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26 June

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    Jun 26, 2014, 03.53 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Hi Schnui, How are you doing my friend? Missing to see all your lovely projects… Thank you for favoring my top – this is a very nice patten, and I’m sure you will love it :)

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      Jul 4, 2014, 12.06 AMby schnui

      Hi Ellen, I am really well thanks. I have not long returned from my trip to Europe and the last few days I have begun to feel normal again. Jet lag is the worst part about travel.
      When I was in Paris I went on a private tour with a New Zealand lady who lives there and she took me to fabric, yarn, haberdashery and millinery supply shops. It was the most wonderful 4 hours and I found shops completely outside of the normal fabric areas in Paris. I didn’t buy a great deal because it became overwhelming and I also had to think about carrying excess luggage and I still had 4 weeks of travel left. If you are ever in Paris it is well worth the time because there was one fabric shop which had the end of rolls from several of the big fashion houses. The lady who owns the shop will say nothing as to what the fabric is but you can tell by the quality, it is very high end fabric. I bought a remnant that came from Louis Vuitton and a piece of wool boucle that looks very Chanel. It isn’t super cheap but prices were reasonable for the quality.
      The highlight of my holiday was the 5 days days I had in Stockholm, tracing family history. I had been to Stockholm in 1978 as a backpacker and I had stayed in a Youth Hostel. This time I stayed in a lovely hotel and enjoyed a private walking tour of the central city. It really is a beautiful city and I definitely want to return. Maybe I will hire a car and drive all through Sweden and Norway.
      I have loved looking at all of your projects lately Ellen but I have been too tired to find the time to comment. You are such a busy lady at your sewing machine. I haven’t started sewing yet but I did make a pattern to make a sweater for myself and the Thread Theory Newcastle cardigan pattern for my son. Do you sew for your husband?? When my husband was alive, I made alot of his casual shirts which he loved. He was tall with extra long arms and I was able to make exactly how he liked his shirts to fit. Now my son is wanting the same thing so I am starting with this cardigan. It looks very smart and quite easy to sew. I bought a Coverstitch sewing machine which really finishes knit fabrics off beautifully.
      Are you on Instagram?? I am and I find it a fun way to share my sewing projects rather than through Burda. If you have a smart phone or iPad, it is easy to join. My name on Instagram is marjoriesews.
      Hope this finds you well. xxxxx

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      Jul 5, 2014, 04.33 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Hi Schnui,
      Love to hear from you :) Oh, that’s seems wonderful travelling around in Europe, and I know jet-lag can be hard to tackle. Shopping in Paris would be great, but the problem is that you will be overloaded very soon when buying fabrics… I just came home from Copenhagen and I had to visit a special shop there, and lucky we didn’t bring so much luggage, so I could spend some money on fabrics :) The shop you mention in Paris seems fabulous, and of course the quality means a lot, but it could be hard to find such shops.

      Stockholm is a beautiful city and I love spending time there too. I hope you were lucky finding some family history. Norway is nice in summertime and I’m sure you will love all the great nature, so next time maybe I will see you :)

      You shouldn’t think about comment my project.. It’s just nice to keep in touch :)
      I was overwhelmed when I was asked to be interviewed by BurdaStyle some weeks ago, and if you like you can read it on the blog.
      I have been sewing for my husband, but nothing lately. I have to say that it’s more fun sewing ladies cloths or children clothes.
      I have not tried Instagram yet, but maybe I have to consider that. It’s so much to keep up with…

      It was very nice to catch up with you Marjorie and wish you all the best!

29 January

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    Jan 29, 2014, 07.17 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Hi Schnui, I read your comments for Kisses dress – and I have to say; Thank you very much for shearing this great advice! :-))

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28 December

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    Dec 28, 2013, 05.57 PMby alei

    Hello Ma’am, Thank you so much for adding me as your friend, I feel really honored. Enjoy your holiday and I would definitely consider a millinery course as soon as I find one. I wish you and your lovely family a Happy New Year in advance.

