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27 responses to “About

  1. Leslie A

    Hello,
    I LOVE your blog. I am a 54 year old sewer/patternmaker in SF Bay area and I have so little time to sew for myself since I spend my week sewing for others. I love your detailed explanation. Threads mag can be so hokey and home sewer like too often. I appreciate you. Thanks,
    Leslie

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    • Thanks for your feedback. I’m glad you found my blog and enjoy it. It can be hard to find information geared towards high end sewing. I agree with you that too many magazines cater to easy, fast sewing. I’ll try and keep the creative things coming.

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  2. Mem

    I am so glad to find your blog, I really appreciate the great effort you put into it.

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  3. Greta Airhart

    great blog!

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  4. Appreciate all the detailed sleeve pattern information.
    Have you determined any guidelines for armscye depth or is it just trial and error based on body, arm, fabric?

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    • Mostly trial and error. I usually lower the jacket armhole 1 inch from the sloper and see how that feels. Bulkier fabrics need to be lowered more than thin. For a blouse or lightweight dress I would lower about half an inch. My armholes are usually higher than those in a commercial pattern.

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  5. Hi Mary, can you email me privately as I have a blogging question? surroundedbywhite@gmail.com
    Thanks!

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  6. Deb M.

    Appreciate your sewing knowledge and blog very much. Exactly what I was looking for. Sewing well takes time and this is reflected in technique, construction, fabric and pattern choice. Thank you for sharing you’re experiences and knowledge. Deb M.

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    • Thanks for the feedback. I try and explore topics not usually covered in most sewing books. Most of the information out there is geared towards the beginner or intermediate level sewer. I focus on the techniques that will push your sewing skills into the expert realm. I’m always happy to elaborate on anything you find not clear. Happy sewing!

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  7. Kristen

    Hi Mary, do you know of anyone in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that teaches more high end sewing techniques like what you do? Thanks!

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  8. Din

    Hi Mary,

    I just found your amazing blog and I’m trying to subscribe, but WordPress keeps asking for a valid email address even after I entered it. Can you look into this please? I don’t want to miss any of your posts! Thanks!

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    • I’m not sure what the problem might be. If your email has certain characters it might not be accepted. I did a search and that seemed the most likely explanation. If you continue to have the issue, send me your email address and I’ll contact WordPress support. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

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  9. Gabriela

    Thank you for the detailed tutorials !
    Gabriela, Romania

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  10. Ramona

    Hello 🙂
    Your blog is gorgeous! I love the couture techniques and it looks like you know much about the old craft of sewing. I´m from germany and in my second education of sewing. It is based on the industrial processing, but since my internship at the theater, i´m totally of the old tailor´s art pulled in spell! I would be happy if it would give tutorials on the stitch or the prick out.
    Best regards
    Ramona 🙂

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    • Nice to meet you and I too love the old world techniques. German tailors are among the best in the world and I’ve also explored the world of German pattern drafting and its some of the most exacting. I’m not sure what you mean by “stitch or prick out”. It may be a translation issue. Please elaborate and I will try and help. I’m glad you like my blog and find the topics I cover interesting.

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  11. seweverythingblog

    Just discovered your fantastic blog, and subscribed immediately! Thank you for sharing your couture sewing processes.

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  12. I’ve just discovered your marvellous blog after searching Google for ‘how to trim a Chanel-style jacket’. I’m a new sewer, albeit in my late 40’s, but much more interested in traditional and couture techniques and construction. I want clothes that fit but also clothes that last and that are constructed with linings and interlinings. So much commercial sewing info is for fast fashion which can be whipped up in an evening so it’s so nice to find this extremely helpful blog. Thank you so much for sharing your work and please,please continue.

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    • Thank you. It’s nice to know that you find my posts helpful. I agree with you that much of the sewing information is geared towards fast and easy. I try and cover topics that there isn’t much written about and tips that will be helpful in creating top quality clothing. Many of the techniques aren’t particularly difficult, just take some time and effort.

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  13. haya grunwald

    Hi, do you make custom gowns and dresses? And/or do you by any chance give sewing classes?

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  14. Janet Smith

    Hi Mary,

    I wish to refer to a previous post. In Fitting for Couture: April 2014 you have written under photograph 3: “More padding until the moulage is filled out. This will take several tries but just keep shaping until the moulage is filled but not bursting. For my form cover I made another moulage from linen and added neck and armhole facings”.

    Mary, I have several questions, could you please email me on
    smith.janet.r@edumail.vic.gov.au
    Thank you, Janet

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