Dee Brandvig, Eagar, AZ, US

craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, gifts, holidays, home decorating, jewelry making, knitting, quilting, restyle, sewing, button making (offshoot of jewelry)

Gender: Female

Member Since: 02/05/2010

recent comments

Re: Book Giveaway: Threads Sewing Guide

Having been a longtime Threads reader, I would love to be included in your drawing for the Threads Sewing Guide. The books compiled from Threads on specific subjects, Embellishments, Jacket Tailoring, Couture Sewing, and Shirtmaking, have long been my favorite sewing manuals. They are not only the first place I go for new ideas and detail information, but they are the first suggestions I make when friends or sewing acquaintances ask me for book information. Thank you for making one of these available for your drawing.

Re: Party through the decades with Bernina and Burdastyle dress and tippet

This is SMASHING!!!!!! I was thrilled to see this, I've been in a hat knitting phase lately and have been searching for the perfect cloche, so I was right there in the 20s with you....this is absolutely beautiful!!!!! I don't know how I missed it for so long, I search this site all the time. I love all the detail, it is definitely right for the period and your T-back pattern just the right touch. Don't every worry about going over the top, you can always edit, but it is hard to have the courage to put on another layer just to 'see if it works.' So many people are afraid to try. I made wedding dresses for many years and that's another area where it's okay to go 'a little bit crazy'.... if not on a wedding dress, then when???? I think you did a wonderful job...would love to see your next project.

Re: How to Make Paperless Origami

ooh, ooh.....i just found Santa in his sleigh!!!! down a bit in the origami 'deer' list on Youtube!

Re: How to Make Paperless Origami

As always, my first stop was Youtube....they list several different types of deer, reindeer, etc. They also have several other animals, etc., in case you wanted to have a 'theme''ll have to watch to see which is the best for you...there's even one who throws a tantrum because she put it on Youtube and then insisted it wasn't a 'how to' video....just keep looking down the list, you'll find one for you...I don't mind making mine from paper, so I'll see all you others playing those 'reindeer games'....

Re: What sewing projects are you working on this week?

just found some $1/yd at walmart that is kind of an olive/brown mixture with tiny silver metallic dots on it...bought 10 yds and have it in the washer now to cutting long sleeved t-shirt with front drape neckline (one of my standards as it is so flattering) and a southwestern triple ruffled skirt in a tea-length version...will find silver metallic paint to coat medallions of leather to make a faux-concho belt to wear on the outside of long shirt. the fabric just spoke to me...

to 'snikwas'....please consider waiting till june or july of next year before spending time and energy on a dress that might not fit the girl at ALL...30 yrs experience in wedding apparel has taught me the hard way...those pre-teens can completely change their entire bodies in a matter of weeks/months. Keep a notebook of ideas and be ready but i would not cut it at all till closer to the wedding. Good sounds like you've already got a lot of good ideas that can be sorted out at the end....

Re: Project Runway: There IS an "I" in Team

They picked white, camel and gray as a palette and ended up with a collection that was blaaaahhhhhhh......what a surprise. Each of these great neutrals needs contrast AND value changes to show design lines, shadows, details and fit. Even when they put red touches on the leggings and a few accessories, they picked a highlighting color that was darker than their entire palette. Huh?

And what's with the construction problems...both teams need simple tailoring practice on zippers. The zipper on the white, short skirt was waaaay too long for the garment and looked atrocious. The camel pant had an exposed zipper, which is fine for a fun finish on a sporty garment, but why was it placed on what was supposed to be a tailored, dressy garment? Even Peach, who obviously knows how to sew well, put a zipper into a crooked or stretchy (couldn't tell which from pictures) seam so that it puckered. The exceptions were Mondo and April. April's exposed zippers, were a theme throughout her ensemble and looked like jewelry...good for her 'sporty, lacy, cocktail pant outfit.' Mondo's outfit was sporty enough to be okay, but what's the point? Learn how to do a flat, tailored narrow, lapped zipper closing and it won't be the only thing people notice. Casanova appears to know how to do it right, but I would have chosen a really thin overlap, severely pressed to go with the general line of his pants. By the way, I think his pants were absolutely wonderful....and the hard lines of the white, slim, narrow silhouette, trimmed with the gold rivets.....perfect foil for the beautifully tailored, scalloped-edge evening blouse...a perfectly shaped, open back took this blouse from the senior's department to the red carpet. Casanova.....listen to your model, you know what you're doing and if you go home, you go home. You still have your talent and your vision and people will want what you design. Trying to please the judges as the ONLY criteria for design is a ticket home.

