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Posted on: 4/24/10 12:55 PM
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Would you like to know what those wrinkles and pulls mean on your garments?

It has always mystified me when I would meet someone who could take a look at a garment and know exactly what the problem was by the "reading" the diagonal pull at the back armhole or what the wrinkles in the lower back meant. AND then they would give me the solution to my problem. It would have taken me hours to have figured out.

Well, I have discovered a web page that has a copy of a chapter from a book by Margaret Smith, a sewing wizard of the 50's and 60's, who demonstrates and explains what it all means. This is shown on coats but works equally well on tops and of course, jackets.

You need to read through the info carefully, so make a copy and a cup of tea...

This is GREAT reading! and you will feel so smart.


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tchr2dy said... (6/5/10 11:50 PM) Reply
Thank you for sharing this. I'm always open to different ideas of how to correct fitting challenges!
lamstu said... (5/15/10 10:01 PM) Reply
This will be a time- and patience-saver for me. I really can't thank you enough for posting this link!
Leora said... (5/9/10 1:58 PM) Reply
This is unbelievably helpful! So many of my questions finally answered and clearly illustrated. Thank you so much.
M.S. said... (4/28/10 10:13 AM) Reply
This is great! Now I need to find the same thing for pants!
ryansmumAria said... (4/26/10 1:42 PM) Reply
woggy, thank you! I'm going to change the web address
woggy said... (4/26/10 1:30 PM) Reply
Great article! The following is a pdf file of the article and it is 25 pages long. It is easier to read so I thought I would post it.
psgates said... (4/26/10 8:25 AM) Reply
Fantastic article!
Obrooks770 said... (4/25/10 8:21 PM) Reply
Thanks this was great, presented in a little different way but very effective visual.
hazelnut said... (4/25/10 2:41 PM) Reply
Thank you for the link - great reference. Nice that it addresses alterations for both new construction and RTW...and that it's printable :)
ryansmumAria said... (4/25/10 1:30 PM) Reply
mrs4, Sorry for the confusion. Both topics, the slash method and reading wrinkles are in the same chapter ;)
Mrs4Him said... (4/25/10 1:21 PM) Reply
I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but I'm getting the same link for both of your reviews. I copy/pasted side by side to look at them and they are the same. But obviously people below have gotten to it.--??
Gloria W said... (4/25/10 11:46 AM) Reply
Great article. I love that is shows the problem on a real garment, not just a line drawing.
Karine said... (4/25/10 10:48 AM) Reply
This is great - thanks!!!
Sharon1952 said... (4/25/10 6:59 AM) Reply
What a great visual resource. Thanks for the link!
Kirstenw said... (4/25/10 4:15 AM) Reply
I too always could not figure the wrinkles out, thank you I will look it up
domesticatedmennonite said... (4/25/10 3:36 AM) Reply
that sounds great
Charrlie said... (4/25/10 0:07 AM) Reply
Thanks I will take a look.
Charrlie said... (4/25/10 0:07 AM) Reply
Thanks I will take a look.
Daphinator said... (4/24/10 6:59 PM) Reply
Thank you very much for this information. I found it to be very helpful and it will end up being a good resource
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