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Greenville, South Carolinaa

craft interests: embroidery, fashion, knitting, sewing

Gender: Female

Member Since: 08/25/2009

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Re: ASG Names its 2011 Sewing Hall of Fame Honoree

I had the opportunity to take several classes from Judy at various ASG conferences. She's one of the nicest and giving sewing educators. I still review the notes I took a number of years ago on tips for lining jackets. She's very deserving of this honor. Good on you, Judy!

Re: Project Runway 9: "Go Big or Go Home"

This was the third ridiculous challenge in a row! I don't know how many more they're going to put in, but its getting annoying. How many designers in a lifetime ever do anything from dog beds and bird seed, let alone design for women wearing stilts?? Michael Kors? Hardly!! And this idea that because Fallene is "self-taught" she knows nothing about grain?!? I'M "self-taught" and I know about grain! We have a design department in a college in my city and our guild took a tour. The head of the department said its amazing how many girls arrive at school not knowing how to sew, but wanting to be a designer - they usually drop out of that program before the end of the semester. When we have celebrities who have a clothing line, every high school girl thinks she can be a designer b/c she likes clothes! If PR shows anything, its that you have to be able to sew, know how fabric and design go hand in hand AND how to get through on mediocre talent. One more stupid challenge and I may quit watching.

Re: Project Runway 9: My Pet Project

I thought Olivier's dress made the model look like a Ewok (Star Wars..cute little bear-like). All over texture -- too much. Either piece would have worked better with a sleek other piece - she just looked furry to me. And what's with that accent of his? It must take a lot of concentration to keep it up - raised in Ohio that he was.

I liked the birdseed dress even though it was executed with a glue gun rather than a sewing machine or hand-stitching. It could easily be translated to seed and other beads.

I think "editorial" means the dress is really unwearable - sort of like a "concept car" in the auto industry.

Re: Project Runway 9: Come As You Are

Anya pants only looked good from the back. That low hanging crotch and excess fabric was terrible.

Once again I am so over Michael Kors & Nina Garcia as judges. I think MK spends the off season just thinking of nasty comments - all the while he believes they are witty observations ala Oscar Wilde. Some of his comments are unnecessary and hardly constructive. And NG...her "bored with it/above it all" attitude I find so annoying!

I am not in favor of celebrity judges with no experience with clothing except to wear it, but I have to say I thought Christina Ricci actually took her job seriously and had some thoughtful, constructive things to say.

I've never been impressed with MK's designs either - if one of the designers brought a dress like some MKs I've seen in the store to the runway - I think MK would call it boring and fashion blah!

But I'll continue to watch.......alas, I do enjoy the process. BTW - has anyone seen anything of "Wretched" since last year? I believe she'll be a flop like Jay!

Re: Finally! Project Runway is Ready to Roll

I forgot to add - more Tim Gunn! Now HE is qualified, credential carrying judge material. Let's see more interaction between him and the designers.

Re: Finally! Project Runway is Ready to Roll

I'm so tired of Nina & Michael. They get worse every season - erratic in their criticism and very nasty - not constructive at all. I've seen MK's line and wonder where he gets off criticizing for lack of imagination or "not fashion forward"? His line is dull. When people who staple or tape or paper clip their garments together get a pass, it tends to endorse the belief that the show is rigged...not really a "fashion" show, but an entertainment. I'd like to see more process and focus on some of the very unique embellishments that are sometimes done - we hear what the designer is planning to do and then its done - let's see some indepth footage of the process! There's an outcry when a talented designer has one bad week and is "auf'd" when a mediocre designer turning in drek week after week hangs on - but we continue to watch. Its almost like a bad accident - we hate it, but can't turn away! After last year's unbelievable ending (obviously MK can overrule Heidi & Nina) giving that no talent Grethen the's hard to take this show seriously. And please spare us from those lame guest judges! Just because they wear clothes, doesn't make them a qualified judge - except to say "yes, I like it or no I don't".

Re: New Sewing Show, "It's Sew Easy," Starts June 30 on PBS

@lei739 - I'm with you! While basics are good, I hope they include some intermediate to advanced skills. Threads magazine suffered a drop in subscriptions when they became as boring as SewNews (which is fine for the basic beginner) to those of us who have been sewing for many years. Unfortunately, I doubt if our local PBS will carry it. They seem to just have cooking shows......

