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Member Since: 11/24/2010

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Re: How to Sew an Exposed Zipper

I would like to see a demo on a zipper that is still on the underside of the fabric, but has about 1/4-3/8 inch of actual zipper tape exposed on each side. I am fine until I have to deal with the lower stop.

Re: Book Giveaway: Dressmaking: 200 Q&A

My best tip to anyone is to only use shortcuts that do not compromise quality. A shortcut's value is only as good as the finished product.

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

I try to drape in small segments, but need more help! Project Runway is inspiring, but a masterclass afterward would be a wonderful treat!

Re: Roll Hemming a Curve Made Easy

Loved it!

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

Alexander McQueen is an icon. Who wouldn't want this book?!

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: The April/May 2012 issue of Threads magazine!

I would go with Bound Buttonholes. Good sewing is comprised of flawless detail work. The basics you can find anywhere, but intricate work requires precision and someone who knows how to teach.

Re: Why are pincushions frequently made to resemble tomatoes?

Thank You! That explains the old heart-shaped pin cushion I remember my own mother using as a child. It was large, heart-shaped, probably 8-10 inches across and made of a beautiful soft ivory satin, with a intricately crocheted overlay, and a surrounding ruffle.

Re: What comes first in your sewing concept--the garment or its embellishment?

Why must there be a limit to inspiration? As long as I have eyes to see and fingers to feel I would give my senses the true credit. When I go into a fabric store I feel as though I am absorbing the colors, the textures, the ability to drape or hold shape. When I go to the fabric district for the day I often feel overwhelmed, but at the same time unable to pull myself away.
Magazines, pattern books, couture design... just breathe it in.

Re: Giveaway: SewStylish Spring 2012 Fashion Sewing Guide

I couldn't decide on one, but anything to do with lace would make me happy!

Re: Clothing History from Afar

Absolutely! I wish I had access to the MMA here on the west coast!

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

Hopping on the Soapbox
Posted on January 18, 2012 by Gorgeous Things
Be prepared – it’s Ann-rant time. I have been talking with several sewing friends, and all have voiced similar frustration to mine. That is – where the hell are the good sewing books for us? We’re not beginners. We’re not all in our early 20s. We are fashionable. We like looking good. We enjoy challenging sewing projects. But there isn’t much on the market for us.

For example, I spent an afternoon last weekend at my local Barnes & Noble. Of course, I had to check out the sewing books section. What I found there was great for young, beginner level stitchers. For folks like me? Not so much. I don’t sew cute cotton dresses. I’m not interested in patterns and styles that border on twee. I’m not interested in looks that are so cerebral that they border on costume. I tire of the wall of sherbet colored books with titles done in cute fonts that look like hand stitches. Don’t get me wrong. There is clearly a market for these books. I’m just not part of it.

I like to think of myself as an aspirational stitcher. I know how to do all the basics. I can teach the basics, and I can teach a lot of the not-so-basics. What I want is to learn cool new techniques. I want to learn how to do some of the things that I’ve seen on the runways at Fashion Week – things that a real woman could wear. I want to work with difficult fabrics. I want to challenge myself. Pastel dresses? Nope, not for this girl woman.

I already own all the books written by Susan Khalje, Kenneth King, Claire Shaeffer and David Page Coffin. The problem is that they’ve all been around for a while. There isn’t anything new for intermediate to advanced stitchers in the retail market. I’ve taken to collecting college texts. They have more interesting techniques. Zoya Nudelman’s Couture and Julie Cole’s and Sharon Czachor’s Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers are good. Of course, they’re college textbooks, so they are not cheap.

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

Roberto Capucci combined couture and sculpture into works of art to inspire and pique the creativity of the ordinary to become the extraordinary.

Re: Button Art

Art for the Sew-cialty minded?

Re: Color Correction

Very helpful; thanks!

Re: Enter the Dare To Make It! Holiday Contest

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukkah to everyone, and may we all create memories like Kathis' with our talents!
I am altering a fabulous long coat with a thick fur collar that I found in a thrift store. It has 5-strand extra long top-stitching throughout, and I cannot wait to wear it.

