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Feature Fridays - Body Type IconBy AlexisW on 3/27/15 1:55 PM

A long awaited feature is now live! Make searching for pattern reviews even easier with our new Body Type Icon. You'll be able to see how other members of a similar silhouette adjusted patterns to suit their figure.

With a few simple clicks you can add a Body Type Icon to your profile! First, go to your Account menu and click on Edit Profile.

Scroll down to the About You section (don't forget to enter your password up top before doing that) and pick your Body Type Icon and select Save Changes.

You will need to Login again after making any changes to your profile. Once you've done that, go to the Account menu again and this time click on the Show Profile link to see your public profile.

 

Check it out - nifty icon!

 

Now to search for reviews by the Body Type Icon, click on the Member Search from any page with the top navigation bar.

See the new Body Type Icon search?

 

Caveat: If you don't have your own Body Type Icon set, this search will be disabled for you.

When you search by a specific Body Type Icon, you can read reviews by others who have a similar figure.

Pretty neat, huh? Update your profile today!

 

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StephiLuna said... (3/27/15 4:01 PM) Reply
Fab!
Last Day! Simplicity $3.99 SaleBy AlexisW on 3/26/15 11:36 AM

It's the last day of our Simplicity $3.99 Sale!
 
 
Been waiting for a good time to scoop up a pattern in your Wish List?
 
Just until midnight tonight, all Simplicity Patterns are $3.99 for a limited time only.
 
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Simplicity 1159 Misses Dresses by Mimi G Style Collection is now on sale for $3.99!
 
If you're a Friends of PR member, you'll receive free domestic shipping on your order of $25 or more (shipped from PR).
 
Hurry - this great deal won't last long!
 

Shop Now


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Winners of the Jeans ContestBy AlexisW on 3/25/15 3:33 PM

Who doesn’t love a pair of comfortable fitting jeans? It’s no easy task but the participants for the Jeans Contest were up for the challenge! For this contest, members could sew any style of jeans in a woven denim fabric, popular styles being boot cut and straight leg. Distinct details such as topstitching, pocket lining, and embroidery enhanced contestant submissions. Impressive work everyone! Ready to meet the winners? Drumroll, please...

It's a surprise tie for first place!

 

First Prize Winner: meggipeg for Named Clothing 05-011 (Jamie Jeans)

meggipeg says, "I love how these turned out, even if I do say so myself! The fabric faded beautifully and hopefully will continue to do so. The quilting ended up in the same direction on the pockets and front panels, which I'd hoped for but not really expected! Now I just need a motorbike, or I'd settle for a leather-clad biker dude!"

 

First Prize Winner: Sharonspils for Jalie 2908 (Women's Stretch Jeans)

Sharonspils says, "I recommend this pattern to anyone that shows the slightest interest in making jeans as it looks so good on all shapes. This is the 4th pair I have made and I'm pretty certain there will be more."

 

Random Prize Winner: mesewlot for Burda 8488 (Trousers/Pants)

mesewlot says, "In conclusion, I would suggest doing a muslin fit with this pattern and create you a TNT (tried and true) pattern because I promise you will want to make these over again and again. I absolutely love the fit!"

 

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Jeans Contest!

Special thanks to our Contest Manager, Rhonda Noah.

Thank you to our Sponsor, Fashion Fabrics Club.

See all the contestant submissions in the Gallery.

Follow the behind-the-scenes Chat.

Read the contest Report and Rules.

 

Join the fun! Check out all the currently running contests on PR.

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Nana27 said... (3/28/15 7:14 AM) Reply
Congratulations to the winners!
Deepika said... (3/26/15 4:44 PM) Reply
Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who participated. Those are some good looking jeans!
Rhoda K said... (3/26/15 3:13 PM) Reply
Congrats to all - great job and great looking jeans!
Brandldy said... (3/26/15 11:17 AM) Reply
Everyone is a winner for having finished a great fitting pair of jeans! I had fun looking at all the great looking finshed products.
Jstarr4250 said... (3/26/15 10:56 AM) Reply
Congrats to you all. These are all amazing jeans!
Holmar said... (3/26/15 7:03 AM) Reply
Congratulations to all the winners... What great looking jeans!
annem54 said... (3/26/15 4:45 AM) Reply
Congratulations to all the winners. Some fabulous entries.
ggf2005 said... (3/26/15 0:50 AM) Reply
congrats!
SewLibra said... (3/26/15 0:36 AM) Reply
These are some great looking jeans, ladies! Congrats!
RedRockin said... (3/26/15 0:07 AM) Reply
Congratulations on your new jeans!
quixoticpixels said... (3/25/15 11:06 PM) Reply
woo hoo! Congrats ladies!
meggipeg said... (3/25/15 10:02 PM) Reply
I loved taking part in this competition and looking through the fabulous entries - so many unique and gorgeous pairs of jeans. I'm so excited to be a joint winner. Thank you PR and sewers around the world. You rock!
sewcrazee said... (3/25/15 9:23 PM) Reply
Congratulations...so many super jeans!!!!
sewbusy888 said... (3/25/15 9:18 PM) Reply
Congratulations! These jeans were outstanding!!!! Loved the whole gallery
Kathhhhhy said... (3/25/15 8:16 PM) Reply
Congrats to you guys!! Excellent sewing!
Sharonspils said... (3/25/15 7:54 PM) Reply
I can't stop grinning, thank you so much and how fantastic I tied with another Aussie, go meggipeg! Well done mesewlot on the random prize win.
Sheseams said... (3/25/15 7:45 PM) Reply
Everyone did a wonderful job, makes me want to give it a try!
AnneM said... (3/25/15 7:25 PM) Reply
Congratulations to all of you! Fabulous, fabulous jeans.
mesewlot said... (3/25/15 7:01 PM) Reply
Congratulations Meggipeg and Sharonspils!!
mesewlot said... (3/25/15 6:29 PM) Reply
OMG, THANK YOU all ! I totally agree, EVERYONE did an AMAZING job on their jeans...talk about stiff competition!! To Rhonda Noah (smiling)!
Rhonda Noah said... (3/25/15 5:37 PM) Reply
Aren't these jeans amazing? Everyone who entered did an awesome job. I feel like 'mom' with a whole brood of accomplished children! ;)
goosegreen said... (3/25/15 5:30 PM) Reply
Great to see 2 Aussies scoop the pool! Congrats girls!!
Giveaway! PR Weekend Los AngelesBy AlexisW on 3/24/15 1:37 PM

Where: Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles
 
When: April 24-26
 
Events: Guided Fabric Shopping, Bernina Reception with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar, Interactive Fit Seminar with Lynda Maynard, and Farewell Dinner.
 
