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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Pattern Drafting HELP! Oh the nightmare of marking and grading.. on: March 28, 2010 08:03:27 PM
So this seemed like the best place to put this as I turn to my fellow crafty gals and guys for some help.

I can make a pattern, but it is nowhere near professional. I can adapt a pattern, but I can't grade patterns. I am lost.

I contemplated going to a professional company so I could produce some of my designs, but was awoken by the crazy numbers I was being quoted. I realize fashion isn't cheap, but there has got to be something that I can do/or hire someone to do.

Does anyone have any tips about making patterns, grading and marking that I can do on my own. I need patterns where If I hire a seamstress she won't have any questions. My patterns make sense to me and probably only me.
I would hire someone if it was affordable, but my inner diy vixen wants to do this on my own.

Thank you all for your help in advance. I am so frustrated right now, I can't even type. grrr.
2  Illinois / Illinois: North / Crafty volunteer opportunity at Wonder Works Children Museum on: March 04, 2010 06:45:18 PM
Hello Crafty gals and guys!

I wanted to let you know of a great opportunity to volunteer at the Oak Park Childrens Museum, Wonder Works.
On March 24 you can come on down to the Oak Park Ben and Jerry's for free cone day as the staff serves you some delicious treats for donations. At this event you can sign up to volunteer and receive information about all the great activities that happen at Wonder Works.
If you are unable to come out in March, on April 5 the museum will be hosting a volunteer fair with free food from Chipotle at 7pm.
Volunteer Opportunities include...
Craft Making
Story Telling
Party Planning
Event Management
Selling Tickets
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Would love some tips/tricks: mens collars... on: February 21, 2010 07:42:34 PM
It is that time of year again when I need to start making my bowling teams uniforms and this year I really REALLY want to make a mens shirt with a real collar and not just sewn down triangles(lol). Does anyone have any tips to make a collar stay put and pop up nicely?
Thank you craftsters!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learning to sew clothes? on: January 19, 2010 06:07:52 PM
I suggest buying some cheap fabric or just muslin and start making pieces for yourself. It is way easier to learn to make clothing if you have a model to work with(ie. yourself!) and since the pieces are bigger you can see your mistakes. Doll clothes are more complicated b/c of all the small seams..
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! I need of Custom Fabric Textiles... Know of any? on: January 19, 2010 06:06:06 PM
I know! I am smack dab between not enough and way too much! Frustrating! I wish my university had a textile program, I would sign up ASAP!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help! I need of Custom Fabric Textiles... Know of any? on: January 16, 2010 05:53:29 PM
Hello my fellow craftinista's! I have been on the lookout for a company/person that does affordable custom textile designs. I have used spoonflower, which is great, but WAY too expensive. It is very kitshy and the instant sampler function is great, but for a person looking to purchase at least 50 yards of fabric at a time it is just way too expensive at over $16 a yard for the cheapest fabric.
Any help would be wonderful!

Stay crafty,
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Small Paint Jars on: January 14, 2010 07:26:49 AM
If you do any jewlery making or sewing you can use the jars to seperate your charms, clasps, etc. or if you sew you can seperate your buttons with them. That's what I do with all of mine.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: My [great grandmother's] Story -- A Handbound Memoir on: January 13, 2010 12:18:52 PM
That is so wonderful! I can only imagine how beautiful her story is.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: cutting with scissors is hard! on: January 13, 2010 12:12:19 PM
Wow, I love this! Nice job. I am not even close to being as talented as you are, but I find it much easier to use a circle cutter to do those tiny little cuts. That or buy a rotary cutter with a small blade and use that. They are under $10 each and they definetely make those tiny cuts a lot easier.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Old prom.....new prom! (pic happy) on: January 13, 2010 06:29:11 AM
Super cute recons! Amazing job!
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