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Reviewed by:Nikki
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Posted on:8/4/02 2:23 AM
Last Updated:8/25/02 8:48 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 3 people    Very Helpful by 7 people   
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said... (9/29/02 2:11 PM) Reply
Great Review!! A kindred buttonholes always look like poorly tied navals. you gave me inspiration to try again
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said... (8/26/02 4:34 PM) Reply
nikki, what a beautiful elegant coat! the color you chose is wonderfully rich. it looks like something from the designer section of saks!
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said... (8/4/02 8:23 PM) Reply
Nikki, what a helpful review! You should really change your skills to 'advanced' in your profile. There is no way you can call yourself a beginner after tackling this difficult project. By the way are you coming for the get together in Woburn?
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said... (8/4/02 7:58 PM) Reply
Nikki, this is a really helpful and comprehensive review. You have contributed something very valuable here and I love your format!
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said... (8/4/02 6:42 PM) Reply
Coatmaking has that extra thrill I think as has making of evening gown, it isn't simple(depending of the model)but when you have finished it and it turns out great, what a great feeling of joy, congratulations and hope it warms you well in the winter.
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said... (8/4/02 12:10 PM) Reply
Sounds like you learned a lot. Even easy coats are challenging because the fabric is heavy and the construction is laborous if you are adding features for inclement weather. One thing I discovered in Toronto, is there is a place that will make buttonholes for you -- they use a special machine, and they turned out beautifully. You need to bring them the buttons and thread with your garment. You should look in the yellow pages to see if there is one in Boston. In Toronto, it was a shop that sold Scottish stuff and made custom kilts and other Scottish regalia. The buttonholes were under $1 each (now this was about 15 years ago) and took them a week to complete. It was well worth it -- even though my sewing skills have improved considerably in the past 15 years, I am planning to make a wool coat this fall and I will certainly take the buttonholes in to be made.
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said... (8/4/02 4:22 AM) Reply
Nikki, one thing I have noticed when working with silk threads in garment construction is that the silk is always so much stronger that the actual material that it's more likely to 'cut' through your garment. I made a jumper about a year ago out of some beautiful wool tweed and used a silk thread with it and everyplace that had any wear at all the thread was pulling through the seams like crazy. By the time I realized why it was doing that it was much to late to save the dress. I try to keep the silks for embroidery only. I hope you have better luck with it than I did !!
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