Member Since: 01/11/2011
I had my library purchase this (why should I have all the fun). Excellent detail, each project has a new skill/technique. Interesting what tools will be needed.
I have several fitting problems, complicated by losing weight. Trying to hit a moving target here, and could use all the help I can get.
One I've seen recently was incredible for the proportion of WOW to work. It was a plain bag, one of those that has the sides rise up and a hole cut in them for the handles. This one was made of a gorgeous large-scale Asian print, with large oval grommets on the handle holes. Absolutely simple, but stunning, showcasing a beautiful fabric.
I'd like to have a rolling stack of shallow drawers for thread, especially for decorative/specialty/etc so that when I'm working on a project I could move it right next to machine and have all of them handy, then park it out of t he way when I'm done.
I'd like to improve my sewing in general. I've done plenty to keep me clothed, now I want to up the skills.
Probably my first quilt. Even with lots of hints dropped over a couple years, my family didn't get the message I was cold at night, so I decided to take care of it myself. Used what I had on hand to piece the center medallion (bought only one fabric, a purple polyester crepe, because the next to last round had to be purple). had only the one book to work from and that's what it said to use.....polyester, tricot, brocade, bonded knit wool, fake fur - it's all there. Couldn't find just the right color of cotton for the background/backing - had to be golden yellow. finally saw polyester slipper satin for $2/yd. Still have it.
Back when I sewed skirts, I'd use a nice lace on the hem allowance and hand-sew it. made a nice little fancy touch only I knew about.
His work was always interesting and wearable. I don't know how he did it, but it was high art, gorgeoaus and never boring - but somehow, you could imagine someone actually wearing it in real life.
Hmmmm.....There's a minimum of 20 paper boxes in storage, at least 3 (maybe 4) 18x18x24 moving boxes of bolts, plus I have the scrap boxes here (to start cutting several projects, and collect/sort what's been accumulating here). Plus UFOs, in the big 33-gal tub and other drawers. I'm concentrating on finishing off UFOs, and reducing the scraps/small pieces.
I've always liked eighteenth-century clothing; it could be plain or embellished, full or straight-falling, and the Watteau back is a puzzle. How does that much material not envelope the waist? I can see the pleats at the neckline, it's the rest of it I'd like to learn....
OOOOOhh, I'd love to win this. Like many others, I don't have all the issues, and computer search would take so much less time (rereading all the issues while I'm "looking" for something about sleeves, for example...)
It's always cool to see how things were done, and with this book, "see" is definitely the word!
I got quite a bit of info on the difference between lining and interlining, and the uses interlining can be helpful for. Looking forward to more good, useful info!
Yeah, I remember girdles, garter belts and stockings - and how pantyhose was such an innovation....Yeah, I'm old. And no, I *don't* want to see other people's underwear, or primary or secondary sex characteristics.
Seeing- and understanding- how the shape was constructed, however, is fascinating, at least from the engineering perspective.
I was watching it on TV, at home. I was a kid. So long ago....
I've done many styles/varieties of hand embroidery, but I've never attempted any Asian styles. I'd like to, but it's done with silk, which is too pricey for me at the moment. Something to look forward to some day!
I massively admire the embroidery done for Russian icons. After looking at just photos of it, I want to douse my supplies with gasoline and set fire to it all. There's no way I can match that level of artistry.
Haute couture has ome fine work as well, but it tends to be ribbon embroidery, which doesn't appeal to me as much as thread or metal.
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