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Finally finished my wedding dress & got hitched! Pics soon.

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29 November

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    Nov 29, 2012, 08.04 AMby janul

    Don´t be sad, it´s great to be busy! :)

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      Dec 3, 2012, 08.32 PMby wzrdreams

      Thank you. I just wish I had enough time to work on even more projects!

12 March

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    Mar 12, 2012, 01.57 AMby ladykatza

    If posting the notes won’t hurt your project in any way I’d say go for it. Otherwise wait until you get the project back with final grade and marks. (I’m just FULL of advise. To bad I never listen to myself)

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      Mar 12, 2012, 05.28 PMby wzrdreams

      Ha, well since I graduated in 2004 that’s not a problem.

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      Mar 13, 2012, 02.40 AMby ladykatza

      then HECK YEAH!

7 December

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.26 PMby anajan

    Hi there! Phew, the month went by, and I feel sorry we didn’t hang out together more. Do you know, ever since I arrived to NY I was listening to Grace Jones, and I stopped the moment I left :). Anyway, just wanted to thank you for the nice comment on the Mermaid dress.

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      Dec 7, 2011, 02.49 PMby wzrdreams

      I wish we had a chance to hang out again also, but I am so glad that I got to meet you in person! You are a natural bowler and an amazing sewer.

21 November

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    Nov 21, 2011, 10.09 AMby ladykatza

    prewash the cotton velvet with nothing else and whatever you do DO NOT PUT IT IN THE DRYER. It will attract every piece of lint for 10 miles.

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      Nov 21, 2011, 10.09 AMby ladykatza

      Also, try to hang it without folding it or it will crush the pile.

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      Nov 21, 2011, 05.35 PMby wzrdreams

      Oooooo… good advice. Thank you. I’m just not sure I even should pre wash since I’m planning to make a jacket. I’m worried that washing it would ruin the smoothness of the pile, which is very flat (shiny velvetteen!) so I was thinking about just giving it a thorough steaming. I will definitely avoid the dryer!

3 November

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    Nov 3, 2011, 03.14 AMby ladykatza

    Is this an old or new project, the Twinkle A-Line? I wanna see!

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      Nov 3, 2011, 05.35 PMby wzrdreams

      It’s my old Twinkle A-line! It will be getting a lot of wear this fall/winter for sure.

2 July

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    Jul 2, 2011, 12.43 PMby Passiona Cottee

    Hi Grace, I bought a mag today that has a diagram of the chanel jacket 3-piece sleeve. I remember seeing your question about it on the burda blog article. I have scanned the diagram and have it ready to send to you (and it is on grid paper so can be easily scaled). One problemo, I don’t have your email address to email it to you (and the burdastyle message function doesn’t allow for attachments). If you’re interested email me here passiona@me.com and let me know :) Pash

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      Jul 3, 2011, 04.03 AMby wzrdreams

      Wow thank you! I’ll PM you my email right away.

21 June

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    Jun 21, 2011, 03.17 AMby cantare

    I’ve only used a walking foot from what I call the Cruncher machine for hemming denim. Do you have one?

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      Jun 21, 2011, 05.32 PMby wzrdreams

      Not yet. I just ordered one from Sears. I’ll have to post an update when it arrives.

2 June

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    Jun 2, 2011, 04.09 PMby kelepso

    I agree with buying fabric over lunch.

1 June

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    Jun 1, 2011, 11.43 PMby mayadaughterofsun

    I ve absolutely recognized myself in your new status:)

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      Jun 2, 2011, 05.31 AMby kardamon

      I agree with your status. Well said! :D

22 May

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    May 22, 2011, 11.48 AMby janul

    Hi Grace, I enjoy reading your status posts, looking forward to your projects! :)

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      May 22, 2011, 03.49 PMby wzrdreams

      Thank you. I’m looking forward to showing off some of my recent finished garments. It’s just a matter of getting some photos taken. That is actually the hardest part of the process for me!

7 April

24 January

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    Jan 24, 2011, 11.11 AMby carottesauvage

    Go on Grace! You can do it! :) don’t let pattern infos mislead your sewing!XX

24 December

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    Dec 24, 2010, 12.11 AMby Passiona Cottee

    Hi, I hadn’t heard of RiRi zippers until I saw your comment on today’s giveaway. I just checked them out and they are awesome! Thanks for the tip!

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      Dec 25, 2010, 05.44 PMby wzrdreams

      Cool! I love them SOOOOOOO much! Thet are totally worth the expense. They make me never want to use an invisible zip ever again.

21 December

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    Dec 21, 2010, 09.13 PMby alisondahl

    Hi Grace, I know exactly what you’re talking about— this has happened to me many times! The answer is simple IF your machine has a stretch stitch. On most machines the stretch stitch is located next to your regular straight stitch, but it has 2 dashed lines next to each other instead of one. It moves forward one; back one, which ultimately creates a stretchable stitch.

    Good luck! alison

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      Dec 22, 2010, 12.45 AMby wzrdreams

      Hi Alison,

      Thank you, but this does not answer my question. I DO have a stretch stitch, which does work well enough for the seams were the skipped stitches won’t show.

      The problem is when I try to use a zig zag or twin needle for VISIBLE topstitching and hems. I don’t use stretch stitching for top stitching as it creates a very thick and unprofessional stitch line.

      Do you have any tips for topstitching on silk jersey using a double needle or zig zag? Thread tension? Pressure foot tension? Thread weight?

30 November

24 November

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    Nov 24, 2010, 10.09 AMby lulu62uk

    Hi, I replied to your petticoat question, I do hope it helps.

