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Re: Magazine Giveaway: "Threads" Issue #165 (February/March 2013)

One of my favorites is the catch stitch for hems as it almost magical in its ability to hold the hem even if a small portion of it is torn loose.

I love all hand stitching. I've done a few garments all by hand and it imparts such soft drape. It is also great for precisely matching plaids and is my favorite for inserting zippers.

Re: The Life of a Garment, in Honor of Buck Hill

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story.

Re: Book Giveaway "Vintage Lingerie"

I am studying Theatrical Costuming at Canada College and would be thrilled to add historical lingerie to my bag of tricks. I would also like to create some lingerie to fill out my portfolio and some for myself. Thank you for considering me! Michelle

Re: The Big Reveal

Really bold and fun. Thank you for sharing the finished garment. How great is it to get that kind of response!

Re: Using Buttons as Embellishment

Absolutely fantastic!!! I would love to see a picture of the whole Thanksgiving outfit as I love that pair of jeans. You are so inspiring. Thank you.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Power Sewing Toolbox 1 and 2" by Sandra Betzina

I've attended one on Sandra's classes and she is a wealth of information. I imagine this pair of books would prove to be frequent "go to" resources.

Re: Project Runway All Stars: "The Business of Fashion"

I loved Mondo's dress. It was fresh and fun and you could wear a bra and flats or heels - really fun. Kelly's dress was too 80's and the print match was awful. Austin's coat was okay, weird collar.

Re: How to Use Pins the Right Way

Thank you Susan, very helpful. I still use the glass headed pins I bought from you when you taught at PENWAG. I also keep heavy duty extra long quilting pins for things like pinning the sides of a sweater to take it in or working with Jean material.

I had to laugh at myself a few years ago when I started sewing quite a bit again and realized that the pins I had were frustratingly dull - and- I had purchased them in the early 80's. No wonder they were dull! I tossed them along with my vintage 80's thread (which kept breaking, duh).

Re: A Pretty Blue Coat

For the wide Grosgrain try Last time I was there in person they had the best selection I've seen for size and color and I understand they will do mail order.

Re: One Great Dress and Three Different Looks

Really interesting design features.

Re: Liebe the Caterpillar


Re: The White Rabbit

Cute as can be!

Re: Italian Renaissance

Wonderful coloring! Beautiful in every way.

Re: Renaissance Dress

I love the subtle coloring. Very elegant.

Re: 1936 McCall jacket

Really great work!

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: Threads issue #158

I think I saw the cover dress in person when i took a class from Sandra through PENWAG. I'd love to win this issue.

Re: Style adaptations are a must when sewing for the disabled

Thank you for the article. The correct terminology is "person(s) with disabilities" not "disabled person(s)."

Re: Bad Sewing Habits

There is a giant mess in my sewing room and I can't find what I need when I need it. The other day I could not find my duckbill scissors to grade a seam and used my regular shears, sure enough I cut into the garment, arrrgh! I contribute to the problem by focusing on sewing and then not cleaning up after each project until I develop layers of stuff on all surfaces. In fact my new serger has been on the floor for weeks as the table top is covered.

It makes me laugh when I do clean up when I find duplicates of things I bought out of frustration when I am unable to unearth the one I already own.

I want an assistant to clean up after me... when I win the lotto this will be so.

Re: The Big Finish - Completing the Fantasy Fur Jacket

Kenneth your work is impeccable and inspiring! After seeing the jacket in person at your PENWAG leather course it is doubly fun to see it here too.

P.S. Would you do a feature on those amazing slashed jeans you wore during the course?


Re: Project Runway 9: "Off the Track"

I would love more information about the design process and technical details and no drama/gossip, it really isn't needed.

I would pay money for a version of the show that was only focused on the design and technical aspects. I'm interested in the designers approach, how their technical skills contribute or limit their design capabilities, how they develop the patterns, make changes in progress, etc. Please, please, please.

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

I took draping from Judy Jackson at Canada College in Redwood City CA last semester and loved it. Would love to explore the art of draping even more!


Re: The Kermit-Green Jacket

absolutely brilliant!

Re: knit dress


Re: Grey Gardens Dress

very sweet, I love it

Re: Book Giveaway - Sewing For Children

Great idea for a book. I've been sewing like crazy for my 6 year old Granddaughter and she's said she wants to learn to sew - yeah! So far I've put thread in an embroidery hoop and had her sew a running stitch and sew on buttons. She loved it. We're ready to play with the book and post our results.