Most underrated factoid? The wonderful adaptability of the collection. I wish that someone would have pointed out that Casanova's top or Michael D.'s top both could trade places with no strain. Mondo's sporty, military top and April's big-collared look would both darling with Peach's skirt...and April's dressy black pant would give Casanova's top another dimension. One of the reasons to see a 'collection' is the way in which each of us would play with the pieces and the various looks that could be achieved. I certainly look at what I already own when I start planning a new piece. I want to get something that will 'fill' a hole, or stretch the usefulness of items I already own, or provide that 'spark' that makes the humdrum something special, and I think most women do. I just thought it was worth mentioning that the team made a lot of separates that would have gone miles further with each other.

Most overlooked garment? Michael Drummond's lovely cocktail dress. The girl walking in the room presents a simple, black lace top with nude lining, over a slim skirt, suited for the extremely fit young woman. Then as she comes in the room and passes you, you get a glimpse of fun, military shoulder cords, and an asymmetrical back treatment that still managed to show off the lace edges! WOW!!!!

This was an extremely satisfying show. The underdogs just went to work and stayed true to themselves and walked away with the prize....congratulations!

Re: Project Runway: Hat's Off to You

Please don't talk about 'fashion forward' when the winning contestant utilized a dress that's been around since the Romans and Greeks right up to Nicole Kidman's Oscar dress a decade ago. One of the most palatable outfits, Christopher Collins.' was the same shape, length, belt, leggings and collar, differing only in the color of Mr. Spock's fiance in the original Star Trek from 40 years ago. And the contestants themselves are not the only ones. Rent the 1939 version of "The Women" with Norma Shearer, Roz Russell and Joan Crawford. There you will see, in the middle of the black and white picture, a color segment of a fashion show. In it you will see Phillip Tracy's exaggerated coolee hat, stripes and all. I totally agree with the plaudits that Michael Drummond received. His echoing of the line of the hat in the neckline was inspired, and the textured silky skirt was the perfect foil for the dramatic architectural lines of both hat and top. Others. like Gretchen, deserved a little more camera time...they end up spending a lot of time on the awful stuff, like that pink/black number that fit NOWHERE, and not enough time talking about why they chose one good thing over another good thing. We'd really like to know.

Re: Project Runway - And Sew it Begins

Not only did the judges make a mistake about the little blue shirtdress, they allowed a guy to remain who brought Dolce & Gabana pants with him, took them out when he thought he was going to use a piece of HIS clothing to restyle in some way. He probably thought the 'designer' item would help him. And then, he produced a pretty good rip-off of J-Lo's infamous Dolce & Gabana red carpet mistake. So, we know he's a D&G fan, but what else does he know?

Re: How do you spring clean your sewing space?

If i waited till spring, they'd have to dig me out....i tidy for about 20 min every morning, folding fabric and putting back on the color-coded shelving, taking a trash bag and moving all round the room collecting everything from fabric scraps to yesterday's luncheon paper plates, and then sweeping the floor, then i can start making it messy again!

Re: What sewing technique do you want to learn?

Synthetic dyes. I am interested in dyeing some nylon parachute fabric that I 'inherited' from a friends stash. Does anyone know of a type of dye that will 'take' in nylon. I have used Rit in the washer, but that is about the extent of my dyeing experience so would appreciate any hints out there.

Re: What sewing technique do you want to learn?

Waistband tips: I like to finish the first inch or two as a tab, clipping a notch at the point which will become the center of your closing. Now finish the top/tab end of the waistband, turning right side out and grading and finishing the 'tab' to the short side of the 'clipped notch.'