Register for PR Weekend Los Angeles by March 31st and you'll be entered into our raffle for a FREE ticket! That's right, your PR Weekend registration could be entirely FREE! See more details about PR Weekend here.
 

Register Now

 

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Member in Focus: Jstarr4250By AlexisW on 3/23/15 12:27 PM

Member Since: 2012

PR Name: Jstarr4250

Name: Julie Starr

Birthday: August 19th

 

How did you learn to sew?

“Other than basic junior high home-ec I've had no formal training and am a self taught sewer. None of the women in my family sewed. I asked for a sewing machine for Christmas when I was around 12 or 13 and I was hooked from that point on. At first it was simple garments but I clearly recall tackling a lined red plaid wool blazer with numbered notches for matching I was so proud of that jacket! Home dec type sewing became my focus for many years after that until the early 90s when I began sewing for my two young stepdaughters. After they outgrew the frilly dress stage my sewing machine saw no use other than the occasional pillow or curtain panel. Fast forward to 2012 when a whole new world of sewing my own wardrobe was discovered on the internet.”

What are you sewing right now?

“I just finished a cardigan for my mom using McCall’s 6996 and I have a third Granville shirt for myself cut out and ready to sew.”

What are your sewing goals for this year?

“I'd simply like to continue to improve and also incorporate a few couture techniques into my everyday sewing wherever possible. As much as I loved the experience of sewing three French jackets, neither can I resist a quick knit dress. I would classify my style of sewing as a hybrid cross between the two.”

 

Which sewing book do you refer to most often?

“In the last few years I've purchased lots of sewing books that have been recommended, reviewed or discussed here on PR but I usually fall back on a Google search if I'm looking for something in particular. Fitting and Pattern Alteration: A Multi Method Approach by Elizabeth Lietchy, Della Pottberg and Judith Rasband was highly recommended by Susan Khalje and I have referred to that in a few instances.”

What aspect of sewing do you find most challenging?

“Not having enough hours in the day to sew everything I want to is my biggest challenge. My inspiration most often comes from a RTW garment I've seen so finding the right pattern to achieve the look I'm after can also take time.”

 

What’s your favorite pattern?

“This is such a difficult question! For sheer versatility and how often I reach for one I've got to say it's the Jenna Cardi by Muse Patterns. Even once it warms up outside this is a wonderful sweater to sew in a thin knit for those over air conditioned offices and restaurants.”

What you love most about PatternReview?

“To have the opportunity to share this passion with a like minded group of women is priceless. I have made lasting friendships and am inspired daily by the creativity I see here. I'm also a huge fan of the Pattern Stash and Wish List features. I know exactly what I have without flipping through drawers and which ones I want when a sale is running and I'm at Hancock or Joann.”

 

Any other favorite hobbies?

“I'm a Clemson certified master gardener and used to spend every spare moment in my garden or golfing with my husband but now I'm happiest in my sewing room. I attend Zumba and strength training classes weekly and our Wire Fox Terrier and Lhasa Apso keep me on the run.”

 

Tell us a little more about you – profession, where you live, etc.

“Prior to moving to Charleston, SC in 2003 I was comptroller for a multi franchise automotive company in western New York for 23 years. In 2006 I began a second career as project administration director in the field of custom luxury home construction and historic restoration in Charleston and on nearby resort barrier island, Kiawah.”

 

Great to learn more about you, Jstarr4250!

Connect with Jstarr4250 on PR and see more of her reviews in the Gallery.

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Feature Fridays - Comment ReplyBy AlexisW on 3/20/15 2:31 PM

Whether you’re posting a work-in-progress or a finished review, it’s great to get feedback from members about any challenges you experienced. With our new Reply feature, you can easily respond to a member’s comment or question. Not to be confused with the Topic Tracker, the Reply option allows you to chat directly with others. This new feature helps to organize the flow of conversation on any reviews, tips, or blog posts.

 

Simply select the “Reply” link next to the member’s username to post your own comment. To keep the conversation going, the original comment poster will receive an email notification that you’ve posted a reply. You can also turn off this setting in the Notifications Center if you’d prefer not to receive any email updates.

There's a lot to chat about on PR and sometimes it's hard to keep your comments from getting lost. If you haven’t noticed the Reply option before, why not give it a try!

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ak21 said... (3/23/15 5:52 AM) Reply
Great addition *clap clap*
ASiverson said... (3/21/15 9:30 AM) Reply
Amen!
acmena said... (3/20/15 7:52 PM) Reply
This is a great idea, but could you reorder the comments to the oldest at the top as it used to be? When I read from the bottom, I now read the reply before the comment!!!
McCall’s Spring Catalog with Sawyer Brook FabricsBy AlexisW on 3/19/15 12:21 PM

New Spring McCall’s Patterns are now available on PR! McCall’s latest collection evokes seventies-inspired pieces, featuring rompers, wrap skirts and jumpsuits. Get jump started on your next pattern project with the help of Sawyer Brook Fabrics’ suggestions for these brand new releases.

McCall’s 7127 Misses’ Tops

Difficulty: Easy

Sizes: 6-22

Description: Close-fitting, pullover tops have back variations, and narrow hem.

Fabrics: Interlock, Jerseys, Cotton Knit.

Sawyer Brook suggests:

Images left to right: Jersee GirlsMagnet, and T-Top.

"A small to medium scale print would work well for MCCall's 7127. We have rayon jerseys in stock and more coming regularly. Or, a solid cotton knit in Denim Blue or Pinky Peach."

 

McCall’s 7133 Misses’/Miss Petite Top, Pants and Jumpsuit

Designer: Melissa Watson

Sizes: 6-22

Description: Mock-wrap top and jumpsuit (fitted through bust) have collar and narrow hem finish on armholes. Wide-legged pants and jumpsuit (loose-fitting through hips) have raised waist, front pleats and side-back seams. All have invisible back zipper and narrow hem.