Re: MUSEUM EXHIBIT: "Sporting Life" at FIT

As a cowboy(girl) action shooter, I have to dress pre-1900 during competitions. A group of us ladies made Victorian Bathing Costumes to wear. The pattern includes a comment that women didn't really swim during that era b/c the wool ensembles were so heavy when wet, they'd probably sink if they tried! We made ours in cotton to survive the hot summers in the Carolinas!

Re: Color Coordination

Oh - come - on. What color exactly is "emberglow" or "quarry"??? Some made up name for shades of orange and blue. I understand that Pantone needs to justify their existance by coming up with a variance on the color wheel every year. I can see them sitting around the conference table now trying to create a new word for "yellow" or "red." "Nougat" was khaki for years and "coffee liqueur" was brown. I guess you can tell that I don't subscribe to the "IT" color of the year. I'm a spring and stick with those colors/tones/shades that flatter me. I have plenty of fabric in my resource center (sounds better than stash) that suits my needs. Just like my skirt length - I go with what I like and not what some designers decide.

Re: Pintuck a Ruffle

I'm planning on making a few cotton skirts for summer and I will definitely use this on one of them. Once again, Mary Ray shows her creativity and just plain cool ideas!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Threads Sewing Guide"

I would love to win this book. I would then be able to pass on to other sewists, all the other books I have on various techinques and have everything I need to know in one volume!

Re: A New Improved Seam Roll

I used a leftover section of railing for a good while, but didn't cover it. A friend gave me a "seam stick" and I retired the rail.

Re: Book Giveaway: "THE VICTORIAN TAILOR" by Jason Maclochlainn

I'm a cowboy shooter and for special events, I make Victorian costumes (1870-1900) for my husband and me. This would be a good book to have to help me with my Victorian accuracy!

Re: Project Runway: There's a Pattern Here

Karma2 - my sister and I have said the same thing! What's with the exposed zipper teeth on everything? A simple invisible zipper would look so much better! They have these light fabrics & designs and this honking metal zipper! And none of the judges comments?!?! Gretchen remarked last week after she was safe and backstage "Mondo is my biggest competition" - I had to chuckle. Seriously? Gretchen YOU are no competition to Mondo. Her blouse was so ill-fitting - she has no idea how to cut an armhole so there's no boobage showing. These young models can go braless, but anyone else would have serious exposure. Christopher has the most marketable/wearable designs - and he'll probably get a job with a mass merchandiser.....I'd love to see his clothes at Kohls.

Re: Our Friend, Fred Bloebaum

After initially taking a class from Fred at an ASG conference in 1999, we had many opportunities to cross paths, including having her at our chapter for two days. She helped me choose fabric for a blouse (not even her pattern) in Minneapolis. She had dinner with a group of us in Fennimore, WI after a sewing expo and was just "one of the girls." My friend and I gave her a ride from St. Charles, IL to Milwaukee - the back seat of my car heaped with half her luggage. It was a fun ride with Fred regaling us with stories of her travels. I always admired her graciousness, her style, and her generosity of spirit. I was heartsick to hear she had the same disease that took the life of our chapter president. I can see the two of them sewing away on the celestial robes......I'll never forget Fred and her lessons on sewing - and life.

Re: How to make a Chrysanthemum flower

I am needing something to wear in my hair(wig) with my Victorian evening costume. This would work perfectly. Thanks for the instructions!

Re: Playing with Pegboard

My pegboard is mounted using rubber spacers that have holes in them through which you put the screws. They are made for mounting things that need to be kept away from the wall. You can find them in the hardware area or just ask one of the employees. This way you don't have to do double the work by attaching a spacer and then screwing it on. I bought several different types of pegboard hangers and my sleeve board hangs "around" a large one, as do my two pressing boards; my sleeve roll is in plastic and hangs from the loop closure, various other tools: Fastube turners, rulers, buttonhole cutter,, etc. are in clear plastic bags or packaging with holes that hang from a peg. I'm trying to find a peg with a basket that can hold my pressing ham. I have a 4-drawer plastic rolling cart that sits next to my machine table with needles, marking tools, measuring tapes & small rulers, and various scissors. It keeps those frequently used items close by, but not cluttering up my workspace.

