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My Apologies for my absence....I am not MIA::: I'm Periscoping Live!!

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I have been semi-MIA from my blog for way too long my wonderful sewing friends.  This new social media outlet, Periscope, has become a real goto for me because I love talking about sewing in real-time.  Dispensing fitting help during my new "Fit Friday" scopes: But, to do that, I have allowed my friends and family to be left behind who enjoy reading about my fun adventures in my sewing room.  So with this, I ask your forgiveness.  I am back, and you will be seeing a total turn around of blogging write-ups to get you up-to-date on my activities.   Just to name a few,  some of the fun things I have been working on include:

DIY Tutorial:- The Dior Rose

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 Embellishing any garment or special occasion dress can be easy using this fantastic rose. The Dior Rose: Template- cut three oval/football shapes that have points at the end.  They should be one smaller than the other.  My first one is 7.5" x 5.5" then each other is smaller than that.  ( click here for the patterns.) Make sure to put the templates on the true bias. Cut out three of each size.

How to be a Designer: Where Do You Start?

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As a freelance Pattern Designer, I have had the opportunity to work with some very talented and creative designers.  These designers have specialized in such things as bags, dresses, formal wear and day wear.  However, my daily services include such things as pattern alterations, pattern grading and creating personalized slopers for those that sew for themselves as well as those who sew for others.  So, where does that leave you in the scope of my services?   Here are a few great books I recommend that will help get you started in your chosen field of design. At the very top of my list and I do highly recommend this one::   The Entrepreneur's Guide To Sewn Product Manufacturing, by Kathleen Fasanella  for anyone who has a desire to go into business designing and producing sewn products for sale either online or off.  

Beary Merry Christmas Hanging Advent Quilt: Both a first

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The holidays have gotten me in the mood to try new things. After having attended the Houston Quilt festival in month and my new respect for quilters, I have set out to try it myself with this very minimal project.

It's all about the sheath Dress

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Sheath dress!! I have lots of dresses, most of them have multiple design lines, lots of them, and I live for prints, any type of print. Again I say, as with the basic white shirt, here , I don't like sewing plain solid garments. Unless, of course you can see them from a few miles away, not the old "where's Waldo" thing either.  This cute number was made during August this year, when I first started thinking about wardrobe planning. I was originally told to make it plain....but, of course I didn't listen.  Almost 4 months later, and I have yet to find any occasion to wear it.

I got my fix with "Stitch Fix" today..

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I recorded my first experience with a styling service.  (click the picture above).  I have never tried using a stylist...I have always wanted to, but only started this year.  Now, working with a wardrobe consultant, I'm learning more about what to look for in the stores.  Sewing for myself is easy, choose the fabric, sew the clothes.  But, actually going to the store to shop is difficult for me.  The two services ask plenty questions about your lifestyle your taste and your body contours. So, along with that I decided to try out this styling and personal shopping service, Stitch Fix  where someone gives you a list of things they think will work with who you are based off answers you provided on a detailed survey.  I figured I would see what they think about my style personality, and if I like what they send me,  than if I like it that much,  I could then just sew my own, since I know the garment would be way more than I would be willing to pay, or worst of all not fit my body

Periscope- I had a blast!!!

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My goodness Periscope is more than I expected. I had a party last night. I was in sewing guild heaven right in my own sewing room with a few others just hanging, chatting cutting out a pattern and learning. Who knew it would be so much fun!!! I understand the videos are up for only one day. I was showing how to make adjustments to simplicity 8014 and I talked about interfacings and all that jazz. I have found my new playroom. It was much fun!!! Oh yeah, I plan to hangout there again often!! I'll upload some of my videos to my YouTube channel for all to see. So don't worry if you don't have an interest in the periscope fad. I'm sure it won't last long. But, for now though, it's a lot of fun. - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

NewLook 6378: The Kimono- New life for an old concept

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You brought new life to an old concept.  Simplicity, are you there?  I think we can now be friends.  You are bringing new life into my low mojo sewing world, no frills, just plain and simple style without all the bells and whistles.  I've been having trouble sewing lately, which is why my friends have been encouraging me to go simple.  Something, I don't really do very well.  The harder the better is my motto, however, that can be stifling at times and limits my creativity.  Which again, is why I say, thank you simplicity and newlook. Oh, yes, and as I said before, wardrobe styling is not my thing, but I can put together some clothes on the machine.  You know that thing we all love...the sewing machine.  This fabric has been with me a while waiting to be added to the rotation and so here it is in all its glory.  And I love it!  Especially, with my basic "white button down shirt" presented in my fitting videos on youtube .  This is a striped rayon knit, with w

Menswear Tailoring: The Final Chapter, an Adventure in Quilting.

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After an unusually long respite, I now question myself on my organization and planning skills.  But I say to you "What does tailoring have in common with quilting?"  Is there a special skill required besides a single straight stitch, what mathematical calculations or algebraic algorithms are required to become skilled in the art of piecing squares and triangles, binding edges, planning fabric, and sorting techniques.  Could they be one in the same when time is considered.  I know precision is a necessary component in the equation.  Yet, now, I am convinced that there is more. The suit Jacket was finished in March and engagement photos were taken then as well.  But it's no secret, by now, that I didn't finish for his birthday! (I intended to finish Last Year 2014!!!)  I had all intentions of doing something fast and furious.  This time, I think maybe I bit off more than I could chew given the timeframe and all the holiday affair, moving my sewing room,  and, of cou

Reuse: Recycle: Repurpose- Another use for Pattern Tissue

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For some reason lately, I have been seriously considering my impact on the environment with the waste I create in my sewing studio.  Re-using all that I possibly can has been at the top, then there of course is the recycling and up cycling that is everywhere.  But what about "re-purposing?"  Plenty times I hear and have seen in designer workrooms the use of tissue for sewing specialty fabrics.  Silk charmeuse comes to mind right away, mainly because this is what I was working on today.  I decided, after looking at the pile of trash overflowing from the trashcan to the floor...all pattern tissue scraps, why not?  Use the tissue paper from the patterns!!  DingDong!! there you go..repurposing. It is time we all start considering the waste we produce for one wardrobe...our own.  If we produce this much waste just creating our own wardrobe.  Consider the amount produced when manufactured waste is added up times a million wardrobes.  Quilters have had this figured out for a ver