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Janice Steed, Tulsa, OK, US

An old soldier, coming back to my sewing machine after retiring. I have my large stash of fabrics from several past trips to the fabric stores. (Have you noticed how these specialty stores have gone by the wayside over the years?) I cannot find sources for certain fabrics that I love, today: stiff cotton organdy and dotted swiss, in particular! Salespersons direct me to synthetic organza from China and utility-grade crinoline, instead, Nope! Has America abandoned us in production of our old favorites, which are not replaced by foreign producers?

I'm an avid recycler. Grandpa's abandoned shirts and trousers will live on as vintage fashions for my great-grandsons. And, I will search thrift stores and garage sales for the specialty fabrics - no longer available in stores.

craft interests: crochet, fashion, quilting, restyle, sewing

Gender: Female

Member Since: 06/25/2011

recent comments

Re: Video: Learn the Basics of Fashion Illustration from Yelen Aye

I am sorry, but transmission was not clear when you told the brand of markers used. Will you [lease provide?

Re: Rayon Fabric and Interfacing Placement

Here is "a blast from the past." I'm a senior citizen, but still kicking. Before today's wide array of interfacings were created, I had satisfactory results simply by cutting interfacing pattern pieces out of the same fabric. I believe this would work well for challis. It would give you garment compatible added body, without employing crispness.

I lay the long straight, raw edge of such "self-interfacing" in the button-hole area, right sides together, atop and aligned at the fashion fabric's center fold line, with shaped (or outer edges together), then stitch the shaped edges together, using no wider than a 1/4" seam allowance. Clip to stitching line in curved areas.Turn and press the sewn sides flat.

Align the straight raw edge of the interfacing exactly at the front fold line and baste it in place on a line, then press the two layers in place, using a press cloth if style will have a folded-back lapel (to avoid a possible shine).

Re: Video: Two Techniques for Edges

Have you tried for the Ironing Shoe? They advertise them at this URL.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Underwear Fashion in Detail"

I would value this book, tremendously, for special reasons. I am a breast cancer survivor. My double mastectomy was two years ago, ahd I have run the gamut on the special bras and weighted prosthetics, as well as the fiber-filled version. Because I also experience a moderate degree of the lymphedema often appearing after mastectomy, and often wear special compression sleeves (that don't stay arranged well, and even the gauntlets (compression gloves with fingertips exposed).

I am grateful for my continued reprieve from cancer, but I mourn the loss of joy I once felt in being well-dressed. I can learn to accept the always-long-sleeve in my fashions during episodes of lymphedema, but, as the wearing of a banded bra often exacerbates the condition, I often must go "flat-chested" and necklines must be much higher than what has often been quite fashionable.

As I am an experienced dressmaker, I am inspired to take the tiger by the tail. It is my intention to come up with some innovative solutions to solve the ill-fit of commercial compression garments, and make my own, which will have a proper fit, correct compression, and will "by golly, stay in place and be comfortable!" Much experimenting. and searching for medically-industrial fabrics and findings are in store for me. Any suggestions would be most welcomed.

Also, as I often am unable to tolerate compression, I will design some flat-chested clothing, which will adorn and feminize an otherwise manly figure. My efforts may spread to cater to other "sisters-in-altered status." Your beautiful book could play a big part in my success, I'm sure!

Re: Why are pincushions frequently made to resemble tomatoes?

Dear little tomato pincushions! Yes, I have had tomato pincushions from the time I began making my own clothes, at age twelve. Now, I will get a new one to organize my machine needles. Thanks for the idea!

Re: Video: How to Sew a Thread Bar

That sounds logical, Phoebebird. I'll try that next time. Thanks.

Re: Mood Swings, Video 2

... and how is this information relevant to a dressmaker?

Re: Quick Cuts for Applique and Quilting

I just bought one, but haven't had the opportunity to get to it, yet. I'm sure I will love it, and will add Comments after I become acquainted with it.

Re: A Pretty Blue Coat

I applaud experimentation, but my knee-jerk reaction as I viewed the illustration was that this could be called "Oops!-fitting." The horizontal darts, in my opinion, are too "busy" and distract, rather than enhance the design of this garment. I believe fitting problems should be resolved in the pattern or muslin, before cutting the fashion fabric.