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Vero Beach, FL, US

craft interests: fashion, sewing

Member Since: 07/18/2011

recent comments

Re: Industry Insider Techniques DVD Giveaway

Just completed a men's short sleeve shirt from a Hawaiian print that I picked up in Maui a few years ago.

Re: Two-book Giveaway

Cotton is my favorite is very versatile, comfortable and easy to sew not to mention it is a natural fiber that has been around for ever...blends well and has many uses.

Re: Win a Copy of the All-New The Couture Skirt Book & DVD Set

A dream come true....I love Claire Shaeffer! I have learned so much from her over the year's from both her magazine articles as well as her books...In fact I have every book she has published EXCEPT this one - Couture Sewing: The Couture Skirt. It was on my Christmas wish list....and not that I was naughty or anything, but I didn't get it for Christmas. :-( wonderful it would be to be graced with this latest Claire Shaeffer edition...... :-) A matching jacket and skirt....hmmm? I have to go out fabric shopping now....

Re: Interview with Designer Joi Mahon and Giveaway

Oh I just love Joi! So inspirational. Fitting?? Hmm?? My major difficulty is fitting the crotch and hip area for pants. It is such a struggle for me...and the other area is sloping shoulders. When I alter a pattern for my shoulders I end up with this unusual looking pattern shape...but it works...Thanks Joi for writing "Create the Perfect Fit" and thank you Threads' editors for offering this opportunity.

Re: Christine Haynes Pattern and Book Giveaway

I like the emery--sleek and an air of sophistication Looking forward to the book, too

Re: Book Giveaway: "Patternmaking Made Easy," Third Edition by Connie Crawford

I enjoy making shirts and blouses me they are like an empty canvas just waiting for a new creative design...they can be casual or elegant...and can be made to co-ordinate with pants and skirts.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: Threads Issue no.173 (June/July 2014)

If I could do it again....I would have taken out a loan in order to go to a Fashion Design school. For most of my self-taught education I have read several books and relied heavily on Threads Magazine to learn techniques. I have spent countless hours ripping out and making several samples just to try to figure out how to do something. It would have been nice to have had some hands-on personal instruction!

Re: Magazine Giveaway: "Designer Techniques Vol. 2"

I don't have a favorite designer...they are all creative. What I enjoy seeing are the intricate designs that each designer comes up with. Like anything in life it's a situation of "one either loves it or hates it". Sometimes I see a designer's work and I can marvel over it...whereas other times they can be the most famous designer creating an article of clothing that has taken many hours to construct but I look at it and remark "what a waste of time and's hideous...what were they thinking???" But I guess that's why we say "beauty is in the eye of the beholder"...the viewer doesn't have to always agree with the creator...although some people will. Hmm?? But I love couture garments and construction methods...this magazine looks like it has a lot to offer. Thank you for this opportunity to share this work.

Re: Second Annual National Serger Month Celebration and Giveaway

I don't use my serger for much else than finishing would be great to learn other uses with the serger.

Re: Book Giveaway: "The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction"

I am helping a couple of other people with learning the basics of sewing and clothing construction and this book would be a great aid to me and them. I am always trying to learn new things and techniques. Thanks for the offer!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Europe: Rising Fashion Designers"

This book looks like a great resource for inspiration. The few times I have traveled to Europe I am always looking into the store windows to see how the fashion/styles differ from the US. In my opinion the clothing is designed for slimmer figures, tends to be flashier in the upscale stores or often has a minimalist appearance. But I suppose that fashion is fashion no matter where you look--it's a designer's attempt to be innovative, creative and different just to sell there brand.

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

I'm really into 50's fashion lately...I love the retro Vogue patterns...and I really enjoy the details in the cloths. This book looks very inspirational and a good way to expand my skills. Thanks

Re: Book Giveaway: Dressmaking: 200 Q&A

When I am sewing a new pattern or trying a new technique I check various books for different ideas or instructions and then I make samples using either muslin or scrap fabric saved from other projects. This takes a little extra time to do but is valuable in the end. It gives you a chance to practice before sewing the actual garment or project and you get to learn optional ways of sewing construction. Sometimes I find something in a book and use in place of the original pattern's fun to try new things and learn.

Re: Fabric Giveaway: Celebrating Grand Central Terminal's 100th year

There isn't one thing best about New York...but a few of my favorites are (1) the Fabric Stores of course (haven't been to the City Quilter but will be sure to visit on my next visit), (2) the theatre...looking forward to seeing Pippin, (3) eating..oh such a variety of restaurants to choose from, (4) THE PEOPLE...just all kinds to watch...Museums, Central Park, walking, shopping.... :-) This fabric would make a great vest!!

