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4 December

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    Dec 4, 2008, 01.15 PMby manati

    Hey I saw you wrote a comment about that you learned how to make a petticoat skirt. I am in urgent need to learn to make one for my little one for christmas. Woudl you help me please.

23 November

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    Nov 23, 2008, 09.00 PMby you

    Hi, thanks for liking my quilt! I only do the piecing (I believe it is called) by machine, – you know, sewing all those squares together. I do the rest by hand. It is easier and doesn’t take too long. I put the layers together on the floor and then put lots of pins through everything to keep the layers in place. Then I just go up and down through all layers with a hand needle and single or double machine thread. With this quilt that took me only one rainy Saturday. Try it, it’s very soothing.

31 October

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    Oct 31, 2008, 09.01 AMby pink-umbrella

    thanks for the comment on my wall- i shall definately give the pattern a go!!!

10 October

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    Oct 10, 2008, 08.10 AMby bola

    Thanks for your comment! try it. It seems to be a pattern that comes out very well without a lot of alterations, which is great!. Oh yeah I was going to make that ‘butterick dress you have made ’Rock around the clock’, however I read some reviews which said the dress comes up when you walk- has this been true for you??bx

7 October

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    Oct 7, 2008, 02.10 AMby verypurpleperson

    Hi Myra, thank you for the comment on my dress! I’ve just visited you blog and really enjoy it!

1 September

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    Sep 1, 2008, 03.53 AMby jellybean

    sorry Myra, those links don’t seem to be working so here are the addresses: http://www.pettipond.com/lon.htmhttp://boredandcrafty.wordpress.com/2007/05/21/kiddie-doodle-3-circular-skirt/

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    Sep 1, 2008, 03.49 AMby jellybean

    Hi Myra-Lee, Thanks for your nice comment on my petticoat. No I didn’t use a pattern, but I modified the instructions on this webpagehere to suit a 10 year old girl. My modifications: I used a circle for the 1st layer, based on the waist measurement of my niece, then just cut strips of mesh across the width of the fabric, from memory they were about 18cm wide. My mesh was about 1.5m wide, so I ended up with strips 18cm wide by 1.5m long. I made 8 of these, I think. The 2nd layer was two of these strips stitched together and then gathered and attached onto the first (circle layer). The 3rd layer was the remaining 6 strips joined together and gathered and attached to the 2nd layer. It was very time consuming but the effect is really worth it, especially if you attach the satin ribbon or satin bias binding to the bottom edge. If you have a gathering foot or a ruffler, (which I don’t know much about) you can save heaps of time apparently. To make a longer skirt, just make your circle layer longer, or you could make the strips wider. I used about 4m of mesh and about 18m of bias binding. (I was lucky enough to find a perfect colour match at a discount store which was only $5 for 25m). To make yours fuller (like Alice Lon’s on the website above), just cut more strips, but bear in mind you will need more bias binding. I hope this is helpful, I’m sorry I’m not being more precise with my measurements but we’re getting ready to go away tomorrow and I’m just going by memory, although I do have everything written down somewhere. Oh and another tip: If you use a stretch fabric, as I did, make the circle layer out of a non-stretch (satin, maybe) to avoid the sagging problem I had. If I were to do this one again, I woud’ve only had the single layer on the circle part. Hope this makes sense. If you’re not in a real hurry and you email me any questions you may have, I will get back to you in about 2 weeks. There are instructions for making circle skirt patterns on the net, here is one I have found useful circle skirt Just remember to make it wide enough to go over your hips, and add a casing for elastic. Good luck.

20 August

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    Aug 20, 2008, 09.09 PMby candidette

    Hi Myra, thanks so much for the comment on the shirt! The fabric was bought as a vintage kimono from Kimono House, which is a little store in the Nicholas Building on the corner of Swanston and Flinders Lane in the city. I got the kimono used for the shirt for about 80 dollars but the prices vary… although, the amount of fabric salvaged is quite substantial (I still have leftovers!) I hope this helps! <a href= “http://www.kimonohouse.com.au/&#8221;&gt; Kimono House

18 August

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    Aug 18, 2008, 02.05 PMby whimsykid

    Hey thanks so much for the comment on my minidress! Really appreciate it :)

15 August

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    Aug 15, 2008, 01.59 PMby vonhaute

    Hi there, thanks for your comment. I’m glad you like my design. Well, this muslin piece is the final, i would not be sewing it on another fabric. It is actually a final project for my draping class, where I’m supposed to merely draft and sew on muslin. However, if I were to suggest fabrics to construct my design, the fabric should have a certain amount of stiffness, especially on the collar, so that it is easier to manipulate the pleats and insert whalebone.

