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Glenside, PA, US

craft interests: crochet, embroidery, gifts, paper-crafts, sewing

Member Since: 07/28/2011

recent comments

Re: Enter to Win an Oliso Pro Smart Iron!

I'm saving all these comments because there are so many good ideas here. What can I add? I'm tempted to suggest, when you win this beautiful iron, you use your old iron to make grilled cheese sandwiches. But that would be silly. So I'll relate a suggestion I read somewhere in the blogoverse about using a fish knife to turn corners all the way to a nice point. And then iron them to make them crisp. Like the sandwiches.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: Threads Issue 168

Instead of mentioning a specific dress, I want to say I love the dresses that Gracie Allen wore on the Burns and Allen tv show (the later shows that showed them a bit more affluent). I love almost all of them. They're not flamboyant, but graceful and flattering in their fit and details; feminine without being obnoxiously over-sexed the way so much Hollywood fashion is. Their subtlety made her, as a housewife, look elegant without looking out of place. In contrast to her ditzy scripted character, she exuded self-confidence and polish. They're clothes the average woman could wear, not just women posing on the red carpet. I did a quick search and came up with the name Don Loper, so I'll give him credit.

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

I love all the great museums in NYC. I'm afraid I haven't been to New York since I discovered City Quilter on line, but I hope to get there one day.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: A Field Guide to Fabric Design

Lately I've been bookmarking instructions for purses and little pouches that I'm finding all over the internets. I'd love to design my own fabric to make some of these wonderful designs with.

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

I'd love to improve my sewing skills with these.

Re: Book Giveaway: Heart-Felt Holidays & Baby Times

Because these projects look flat out adorable! Have a nephew who needs some cute gifts.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "The Colette Sewing Handbook" by Sarai Mitnick

It's been a long time since I made any clothes for myself. I need to get back into sewing for pleasure, and make use of some of my stash. I definitely need a refresher course, for the fun of sewing, and for some free clothes.

Re: Skyscrapers In The Big City

You did a fantastic job of incorporating Van der Rohe's crystal tower into your dress design. It looks very sophisticated and you obviously put a great deal of thought into the details. When I googled the building, it was fun to see your dress tucked in with the other images for Van der Rohe. I'll bet the architecture students at IIT would appreciate this dress. Hope you get the machine of your dreams soon.

Re: Who influenced or taught you the most when you started sewing?

I took sewing classes for four years in high school. My teacher was an older woman. I can't say I was fond of her; she wasn't very cheerful or friendly. However, she knew her stuff and was a no nonsense teacher who taught us well. She always expected the senior to sew either a suit (jacket and skirt back then) or a coat. I was looking forward to that project, and learning the finer points of sewing. Alas, she retired and we got a new teacher just as I reached my senior year. She was young, not terribly experienced, and not terribly friendly. Instead of the coat I was hoping to learn how to sew, we were required to knit or crochet a whole outfit. I crocheted something, which turned out ok, but I don't think I ever wore it. Kinda dorky for a teenager to wear back then. Oddly, my teacher said it turned out a lot better than she was expecting it would, based on the picture. Left handed compliment. Alas, just as I was reaching the point where I could sew clothes that didn't look homemade, I lost interest. Wish I'd stuck with it. Maybe now that I'm older I may get back into it. Maybe I'll learn to sew that coat... At least I've been able to do lots of mending and Halloween costumes and curtains over the years. Sewing is a truly useful skill.

Re: Turning Pillowcases Into Dresses

Dear PointPatou: After going out to buy the fabric and patterns, how many dresses have YOU completed? Seems like the whole point of the project is to make it simple enough, and inexpensive enough, to overcome inertia and fear of a lack of skills or resources to motivate people to act.
Dear KattDaida: Have you been to the places where they're distributing these dresses? Have you witnessed first hand the egregious Western cultural imperialism you have assigned to this project? Or are you just making gross assumptions with no facts to back them up? Seems like everyone in the videos was wearing clothing of some sort, so I doubt these people are running around naked, as you claim.
If the two of you don't want to be involved, move on to the next blog, and don't waste your time whining. Use your time to save the world in your own way.