Epilogue: Diary of a Daft Dressmaker


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Dec 29, 2006 @ 22:07:00

    You mispelled “deft” in your title. That should be “Deft Dressmaker” not daft. That is altogether a different thing…

  2. Ann
    Dec 30, 2006 @ 01:16:00

    I actually meant “daft”…just did not explain myself. Don’t you think we are daft to do what we do and not really get paid for our time plus deal with all the craziness we deal with? That makes us (and by association, me) DAFT! But thanks for the relative vote of confidence…and thanks for commenting at all! As you can see, not many folks do!

    Best to you, Ann

  3. Caroline
    Dec 30, 2006 @ 07:12:00

    Ann, you frighten me… I am obviously a shoddy dressmaker, I just never been confronted with it so clearly as today. Yes I have seen the big names, I inspected their dresses and thought my “cheap-as-chips” dresses were not badly constructed in retrospect….I am so ashamed now.
    Thank you very much for pointing all these things out. You will seriously help me improve the quality of my dresses to a standard I never thought I would reach. This is perfect to start the new year with. Thanks.

  4. Susan
    Dec 31, 2006 @ 14:58:00

    Along with basting and pressing – PRECISE MARKING is often overlooked in the rush to get started. I hate it. I’ve muddled through the years with tracing paper and the little rotor-nobby thing, pins, clips etc. But once I had an accurate pattern the time spent making well — clips/notiches and baste-marking fold/pleat lines — has not been lost time because assembly goes quicker. Or it least it seems it does because it it MUCH less frustrating.

    Kathleen Fasanella http://www.fashion-incubator.com/mt/
    preaches that you should spend about 80%-90% of your total time and effort in getting ready to sew. The actually construction should be the quickest and easiest part of the whole project.

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