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Subject: Dart Locations -


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old dm
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Date Posted: Monday, February 01, 10:05:22pm

I am noticing a new trend in the bust dart location from some of the bigger name dressmakers. Instead of having the dart go from the side seam under the arm toward the center bust, it is running from the lower armscye across. Along with this change I am seeing wider cut shoulders and more fitted sleeves. These are all design choices but the bust darts aren't always pointing to the correct area and it makes it hard to alter. Thoughts?!?

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Subject: Viking Husqvarna


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Kathleen
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Date Posted: Friday, January 29, 12:18:57pm

There is no one I trust more than the ladies of this board. Sadly, my antique Elna (circa 1957) has finally given out and it's time for a new machine. I don't do much sewing (am not a dressmaker) but have sewn on and off for years and would like to do more, now that I am retired. A friend's m-i-l has a Viking Husqvarna Rose that she bought a few years ago for $2000 and has used very little. She is elderly and downsizing and (knowing that there is a potential buyer out there), is asking $1000. I have no idea how much it's worth. I read on a quilting forum about someone that bought one on eBay and it didn't come with any of the embroidery equipment that was supposed to be a part of it.
I have already purchased a Janome (Magnolia 7330) that I'm liking a lot, but would buy the Viking at the right price, since it likely has more features and can do more. I'd like to work with heavier fabrics, lightweight leathers and try machine embroidery ... Thoughts? I'm thinking of offering $600 to $700 ... does that seem like a fair price? Insulting? Overypaying? Bargain? Thank you for any insights!

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Subject: Speechless.


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Date Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 12:49:49pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0bdNf0MTuU&feature=em-uploademail-smbtn

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Subject: What am I doing wrong in kick panel on skirt?


Author:
Help (Confused)
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Date Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 11:50:55am

When I fold & sew the kick panel, the side droops on the skirt so it is an uneven skirt length. And when I change the angle of how the kick panel is sewn so that it doesn't have an uneven skirt length, whilst it looks even length, the side seams of the skirt then sit at a funny angle in the underskirt. Whilst you can't see it on outside, I'd like to know if there is a way I could have these seams sitting straight up & down as opposed to an almost 45 degree angle that I end up with when I bring the kick panel forward so that the skirt length doesn't droop? I hope I have explained my dilemma clearly. I would appreciate any guidance on how you finish skirt so that it kicks well, sits well & looks decent in the underskirt.

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Subject: Hello :) Can a kind person recommend a nice rich black non stretch black velvet for a solo, pref from the UK.


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Date Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 03:48:40am


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Subject: What is the strongest interfacing used in stabilizing ID costumes? Have tried many types of Pellon products - would like the one BNDMs use. Thanks.


Author:
ID Mom
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Date Posted: Sunday, January 10, 11:21:51am


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Subject: What size pears are considered to be "large" and "medium"?


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thanks!
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Date Posted: Sunday, January 10, 11:21:43am


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Subject: Dressmaker / Seamstress Needed Columbus Ohio


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Melissa Widman
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Date Posted: Thursday, January 07, 11:40:41am

Hello! I'm seeking a dressmaker / seamstress for my adult dance group in the Columbus area. We already have an embroiderer, dress pattern, and some material for more of our school dresses to be made. We're also looking to construct a simple, light-weight, beginner dress. We need them for our performance season, spring-summer. Can you help us?

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Subject: Drop waist.irish dance costume pattern


Author:
Jo Rivers (smeee)
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Date Posted: Sunday, January 03, 11:23:43am

I am desperate to find a drop waist pattern for Irish dance costume. I am going to make one for my daughter and really need some idea of where to get one. Can anyone help me!?

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Subject: Happy Christmas and best wishes for a Prosperous New Year to all the tired dressmakers out there! Have a good holiday, recharge the batteries and enjoy some family time before oiling those embroidery machines again all too soon


Author:
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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 07:39:11pm


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Subject: Steaming vs. ironing


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Arleen
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Date Posted: Saturday, December 12, 11:52:11am

Hoping to get some advice from dressmakers. Is it OK to steam or iron a dress that has been stored for a while, flat, in a dress bag? The fabric is silk, or silk poly, with ruffles and crystals. I'm concerned about leaving water stains or puckering seams. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Subject: Does anyone still use a regular machine for


Author:
satin stitching?
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Date Posted: Friday, December 11, 10:25:38pm


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Subject: Link Test


Author:
UsedSoloDresses
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Date Posted: Wednesday, December 09, 09:32:22pm

https://www.usedsolodresses.com
http://www.usedsolodresses.com

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Subject: Are there any sites to buy Celtic embroidery to download besides Emblibrary , Embroidery. com & Taoknitter


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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 01, 02:21:30pm


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Subject: Mandarin collar question


Author:
dm
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Date Posted: Saturday, November 21, 11:43:51am

I use 3 layers of pellon and collars look great until a few times of wearing, they start to bend and crease. Any thoughts or ideas how to fix this or what to put in them? I tried boning once and that worked to fix the issue.
What do you guys do?