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      Dec 28, 2013, 10.23 PMby schnui

      Hi Alei. I am honoured to be your friend too. Sewing brings so many lovely people into your life and Burda helps via the internet. This site really inspires me and although I have been sewing for over 40 years, I still need inspiration and encouragement. Christmas in Australia is most likely very different to the US. We have summer weather and we face our worst weather conditions as well. This time of the year we all try to have our holidays tacked onto Christmas and New Year holidays. At the moment I am on holiday with my family at the beach, along with 100s of other families. There will be no more sewing for a couple of weeks.
      Happy New Year to you and your family and I hope 2014 is full of lots of sewing for you.

3 December

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    Dec 3, 2013, 12.12 PMby Mary Athey

    Hi schnui, if you are anything like me you will need lors if summer dresses lol. I love dresses and this is my favourite thing to make. Is’nt it great to have burda up and running again. I missed seeing everyones new projects x

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      Dec 4, 2013, 04.07 AMby schnui

      I have made another dress in the last 24 hours and have another ready to cut out. But tonight I am going to my book club Christmas party and tomorrow my millinery course break-up, so I may not get back to it for a few days. I will be getting withdrawal symptoms.

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      Dec 4, 2013, 06.15 AMby Mary Athey

      I hav’nt sewn anything since the week end as i’m running to the vets practially every day with two of my cats. Both got viral infections and the little ginger one toffee has’nt been well since she was spayed. The vet took her stitches out last night (to early) and her wound opened up. Its another trip to the vets at 9, my sis is is taking her as i work. Hopefully all being well i’ll get back to my beloved sewing to.night. i’m cutting out the zip front dress from a few issues back but i’m using a heavy sequin fabric. Fingers crossed it works. I look forward to seeing yours. Bye from a cold dark ireland x

10 November

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    Nov 10, 2013, 07.33 PMby liliv-1

    Hi my friend! How are you? We missed our entertainment these days with all these problems of the site, I hope everything will be ok within the next days! Many kisses!!

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      Nov 11, 2013, 01.42 AMby schnui

      Thanks Liliv. Yes, the photo issue has been a problem but I am also getting disappointed with this site. People like you, Mary and Ellen, never ever get featured and yet you all post more than anyone. I have complained before as I feel that anyone over 35 isn’t what the young Burda ladies in new York are looking for. You all go to so much trouble to photograph and post your latest projects and with information that other dressmakers can learn from. I enjoy looking but will now only comment on my Burda friends such as you. I haven’t been sewing much because I am learning millinery (hat making) and I have had a lot of things to finish before the hats are assessed for end of year. Have you been sewing much??? And is it getting cold in Greece yet? We are getting very warm weather now and I am loving wearing my new summer clothes. I hope you are well too.

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      Nov 11, 2013, 05.30 PMby liliv-1

      Are you really learning hat making? This must be very interesting! I am very curious to see your hats, I guess you are planning to post them here. It is not very cold yet in my island, we are still in light long sleeved garments. No coats or jackets yet! I was making a purse in the last few hours: I have lost my sewing moho these days and I don’t want to ruin some pretty fabric with a wrong sewing decision. Whenever this happens to me I prefer make purses, they are easy, they are a great way to use remnants of fabric and you can never have too many of them. As for the feauting thing you are 100% right that Mary and Hellen (and me and you:P) should be feautured but you know what: they post so often and they are so active that they are featured by themselves:)) I think that the community here is us and not the front page. I have met here ladies with so much talent and good taste and sewing knowledge. Their opinion for me is more important than the opinion of the burda team. Anyway I don’t know if it is even an age related issue I just think that nobody in the burda team pays so much attention to all the projects posted here. I am in a chatty mood as you can see:))))) Kisses my dear!!

