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LindaG7

Philaelphia, PA, US
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craft interests: crochet, fashion, restyle, sewing

Member Since: 09/09/2012


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Re: Book Giveaway: John Gillow Textiles Titles

While visiting my sister-in-law in Maine, she took us on a tour of artist's studios nearby. One textile artist had yards and yards of unique, hand-dyed natural fabrics, mostly fine silks and cottons. It was difficult to choose one, they were all so deliciously colorful and irresistible. My wonderful husband treated me to a dress length of brightly colored silk charmeuse. It's still hanging in my closet, waiting for the right inspiration to fashion it into something special.

I love looking for interesting fabrics when I travel. Probably one of the reasons my sewing room looks like a fabric warehouse.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing"

There's a reason they're called classics. This guide sounds like it has everything to get started with some great, basic garments and the instruction to build on them. I'd love to have this book.

Re: The Kilim Carpet Coat : Adding the Collar and Sleeves

I created a "going away" suit for after my wedding using a large violet and gold jacquard bedspread I picked up for a few dollars at a church flea market. The suit had a fitted, sheath-type dress with straps made from thick, gold rayon drapery cording. The jacket had a wide-set, dramatic, portrait collar, perfect for showing off great jewelry. The reverse side was just as interesting, so the jacket did not need to be lined. The fabric was heavy, but very soft, probably a rayon blend, and could be shaped easily with proper support. I received lots of compliments every time I wore that outfit, although it was definitely a special occasion garment.

The textile wasn't suited to washing, so, even though I usually wash fabrics before sewing, this structured suit was definitely dry clean only.

I've also made many garments using salvaged lace tablecloths and curtains, including the heavy Quaker Lace pieces. They make interesting, textured, unique pieces that are truly one-of-a-kind. Every time I see an old tablecloth with unfortunate holes or stains that make it no longer useable for the table, I see material for a potential new garment.

Not sure I'd want to use a carpet, but this coat looks like it was an interesting challenge, both mentally and physically.

Re: Enter to Win an Oliso Pro Smart Iron!

My iron usage tips are to use distilled water in your spray bottles for dampening your fabric while ironing to keep mineral deposits from forming on the fabric and your soleplate and, if you are ironing a large garment (like wedding gowns or coats), whenever possible, hang the garment while pressing, steaming, and ironing to keep the weight off the ironing board, make it easier to shift the fabric, and keep the garment from dragging across the floor.

I'd love to have an iron like this to help make pressing and ironing easier on my wrists and fingers. It would be a great help in sewing the pants I am working on in a fitting class I'm taking on Craftsy. ;-)

Re: Win a Copy of Smart Fitting with Kenneth D. King on DVD

What a great prize! I could certainly use Kenneth's advice on adjusting my patterns and designs so they finally really fit. For me, like for so many other middle-aged women, nothing seems to fit right, anymore. I'd love to win this DVD course.

Re: Win a One-Year Threads Insider Membership!

I'd love to be a Threads "Insider" and have access to all the extra features.
The patterns, videos, and discounts are the best features for me. They would be a great supplement to the magazine that I've read since its early days in the 80s! Such a great resource for learning and refining my skills.

Re: How to Embroider Garments Like Penn & Fletcher

It is nice to get a closer look at how the best work is done.
Wish I could take the class to learn more, but I'm extremely allergic to cats!
Oh well.

Re: Mystery Game Giveaway

I love reading and watching mysteries. The best part of the Mystery Game is seeing how everyone acts out their parts. You get to be someone else for a while and have a lot of fun, even if you find out your character was the guilty one!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Creating a Successful Fashion Collection"

I would love to create a line of artistic, stylish clothes for mature, professional women. So much of commercial design is cut and directed towards thin, young figures. There is definitely an underserved market for garments that look contemporary while making mature and less-than-perfect figures look comfortable and polished. This book would be a great help in getting started.

Re: A Trick for Working with Raw Silk

This is a terrific idea!
I usually cut out the loosely woven fabric (not just silks) pieces and then zig-zag the edges, but this trick seems like it will keep the curves more stable, while avoiding edge loss from slight fraying during handling. It's great to see a technique that uses simple options anyone can use.

For those who want to serge everything, when I (having no other option at the time) used a serger on a loose weave, woven with heavy threads, often the serger just wrapped one or two threads and pulled off and distorted the edges, rather than stabilizing them. It also is more likely to stretch and curl the curves.

The tailor's tack-like basting and zig-zag stitching really are gentler on the fabric and don't require additional chemicals or stabilizers. Thanks, Kenneth, for pointing all this out.

Re: Book Giveaway "Vintage Lingerie"

I love making fine, fancy lingerie from fine silks, cottons, and lace—all those things no one seems to manufacture and sell anymore. Since I am a difficult size to fit, creating custom garments and lingerie is the best way to go. Vintage patterns are often more interesting than the "make it quick and easy" ones they sell today. I've used them for theatrical costuming in the past. Love using updated vintage looks and details in fashion design. This book sounds like it will be an excellent addition to my library. I'd love to win a copy!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Improv Sewing"

After surgery, my body changed and swelled up so much I needed a new wardrobe. So many of my recent sewing projects have been complicated to sew and fitting challenges. I would much rather be more spontaneous, mixing and matching with my fabric stash! I would love to have a book of inspiring, simple, fast projects that included patterns, so I could complete some comfortable, interesting, stylish, and artistic outfits to match my somewhat eccentric personality!

Re: Project Runway All Stars Episode 12: "Go Big or Go Home"

I thought Uli's collection was the most polished and complete, appeared to be well-constructed, as well as very wearable. It showed a consistency of vision and varied development of that vision, with one amazing piece after another. If it was like something she showed earlier, this was because her vision is more consistently realized. I would think that would be an indicator of a more successful professional and future star. The makeup was a bit disturbing, but consistent with her wintery vision. Her magical collection should have been the winner, for isn't runway fashion all about dreams and imagination? Her finale dress was stunning.

Anthony Ryan's collection was boring, unattractive, inconsistently constructed, and as for seeing it before, this was ripped straight from the 1960s. His finale dress was awful in construction and the top was from a different design aesthetic than the skirt. I don't know many women who want to wear that many horizontal, graphic lines across their bust, waist, and hips. The lines may be "clean" but the execution was not stimulating. The boots, heavy and unattractive, emphasized the proportion problems, although, apparently, that is the new "in" thing for shoes. The most successful dress was the black and yellow with peplum that broke out of the repetitive mold. Compared to some of his outstanding, imaginative design work during the series, this collection was disappointing.

Emilio deserves credit for trying to interpret his political idea into a clothing line and his designs looked generally comfortable and wearable. His political idea was not really showing in the designs (other than the headscarves), but the practicality of the separates was evident. It was an uneven collection and very little was a "wow" moment, so it is understandable this collection didn't win, even though it seems quite sellable.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Couture Sewing Techniques" by Claire B. Shaeffer

I have enjoyed the addition of Claire's columns to Threads magazine. I'd love to learn more about creating inner support and shaping in garments and custom fitting to camouflage figure flaws. I worked in bridal and formalwear years ago and have kept sewing for myself, so i can have well-fitted, personalized garments.