Fabrics: Challis, Crepes, Crepe de Chine, Gingham.

Sawyer Brook suggests:

Images left to right: Paradise Canopy and Brisa.

"A rayon challis is a great choice for McCall's 7133. Prints are dynamic and drape is soft, falling easily from the shoulders and waist."

 

 

McCall’s 7125 Misses’ Tops

Difficulty: Easy

Sizes: XS-XXL

Description: Very loose-fitting, pullover tops have bias neck facing, fullness forming drape affect, shaped hemline, wrong side shows and narrow hem.

Fabrics: Challis, Crepes, Crepe de Chine.

Sawyer Brook suggests:

Images left to right: Purple Magic, Sun Prints, and Follow the Moon.

"We think McCall's 7125 would look adorable in a wide variety of batik prints. The drape of the rayon batik is soft, yet stable. The style of the top with few design lines makes a great canvas for the hand-dyed prints."

 

 

McCall’s 7118 Misses’ Dresses

Difficulty: Easy

Sizes: 4-20

Description: Pullover dresses (close-fitting through bust) have upper back bodice variations, and narrow hem. D: Back button/thread loop closing.

Fabrics: Challis, Crepe de Chine, Crepes, Cotton Blends.

Sawyer Brook suggests:

Images left to right: Marcella and Clarice.

"For McCall's 7118, we'd look at silk or lightweight cotton."

 

For even more eye-candy, visit Sawyer Brook Fabrics to see what's new!

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Vote in the Jeans ContestBy AlexisW on 3/18/15 2:05 PM

We know how challenging it is to sew a pair of great fitting jeans! For the Jeans Contest, these brave members created some amazing makes!

Contestants sewed a variety of denim trousers, including straight leg, high-waisted, and bootcut styles. Any colors were allowed as long as the jeans were sewed in a woven denim fabric.

Unique details such as embroidery, topstitching, and pocket lining made entries a standout. While voting, consider the overall fit, special embellishments, and quality of construction.

Remember - you can vote on up to five entries! Read the complete contest rules and review all the submissions in the contest gallery.

 

Voting for the Jeans Contest is open until Tuesday, March 24. Vote today!

Vote Here

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Sewing Spaces - Sonoma33 ToursBy AlexisW on 3/17/15 3:13 PM

Next up on décor tour is Sonoma33, who shows us how she transformed a spare room in her new home into a sewing/fiber arts haven...

Sonoma33 says, "I am so excited, and LUCKY to finally have my own sewing room. We recently moved to a new home, AND our oldest daughter had already moved all her furniture to her apartment at college, so I called dibs on the empty room. I may have to give this room up if she moves back home after school, but for now it is my very own sewing/fiber arts space. Just walking in the room makes me feel happy."

"I need to make some wall decor and curtains. I'd also like to get a larger cutting mat to go on top of the repurposed kitchen chef's island. I can leave the fold down side up and have a decent sized cutting space."

"Here is my current setup: Unique Sewing Furniture for the 830LE, with the drawer unit on the side. The bottom drawer holds the embroidery unit plus some supplies."

"Pottery Barn Bedford drawers, filing cabinets, corner and small desk top. This currently holds the Pfaff, and my serger, but I can also set up whatever machine I want to work on in the empty corner when pulling out one of the other machines. The height is not bad, but I have to use a slide on table if I want more bed space, so I would eventually like to have more sewing furniture instead where I can put the machines lower and sew with the machine beds flush to the table. Perhaps someday when my daughters are both through college."

 

"And then I also have a little Inspira sewing machine cabinet that is currently hosting the Juki, but I have the inserts for it for the Bernina 630, and the Pfaff PCP as well. It folds open - and I can open it in my sewing room if I don't need to get out the door easily! It also has another leaf that opens to the back if you want a larger space for quilting."

 

"Basically I wanted to have all my fiber arts and sewing related items fit into this room. The room is full, but functional at this point. Everything has a home except for the sm totes which are currently in the garage, and a few things I need to sell. I figured if I can't fit it in a decent sized room (12.6 x 12) then I needed to sell/rehome some items. The exception is a couple of spinning wheels that are currently in my family room since I tend to spin out there and watch TV. The smaller wheel fits in this room, but the larger one lives permanently out in the family room with a spinning stool and a basket to hold current fiber being spun."

Republished with permission from Sonoma33.

Thanks for showing us your lovely sewing space, Sonoma33!

 

Get this look!

Images top row: INSPIRA STUDIO Thread Cabinet, Pottery Barn Bedford Corner Desk Set

Images bottom row: Pottery Barn Bedford Rectangular Desk SetPottery Barn 2-Drawer File Cabinet

 

Get more great ideas in the sewing spaces chat!

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CheshireCat47 said... (3/24/15 8:14 PM) Reply
Love your room! I have used the wardrobe in my sewing room by installing an Ikea shelving unit to hold crates of laces/buttons/jewellery findings, etc with a space at the end for rolls of fabric. Works well.
chunhua said... (3/24/15 9:44 AM) Reply
Thank you so much for sharing. What a beautiful room! May I ask how to make the cutting table? The table has the right height for cutting fabric and can be folded to save space. I wish I could have one. Please help.
Sonoma33 replied...(3/24/15 5:14 PM)
Hi Chunhua. The cutting table is actually a chef's island repurposed. Here is a link to the one I use: http://www.hootjudkins.com/furniture/dining/carts-and-islands/solid-alder-chefs-island-drop-down-leaf#.VRHTm2RGVJQ
Sonoma33 said... (3/18/15 2:24 PM) Reply
Thank you everyone. I'm really enjoying the space, and feel grateful to have it. I've started embroidering items for the wall, and then curtains will be next.
NevadaGrace said... (3/18/15 11:36 AM) Reply
You know, if your daughter comes home, she can always pitch a tent in the backyard. Never give up that rocking room. :)
j Renee Design said... (3/18/15 11:13 AM) Reply
Such an amazing space!
ASiverson said... (3/18/15 10:48 AM) Reply
Terrific space! Annette
hopflower said... (3/18/15 10:39 AM) Reply
How lucky for you to have all of this. It is beautiful.
psew said... (3/18/15 10:28 AM) Reply
So nice!
stashalot said... (3/18/15 10:15 AM) Reply
What a great room and so bright!
Nan Kay said... (3/18/15 9:26 AM) Reply
Your room is lovely and great for working. I have all the space and furniture I need but none of it goes together, so looks messy. Yours is an inspiration!
Nancy K said... (3/18/15 8:37 AM) Reply
This is a gorgeous room! Aside from being beautiful, it looks like a great place to work.
Carobo said... (3/18/15 6:14 AM) Reply
Thanks for sharing ! Having a sewing space makes it so much easier and motivating ...
SewLibra said... (3/18/15 0:17 AM) Reply
How nice to have enough room to put out all your machines! I would LOVE that. I hope you have many hours of happy sewing in your new room.
rtrittel said... (3/17/15 8:53 PM) Reply
What a lovely sewing/fiber arts space! I like that you have such a large window with lots of light. Enjoy
Couture Sewing Techniques by Lynda Maynard - Book Review & GiveawayBy Deepika on 3/13/15 10:53 AM