Now slide the partially finished waistband onto the garment waist, matching right sides together. Seam from the 'notch' smoothly round the garment top, sewing off at the opposite end. Either hand or machine finish the back of the band which leaves you with a raw end on the now finished tube. This will be overlapped and you merely need to overcast or serge the raw end after trimming to the appropriate length for button, hook and eye or snap closing.

I realize the overcast end may not be to some people's liking, but I am much more interested in the finished appearance and the single layer underneath is smoother much less noticeable than a 'properly' finished band...No one will see anything other than the perfectly finished tab closing on the top.

Re: What sewing technique do you want to learn?

for pointed collar tips, there are three little things that will make a big difference...

One, stitch down one short end of the collar, almost to the opposing seam line, turn exactly perpendicular to the seam you just made and take 1 stitch, then turn parallel to the long collar seam and proceed normally till you are almost to the second collar end and repeat.

Second, when turning the collar, trim half the seam allowance off the tip, parallel to the single stitch in the last step. Now turn the collar wrong side up, placing your left hand middle finger palm up in the point as far as you can reach. With your right hand, fold the end of the collar seam allowance over the finger inside, holding down with your left thumb. Repeat with the long collar seam, making a sandwich of both seams folded against the collar lining between finger inside and thumb not let flip the position of the thumb and finger, turning the collar right side out in the process. If you manage to hold it tightly, most of the point will be in place already.

Three, take a needle threaded double with at least a foot of thread, UNknotted. Make one stitch approx. 1/8 inch from the point, pull the needle till the thread only is in the point...holding both ends of the thread, tug gently till more of the point comes out using the thread as a 'handle'...(I like to do this on the lining side of the collar just in case) a piece of the point will likely have come to the outside, so pull the thread on through and repeat the stitch closer to the point again...

This usually works really well and when combined with pressing the lining side rolled over slightly and topstitching with your hem-stitching foot set to guide along the outside edge of the collar, you will have a great looking collar...

Re: What is your greatest fitting challenge?

For Gerty, Take a page from the great movie designer, Edith Head...Barbara Stanwyck (and others) were so flat chested that she constructed most of their clothing with a ribcage hugging cumberbund style on the bodice to accentuate the waist. Then she added a small amount of fullness to the bust area to give the illusion of curves they didn't have....There was no padding or 'falsifying' of any type, just soft gathers which always look feminine. The bodice can be connected to straight skirts, full skirts and short peplums for tops. Look for old movies for ideas, Stanwyck wore dozens of these things with all manner of different accessories and adaptations.

Re: What is your greatest fitting challenge?

For Racy1Red, after sewing and doing alterations for 50 years, the best way to start on your pant alterations is to remove 3/4 of the waistband...sounds bad, just put in a movie and start picking....this works best for front zip pants. You are leaving the top center area of the waistband intact as it is the most difficult part to sew back on and you have just avoided messing with the buttonhole, etc.

1. adjust back waist seam till it fits waist, back seam will more than likely try to pull your waist into a 'V'
2. trim the fabric from the back waist seam, it will be in a seamed triangle, pick apart, and reserve...
3. adjust the pant length, if necessary, and reserve all fabric
4. open crotch seam and several inches of inside leg seam down from the add the reserved fabric to the back crotch seams only, the front will be fine
5. baste the inside leg seams back in, starting with 1 inch new fabric at the crotch, fading to nothing at the bottom of the triangle, add all you have in the reserved triangles but you might not need it all later
6. check the back waist, is the 'V' gone? that's the right amount of extra fabric in the back crotch for you...remember the amount you added, it will be close in every pair you buy...
7. if you cut off fabric at the pant bottom, the new piece can be shaped easier, it's just that I'm used to the waist alteration and tall, too (no extra on hems)
8. replace the waistband and all belt loops and trim the extra waistband away, overcasting the end, as needed

Eventually, you will see that the alterations are best made to a pattern so you can make them fit in the first place...hope this helps....deemail