Member Since: 11/30/2008
I am just stunned. What a terrible loss. Fred Bloebaum was an elegant and gentle woman. I met her twice at sewing shows where she struck me with her kindness, tact and humor.
Her designs are so pretty and stylish, and her pattern instructions should be an inspiration to designers everywhere. I hope her patterns remain in print to continue her legacy.
I also hope her husband and son know that she had a big group of friends here who offer them our heartfelt sympathies.
I will miss Fred Bloebaum but will always count myself richer for having met her.
I would again point out that you don't need the comma in "Bold New Twist" in the text on the cover with the woman in brown. Someone at Threads really, really likes commas but doesn't know their proper usage. The proofreader at Fine Woodworking never slips up - maybe you folks should borrow him or her.
It's been such a pleasure to read everyone's stories. I love the "roadkill cat", Teachable Moment! :)
In the 70s my mother decided that my sister and I should learn to sew. I was 11, my sister was 13 and just starting junior high home ec with the grumpiest, most abrupt home ec teacher who ever lived. Mum thought that having a machine at home would help my sister get her homework done and would create a friendly sewing environment. We bought a basic machine at Sears and attended basic lessons there. I remember not really following what the saleslady was showing us - she wouldn't let us touch the machine (a floor model identical to the one we'd bought).
My sister did well in home ec, so the next year it was my turn. I hated the teacher - she was short-tempered and critical of the smallest things. I sailed through the cooking section, but floundered in the sewing. She made me rip out seams all day. I finally took the pencil case to my neighbor, a retired tailor. She quietly sewed the case for me and I handed it in. She got a B-!
Not until I was in my 20s and felt the desire for a machine of my own did I get back to sewing. I bought a machine and every volume of the Singer Sewing Series and taught myself. From those books I made bedspreads and tablecloths, curtains, a slipcover for the couch and then my wedding dress. I figured that "advanced" patterns simply had more steps; they would only be tricky if I was intimidated. Since then I've become a truly advanced sewer with a largeish vintage sewing machine collection and a stash that I love to cut up.
Oh, and my husband's Mum turned out to be a home ec teacher, as is my best friend's Mum. It's funny how the sewing world comes and finds us!
That is so touching and so beautiful that it made me misty-eyed almost immediately. What a simple, sweet and elegant way to tell a story. Thank you for displaying it here! I wish I could see it in person.
When did they stop calling them "maternity clothes"? I think it was when the fascination with pregnant beautiful celebrities really "bloomed" in the last couple of years.
The name "maternity" reminds the wearer that she's about to be a mom. Designers' new marketing term, "pregnancy chic", lets women feel sexy and special and doesn't remind them that there's a lifetime of work ahead! I say give the pregnant ladies all the encouragement they can use. It will hardly reduce their ankle swelling, but it will give them a boost.
This is also part of the "hot mama" trend, which I bet is a comfort to many who don't want to lose their pre-pregnancy sexiness and a stress to others who feel pressure to keep up while covered with spit-up and who are so tired they can barely stand.
I didn't see the show, but the stills above tell the story - pregnancy is sure in style! I'd just like to see a pregnant woman who could stand to be wearing those heels! :)
I, for one, am a good old-fashioned "sewer". The trend for new names came along so late after I learned to sew that the new words haven't caught on with me. I think it's amusing that some folks find "sewer" unpleasant. I never thought sewing would be hit with the political correctness bug!
I HAVE seen mixups in this modern age, though. I recently brought a book I found in the sewing section in a great used bookshop to the attention of the booksellers at the cash register. The book was called "Municipal and Rural Sewer Systems". Oy.
And in the end, I don't care whatcha call me as long as I have time to sew!
Thank you so much for showing these pictures here. I'd sure love a closer look at the silver silk charmeuse dress. Thank you also for doing a great job as interim team editor. I so enjoyed your issues!
Also, thank you to everyone at Threads for reviving the back cover close-up picture tradition - it's such a pleasure to see these creations close up. They're so inspiring. Threads really "came back" when you restored this feature.
Altz was wondering how to get Marfy patterns. Altz, go to www.butterickpatterns.com and check out the Marfy link on the main page - it will lead you to a shop/order page.
I've used a couple of Marfy patterns and can tell you that while they're certainly stylish and pleasingly challenging, they're no better than Threads/Simplicity or Burda. I never was a Simplicity fan until Threads signed on. Their shared patterns were a thrill to see on the runway at the Sew Expo in Puyallup last month.
Good luck getting Marfy, and let us know in Gatherings how you like them!
The firestorm of controversy here, it seems to me, goes back to the root of the divide between the original Threads subscribers (like me) and the Sew Stylish/Craft Stylish- inclined younger sewers. Brooke DeLorme would be warmly welcomed at Sew Stylish, as she is the right age and skill demographic. On the other hand, Threads has always (except for the last couple of years) been keyed towards advanced sewers (and other needleworkers in the early days). I wish Ms. DeLorme well - she certainly is making clothing folks react to and is stimulating debate, and she DOES have an eye for color. That she is not with the Sew Stylish folks online but is here makes me wonder if the Threads editors are using these comments to solicit opinions about the future direction of Threads, now that new editor Deana Tierney (former ed of Sew Stylish/Craft Stylish) is at the helm. I'm so pleased that they listen to us and incorporate our comments into their plans.
As an advanced sewer, I look at Ms. DeLorme's work and say, "Hmm, that's interesting," but it doesn't TEACH me anything or inspire me to greater sewing heights. And that's what I have always received from Threads articles. I understood as a beginning sewer when I subscribed in 1985, that I'd have to "work up to" Threads techniques. I didn't expect Threads to start at the bottom with me - that's what the Vogue Sewing Book and Singer Sewing books are for! I appreciated having challenges to meet. Advanced construction techniques and couture elements have MADE Threads what it is. They are the "gestalt" of the magazine. They push us forward, instead of simply showing us someone's work or simple techniques. Now, maybe Ms. DeLorme's contemporaries DO feel inspired by her work to try new things. That would be terrific. But for me, her work doesn't give me anything I expect from a Threads article.
I also want to be clear that I don't think it's merely an age issue. I had the great good fortune to meet Ms. Enid Wilson at the Sew Expo in Puyallup, WA yesterday - she's the hugely creative young sewer who made the incredible blue woven-tail tailcoat featured in Threads and here online some months ago. Her evident skill and meticulous attention to detail and creative talents have inspired me to look at patterns differently and to tweak them for greater personal expression. Now THAT's a satisfying Threads experience!
By the way, the huge packed-to-the-rafters runway shows of pattern designs at Sew Expo (Simplicity Project Runway, Sandra Betzina & Marcy Tilton etc.) are evidence that there are still a LOT of folks who sew clothes (as opposed to quilting and home dec). They (and I) need good tangible instruction, advice and inspiration about making those patterns. While I wish Brooke DeLorme well, I hope Threads remains the source (the one and only source) for advanced sewing inspiration.
Welcome Ms. Tierney!
I've subscribed to Threads from the beginning (yes, a charter subscriber!) and have seen the waves of change as each came. I was one of the vocal complainers in the last few years about the quick/cheap/easy angle the magazine was taking, and was relieved that in response, Taunton created Sew Stylish and Craft Stylish to address the needs of the thrift shop/funky/young style sewers. I was also relieved to see Threads return to its advanced and serious couture ways.
Now that Threads is finally back on course, I fervently hope that you intend to keep Threads going in that direction, and that Taunton will keep Sew Stylish and Craft Stylish to keep everybody happy. I welcome you to the Threads gang, and remind you that you'll be smiling out at us on our bookshelves for decades to come.
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