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29 December

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    Dec 29, 2014, 09.47 PMby Ricardo Abreu

    Happy, healthy and productive 2015

27 July

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    Jul 27, 2013, 12.06 AMby Stacia Mason

    thanks a million. your bodice drafting pattern saved my life

15 May

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    May 15, 2012, 08.48 AMby Jodi Wade

    I just had a look at your designer clothes site. I’m happy to see you have gotten it up and running. The clothes are beautiful. That ability to mix and match with the zips is so cool!

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      May 16, 2012, 03.41 AMby gedwoods

      Thank you so much for your kind remarks! I am proud of the website… marketing the clothes poses its challenges, however! But yes, getting the site up and the clothes made is an enormous step forward!

26 March

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    Mar 26, 2012, 03.39 AMby pinkdaffodils

    Hi, I’ve been having a heck of a time trying to get my armscye figured out in regards to your basic bodice block technique. My shoulder lines keep falling outside L and T, is it because I’m fairly large busted or am I misunderstanding something? I’ve checked my work and restarted the entire process in case I did something wrong somewhere else but with the same results. Any suggestions? Cheers!

25 December

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    Dec 25, 2011, 03.08 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    i couldn’t read your whole reply… lost in the commentsphere…. but: YOU KNOW IT.

    (although i am currently making ruggy a pair of boxer shorts. egads.)

20 December

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    Dec 20, 2011, 10.46 AMby avan21


    I have seen your work and I was woundering if you have any tips for me. I want to make my wedding dress and am a plus size girl. I want to make a corset basic princess line. I am trying to find a plus size block or even pattern. Is there any sites or other ways I can get this?

    kind regards


29 October

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    Oct 29, 2011, 12.57 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    your boutique is WONDERFUL! i love the ability to play with the pieces and create looks, it’s a brilliant design, both clothing and website! i’m saving my pennies for you :)

    congratulations! oona

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      Oct 30, 2011, 02.26 PMby gedwoods

      Thanks, Oona, both for the feedback and the kind words. The difficulty now is getting the word out to the broadest group of people, so we can generate sales!

      Also, check back in a week or so for our hats!

27 September

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    Sep 27, 2011, 02.45 AMby peach

    Hi I was wondering if you ever got a chance to look into sloper for Principles of Flat Pattern Design by Nora A. MacDonald?

26 February

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    Feb 26, 2011, 06.48 PMby d617

    A question: What is hammered silk? Is it washable?

24 February

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    Feb 24, 2011, 08.09 PMby d617

    Took a peek at your website. Very well done. The best to you in all your efforts. Congratulations!

31 December

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    Dec 31, 2010, 10.52 PMby peach

    Thank you that would be greatly appreciated.

28 December

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    Dec 28, 2010, 03.41 AMby peach

    Hello gedwwods, I appreciate your pattern drafting post they have been very helpful. I’m trying to teach myself how to draft and manipulate the patterns and still have a lot to learn. But the book I’m using for flat pattern design shows some patterns differently like for a couple of manipulations for the sleeve the elbow darts are missing and for the pants/skirt the front pattern has one less dart. So my questions are: How would I be able to add elbow darts to the sleeve pattern? How would I add another dart to the pants and skirt sloper?

    And the book I’m referencing is Principles of Flat Pattern Design 3rd Edition by Nora M. MacDonald.

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      Dec 30, 2010, 01.16 AMby gedwoods

      I have that book… I’ll look into it as soon as I get a chance.

25 November

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    Nov 25, 2010, 06.49 PMby nehmah

    AHA! I found the site of your blog! You may have helped me out with trousers for a very large gentleman. I went to Cutters & Tailors site. Nehmah

23 October

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    Oct 23, 2010, 09.10 AMby Kelsey Edwards

    hi i used you bodice block tutorial to make a blouse and i thought you might like to see the finished result. it is in my studio under kelseys bernina entry :)

24 August

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    Aug 24, 2010, 03.27 PMby nickcheung

    Hi gedwoods, I dunt think u have to worry about it at all, your posts are very helpful and you have done a great job on explaining all the details :D . As a learner i also try so many same techniques from different people to find the 1 im most comfortable with, so i totally understand what u think :).

23 July

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    Jul 23, 2010, 02.22 PMby kerriann

    Hi hi I love the time and effort you put in , for the learning techniques I have been searching for women basic jacket drafting like how to do the colar, am a total novice in sewing … Can you help me find one. Pretty pweezzee

26 June

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    Jun 26, 2010, 07.44 PMby studensewer

    For the basic bodice block, could you please clarify on the set of measurements? I’m very new to sewing, and when I tried to google how to take the measurements, everybody’s definition of what (for instance) a bust measurement was turned out to be different. I would appreciate the help to get started in the right direction.

    ps—your techniques on basic drafting, going line-by-line, are very encouraging. I was on the verge of giving up, but am encouraged to keep on trying. I hope to be able to make my own clothes someday.

