But first can I thank you all for leaving such wonderful and thoughtful comments regarding the Blue Brocade Wool Crepe Dress, the Ralph Rucci inspired dress and the Argyle Cardigan. It is such an affirmation to flip into my blog in the mornings and read your compliments especially since they come from people who love the art of sewing as much as I do! So thank you!
Next - NancyK you deserve a prize...cause you asked the most questions. So here are the answer to your questions:
1. Is the lining stretch woven or knit? (From the Retail Therapy Post)
It's a stretch woven lining - rayon/lycra blend. Kashi had it in nude and black. I just liked the hand of the nude better.
2. Am I participating in the Stitcher's Guild SWAP this year?
Nope! I don't really have a reason, just don't feel like it!
3. How do you make buttonholes in knits? Do you cord them? (From the twinset post)
I have several options on my sewing machine for making buttonholes but I use the standard buttonhole with a bartack on either end. I don't use a special needle and I don't use the looser "knit" buttonhole that my machine offers. However, my trick is to put a piece of pattern paper behind the buttonholes before I go to the machine. After I've figured out where I want the buttonholes to go, I just pin a thin strip of pattern paper to the back. The paper gives the sewing machine's feed dogs traction and I get some of the best buttonholes that way. Here's a pic to show you what it looks like before it heads to the sewing machine. Oh and I do trim that paper down first!
Sherril asked, "If the black white paisley is a knit or a twill?
And Alex asked, "If it was a cotton knit?"
Both questions are from the Retail Therapy Post - so I will answer them together. It is a medium weight rayon/lycra knit.
Towanda wanted to know if she could come over and play in my closet?
Yeah sure...I will give you access to the wardrobe closet and the fabric collection! When do you want to come over?! You know you really don't live that far from me! *smile*
Vicki asked about handstitching the lining in on the Dior Dress?
Well I guess I could do that and I even considered that option but my DD looked at me and said why? You own a slip! I do so I'm going to use it...
Summerset asked if I had shoes and accessories for the Dior Dress?
Now c'mon Summerset...you know me better than that! You know the shoes are waiting for the dress to be completed. As for accessories, I am only wearing earrings and a bracelet because there is so much going on with the front of the dress!
Sherril asked, how did I lose such a cute dress? And then made a comment about how much clothing I had...
Well, the point of cleaning out the closet was so that I could "see" everything that I had in it...it was getting pretty tight in there! And as for the observation about too many clothes, gurl please! I LIVE for too many clothes! ROTFLOL! Ummm, that's the whole reason I sew...so I can have as many options and as much stuff as I please! Plus, what the heck would I do with the fabric closet if I didn't continue to sew clothing? *LOL*
Cindy asked, "Do you ever use old patterns and restyle them to your designs?"
Isn't that Tried and True Patterns! *LOL*
Cindy also asked, "Would you ever make any of your own patterns?"
The closest I've come to making my own patterns is slicing and dicing my TNT's! That's about all the patternmaking I can handle! I am in awe of people who use the Japanese Pattern Books or who can draft from scratch...that just ain't me!
Finally Mel asked about buying patterns and saving money from the "nameless" craft store...
Okay, hell would freeze over and I would NEVER sew again if I had to go into that store to shop! We have had a serious and irreconcilable falling out and my feet will never darken their doorstep again! Plus by purchasing online from the pattern companies, I am giving them my dollars directly and keeping them in business. That's my story and I'm sticking with it!
I would like to give a shout-out to all of the new posters and some of those who have come out of lurkdom - specifically Crystal, Alex in Canada and Brocadegoddess! If I didn't name you and you have just recently posted, please forgive me and drop me another comment! I would like to thank you all from coming back and reading my ramblings!!!!
Lastly Glenda offered me some vintage patterns and they showed up Monday evening.
Thank you so much for your generousity and I will let you know when I use them!
Okay, I think that's everything...tomorrow is Thursday...so it's almost Friday and the weekend and sewing! Yes!!!