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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: ROWAN #40 KAY PATTERN!!!! on: May 17, 2007 07:11:12 PM
Does your library do inter-library loans?  Through inter-library, you could theoretically get any book in print.

Good luck!

22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A VERY late Sophomore prom dress on: May 16, 2007 09:43:15 PM
I think the dress is kinda cute.  I think that what people aren't liking might be that the bubble skirt obscures your waist... so maybe if you added a midriff-covering panel that matches the bodice, moved the blue sash to your waist, and had the bubble skirt fall from there?  You could somehow rutch the midriff fabric to mirror what's going on in the bodice (which I think is fantastic, btw!)

23  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Wedding Jewelry...how to price? on: May 16, 2007 09:37:53 PM
My two cents, and I know it's not helpful in this situation, is to consider yourself a contracter and discuss the terms of the contract *before* you complete the work.  So, get an idea of what she's willing to spend, and then you create your design and purchase materials accordingly. 

when you are itemizing your list, do *not* take into account that you got stuff on sale or had it already.  Figure out what you'd have to pay if you bought that stuff new, tomorrow, not on sale, and state that as your cost.  It might not *feel* honest but as someone said before, you may have to replace the materials for a future project, and you may not be able to find a sale next time.  Also, it's a standard practice - for your 'internal' records, you record the actual cost of materials, while for your external records (in your case, to a customer), you report fair market value. 

Your itemized list is the maximum price you can possibly charge.  She is likely to try and get you to cut her a deal, and if you have started with a price that is higher than the minimum you are willing to take (materials plus something for labour), then you have room to bargain down to meet her. 

I hope this was helpful
24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Need to find a pattern similar to... on: April 05, 2007 08:31:47 PM
Vogue 2964 is kind of similar, unless it's the bodice you're in love with...

Vogue 7521 is kind of a similar idea (bodice-wise)

Maybe the middle view of Vogue 9668

Yep, that's all I got.  Hope at least one of these works for you!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Strapless Top on: March 16, 2007 11:12:33 PM
it's totally cute!

One point of constructive criticism, though, is that I think it would look better if the top brown stripe was wider? It's just that with the two really skinny brown stripes and the white fabric... the top kind of screams "boobs!" but then maybe that's the look you're going for! Wink 

26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: a dress for my mum on: March 16, 2007 10:54:12 PM
yep, wraps are good for belly-minimization.  My mom has the same problem (and so I probably will too, in 30 years or so... blech) and she often wears wrap-style things. 

Definitely don't choose a small print or anything with horizontal lines - try to choose something solid, or with a large pattern, or vertical lines. 

Also, long jackets are good for hiding a belly too.  Hope this helps.
27  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Silk scarves on: March 16, 2007 10:37:46 PM
I've been contemplating an idea to do with a tank-top and a scarf... I don't really know how to upload pix, (and it would only be diagrams drawn in paint anyway) so I'll try to explain...

you need a tank-top and a big scarf (that will reach from the shoulder seams to at least the bottom of the top) and then some ribbon or lace or something to embellish.  Unpick the shoulder seams of the top.  Pleat or pin-tuck the scarf to decrease its width, so it fits down the front of the shirt without extending into the arm holes.  Place the scarf on the front of the shirt (wrong side of scarf to right side of top), making sure to centre it (it should go *into* the shoulder seams) and pin it.  Pin the shoulder seams closed.  Stitch the shoulder seams closed, and then topstitch around the collar, and part-way down the scarf (to just under where your boobs would be).  Stitch a straight line across the scarf at empire-waist-height to secure the pin-tucks.  Use ribbon or lace to add a belt to the top at empire height, embellish up the sides of the scarf if you want.  (the scarf should look kinda like an apron, but way sexier)

If you're using a top with a smaller neck-hole, then after the pin-tucking stage, flip your top inside out, place the scarf on it (right side touching the top) and pin it down.  Run two parallell lines of stitching about 1 or 2 millimetres apart down the exact centre of the front of the shirt, from the collar to about six inches down (depending on how much cleavage you're comfortable with showing) and re-inforce at the bottom.  Cut between the rows of stitching, and flip it so the shirt is right-side-out, and the scarf is outside it.  Then finish the shirt like I described above.  If you want, you can stitch a couple ribbons onto the collar of the shirt to tie it closed at the top. 
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / help finding a fabric? on: March 03, 2007 05:05:24 PM
not sure if this should be posted in designer homage?

OK, I just fell in love with the Cloudberries dress at Anthropologie:

I want to make something similar, but can't find a suitable fabric - I've been through a bunch of fabric stores here and all over online at Hancock, Joanne's, Ebay, etc. and can't find that kind of white-and-a-colour (not black!) graphic print. 

Can anyone help?
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: GAH! Why aren't bodices EVER long enough??? on: March 02, 2007 09:03:19 PM
check your bodice pattern for the lines across it marked "lengthen or shorten here". It should be a straight horizontal line, with what looks like a tape measure extending up away from it?

Cut along the line, around the tape measure, and use that to add an extra inch or two to your pattern.  Tape the pattern pieces to a scrap piece of tissue paper to fill in the one-or-two inch space you added.  (measuring along curves is a bitch... so I always find the method I described easier, since it all but guarantees that each piece of the bodice will be the same length and the skirt will still fit onto the bodice.)

30  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: What can I do with a Butternut Squash? on: March 02, 2007 08:55:26 PM
blackened squash soup is one of my favorites:

toss peeled, cubed squash with a chopped onion in melt-y butter and a cajun spice mix.  Roast until caramelized.  Throw into a pot with a leftover baked potato and vegetable broth to cover.  Boil.  Puree and add milk or cream to taste.  serve hot with crusty bread.

(the original recipe isn't veg - it calls for bacon to be roasted in with the squash.  And for chicken broth.  Both ways are delicious!)
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