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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  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?


3  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.


4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need help finding a Piratey shirt tute, please! on: September 19, 2007 10:43:32 AM
Hi all!

DS wants to be a pirate or viking for Halloween.  I found some great tutes on making a viking tunic, but not sure how to make a more piratey one.  I think adding elastic higher up on in lower arm area will make some good ruffs at the cuff, but what other adjustments would you suggest?  I am not an expert sewer by any means.

A pirate shirt tute would be great, but some pointers on restyling a basic t-tunic to be suitable would be good too.


5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with sewing small circumference knits, please! on: July 27, 2007 02:39:15 PM
Okay, this will probably sound just short of stupid, but I am sewing/reconning a tee to hoodie for DS.  He is 3, so he has little limbs.  I have a free arm on my machine, but it's a Brother, which other sewers have informed me has the widest, most obnoxious free arm.  Okay then.  So everything was fine and dandy, until I got to his tiny lower sleeves.  I would have to awkwardly sew it will trying to keep from sewing bits of the sleeve together, and it comes out crooked and awful. Couple that with having to sew a knit, and it is quite disastrous. 

Am I a complete airhead, and missing an easy solution here? Please help!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Flowy shirt pattern? on: July 20, 2007 08:00:38 AM
My mom is an apple gal, and she loves flowy, feminine clothes.  She is out of work right now, and really can't afford to buy any clothes, so I want to make her some things.  I have this beautiful, retro style sort of see through fabric, and thought it would make a lovely top for her.  The problem is, there are so many patterns out there, I'm not sure how to find what I'm looking for!  I see similar styles in misses, but not in plus.

She likes something with a sleeve, since she is self-concious about here upper arms.  I thought maybe something with butterfly or kimono type sleeves...?  And also, something that flows out over her hips would be great.

I would appreciate any pattern recommendations.  Thank you in advance!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Etsy vs. HyenaCart? on: July 20, 2007 06:42:45 AM
Hello all!  This is my first post on this board, but I hope someone can give me some advice.

I have been selling craft supplies (mostly special fabrics) on ebay, but I find that even when I make a good return on fabrics, ebay costs eats it up, leaving me barely breaking even.  I decided to look elsewhere for an outlet.  Eventually I would like to sell some of my handmade accessories, but for now I am focusing on cleaning out my 4+ totes of fabric. ;-)

I know Etsy does well for handmade items, but I also know people sell patterns and fabrics on there, so I wonder if this is a good option.  Alternatively, HyenaCart has some cool craft supplie shops, and is also fairly inexpensive (compared to ebay).  Any suggestions on which might be the better choice for my purposes?  The only thing that I worry about with HC, is it isn't nearly as well known as etsy, but there are individual shops that do really well on there, so I guess I would need to focus more on marketing my site there.

I'm just at a loss.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Butterick 4790 Question on: June 21, 2007 11:15:00 AM
I tried to look through all the wonderful versions of this on here, but couldn't quite see what I was looking for.

Right now I am at the circle, or wrap skirt hemming, and I notice that after hemming the front piece that just drapes down (at the recommended hem length), the circle skirt is much longer.  Even after hemming it, it will most likely be longer.  Is this a design feature?

I just want to make sure I didn't do something weird somewhere.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help! I'm hyperventilating! on: June 20, 2007 01:24:47 PM
Seriously! My 3 year old was just distracting me to no end while I was clipping seams on the skirt and back top part of the Butterick 4790, and I accidentally clipped a small hole into the top part, at the lower back.  The piece is still connected on one side, so it's more of a little flap cut in.  I already figure I need to dab it with Fray Check, but how can I seal it without it being very obvious?? Please help!  This is my first dress, and I'll cry if I have to restart it.  Sad

Thank you in advance!!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Winnie the Pooh fabric...? on: June 18, 2007 01:01:03 PM
Does anyone know where I can get Pooh fabric, that won't cost me my second born?  I checked ebay, but all the ones my son likes are a bit pricey.  He suddenly decided he had to have jammy pants in Pooh fabric.  Roll Eyes

I wish I knew of a place where people trade fabric.  I have 4 cases of fabric, and always seem to need something I don't already have.  I could just swap some! *sigh*

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