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craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, holidays, knitting, restyle, sewing

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Glenda the Good Witch

My sister phoned and asked me to cut off her 1990's wedding gown and cover it with pink tulle to make her costume.  I refused to cut her gown and drove the 60 miles to her home...

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Re: Book Giveaway: A Collection of Sewing Books for Kids

I have worked with kids since I was a Jr. Leader in 4-H more than 40 yrs. ago. I would like to start doing sewing workshops for kids in our area; ideally at our local vocational college. There are only a handful of kids who participare in our 4-H program.

I'm concerned that our favorite craft will be lost for the next generation. I taught my daughters to sew, but they would rather have Mom do it. They no longer teach sewing at our local schools.

I got my elementary when I turned 50 but cannot spend a whole day in the classroom, due to medical issues. I would use these books as inspiration for lesson plans. Being able to teach kids to sew things they' d use would be pure joy.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations"

Both of these designers shook the fashion world with their innovation. I'd love to win this book! Keeping my fingers crossed.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

I WANT this book!!!! So many new ideas.I need something to stimulate me getting "out of the box." This book would do the trick!

Re: Sew Vintage with The 1912 Project

I love making clothing from the past. I have been working on pieces from the Civll War era that includes period patterns. I would appreciate the opportunity to participate in this project.

Re: Project Runway 9: Come As You Are

I was shocked that Anya's outfit was in the top three. The fit on those pants was awful. I think the judges are keeping her 'cause she just learned how to sew. Her ideas are cute, but there are obviously no skill involved in her work. My 10 yr. old granddaughter sews better.

I love watching this show because there are lots of inventive ideas, but we must remember that this is a 'reality SHOW' and they mentioned in the 'pre show' that they need a mix of talents and personalities to make the show interesting.

So far, I'm liking Bert; but I think he's gonna clash with the two female judges somewhere down the line. It takes a lot of courage to compete with people who could be your kids/grandkids, especially after dealing with the circumstances that he's come up against in his life. I think he's got the talent, skills, and experience to go all the way. Just think of all the great garments he's seen or worked on to draw ideas from.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Underwear Fashion in Detail"

I would LOVE to have this book to add to my library! I am slowly getting the garments made for my Civil War Reenactment persona. So far the only garment I've had made by someone else is my corset. I've actually worn it a few times to help support my back when it was really acting up and I couldn't sit at my machine to sew. Aside from having to wear a chemise under it, it was very helpful. It is amazing at how differently 'our' clothing fits when wearing one. The women who wore them could really change the shape and amount of clevage just by fussing with how 'the girls' were arranged in the chemise! Their 'panties' were very functional. They wore 'split drawers.' Two seperate pant pieces overlapped in the crotch area and were not sewn together. When the ladies needed to use a chamber pot, the crotch split allowing them to hold all of the layers of petticoats and dress skirts out of the way without touching their drawers. Quite ingenious, but I'm not looking forward to the attempt.

Re: A golden wedding dress!!

Gorgeous gown! I make wedding gowns, as well. I don't have an embroidery machine...mine is a '75 model. I can well appreciate all of the work that went into it. Did you underline it?/ If so, with what? I have a wonderful source for Italian me if you'd like the site info.

Getting started on a MTB gown of Silver Raw Silk. Will post pix when finished...hopefully before Christmas.

Re: More Vintage Inspiration

Oooooooh, Ahhhhhh! How I love the vintage clothing! They used so many wonderful techniques. I was lucky enough to have won the bid at an auction a few yrs ago that brought me a vintage 1890's traveling suit in wool gabardine and silk. It too has built in boning, similar to a corset. Research and my love for history has brought me to a prior period and I am currently making my clothing for Civil War Reenactment. All of my undergarments are made by hand and I am nearly ready to make a day dress. The ball gown that follows it will be my biggest challenge. I've chosen an Italian Scalamadre silk taffeta for that will take a little while to save for that fabric... The couture techniques I've learned from Susan's book have helped me immensely! I really loved the recent article in Threads on making a muslin. I also pulled out number 145 for the article 'Party dresses that stay put.' I do custom sewing and have a client that wants a MTB gown made from raw silk. A few yrs ago I never would have attempted this, but THANKS to Susan's books and articles I've learned the techniques needed to make this gown correctly. I've convinced my client to spend the extra and go 'couture' with this gown. (Most people in my small town would never go beyond what the pattern instructions call for) So THANKS, Susan, for all the help you give when you write your books and articles. For those of us who can't afford to attend your classes, they is so very valuable! Please keep the articles coming.

Re: Working with Embellished Fabrics, Part I

Thanks, Susan. I used to watch your show on PBS and really miss it. It got me interested in sewing with better techniques. Pressing, Pressing, Pressing correctly and taking your t-i-m-e when you sew. You always give such wonderful instructions. If it hadn't been for you, I'd never have tackeled making wedding gowns. Am looking forward to reading Part 2!

Re: Braided Belt: The Next Generation

Sew4Drama....those books ARE in my closet. I just pulled my vintage leather belt out of a looks just like the one in the pic. I'll be in style again!

Re: Civil War Era Ball Gown

Absolutely Gorgeous Gown! The work(wo)manship is perfection!!! I'm just getting started in CWR and have been making my undergarments, mostly by hand. I haven't decided what my 'gown' will be yet. Having trouble finding the perfect 'period correct' fabric for the gown for under $40/yd. Did you use silk taffeta and silk satin, or did you use synthetic?