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25 January

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    Jan 25, 2012, 05.05 PMby domestic-divaonline

    Having a great time getting projects ready for the CHA Craft and Hobby Association Convention and Trade Show this weekend Jan. 29 – Feb. 1 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California. Visit booths #2201 and #1772 to see my projects. Hope to run into you there!

27 July

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    Jul 27, 2011, 05.06 PMby bjr99

    Hi Gloria,

    Thanks for your quick responce. I’ll keep the airbrushing in mind but in the several hours since I wrote you I have been seriously thinking about going the fabric route. Maybe do a redesign to achieve a similar effect except with a laryered look. Have to see.

    Thanks again. Becky

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    Jul 27, 2011, 02.08 PMby bjr99


    I have posed this in the help section but I wanted to post it personally with you to be sure you received this. I have also sent this to 2 other sewers as well who are also quite talented. I hope you can help me.

    I have a last minute job making 3 ballet costumes due Sept.9. The construction is not a problem. The problem is one of fabric for 2 of the costumes.

    The client wants the woman’s costume to be a sleeveless leotard with a silk chiffon and silk crepe de chine skirt. The man will be in tights and a silk shirt. Here is where the problem starts. She wants the costumes to go gradually from white to green. The original designer,( moved and couldn’t finish the project) had planned on dyeing the white silks to achieve this effect.

    I have never had any need to dye fabric other than tie dye tee shirts and certainly not graduated. So the first question is have you ever died silk and if so is it hard to do? Also, do you have any sources for dyes, materials and how to information? The original designer has specked Dharma Trading Co. for dyes and materials. Have you ever used them and would you recommend them? I also need tips on how to do graduated dying and how to achieve this effect.

    I am also looking at costume companies and fabrics on line to possibly purchase these 2 costumes or the fabric for them. Do you know of any companies that would have something like this? I have resources of my own but am not seeing what I need from them.

    All companies would need to be in the US since I have a tight budget as well as a tight time frame.

    Thank you in advance for any information or help you can give me.


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      Jul 27, 2011, 04.14 PMby domestic-divaonline

      I so wish I could help you. I have never dyed silk either. Or any fabric for that matter. Consequently, I don’t know of sources either.

      If I were facing this situation, I would airbrush the fabric because that’s what I’m most familiar with. It’s one way to achieve the gradual look you’re after.

      Wish I could be more helpful. Good luck with your project!


26 July

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    Jul 26, 2011, 10.34 PMby Timea Schmidt

    hello Domestic Diva! Pls check out this site! They have free pattern downloads until the 30th. Some really good things are on it. Not only the free patterns but the others are free now too. Only one size, but you can alter it:) http://www.leko-mail.net/index.html

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      Jul 28, 2011, 01.25 AMby domestic-divaonline

      Sorry I didn’t respond sooner but I was downloading patterns!!! : )

      Thank you so much for alerting me to these freebies. I’ve made many of my own patterns over the years. But sometimes there might be a special sleeve shape, or a ruffled front that I’ve wanted to add to the garment. Can I create the pattern for it? Of course. But do I want to spend the time doing it if I don’t have to? No way.

      Don’t know if you’ve ever heard of the Lutterloh pattern making system but I took a course on it a long time ago. They gave you small images of pattern pieces in many different styles and using some calculations, you enlarge it to your size. I can use that system to adjust these patterns to my perfect size. In addition, I don’t even have to cut out the pattern myself. I can scan the pieces into my computer and cut them out with my stencil cutter!!! You’ve made me very happy today!

      Can’t tell you how much I appreciate this.
      Happy Sewing!

