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Dayton, TX, US

craft interests: embroidery, fashion, sewing, design

Member Since: 12/07/2009

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Re: Create a Custom Dress Form

Some years ago I went to a Palmer Pletsch school and one of the things we did was be prepared for a form using the plaster cast bandages.
One thing we were told was not to stand with our knees locked because that can lead to problems some have already mentioned. One of the participants unfortunately had the habit of standing with one hip thrown out and when it came time to learn to use our forms (included in the program) she was very unhappy that her form mirrored her bad posture.
An advantage I see to this method is that if you lose weight you can shave off whatever foam is necessary to adjust the form to your new "you". We wore a good bra not a wornout one. Of course if you gain weight :-( you can always pad out the form. I'm going to have to measure my form and me to adjust it after losing 30 lbs.
Be extra careful in using a commercial form. If the shoulder to bust measurement is too different, it is very difficult to rectify. When I studied Fashion Design, one of the classes required that we buy a form and pad it to fit ourselves. I bought an 18 and only after doing all the work to make the cover did I find out that this measurement was way off. I should have bought a 14 and although it would have meant more stuffing at least it would have fit. What I finally wound up doing was putting the cover on my P/P form and stuffing that out to fit the cover. That is when I recovered my good bra and reverted to using it normally.
Beverly A.

Re: 10 Better Sewing Habits

This won't apply to everyone, just us Lefties. Be careful where you have your scissors sharpened. You need to test them before accepting them. If the sharpener is right handed the scissors may not be right for you especially if they need to be adjusted by tightening the screw.

Re: How to Miter the Inside Corner of a Hong Kong Finish

I, of course, am not Kenneth but I do use this finish frequently. One use is on the facing of a jacket whether you line it or not. (In this case the lining goes under the facing)it looks almost like a zip-out lining. I have also used this finish on seams of silk blouses and seams and hems of skirts. You may say "but that is a lot of work for something that will not be seen", yes, but if you like the luxury of the finish remember, YOU will see it.

Re: McCall's latest collection

For those of you who cannot find suitable clothing or patterns, get thee to a computer patternmaking program such as Patternmaster by Wild Ginger. Sorry McCalls.

Re: The Results Are In! Do Horizontal Stripes Affect the Way You Look?

And just how often do you wear black and stand against a white wall? (or vice versa) This comparison might be interesting but it has nothing to do with real life. Additionally, I cannot wear black near my face, it sucks every bit of color out of my face. These "reports" just take up space in the magazine but really are not very helpful. IMHO

Re: How to Make a Precision Placket

One thing I always do where clipping a corner is concerned is to shorten the stitch length about 1/2" before the corner and continue the short stitch length until the entire corner is sewn.
Beverly A.

Re: Video: Three Ways to Gather

Before you sew the gathered piece to the straight piece, carefully press the gathers above the lowest gathering line. That will facilitate sewing the two pieces together and avoid pleats that might get sewn into the seam.

Re: Dance costumes sparkle with hand applied embellishments

I guess the costumes were lovely. The videos left much to be desired in viewing them. A second here a second there. If we are to vote, I'd like to SEE the costumes.

Re: Go to Great Lengths

The turn of the hem will look much better if the seam is pressed open first then turned and pressed into place.
I assume that the contrasting fabric used in the article had two purposes. One is that a contrasting fabric can be a "fashion statement". The other is to show what is being done.
Beverly A.

Re: The Blog for Men Who Sew (And the Women Who Sew For Them)

Uh, it is kind of amusing that the column does not have any avatars to represent men.

Re: A Buyer's Guide to Your Dealership

I have owned several machines throughout the years, some bought new, some used. I have only depended on a dealer when I bought my first serger and this was when sergers were new to the home market. I bought a Brother for embroidery on line, got a good price and it came complete in-the-box. I really haven't much use for a dealer at this time either because I have no intention to buy a new machine. My two Pfaffs, the Brother, my Elna serger (yes, the original one), my Babylock hemmer and my Brother Coverstitch all are doing just fine, thank you. Now, you might say, wow, what does she have against dealers. Plenty. Send your machine to be checked out, find out all they did was to sock it full of grease when it needed a new motor. Take it to a dealer for a checkup and find out some months later that not only does it not work correctly but they also removed a special stitch I had installed years ago. (I know I should have checked it out upon bringing it home but I just went to my other Pfaff and stored away the one I had "fixed".) The only problem I am having right now is with my Pfaff serger. Get this: I took it to a dealer to be fixed and was told it could not be completely fixed, it was "too old" and the parts were not available. I don't think so. I'll search around on line and find a repair person with a good reputation and send it to him. I went back to this same place with my newer Pfaff SM and was told the repair person did not want to fix my machine because I was "too fussy". I took it elsewhere and after several months went to see about it. I got it back minus the threader. The repair person was on his honeymoon. I made my displeasure known (I did not get nasty) so I got my machine back fixed for free but minus the threader.
You would think there would be really good repair people in the are where I live but I haven't found him/her as yet. And I know I am not the exception. When I was studying Fashion Design in college, we talked among ourselves about this and others of my fellow students had the same sad experiences.
I sincerely hope you find your ideal dealer, I know I haven't found mine.

Re: Book Giveaway: "1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips"

Learn how to best use the tools you have spent so much money for. Your ham, sleeve roll, point presser, different types of scissors, even your iron. Know the capabilities of your machines, sewing machine, serger, coverstitch machine, hemmer, etc. Really read the instruction manuals, keep them readily available and do some practice stitches-buttonholes especially.
Arrange adequate lighting for each area or machine, including over the ironing board. You need good light to cut, sew and press accurately.
Learn how to use a rotary cutter. Of course, you need a cutting mat for that purpose. But you will be surprised how much faster and more accurate your cutting out will be. I don't fool around with the little rinky-dinky one. I use the 60MM. The medium size is good for cutting out patterns after I print them up on my 36" plotter. I use Wild Ginger patternmaking software to make my patterns. NAYY
I keep my little tools, 6" ruler, pencils, pens, tracing wheels, etc. in a holder I got at a stationery store right on the cutting table. They don't get scattered all over the place and are readily accessible.
My sewing room is set up for MY needs. I am left-handed so the U shape starts with the cutting table at the extreme right, the sewing machine is to its left, the sergers, hemmer and coverstitch machine are to its left and the ironing board is at the top of the U. I use a rolling office chair to navigate between the machines and the ironing board which is set to use while seated. Each area has its own tools. So, I have several 6" rulers, several seam rippers, several scissors, several boxes of pins.

Re: The Bullfighter's Jacket

Kenneth: Do you have any idea as to the approximate age of the garment? The embroidery reminds me of the type the Lesage does.

Re: What's your favorite sewing event/show to attend?

My favorite is the Houston Quilt Show. I haven't attended for a couple of years but might just make the effort this year.

Re: The Trousseau of the May Queen

I should have looked at the website of the Vionnet exhibition before commenting. There IS a book offered in conjunction with the exhibit. Madeleine Vionnet, puriste de la mode. 304 pages,306 illustrations. 55 euros. ISBN: 978-2-916914-13-8

Re: The Trousseau of the May Queen

operadraper: Although the book I have is not generated by the exhibit, there is a book about Vionnet. It is entitled: Madeline Vionnet. Author is Betty Kirke. Publisher is Chronicle Books. ISBN 0-8118-1997-3 Warning, the book is rather expensive but it is not only about her fashions, it is about her, her life, her fashion business, etc. And it is a coffee table size.
I was fortunate to buy the book at a discounted price as it was offered to us in college studying Fashion Design.