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Member since, 7/16/11

Sewing Tip 1/12/14 6:54 AM
Pressing velvet without a velvet board/needle board
Getting a good seam finish is so important that I think it's worth buying a sample piece of fabric to test before even buying the project fabric. Failing that, test on scraps to be sure of a safe method. I found this works when the velvet will take steam: The idea is to get the steam doing the wor... more...
Sewing Tip 11/28/13 10:16 AM
Organising magazine pattern designs
I don't have a huge number of pattern magazines, but even my occasional purchases of Burda and La Mia Boutique need some organising, or I fear nothing would ever be made up from them. Here's what I do: 1. Keep the magazines together, in date order. 2. Once the pattern sheets are unstapled for t... more...
Book Review 7/28/13 4:07 AM
Bold and Beautiful Easy-Sew Clothes
A book plus CD of patterns for 4 tunics, 3 dresses, 4 vest/jackets, 1 coat, 1 skirt, 2 trousers, all based on recent Habibe London collections. The CD enables you to print out the patterns. Also there are patterns in graph form in the book to scale up on 2cm squared paper, but only 1 size from... more...
Book Review 5/31/13 4:28 AM
Bold and Beautiful Easy-Sew Clothes
The subtitle 15 unstructured designs that fit and flatter every shape and are simple to make is cumbersome, but sums it up. The 15 designs are presented on CD to be printed out and taped together, and also in scale drawings. Cutting layouts are given and instructions seem clear, with pocket and ... more...
Pattern Review 5/15/13 10:00 AM
Butterick - 5891 Misses Top
Pattern Description: I'm reviewing the loose fitting flared top B, sleeveless, asymetrical, double collar effect. Pattern Sizing:8-16 Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Still work in progress, but it will on the outside. Inside I'm doing a... more...

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