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Twenty Changes in a Hatbox

DONNAKAYE | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Dear Friends, some of you may know that I’ve been searching for nearly a year for my mother’s book of torn projects, called “Twenty Changes in a Hatbox.”  Well, you’ll never guess — that’s right — I’ve found it.  I’ll post one at a time as I get the time.  The first one I’ll post is the little evening wrap that I’ve previously posted a thread about, where a flat piece of fabric gets folded in this ingenious way and forms collar and cuffs on a wrap/stole…..donna


  1. sewingkmulkey | | #1

    Yummy!  I can hardly wait for your posts...



  2. Gloriasews | | #2

    You finally found it - yay!!!  What a relief, eh?  There is nothing worse than knowing you have something somewhere, but can't find it, especially if it's a one-of-a-kind item.  We'll be looking forward to your posts.  Thanks so much for sharing them with us - many of us will be adding to our Christmas projects, no doubt.


    1. DONNAKAYE | | #3

      Hey, Gloria!  You remembered?  How considerate of you!  Ain't that awesome?  Can't wait to see what everyone thinks about the evening wrap....d.

      1. Gloriasews | | #5

        I suspect the evening wrap will be on many sewists 'to-do' list for Christmas.  Do you plan to post all 20 of the projects?  That would be wonderful.  When was the book/booklet published?  We are excited & can't wait. 


        1. DONNAKAYE | | #6

          My plan is to eventually post them all, one by one, so that we can have separate discussions about each design.  This will, of course, happen a little bit at a time.  Yes, the evening wrap is a fantastic Christmas gift and very, very quick and easy to make....

          1. Gloriasews | | #7

            I like your plan.  How generous of you!  Thanks so much for sharing.


          2. Josefly | | #9

            I, too, am looking forward to these projects, and thank you for being willing to do this.Sorry to hear you've been ill, but so glad to see you back here. Hope all's well now.

            Edited 6/25/2008 9:29 pm ET by Josefly

          3. DONNAKAYE | | #10

            Didn't know I had been missed, folks!  Glad to hear from you again, too, Josefly!  It is so fantastic to actually be remembered when you get back onto the forum. . . .Appreciate everyone's kind remarks. . . .Will post soon!

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    VKStitcher | | #4

    Yay! You found them!  I'll be looking forward to your posts.

  4. GailAnn | | #8


  5. meg | | #11

    I think I made that wrap about 23-ish years ago. I wore it to my cousin's wedding. I recall many compliments, too.

    1. GailAnn | | #12

      The Bishop Method of sewing is absolutely the best! 

      I'm especially glad to see DonnaKaye back home with us, here at gatherings. 

      I am wondering, are there any other teachers or students of The Bishop Method posting on this site?  Gail

  6. sewelegant | | #13

    Where will you be posting this wrap?  It does sound intriguing.  There has been so much positive feedback on the Bishop Method of sewing that I have begun to wonder why I threw my book away some 30 odd years ago.  Could it have been the book we used in home ec? and I associated it with that incredibly stiff ruffled apron we had to make?  Maybe it was because knits were everywhere and Stretch and Sew was in, I don't know.  Maybe I absorbed more from it than I knew.  Anyway I will be curious to follow your input on this way of sewing.

    1. DONNAKAYE | | #14

      I'll post it under a heading called "Bishop Evening Wrap."  I'm going to try to get it up later this evening or tomorrow....d.

      1. sewelegant | | #15

        Thank you, I'll be watching for it.

  7. Kriya | | #16

    Congratulations on the find!  It is very uplifting to hear about somebody else's success!  It gives me hope that I'll find my things-lost at-home!

  8. Ckbklady | | #17

    "Torn projects"? Wow - I haven't heard that term since home ec class in the 70s. When you start posting the pics, could you also describe the method that Bishop uses, so newbies get it? It's really cool to add to one's repertoire.

    In early editions of THE BISHOP METHOD OF CLOTHING CONSTRUCTION, there are a few torn projects at the beginning of the book to initiate the newbie. It might be the only book out there that I've ever seen with the concept. It's out of print but still is readily available online and in used bookshops. Your Hatbox book is out of print and none appear to be for sale at Bookfinder.com. It's a great thing you're doing to make up the projects and revive interest - thank you!

    :) Mary

    1. DONNAKAYE | | #18

      Twenty Changes in a Hatbox was a booklet that was self-published by my mother.  She sold them through mail order and at her sewing and fitting seminars.

      I'm headed into my studio now to get the book so I can scan the evening wrap and post it.....d.

      1. Ckbklady | | #19

        Oh, that's so exciting! Have you ever considered having it re-published? :) Mary

      2. zuwena | | #20

        So glad to see you back on the Gatherings circuit.  I haven't been here in a while due to illness in the family.  I am sorry to hear that you were ill.  Looking forward to more learning from you.   All the best. Z

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