21 June

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    Jun 21, 2011, 05.06 PMby bjr99

    I truely liked the petal tank top. As a costume designer I am always on the lookout for ideas. Hope you don’t mind but I am filing it away for future use. For the stage I would use bolder colors so the petals would stand out from the back row. Your more subtle colors work well for real life. Becky

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      Jun 21, 2011, 08.19 PMby domestic-divaonline

      I certainly don’t mind you using this idea. We all get inspiration from each others projects. I worked as a costume designer for a dance studio and completely agree with your idea about bolder colors. Glad my petal tank got your creative juices flowing!

26 January

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    Jan 26, 2011, 09.54 PMby flowergirl22

    i love my fabrics,, i have much to many rolls,, i did wnat to say ,, i love the haircut you have on your profile picture,,, i am in need of a new due.


1 January

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    Jan 1, 2011, 01.14 AMby marloncosta

    You are always so nice! Thank you and have a Blessed and Happy New Year!!!

31 December

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    Dec 31, 2010, 12.25 AMby michelle ><><><

    You make beautiful things with such a clean look! It’s an honor to have you comment on my stuff. Thanks<><, Michelle

6 December

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    Dec 6, 2010, 05.25 PMby domestic-divaonline

    Lizah – I believe creative people have a responsibility to share their gifts and support each other. Thank you for your comments on my work too!

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    Dec 6, 2010, 05.21 PMby lizah

    Thank you thank you thank you!! You’re always giving me so sweet comments. It’s comments like that that makes me want to keep on sewing. Means a lot to me!

    And you makes so many cute things, love it!

6 November

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    Nov 6, 2010, 05.26 AMby domestic-divaonline

    Adriana – my heart is with you and your country.

20 September

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    Sep 20, 2010, 05.43 PMby domestic-divaonline

    I’ve missed Burda so much! I was on vacation for two weeks and came home to find the system down so it’s been nearly a month with no postings. I have several projects I’ll be putting up in a few days. So happy to see all the activity again!

1 September

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    Sep 1, 2010, 03.36 PMby domestic-divaonline

    I’m finally able to use all those warm weather clothes I’ve been making. I’m on vacation and will return on Sept. 11. See you then!

30 July

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    Jul 30, 2010, 05.23 PMby domestic-divaonline

    Working on a flapper outfit for a 1925 Murder Mystery party. I’ll post when it’s done. So much fun! I used to make costumes for a dance studio and this brings back those days – sewing with a theme in mind.

26 July

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    Jul 26, 2010, 07.23 PMby tamezdc

    Thank you for the shirring tips. I will be making another little dress and will be applying some of your tips.

22 July

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    Jul 22, 2010, 12.00 AMby domestic-divaonline

    My elastic shirred dress is almost finished and I can’t wait to share everything I learned about shirring. I researched online and in published sources to compile techniques. Then I tried them all to find out which worked best so you could learn from my mistakes : ). I’ll have photos soon and will post them, as well as tips for making the dress with your favorite tank top pattern.

7 June

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    Jun 7, 2010, 08.12 PMby marloncosta

    Hi! Thank you so much for your nice comments and message! I love fabric indeed! I love really cool modern prints the pull your eyes! I use to work designing and illustrating for a company the sold imported fabrics. You got me figured on that. Most of those projects you saw on my studio are projects for school. I was born in South America but I have been in Boston for almost ten years and I learned the History of the mills in this area in this our Fashion History class. Really interesting. It is so sad the we don`t have that many fabric stores around here anymore. Well! You have some really interesting things too. I really love those flowers you made. I use to know a lady who made beautiful organza flowers and I really admire the craft. Thanks for your nice comments again. It means a lot to me! God bless!

19 May

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    May 19, 2010, 09.01 PMby Galadriel F

    Just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with your website. Keep up the good work!

21 April

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    Apr 21, 2010, 05.44 PMby alasse

    Hi! Thank you sooooo much for all the kind comments on my projects! I’m flattered :-)

15 April

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    Apr 15, 2010, 12.59 AMby bbug59

    Thank you for adding me as a friend. I will do the same with you. I went to your website and love your ideas. I am very impressed. I wish i was that talented.