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Member Since: 03/29/2011
I can't say I find menswear fascinating, although some of the medieval garb worn in the SCA is nice. My husband would steal the clothes right off Fred MacMurray's "My Three Sons" set if he could.
From one sewing organic chemist to another, please tell Ronnie thank you for reminding you of this tip! I can't wait to try it out.
I love these frog closures. Inherited an encyclopedia of knot tying when my father-in-law passed away a few years back and last year, out of boredom, discovered how to make i-cord shoe strings out of #10 crochet cotton and a size 0 or 1 double point knitting needles. I'm beginning to see a plan coming together!
Kenneth, I really appreciate your articles each month. I like your designs and love the embellishments. Thanks for all your inspiration!
I would wear Gunnar's design. I guess that's why it didn't win. The others are over the top for work.
I've never found hairpin lace attractive when I've seen it made with yarn, but with ribbon (particularly the royal blue) it's very pretty. Maybe I should look into a loom after all!
I could definitely benefit from these!
I've almost decided to go to fashion design school to learn to make patterns for the "pretty plus" crowd. My mom is petite plus and in her 60's. It's nearly impossible to find clothes for her. I recently made her a skirt and had to remove 10 inches from the length! I really think the fashion industry has begun designing for their own glory and not for the general population.
I'll be interested in seeing the reviews for #6610. I've had trouble finding patterns for jeans. They keep getting discontinued.
Diagonal stripes, pointing to the right places, work best for me right now. I feel like lines on the axes (horizontal or vertical) make me look wider than I really am. These days, I can't afford that!
Darn!! I missed the deadline. These books are on my "To-Buy" list.
I saw one of these on a lady at work the other day. It looked like a mistake. The front of the dress looked stylish and professional. The back, with its exposed zipper just looked like someone messed up. Not for me, thanks.
I thought that looked a little familiar. I have Simplicity 4070. I bought it based on a Threads review. Were your seam issues because of poor pattern design? I'm concerned because I'm no pro at modifying and fitting patterns. I was hoping to make the same overlay view F.
You did a great job. I hope she had fun.
Summer means cotton skirts and dresses. In fact Simplicity 1800 & 1808 are on my list along with a couple from last year's collections.
I'd like to win a year of access. I don't know if I'd be able to see enough in 2 weeks to decide especially since I've already spent my annual subscription allowance on pattern review.
Looks like this has some great ideas that could spice up my sewing!
I was taught to place the pins perpendicular to the seam when I'm sewing and parallel when I'm cutting. My grandmother taught me to baste, not pin, but I've never been confident with that, so I pin then baste then sew. It works best for me that way...even if it is a bit of overkill.
One thing I've learned through experience is, when pinning the pattern to the fabric, I pin through the notches perpendicularly. This allows me to lift the cut portion to get the second side of the notch.(I cut notches out, as points, not into the seam allowance.)
As for bent pins and needles, if they're still sharp and aren't broken, I keep using them. They're particularly useful when pinning curves. If necessary, needle-nosed pliers can straighten them out nicely. I guess I learned Depression-era frugality from Grandma, too.
Sounds like a great book. I love personalizing my sewing for those I love.
As a University of Illinois alum, I can't truthfully say I hate orange. I can say that, at best, tangerine tango will only be an accent that stays far from my face if it finds its way into my wardrobe.
I agree with Dsapsmith. Perhaps Pantone would consider naming a set of colors each year. There are still people who prefer to dress in colors that complement their skin tone even if those colors aren't the color du jour.
I have been looking for a good wide leg pants pattern for awhile now. I was excited to see them featured in the most recent issue of Threads. I finally found Burda 3927 on eBay. The picture is VERY 80's (what were we thinking????), but I think with the right fabric and a few modifications I can come up with just what I've been looking for!
I'm glad you're offering this again. I've been saving my fabric money to buy this DVD set. If I win, I can use the money to buy fabric and try out the new techniques the DVDs have to teach!
I've been sewing since Jr. High, but, like my piano playing, I am 'tied to the music' (or pattern in this case.) I, too, have problems with fitting. I usually do any adjustments after the fact in the same way I adjust RTW clothes, but it'd be so much more efficient to make those adjustments to the pattern itself BEFORE cutting into the fabric!
Great idea! You wouldn't need to buy new. You could get these at construction salvage stores or even if you or a friend is replacing one in your house. (You may want to strip any paint or stain, but it probably isn't necessary.) I'm thinking that an old, round doorknob might be useful, too.
One of the reasons I love to sew is that it helps me honor the memories of my grandmothers and great-grandmothers who sewed not just for fun but as a way to clothe their families while making ends meet. Since I've lost them both, I no longer have a teacher or mentor. I'd love to have this book so that I can continually improve and be able to pass the skill on to future generations as my grandmothers passed it to me.
Gorgeous! Every little girl needs a 'twirly' skirt. I'm glad she was able to help you make it. I think it is very important to pass on handcrafting skills to our children and our children's children.
Kate's dress was stunning and these patterns are beautiful. I absolutely LOVED her choice of tiara and William's choice of bride. I wish them all the best and hope they can rise above the fray to bring dignity and grace back to the monarchy.
Can these press cloths be made from old clothing...I think a Goodwill 'hand-me-down' might be cheaper than buying the requisite material from the fabric store.
Also, are colors important? As long as it is colorfast, can I use stripes/plaids/etc or should I stick with light colored solids?
I love those dolls...similar to American Girl, but somehow better (must be my age!) The dresses you made are exactly the kind of dresses I wore as a girl: no lace (too scratchy!) and LONG SKIRTS for modesty! You did a wonderful job, so keep on sewing!
I like Jessica McClintock. Her clothes are stylish, flattering and classy...not flashy.
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