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    Aug 15, 2008, 01.57 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    i know what you mean about those vintage patterns turning out frumpy; i’m always so disappointed that i don’t look like the swank drawing. i think stretch jersey might be the key, i’m trying this theory out more this weekend…

31 July

26 July

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    Jul 26, 2008, 09.32 AMby carlatv

    Congratulations on being the feature member! I checked out your blog and it was pretty cool. You have such a cheery disposition. ;o)

23 July

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    Jul 23, 2008, 10.43 PMby dianacirne

    Nice to see you at the features members! Congratulations! And then I was taking a look to your blog, and I happily discover that you was in Lisbon, and a big smile appear at my face! because I live in Porto, and off course I know all the places you are talking about! Feira dos Tecidos is a really nice fabric store, and is where I buy all my fabrics (we have one too here in Porto). And I need to correct you, because “tela” means canvas, and fabric is “tecido”! Next time you come to Portugal, need to see Porto and if you love green green green, should go at Sintra and Gerês! Kisses from Portugal! Diana.

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    Jul 23, 2008, 01.45 PMby kimsurf77

    Thank you for your comments on my Anda dress, I love your beautiful dresses (especially rock around the clock – I’ll have to try that one!)

4 June

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    Jun 4, 2008, 10.32 AMby nicola82

    hello Myra thanks for the comments on my green frock. i’ll have em in stores on monday! the tie was a present to me, but i think… it was bought at the queen victoria markets… i included the website however.

1 June

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    Jun 1, 2008, 09.54 AMby naughtylittlepony

    Thank you for the comment on my janina pants! I hope I wear them lots. Linen stretches a bit and then they become a bit baggy in the waist. Have a lovely day. Hope you find a great house mate!

24 May

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    May 24, 2008, 09.51 AMby sunnie

    Thank you for your nice comment Unfortunately it’s shower in perth:) It’s getting cold and I got cold:(

22 May

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    May 22, 2008, 12.59 PMby anniestitches

    thanx for the warm fuzzies! I love that pink dress in your creations.

21 May

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    May 21, 2008, 11.55 PMby krysia

    thanks for the nice comments:) love your tropical dress too!

15 May

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    May 15, 2008, 10.38 PMby shiba

    that would be really cute. this is the easiest pattern….. ever. the purple is is polka dotted, i dont know if you can tell.

    one thing: when you make the skirt part, dont forget to flip the pattern.

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    May 15, 2008, 08.47 AMby yoshimi

    Hi myra_lee, thank you for the comment on my marie! I love your stripy Nicola pants, too! Is it already getting cold in your side? I feel funny because I know we live rather near to each other but have different seasons… Have fun to make clothes for winter!

12 May

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    May 12, 2008, 01.23 AMby reneebeth

    I was surfing around on burdastyle and came to a link to your blog, followed it. I’m so excited about your interest in plants! It seems like a big passion of yours—I’m hoping to turn my passion for plants into a career. :) (with some sewing in the mix, too!)

11 May

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    May 11, 2008, 01.34 PMby allie31991

    Thank you! I LOVE the stuffed animals you made, they are so cute! And nice job on the pants! were they hard? (I’ve been pondering making myself a pair)

6 May

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    May 6, 2008, 08.18 PMby emilykate

    Hi again Myra_lee, just saw your comment on my dog-coat- thankyou! I have just answered your post in the forum, about how I made mine- made my own pattern :o)

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    May 6, 2008, 01.27 PMby carottesauvage

    Oh it’s you who did the lovely blue strippy trousers Cool! suits you!

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    May 6, 2008, 01.25 PMby carottesauvage

    Thank you for your compliment! If you would like to start knitting sometime have a look at www.knitty.com a great knitting open source!

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    May 6, 2008, 10.51 AMby naughtylittlepony

    Thanks for your comment on my jacket, I love your creations and your dog is gorgeous.

5 May

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    May 5, 2008, 05.43 AMby emilykate

    Hi myra lee, thanks for the link to your blog, you’ve got a gorgeous garden and such cute little softies on there!