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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Native American (Pacific Northwest) Costume- HAPPY HALLOWEEN! on: October 31, 2007 07:59:36 AM
I am going as a Pacific Northwest Native American this year and my husband is going as a Mayan (he made his own costume, too, but he's not finished with it yet!). Here's mine!
I made it loosely based off a sloper. sleeves, bottom, neckline, and back are my own design.
The dress is made of microfiber suedecloth, vintage leather pieces, fringe, a decorative trim belt, strips of vintage raccoon fur, and some leather horses my mother cut out as appliques.
The moccasins I did not make, luckily. They are gorgeous and are/were my mother's.
Headband is made of two strips of rawhide, vintage raccoon fur, and red/white plumes.
Earrings are handmade feather ones (like the ones I sell).
The collar was a complete bitch to make. All the strands are glass beads (hand-beaded) on leather with fur, fringe, and pheasant feathers.
I also made a bow and arrow (out of dowels, feathers, bone, rawhide, and waxed linen) and a shawl (blizzard fleece with a decorative trim) - shawl is in chair. I still may do beads around the top of the collar. I'm not sure yet.
It isn't perfect, but over all I am pleased with it. It is the first costume I have ever made and the first time I have dressed up (in an actual costume and not weird stuff like I always wear) since I was little.
Sorry I don't have a photo of the back yet. If I get to it tonight, I'll post one up.
Everyone's costumes look so good! I am so jealous! You gals (and guys) are so talented!


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2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Warm days ROCK for sewing! on: February 25, 2007 08:44:02 PM
My husband and I had a fun evening planned so I decided to make a shirt for it. I ended up making my own pattern because out of all the patterns I had, none seemed to be quite what I was looking for. Today we went out and took pictures  (it was so warm out! wow!) so here is the result. I apologize for how wrinkled it looks (I'm slouched over, oops) so I hope you guys can at least sort of tell what it looks like. I didn't have a lot of time to work on it and was in the process of organizing my sewing room so I couldn't find my pinking shears, but I think it turned out quite well for being the first one I've made with this pattern. <3 Enjoy!

3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Hiring Models? on: February 21, 2007 06:10:41 PM
Does anyone know the guideline to hiring models for displaying crafts (clothing, bags, etc)? And can you hire them on contractor basis or do you actually have to employ them? I have thought of having models for my wares, but a) can't afford to pay much so i can't have professional models, b) am not ready to employ one and be used as a reference as there are so many regulations and legalities to employment and c) don't want to carry business insurance just because I'm having someone model 2 hours a week or so if at all. I'm not a cheapskate by any means, but at the same point I have heard that there are so many legalities to having a model that it really isn't worth it unless you're willing to fork out quite a bit. I would hate to be audited over someone modeling 2 hours a week, or if the model trips on a dress, or whatever. My original goal was to trade the model's hours for us setting up a portfolio (printing her pics, taking extras for her portfolio if she was going into it as a career) or trading in vintage/handmade garments if they agreed to it, but I don't know if this is more or less legal than hiring/contract. Anyone been through this or have any ideas? Thanks! 
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New Stuff! Dresses and tops and such! on: February 10, 2007 11:46:12 PM

These are the first two sewing projects I have done in a long time. The first one I made by combining pieces from 4 different patterns. It was a HUGE pain in the end, but it turned out okay. The second was once a 1940's slip, but I made it into a dress by using a variety of fabrics and appliques and restitching it together.  Most of these are from last year, so I hope to post some new stuff soon. I've been a member for a while, but never got around the posting anything!

I made this one from a 1920's unmarked pattern, although I altered the pattern and added some more modern style to it (shorter length, thinner waistline, etc). The one below was my second attempt at this pattern. My mom is a professional seamstress and I am going to school for fashion design currently but I honestly have only now gotten to the point of sewing on a decent level. I am still learning (especially with patternmaking) so I know I will make mistakes but I have recently gotten a serger so hopefully that will help me further my career.

This is a shirt I made from a pattern entirely from scratch. It was originally going to be a hoodie but I changed my mind. I stitched an anchor pattern by using the sewing machine but it gave it a fun, handmade look. Not perfect but a fun learning experience. I love $1 fabric!!!

Thanks for looking!

5  UNITED STATES / Tennessee / Crafters in East TN interested in starting a store? on: February 10, 2007 11:13:36 PM
I have been thinking of opening a hip artsy store in either Chattanooga, Knoxville, or Cleveland. It would be cool to have a bunch of people that do different crafts/artforms to open a shop together and split rent/utilities each month, but everyone would need to be dependable of course. I would want to open this in an area where everyone would have good exposure/make decent money.  I am currently making my own clothes and some craft items with my mother who is a seamstress. I live in Dayton, so Chattanooga or Cleveland is preferable. It would be cool to meet up with other crafters in the area as well. If anyone's interested, let me know! I wouldn't be doing it until next year, so that would give us plenty of time to find more crafters and get products ready. I think it would be neat to mesh everyone's styles together and make a unique store to show off our wares! I did the craft fair thing for a while and although it was worth the money spent to rent booths, it just wasn't the same as having a store. I think it would be a fun opportunity and a great chance to meet fellow crafters! 
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