If you're like me, you covet beautiful garments. You love to go to clothing exhibits and ooh and aah over the gorgeous clothes and are fixated on the details. You sketch, take a mental picture (even a cellphone photo if its allowed) and promise to try them at home. 

And then real life happens and you realize, you don't have the time! Or the expertise to create those details yourself. 

I have good... no GREAT news for you. This book by Lynda Maynard is made for us! Before this book, even the mention of the word couture would get this reaction from me ... "Too much work, too difficult, who has the time?"

Truth be told, this book sat on my desk for more than a month before I finally sat down to read and review it! But once I opened it, there was no going back. Life as I know it will never be the sameI know I seem a little too dramatic right now but tell me this, have you ever seen a table of contents with clear thumbnails? That itself was a seller for meI know which technique to refer to quickly. 

 

And you know we love spiral bound sewing books so thank you for that Interweave

Lynda explains each of the 39 techniques in this book with large clear photographs which tells me how much work went into this book. And speaking of techniques, there are 8 techniques just for different types of neck bindings! 

 

Style suggestions are scattered throughtout the book...

If I had to pick my favorite technique from this book, it would be Ribbon-Trimmed Collar Band. I mean just look at this beauty! 

Couture techniques are divided into the following for easy reference. 

1. Bindings and Finishes

2. Design Details: On Show

3. Design Details: Concealed

Lynda hasn't missed a thing... Even the essentionals are explained in depth.

This book is definitely a Couture Techniques book but you'll also find inspiration from the fashion runways...

And you'll learn about Linings and Luxury Fabrics...

 

And last but not the least, How to make a muslin! 

The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Techniques was an eye opener for me. I'd never heard or seen the Organza Bubble Hem before but know that I know, there is no going back :) 

 

This book will NOT even find its way into my bookshelf. It will REMAIN on my sewing table! I can't wait to try some of the binding techniques in my next project. 

Giveaway!

Simply post a comment below and let me know if my review helped you gauge if this book is right for you or not. We will pick a winner randomly and announce on Thursday March 19th, 2015. 

Don't want to take a chance? Buy your own copy from Amazon

 

Eligibility

You should have been an active profile with a profile photo before you post a comment. 

 

Disclaimer

This book was sent to us by Interweave press for a review and giveaway. My opinion and review is unbiased and my own. 

 

Meet Lynda at the PR Weekend Los Angeles

Lynda Maynard is our guest speaker at the Los Angeles PR weekend (April 24th - 25th). She will be showing us how to fit a sheath dress as well as demonstrating some of the techniques from this book.

Register soon before all the spots fill up. 

 

Update March 20th 

Congratulations to geezey for winning the book! The giveaway is now closed. 


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Winners of the Travel Wardrobe ContestBy AlexisW on 3/12/15 11:42 AM

With spring finally around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start planning for travelling! For our Travel Wardrobe Contest, participants created a coordinated wardrobe for a future travel destination. Packing is a breeze when you have several pieces to mix and match. Contestants had at least five possible outfit combinations and were asked specific questions about their wardrobe, including its travel functionality. Unique for this contest, first place winner has been chosen by the Contest Committee. Let’s meet the winners now!

 

First Prize Winner: FrougieFashionista for Greenville Get Away

FrougieFashionista says, "I'm traveling to Greenville, SC to meet up with 4 of my best friends from grade school. We all wanted a quick trip to get away from the kids and husbands (though we love them) to catch up and relax. Greenville, SC has tons of restaurants and boutique shopping. Which is perfect because we plan on just hanging out, shopping, eating and having a spa day."

 

Second Prize Winner: goosegreen for Cool Casual Cruising

goosegreen says, "I'm doing a 7 day cruise for my DD's 21st birthday next February. We'll be travelling along the east coast of Australia visiting Hobart & Melbourne. This is the middle of summer here but the weather could be anything from 30C (86F) down to 18C (64F)."

 

Random Prize Winner: ehashley for Elizabeth's (Momma Needs a Vacation) Fabric Tour of the South East

ehashley says, "This is (sadly, boo hoo) an imaginary trip to fabric stores I've read about/heard about and would love to tour in a week. My trip would include only family and friends who would oooh and aaahh at every fabric purchase I would make and of course would join me in my fabric shopping binge!"

 

Judges' comments: "Well, I guess the judges and the PR members were on the same track. The top 3 were also our top 3!"

Special thanks to the Contest Manager, KathleenS! Her collage of all the entrants' travel destinations...

Congratulations to all who participated in the Travel Wardrobe Contest!

Thank you to our Sponsor, Fashion Fabrics Club.

Review the Contest Gallery for more travel wardrobes.

Follow the behind-the-scenes Conversation.

Read the Contest Rules and Report.

 

See all the currently running contests on PR.

