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donaleen

donaleen 
Oregon USA
Member since, 4/6/09
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Sewing Tip 8/5/11 3:44 PM
Rustic "comfort stops"
I removed the crotch seam, starting an inch or so before the inner leg seam for about five or six inches back. Now I can do it standing up. For those of you who love the outdoors but hate it when nature calls, this is a real boon. I can even do it standing up. Makes hiking so much easier.more...
14 comments
 
Sewing Tip 6/14/11 3:01 PM
Building a waistband from grossgrain ribbon
I love using grossgrain ribbon in waistbands... I like to "build" my waistband from grossgrain ribbon, especially when I am altering or playing with the design. I sew the main seams of the bottom (and top if there is one, as in dress with top and skirt parts). Then I pin the grossgrain ribbon wh...more...
 
 
Pattern Review 5/27/11 5:25 PM
Kwik Sew - 2331 Unisex Overalls
I love overalls. I am am making these for a man, another overalls junkie. They are not quite done. They are lacking only buttonholes and buttons and a hem, so they are nearly done. I jazzed them up a little bit. He encouraged this. I lined the bib and the straps with a cotton print. You can se...more...
1 comments
 
Sewing Tip 5/27/11 11:53 AM
Using Google Images to find things
This is a general research tip, but i use it a lot for sewing. When I am searching for something on the internet, I often start with Google Images. If I am looking for a fabric, for example, or for bias binding, I will search in images for "Moda Sandy Gervais" or "bias tape". Then, from the imag...more...
7 comments
 
Sewing Tip 5/23/11 10:55 PM
Limiting thread colors
When I am sewing seams, I don't try for exact thread color matching. I have white, off white, two shades of gray and black. That works for most things, but not red. I learned to do that from a very experienced seamstress long ago... That means that you don't have to invest in lots of thread for...more...
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I used to make all my clothes. And my husband's shirts and such. Then I got into quilting. Then I stopped sewing and turned to the harmonica. I have a love affair with cotton. I love the clot...more

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