Monday, April 03, 2006


Ok, it's pretty apparent that I'm going to run out of time to make the second blouse. But it's ok; I need the twin set, too. So I'll be cutting that out tonight. Meantime, the grey blouse is sitting on the sewing machine, needle down, with the cuff in the process of being attached to the left sleeve. Then the handwork of sewing down the cuffs and collar on the wrong side and stitching on the buttons (I had to make loops for the cuffs...the style won't allow buttonholes). I'm a little nervous about the sleeves; when I just pull them on they feel unbelieveably tight right at the cap. I'm HOPING that when I put the sleeves in and trim the seam allowance it'll be ok. I haven't run into quite this problem before so I've just got put it together to see if it will do. Anyway, it'll be a snap to finish up once the hand sewing's done.

Now, I do have a previously-made top and a previously purchased top that I could substitute for both of these, if I have to (the rules allow that), so I guess I could sort of call myself done if I have to. But I'd rather get these two things done and increase my options. ;)


  1. Hey Lisa I have a problem. I designed a flame pattern for the Flame Jeans on my site but I did it for a girl who has a small store and does trade shows hee in plainfield. She copied the design and she is showing them at the tradeshows she does. I am looking into a patten right now, but in the meantime, how am I going to get these out there without being called the copycat per say?

  2. Copyright laws are really in turmoil; there have been quite a few posts on the Sewing World site about it, and Fashion-Incubator has had some recent blog entries. If I understand you, you did the original design but are afraid people will think you copied the boutique, instead of the boutique selling your design? Or did you do a pair of jeans for the boutique owner, who copied your design?

    I really don't have an answer because fashion merchandising isn't my field, but perhaps someone reading the blog will have some advice for you. Or, better yet, if you search the boards (Sewing World, Pattern Review) you might find some info. My gut feeling is if you did the original design, unless you sold the rights to it, then you should still be able to use it, but my gut feeling isn't what the laws go by these days. (To the hypothetical person who knows anything about this stuff: if you can help Kim, click on her name and you'll go to her blog)

    I have to admit to thinking about modifiying that flame idea to patch some of DD's jeans... :eek:

  3. I read it! (Saw your comment on PR.)

  4. Deb, do you mean the comment about someone besides Mom reading the blog??

    Kathryn really did me a huge Public Relations favor...I've had twice as many hits (40 instead of 20, LOL) today as normal and I'm assuming it's because of her Sewing World post. :P

  5. I wanted to say thanks for the info and I also wanted to say use the flame baby! I am certainly not above that. I am not the only one who has ever put flames on jeans but she took my desing and copied it.
    Take a look for yourself. Also, if you look at the blog you will see the pics from her latest show where she took the jeans to a tradeshow.

  6. Yep, I'm responding to your comment to Kathryn. I've been reading your blog for a long time, usually every day. So, it's me and your mom and a few others. :-)