22 November

12 November

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    Nov 12, 2010, 11.20 PMby nehmah

    Sounds like you have it all planned out. I’ll go for a large and “super-size” so that a 1X will be able to wear it. I know the group I sew for even though I’ve never met any of them. ;) Here goes nuttin’ honey. LOL Nehmah

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    Nov 12, 2010, 05.10 PMby Angela Kane

    You’ll do a great job. I’ve looked at your other projects. I’m really flattered.

    Don’t forget mine are net patterns – I dread someone not realising that! Have fun.

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      Nov 13, 2010, 12.46 AMby wzrdreams

      What do you mean by “net” pattern? Does that mean that I need to add the seam allowances, because if so, I figured that part out. :)

      Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I’ll be sure to post pictures when it’s done.

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      Nov 13, 2010, 09.04 AMby Angela Kane

      Yes, you add seam allowance yourself. Really glad that was obvious. I write it clearly on all the patterns but someone with less experience might miss it.

      I do it that way because that is how professionals work and also it lets you choose the seam allowance you are happy with. Different fabrics often need different seam allowances.

      The other advantage is that it is easy to tape the paper pattern together for a try out. Just tape edge to edge.

      No seam allowance makes a big difference in laying out for printing. I like to efficiently use the space so there are fewer sheets to stick together. I even layout each size individually. As I draft for size 6-22 there would otherwise be a lot of gaps on the size 6 layouts.

      Really looking forward to your finished project. As promised I will then welcome you as a Full Member to my site.

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    Nov 12, 2010, 04.09 PMby nehmah

    Hi, it’s Nehmah. I’ll be cutting a practice pinny, next week. What size will you be using? I plan to make & give away all three sizes in polyester (gifted) fabrics. All are knits (OK w/AK) in different colors and weights. Then I need to find/make pattern for basic plus-size skirts in similar fabric. It has to be used up before the dreaded poly-eating moths find it. ;) Cordially, Nehmah

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      Nov 12, 2010, 05.05 PMby wzrdreams

      Hi Nehmah! I think I will fit into the size medium, although just. I will add 1" side seam allowances to allow for easy adjustments and I already lengthened the bodice 1" total and 1" to the hips. I’m going to use some dark denim that I’ve had in my stash for a DECADE. It has a little bit of stretch to it so I’m going to try to acheive a fitted look. I’m going to do self facings at the armholes and neckline, and I think I may do a CB overlapping vent. I just need to get some top stitch thread and a zipper on my lunch break. I’m also thinking about doing and exposed zipper since they are so popular right now.

6 October

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    Oct 6, 2010, 04.45 PMby carottesauvage

    Hello Grace! Thanks for the compliment! Take care

26 September

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    Sep 26, 2010, 04.14 PMby nehmah

    So sorry to see that the instructions were not good(?). This has been happening more than is reasonable. I m beginning to think we need robotic editors. Nehmah

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      Sep 26, 2010, 09.27 PMby wzrdreams

      Or they should just provide pictures of a garments guts and scrap the instructions altogether. The pattern isn’t complicated, but the instructions are misleading and vague and in some places wrong!

24 September

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    Sep 24, 2010, 05.57 PMby janul

    Hi, thank you for adding me! :) I´ve admired your projects for a long time, you are very talented.

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      Sep 24, 2010, 08.36 PMby wzrdreams

      Thank you also! Your work has been an inpiration to me. :)

22 July

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    Jul 22, 2010, 07.09 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    I’m glad I’m not the only one dragging their heels on their BurdaStyle book project :) And it also sounds like I’m not the only one who got sent silk chiffon, argh, it hates me so ;)

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      Jul 22, 2010, 01.31 PMby wzrdreams

      Tell me about it! I am dreading sewing those french seams and baby hems. For some reason, I can’t get the tension on my serger right for a rolled hem on the chiffon.

      Luckily for me though, I hav a few extra days to work on my project because living in NYC makes it so I can run the finished project up to Burdastyle in person!

      Good luck!!

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      Jul 23, 2010, 12.34 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Oh true, lucky you, I am taking mine to the FedEx man at lunchtime, I’m glad it’s done and I can’t wait to see the book, it’s such a long wait I hope we at least get a sneaky peak at the proofs :)

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      Jul 23, 2010, 04.09 AMby wzrdreams

      Holy Crap, I feel like such a slacker. I did get some sewing done tonight though. I can’t wait to see all the finished garments… it wish we didn’t have to wait till next year!

18 July

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    Jul 18, 2010, 06.26 PMby nehmah

    You are not alone. That is nasty stuff to work with. Hi, from Nehmah

16 July

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    Jul 16, 2010, 09.58 PMby reneebies

    lets see the shorts!

17 June

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    Jun 17, 2010, 12.21 AMby carterbelle

    Thanks for the encouragement! Low ratings don’t bother me. I would have appreciated a comment that could help me learn from my mistakes instead of a low rating which doesn’t help me improve my skills. I am having lots of fun sewing and I am looking forward to trying some more difficult projects. Thanks again :)

28 May

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    May 28, 2010, 10.00 PMby rjhopkins12

    thanks for the lovely comment!

27 May

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    May 27, 2010, 08.32 PMby Ricardo Abreu

    Hi wzrdreams; Thanks a lot for your message.

30 March

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    Mar 30, 2010, 05.19 AMby carolyn-s

    Wow. You’ve really done some beautiful work. Well done! And congrats on getting the featured member!

    I just noticed your comment about Firefox above. I had the same problem, couldn’t login, switched to Firefox and this worked for a while. Then suddenly, same problem. I went into my history and cleared the active history, and this solved it. Back to Safari! I haven’t had the unable-to-login problem again. I think it might have been a glitch…

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      Mar 30, 2010, 01.30 PMby wzrdreams

      Thank for the lovely compliment! And thank you also for the browser insight! I definitely want to avoid the login problem.

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