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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / How to design (and sell) your own fabric? on: January 24, 2009 06:57:01 AM
I've got Photoshop.  I can doodle.  I can make cute repeating patterns that make crafters squee with joy. 

Now how do I turn my art into fabric available for the masses, ala Robert Kaufmann, Amy Butler, et. al.?  I've found Spoonflower.com (where you can create and buy your own custom fabric), but that's not quite what I mean.

How do you become a "fabric designer"?
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Am I overreacting? (about a purse someone made for me) on: January 22, 2009 01:36:58 PM
So wow, I'm very late on this, but I just spent an hour or more reading this thread, and I never expected that I could be drawn in by the saga of a bag.  This thread, although more than a month old, has been entertaining and heart-warming.  Sapphire with her lovely bag makes the perfect fairy-tale ending, with the moral of the story being something about perseverance through difficulty.

Kudos and congrats on getting the bag you really wanted, and sorry that you had to go through so much to get it!  I would have given up, and I'm glad you didn't. X)
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: the ethics of seling pre-worn items? on: January 15, 2009 11:09:44 AM
This is an interesting question, one that I have wondered! 

When it comes to hand-made items, what are the "rules" on wearing them?  What if you make something out of a fabric, but you are uncertain if it will be comfortable - is it okay to wear it for a day, and then sell it "new"? 

What does "new" mean, when it comes to hand-made clothing?  That it's never been on a human body?  Or that it hasn't been on the body of anyone EXCEPT the person who made it - or maybe the people who modeled it for photos?

I don't mean to steal this thread, but I would personally love to hear opinions on this particular subject!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Curve Flattering Aprons! Zebra Print , Sunflowers, and more! on: January 11, 2009 11:09:23 PM
Wow.  These are gorgeous!  I have been cooking so much lately that I decided to make an apron.  I don't have much fabric, so I decided to go with the butt apron that's around here on this site, because I've got oodles of jeans with the thighs rubbed out.

But something like this!  I could cook in 50's domesticated bliss with this!  I think this is my next apron.   So flattering!

Great job on the construction of this, by the way.  It looks very professional!  I could easily see these aprons on sale in some upper end store.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: IS criticism NOT ok? on: January 11, 2009 09:58:17 PM
Wow.  I *just* spoke with my boyfriend about this today while looking through Craftster, and coming across some projects (of all sizes) that really weren't very flattering or well-done, but was filled with comment after comment about how great it was.  I think this is the thing that keeps sending me away from Craftster - sometimes it seems more like a back-patting party than anything else.

I think being nice and caring is great.  But I don't think it's nice or caring to tell someone they've done a wonderful job, when they've done a mediocre or even bad job.  How on earth are they going to improve if no one tells them the truth?  It's like all those people on American Idol who think they can sing.  You and I know they can't sing.  We clench our buttocks in painful sympathy with every hair-raising note.  And yet they think they sound amazing - some of them really do believe they are amazing! - because family and friends told them they did, instead of just being honest.

I am fat, by the way, and I am aware that even though beauty can have any number of different definitions, my fat rolls just don't meet anything like the standard, so if I ever make an outfit that seems to showcase my arm flab, please don't encourage me.  Feel free to tell me, "I like what you're doing so far, but my advice would be to lengthen or change the sleeves."  Empty encouragement is so easy.  CONSTRUCTIVE encouragement?  It takes a while longer, but I think everyone appreciates it, in the end.

You can bet some big girls will get offended by anything that suggests that they might need to do something differently to camouflage their fat, but I personally respect people who don't pull punches.  I'm fat, I know I'm fat, and I know that certain clothing made for thinner girls just ain't gonna look good on me.  And if I lose my mind and try to wear it, please, please, PLEASE, be decent, honest, courageous, and caring enough to pull me back from the edge of madness!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Halterneck 50s style dress with shrug on: February 10, 2006 08:45:33 PM
I agree with nixing the poofiness around the waist.  One thing you can do is use the pattern you already have-- it seems that the halter dress consists of skirt, belt-like midsection, and halter top?  Use the skirt portion to make a skirt of netting.  You could make the first top foot or two of it from muslin or something else fairly thin, and then hem the netting to that, and have an effective underskirt that matches the size of the dress...

Sorry if I haven't explained that right.  I'm sure there have to be some better terms to describe it.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: goth duster - suggestions? on: February 10, 2006 08:40:22 PM
Hey, Mamabear, thanks for the support!

I have ordered the pattern, and once it gets here, I will see how many yards of fabric I will need.  I think I will actually do it in cotton velvet, and as I've never sewn velvet, I am hoping that I don't run into any problems.

When I have this coat made, I will definitely post pictures here.  I can't wait for the pattern to get here!  *twitch*
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 9 ENTRIES / Re: the tiniest ysolda in the world on: February 08, 2006 10:23:31 AM
Okay, that is the cutest freaking doll on the face of the earth.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Whats your size/challenge? on: February 08, 2006 06:48:55 AM
I envy plus-sized women my size (22-24) who have great arms.  Mine are very flabby (I can't lie and say I'm big-boned, because I'm obviously meant to be a petite size), with odd creases here and there.  So tank tops are right out.  Also, my belly = huge problem.  I used to have a great belly, even if it was a fat belly, and then I had a child.  Now... not so much with the great belly, unless great takes on its second, size-related meaning.  Add into that, I'm only a C cup.  I say only because with my size, having bigger breasts would distract from my stomach at least.

So those are my challenges.

re: hottopic and torrid - I have already discovered the joys of these stores on clearance.  I haven't ordered anything from Torrid yet, but I constantly scope out Hottopic's online clearance selection.  I LOVE THEIR PANTS.  Can I say that their pants somehow manage to fit PERFECTLY?  A 24 really IS a 24.  It's not too loose or too snug, it's just right.  They are some of the most comfortable, slightly-stretchy pants I have ever worn, and they're just really flattering.  When the sales are on ($24-28 for a pair of kickass pants), I try to clean them out before they put the pants back into retail.  No, I don't work for Hottopic, I am just absurdly pleased with the way they fit.

Now, I just need to make some really sassy/funky tops, and I'll be happy.  It's already february, and I need to have 5 outfits I really like by the end of the year!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: goth duster - suggestions? on: February 08, 2006 06:25:34 AM
Uhm, wow.  That first set of designs are amazing.  Unfortunately, I'm a size 22, so I'd have to figure out a way to expand it.  But what a great starting point!  Thanks so much. Smiley  Hopefully I'll have something here to show soon. Smiley

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