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Lily Munster Costume Gown

Lily Munster Costume Gown

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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Fantasy Costumes

 

CPSIA and Small Businesses

Many small business are following the developments of CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act), the rules for safe children’s products that were developed after the lead scare a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, the way the rules read makes it harder (if not impossible) for small businesses to comply.

Generally, anyone who makes a children’s product for use by a child 12 and under, must comply with the rules of CPSIA. This includes toys, clothes, jewelry and furniture. (for a complete list please visit http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html)

For the convenience of readers, also linked are the guidelines for small businesses. http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/smbus/manufacturers.html#q4

There are exemptions, or materials that may be used without necessitating testing for lead. These include:

  • Wood
  • Other natural materials such as coral, amber, feathers, fur, leather, etc.
  • Paper and other materials made from wood or cellulosic fiber
  • Dyed or undyed textiles (cotton, wool, hemp, nylon, yarn, etc.), including children’s fabric products, such as baby blankets, and non-metallic thread and trim.
  • Precious gemstones: diamond, ruby, sapphire or emeralds
  • Semiprecious stones provided that the mineral or material is not based on lead and is not associated with any mineral based on lead
  • Natural or cultured pearls

The complete list is found in Table B of the CPSIA small business guidelines page.

In related news, Mattel, the company that was a large part of the CPSIA frenzy is exempt from the MANDATED third party testing of their products.  They are permitted to test their products in house.  In theory it was Mattel’s own labs that missed the lead content of their toys before the recalls, so it seems strange that the CPSIA would allow them to continue to test in house or even approve the exemption.   http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100423/ap_on_go_ot/us_toy_testing_mattel.  There is no publically available information about this agreement on the CPSIA or CPSC websites.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2010 in General

 

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How to Match Plaid-Works for Me Wednesday

Matching plaid isn’t difficult, but is time consuming. 

Each piece needs to be cut separately. 

First, determine how often the pattern repeats. Some plaid, like the purple plaid, actually had two different horizontal and vertical prints, so the pattern repeat was nearly 12″ both along the width and length. The pink plaid, pictured below repeated every 4″. 

Plaid

Plaid

For multiple cuts of the same piece, cut the first piece, leave the pattern piece pinned to the fabric flip and match up the pattern before cutting the next. For fabrics with an obvious right and wrong side this is important to flip to ensure pieces are cut for both right and left sides. 

Matching Plaid

Matching Plaid

Pattern notches are the best way to line up the plaid so they’ll match when sewn together. Find a particular line in the pattern to line up with the pattern notches. It is important that this line not be on a curved or eased seam. 

To match the pattern for the sleeves, match the print at the bottom of the arm and the start of the sleeve. Also, match the pattern notches on either side of the sleeve to ensure the plaid will line up at the sleeve seam line, but also across the jacket. 

Purple Plaid Jacket (front view)

Purple Plaid Jacket (front view)

When pinning the pieces together for sewing, check to make sure the lines are lining up as you go. Sometimes the material can stretch or slip when pinning or sewing. 

It is difficult to match the plaid on curved or eased seams, the more curved or eased the less it will match.

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2010 in works for me wednesday

 

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Purple Plaid Jacket

Purple Plaid Jacket (front view)

Purple Plaid Jacket (front view)

 

Purple Plaid Jacket (back view)

Purple Plaid Jacket (back view)

 

Purple Plaid Jacket (button detail)

Purple Plaid Jacket (button detail)

 

Purple Plaid Jacket (button hole detail)

Purple Plaid Jacket (button hole detail)

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2010 in Fashion

 

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Pink Plaid Jacket

Pink Plaid Jacket (front)

Pink Plaid Jacket (front)

Pink Plaid Jacket (back)

Pink Plaid Jacket (back)

Pink Plaid Jacket (back detail)

Pink Plaid Jacket (back detail)

Pink Plaid Jacket (front detail)

Pink Plaid Jacket (front detail)

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2010 in Fashion

 

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Dance Team Uniforms

Dance team uniforms constructed for a local school. These are based on uniforms from a previous year that were not available. Shell is constructed from turquoise and black double knit. Trim by Strauss Knitting Mills. Screen printing by Stitch Werkx Custom Embroidery.
 
Dance Top

Dance Top

Dance Uniform

Dance Uniform

Straus Knitting Mills is a US company that specializes in athletic materials. In addition to the knit trims, they also carry a selection of knit fabrics. There are minimum quantities that must be ordered, varying between 25 and 50 yards depending on weight. Their prices and customer service are exceptional. Someone always responded within 24 hours, but usually quicker.

Stitch Werkx Custom Embroidery is a locally operated family business. All of the tops that were screen printed were great quality. No bubbles, peeling or other issues. Their prices are competitive. The owner always returned phone calls promptly, and also picked up and delivered the order at no additional charge.

Vogue Fabrics is also an exceptional company. 15 yards of black double knit were needed for this project. When ordered originally from Vogue Fabrics they called the same day to say that it was on backorder, and wouldn’t arrive in time for this project. They promptly cancelled my order. After fruitless attempts to find this weight of black double knit, Vogue Fabrics was able to track down a very similar double knit in weight and hand and sold it for the same price as the original double knit that was on backorder even though it was more expensive than the type ordered and was one yard longer.

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2010 in Fashion, Uniforms

 

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Patterns Available

The patterns shown below are available for purchase (through Etsy). All paterns are like new, in original factory folds and pattern jackets show little wear. 

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2010 in General, Uncategorized