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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Okay, need advice on stash purging! on: September 09, 2008 08:48:19 AM
Hi all!

I am being overtaken by my stash of fabric, yarn, and notions.  I want to sell some things off that we've 'grown out of'.  I wash most of my fabrics right away, so it isn't 'new', but to me, it makes it easier for someone else.

I am hating ebay these days, and wonder, how would you go about downsizing to other crafty people in need?  I need to make a bit back on my stuff, but don't mind selling some stuff for a little cheaper - I do worry about excessive fees though (i.e. ebay).

TIA for any advice!

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: people just don't understand (rant!!) on: September 09, 2008 08:33:14 AM
I grew up in a very creative family and admittedly have been rather a snob toward people who have no compultion to make stuff.
In my maturing I realize some people are simply not wired that way, they find satisfaction and achivement in things I either don't understand or do not enjoy. Such is human nature.

When presented with people like this I simply state "I take great joy in making things, it is not about saving money. The proccess in enjoyable to me as well as producing an original and unique item. I also only make things for people who appreciate this". That tends to stop their criticism in it's tracks because the unsaid words are 'with that attitude you can pretty much guarantee I'm never making anything for you'. Wink When one of those critics asks you to make them something? Offer a trip to Target Smiley

Very profound words! I agree 100%.  I like to create clothes for my son that no one else has.  Does a tee I make cost less than a screened Tee from Target? Absolutely not. But it will not look like anything else, he will love it, and I'll enjoy making it.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is Walmart getting rid of fabric?? on: September 09, 2008 08:28:30 AM
I have asked several Walmarts and the reply I receive is now the same - "We were going to close the craft departments, but due to demand from petitioning customers, we have decided to keep most of the craft departments open." So there ya go. From the mouths of Walmart employees...
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: New to Sewing, - Shrug and One Seam Shirt ( 3 imgs) on: September 05, 2008 04:31:10 AM
Very nice! They look great together too.  Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Free Patterns for Clothing on: August 14, 2008 03:01:14 PM
I just found this great website with free patterns for wheelchair users. Enjoy!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Small Skull Jacket Type Thing on: June 16, 2008 10:51:24 AM
That's AWESOME! Is the skully fab cotton?

And btw, it looks great on you!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: does it REALLY matter if you don't prewash? on: June 16, 2008 10:44:23 AM
I prewash everything.  I have worked too hard on too many things to only have them shrink to nonuse afterwards.  It's also good to get the chemicals and shop dirt and crud off, one because it feels icky to handle, and two, because who knows WHERE it's been?! LOL!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Check it...Amy Butler Lotus Tunic for big girls!!! on: May 22, 2008 01:37:49 PM
That is so lovely on you! The color and style are just perfect.

I have been thinking about getting that pattern.  Was it difficult?  I have never sewn anything Amy Butler before.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need pattern ideas, please! on: May 22, 2008 04:30:49 AM
A friend of mine gave me a little over a yard of this fantastic, black silky, charmeuse type fabric with silver skulls all over it, and I am dying to cut it up!  I know I have seen RTW tops in this type of material, but can't find a pattern.  I am thinking something summery, and a little forgiving (I'm a little on the thick side around my waist).

Does anyone know of any patterns that might work with this type of fabric?


10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Simplicity 3835 sizing? on: May 21, 2008 07:43:49 AM
It's the Built by Wendy Dress and peasant top.  I want to make one, but I find the patterns to always be too big when I follow the sizing chart.  How true to size chart is this dress when completed?  Any advice on tweaking the sizing?  I'm between a 35 - 36" bust, but my hips and waist fall into the next pattern size up from that.


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