Get Threads magazine!

Give a Gift

Profile for sewingagain - Threads



I'm a Designer currently doing Kitchen Design. Project Runway has inspired me to sew again for my own enjoyment.

My Mother and both Grandmothers sewed for and taught/helped with my various sewing projects. At age 8, my Mother gave me a lovely black Singer machine for Christmas. It sewed in one direction with one size stitch! It tumbled off a pick up truck during our last move or I would still be using it. That girl would run thru 4 layers of jeans fabric easily!

In the past 45 years I have sewn little girl clothes, doll clothes, custom valances, curtains, and slip covers, but left garment sewing for me behind because of the time and fit issues.

So, my quest is to use a dress form to re-purpose and make from scratch beautiful closes that fit me.

There are two little girls who live next door to me and it's a blast to see their surprised faces as we work on their little sewing projects.

Member Since: 02/06/2012

recent comments

Re: Three Creative Edge Finishes

Unfortunately, this is not a style that I can wear. If it was either empire or fitted at the waste, I could. I love the idea of raw edges on jersey knit a la Alabama Chanin. Thanks anyway:)

Re: A Trick for Working with Raw Silk

A poet sewer! Thanks LuvThreadsMagazine:)

Re: Designers Create Garments for Amy Butler Trunk Show

This just isn't my style--patterns or shapes. Quilting fabrics trying very hard to be beautiful clothing. Sigh . . .

Re: Project Runway Season 11: Episode 7, "A Sticky Situation"

I agree that it would have been less scary to design for specific teenage clients instead of working blind. I'm glad they didn't let the kids votes weigh to heavily. That jiffy pop dress was the worst one in my opinion. Glad Michelle got the win. While I don't share her style, I appreciate her spunk and creativity. Liked the cut out trim on the long dress. Loved Layana and Stanley's. I really thought they would win. This was an unconventional challenge that makes sense to me in that not everyone has the money to get the fancy dress. I like the idea of taking the serious and expensive out of prom.

Re: Project Runway Season 11: Episode 6, "Senior Fling"

I was surprised that none of them used what one former judge termed "The Voodoo" which allows a designer to play up assets and visually slim the wearer. At 52, I use basic shapes then add fun textures and pattern to my wardrobe. I also don't like what I find in the stores because it's so limited in color and style (and often expensive). Like Weavergal50, my vote goes in for the next series titled "Real Life".

Re: A Vintage Blouse Embellished with Soutache Braid

I love vintage 40's, 50's and 60's. I have a few pieces with plans to create new things using vintage patterns. In the last few years, I've even started incorporating hand sewn embellishments (inspired by Natalie Chanin)to my clothes which allow me to use all those embroidery stitches I learned as a girl. Thanks for all the great info. I think I'll try this idea by hand.

Re: Project Runway All Stars Episode 12: "Go Big or Go Home"

I usually love everything Uli does, but this time I was fascinated by Emilio's layered bustiers and the vintage/modern combinations. Love the graphic quality of Anthony Ryan's dresses. I would wear pieces from all the collections. This would have been a tough one to judge. Overall, I'm glad for Anthony Ryan in that, true or not, he seamed to need the win more than the others.

Re: Combining Fabric Weaves and Weights

Awesome information since I'm having a great time remaking and upcycling my clothes! I just made a heavy knit sweater (Abercrombie & Fitch $6 at Goodwill)into a short shrug to match a vintage dress. Another Goodwill jersey knit t-shirt($3)became my bias banding. I stay stitched everything before cutting the sweater apart and stay stitched the bias jersey banding before attaching it. I then hand stitched the inside banding edges down. Thanks for tips which I will utilize very soon.

Re: Enter the Thrift Store Runway Fashion Contest!

Love, love, love second hand shopping. In fact, it's my favorite way to get a quick new outfit. I most recently took a beaded jacket and turned it into a skirt. I've also done an Alabama Chanin top and skirt made from thrift t-shirts. It's so rewarding:)

Re: Salvatore Ferragamo Inspired Coat - Simplicity 2812

OMG! Love this coat and how beautiful the model looks in it.

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

I started sewing at age 8 and have sewn many different things in the past 45 years, but I have never draped anything. I'm in the process of making a body double dress form to begin learning how to drape. This book would be a wonderful resource.