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      Jun 26, 2010, 11.31 PMby gedwoods

      Most of the Techniques I have produced draw heavily on Winnifred Aldrich’s book, “Metric Pattern Cutting for Womenswear”. As someone pointed out recently, the opening parts of the book are currently accessible at Google Books. Click this link and scroll down until you get to the measurements page – this gives detailed and precise instructions on body measurements. These are the ones I use.

11 June

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    Jun 11, 2010, 04.47 PMby sew4my3

    Nicely said in the “Discussions” gedwoods !

7 June

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    Jun 7, 2010, 07.54 PMby marloncosta

    Hi Gedwoods! Thank you for your nice comments on my projects! That`s really nice of you to take of your time to check my stuff. It really encourages me to keep sewing. Thank you again!

27 April

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    Apr 27, 2010, 02.10 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    gedwoods, it was just fabulous to see you as a featured member. and i am truly so honored to be a part of your top ten!

    by the way, i was watching reruns of “the office” last night and literally yelped when dwight was playing “second life”. so, i could be, perhaps, a flying rock star drummer who designs couture gowns and paints skyscraper murals on the side?? sign me up!

    wouldn’t be burdastyle without you :)

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      Apr 27, 2010, 10.31 PMby gedwoods

      Thank you, oonaballoona, you’re a sweetheart! (Actually, my fashion designer identity on Second Life was a female blood elf with high pointy ears who made kinetic sculptures and had an underground workshop, so yes, you could be all those things!)

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      Apr 28, 2010, 01.07 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      i love it!!!!

20 April

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    Apr 20, 2010, 08.29 PMby urmil57

    I am enjoying learning the basic bodice block you posted, I wonder if you could help me with finding standard women sizes online……..thanks

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      Apr 20, 2010, 10.21 PMby gedwoods

      I’m not sure how to answer – the basic bodice block sidesteps the need for standard women sizes, since you use measurements directly. I know more about the blocks and their uses than I do about standard sizes – I’m really not the right person to ask about that. You might want to ask your question in one of the main forums – I’m sure you’ll get lots of responses there.

19 April

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    Apr 19, 2010, 01.39 PMby urmil57

    Thank you for all ofyour posts!! they are very helpful.

2 April

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    Apr 2, 2010, 03.00 PMby alden

    Hey Gedwoods, I’ve been meaning to ask you, what area of science are you in? Just like you were steered away from drawing i was steered away from what i really loved, theoretical astrophysics. My high school schedule worked out so i never had a chance to develop the proper math skills, college calc with out pre calc and trig was too much

20 March

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    Mar 20, 2010, 04.07 PMby missy64

    gedwoods, did you send me a message re the sewing group thingy? If you did I can’t find it so I can’t respond. So sorry! can you resend the message with info? Thanks!

10 February

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    Feb 10, 2010, 04.12 AMby Aldana Peluso

    Oh!, I will use your bra pattern ;) thanks!

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    Feb 10, 2010, 04.11 AMby Aldana Peluso

    Thank U, Im new at this time but i will try to do it well, wish me luck for my sewing ! =S lol

2 February

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    Feb 2, 2010, 09.30 PMby Electra Skilandat

    Hello Gedwood,

    Can’t wait to read your blog on this subject. What would I need to do to get on your list of recycled stores. My store, Urban Burp in San Francisco, is 95% recycled fabric from the 20’s to 60’s (most never been used) along with, some sustainable, organics, etc. If anyone is interested I have a somewhat primitive website that gives a small idea of what I have. www.urbanburp.com

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      Feb 3, 2010, 12.01 AMby gedwoods

      I’m happy to add your store to the list – the site looks pretty interesting!

      In return, might I have permission to use some of your fabric sample images to illustrate the site? All images are always credited to the contributing store (I create a photo album for each contributing store with appropriate URLs to find the company).

25 January

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    Jan 25, 2010, 03.20 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    YAY for happiness through sewing! i really need to get away from this computer and get some happy… but i can’t leave before thanking you for your wonderful compliments. i’m really enjoying this twist my creativity is taking, it feels free!

    really, you are so thoughtful and i’m always giddy when i get a post from you. thank you :)

30 November

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    Nov 30, 2009, 03.52 PMby glasstapper

    Hey, Ged! I’m stoked to finally have enough time to draft the Basic Bodice Block, and maybe eventually the Bra Block. Your instructions are super, and complete even though I’ve never done intense drafting before.

    I was just having one problem I’m stuck at— my high chest measurement makes the front and back pieces overlap! I think other busty women have been having this problem as well. Do you know the solution? Full question is on the Basic Bodice Block wall.

    I want to thank you again for all your wonderful hard work!


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      Nov 30, 2009, 05.06 PMby gedwoods

      An additional point regarding my response to your comment in the Technique section – your solution to the overlap sounds reasonable. If there’s one thing I’ve learned with making clothes from the basic slopers, you’ve got to be ready to tinker and experiment, usually on a muslin shell so as not to waste valuable fabrics. Try it, and you’ll be able to see right away whether that’s the solution.

      What we need is a good sloper for plus sizes! I don’t know of any published ones at all!

26 November

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    Nov 26, 2009, 02.58 AMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    gedwoods, missed you! and absolutely love being called classy. that’s pretty much my favorite compliment….