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Subject: Does anyone currently use the HAPPY machines, the same as Rising Star? I have a tajima and I hear the Happy machines are less expensive, but they obviously do the same job.


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interested in hearing from those who might have one.
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Date Posted: Friday, November 20, 08:56:14am


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Subject: does anybody know how to get blood out of satin?


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sndm
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Date Posted: Sunday, November 01, 07:52:13pm


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Subject: Anybody had experience with the Innov-is V3 ? And the Juki TL-98P ?


Author:
Sylvia
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Date Posted: Thursday, October 29, 07:09:40am

Has anybody expererience with the Innov-is V3 and the Brother PE Design Next software? Doing all my embroidery by handguided satinstitch on my Memorycraft 6600 Professional now. And have an opportunity to buy a new machine for the embroidery. What's your experience with the machine and software?
And has anyone ever used the Juki TL-98P ? It's a machine that only does straight stitching, but is it any good through layers of gathered velvet + vilene(thick)+ gathered tule + gathered satin??? It's supposed to be a machine that can handle all that in one go, without skipping stitches. I appreciate your info about these machines, thanks in advance.

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Subject: Does anyone have any advice about the Wilcom E3 software please? Do you use it, is it good, is the Corel bit useful, etc. Thinking about buying it but would love to hear other people's experiences first


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thanks
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Date Posted: Thursday, October 29, 06:19:00am


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Subject: Pear source


Author:
dm
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Date Posted: Monday, October 26, 05:11:35pm

I found some glass pears 10.5 x 18 on ebay from hong kong, and thought I'd get some to see if there is any difference from the ones I pay around $8.00 for 4. I got some clears, 44 of them for $4.88 They are identical. So just wanted to share the find since pears are popular, and they come in all colors.
There is no difference at all in the look they are exactly the same.
So 44 from US is $84.00 from them it's $4.88. Helps to keep cost down A LOT.

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Subject: Retired Bedazzler Crystal Sale:


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Date Posted: Sunday, October 25, 01:05:25pm

Clearing out the closet! List of items & prices inside. Thanks for looking!

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Subject: Where can I donate fabric?


Author:
Daughter
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Date Posted: Sunday, October 18, 03:56:15pm

My mother recently passed away. She was a wonderful seamstress and made some beautiful clothes. She also left behind a HUGE stash of fabric. Some of it I will be able to use (I make quilts) but I believe that most of it I will not be able to use. Any suggestions on where to donate the fabric?

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Subject: Can anyone tell me how to do the multiple lines of satin stitch side by side to fill an object (maybe it's called embossed?) instead of special satin stitch please? I have the Bernina software.


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Thank you!
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Date Posted: Sunday, October 11, 08:23:52pm


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Subject: looking for someone who can do alterations near Vancover?


Author:
sndm
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Date Posted: Sunday, October 11, 02:37:00pm


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Subject: Hello I am looking for a design to buy for a dress i am making, does anyone digtise designs for sale.. I am trying to contact Ann Donahue but i am not sure if she got message


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Laura
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Date Posted: Wednesday, October 07, 09:38:46am


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Subject: 27x17mm pear Crystal AB


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IDMOM
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Date Posted: Tuesday, October 06, 10:46:10am

Good afternoon !
I am wondering if any of you can help me out.
I am looking for 27x17mm pear Crystal AB. All I can find is sew on ones . do they still exist? or are people using the sew on ones?
thank you in advance!

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Subject: Thoughts on pricing for crystals.


Author:
blinged out
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Date Posted: Saturday, October 03, 04:13:32pm

So the norm has been to simply charge double the cost of each individual crystal when pricing for crystals. With all the new styles, heavily embroidered and FULL of crystals the cost of crystalizing a dress just seems like such a shock to clients when they get their dress quote.

It appears that most are asking for this type of dress but because it's a SNDM creating the dress, it's supposed to cost a fraction of what they'd pay elsewhere. Is anyone else having these issues?

Any suggestions for softening the blow of crystal costs for the clients? Getting fed up with taking the time to crystalize a dress with little to no compensation.....open to suggestions and other points of view :)

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Subject: Rhinestone Biz


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IDmom
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Date Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 05:53:27pm

Good evening ladies. I am going to bling out my daughter's dress and I was wondering if anyone has used Rhinestone Biz out in California ? I do not want to spend all that money for "Bling" and be disappointed! Also , if you have any other places to try ( I need to find pears and Roivli ( I'm spelling that incorrectly) that would be great!
Thank you in advance!