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      Nov 13, 2013, 01.36 AMby schnui

      Hi Liliv, Yes I am really learning hat making. I learn at a government owned college where you can learn all sorts of skills. I love it and the people in my class are so nice. It is only one day per week so it isn’t too much pressure.
      Your purses are lovely and as you wrote a great way to use up left over fabric. They would make great presents too.
      Once I have finished this message, i am going to sew all day. I am trying to get a few cool cotton dresses made as that is what I feel like wearing at the moment. It is getting warm and humid here and I am sick of wearing pants.
      I really like your green top with the bow. I love that colour and it looks so nice on you.
      Happy sewing Liliv xxxx

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      Nov 13, 2013, 02.55 PMby liliv-1

      I can’t wait to see your new summer handmade clothes!! Happy sewing!

4 July

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    Jul 4, 2013, 01.47 PMby eliseanna

    Your projects are all so elegant and professional! Lovely!

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      Jul 5, 2013, 01.41 AMby schnui

      Thank-you eliseanna for your lovely comments about my sewing too. Sewing and buying fabric is my addiction and I can’t be helped!!! So it is with great pleasure now that I can sit at my computer and read all these great blogs about sewing such as yours. The sewing world is now a much smaller place due to blogs and we can all share our sewing experiences so easily. I would have loved all of this when I lived far away from my Mum and my aunties in my early sewing years.

28 May

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    May 28, 2013, 10.22 PMby merche

    Hello Marjorie! I´ve been sending you e-mails that just bounce back after a day. I don´t know why this is happening. I tried writing your e-mail adress and returning a message, but neither work! I´m almost finished with the silk! It was too, good for my clumsy fingers, but nevertheless, I hope you like the result. Are you feeling the Autumn yet? Did you get the magazines?

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      May 28, 2013, 10.39 PMby schnui

      Hi Merche, I received the magazines this morning and they are beautiful thank-you. I have emailed you and hopefully you receive my emails. I don’t know what is wrong with my email account but it sometimes plays up. I will get Warwick my son-in-law to check it out. The weather is cooling and I am wearing warmer clothes but it really doesn’t get that cold in Brisbane. We all moan that it is cold but compared to Europe, it is very mild.
      I can’t wait to see the silk blouse and I am sure it is gorgeous and beautifully sewn by you. You have the least clumsy fingers that I know- your beautiful clothes prove that to me. Will write again soon.

28 January

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    Jan 28, 2013, 08.14 PMby Anniemollison

    Stay safe up there. My brother lives in Brisbane also but he is away from the flood zones. I hope all is well.

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      Jan 28, 2013, 08.26 PMby schnui

      Thank-you Annie. I live right beside the river at Kangaroo Point but in a high rise apartment building. We haven’t lost power and the flood levels are going to be lower than 2011, so all should be ok. Sadly that won’t be the case for a lot of others. I am starting a millinery course today, so I won’t be home when the peak flows by but our apartment building shouldn’t get any water in it.
      I like your new dress which I have just looked at. I have never thought of buying the Burda books as I get the magazines monthly and I find more than enough in them to sew.

6 January

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    Jan 6, 2013, 09.45 AMby Anniemollison

    Thankyou. I hope the weather stays nice for the tennis. Are you planning on fabric shopping while you are here? I don’t have alot planned so far. Both my boys will be in School this year so I will have a little more time for sewing. I work two days a week as a Personal Trainer but am always thinking about what my next sewing project will be…. I did think about updgrading my pattern making skills but there are so many great patterns these days it seems like a bit of a waste of time. Why spend all that time making a pattern when you can just buy one? Perhaps a couture course? Anyway, I hope you have a great time in Melbourne. Ax

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    Jan 6, 2013, 04.14 AMby Anniemollison

    Hope you have had lovely holidays! Thankyou for all of your encouraging comments during the past year. Looking forward to your next project. Annie

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      Jan 6, 2013, 04.22 AMby schnui

      Thanks Annie. It is easy to comment on your projects as they are all so lovely and it is so obvious you take so much pride in your sewing. I really admire that.
      I am still on holidays at the Gold Coast but home Tuesday and I hope to start the Bernina up again. I am coming to Melbourne for a week of the tennis, so this month is going to fly and I am then going to start a TAFE course in basic millinery for the year. I thought it may be fun and as I love to fiddle around with fabrics and embellishments. What have you got planned??? Happy New Year!!

