Member Since: 11/24/2010
I have been doing variations of slot buttonholes for years but mostly vertical so I can put in as many as needed on dresses etc. I like the idea of horizontal which make the seamlines part of the design. I have had no problems with gaping. Depending on fabric, sometimes I put seam lines in the vertical instead of interfacing for lighter fabrics which makes it easy. On heavier material interface or a light cord works well too and adds insignificant bulk.
My mother sewed dresses for herself, my sister and I. When I was born, she had a row of fluffy 1950's frocks ready for her little Jennielynn. She was not a teacher though but her equipment was there and I learned from watching. I must have been about four when I sewed the needle through my finger which is still slightly mishapen. She also bought us lots of dolls, paperdolls and coloring supplies. I was drawing my own paperdoll clothes before school age. When I was older, she provided me with a treadle machine because she did not like me to mess up the timing on her Singer. I started making doll things from scraps and later her friends gave me their discarded clothing which I altered or remade for myself. I can only imagine what they must have looked like. I was known for being wierd in elementary school. In eighth grade, I failed my sewing class because the teacher said my mother made the project and she would not grade it giving me an incomplete. Ignorant woman! I still feel the injustice.
My daughter makes corsets for and I would love to present her with this book after I pour over it myself of courset.
I have been thinking about fitting darts and armscyes a lot recently. I have an overly high bust so on fitted garments, it creates a verticle crease across the sleeve which could be taken out with a dart but that could make the sleeve too tight if I reduced to fit the new armscye. I would appreciate any advice. I like those back waist darts on me because I need fitting in that area too.
I appreciate the negative comments. I too am not interested in a the drama queen nonsense that is dished up. So, who cares is this person does not like that. If that is what I wanted, I would watch soaps. Generally I busy myself near the TV and come running for the runway. Wouldn't it be so perfect if they filled the hour with more construction, design, styling instruction and critique. They say things like "This does not look like a collection." I would love to hear them elaborate on why and what they think would be a collection. There is just so much more that could be done with these programs. Some of the home decorating programs are very useful. Programmers, Listen up! We are the people who watch and the comments are sounding quite unanimous.
I will watch any design show.
I like color forcast because it gives me an idea of what I will find in the fabric store. It puts my subconcious designer to work. Oh goody! There will be some lovely teal prints this year. Some years, certain colors just are not available so I have to dye and embellish to get what I want.
Color forcasters should take note from these comments. Creative sewers buy what they like.
I do a lot of designing which most definitely has been hampered by my inexperience in draping. This book and a better dressform would increase my abilities 100%
I love fashion history. I get so many ideas for modern garments. Looking online is great but it is nice to have some go with me inspiration. Contest likely not available to Canadians though
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