So I'm not sure where I should post this or if I am even doing this correctly but here it goes.

    I was recently gifted a sewing machine, something I have wanted...well for years. There is one slight setback...I have no idea how to work it.

    I've never really had anyone around me who..would sew? We're all pretty crafty (you get that way when money is tight!) But we don't really..sew. I love sewing by hand but I only know a few things because I don't have anyone around to really show me how its done.

    I was just wondering could anyone try to either link me to helpful things or explain some of the basics of operating a sewing machine and sewing by hand.

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    I know this post was 2 years ago, but I was wondering if you ever did anything with that fabric. If not, I'd like to buy it from you. Let me know. Thanks!

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    Could you post a picture of the one you're trying to make?

    You could always paint it with fabric paints, which would probably be the cheapest option. Other than that, you could cut green and purple hoodies into strips and sew them together in whatever formation you need them.

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    I'm a cosplayer, working on a costume for a convention coming up and after all the searching I did, the one piece I need doesn't appear to exist so I decided to make it. Only problem is, I'm not sure where to start.

    I need a green and purple stripped pullover hoodie. I figure sewing would be the best option, but can't seem to find a pattern online. Anyone know of any patterns that would be available in stores, or even a better way to go about this?

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    You can get some idea from online store they also have a great collectino of clothings. Two Square Clothing brings a best range of <a href="http://twosquareclothing.com/">mens streetwear</a>.




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    If they're expecting unique, tailored costumes, then an hourly rate should be factored in as well as the usual cost. I'm going into costuming after I graduate and so far everyone I've talked to in the industry has told me they either charge an hourly rate or per fitting. Personally I prefer an hourly rate for anything elaborate, plus cost of materials x3. Once I work up an estimate I ask for the cost of materials as a down payment just in case they change their mind, and let them know that if any changes need to be made (like they decide they want an extra detail added in, or they want some sort of accessory to go with the costume) that that will affect the final cost. So far that's been working for me.

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    I'm a bit frazzled. Someone sent me a message on my FB page asking for a price quote on a group of Flinstone costumes. But gave me no specifcs. I have no idea how many costumes they want made, what costumes they want made, what sizes they need or when they need it done by.

    So I responded back with these questions and let them know that that affects the price. Generally I charge cost of materials X3 but I'm wondering if a flat rate price would work better or an hourly cost? Any suggestions from anyone else who makes costumes for extra income?

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    Maybe organize a fashion show? Get your friends, family, and anyone else you know who'd like to participate involved. Make it an open invite, and just have fun!

    (plus when you sell them on etsy/ebay later, you can say they were used in a fashion show c: ) Blogging is also a good outlet, you'll receive feedback and feel great about your clothes/designs Happy

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    Hey guys,
    I've been looking around (pretty much everywhere) for apprenticeships in dressmaking which I could apply for in September 2015, but I can't seem to find any. I've found a few college courses but I would prefer to do an apprenticeship because that would suit me better.
    Does anyone know of any that are available?
    Thanks! x

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    What about blogging about it - your ideas, your process, and your products? It's still not wearable, but at least your designs will be out there. Happy

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    Thank you! I am so happy to get feedback! I am considering opening up an etsy originally just to sell my beaded bracelets that I make, so I might decide to open up to other fields. I like the Idea of doll fashion, as I have an 18 inch doll sewing mannequin. Thank you so much!

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    Making a beautiful creation is not a waste but its understandable if you are concerned with usability at this point. Maybe you could try making fashion doll clothes? Many high fashion designers do it and people who collect dolls like interesting display outfits.

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    hi there! i know how you feel gurl, how about selling off your projects on online stores like etsy or using them to build a portfolio (or both!)? i always have crazy ideas but i just feel like im wasting my fabric on something i wont use. selling your products on etsy is an awesome way to both promote yourself and earn money from doing something you love. i can't think of any other solutions though, sorry!Happy

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    I am in love with high fashion, and an always creating designs that make an impact, but are not necessarily the most wearable. I don't want to waste the money and time to create something without wear or use. And yes, I am a pretty good seamstress. How can I transfer these ideas into a more solid medium while being usable? Thank you!

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    If you wanted a nicer edging along the top and bottom, you could also glue a lace trim along the top+bottom. This would also prevent the bias-cut lace from stretching too much and getting damaged over time.

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