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Ashford said... (3/24/15 12:39 PM) Reply
I just got home from a cruise. Having any of these stylish wardrobes in my closet would have been a bonus. Well done, PR Sewers. Your fabric choice, fitting, and mix-and-match for packing is inspirational.
1SewSweet said... (3/20/15 12:42 PM) Reply
Great job everybody! I learned a lot just looking at your different combinations! Next time I go on a trip I'll incorporate some of your ideas! Thanks so much for sharing with us all!
Levone said... (3/18/15 6:16 PM) Reply
Great job everyoneI love these travel wardrobes! I am in love with the red, black, white and mix of animal print...I wouldn't have thought of that.
elentari8 said... (3/17/15 12:25 PM) Reply
These wardrobes are great!
StudioCherie said... (3/17/15 11:35 AM) Reply
Not only did the winners sew wonderful wardrobes they brought their "A" game for the photoshoot. Great modeling ladies!
Cynthia2v said... (3/17/15 9:47 AM) Reply
I hope this will be an annual contest! It really is motivating!
bdizzine said... (3/17/15 7:41 AM) Reply
I just loved this contest and the winners were winners! I saw something in ever one that I wish I had. Probably wont ever make an entire wardrobe but great ideas! Congrats to all!
detroy said... (3/17/15 7:18 AM) Reply
Congratulations!
Tee Jones Actie said... (3/17/15 7:17 AM) Reply
I agree with the winners that were chosen. Everyone did a fantastic job!!!!!
AnneM said... (3/14/15 8:41 AM) Reply
Love the destination collage! What fun. Fabulous entries.
Jstarr4250 said... (3/14/15 1:17 AM) Reply
Congratulations to the winners and every entrant in this contest, which I think is the most daunting of all the PR contests. Beautiful work and wonderful reviews.
Kathhhhhy said... (3/13/15 1:30 PM) Reply
REALLY great job!!! COngrats to everyone. Now everyone can look super amazing while they are on vacation/travelling!
mandymcawesome said... (3/13/15 10:44 AM) Reply
Awesome job!
divatailor said... (3/13/15 8:04 AM) Reply
Sew beautiful ladies! Congrats.
wimmie said... (3/13/15 7:15 AM) Reply
congratulations, job well done. happy travels and lots of fun.
Danvillegirl said... (3/13/15 5:18 AM) Reply
Congratulations to everyone!
KaSchu said... (3/13/15 3:36 AM) Reply
Congratulations, ladies. Some great wardrobes there and inspiration for future travellers. Well done everyone.
Lynnelle said... (3/12/15 8:45 PM) Reply
Well done everyone! Goose, can I join you on this cruise?!
goosegreen replied...(3/12/15 9:18 PM)
Sure! Radiance of the Seas leaving 18 Feb. ;)
Guelphgurl said... (3/12/15 6:17 PM) Reply
I was so impressed with the entries in this contest. There are a lot of talented sewers/ists here!
BeaJay said... (3/12/15 5:21 PM) Reply
Congratulations!
Sew WYO said... (3/12/15 4:40 PM) Reply
Congratulations to everyone! Great job!
MrsCharisma said... (3/12/15 3:59 PM) Reply
CONGRATS!!!!!!
nothy lane said... (3/12/15 12:47 PM) Reply
It is inspiring to see all the work that has gone into all travel wardrobes. Congratulations to the winners and all the contestants
Utta Retch said... (3/12/15 11:56 AM) Reply
Congratulations to all concerned. Some mammoth sewing went into all these creations. I am so slow (read lazy).
Exclusive Interview with Fehr TradeBy AlexisW on 3/10/15 2:37 PM

We know how much you love Fehr Trade, and we're proud to announce that we're now offering Fehr Trade digital patterns right here on PR! We chatted with designer and founder Melissa Fehr for the inside scoop behind the business...

For those new to Fehr Trade, can you tell us a little about yourself?

“I grew up in a very rural part of Pennsylvania, but I moved to London right after university in 2002 and I never really looked back. Shortly after moving, I taught myself to sew on my sister-in-law's old machine and took up running to lose weight at about the same time. Thirteen years on, I've sewn pretty much anything you can think of, from jeans to fur coats, bras, evening gowns, you name it! In that time I've also increased my running distances, to the point that I've run four marathons, even though I swore for years that I wasn't interested... After my husband and I bought our Dutch barge eight years ago I started running around the Thames and I haven't really stopped since.”

How did your sewing journey begin?

“For me, my sewing journey began when my sister-in-law gave me her old, basic, vintage machine. My mom lugged it across from the States and it's been my main machine ever since, even though it needs to run on a voltage converter here in the UK. I started by refashioning tee-shirts that were too big, then moved on to basic skirts, and little by little, I'd add on a new skill with each pattern. Back in the early 2000s, there weren't many sewing sites and blogs weren't really invented yet, but I was always able to find places to ask questions along the way, and taught myself gradually over the years.”

What made you decide to release your first pattern?

“In late 2013 I was made redundant from the tech job I'd held for twelve years, and I felt I wanted to try something new. I'd been making my own activewear for a while, and I already had a tech mindset, so digital activewear sewing patterns were really a natural place for me to go. It was also obvious that there were a few nice, basic activewear patterns out there, but there was a huge opportunity to create patterns with great design lines that looked very RTW. Furthermore, there's another subset of patterns that look ‘sporty’ but that don't actually work when you're moving or sweating! So it was important for me that I road-test every single pattern I create, and I'm proud to say that I've even raced in every single one of my designs.”

What special considerations do you need know when sewing sportswear?

“Activewear predominantly uses stretchy fabrics, so for starters it's a great idea to get some practice sewing basic knit tee-shirts or dresses first. That way you can get a handle on sewing with knits in general before moving to activewear, where the designs are usually much closer-fitting and must withstand a lot of stress and movement. A serger (overlocker) can greatly speed up the process, and a coverstitch will make hemming stress-free, but you can also sew great activewear with just a sewing machine and twin needle, too. I always make sure that the instructions for my patterns cover both methods so no one's left out!”

What are your favorite fabrics to work with? 

“For everyday workout wear, supplex is king! It's soft to the touch, has great stretch and recovery, comes in a million different colours, and most importantly - it wicks sweat and moisture away from the skin so it can evaporate on the surface. For winter running, I also love a good merino jersey, as it's both lightweight, warm, and you can do a really hard workout in it without it smelling funky afterwards (which is great if you like to end your weekend workouts with brunch!). A lot of new activewear sewists think that fabric MUST be wicking, but for me, as long as it's stretchy and not cotton (cotton is a terrible, terrible idea as it soaks up sweat like a sponge!), a good quality polyester lycra can be fine for most workouts. My own personal barometer is that I'll happily run anything up to half marathon distance on a cool day in non-wicking lycra but your mileage may vary!”