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    Jan 6, 2013, 02.23 AMby Sew Hopeful

    I’m so sorry. I’m reading your comment on my phone and accidentally marked it as inappropriate!!! Mistake/stupid touch screen and toddler banging my arm. I was trying to reply to your comment. I can’t seem to unmark it either. :-( I’ll email the support team and see if I can get it fixed. Should know better to try to read emails with a bouncing child right next to me.

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      Jan 6, 2013, 04.05 AMby schnui

      That’s ok. I have done that too.

5 January

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    Jan 5, 2013, 10.33 AMby Sew Hopeful

    Dear Marjorie, I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for your lovely comment left on my blog post. It really warmed my heart and was just what I needed to hear from another mum who has “been there done that” and totally understands. I couldn’t reply on my blog because I’ve just changed over to disqus as a commenting platform and I’m having some migration problems (joys of blogland) but I really wanted to let you know how much it meant to me. I really hope someday I can meet you in real life and we can share a cuppa and talk sewing together…

    Whoop, sorry about the double up comment…its time for bed I think!!

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      Jan 5, 2013, 11.27 PMby schnui

      If I come down to Sydney, I will send you a message and hopefully be able to catch up for a coffee and chat. Sewing is one of my favourite subjects!! And then my children, even though they are adults. I have been given many wonderful things in my life but I think my love of sewing and needlework and my 2 children have been the greatest gifts.

24 December

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    Dec 24, 2012, 07.06 PMby Vanessa Velasquez

    Dear Schnui, hope you had a lovely christmas and that this next year will bring to you and endeless supply of fabrics, notions, buttons, threads and more!!!! Happy sewing days to you, all year around!!!

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      Dec 25, 2012, 11.41 PMby schnui

      Thank-you so much for your lovely Christmas and New Year wishes. I had a lovely day with my 2 children and son-in-law at our beach apartment. The weather was so lovely we went down to the beach several times in between enjoying a beautiful Christmas meal.
      I am sure you had a busy day and joyous day with your 2 beautiful children. Did your little girl wear her gorgeous dress that you made her? My children are adults now but Christmas is still so special with them as when they were babies.
      All the very best for 2013 and may you get lots of sewing time to sew to your hearts content and of course, lots of beautiful purchases of treasured fabric and notions.

22 December

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    Dec 22, 2012, 07.49 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    my dear! i wish you and your beloved ones a lovely and great christmas and for the new year all the very best and luck and health and great surprises. hope to see you more often here around. lots of love from berlin…….

8 November

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    Nov 8, 2012, 11.11 PMby merche

    You must be the sweetest woman on Earth! Don´t worry about me, I´m just fine, only it was my birthday yesterday (The 7th November) and my boy´s birthday today, and I spent the whole morning trying to bake cakes like crazy for home and school, while there were power cuts every five minutes due to the storms we are having. Really crazy! In the end everything went well, Jaime had his cake to take to school for all his friends to taste, and it even looked good! Between bakings I sat to read all the posts and they made me feel much better about myself. There aren´t a lot of people as thoughtful as you are Marjorie. Your family is very lucky to have you around! Love Merche

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      Nov 9, 2012, 11.11 AMby schnui

      Well then, it is a Happy belated Birthday from me to you and a Happy Birthday to your beautiful son also. I am so glad all is ok. We are having storms also but fortunately no power blackouts. I live very near a hospital and the power wiring is all underground and above flood levels, so we never loose power which is a bonus. I usually go cycling on a Saturday morning but looks like the rain is now set in which is a shame. I mostly go cycling with my friends because we always end up in a lovely coffee cafe and spend most of the morning chatting. i may have to stay home and sew and that won’t be a hardship either. Have a good weekend Merche and happy sewing.

