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Abilene, TX, US

I'm a professional pianist, working full time as an accompanist. I've been sewing off and on since I was 18. I'm mostly self-taught. The Couture Dress class, along with other classes on Craftsy, along with videos on Threads Insider, has shown me how much more valuable it is to have a master teacher show you each step along the way. It is so much fun to bring the same care and attention to detail that I use with music to sewing. And, as with music, it is the tiny details that mark the difference between the good and the really great.

craft interests: fashion, knitting, sewing

Member Since: 07/09/2011

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Eggplant Dress

This was the first dress I actually made a muslin prior to cutting the fashion fabric. This sold me on making muslins. It enables you to check fit and gives you the opportunity for a trial run with...

Ivory/Gold Silk Coat

This kimono style coat was made at the request of my daughter.  It was actually the practice coat to see if she liked the pattern.  I decided to use a vintage fabric inherited from a cousin.  As I...

Yellow Eyelet Sundress

This dress made for my daughter was inspired by an Oscar de la Renta dress in Vogue Magazine and Susan Khalje's dress on the cover of Threads #159. She requested it to be made in bright yellow. The...

recent comments

Re: Book Giveaway: "Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations"

I would love to know how Prada has taken inspiration from Schiaparelli and re-interpreted it for today's fashion world. As always, I love to see "new" classics inspired from old.

Re: Yellow Eyelet Sundress

Thank you for all your kind comments. The fabric was ordered on-line, as there is no fabric store in my community (other than the big box stores). I ordered the fabric in the spring, so it is no longer available, but you could probably find similar fabric by searching on-line. The bodice is underlined with silk organza and there is plastic boning in all the seams. It is lined in cotton batiste. The plastic boning seems to hold it in place pretty well.

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: What advice would you give to someone learning to sew?

Find someone who sews well and ask if they would be willing to do a sew-along with you. Select a simple, but wearable pattern. Carefully watch your mentor/teacher do each step and then give it a go yourself. There's no better way to learn sewing than to just do it. If you don't know someone, there are plenty of on-line sewing classes (Susan Khalje has an excellent class on Craftsy . . . and there's no reason you can't learn couture techniques from the start). Be bold and go for it!

Re: A Glimpse of a Project in Progress

This looks like it might be sleeves for a really amazing jacket.

Re: September is National Sewing Month!

The projects I have lined up for this month are a tunic length shirt for my daughter with a wide lace panel circling it (her request . . . should be interesting); a coat (Vogue 8607 . . . now out of print) for same daughter made of vintage ivory silk with gold embroidery lined with the same fabric reversed so the gold side will show . . . still thinking about how to trim it out; a a vest for my son (his request) of beautiful, brown Italian virgin wool in my stash. Should be a fun month.

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

A shirred, one-shoulder evening dress for my daughter would probably be my first attempt. Would love to be able to take any dress out of Vogue magazine and do my own interpretation of it. What a tremendous skill to add to any sewist's set of tools.

Re: A Beautiful Embroidered Beaded Bodice

Mr. King, I'm wondering if, with your abilities, if you are planning to complete a garment from this exquisite piece, or leave it as is?

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: A Guide to Fashion Sewing

I've recently acquired a large vintage fabric collection and am very interested in improving my sewing skills. I've been a sewer since I was 18 years old (now 52), and want to make clothes that are unique and fit superbly. This book could help me take my tailoring skills to the next level. I think the beauty is in the details.

Re: Everything old is new again

I have become very interested in vintage patterns. I recently inherited a LARGE collection of vintage fabrics from a cousin who worked for designers for Neiman Marcus during the 60's and early 70's. When they retired, they gave her all the fabric. There's some fabulous stuff here. I'm having so much fun planning what each piece of fabric will be. This Simplicity pattern would be great for a beautiful piece of black wool with silver lurex plaid. Perhaps add some Chanel style trim and pockets?