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16 January

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    Jan 16, 2013, 10.35 PMby Kristi Buccheri

    Hello. I am trying to find out what size dress form to purchase for home. How do I pick the size to buy? You had commented on another post on this subject, but I didn’t an answer relating to size.

27 July

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    Jul 27, 2011, 02.01 PMby bjr99

    Hi Malissa,

    I have posed this in the help section but I wanted to personally post it with you to be sure that you would receive this. I have also sent this to 2 others sewers as well who are also quite talented. I hope that 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.


2 June

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    Jun 2, 2011, 04.10 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    i saw your update: you must sew something for YOURSELF today!!!

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      Jun 2, 2011, 09.42 PMby mlssfshn

      I had to move out of my studio and my one bedroom with a 2 year old makes it hard to sew hopefully I’ll figure something out!

17 February

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    Feb 17, 2011, 03.43 PMby Ivana Krejci

    Congrats to you too! I’m so honored to be able to work with you on this show.

16 February

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    Feb 16, 2011, 07.13 AMby Laisa Chavez Macias

    Congratulations Malissa!!! You guys really are gonna rock SXSW ;) Can’t wait! I’ll be there to cheer y’all on. <3 L

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      Feb 16, 2011, 05.17 PMby mlssfshn

      Thank you, look forward to seeing you again.

16 July

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    Jul 16, 2010, 07.18 AMby Kelsey Edwards

    thanks for adding me as a friend, your a gem :)

15 July

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    Jul 15, 2010, 07.12 AMby Kelsey Edwards

    hi i thought you might like to have a look at my finished scalloped edge skirt (it is in my studio as of today) since you helped my with the scalloping technique, i would love to hear your opinion :)

5 July

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    Jul 5, 2010, 10.06 AMby Kelsey Edwards

    hi just wanted to let you know that i have done a little research after talking to you about the scalloped edges and have found out what you meant about needing to ‘face’ a scalloped edge. thanks for all of your help, your a gem :)

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    Jul 5, 2010, 04.09 AMby Kelsey Edwards

    is there any stitch i could do that i would not have to face, you mean like interfacing right?

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    Jul 5, 2010, 04.08 AMby Kelsey Edwards

    the scallops are 1.5cm deep

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    Jul 5, 2010, 02.49 AMby Kelsey Edwards

    hi, in regards to your advice on my ‘blanket stitch’ discussion page, i was wondering if you could help me further. i was planning to do the blanket stitch on a garment with scalloped edging, i was wondering if you knew how to hem this, if it is hemable :)

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      Jul 5, 2010, 02.53 AMby mlssfshn

      You would actually have to face a scalloped edge and on that type of edge even quilt cotton would frey if left unfinished. How deep are the scallops?

14 May

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    May 14, 2010, 12.54 AMby calicocouture

    Thanks for your nice comments on my Irish dancing costume!

3 May

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    May 3, 2010, 10.31 AMby sewella

    Thank you! I really appreciate your comments!

20 April

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    Apr 20, 2010, 01.46 AMby tatuswelle

    Thanks for the comment : )

4 April

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    Apr 4, 2010, 06.29 PMby Ami Taf

    Hi, I appreciate the warm comments and thanks for adding me as friend, yey!, :)

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      Apr 4, 2010, 06.46 PMby mlssfshn

      Not a problem enjoy your work!

2 April

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    Apr 2, 2010, 05.53 PMby judith27

    Yea I looked up stitchlab and selvedge but the beginners classes are pretty much booked til may and I’m pretty impatient! lol. I have a friend that took classes at ASFD and she loved them so I’m going to try i out. I’m actually taking a crash course so its 4 consecutive days, after if classes at stitchlab dont open up I’ll def take you up on some personal classes! Thanks!

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    Apr 2, 2010, 04.03 PMby judith27

    Hi! I live in austin and saw your new status about the april fashion show dt. Is that open to the public? <3

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      Apr 2, 2010, 04.20 PMby mlssfshn

      I’m not sure, it’s for a salon networking group but they have a Facebook page

29 March

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    Mar 29, 2010, 07.36 PMby threadsquare

    Awesome! I was just at the AMOA…hopefully I’ll be living in ATX again soon, and be able to make it to your show :)

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      Mar 29, 2010, 11.46 PMby mlssfshn

      The show will be a part of Austin Fashion Week in August on the 15th and will be about Sustainable fashion. I also may get to show a piece during the opening Reception for the exhibit in May. The work that will be on display through August is Chris Jordan’s

4 June

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    Jun 4, 2009, 01.02 PMby tnracmy

    thanks a lot for your nice comments on my creations! :D

6 May

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    May 6, 2009, 10.38 AMby kquade

    I saw your explanation of the teflon sheet thing in regards to the scrap thread technique, and I took a look at the links as well. Nifty! I had no idea such a thing was possible but it seems right up my alley:)

5 May

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    May 5, 2009, 05.19 PMby Natishia Chacon

    You have some beautiful Creations

28 April

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    Apr 28, 2009, 11.05 AMby dressdummy

    My goodness! You found the elusive sliders! That is the style and size variation I was hoping for. I’ve been out of town over the week-end, and found something there that sort of worked (they look more like belt buckles). I’ve already put the ties together using what I bought over the week-end. But I’m so delighted you found a source for exactly what I was looking for. Those slides are wide enough to accommodate thicker fabrics, which is what I need. And I do plan to continue making bow ties for gifts and for future donations. Thanks so much!!!!!!!

20 April

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    Apr 20, 2009, 10.47 PMby kquade

    i have no idea what you mean when you say clear grocery bags and teflon, but i can’t wait to see what you’re talking about. please message me if you upload a creation using that!

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    Apr 20, 2009, 03.12 PMby holidaypepper

    Thank you so much for the suggestions on making the 13 Going on 30 jacket! I’m in love with the fashions from that film. One day my skills will match my ambition!

    Your creations are all so beautiful!

17 April

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    Apr 17, 2009, 11.17 AMby dressdummy

    Thanks so much for responding to my call for sliders:) Yes, I have tried bra strap sliders, which I purchased online. But I’ve been unable to find them as large as I need. The pattern calls for 7/8″ × 1/2" and the largest I’ve found were 3/4 inch. But they just didn’t do the trick. Anyway, thanks again for the link. I’ll keep it for future reference.

16 April

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    Apr 16, 2009, 06.45 PMby kosmika

    Thanks for adding my mobile to your favorites ;) you are a very creative person, i adore your black and red scarf dress!

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    Apr 16, 2009, 03.23 PMby alice-grant

    Star, thank you loads for those links!!!

8 April

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    Apr 8, 2009, 04.01 PMby myk

    Hi! Thanks for your compliment on my new blue dress :) The dress has no top layer, it’s just a cotton-silk blend (whole dress)