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Very nicely named :-) #wine  
 
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I'll take a case of "Rough Day"!

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Question about cutting out pattern pieces! See original post below :)
 
Question on cutting out pattern pieces! I am about to cut out the pieces for Sewaholic Gabriola! My fabric is a linen blend and looks the same on right/wrong sides and is NOT directional.

Check out the pictures...it seems I can save quite a bit of fabric by changing how the pieces are cut out...is this going to mess up the skirt in any way? I don't NEED to save this fabric, definitely bought enough! But hey if I can save fabric, that'd be great!

What does everyone think?
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On some fabrics you can get away with putting pieces upside down and it looks fine. The best way to test for certain is to fold it in half the long way, pin the edges together and hang it up from something so you can see how the "right side up" and "upside down" pieces look together. If up close and from various angles they look to be the same color, then it's OK to cut that way. However, if you notice a slight color difference (because of the way the fabric catches the light), it may not be a good idea to cut some pieces upside down.
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Wow this is a really lovely story. 
 
"What I learned in all of this may help anyone who is marginalized: Tell your own story, and don’t rely on others to do it for you."
I made a music video to share my own story as a Muslim woman in America. In doing so, I was expected to share every other Muslim woman's story, too.
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Very interesting story.  I have many stories about the prejudice my family endured because they came from Italy!  Sometimes takes many years for people to just "accept" everyone for who they are - Americans!  Thanks for sharing!!

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Is there any other way to fix armhole gape without using an armscye dart ? I already have contour darts on front and back and really don't want to add another dart. Also it seems I always have this problem with armhole gape. Ugh!
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I don't know if this will help the situation now but here is an article that I found helpful for future garments (http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4483/to-get-the-right-armhole-fit-the-bodice)
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Sewing plans! I really love using polyvore, especially when I already have a pattern and some fabric choices to choose from!

http://alisonboncha.polyvore.com/?filter=sets
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Awesome, +Alison Boncha! Looking forward to see the results :)
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I just finished sewaholic's newest pattern, the Gabriola maxi skirt! I LOVE this skirt and I am so not a skirt person :-) the best part of this skirt is that waist detail. I haven't seen any fellow sewists use contrasting fabric like I have yet, but I hope more do bc the detail is just too great for it to be hidden! I used a linen/cotton blend fabric. So happy with this make! 
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Looks beautiful! 
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Question on cutting out pattern pieces! I am about to cut out the pieces for Sewaholic Gabriola! My fabric is a linen blend and looks the same on right/wrong sides and is NOT directional.

Check out the pictures...it seems I can save quite a bit of fabric by changing how the pieces are cut out...is this going to mess up the skirt in any way? I don't NEED to save this fabric, definitely bought enough! But hey if I can save fabric, that'd be great!

What does everyone think?
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Linen tends to be ok to treat this way-I also to the "turny" test,- have devised this name and test myself, although I am sure they will be a proper name and method for it in some sewing book-From the edge of the fabric mark two tiny squares 2' by 2' each like a compass with N, S, E, W. Cut cut them out and rotate only one, so the different sides match each time, then check how they look next to each other. If you can tell the direction of the grain has changed, you need to stick to a nap layout. Also try pulling to see if there is give/stretch in a  a particular direction. if it looks ok, sew the squares together on one side and press with the iron, to see how the joint piece behaves, before you start on the main project.  You will know then if you need interfacing, overlocking each piece or wider seam allowances...

Seems a waste and extra time to do this, but it will save you heartache and disasters later.
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A modified New Look 6107! I didn't want to do buttons down the front so I cut the front piece on the fold that created some fun challenges with the neck band later on...

I also realized in taking these pics that I'm a bit too pale to wear this color just yet but this fabric was one of my Mood NYC purchases. Yay! 
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Thanks everyone!
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Is there any other way to fix armhole gape without using an armscye dart ? I already have contour darts on front and back and really don't want to add another dart. Also it seems I always have this problem with armhole gape. Ugh!
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Thanks +Giselle Frank. In the end I did take in the side seam right under the arm. I'm happy with the completed shirt. Will have to fiddle more with fitting next time I sew it up :-)
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Omg I have lots of organizing to do this weekend :-) I need to get this under control! 
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:D I thought my work table was bad  :)
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I design. I sew. I make messes :)
Introduction
If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.  ~C.S. Lewis

Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got. ~Janis Joplin

It does not matter how slow you go so long as you don't stop.  ~wisdom of Confucius

Once a close friend gave me a priceless gift. She convinced me that my sanity is much more important than the subtle nuances that I adore. The subtle nuances are the essence of perfection. The subtle nuances trigger the “Ah” response. But a life spent seeking the subtle nuances leaves little time to enjoy the big picture. ~Sarah Ban Breathnach
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I ride a white Vespa GTS 300. And, it's so fun :)
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    User Experience Designer, 2011 - present
  • Kodak
    Interaction Designer, 2008 - 2011
Super nice and helpful staff! HUGE selection of super cute fabrics.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
We were ordering from the brunch menu and all of these things were amazing: chicken and waffles, french toast (OMG so good!), and the mini donuts melt in your mouth. The owner seems really nice and down to earth, too. The drinks were also really good. The bar even has a bunch of syrups on display that the bar makes themselves - cinnamon, apple & rosemary, hmmm can't remember the rest! So you can craft your own cocktail.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
A very cool space tucked in a midst of warehouses. I've been told it gets super crowded during the day but I was there on a Monday at 6 so it wasn't too bad. I got the peppermint tea, but next time around, I'll have to try something more exciting (the tea was super yummy though :)
Food: GoodDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Yum! I had the "Minty Horse" - was really excellent. The place is super small, just a few two seater tables. The menu has a lot to choose from...fresh juices and smoothies, Raspados, Mexican Hot Chocolate, ect. Will totally be going back.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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I did a mani/pedi so I had two people working on me the whole time I was there. They were efficient and very sweet ladies. They aren't the chatty type, so it was very nice and relaxing. Also, its super cheap! They also have a really great selection of OPI polish. Be aware, they accept credit but only cash for tips!
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I've never been to this restaurant...but I get it delivered to me (via grubhub) maybe once a month - because the fish masala is AMAZING.
Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago