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Claire Shaeffer's 21 sewing myths
She does some debunking
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Date: 8/20/14 1:36 AM

I hope non-subscribers to Threads can read this, because Claire takes on some sacred ideas, bless her heart.

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Date: 8/20/14 8:56 AM

Thanks for the link. Very interesting

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Date: 8/20/14 9:14 AM

Thanks for the link!

I learned the hard way about myth number 5. Making the underlining smaller than the shell makes the garment hang poorly.

I will be saving this list.

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Date: 8/20/14 10:05 AM

Thank you for that link, Elona. I subscribe to the print magazine but rarely visit their web site. I found

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Myth 13: Your waistline is at the top of your skirt or pants.

Reality: Your waistline is where your body is smallest, or about 1 inch above your navel.

to be spot on with everything I've learned about sewing & pattern fitting.

Now, if only the RTW companies would abide by this description of "natural waist."

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Date: 8/20/14 11:17 AM

I certainly respect Claire's knowledge, but I'll keep doing things my way, thanks very much. :)

I actually had not heard of most of these "myths" and she didn't actually debunk many of them. She often replied that "this is true, except..."

And I have to agree with the person who commented on the article about placement of buttons. A button at the widest part of the bustline is a lifesaver. Ha! And I definitely disagree with Claire on that point, because the beauty of sewing is that we can put buttons where we want, how we want, how many we want, etc... It is our creation.
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Date: 8/20/14 12:10 PM

Actually, that is one of the very 'myths' that Claire goes after. She says the button should go in the best place for the button, and if there's gaping at the bustline, there's a problem with the size, not the button placement.

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Date: 8/20/14 12:12 PM

Yes, and I disagree with her.


ETA: Just to be clear. I do not wear tight clothes. I prefer my clothing on the looser side, but I can tell you that no matter how loose a blouse is, gapping at the bust happens. A button placed in that area prevents all sorts of embarrassing moments. Naturally, you don't just place a button there and ignore the rest of the button placement. You make it work. You either respace your buttons, or add or subtract a button, lower the lowest button or raise the highest button. You make it work. And it is worth it.

Claire says, "If the garment gaps at the bustline, the front is too small."
I say, Not necessarily. Obviously, if you are just standing still and your blouse is gaping open at the bust line, it is too small. That's not what I am talking about.


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Date: 8/20/14 12:18 PM

I partially agree with her on that point. A gap at the bust means an adjustment is needed BUT it never hurts to place buttons where they do the most good. There's not much difference in appearance between a gap and a straining buttonhole but a well-placed button can "mind the gap" during movement that might stress the opening temporarily.

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Date: 8/20/14 12:22 PM

I see. This must be one of those cases where voice inflection cannot be read in print:

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A button at the widest part of the bustline is a lifesaver. Ha!
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Date: 8/20/14 12:28 PM

Oh, haha! the "Ha!" threw you off.

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