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Access All Accessories / Re: My inner tube bags
« on: January 13, 2022, 20:51:56 PM »
Those are pretty cool @Bodgeitandscarper   :perfect10:

Great way to reuse/recycle.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi
« on: January 10, 2022, 17:51:30 PM »
I never really did get why students had to use 1/2 size slopers. I am afraid i went against the grain when i taught basic pattern making to beginners and always got them to make full sized slopers, so much easier to work with. Plus you didn't have to do everything twice i.e. make a miniature and then scale up.

Probably because the point of the class was to learn the concepts of pattern design.  We only made one full scale original design pattern (with a minimum of four pieces).  We were turning in up to a dozen different pattern pieces every week so doing them full scale would have taken a lot longer. Plus in the classroom there is limited space in normal times (class was at 50% capacity to accommodate distancing when I took it).

Were you doing workshop type classes or full semester college courses? 

Patterns Discussion / Re: Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi
« on: January 09, 2022, 21:04:04 PM »
Yeah @sewmuchmore  it's the nature of the books. I think it assumes the reader has some pattern making/design experience.  In class we worked with 3/4 or 1/2 size slopers always.  We were learning the concepts of manipulating the sloper and drafting facings and other smaller patter pieces based off the sloper measurements.   I feel like I learned enough to make one of these patterns once my sloper is perfect (it's not yet, sadly).

I have a bunch of other Japanese pattern books. Some come with the full sized patterns and others only provide measurements of the pieces for one size that you'd then still have to modify to fit yourself.  Not for the faint of heart nor inexperienced but if you love the Japanese sense of style they can be a lot of fun I believe.

I also have the Madeleine Vionnet book which is similar to these but with even crazier shaped pattern pieces. 

Current Projects / Re: Bjay's Ribbon Quilt
« on: January 09, 2022, 02:00:50 AM »

beautiful rich colors and nicely balanced. what more can we ask for from a quilt?

Patterns Discussion / Re: Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi
« on: January 08, 2022, 21:41:55 PM »
All the pictures came from the first book (Pattern Magic).  I'll take a look at the designs in the other books to see if they look progressively more difficult or if it's just offering more design options.

@Bjay I love your backing fabric and the gray fabric that is throughout is quite pleasing to the eye.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi
« on: January 07, 2022, 18:49:34 PM »
one last photo that goes with the first picture in my first post ... i was having some weird "invalid" errors.

One other thing to mention is these only show you how to make the pattern. There are no sewing instructions so one needs to have some mean skills.  :thinking:

And yeah it's all garments.

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Patterns Discussion / Re: Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi
« on: January 07, 2022, 18:45:33 PM »
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Patterns Discussion / Re: Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi
« on: January 07, 2022, 18:42:22 PM »
I have all four of them: Pattern Magic, PM 2, PM 3 and PM Stretch Fabrics.  They don't include patterns and instead suggest using the Burda bodice sloper. If you have your own sloper already then of course that would be ideal.  They are cool books and show you how to manipulate the sloper into asymmetric designs. The downside is the pictures are mostly black and white and a lot of the pictures only focus on a detail rather than the full garment.  Unless one has experience with pattern making they could be difficult to recreate.

You have reminded me that I should work with these because one of the downsides of the pattern making book we used in the pattern design class is it doesn't focus much on the asymmetrical type of things I like.

I also have Drape Drape, DD 2 and DD 3 which are different but include the patterns. I think they are more accessible.

I've added some photos from Pattern Magic so you can get an idea of what's in it.

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I tried it once for some reason (I don't remember why ... probably because I read that it could be helpful).  I hated it.  Made a mess. I've no idea what I used ... whatever was at the supermarket no doubt.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Small but Useful - January 1 - 31
« on: January 01, 2022, 21:17:44 PM »
I have some awful black cotton fabric that was intended for a quilt back but too coarse for that so I was planning to make some shoe bags out of it as it's too large of a piece to toss.  Not very exciting but useful and pretty small.

In the wardrobe / Re: Not much to show for 2021
« on: December 26, 2021, 21:30:43 PM »
I didn't do much either @Vezelay ... I summarized the years makes on my Diary page although I realized I had also started a couple of things that I could easily finish up this year if I really wanted to.

The positive thing is that you're using the things you made.   :thumb:

Mine is roughly divided between smaller pattern envelopes and larger envelopes (Vogue, Sewing Workshop, Jalie, etc and printed patterns which have been inserted into large sized envelopes.  The larger ones are upright on the bookshelf.  The Italian magazines are on the bookshelf in plastic magazine holders and the smaller envelopes are arrange by pattern brand in two large plastic bins inside the bottom shelf of my cabinets.  I have two sets of cabinets which are doors on the bottom and bookshelves on the top.  I no longer have any magazines outside of the Italian ones.

There's a partial picture of my bookshelf on the second page of my diary about half way down (Nov 2020):,9064.15.html

Embroidery and Embellishment / Re: Textile Artwork
« on: December 10, 2021, 20:57:28 PM »
Heh .. I saw page 10 by Jenni Eldridge and was all "wow, impressive" and then saw it was a photograph rather than fiber.  :laughing:

I really enjoyed all the different stuff.  I wish I could find a class like that.

Patterns Discussion / Re: New Style Arc Richmond skirt
« on: December 10, 2021, 16:07:08 PM »
It looks like linen fabric so one can press that and still look wrinkled.  I wear a fair amount of linen and that is always the case. 

I am in the minority. I like the drawstring hem.  However the other aspects of the skirt wouldn't work for me as I do not tuck. Ever.  So the waist would be hidden and part of the pleats depending on length of top. 

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