What limitations do you notice in ready-to-wear activewear for women?

“For starters, there's a depressingly limited choice in colours and prints available to women - I cry a little inside every time I see a great design that's only available in black or pink. Besides the colours, if your body measurements are even slightly non-standard, it's almost impossible to buy activewear that fits properly, too. For plus-size ladies, it means you're stuck ordering off the internet and hoping for the best, but I've got plenty of smaller friends who complain their leggings are too long (or too short) or that the butt is too small (or see-through!), too. With the price of RTW activewear skyrocketing recently, sewing your own is an area where you really can save a significant amount of money and get a great fit at the same time, too.”

What’s next for Fehr Trade? Any new patterns or projects on the horizon?

“I'm never NOT thinking about my next pattern, even when I'm actively working on one, like I am now. With my Fun Sewing, I'm usually planning about two garments ahead, and my Work Sewing is no different. I've got a new pattern in the works which is being tested by my crew of fit sewing ladies as we speak, and it should hopefully be released sometime in March. Then I'm running London marathon in April, and I'll be hitting the track all summer in preparation to compete for Great Britain in the World Transplant Games in Argentina in August. I like to release a new pattern every few months, so I've got lots of ideas for 2015 already.”

 

When you have a spare moment from designing and creating, what do you like to do?

“Spare moments are few and far between, but I always make sure I carve out the time to go for a run. Running means I actually have more time in my day, not less, as I get so much more done! It's a great way to relieve stress and just relax, and I'm grateful for every run I'm healthy enough to go on. When I'm not running or sewing, or working at my office job, I'm usually doing some sort of boat work or watching the odd bit of tv with my husband.”

Any final tips or thoughts you’d like to share with the PatternReview community?

“If you're reading this and thinking ‘oh that sounds nice, but I don't exercise’ - Really, I urge you to go out and get active now! Find something that you like doing (or at least don't hate) and stick with it. None of us were experts the first time we sat down at a sewing machine, but with practice, you gain confidence and enjoyment, and a new active hobby is no different. Running has already saved my life once, and I'm grateful that I can encourage others to keep fit and feel great while exercising, too.”

 

Thank you, Melissa!

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KristiEllKay said... (3/24/15 4:14 PM) Reply
@gneebee & @somedaysewer: http://www.fehrtrade.com/article/748/where-to-buy-exercise-fabric-a-global-list And also ordering swatches lets you feel fabric from online stores. Be prepared to place your order quickly once you decide, though, so you don't end up deciding on an out-of-stock fabric. :)
jolieo831 said... (3/20/15 9:15 AM) Reply
Can't wait to try some of these patterns, but I agree that it would be great to get tips about fabrics & notions sources. (Where would I buy a chamois for the cycling shorts??)
gneebee said... (3/19/15 1:49 PM) Reply
I'm inspired, but also need fabric source recommendations. I hope someone can steer us in the right direction for online shopping, , Somedaysewer.
Catina said... (3/18/15 1:56 PM) Reply
Wow! When she road tests her patterns, she LITERALLY does a road test! She's a superhero.. I can totally envision her wearing a cape billowing behind her! Thank you for posting her interview!
velosewer said... (3/18/15 7:04 AM) Reply
Melissa's patterns are really unique and well thought out. The duathlons, steeplechase and XYT are my personal favs. She's inspiring.
NevadaGrace said... (3/17/15 2:11 PM) Reply
Wonderful styles, but too bad they don't come in real plus sizes. While the XL is a start, (45 x 36 x 48), 1X through 5X would be an inspiration for us plus-sized ladies. I love the inspirational story behind your patterns. Keep up the good work!
somedaysewer said... (3/17/15 12:59 PM) Reply
I've actually made some active wear garments but I can't find good fabrics locally and I want to feel the fabric so I don't want to buy on line. Where dose everyone get their fabrics and if you buy on line how do you know your getting the "right" fabric?
jesslin said... (3/17/15 10:59 AM) Reply
Nice article. I've never considered sewing my own workout gear before -- too fiddly, to my mind. But now that I've taken up fitness dancing I'm finding exactly the problem Melissa pointed to - finding something I like in the right size that actually fits and doesn't make my eyes hurt! Looks like I have some investigating to do.
ryan's mom said... (3/17/15 10:30 AM) Reply
I really love the Fehr Trade patterns and am going to have to break down and buy some :) . What I love is that Melissa has tested these herself for workouts, and that imo is key. Great interview of a great lady!
spirithorse said... (3/17/15 9:26 AM) Reply
Great interview and this has inspired me to sew my first personal activewear outfit.
arianamaniacs said... (3/17/15 8:52 AM) Reply
Melissa is awesome, very inspiring!
AZGreyGirl said... (3/11/15 8:27 PM) Reply
I love everything of Melissa's that I've made so far, and I'm looking forward to making more. Thank you!
SandraB said... (3/11/15 2:02 PM) Reply
Great interview. Thanks for sharing Melissa!
Katharine in BXL replied...(3/15/15 1:31 PM)
Hear hear, Melissa, thanks for sharing! Like Kathy (below) I make activewear to motivate myself to work out. I'm at home on maternity leave and began planning my postpartum workout wardrobe months ago :) Just restarted at 10 days postpartum, and am happy to exercise in my own clothes. I have a pair of PB Jam leggings in the queue too!
Karine said... (3/11/15 9:29 AM) Reply
I love reading the "behind the scenes" of indie pattern makers. It's quite inspiring. I am getting ready to try my first Fehr Trade pattern and expect that there will be many more to follow. The notion of being able to create active wear that looks RTW is very compelling!
PolishPoppy said... (3/11/15 7:00 AM) Reply
Ohh!!! I am so excited! Somehow I missed she was doing this. And I have just gotten back into running after a few hickups and stopping for a few years.
Kathhhhhy said... (3/10/15 6:13 PM) Reply
It's been such a pleasure sewing up Melissa's patterns and wearing the garments. Her patterns could not have come at a better time in my life, having started running in the past few years myself (I was able to healthfully drop a lot of weight and now keep if off with the help of distance running)... and of course my die hard obsession with sewing. One gigantic motivator for me: sewing up these really crazy activewear clothes and then *HAVING* to go out on a run to try them. I will never get close to the same quality of fit in RTW. And whenever you line up for a race, people want to know where you got those crazy awesome clothes.
Feature Fridays - ClassifiedsBy AlexisW on 3/6/15 2:49 PM

Do you have unused fabric or patterns gathering dust? Why not give it a new home and sell it on the Classifieds! Here, you can post an ad for any sewing-related items you’d like to sell or buy, all within the PatternReview community. While you do need to be a Friends of PR member to post a Classified, all members have the ability to purchase an item.

