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craft interests: fashion, sewing

Member Since: 05/10/2010

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Re: Book Giveaway: "Draping Basics" by Sally M. Di Marco

I would LOVE to try draping! I've looked at lots of draping books on Amazon but they are all so expensive that I haven't bought one yet. This book looks great so I'll have to start saving my money I guess... unless I win it :)

Re: What's your state garment?

I agree these garments are more art than sewing-related but I loved the article. By the second paragraph I found myself wondering what kind of dress I would sew to represent a state. (Yes, I would sew it and it would be wearable.) The article even got me more excited about my own personal skirt-of-the-month challenge. I was just going to sew a new skirt every month of 2011 but now I think I'll try to get the skirts to represent the month in which they're sewn. Good thing I haven't started my January skirt yet!

Re: What sewing topics would you like to read about in Threads?

I second MariaKie's comment about fitting sleeves/armhole/upper back. I've seen too many suggestions to copy a well-fitting sleeve/armhole from a purchased garment. If I had one of those I wouldn't need to sew for myself! It would also be helpful to know how to add a sleeve to a sleeveless pattern.

How about an article that takes a specific pattern and goes through the process of making the garment, adding high-end finishing details, embellishments, etc. I've noticed a lot of pattern instructions are for a fairly poorly finished garment. It would be nice for people of all sewing levels to be able to take the same pattern and customize it according to their abilities.

Re: Giveaway: Teach Yourself to Sew Magazine and DVD bundle

I've been sewing since I was 5. Over the years I've tried to teach my daughter but when she was younger she lacked the patience to sit at a sewing machine for more than 5 or 10 minutes. Finally over the past year (she's 17) she's been ready and willing to learn. Last week she invited a friend over and I helped them make pillowcases. Now her friend wants a sewing machine for Christmas!

Re: MAGAZINE AND DVD GIVEAWAY: "Teach Yourself to Sew"

I already bought the magazine for my daughter. I'd love to be able to give her the DVD as well.

Re: Project Runway: Season 8 - Finale Part 2

I didn't get to watch the show until last night since I was out late Thursday. I went to bed angry about the outcome and thought all night about what I wanted to say about it. After reading all the comments I see I'm pretty much in agreement with everyone else.

Gretchen's looks were at best forgettable and if that's the direction fashion is headed then I'm glad I can sew my own clothes. Mondo's collection didn't wow me but if you look at everything he's done this season I think he should have won. Andy surprised me with a beautiful collection that made me want to reach out and feel all of his clothes and see their details close up. I really wish I could see Michael C's collection. Is it online anywhere? I can't say I'll never watch PR again because I like to think through the challenges and ask myself what I would do, but I think it's way past time to replace the judges. That in itself would help make the show fresh again.

Re: Create a Custom Dress Form

After collecting duct tape for years with the intention of making one of these, I finally made a "clone" of my 17-year-old daughter this weekend. It took about 2 hours, and we still haven't stuffed it yet. Here are a couple things we learned: 1 - the Duck brand tape (which we used for the 3rd layer) was much stickier than the Ace Hardware brand (which we used for the first 2 layers). The scissors gummed up faster and slowed the process down which was no fun since my daughter was starting to feel a little claustrophobic, but that 3rd layer seemed to be much stronger; 2 - Once I started taping the neck she started to feel a little anxious. I wish I had left all 3 layers of the neck until last because I was really rushing at the end since she wanted to be cut out so badly!

Right now the hollow form is on a hanger in my sewing room. Before I stuff it I'll slip it back on my daughter, mark some lines, and take some measurements. It seems to be fairly rigid and I don't think it's sagging or collapsing at all. Hopefully we'll finish it soon, then it's her turn to make a dress form for me.

Re: How have you organized your stash?

A few years ago I bought some inexpensive garage cabinets at a hardware store. They have three equal-sized drawers that are the perfect size for laying bolts of fabric on their sides and they're even deep enough to hold pattern envelopes. They have hard-finished particle board tops so I didn't have to buy a separate countertop. I kind of like the "industrial" feel they bring to my sewing room. The drawers are too deep to organize notions well, but I'm working on getting all the small stuff into magnetic spice tins from IKEA which will hopefully end up on a piece of metal on my wall.

What I really don't know how to deal with is all the leftover pieces from my projects. What will I ever do with 1/4 yard of t-shirt knit, or 1/2 yard of chiffon from my daughter's prom dress? Probably nothing, but I can't bear to throw it out just in case. I also don't know what to do with all my unfinished projects. I sure wish my sewing room had a closet.

Re: iPod App Tracks Your Fabric Stash

I can't find an app like this for my android phone :( but I did use my phone last week to take a picture of the bolt end of some fabric I bought. Now at least I have the fiber content, care instructions, and fabric name in case I ever want more. Now I'm more motivated to somehow electronically organize future additions to my stash.