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Subject: Adding collar to solo dress


Author:
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Date Posted: Friday, September 25, 06:10:49pm

Any suggestions for adding a collar to a solo dress? It currently has a sweetheart neckline and the dress is black stretch velvet. I am taking it to a seamstress that has done many Irish dance dresses, but does mostly bridal gowns. Other than providing photos of collars we like and those we do not, are there any particular instructions I should provide?

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Subject: Hello ladies, can someone offer any tips on the bet way to get rid of body odor on a second hand dress?


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thanks.
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Date Posted: Sunday, September 20, 02:27:52pm


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Subject: Looking for best pink crystal color on bright pink satin? Thank you!


Author:
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Date Posted: Sunday, September 20, 07:51:40am


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Subject: I use Bernina software. I have done my usual embroidered skirt on a rectangle template. I'm wondeing if there's any way to distort that rectangle shaped skirt into a curved skirt? I'm thinking no, but worth a shot to ask.


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Thank you
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Date Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 09:27:05am


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Subject: Wondering if anyone would mind sharing their hourly rate. I charge $20-25


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Depending on fabric.
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Date Posted: Sunday, September 13, 09:17:07pm


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Subject: Has anyone tried using just one layer of heavy weight tear away backing in your large Toyota/Tajima machine?


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Going to try it, wondering if anyone has opinions
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Date Posted: Friday, September 04, 04:00:52pm


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Subject: Panic! I just started looking into my "new to me toyota expert".


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Joan
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Date Posted: Friday, August 21, 12:30:03pm

The instructions are not very detailed. I turned the hand knobs just to see what they are for and now I am getting the needle error. According to the instructions, I am trying to adjust the needle position by hand but the knob turns only half way and then stops!
Help! Did I already brake it? Or is there something simple that I am overlooking?

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Subject: Sticky stabilizer


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Thanks
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Date Posted: Thursday, August 20, 07:09:20pm

Does everyone use the sticky-tear-away stabilizer but me? I tried one that I bought on ebay and I had a difficulty pealing if off the fabric. Do you have a favorite brand?

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Subject: Has anyone found a supplier for the new mango leaf rainbow fabric used on the Gavin skirts? A customer has made an inquiry & I can not find it.


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Thank you in advance-Barb
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Date Posted: Monday, August 17, 05:33:34pm


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Subject: Are we in the wrong niche?


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Date Posted: Sunday, July 26, 03:13:24pm

anyone ever made a showmanship jacket for a rodeo girl?

http://www.justpeachyonline.com/

Makes me think I'm underpriced!

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Subject: Heading out to Niagara Falls for few days. I googled fabric stores and it looks like there are few on Canadian side. Are any better than the other? Any recommendations?


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Date Posted: Thursday, July 23, 11:13:53pm


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Subject: Is it reasonable to pay $8000 for 2011 Toyota ESP9100?


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Date Posted: Thursday, July 23, 04:40:15pm


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Subject: Green velvet?


Author:
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Date Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 11:32:24am

I am hunting for an emerald green micro velvet, any suggestions? I think I found it in a cotton velvet in the UK, but would LOVE to find a korea micro velvet in the US.

Back in the day, I used to buy this color/type from IDfabrics.com, but they aren't selling fabric anymore.I know it exists! Just trying to source it.

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Subject: Looking for a specific medium orange-ish stretch velvet


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Mom
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Date Posted: Monday, July 20, 02:12:52pm

...that has glitter/twinkle to it. When folded or when the dancer moves, the fabric looks kind of pink.

Having trouble matching the bodice of a dress!

Any & all help is much appreciated!

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Subject: Mother of the Bride in need of advice


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Patti
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Date Posted: Thursday, July 16, 03:23:01pm

Good Afternoon ladies. My daughter is getting married in two weeks and we will need to transport my gown which has a taffeta skirt via automobile on a two hour trip. ( along with a dog, and all of our other stuff, lol) I am worried about wrinkles and how to remove them if that does happen. I know you have experience with all types of fabrics so I was hoping that one of you kind souls may have any suggestions for me?

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Subject: Designing question from a ID mom - what do you think of same-color Swarovski crystals on a solid fabric (i.e. red on red) to bling it up, without making the stones stand out? more


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Laurie
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Date Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 02:48:33pm

My ID's dress has a plain drop waist, and it has a couple of marks on it that we can't get out. I don't want to over-bling that area, so I thought about getting red crystals (same size as what's on the pleats on the lower part of the skirt) to fill in the area, which is red velvet... so that the marks are covered. I also thought we'd sprinkle the crystals throughout the dress in other spots so it wouldn't be so obvious. Another fabric overlay wouldn't look good.

Is that ever done? I'm waiting for the crystals to arrive, and will place them before I commit. But I'm new to all this blinging out of dresses... don't want to ruin her dress. I would love any opinions!