So how do you post a Classified? First, select the Add a Classified link. Next, fill out the provided form about your item for sale. You will be asked to select a category, price, and description of your product. Once you’ve completed the Classified, press the Submit Classified & Add Photos button to include pictures with your ad.

After your Classified has been posted, you can edit or delete it by clicking the Show My Classifieds button. Under your Classified title listing, you will see a link that says, Edit/Delete this Listing. All Classifieds will automatically expire after 45 days. If you wish to re-list an unsold item, you will need to create a new Classified for it. This keeps the For Sale page fresh and clutter-free of items that have already been sold.

You can search the Classifieds by entering a phrase in the search box in the upper-right corner. The Classified search tool will give you a list of items for sale by the item name and description.

Press the Contact Seller button on the bottom of the page if you would like to purchase the item. You can ask the seller any questions you have in the Add a Comment box below.

If you’re seeking out-of-print patterns or any other sewing goodies, you can also post a Wanted ad in the Classifieds. If you see an ad for a Wanted item that you own and are willing to sell, select the Contact Buyer button to notify the member that you’re interested.

Get a head start on your spring cleaning with the Classifieds feature today!

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marec said... (3/7/15 10:16 AM) Reply
I love these posts highlighting features of PR. The site is so big, and has so much to offer-I know these features are helpful to both newcomers and esptablished members. Finally, thanks for highlighting my Want Ad!! I am still looking for this pattern:-)
Deepika replied...(3/10/15 2:49 PM)
I'm glad this feature helps. We are enjoying doing these too.
Vote in the Travel Wardrobe ContestBy AlexisW on 3/5/15 12:52 PM

Dreaming of the beach? For the Travel Wardrobe Contest, participants were asked to create a coordinated wardrobe for a future travel destination. Make packing quick and easy with several matching outfits handy!

 

Special qualifications to consider while voting...

Contestants should have sewn four items of clothing to combine with two other clothing pieces, for a total of six items to mix and match. Participants created four individual reviews and one overall wardrobe review to be submitted into this contest. The overall review should have at least five possible outfit combinations.

Participants also answered specific questions about their travel wardrobes, detailing their vacation destination, its travel functionality, and number of styling combinations.

Please note that for this contest, the first place winner will be chosen by the Contest Committee and the second place winner will be selected by member votes.

 

Voting for the Travel Wardrobe Contest closes Wednesday, March 11th. Vote today!

Vote Here

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New Spring Collections with Elliott Berman TextilesBy AlexisW on 3/4/15 1:39 PM

Spring is finally on its way, and Simplicity Patterns has released their new Spring 2015 Catalogs for New Look, Burda Style, and Simplicity. With so many new patterns, which fabrics do you choose? Here to help is Elliott Berman Textiles with some creative fabric suggestions.

Burda Style 6760 Dresses

Difficulty: Easy

Sizes: 10-22

Description: This cut is a true all-rounder: from the classic, buttoned shirt-blouse dress through the summer jacket with short sleeves and mandarin collar to the trendy short jacket, all made of striking materials.

Fabrics: Cotton fabrics, linen, piqué, satin, jacquard.

Elliott Berman suggests:

Images clockwise: Floral Print BrocadeFloral Gucci Look Cotton PiqueRetro Graffiti Print CottonFloral Print Linen.

 

Simplicity 1167 Misses Sportswear

Designer: Mimi G. Style Collection

Sizes: 6-24

Description: Mimi G. sportswear pattern for miss includes great jacket, slim pants or shorts with fly front and carriers in stretch wovens, and knit tank top.

Fabrics: Top: stretch knits, jersey. Bottom: stretch wovens. Jacket: samask, denim, lightweight garbardine, linen types, pique, poplin, sateen, ponte.

Elliott Berman suggests:

Jacket/Pants: Viscose Ponte Knit (Solid Color) and Textured Cotton/Poly Knit.

Top: Woven Viscose Challis or Printed Digital Poly Knit.

 

 

Simplicity 1168 Misses Dresses and Coat or Jacket

Designer: American Sewing Guild

Sizes: 6-24

Description: Get this great dress in two lengths with option of short sleeve or sleeveless, along with the lined collarless coat or jacket with patch pockets.

Fabrics: Brocade, crepe, lightweight denim, linen types, pique, poplin, sateen, satin, double knit, ponte.

Elliott Berman suggests:

 

Images clockwise: Neon Coral Ditsy Floral Cotton Brocade, Floral Jacquard (Fluorescent Green Asparagus), Satin Finish Viscose from Milly, Asparagus Tropical Wool Suiting.

 

New Look 6346 Misses Easy Skirts in Three Lengths

Difficulty: Easy

Sizes: 8-20

Description: This easy, flared full skirt pattern for miss includes midi length or mini skirt with button front closure, and knee length or mini length skirt with back zipper.

Fabrics: Brocade, chambray, chintz, corduroy, cotton types, crepe, jacquards, lightweight denim, linen types, madras, pique, sateen, twill, tool types, ponte.

Elliott Berman suggests:

Images clockwise: Digital Print Cotton Pique Stretch, Cotton/Silk Reversible, Textured Cotton Poly, Cotton Chambray Denim Look.

 

For even more fabric ideas, visit Elliott Berman Textiles!

