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Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Alabama Chanin 2
« Last post by sliderule on Today at 01:25:44 PM »
Hey - that trunk show is today! In Huntsville!  Thanks, Lisa.  I'm definitely going to try to get there.
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Chatter / Re: The Spring Garden (Fall Porch in S. Hemi.)
« Last post by janquiltz on Today at 01:09:57 PM »
I got rid of three bags of clothes this week....and tossed more basement junk this morning.   Seems like a drop in the proverbial bucket, but I guess every bit helps.     

Laurie, so glad for the upcoming visit this weekend!

As of now DSIL and DH plan on working in our bathroom on Monday.   Yes!   We've been at this point before though, and something would come up.  So, here's hoping we make it this time.   


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Machine Embroidery / Re: Free Embroidery Designs 2015,2016
« Last post by Pina on Today at 01:04:46 PM »
Kreative Kiwi free embroidery designs,In the hoop Mug Rug and more........10 sewing machines in the set......These designs stitch out continuously - no back tracking,so are perfect for quilting - imagine how cute these would be used as background blocks on a quilt or tote bag.The set includes 4x4 and 5x5 hoop sizes.

 
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Novelist Barbara Pym was a sewer and made a lot of her own clothes. Markie Post who was on Night Court sews and is/was a member of Pattern Review but I haven't seen anything from her in a while.
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The biggest example, back in the 80s, was Deborah Norville, an anchor for the Today Show. Remember her? She actually won the "America Junior Miss" pageant with the talent of sewing! Also mentioned in An Ancient Skill, Sewing, is Revived (1990).

Deborah Norville has her name on a line of yarn that is sold at JoAnn's. She is the new host on the PBS show Knit and Crochet Today. The former host was Brett Bara.
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Elizabeth, that is very pretty. I made a long kimono just last week! I used a very old Louise Cutting pattern called East Meets West* for a wool challis in a panel print from Emma One Sock that I suspect was supposed to be for scarves. (The lines between panels was subtle, so it worked.) It is past my knees, and I plan to wear it to performances. I can wear it to the symphony w/ a silk shirt & nice pants, or to more casual events w/ jeans & a T-shirt. It is so lightweight that it will be just perfect for our foggy summer nights, which probably guarantees a heat wave during every performance we're attending this summer & fall.  ;)

Another good pattern is Grainline Studio's Morris Blazer. I haven't made it yet, although I am cutting one out this week, but I've seen it on others and it is very cute and casual. http://shop.grainlinestudio.com/collections/morris

* The sleeves are huge on this, it is like a traditional kimono. Eating dinner is going to be problematic, and I wouldn't use this pattern for a work-related garment. It was perfect for the panel prints, because the pattern has no side seam-the front & back are one giant piece. I cut it on the crossgrain & the lines between the panels make a nice vertical line on either side of the front. (I made sure the panel was folded exactly in half before cutting, so the line would be in the same place on each side.)
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Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Cold Shoulder shirts
« Last post by BetsyV on Today at 12:04:08 PM »
Lydia I'm with you. I think it looks sloppy and half-dressed. I have strong shoulders and toned arms, and I wouldn't wear this look for love nor money.
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I came across the blog of Jasika Nicole recently.
http://jasikanicole.com/try-curious-blog/

She was Astrid on Fringe (ah, Walter... How i miss you!). And she has a real love for making, including sewing and shoemaking!
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Chatter / Re: The Spring Garden (Fall Porch in S. Hemi.)
« Last post by Laurie H on Today at 11:28:08 AM »
I like your idea, Linda.  I should tell DH that, but I don't know if it would help him.  He doesn't want to get rid of anything that's his.  I've been in the mood to get rid of almost everything that's mine anyway.  If I'm not currently using it or I haven't lately, I figure I probably don't want it, so why have it?  I do know I have a few things that I don't use all the time, but I will want to use if others stop loading my worktable in the basement with their crap, so my basketmaking supplies stay.  My tools stay. 

I have a big bag of clothes I need to take away, some are new but I just don't feel like wearing really nice clothes to work.  I don't have to, I don't feel comfortable in them, so I don't wear them.  I have books I don't want, books I thought I wanted, but turns out I don't and some other odds and ends that just need to go.  I need hubby -proof packing materials and a time to take them out of the house and then it goes.  Loads of things.  DH doesn't need to know.

Right now, I'm cleaning and getting ready for DD and Mitchell.  They should be here around supper time Friday night for the weekend.  So excited.
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Elizabeth, I hadn't seen your kimono before. Very pretty.

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