Re: Pleat School

Great explanation, Judy. I'm glad you responded to all the conversation taking place here last week. I guess the most important thing is to make sure that if designing for someone else, you both know what exactly you're both describing.

Re: Add style and flair with pleats

Personally, I'd refer to these as released tucks. I've used this method to shape a boxy blouse. I was surprised when a poster commented that it didn't matter what they were called and I have to align with those that responded that word meaning is certainly important in communication. Calling an onion an apple would certainly make a difference to the person taking a bite! But in defense of Louise, the "headline" was written by Threads editors and not Louise. Makes you wonder though about the sewing knowledge of those editors.....

Re: Vintage Inspiration

These are beautiful garments and wonderfully made. It would have been very interesting to know approximately when these garments were made. The flapper dresses are easy, but I'd like to know the dates of the white Victorian blouse and the green dress.

Thanks for sharing.

Re: Project Runway - Week 4: Hearts and Flowers

I knitted a sweater in the mid-80s with a star on it - that's what that dress reminded me of. The neckline was flattering, however, and fit her well. Besides the winner, most of the other garments were unforgettable and some unfortunate. I hope those women didn't really have to wear them to the event! A was amazed at how many of them chose satin - as any sewist knows is very difficult to work with. Especially the hems - which were mostly a mess - which is why, I'm guessing some chose to "bubble" the hem to hide it. I was very disappointed in Anna's (fellow Milwaukeean, so I'm partial to her) dress this week. In the previous weeks, she designed some very cute dresses. But, as shown in previous seasons, some designers are just better at certain segments of fashion than others. Remember Austin Scarlett? Couldn't design much outside the gown segment and Daniel V. excelled at tailored clothing. Whenever Nina scrunches up her nose and says "I question your.......taste" - I think, they can probably get a job designing for Fredericks of Hollywood!

Re: Project Runway - Week 3 - Iconic Inspirations

As soon as I saw Mila constructing that design, I phoned my sister and said "Hey, she's making LaFred's Penelope Jacket!" a pattern which I've owned for MANY years. It is a very flattering silhouette - but certainly not "forward-thinking" or "innovative" - but then, what is? There is NOTHING new in fashion - EVERYTHING is a derivative of another, past look. My PR critics group all agree - we really don't like Michael Kors & Nina. Take a look at MK's collections - many of his looks are things I've heard him cut on PR. I also hate when they have those "celebrity" designers - Lindsay Lohan? I read in another column how resentful I would be as these PR contestant designers who have studied or worked for years are judged by someone just handed the title "designer" for money by a clothing mfg. who wants to capture a market and wouldn't know a Hong Kong seam from an egg roll. There's several designers that I like, but none jumps to the top just yet. Glad Ping got "awfed."

Re: Add Style with Graphic Fabric Insertions

Wonderful article and very inspiring - I'm pondering my pattern & fabric "resource center" for the right combo to use this technique. Too bad Pam didn't have sufficient time to show off her excellent skills. I think she was "awfed" way to early.

Re: Project Runway Episode 7 - Blue for You

I agree that this is more a reality show than a fashion show, so they do show a lot more than the creative process. Sometimes when they talk to Tim and he makes a suggestion and a "make it work" - then what comes down the runway is SO different than what we saw them working on - its a "huh?" moment. This year the designers are sort of "vanilla" - no one is a real diva and except for the perpetually boo-hooing Christopher, they are all pretty normal. My group of PR friends and I are NOT looking forward to Michael & Nina coming back. We feel they are mean and not constructively critical. The judges so far have given way more real criticism to the designers than M & N's little sniping & snarky remarks. And MK is not the most innovative designer I've ever seen, so who is he to talk? And lastly - what's with all the comments about garments being "young" - can't make the model look "old"! What's old to them 35?!?!

Re: How to Form Slotted Seams

Normandie: The "zig-zag" you see is the serging that you do on the edge of the backing fabric and raw seam allowances of the garment as called for in Step 4.
This technique looks great on a straight/a-line skirt. One pattern I have that uses this is Fashion Sewing Group (Nancy Erickson) skirt.