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Chris A said... (3/17/15 7:25 PM) Reply
I'm lucky enough to have met Eugenia at Elliott Berman when I've visited their shop. Their fabrics are fantastic. I also appreciate this pairing on the site.
NevadaGrace said... (3/17/15 1:41 PM) Reply
Love this. A hyperlink to the Elliott Berman Textiles site on the virtual fabric swatch would be extremely cool.
jander said... (3/17/15 12:54 PM) Reply
Thanks so much for this information! Pairing pattern and fabric is always a challenge for me and this is so helpful.
strongnow said... (3/17/15 11:46 AM) Reply
I really appreciate this feature. Although I am improving (I believe), the choice of fabric is often my downfall. Seeing the pattern and the suggested fabrics helps.
pgtink said... (3/17/15 7:25 AM) Reply
Agree with Ashford. Please do continue with this. I need all the help I can get. Thank you
Deepika replied...(3/20/15 2:58 PM)
We just posted the new McCall's with Fabric suggestions from Sawyer Brook.
Ashford said... (3/11/15 5:35 PM) Reply
These pattern-fabric combinations are great for a quick decision and quell the anxiety when shopping online. Please continue this feature on Pattern Review.
Deepika replied...(3/12/15 7:28 AM)
I'm glad you like this feature. Thanks for the feedback.
Member in Focus: Kay YBy AlexisW on 3/3/15 1:51 PM

Member Since: 2004

PR Name: Kay Y

Name: Kay Young

Blog: www.kaythesewinglawyer.blogspot.com

 

How did you learn to sew?

“I'm still learning! I got some basics from home ec in grades 7 and 8, more from a friend's mother who made beautiful clothes for herself, and recall at least one summer class before high school. I was lucky enough to attend a high school that offered some real specialty classes, including one in tailoring. I took a night course once that taught me the basics of flat pattern drafting and fitting, but I've learned so much more from one good friend who was trained as a tailor and now from the Internet.”

What are you sewing right now?

“I'm working on getting the pattern for the jacket just right. It's my first time using a Lekala pattern.”

What aspect of sewing do you find most challenging?

“Getting to it! I have no shortage of ideas and materials but time is at a premium.”

Which sewing book do you refer to most often?

“I have quite a few, but for my money the most useful sewing books is a set published as the Singer Sewing Reference Library. They cover so many topics and the techniques and topics are profusely illustrated with really clear photographs.”

What are your sewing goals for this year?

“I don't try to set yearly goals. Right now, I'm focusing on sewing some work outfits as a sort of capsule - a jacket, skirt and dress are on the agenda.”

What’s your favorite pattern?

“This is an impossible question! Based only on the number of times I have turned to a pattern, I guess it's Vogue 2683, a long OOP DKNY pattern from 2002 for a bias top and skirt.”

What you love most about PatternReview?

“What I love most is the ability to search for a pattern I'm thinking of using and see how it has turned out when made by real people.”

Any other favorite hobbies?

“Oh yes, which is one of the reasons I have trouble finding time to sew! I knit - both by hand and machine. In the winter, I curl a lot, and sometimes cross country ski. I swim regularly and work out with a trainer. There's also reading and surfing the net to take up time that could otherwise be used for sewing...”

Tell us a little more about you – profession, where you live, etc.

“I live in Ottawa, Ontario. I'm a lawyer and I work for the Government of Canada.”

 

Great to learn more about you, Kay Y! Thanks for sharing with us.

Kay Y has over 175 pattern reviews on PR - wow! Browse her gallery page to see all of her reviews.

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Deepika said... (3/20/15 3:02 PM) Reply
Kay I am glad I've gotten to meet you at the PR Weekend Montreal. I am in awe of your skills. Everything you make is so elegant!
carolynw said... (3/18/15 11:00 AM) Reply
Hello Kay - so great to see you as Member in Focus. We met at the Montreal PR week end and besides being wowed by your outfits I remember being surprised at how tiny you are - now I understand better your very svelte size - swimming - curling - skiing - working out with a trainer! How you find time to turn out such amazing clothes is beyond me but you do set the bar high - pun intended. Looking forward to more of your great reviews.
Wianno Girl said... (3/17/15 8:30 PM) Reply
You have exquisite taste and your sewing expertise shows it off - love the striped dress and both grey suits - wonderful styling!
lpoblenz said... (3/17/15 3:12 PM) Reply
The jacket in the first photo rocks! I love seeing all you've made!
NevadaGrace said... (3/17/15 1:25 PM) Reply
Your tailoring experience is evident. The fit of your garments is awesome. Very high-end looks.
Jholstro said... (3/17/15 12:25 PM) Reply
I think you are amazing!!!!! Your skills are inspiring, and I love the variety of outfits you choose.
suz3 said... (3/17/15 12:12 PM) Reply
I love that jacket in the first photo! Thank you for sharing your reviews!
Patti B said... (3/17/15 9:12 AM) Reply
Kay, I always enjoy following your sewing journeys and was glad to meet you in Montreal at the PR weekend.
sunnysewer said... (3/5/15 11:39 AM) Reply
great to read about you, and you always seem to make patterns I am interested in - so thank you! considering your other obligations your output is amazing.
annie11 said... (3/4/15 9:43 AM) Reply
I always look forward to seeing what you make, Kay!
jenniejo said... (3/4/15 8:57 AM) Reply
You are good! Your sense of style, fashion as well as design of your environment knocks my socks off.
dianelwilson said... (3/3/15 8:37 PM) Reply
You have such a good eye for matching fabric to pattern. It really looks like you enjoy what you sew! Thanks for sharing!
Kemish said... (3/3/15 6:51 PM) Reply
I have always enjoyed seeing what you have sewn. You have such a variety of garments (I remember you sewing a swimsuit). You definitely are 'post doctorate' when it comes to sewing...now, if there was just a few more hours in the day . . . .
Ashford said... (3/3/15 3:49 PM) Reply
Amazing in your time management skills, fabric shopping skills, as well as sewing skills. I like how each outfit has a unique design detail. You have encouraged me to take a leap into Burda and Vogue patterns. You have selected the perfect fabric for each garment. Your personality glows in your photos and words. Thank you for sharing a part of your life.
reneeb4930 said... (3/3/15 2:33 PM) Reply
So you think youre still Learning, for me you are past post doctorate.

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