6 November

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    Nov 6, 2012, 09.02 AMby jennyrecorder

    Hi Marjorie, I couldn’t help but read your comments about the Tessuti awards and I agree with you, seems the judges have become a mite conservative since Juliabobbin won with the gorgeous little dress she made a couple of years ago. I also agree that Burdastyle is getting ageist, I am approaching my fiftieth birthday and haven’t seen anything in the months recent past, that I would consider suiting a more mature gal; as well as not even seeing us gorgeous middle-agers represented in the months best picks. Getting a bit dispirited actually, but I’m still having fun sewing, especially now I’ve signed up for GoodbyeValentino’s no RTW for a year, it’s making me more thoughtful about what I sew, so I’m not dealing with a whole heap of single-wear clothes :)

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      Nov 7, 2012, 10.51 AMby schnui

      I actually expected a dress like Julia Bobbin’s to win, not something we could all make ourselves. Maybe that was the idea behind the finalists so as to encourage the home dressmaker. I actually liked the finalist entries but I had hoped something more challenging would win. Never mind, it must be a very difficult job to be a judge with so many good entries. As for this site, it is wearing thin. I have made a comment to the Burda team but nothing has changed. I hate seeing the older members ignored and to lose Adriana is a wake up call if there was ever one. Hopefully she is too busy to not be upset by it all. It looks like you and I will just have to keep plugging away. I won’t stop sewing and sharing but maybe not on this site much longer.
      So what is your next project?? I have a bit cut out and a heap of fabric from my last weeks trip to Hong Kong to make up, so I am going to be busy for ages.

1 November

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    Nov 1, 2012, 08.47 PMby freakusbzzz

    Hi Schnui.

    I saw your comment on the Tessuti Awards. I feel exactly the same. Every year I am gobsmacked at how ordinary most the finalists are when there are some really innovative designs. The specs say the dress has to be innovative etc etc and the dresses that are chosen are nice but just something you could buy off the rack. The judges should give a reason as to why the dresses were chosen.

    Fourth place was a great dress. Have you ever entered?

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      Nov 2, 2012, 02.19 AMby schnui

      Thanks for your message and for agreeing. No, I have never entered and not likely to. I am over 50 and the youth market is not interested. I have even found this site pro youth and as a result I have noticed some really wonderful mature sewers no longer bother posting on this site. Adriana for example and she has a wealth of experience to share. I love seeing the ideas and designs for the Tessuti awards but so disappointed in the final decisions. To my mind, there were many women overlooked. I am kin Hong Kong at the moment and in all the top designer shops, there isn’t anything as creative as some of the overlooked dresses in the awards.

25 October

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    Oct 25, 2012, 04.17 AMby jennyrecorder

    Blast it, your last comment was not inappropriate, I hate that button! I am the shortest in my Father’s family, all my cousins find my height a huge joke, especially as they are all 5’10" or taller! My Dad and his sister were the runts in a family of over 6 footers…I got their genes !

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      Oct 25, 2012, 05.01 AMby schnui

      The same thing happened in my family too. We are a mix of Swedes, Danes and Scots and most of us are tall but we have a few throw backs that didn’t make 5’5". I am the tallest female in the whole family but my 2 sister and brothers are not far behind. My husband was tall and my son is 6’3", so the height should continue. But I am going to be interested to see what my daughter produces when she decides to have children. She is the same height as me 5’10" and her husband is 6’9". I will be buying extra fabric I would think if I sew the children’s clothes!!

