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Honolulu, HI, US

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

Member Since: 11/10/2009

recent comments

Re: Designers Create Garments for Amy Butler Trunk Show

Ghastly designs!!! Modiste1000 is absolutely correct...the collection looks like it was put together by wannabe designer with no talent.

Re: Line and Underline in One Step

@Love it ~ I agree that the shoulder seams could be finished a little better. The french seam would certainly do it or a hand-stitched flat-felled seam on the inside so that the fashion fabric was covered by the lining fabric. The shoulder seams are so short it wouldn't take THAT long to do.
After the sleeves are inserted, the armscye seams should be trimmed and flat-felled also or at least bound with bias tape...anything would be better than the fashion fabric showing on the inside of the jacket, unless you don't mind it looking like a fifth-grade school project.

Re: Project Runway Season 10: "Candy Couture"

ICK!!!!! To call those wannabes 'designers' is an insult to designers. Their taste is all in their mouths - pun intended.

Re: New SewStylish Pattern

It is laughable that you would pawn this pattern 1784 off as being 'new' when a lot of us who have been sewing for years have this pattern in our stash which has now yellowed with age.

Re: A Look at Exposed Zippers

Any exposed zipper just looks ridiculous. I see this as just another fad that will wane quickly, leaving garments with exposed zippers looking so outdated they will be relegated to the back of the closet or thrown in the Goodwill bin. I can't imagine spending quality time sewing this project just to toss it out later, or spending time reworking the zipper the correct way after the fad dies. What a waste of valuable time and energy. Remember when the fad was wearing your garents wrong side out---that didn't last long either.

Re: Project Runway All Stars: "Finale Part 1"

Could the skirt on Austin's dress make her hips look any wider? Who needs that?

Re: Video: Two Techniques for Edges

I knew about the mitering technique but hadn't used it in so long that I forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder.

Re: Project Runway All Stars: "Puttin' on the Glitz"

ALL of these monstrosities were hideous beyond belief. They all have the look of desperation about them as if they were products of everyone trying too hard. The only reason anybody won was because, well, somebody had to win.

Re: Project Runway All Stars: "Good Taste Tastes Good"

EEEEKKKK If I saw ANY of these things walking toward me I would initiate Project RunAWAY...they're all so hideous.

Re: New Simplicity Patterns

New? What's new about any of them? Decades ago they were new and I have the old patterns to prove it. This season is just rehashed stuff. Nobody has original design ideas anymore. What a bore. Yawn.

Re: What's in Vogue

Vogue's new fall pattern line looks as if it is comprised of amateur contestant submissions, except for the Donna Karan dress. I also liked a very similar design several years ago so I might as well dig that one out of my pattern drawer and make slight alterations. Maybe I've been sewing for too many years because nothing looks that 'new' anymore.

Re: How did you learn to sew?

I first learned to sew doll clothes by hand using scraps of fabric, ribbon, and lace my my mother had left over from making her own clothes. When my foot was finally able to reach the pedal I was allowed to sew simple things like aprons on the machine. When I graduated to making my school clothes, the style was dresses with a fitted shirtwaist bodice and very full skirts with a side zipper. By the time I took sewing in home ec I was already a skilled seamstress and assisted the teacher by showing others the basics. It started when I observed a classmate put a zipper foot attachment on the machine upsidedown. I was so nieve - I thought everyone learned how to sew at home. Every female in my family for generations has learned to sew from a family member. Not so in today's could not care less. They seem to be addicted to cell fones, texting and computer games, none of which requires a whit of imagination or the satisfaction of a job well done.

Re: As a sewist, what are you most thankful for?

Many decades ago when I was just a teenager my greatgrandmother gave me a pincushion she made by hand which was covered in velvet and filled with a very fine sand. It has always reminded me of her and has kept all my pins and needles rust free and very sharp to this very day. All the women in my family sew and I am thankful that we have this "thread" running through the generations which allows the older generations to pass along thier sewing wisdom and the younger generations to share tne newest tips and tricks.

Re: Not Your Traditional Patch Pocket

Serging all four edges of the pocket before beginning the pocket construction prevents any raveling and is a lot quicker than lining. Unless, of course, you are constucting a high fashion garment, then lining would be an appropriate finish.