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craft interests: sewing, fashion design

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Member Since: 08/10/2010

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Re: Enter the 2014 National Sewing Month Giveaway

I intend to make some comfortable lounge wear using vintage linens as my materials. I collect vintage tablecloths and pillowcases and have plenty to use. I would like to receive Threads magazine for the couture sewing tips that I want to incorporate into my design work.

Re: Enter Threads Storage Solution Giveaway Sponsored by

I keep my sewing supplies and notions very organized and separated by type - fasteners like snaps, zippers, buckles; buttons; thread; lace and trim, etc. Good storage receptacles are key to making my sewing experience go smoothly and keeping the creative flow going.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: Threads Issue 168

The dress Kate Winslet wore when she fell in the rain in Sense and Sensibility

Re: Enter to Win a One-Year Subscription to Threads!

I have sewn all my life, but I am always interested in learning new techniques, or discovering more about fabrics and tools. Plus, I am a designer of clothing, so getting an eye on new ideas is always welcome.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Creating a Successful Fashion Collection"

I am currently working on some steampunk designs and would really like to get some insight on making a cohesive collection. Designing clothing is a lifetime obsession for me and I would like to turn the corner from personal wardrobe to commercial collection.

Re: Project Runway All Stars, Episode 7: "An Unconventional Nightmare Before Christmas"

Oh, please... as if anyone could make something really wearable from the bizarre materials in these challenges! This fan is not amused by them. I'm convinced the producers have kept Ivy and Laura Kathleen on for their drama-queen turns more than for their ability to design and create fashion. And I preferred Anthony Ryan's silver dress to Uli's.

Re: Project Runway All Stars, Episode 5: "You've Got Male "

I think Laura Kathleen is still there because the producers want the drama her bitchiness brings. Her look was about as bad as Kayne's so either one might have gone. I did not care for either Uli's or Anthony Ryan's looks; I preferred Althea's after Emilio's, or Joshua's.

Re: Project Runway Episode 9: "It's All About Me"

I couldn't see the logic in keeping Ven and aufing Gunnar. I would buy Gunnar's jacket, although I liked it better with the black that Tim talked him out of using on it. Wouldn't touch that dress of Ven's with a ten-foot picnic umbrella. Maybe I'm just a suspicious cynic, but it seems the producers like to keep people for he sake of drama, and once Christopher and Gunnar made up, that source of friction was gone, leaving Ven to be generally disliked by the remaining designers. Gunnar had shown real talent in the previous challenge, whereas Ven gave us a lackluster contribution to his group's effort. Wrong call, judges.

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

I would like to drape a romantic dressing gown, something that recalled the beautiful bias cut gowns of the 30s .

Re: Project Runway Episode 6: "Fix My Friend!"

The word "real" has lost all its value in the last few years, due in large part to TV. "Reality" programming has very little to do with unprogrammed events."Real" housewives of Anywhere are so far from real that it is disgusting. Why not use the words "normal" or "regular" when talking about women who are not "Size 0" (another "unreal" concept)? It's the models who are not the norm, and I'm weary and put off by the presentation of those admittedly attractive young women as more "real" than I am. I'm also unhappy that we have been seeing less of the clothing as it is being sewn and more of the drama. I watch PR to be inspired, not to be annoyed by shrill dilettantes. I want to get a good look at the garments during the process.

Re: Project Runway Season 10: "Candy Couture"

In re Dimitri using fabric for his bodice:I am trying to remember the winners of this challenge in past seasons. Having looked up the Season 4 Hershey's challenge, I found that most of the designers did not use actual candy for their designs, but the candy wrappers or merchandise with candy logos to construct their garments. The winner was Rami, who (if memory serves) did something that reminded me of the gum wrapper chains we made as kids. Jillian used Twizzlers to make a fitted bodice of a dress that was ornamented with Twizzler fringe (which predictably, lost some bits on the runway. Chris March remarked at the time that using food for clothing is "impractical". I think it's absurd and must make for a mess on the sewing machines.

Re: How to Make Hairpin Lace

These are not hard to come by. Amazon page

Re: Project Runway All Stars: "Finale Part 1"

Of all the designers on this season, these three were the ones that really produced the best-made garments time after time. I do miss Anthony, because he is so much fun and not so drama-queen as many of the others. I don't care for Austin's love affair with tulle, but he does make some very classy dresses. Mondo is so clever with his designs - mixing surprising fabrics and patterns in a way that makes fashion fun. Michael makes clothing that looks like comfort (well, except for the falling-off-your-boobs thing sometimes). Each of them has his own back story that is compelling, and each has an emotional appeal in addition to his talent. Whoever wins, I won't really be disappointed.

Re: Project Runway All Stars: "Patternmaking for Piggy"

I'm trying to imagine Miss Piggy in any of these dresses and sadly, falling short. In my opinion, Kenley and Rami caught the spirit of fun but frankly, Miss Piggy seems too old to wear either one. Kara and Mila's dresses were wildly inappropriate - one almost S&M and the other just something M.P. wouldn't look twice at on the rack. (Hmmm... rack of pork... mmmm)If they were for humans, most of the dresses were very well done, though I disliked both Jerrell's and Austin's, and I agree Gordana's looked like a nighty. I'd like to see a challenge where the designers are required to create a practical wardrobe of a few pieces that a home sewer might undertake - skirt, pants, top, vest, jacket... Is that too mundane? If you were suddenly given a chance to take a trip, this is what you might be facing if you don't have the wherewithal to go out and buy yourself a whole case of clothes.