24 October

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    Oct 24, 2012, 07.24 AMby jennyrecorder

    Hi Marjorie,

    I’ve been thinking of you sewing the Simply Sally top by Stylearc and I have a suggestion. Because you are going to sew it in a stretch fabric (as I did), you may want to be conservative on cutting the armholes. I extended the armholes over the join (as the pattern dictates) and found that the stretch fabric meant they were too big and because of their position, there was a side-boob factor happening :( I ended up sewing the holes back up to the join and the problem has gone… I thought you might like to know before you start what happened to me!

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      Oct 24, 2012, 08.23 AMby schnui

      Thanks Jenny. I haven’t even begun the top yet but will definitely take your advice on this top. I have almost finished making a Chanel look alike jacket #109 3/2012 and I am very happy with it. It is made in a woolen fabric and our outside temperatures have been in the 30’s this week. So I don’t know when this jacket will get an airing!! It was fun making it though and will post it soon.

2 August

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    Aug 2, 2012, 05.56 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    my dear! thank you so much for your kind words on my wall. i have been in kind of a shock catarsis, after the death of my cat……..we miss him still but you know that time is the best healer! so now i am slowly back to normal and the weather is a bit warmer now in europe as well. the adam coat will be for myself again (a shorter more sportive version this time!). i will post it, as soon as it is done. many kind greetings and wishes to you!

24 July

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    Jul 24, 2012, 04.27 AMby Julia Morley

    Congratulations for doing well on your exams!!

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      Jul 24, 2012, 05.29 AMby schnui

      Thanks Julia. I never had the opportunity to go to university when I was young, so I decided 3 years ago to go part time and see how I would go after so many years away from a classroom. It just goes to show you can do anything if you really want to!! But I still love sewing better than studying. How about you??

1 July

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    Jul 1, 2012, 07.23 PMby Vanessa Velasquez

    Dear Schnui: i Hope that you are having a wonderful hollyday!!

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      Jul 17, 2012, 04.20 AMby schnui

      Thank-you Vanessa, I had a wonderful holiday. I returned from Paris early this morning and I am a little bit tired. I don’t think I will be sewing for a while yet. Hope you and your precious daughter are well.

27 May

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    May 27, 2012, 11.31 AMby laurakealey

    Loving the status update :-)

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      May 27, 2012, 09.16 PMby schnui

      Thanks Laura. I am so relieved to be on holidays!! I love lectures but hate assignments and exams which stop me from sewing. I think I am too old for all this study!!
      I have already spent a day pattern making and cutting out, so this week my Bernina will be given a workout which will be fun.
      What are you sewing???

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      Jun 8, 2012, 02.20 PMby laurakealey

      You have been busy. Lovely projects. I’ve been making a baby gift, taken ages but finsihed this morning, will upload it tomorrow once I’ve given it. Loots of work but it should last a very long time, or is that just cos it took such a long time to do lol, I need to make myself some shorts for when this rain stops as my others are a little tight at the mo!
      Just looking for a quick little baby dress that I can quickly whip up, sewing should stop me scoffing lol!

21 May

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    May 21, 2012, 04.57 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    Hello! It’s so silly that Burda only allows one reply per comment, so it’s impossible to start any sort of a conversation. Good on you for completing your course (or at least the term?) and can finally get some sewing doe. I know how it is to long and long to sew but be not able too. I get antsy if I can’t touch the machine for a week – guess it’s withdrawal symptoms?

    Am I a fabric addict? Oh dear don’t get me started. I used to be a shopaholic and my energies are all transferred to fabric now! I don’t even dare invite my mum over to my house, I know she’ll scold me for sure if she spies my stash! The hubs finds it all very amusing, I fend him off by promising to sew for him some time soon. LOL!

    How about you?

