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LaurieDiane

Bloomington, Minnesota
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Sewing is my passion. Pattern collecting my weakness.
Time...too little to make everything I want. I love construction of a garment more so than embellishing. I love seam detail and how it goes together. I love a pattern that is a puzzler until you get it together and you say...how clever!

craft interests: crochet, fashion, knitting, sewing

Birthday: 09/02/2014

Member Since: 01/21/2010


recent comments

Re: Use Couched Elastic to Create a Ruched Effect

Thanks for the tip on Couched Elastic to Create a Ruched Effect. If you don't have a cording foot, could you do the zigzag first then thread the elastic onto a needle and pass it through? I know it's an extra step but in the past I have managed to sew into the elastic.

Is Couched elastic the same as beading elastic...is this a bit thicker than the elastic I might wind on a lower bobbin of my sewing machine? thanks, Laurie

Re: How to Add a Sheer Kick Pleat

My gosh...What a bunch of negative comments. I like this idea and I think the paisley skirt with the "sheer" insetis very on trend. Box pleat... side pleatkick pleat...this was just one way of showing how it could be done. I know I am late to post a comment but hopefully it will do some good to neutralize the other comments of ugh...etc. In my opinion are just plain rude. We are looking for creative ways to a means and this is very creative.Thanks for a great idea. I'll try this.

Re: The Pink Horsie Jacket!

So glad Ispotted this post...What an exceptional find! I sure would have snapped that up myself! Like you say, the detail of the sew-manship is exqusite. I looked over the pictures forever in awe. It is funny we call our retro motorhome Trigger and it has a Western type theme. I can see me in this jacket rumbling down old Route 66 in it. Thanks for sharing this great jacket with us. Enjoyed it completely!

Re: A Quick Fix for a Baggy Blue Coat

Very clever...I like the idea of controlling the drapes that way, rather than a random cinching. I just got done refashioning a 90's coat with the flanges that I felt really dated it. It was a beautiful wool and the color very similar. I was able to take out the flanges..which lenthened the sleeves...which were as wide and deep as yours. I removed all the excess under the arm and still ended up with an overcoat that I can pile sweaters under! It was well worth the modification because the wool was so beautiful. Your's was a very creative idea...which I love always reading.

Re: How to Make Custom Piping

Tuesday...notice :"The clutch's piped edges are short, so it's not necessary to create a long, continuous strip of piping." she wrote

Good concise info here for me. Thanks for the mini tutorial!

Re: The Colors of Spring 2013

I love them! Thanks for posting this. Not realy looking forward to the cold gray weather coming so this will perk me up some!

Re: How to Make a Striped Origami Belt

I'd love to try this! thanks...it is really cool looking. fun as a pillow detail...purse...lots of great applications for this!

Re: A Look at Exposed Zippers

I love the construction details on the inside of this dress.

A dress like this, I'm not fond of the exposed zipper. To me it is a distraction to it's fine lines. On the other hand exposed zippers on more edgy fashions I like so this article will be handy for me the next time I do this. I pefer black on black or the like...then the zipper does not stand out but rather is a clever design idea you discover....IMO :)
Thanks for a great article.

Re: A Sewing Exhibition on the Fly

Wow, this would be so cool to see, but what an unusual place to have this type of exhibit. Very good additional comment from Countess11 on how to see this if you are in the area. I'd like to see this come to Minneapolis but another Museum venue would be a better choice...like our Textile Center in St Paul.. But thank you for posting this so we can at least see a bit of it here!

Re: Roll Hemming a Curve Made Easy

Excellent, Can't wait to get home and try this. You have the most worthwhile tutorials.

Re: How to Choose the Right Fabrics

Thanks, Useful tip to read at breaktime. I wish I had such pretty fabric for my palette.

Re: A Fabulous Fur Handbag

The design is beautiful...I love the lacing detail. You are right, the strap can be difficult in finding just the right method. And here...lo and behold is an idea I can incorporate with some stash I had forgotten until I saw yours here and to add the shoulder pad is an excellent idea. I'll check out your braiding method and see if I have enuogh to do my strap. Once again a post I can personally use.

Re: Tangerine Tango

I had to wait for 20 comments to sound off and love what Corney said...This is a fantastic color for the times. I'm sure I already have it in my stash in a fabulous print...
I kind of like the idea of introducing it to my kitchen...thanks to another comment from Grammaterry...her scheme sounds wonderful

Re: Patterns: Wide Leg Pants

Great post and I like seeing you mention Angela Wolf's article through PatternReview.com I have the Vogue pattern in my stash and with your reminder here of great wide leg pants I will pull that one out. I just got this issue, love your magazine and your online articles.