Re: Project Runway All Stars: Return to the Runway

I anticipated the debut of this show with excitement; the chance to see some of my favourite non-winners was delightful. I have to confess, however, I couldn't say I really remembered more than the names of some of the contestants. Others whom I remembered and liked were a big disappointment in the first challenge: Austin, really? Your dress looked like it was made from doggie pee pads! And Kenley - where was your signature tailoring? It appeared you had pasted sheets of posterboard to your model! I did appreciate Rami's creation, though I question who would wear something like that. Anthony's dress, Michael C.'s and Mondo's were all pleasing to the eye as well as something someone would want to own (well, in Anthony's case, made of something besides tissue paper). I can't wait to see what happens next, and although I can see why Elisa was eliminated, I will miss her out-there-ness.

Re: Project Runway 9: "This is For the Birds"

The only designer that consistently makes garments I really like is Viktor. Bert has talent and sewing ability but he needs to get a more modern vision - his references for styling are always to women who were celebrities 30 to 40 years ago. Still, I was sorry to see him go. I know the judges claim that they "never see the behind-the-scenes footage until later", but they should at least be watching after the judging to see what has gone on - then they'd realize how poorly Anya is doing and know about things like her failure to make a closure on the winning garment last week. That she is still on is a travesty. As for Josh, he is a whiner, but I suspect that he isn't aware of how he comes across. He is acting from deep pain and has a "victim" mindset. His lashing out at Laura on the after show was indicative of that. I haven't read her blog, but judging from her behavior on Season 3 of PR, she is not a very nice person. Remember how she accused Jeffrey of cheating? Perhaps she did say something out of line and Josh reacted badly to that. I can't even guess who will make it to Fashion Week - the judges have lost my respect as well as any semblance of good sense and taste.

Re: No Halstons Here: Project Runway Episode 10 is "Sew '70s"

I think back to what I was wearing in the 70s and nothing the designers came up with was anywhere near as interesting. Most of the clothing on this episode was butt-ugly. Viktor's two outfits were exceptions - really lovely; I'd wear that jacket and those pants in a heartbeat. None of t he maxis or jumpsuits was particularly special. If you have boobs (I do), you'd be falling out all over the place. Who wants to have to use tape to keep herself in? Boring (but not cultish, Michael... WTH?) and ugly. I think the best designer there is Viktor and I hope he won/wins.

Re: Project Runway 9: "Image is Everything"

I was a college student/hippie who made most of my own clothes in the 70s and I wouldn't have dressed ANYONE in most of those looks! Dreadful! Viktor's jacket was OK, for pleather. TYhe flowered shirt was spot on for the era, if 70s was really what everyone was going for. Kimberley's pants were... OK. Those "dashikis"? EW. I was glad to see the back of Olivier, however. His whining and stubbornness were really getting on my nerves. That, and his limited palette.

Re: Project Runway Episode 7: "Can't We Just All Get Along?"

I thought Viktor's and Olivier's garments were far more interesting tha Anya's. I would wear Olivier's jacket in a NY minute, but wold probably not give Anya's dress a second look on the rack. Snore.

Re: Project Runway 9: "The Art of the Matter"

The only memorable "avant garde" creation, for me, in all PR history was the collaboration between Chris March and Christian Siriano. That dress was not only avant garde, it was also gorgeous and wearable. This batch of nonsense was fugly, full stop. Laura's dress did look like Harvest Barbie - the Corn Queen. Either the creations were unimaginative or they were just too mundane. Flaming poodle skirt... dirty curtains... kindergarten play mat complete with blocks... Is it possible to save this season of PR?

Re: Project Runway 9: "All About Nina"

I hate to think that Tim Gunn would allow himself to be associated with the placement of a "ringer", but I don't believe for a nanosecond that Anya told the truth about what she knew and when she knew it. The judges are making decisions and choices that are dumbfounding. I'm also disappointed with the level of the designers this year. Even the one with professional experience isn't batting 1000.

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: SewStylish Fall Fashion

I would love to see an article (or more than one) about using tidbits of patterned fabric (like fat quarters or remnants) in constructing personalized high fashion garments. I have called myself the Scrap Queen at times because I love to pick through remnants and fat quarters at the fabric stores to find gems of patterned fabric. The hard part, sometimes, is figuring out the best way to use them to maximize their impact.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Underwear Fashion in Detail"

I love corsets! They are one of my favorite garments to make. I make a lot of costumes for Renaissance festival wear, and thinking up new fabric and trim combinations is so much fun! What I am curious about is men's undergarments from early times. We hardly ever hear or read about that.

Re: Finally! Project Runway is Ready to Roll

I don't mind the "snarkiness" as much as some others do. What I find annoying is the rude comments made by some of the judges (Michael Kors is the worst)and the inclusion of "guest judges" who have little to no expertise in the fashion area aside from wearing clothes. It is possible to be a nice person and a creative person at the same time - Chloe Dao, winner of Season 2, for instance. I agree with some other commentors taht it was very disappointing that the judges found Gretchen's work laudable, when a lot of it was trite or boring or simply unwearable. Let's hope that the new season has some great talent, interesting characters, and less of the rudeness (from contestants and judges)than we have seen in other seasons. I always get inspired to sew watching the show.

Re: What is the strangest project you have ever sewn?

I was asked to make a costumefor a team race, a caterpillar costume made of ripstop nylon, in the colors of the Texas flag. It had to fit 6 people, with a head hole for each one. Apparently, it made the cover of Runner's World Magazine for the month of April in that year (I don't remember which year).