Re: Tangerine Tango

I love the infusion of strong colors!

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Sweet Stitches from the Heart"

The cover is inspiring! I want it!

Re: Gifts for Sewers - A Gift Guide to the Holidays

My wish is for a book that would explain in detail how to use obtuse dressmaker's tools. I still have difficulty with a French curve and had to look up the meaning of armscye.

Re: DVD GIVEAWAY: Threads Magazine Archive, 1985-2011

Absolutely! The thought of having so much information in one place is mind-boggling. Such a time-saver!

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: "Quick Stuff to Sew"

I can't wait to get started on little holiday outfits for my new granddaughter, who will be all of five months at Christmas!

Re: Corsets from the Hardware Store!

I am so going to be looking around the house and garage with an entirely different outlook! LOL!

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

I will be sewing my daughter's wedding gown for this upcoming year, and I am feeling a bit intimidated. I believe this book would relieve a bit of stress!!!

Re: Project Runway 9: My Pet Project

Is it me, or does it seem as tho this blog is more about Project Runway and less about improving our skills and knowledge?

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Underwear Fashion in Detail"

What a fabulous book!

Re: Finally! Project Runway is Ready to Roll

I LOVE PR! I would like to see more detail; less drama. I want to see who is good with what tecniques, who prefers certain tools over another, and exactly what they are allowed to have in their kits!

Re: Magazine Giveaway: SewStylish Summer 2011

New grandbaby due in July, so baby clothes!

Re: Color Coordination

I have clothes with all of these colors already. I believe that it is simply a matter of the specific colors coming to the forefront. I am more interested in the color combos that come out of the fabric designer's studios.

Re: 'Project Accessory' Begins Casting Soon

I think that anything that showcases creativity is inspiring! I can't wait!

Re: Summer Dress Patterns

Absolutely!!! I was so pleased to see that the pattern companies were adding this feature! I had pretty much given up sewing for my two beautiful, and well-endowed daughters; and now I am back in business!!!

Re: What will you be sewing this summer?

I've been sewing lots of maternity clothes! My first grandbaby is due in mid-July, and I want to keep Mama feeling cute and happy!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Threads Sewing Guide"

What a wonderful reference book! I hope I win!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Threads Sewing Guide"

What a wonderful reference book! I hope I win!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Draping Basics" by Sally M. Di Marco

Would love the book to learn more; but where can I check for the names of the winners of these giveaways?

Re: The International Textile Expo Hits Las Vegas

More info please. That was just a tease.

Re: What's Your Favorite Non-standard Sewing Machine Foot?

The "Q" foot, commonly known as a "stretch fabric foot". I love it because it handles knits so well that there are no skipped stitches at all and the work stays precise.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Draping Basics" by Sally M. Di Marco

Very little if any. I do love watching the contestants on Project Runway drape tho, and would love to learn how.

Re: Host a Sewing Party

Dear Sewfunnytroy: Please put me on your invite list!

Re: Suggest a Designer for the Spotlight

Ralph Lauren. I love his clothes. He is a master of taking inspiration from his surroundings and translating it into his designs.

Re: Sewing with creative materials

Pretty disappointed here. I thought the idea was to share some of the different materials we have used in our sewing, not just a critique on Kenneth's design. Thank you Kenneth for providing a starting point.
I am always fascinated by the challenges on Project Runway, but haven't really done a whole lot on my own. I do work on horse items using rubber, neoprene, and fleece. That about does it.

Re: A Buyer's Guide to Your Dealership

I always consult Consumer Reports magazine before going out to shop to get an idea of what's out there, and get me in the right frame of mind to compare, rather than get carried away with specialized features.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Girl's World" by Jennifer Paganelli

I am "expecting" my first granddaughter! She will arrive sometime in mid-May, and I couldn't be more thrilled! I am sewing maternity clothes at present for her mother, and would love to have this book to guide me along when I finally get to begin sewing clothes for the baby!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the '40s and '50s"

Sounds like an incredible addition to any creative library!