Re: Book Giveaway "The Colette Sewing Handbook"

I have a friend who has purchased a few of the Colette patterns and she says they are easy to make up and she loves wearing the designs. I would like to get the opportunity to try some of these patterns myself....and of course share them with my friend Carol...I know she would be excited, too!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Hat Shop"

Oh this looks wonderful. I just purchased a pattern to make a women's hat and I'm clueless as where to begin especially as to what I will use to stiffen the brim...I don't like using buckram...any one have any suggestions for stiffeners? Maybe this book will help...

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

This was a wonderful exhibit and the way they compared the styles of these two designers was very interesting. The book was quite expensive and not in my budget. It would be nice to have this copy not only as a source of inspiration but it would also be great to help me re-live that enjoyable day at the MET...whoever is the winner I know if you love fashion and sewing you surely will enjoy this publication!

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

Schiaparelli was an amazing and very interesting woman with many "firsts" in her designs. Would like to see what they said about Prada in this book.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "The Art of Fashion Draping" by Connie Amaden-Crawford

Evening gowns—sumptuous dresses from the finest fabrics, silks and chiffons—to make a women feel like she is at the Oscars—when I think draping I think of lightness and fluidity. I have never draped anything (don’t know how) but would like to learn. Perhaps I will. . .

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: A Field Guide to Fabric Design

Sometimes I create my own fabric by sewing together a few pieces of fabric in different colors. If I had an embroidery machine then it would be possible to sew motifs in an all-over design to create an interest on a solid color background. This book looks as it has some quite interesting techniques that I wouldn't my trying out.

Re: DVD GIVEAWAY: Industry Insider Techniques with Louise Cutting Volumes 1-4

I purchased the Threads Magazine Fitting Series last year which was tremendously helpful in developing my sewing and fitting skills. The magazine is never disappointing so I can only imagine that this Louise Cutting series is outstanding especially considering her background in fashion teaching and pattern making. Even if my name isn't chosen for this give-away I'll have to start putting away that loose change to save up and purchase this series. . .Thanks Threads for all that you do for the Sewing Community

Re: Book Giveaway: "The Chronicle of Western Costume" by John Peacock

Since childhood, when I watched my grandmother, a seamstress to the locally well-off, cut and sew elaborately designed dresses from silks and suits from wool, I have been fascinated by what people wear. Any time we visited a museum or historical site I was even more intrigued by what people wore in previous times and I yearned to possess the knowledge of making the garments they wore.

Yes…one aspect of fashion is that the clothing we choose to wear is an expression of ourselves, that is, the clothes we choose often represent who we are or who we want to be...

One of my favorite quotes comes from William Shakespeare:

“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;”

[From: As you Like It - Act II - Scene VII]

That’s how I like to look at fashion, from blue jeans and
T-shirts to Haute Couture, everything that we choose to wear is a costume...a costume we have chosen to wear for the next scene that we will each be appearing in as we go through life...What costume have you chosen to wear for a particular role you are playing today?

So...even today I still yearn to possess the knowledge of how to make historical costumes and I continually augment my understanding of why people wore what they did. To educate myself I have started a shelf of historical costuming books [much more plentiful now than when I was younger] and I am learning how to re-create these historical patterns. I hope to one day soon use this acquired knowledge and skills to be able to offer what I know to local community theatres in my area...I would even like to surprise my family one evening by sitting down at the dinner table in an 18th or 19th century ensemble just to hear their reactions and to be able to entertain their questions.

I would be so gratefully appreciative to add this tome to my sewing library...but whoever is granted the good fortune of acquiring this masterpiece I wish you many great hours of perusing and imagining...remember, the stage is yours...

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Roberto Capucci Art Into Fashion"

I am always intrigued by the blurred demarcation between what constitutes something as fashion or art. I heard about the Roberto Capucci Exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art but was unable to get there (and the exhibit was at the same time as Alexander McQueen in NY City), sadly I missed both ;-( He didn’t sew but he was able to produce garments that are works of art. Line, structure, and color are part of clothing design—hence the term “pattern drafting” since we are like architects drawing the blueprints of our new form—and his work displayed in this book would be a great source for designing inspiration. Here are some links to learn a little more…I hope you enjoy them as much as I did…

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Underwear Fashion in Detail"

I love historical costume and one can learn so much about the people and customs of earlier time periods from studying what they wore. I read the review of this book in Threads and said I have to have it for my library....I have two other books by V & B publishing and they are excellent. Right now I am learning about corset building and this book looks as it would be a great learning aid and resource....