Member Since: 05/17/2011
@ Stitchin Tam
The point of the bill spike concerns me too... perhaps a cap from a cheap ball-point pen would work to protect us from the accidental punctures that we can both too readily visualize.
Otherwise, a person handy with a power drill and some glue could make something similar out of a wooden dowel and a scrap of 2x4 lumber... The wooden dowel being flat on the end would be a safer option.
I love the look of this dress. The style is appropriate for all ages, yet conservative enough to suit this older lady...
Size 16-24 could be made to fit me. I'm a little bit taller than most petites, but not nearly tall enough to say I'm average, so I have a hard time buying clothes to fit. Making my own garments seems to be the answer to the fit problem.
The jacket, view A has nice clean lines. I would love to have that in size 12-20.
I would not make views A or B. I would make C, D, and E in cotton or linen, or perhaps a blend of both. Since I am - shall we say - less than fond of stand-alone hook-and-eye closures, I would modify the front of View E to have a decent button-down or snap closure, as well as changing the style of the collar and lengthening the sleeves ... I would also modify the length of the skirt (View C)to something much longer than given, because I am also not fond of knee-length skirts. Something in the size 12-20 range would fit me about perfectly.
I'm definitely in favor of the machine-stitched understitching. It's faster and better looking than my hand stitching will ever be.
The Emery Dress is more my style than the other patterns listed here, but I would still have to alter it to suit my size and personal preferences - especially the collar...
I'd love to win this pattern in size 20W-28W. I would make the tunic (view C) first, but with the sleeves from the dress pattern added, followed by the slacks (view D) both in either a light weight linnen or cotton, as heavy weight fabrics can rarely be used in garments here due to the near constant warmth here in the deep south, USA. I might not stop there though. I find the dress also very attractive, though it's been a very long time since I regularly wore dresses...
An interesting selection of patterns... would love to be the winner.
I, too, would prefer to read Threads Classic Garment Sewing Skills on my computer; I don't do mobile devices.
I like clothing that fits - neither too loose nor too tight, with sleeves of the blouses and legs of the jeans at proper length instead of being too long, as so many that I buy "off the rack" have been. Peasant blouses and long (floor length) skirts or jeans are my favorites.
I have enough commercial patterns that I should never need another once I get those already in my pattern collection altered to correctly fit me... and start employing what I've learned from Angela Wolf's video, One Pattern, Many Ways - Volume 1.
I think "Pattern Making Made Easy" will supplement Angela Wolf's video nicely.
I have an extensive list of projects to sew including fashion accessories, handbags, clothing, toys, and home decor. I hope not only to work with new types of projects but also new-to-me fabrics. I have previously worked only with cotton and polyester.
I never realized how talented at sewing I really was until I passed age 30. I took a couple of sewing classes in college to improve the skills I had learned in highschool. The college instructor praised my attention to detail and the professional look of my garments..
My waistband problem is the opposite of that discussed in the video. Over the last 6 years, I've lost 32 pounds, resulting in a much smaller waist than what I started with. And, my weight continues to decrease at this time. I prefer elastic waistbands over those without elastic since the clothing stays on my body better and is more comfortable.
From another fan of Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing. In my case, however, not just any edition will do. I discovered from reading reviews of this book that later edition eliminated some useful material from the book. Because of that, I insist on keeping my older (1976 edition) which was printed for the 9th time in 1982. As others before me have said, this is a great reference book for home sewists. I have other sewing books too, but this one is my instinctive and first "go to" book for any sewing question.
I want to enhance my sewing skills so that I can make more of my own clothing, tailored for a perfect fit instead of always "settling" for clothing off the rack that I always have to alter to fit anyhow...
If, like myself, you have not sewn in many years, making a copy of your garment from inexpensive muslin can be a big help. This is especially true when you need to make adjustments to the garment to allow better fitting, as these adjustments can be made first in the muslin, then in your pattern before you construct the final garment.
This book would be a great addition to my reference library.
I've never been to New York. Of course, this means I've also never been to The City Quilter. Given that I've not been there, I can't honestly say I love NY, but I do want to visit the new World Trade Center in Manhattan and also the Statue of Liberty, as well as Grand Central Station... you know... tourist stuff...
The fabric looks fabulous, I'd love to have some to play with; do, please pick me.
There is a wealth of information in each Threads issue, which could help close the gaps in my knowledge of sewing and alterations. At current, I could use all the help I can get with those alterations. I am losing weight more rapidly than I can afford new clothing.
I want to learn more about couture techniques so I can make my clothes fit better... so many "off the rack" pieces either fit me like a sack or not at all. I seem to be between sizes...
Since I do not own my home, there is very little I would be allowed to do to spruce up the appearance... Renting isn't all it's cracked up to be. This apartment needs paint, carpet, window coverings... and new interior doors just for starters. The whole apartment has a retro 1960's look to it that, quite frankly is wearing thin. Heck, for that matter, it would probably be easier just to do the whole building over from the ground up... yeah, it IS that bad.
Great! Now I know what I've been doing wrong all these years. Now, if only my memory were half as good as this tip...
I prefer hand-stitched hems in any garment. In particular, I like that the stitches that hold the hem in place can be hidden on the inside of the garment, because try as I might, my machine stitching is never perfectly straight. When the stitches are hidden, it doesn't matter that my hand stitches are still a little bit wonky. They do the job, with nobody being the wiser - until now.
I'd love to win these, as mysteries are one of my favorite genres and to have that, combined with a sewing theme would be great.
This looks like a wonderful sewing reference.
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