 8 inches or so in height.

I like the wavy one too, it was my birthday gift.  Cheesy It's actually on a decent sized canvas and much nicer in person. My 4yo took one look at it and said "Oooh, it's water, it's swimming!" flipped it over and yep, it's called "Ocean Waves". Love it!

Thank you for all of the opinions. I will keep them in mind and keep plugging away at this. I like her pieces and thought other people might too.
24  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: I've got a friend thinking about joining Etsy...need your opinions! on: June 05, 2011 06:06:08 PM

Anyone have an suggestions?

I've tried searching Etsy and am not coming up with comparable stores to get a baseline for pricing.
25  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / I've got a friend thinking about joining Etsy...need your opinions! on: June 04, 2011 06:58:33 AM
I've recently reconnected with a friend after a 10 year hiatus (random fight no one remembers). Well, she's starting doing art again, yah!  Grin In fact, she's a bit on overdrive.

Since she enjoys the process and has extra pieces, I asked if maybe Etsy would be an option of her. She told me she didn't think anyone would have for her stuff, but I said "don't be so sure".

Right now her "thing" is recycling cardboard (she works in retail, endless supply), covering it in aluminum foil and then paints on it. She's given me a few pieces as gifts and it's pretty neat. She uses various things for texture, etc. She also does work on canvas sometimes, but right now the board/foil is where she wants to be.

I would really like advice on pricing. What would be appropriate for these types of things? I've never purchased art in my life and she just wants "enough to cover shipping." I think it would be terrible for her to undersell herself. It would at least be nice for her to get some extra cash so she can fund her next project (or tattoo! ha).

Right now I only have pics from her deviantart as an example and a few from facebook, to kind of give a feel of what she does.

Thoughts appreciated.


I've uploaded some pictures through Craftster, hope I did it properly so you can see those. The phoenix is one of my favs.

26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Joel Mchale/The Soup --Need some assistance on: May 04, 2009 01:49:14 PM
If someone could help me with this I will love, love, love you forever! Wink

I would like to find a design similar to these: http://fresh-pressed.com/site2008/freshboutique/product_info.php?products_id=67

I'm awful at making my own stencils, so I'm like Blanche Dubois and depend on the kindess of stangers...

I checked Stencilry and couldn't find anything. I have a sis who would get a kick out of anything Joel related, but I'm not about to spend $25 plus shipping on a tshirt.

Thanks all!
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: I've been making necklaces! on: March 12, 2009 03:15:53 PM
lovely! The first is also my favorite. When I saw the thumbnail on the main page I had no idea they were crocheted. Very nice work.
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: "loved up" re-usable shopping bags on: March 12, 2009 02:56:50 PM
I like the mock-Ikea bag. Do you have pattern dimensions? I've been looking to make some reusesable bags, but haven't found a pattern to copy that I like well enough. My nearest Ikea is 400 miles away, so no shopping for me.  Sad

I love the colors you used in the heart...very pretty.
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Freaked-out Frankenstein on: October 12, 2008 06:33:45 PM
He's really cute!! I've never done crayon tinting, do you use just regular crayola type crayons, or are they special fabric crayons?

Makes me wish I did needlework.  Roll Eyes
30  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: been embroidering all day! skull & biohazard many pics on: October 10, 2008 12:50:42 PM
Very cool! What sort of machine do you use?

The placement on the biohazard shirt is wonderful.
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