Re: The Big Finish - Completing the Fantasy Fur Jacket

What a gem of a process and such an interesting Jacket. I bet it looks awesome on. Will you be displaying this in a certain show? When I looked at the first picture of the lining I said "hmmm" but when you showed the back side I said Yes! it works with it quite well and see the "FLW" look to it. very interesting indeed.The shoulders and neck are very stronge which I like along with the gold closures. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and would love to see how you would wear this. Put it on! Let me see it on! What pants/jeans/hat?

Re: A "New Look" for Fall

You mention 2 of the 3 patterns that caught my eye also and just had to get 6067 with the interesting pleating. It is very flattering. At times it seems that New Look just reissues in new packaging a lot of their same styles so this was refreshing to see this dress. Hopefully we will see some more "New" styles from them later this winter because I really am partial to New Look and find their instructions very intuitive and easy to follow.

Re: Installing the Front Band to the Fantasy Fur Jacket

I ditto The Thread Lady...I was at the fashion show of the Surface Designers...(which was not long enough) and as you say...this showing how much detail and the process ...for me it is more the journey and not so much the destination. If I love where it has ended it is a bonus but I must admit if it was the destination then I would just buy it. Love the overcast stitching on this garment and look forward to seeing it on and the hairs moving in the breeze. I can see this on someone riding like the wind on a horse at sunset.

Re: From Botch Job to Beautiful in an Afternoon!

This was a bonus article for me. Great re-purposing but also how to fold in to mirror and duplicate. I'll remember this tip and the way it was done. But I really love the 2 options with the layering...very visually pleasing combinations.

Re: What's your current fabric obsession?

I have a love for stripes too. Wonder what that means about a person...hmmm. I don't care if it is a cute stripe on a boys T-shirt (like from the 50's) stripes in decorator fabric or a beautiful stripe on silk or a knit. Zoom I'm taking a closer look. The only stripe I avoide are the ones that hurt my eyes with an optical illusion! :)

Re: Leather Lacing for Fantasy Fur Jacket

I find this process most intriguing! I love the lace stitching and the pattern taking place. I can not wait to see the finished project...It seems finished now with the interesting shoulders and neckline! Sensational!

Re: Pintuck a Ruffle

I love ....LOVE this! I really like the soft unpleated little bottom hem of the skirt also. Really softens the shape. I am in love with quilters fabric and do not quilt but would be wonderful to make a skirt with all the beautiful fabric choices out there , especially for summer. Thanks so much and I am off to buy this latest issue of Sew Stylish Spring 2011!
....And what do they call them, fat quarters??? :)

Re: Color Coordination

I'm with Sewcietymaven...This is Pantone's industry...They have to come out with something new every year...What would it be like if they had nothing to show us. There would be 25 fewer posts here for one. I have been sewing for many years and trust me...I'm sure I have every color under the sun...solids and prints. Pretty sad if we never had something "fresh" to look forward too...even if all these colors have been around FOREVER. Just like everyone else we are all drawn to our favorite colors...they will never go out of style...The style might though.

Re: MUSEUM EXHIBIT: "Sporting Life" at FIT

Thanks so much for the article. When one is not able to get to New York to see these wonderful exhibits it is nice to at least see some of it represented here. I'll go to their website and see if they will show us more of the exhibit online. Or perhaps there is a traveling one that will come to our city.

Re: Favorite Sewing Blogs and Websites

I'm a daily user of Patternreview.com but you need to put (the sewing)for the actual website
www.sewing.patternreview.com which makes it a little confusing. I just got back from the 10th Anniversary PR weekend in Chicago. Great time putting all the faces to posts. So much more than just a website!

Re: Australian Woolgrowers Dress Prince William

Very interesting and liked the added detail from lizothelake...very true. I often wonder if I am getting an accurate description of a fabric..if it is actually a Merino Wool. I seek out Merino Wool sweaters and the label usually says Merino from Italy. They are always a very nice softly draping sweater. And knitting it too is a luxury. Thanks for a very interesting read.

Re: High Fashion and Haute Couture in the Windy City

Very interesting. I love this concept and think they need a sister group in Minneapolis. There are beautiful garments here. Perhaps I can look this up when I am in Chicago for the Pattern Review Meet up in May.

Re: The International Textile Expo Hits Las Vegas

The 3rd and 4th fabric in particular. I can't help but wonder how that fabric is even made and what cost it must be ..Can it be made by machine...yards and yards of it or who and how many people are putting it all together! I can only think how much time it would take me! thank you for giving us a glimpse into this wonderful place we would all like to see!!! Now I must visit Axelrods...

Re: The Blog for Men Who Sew (And the Women Who Sew For Them)

Peter is one of my All time favorites via pattern review. I am in absolute Awe that he has come so far since just 2009! What am I doing wrong??? He truly is an inspiration to all of us. And I especially love his Novellas ...Extremely creative...I always look forward to seeing his work...in detail which he consistently provides. Congrats Pete...on making it to Threads

Re: Inside a Silk Charmeuse Jacket

Beautiful work and gorgeous jacket. MY AH-ha moment was about the hook and eyes helping with the closure. I made a jacket with the frog closure and now I will go back and add hook and eyes. This will help the problem I've had with one of the closures coming undone. Now I must go practice my hand stitching. You have inspired!

