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Member Since: 02/18/2011

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Re: These Two Apps Let You Carry Your Fabric Stash With You

I use Cora to keep track of, and manage, my fabric stash. It is very practical and well thought out. I can record all the relevant information about a fabric, including a picture, and there are a number of ways to search my stash so that I can match the fabric to my project.

I never get excited about apps but this one makes me happy because it is a good and transportable way to keep track of my fabric. I liked it enough that I paid for the full version. Incidentally, the app actually costs $6.99 now and is only available in IOS. I hope it will become available on Google play.

The developer has been very quick to respond to my questions and suggestions.

Re: Christine Haynes Pattern and Book Giveaway

The derby dress.

Re: Book Giveaway: John Gillow Textiles Titles

I always fabric shop when I travel. It is the best way for me to remember the trip.

Re: Enter the Teach Yourself to Sew Giveaway Sponsored by Janome

The more I learn, the better teacher and sewist I become.

Re: Enter to Win an Oliso Pro Smart Iron!

Use a clapper to help you press better seams.

Re: Book Giveaway: Dressmaking: 200 Q&A

If you feel like you don't have much time to sew, break whatever you are doing into its smallest units. It will make the project feel more manageable. For example, pick the fabric the first day, pick the pattern the next, cut out the pattern after that and so on. Once you have completed all of your pattern prep, cutting the fabric and marking (it saves time if you mark your fabric when you cut it out), resolve to sew just one seam per day. If that one seam goes well and you have a few more minutes in that day, sew another seam. If you sew one seam per day, you will complete the garment in one to two weeks depending on complexity. You'll feel like you've accomplished something with very little time and you'll get your sewing project done.

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

Stylish, modern clothing for middle aged women for every day wear.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Costume and Fashion: A Concise History"

I would most like to learn about the late 40s, early 50s.

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

Yes, I follow Gertie's blog and even try some of her techniques on occasion. Would love her book but haven't put enough aside to purchase it yet.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Improv Sewing"

Yes, I would like to have this book in my library. I'd use the book by starting with making clothes - tops for myself - to see how it all works. Presumably, that will lead to more inspiration and who knows where it will all lead.

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

I'd probably start with a blouse/top. Then move onto a dress.

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

I've always enjoyed learning from Louise Cutting and love any opportunity to learn as much as possible to make my garment sewing better.

Re: Giveaway: SewStylish Spring 2012 Fashion Sewing Guide

Metal eyelets - I have a bunch and it would be good to learn how to use them.

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

I've heard nothing but good things about this book. Naturally, I'd love to find out for myself if it is as good as I've been told.

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

I've heard nothing but good things about this book and Colette patterns so it would be nice to find out for myself. I always love to check out books that might be good recommendations for my sewing students.

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: "Quick Stuff to Sew"

Ruffles scarves for family, hand beaded mitts and scarves for sports team managers and a beautiful purse for my sister are on the list so far. I know that list will grow ...

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

I'd love to learn more about designing with fabric.

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

I have a custom dress form and I use it to play with fabrics to see how they fall, how they will look on my body, etc. The next step is to learn how to drape in a more structured way as that is one of my goals - to learn draping.