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      May 21, 2012, 05.28 AMby schnui

      My stash is fairly big. I moved from a large house where I had a sewing room and large cupboards to an apartment 3 years ago, and I am finding the storage for my fabric addiction difficult. My husband passed away nearly 5 years ago and I use to sew shirts for him to keep him happy regarding my addiction. He loved his shirts and whatever else he wanted me to sew. If I shopped too much, I would always cook him his favourite meal and he would forgive me anything. He spoilt me but I did love to make him a nice shirt every now and again. I always used Burda men’s shirt patterns as they were always a really good fit. Sometimes I sew for my son but not too often. My daughter likes Burda clothes too and I know she would love your latest dress. So I will show her next time she visits.
      I have been cutting fabric out this afternoon, so I hope to start sewing on Thursday if I can.
      Take care and happy sewing, Marjorie

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      May 22, 2012, 09.35 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      I’m sorry to hear about your husband. He sounds like a lovely man. But it’s very good that you are keeping yourself so active and occupied with so many things!

      My husband has not dared to allow me to sew anything for him yet, but we’ll get there someday…I hope…

      I wanted to thank you for always being so sweet and encouraging to us all on burda, even though so many of us are so obviously new to this, compared to your superior skill! Happy sewing – wishing you many pleasant days ahead.

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      May 24, 2012, 05.17 AMby schnui

      It is my pleasure to comment favourably on Burda Style. I get so much inspiration from everyone and I really do love to see how each person interprets the Burda patterns. I don’t use other patterns very often, I mainly keep to Burda. How about you??

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      May 28, 2012, 10.07 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      You’re right about Burdastyle being inspirational! Sadly I’m not able to spend as much time on here as I would like! I don’t keep to their patterns though – that would be quite restrictive! I dabble in lots of others – the big 4 and have also been trying some indie ones, and vintage ones that I love but that are such a pain to grade!

      How long will your vacation be for?

1 May

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    May 1, 2012, 10.21 PMby merche

    Hello Marjorie! I know it´s you! ;) You are such a lovely person always with a kind comment. How are the studies going, exam dates are near?

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      May 1, 2012, 11.57 PMby schnui

      Hi merche, Fortunately, the semester is almost over and I have 2 major assignments under way and due to be handed in, in 2 weeks. All going along ok. And then it is holiday time!!! I am travelling to Bulgaria to go on a walking tour and then to France to join a cycling tour. So lots to look forward to. Before I leave I hope to get some sewing done. It is so frustrating not having the time to sew whilst studying.
      I hope all is well with you and your beautiful family and I do look forward to seeing what you have sewn next. Your blog is really lovely too. I am thinking of starting one but will have to wait until I return from Europe.

17 March

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    Mar 17, 2012, 05.52 PMby Adriana Orozco

    Hello schnui!!! do you know that your message window does not appear in my computer to leave a comment on your blouse!°!!!???? I am very upset…..because it is the site again, but never mind, I just wanted to tell you that I love your green blouse!!!!! and that painting behind you is wonderfull too!!!. The fabric of your blouse is lovely!!!! and you have done a very nice and confortable blouse to wear…..my type of blouse!!! Be well, enjoy life and the beautifull country where you live, from your friend…………….so far away …..in the rainforest!!!

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      Mar 17, 2012, 10.31 PMby schnui

      Hi Adriana, How sweet and kind your message is. With this web site you do not seem too far away in a Rainforest but very close by. I really love how kind and supportive everyone is on Burda Style and I am sure if we all met up in a big room, we would never stop talking about sewing as we all love it so much. Where would our lives be without sewing and for many of us, it has been our passion as well as our livelihood. I spent a day last week making patterns and cutting out fabric, so I must be off to start sewing up the next project. Bye for now from your friend in Brisbane, Australia. xxxxx

7 March

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    Mar 7, 2012, 11.33 AMby jennyrecorder

    Sorry Marjorie for clicking that stupid thing …again, of course your comment was not inappropriate. I get Burdastyle occasionally when I see patterns I like the look of, it is a great mag. I finished the Sorbetto on the weekend and am pretty happy with it. I agree with the bust darts, but I didn’t notice they were off until I’d finished the top:( Thankfully, the fabric is patterned, so the darts are not that obvious. I think Sarai (the designer) must be short like me, as I found the length and fit pretty spot on, I’ll post a pic when I’ve ironed my white jeans to wear with it. As far as the “Plus” thing goes, I just can’t quite bring myself to go there yet. Really the thing that bothers me more than anything is the size of my germanic, peasant upper arms; even if I do weight training, they are BIG!!!

3 March

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    Mar 3, 2012, 12.34 AMby merche

    Hello! I wanted to thank you for all your positive comments on my proyects. It means a lot to me, as it took a long time to figure out how to start adding them. I´m not very bright when it comes to computers. I´ve been having a look at yours. Your tops are all lovely! We have another thing in common, as I´m a student too. I teach english to little children and this year I´m taking a higher level. Isn´t it great to study again?

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      Mar 3, 2012, 02.20 AMby schnui

      It was so nice this morning to sit at my computer and look at all of your lovely creations. This web site has become my new addiction besides sewing and I really love to see beautiful , well made clothes and yours certainly fit that description. I get very inspired by what everyone sews, especially those using Burda magazine patterns. I have been getting Burda since I was taught at school in 1974, so it has been a long and very happy association. So when I see a garment made in a Burda pattern that I have thought about making, I love to read everything that is written and for any hints.
      I have sewn a lot lately but I haven’t had anyone take any photos, so once I do, I will post them. It has been so hot and humid that I don’t feel like making myself look half decent for the photos.
      I study Nutritional Medicine part time and most of the time I love it. I have 2 assignments due soon so I don’t love it at the moment. I would rather be sewing.
      I will look forward to seeing more of your projects.

27 February

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    Feb 27, 2012, 12.19 AMby jennyrecorder

    Hi Marjorie, What are you studying??? I have been deferred for about 4 years now and can’t see myself going back; life is just too hectic. When it all calms down, the children have flown the nest and I am working less, my plan is to study ceramics and do life drawing… quite a few years off methinks! I’ve been meaning the make the sorbetto top for a while now, I was going to make one in white to go with the Ellen Tracey skirt, sounds like a lot of people have problems with the fit though, guess that means a lot of alterations. My shorts for Ant went really well and he wears them all the time, next project for him is to make full-length pants using the board short pattern, Clare asked me to make her a dress, based on a dress in Tigerlily (for $180!!!). So I have. She doesn’t want it :( I’m in the process of making it so drop-dead gorgeous she won’t be able to resist it, failing that, I know a girl who will be thrilled to be given it. Have a good first day back, my so Huw starts today, for the first time since he was a baby, he was the first awake in the house this morning- anxious and excited. Jenn.

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      Feb 27, 2012, 02.20 AMby schnui

      Hi Jenny, I am studying Nutritional Medicine which is really interesting and hopefully one day I will be able to use this degree in helping cancer patients needing advice who are not able to afford to attend retreats etc. All part of the plan!!
      I hope your son loves his first day too. What is he doing?? Both my 2 children are finished uni and out in the work force.
      Aren’t we having a fine ol time in Canberra at the moment?? Hopefully that all settles down shortly.
      I am looking forward to seeing your latest projects and I hope the Sorbetto goes well for you. It is a lovely top and once you have the alterations right, it will be a useful pattern for years. It uses very little fabric and a great pattern for a left over from another project. Marjorie

20 February

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    Feb 20, 2012, 04.15 PMby patti-r

    Marjorie, Have a great first day of the new semester at College (University)!!! Hugs, Patti

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      Feb 20, 2012, 09.45 PMby schnui

      Thanks Patti, that is so sweet of you. My first lecture was wonderful and I am so pleased that I am continuing as staying home and sewing seemed preferable, especially after last years round of subjects that I had to do. I am studying Nutritional Medicine and hoping to eventually use my degree to help people with their diet to boost their immune system when they have been diagnosed with Melanoma cancer. It is a dream at this stage and hopefully I can make it all the way through my degree. Sewing will definitely help when I am stressed by exams and assignments.
      Thank-you again for your generous spirit.