fashion, quilting, sewing, knitting, drawing
Member Since: 09/07/2009
Rita Hayworth's dress in Gilda.
I too love the tutorials. I don't have as much time as I would like to sew. But when I do sew, I like to make something special. It gives me pleasure when the inside is as beautiful as the outside, and the fit is immaculate.
It is a very satisfying feeling to have a beautifully tailored garment that looks like an expensive designer original. And no one knows I made it!
I know I can't get to the exhibit, so I would so love the book. Schiaparelli- what a genius. They don't make them like that any more.
I'd like to learn how to drape those fabulous bias cut dresses from the thirties.
I love sewing with vintage patterns and have made several garments from both original and reproduction patterns. I have to admit I am a bit of an armchair historian on the Titanic, I have a photo of the ship signed by Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the tragedy. The clothing of this era is lovely. I'd love to help with the testing.
I am fascinated with how the techniques used shape and emphasize the female form, and how this has changed over the years. After all, those women in the bustles are the same as the ladies of the 1930's who wear clinging bias cut fashions. Our bodies haven't changed much, but how different they have looked over the years. So does the fashion affect the culture, or does the culture affect the fashion?
It's amazing to think of the changes that have occurred just in my lifetime. We're lucky- we get to be comfortable. How women used to breathe in those corsets or how they didn't get sick, I'll never know. No wonder the Victorians got "the vapors."
I guess the most important tip I ever got came from my mother, who was not a sewer. She always told me if whatever I made looked homemade, I needed to learn to do it better. She was never a fan of the "loving hands at home" look. She helped me to make my projects look professional.
I'm embarrassed to say I've owned a serger for 8 years, and I don't know how to do anything with it other than serge seams. It would be nice to know how to make better use of it.
I used to love to make beaded flowers and decor, and flowers with ribbon and double sided crepe paper. This book looks very fresh and modern.
I love gadgets anyway, but what a great time saver to make perfect bias tape. Great to use for my sewing and quilting projects!
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