Re: My Bridal Gown

I too love the neckline and off shoulder sleeve. So perfect for a winter wedding. I especially love the back also. Just the right amount of gather and or pinching up to make it interesting. Thanks for sharing and posting.

Re: 2011 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Fashions

Ann Hathaway gets an A from me but like an earlier post I don't care for these soft beige colors...they just are not all that complimentary. Scarlet Johanson's dress is beautiful too.
But for the Golden Globe Awards...Claire Dane hit it on the nail. A+ from me on that look. Julianne Moore...not liking that look at all just too high on the neck and too much fabric.

Re: The Felted Wool Sweater--Updated

I love this and see it must have been fun to do....but one question...how did you sew the sleeve up? I'm having trouble visualizing this. So you must have been able to fit it under the pressure foot from underarm to wrist? Now I will have to try this at home. I liked this technique...everything about it.

Re: Book Giveaway: "1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips"

When sewing a pattern that I will line I neatly press the wool and the lining then I sandwich the lining inside the wool and make sure the folds are tight to each other and I pin cut and mark all at the same time. This saves me loads of time and the lining is so much easier to manage ...no slipping around!

Re: 30-Minute Jacket

If you just follow the diagram...and do it ...it makes sense. I made a jacket like this from vogue. I took out the pattern and scratched my head but went along with it and sure enough it made the coolest jacket. the ends become the shoulder seam and the long edge becomes the front opening of the jacket. I think that is how it works. Try it with a piece of paper

Re: Magazine Giveaway: "Quick Stuff to Sew"

Love the little purses on the front! I can plow through my stash with the help of this magazine!

Re: Novi Report Part 1: Snapshots from the American Sewing Expo

I'm hoping our Sewing Expo in Minneapolis is as great a hit. I enjoyed reading your review of this one. Maybe next year I'll make it to Novi!

Re: One Hour Art Deco dress

I love this and nice photos too! I really like the fabric choice also. Now I'll have to check out the link for the 1 hour dress. I like to do hand sewing also. I find it therapeutic and makes the garment more personal to me...plus easier to manipulate the ideas as they come to me.

Re: Kenneth will be on Martha Stewart!

Yes!!! Please give us a link or post the video if at all possible! I don't have cable and am at work during the day and would love to see this. How exciting to see this jacket etc...looking forward to hopefully catching this! Congrats!

Re: Decorative pockets or bound buttonholes

I want to go home right now and do this on the jacket I'm making. Love the clean couture lines of them. Thanks, Louise for making this look so simple!

Re: Decorative pockets or bound buttonholes

I want to go home right now and do this on the jacket I'm making. Love the clean couture lines of them. Thanks, Louise for making this look so simple!

Re: Teach Yourself to Sew: Make a Jacket - Part 2

Very nice tutorial. She makes it look so effortless, plus this is an excellent refresher course for anyone that might not have sewn a jacket recently. I could listen to Judith all day!

Re: The Fortuny Shirt

...and the inside is gorgeous with the placement of the fabrics design. ....and the buttons. love the choice. As all that have commented before me, what a wonderful pictorial tutorial. You make us want to rush home from work and try this. I love the photo of you in the jacket! too cool! thanks for sharing, Laurie

Re: How to Create a Lapped and Embellished Seam

Very clever idea and can't wait to try it but I too have questions. Altho I know what a wing needle looks like (I have one) It would be nice to see a picture of the needle on the machime so we can see what foot you used and maybe the stitch setting on your machine so we can replicate that if we are unclear of what a hemstitch is. Thanks in advance for a revision to this great creative idea.

Re: How to Create a Lapped and Embellished Seam

Very clever idea and can't wait to try it but I too have questions. Altho I know what a wing needle looks like (I have one) It would be nice to see a picture of the needle on the machime so we can see what foot you used and maybe the stitch setting on your machine so we can replicate that if we are unclear of what a hemstitch is. Thanks in advance for a revision to this great creative idea.

Re: How to Create a Lapped and Embellished Seam

Very clever idea and can't wait to try it but I too have questions. Altho I know what a wing needle looks like (I have one) It would be nice to see a picture of the needle on the machime so we can see what foot you used and maybe the stitch setting on your machine so we can replicate that if we are unclear of what a hemstitch is. Thanks in advance for a revision to this great creative idea.

Re: How to Create a Lapped and Embellished Seam

Thanks for a very clever idea and look forward to trying this but like the others I also have questions about the stitch itself what foot you used..photo please and although I do have a wing needle Others might not know what it is so a pix of that would be nice in the photo of the foot on the machine. Thanks in advance for a revision to this wonderful idea!