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Nicole Smith, Brooklyn, NY, US
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Why, hello there.

For more on me, visit my blog at: http://www.StyleSchematic.com

Originally a Texan, I can usually be found wandering around Brooklyn or practicing my banjo while concocting things edible or crafty in my Flatbush apartment. After moving to the Big Apple, I had the lovely pleasure of working for several publications including Seventeen, Teen People, Cutting Edge, and Adorn. My work has also been featured in several publications including Adorn, Knit.1, BUST and many other books and magazines.

I guess you can say that I'm an omni-crafter, but I mostly dig sewing and pattern making. I currently design clothing, jewelry, accessories and sewing patterns, while working as an editor for STITCH magazine. Previously I was the lead editor for SewStylish and the Associate Editor for Threads . I also teach workshops, private lessons and classes at 3rdWard in Brooklyn.


craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, home decorating, jewelry making, quilting, restyle, sewing

my personal website:
http://www.StyleSchematic.com

Gender: Female

Member Since: 05/06/2008

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recent comments

Re: Zipper Tape Necklace

Hi all,
I personally love the necklace and have worn it out before. I'm currently working on making a smaller-scale one for myself to wear more often. While at the photoshoot, the stylist actually tried to buy the necklace from me and while I was out in Brooklyn, I had numerous people ask where they could find one.
Moral of the story here is that everyone has their own personal style, and while the necklace may not be mainstream, some people love it. -Nicole

Re: And the Winner of the Winter Color Contest is...

Congrats MusicDiva! Great job.

Re: The Pleated Sling shoulderbag/purse in Amy Butlers Belle

Love the burlap strapping!

Re: And the Winner of the Make it Pink Challenge is...

Way to go Pamela!

Re: How to Embroider a Basic T-shirt Dress

The t-shirt dress was from American Apparel.

Re: SewStylish Fall Fashion Challenge Official Rules

You can upload several photos of your creation to your post along with your inspiration post. And you can enter as many times as you want!

Re: How to Make Knitted Converse Baby Booties

aww. Thanks! This pattern was surpringly quick to complete, especially since it was my first project. I'd love to see what you guys come up with, too!

Re: How to Make a Faux Zebra Rug

Wall hanging is a great idea!

Re: What are you sewing for fall?

This month I've made nothing but gifts! I have grand plans though to start my fall coat after Labor Day. I got inspired by one of the patterns we did with Pattern Review for Threads, and I can't wait to start it, complete with a wool interlining!

Re: Project Runway, Episode 1 Recap

Are you suggesting that handstands are counter productive? Perhaps I should stop doing all those gymnastics in my cubicle.

Re: SewStylish Fall Fashion Challenge Official Rules

You can use any pattern you like. Just be sure to include a photo of your designer inspiration and describe how you made it your own.

Re: How to sew an exposed zipper

TFaps: Anna Mazur added a center-front seam in the pattern. To see how she did it, visit the tutorial here:
http://www.craftstylish.com/item/49862/add-a-center-front-seam-to-a-pattern

Tessy: The pattern is available on simplicity.com

Re: How to sew an exposed zipper

Hi Shehog,

For Anna's garment, she put in the zipper before she faced the dress. After the zipper was sewn in, she sewed the facing to the top edge of the dress, folded the seam allowance under along the facing's zipper edge and hand stitched it in place.

Re: How to Make an Argyle Fleece Throw

Hi floweringfig--
I meant 6 strands of floss, meaning all 6 threads that make up one skein of floss.

Re: How to Make an Argyle Fleece Throw

Yes. Cut out the diamonds from the cream fleece, creating a reverse applique of diamonds in the goldenrod fleece.

Re: How to Make an Argyle Fleece Throw

Thanks, Gertie! This is actually one of the projects that I kept after the book was done. It hardly ever leaves my couch!

Re: Spinning a Yarn: An Evening of Crafty Stories at The Lion Brand Studio, NYC

See you there!

Re: You Could Win Our SewStylish Spring Fashion Contest!

Of course!

Re: How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt

is that a t-shirt with a Corgi on it I see!?!!?