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Well...

I'm making the final turn around home stretch. All that is left is to
hem the skirt (this weekend while the wife is home). My lack of
knowledge about hand sewing is taking it's toll, something I need to
tackle.

The original thought for this post however is to say to those that can
do this type of thing well are true craftsmen (craftswomen,
craftspeople?). It ain't flippin' easy for sure. Also, I'm the type
that gets bent out of shape if something doesn't line up right
(something that happened a few times with this project).

Anywho, hats off, you truly have my respect.

I wonder how much I can sell the machine for on eBay :)  <jk>

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Terry wrote:
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Giggle...

Nah, have another go.  It gets better every time.

Oh, and even after 48 years of sewing, 12 as a professional, I still
make mistakes.  Today's was to put the wlt in the POCkET rather than the
JACKET lining.  (Wanders off to recut pocket lining... )

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Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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<laugh> I remember the time I did a beautiful job of sewing the right
sleeve into the left armhole.  I realized my mistake before I got the
other sleeve sewed in, so I ripped out the sleeve and carefully sewed
the right sleeve (wrong side out) into the correct armhole.  I was so
traumatized that I didn't want to do sleeves for years afterwards.

--
Kathy  

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Kathy Morgan wrote:
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Ah, well, as we get mor experienced, our *mistakes* get grander!

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On Thu, 11 Feb 2010 18:33:39 -0500, Terry wrote:

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Dunno what your background is, mine is (electrical) engineering. When I
started sewing again a few years back, I tended to approach each project as
an engineering project, with reading and understanding the pattern,
converting the pattern into project pieces and then assembling the project.
I know that's a bit of a simplification, but I found it helped me. The
biggest problem is sometimes trying to make sense of the instructions and
being able to visualise how the finished article is supposed to look - a
few minutes thinking can save a lot of frustration!


--
Richard

Caffeine isn't addictive as long as you keep taking it.


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The Wanderer wrote:
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I tend to make things in my head several times over before they hit the
real world.

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On Fri, 12 Feb 2010 08:10:33 +0000, Kate XXXXXX wrote:


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I go through that as well, at least that's my excuse for not getting on and
doing some work! I have a sitting child doll that I just *cannot* find the
right colour material for the smock I want to put her in - I can vsualise
it, I just can't find it anywhere! :-) There's a 36" male doll that I have
to do a proper tailored morning suit as part of a wedding pair, been
thinking about that for months and months! Then there's a 42" nubian doll
in pieces, got to put her together so Audrey can dress her. Was actually I
doll I wanted to do but the household authority made an executive decision,
so I've been delaying putting her together! :-) Actually Audrey does agree
that I put the bodies together much better than she does - I guess it's a
firm hand to ram home the fibre stuffing in the soft parts of the body. And
I like experimenting with resins to hold the armature centrally in the arms
and legs.

I quite often make two or three bodices for a doll's outfit before I get
one that I'm happy with! I guess it's the solidity, the unyeilding nature
of the porcelain, the top especially has to be a damned near perfect fit if
it's going to look right. The only good thing, the bodices don't use a lot
of material and I learn and refine with each attempt.


--
Richard

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The Wanderer wrote:
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I have been mulling over a couple of doll projects.  I'd quite like to
make these all-cloth dolls, and dress one in a miniature version of the
green Elizabethan child's outfit I made last year.  And another in an
18th C sack backed gown or a polonaise...

Long time since I made a cloth doll!  But these were so cute:

http://www.lynnmcmasters.com/fashionfullsize/frontview.jpeg
http://www.lynnmcmasters.com/fashionfullsize/corset.jpeg
http://www.lynnmcmasters.com/taylorfullsize/highlanderDolls.jpg
I love the way you can get corset patterns!  And the highland dress
pattern...

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On Fri, 12 Feb 2010 11:22:39 +0000, Kate XXXXXX wrote:

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You might like to take a look at some of Lynne Butler's patterns on ebay.

http://spedr.com/20ayd

We've seen some of her creations 'in the flesh' so to speak, as she attends
the same doll making group we (occasaionally) do.


--
Richard

I may be stupid, but I don't have to prove it!


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The Wanderer wrote:
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Those are dead cute.  :)

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Mechanical contracting (HVAC /P) for 27 years and then in 2001 started
my own company doing home inspections. Unfortunately with the Real
Estate market as it is I have a lot of free time now.

Reading blueprints was a must for me in MC so that part comes pretty
easy - it's just learning all the new things that are relative to
sewing. Just the various hand stitches is a art in itself. The
complexity however is what makes it interesting.


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On Fri, 12 Feb 2010 06:35:18 -0500, Terry wrote:

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We-ell, I read most of what gets posted, although I don't often comment. As
you get used to working with garments, I'm certain you'll begin to develop
your own techniques, which aren't always what the experts tell you should
be done. I got back into sewing a few years back coz my wife and I
developed a keen interest in making and dressing porcelain dolls. The
sewing can be quite demanding, because of the size and the fact that
porcelain is unyeilding, unlike a human, where you can say 'Take a breath!'
to get something done up, or get them to move a hand, arm to fit a top.

--
Richard

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