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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / sewing a curved seam? on: April 22, 2009 10:23:15 PM
Please re-direct me if this question has been answered, but I'm getting so frustrated with this project!

I'm a total sewing machine novice, but a life-long crafter.  I bought my first sewing machine last summer, and spent a good deal of time just playing around with it to learn it (as advised by this wonderful board, thank you!).  After months of sewing on scraps, then moving on to decorative edging on dish towels, then a very basic pillowcase, I've taken on a REAL CLOTHING PATTERN!  (Big steps here).

I'm in the middle of making a halter-top dress and am completely baffled by the next step in the pattern. One of the seams on the finished product is on a curve.  When pinning and sewing the pieces together, the curves are opposite.  To illustrate: when placed "right side" to "right side" (as the instructions indicate), one of the pieces curves this way:


while the other piece curves this way:


And I can't figure out how to get them to line up properly!  The only way seems to be making it kind of a 3-D curve ("curling" the pieces together so the edges line up), but then one of the pieces inevitably ends up bunched up when I go to sew.

I know I'm terrible at explaining things like this (I'm more of a visual person in this dept) -- am I explaining this clearly?  And can anyone offer advice?

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / new business & ethics on: November 28, 2007 09:08:19 PM
So, hypothetical situation, I'm interested in some Craftster opinions...  I haven't seen anything in the moderators' posts about this specific issue, and I haven't found a thread that addresses this -- please re-direct me if I missed a thread about this topic!

Say Craftster A posts a project on the site. It's clear from their sig that they sell their product, which is a unique creation.

So Craftster B sees Craftster A's post, loves the idea, and makes something very similar.  Craftster B really enjoys making the project, and wants to sell their creations.

Craftster B's projects aren't identical to A's projects, but the concept is clearly derived from Craftster A.  So, from an ethical standpoint, is Craftster B free to start a web business with said product, or do you think credit/props/$ are due to Craftster A for the idea?

Thanks for your thoughts, and again, re-direct me if there's another thread about this.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 22 ENTRIES / Butterfly Effect: Order & Chaos Embroidered Pillowcases on: November 01, 2007 09:21:29 PM
I paired order and chaos on pillowcases for the latest craftster challenge...  and went with the concept of the butterfly effect to transition between the two.  ("On this side of the bed we have a nice orderly pattern, then a butterfly flapped its wings and set off chaos on the right side of the bed.")


order (detail):


chaos (detail):

order --> chaos:

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My first book (canvas, felt, & tea-stained paper) on: November 15, 2006 06:51:57 PM
Going through some boxes, I found the first book I made... The binding quality isn't great...  I made it at the start of 2001 for a good friend of mine (he's a writer; his name starts with N, hence the N on the cover).  He is now my husband.   Grin

I soaked the paper in tea to dye it, then ripped the edges for the deckled look. (And you can sorta tell here that he still hasn't written in it!)

You can see the poor binding job here, but it's still holding, almost 6 years later.  This is the inside back cover; I wove some strips of paper together on the inside back cover and signed it.

On the inside front cover, I wrote the song lyrics "'Even when you're wrong I think you're great.' -Jets to Brazil"
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt book (baby name book) on: November 15, 2006 12:16:59 PM
Taking the concept that plumpkin so generously shared, I made a book out of felt and embroidery thread...

(And scroll down the page for another post with pics from another book)

cover of book... the design below the name is supposed to be a heart with dots around it (made out of knotted thread), but it's hard to see.

inside front cover -- baby's name and birthdate; E is for eggs

L is for ladybugs; E is for elephant

N is for nest; A is for alligator

back cover is purple polka dots with my name sewn in the corner.

I had such fun with this project -- many thanks to plumpkin for the idea!
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