Thanks so much, Laurie

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Subject: Need a piece of material for our ID's Siopa Rince dress - to replace the front yolk at the drop waist - do they sell extra material, if available? I emailed them.... waiting to hear back. Thanks for any insight!


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Date Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 11:15:32am


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Subject: How necessary is it to provide a sketch of a custom dress for approval before making the dress? How many dressmakers do provide one? It seems to me that unless it is a highly professional Photoshop sketch, it is never going to look like the finished dress


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Thoughts?
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Date Posted: Monday, July 13, 11:11:20pm


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Subject: Thinking about design for daughters next dress (which we will be ordering as I am not talented enough to be able to make these!) and had a question. Can you embroider on top of sequin fabrics?


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Thank you all for the help!
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Date Posted: Sunday, July 12, 10:43:58am


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Subject: Has anyone come across any other online suppliers of Twinkle/Crystal satin other than SY and Whitelodge??


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Looking for more colour options...
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Date Posted: Sunday, July 12, 09:16:27am


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Subject: Toyota 850 and 860


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Date Posted: Saturday, July 11, 01:19:10pm

Hi ladies. What would be the biggest hoop that the Toyota 850 or 860 accommodates? I am assuming the X-Panto is for the newer models 9000/9100?
I am looking into used 850 and/or 860 but the seller is very slow with responding.

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Subject: selling all my designs and rights to them if anyones interested. 75.00ea


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Date Posted: Thursday, July 09, 08:46:07am

http://thevelvetcastle.wix.com/the-velvet-castle#!drawingroom/c5em

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Subject: Sewing Machines


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Kristine
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Date Posted: Friday, July 03, 05:03:09am

I have used a bottom of the line brother for 30 years for nearly everything you can think of including Irish dance dresses. I really think it is about time I upgrade. I've test driven both industrial zig zags and domestics with all bells & whistles. Im leaning toward industrial for Irish dance dress construction and for the satin stitch ... then investing in industrial embroidery machine also. but would love to know anyone else's experience with machines.

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Subject: Any new dress styles at Nationals?


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Date Posted: Friday, July 03, 03:27:20am


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Subject: Does anyone know where to get the large teardrop "gold metallic" coloured stones that are being used on some of the Celtic Star dresses? Have had a request from a client and am having no luck sourcing....


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Date Posted: Monday, June 29, 08:02:18am


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Subject: Sooo, are ice skating skirts going to be the new irish dance dress?


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smh
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Date Posted: Thursday, June 25, 12:51:23pm

How many here would be able to make these? Stretch fabrics are not easy.

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Subject: Back skirt question...


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Thoughts??
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Date Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 06:55:29pm

In the past and up till recently I've always constructed my back skirts with a pleat. Even on a soft skirt, I will make the underpanel a couple of inches bigger than the back bodice and create a pleat with that excess. It does make the back waist seam a little bulky in that area especially with the layer of underpanel and soft skirt, lining etc. however my logic is that having that pleat there gives the corresponding let out room to make the skirt bigger around the waist to match up with the bodice if it is ever let out from the side seams.

However I've noticed from looking at other dressmakers work (eg second hand big names etc) that they were not including this pleat on soft skirts. The only "let out" is about an inch in the centre back at the zipper. However this is the let out to correspond with the centre back if the bodice. There doesn't seem to be any where in the skirt that you could get the extra space if the side seams were let out. It seems silly as there's extra space sitting there in the bodice seams, but no way I can see to make the skirt bigger, preventing much alteration.

Just wondering other Dm's thoughts on this. It seems the skirt and waist construction would be simpler without the pleat and less bulky, but I don't want someone left with a dress that can't be altered if they ever need it.

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Subject: Wanting to sell dance dress fabrics.


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Kelley
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Date Posted: Thursday, June 18, 03:42:31pm

I just went through 12 boxes of fabrics...most were used for irish dance dresses. I have silks, lycras, sequined fabrics, some swaroski crystals. I am not sure what fabrics are used for current dresses. I am hoping someone could let me know what the current fabrics are and where I might be able to sell everything at once...if possible. Located in Southern California.

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Subject: Hello, I'm looking for Swarovski flatback crystals size 40 in Citrine AB. The biggest I can locate is 34.


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Google was no help.
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Date Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 05:31:34am


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Subject: Probably a long shot, but would anyone have any Swarovski #4717 Delta fancy stone 15.5 aqua?


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Debra
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Date Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 01:18:57pm

Any place I can get them from require a full pkg of 72 for between $140-$170...i only NEED 2, would like as many as 12...

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Subject: I just saw 2 newly listed off the rack dresses on Dance-Again.


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Date Posted: Thursday, June 11, 09:17:52pm

http://www.dance-again.com/X1774b.html & the other is 1775b. I find it hard to believe that there are even 2 six-foot tall Irish dancers out there looking for dresses. I wonder how the dressmaker chose that size?

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Subject: I am updating an old panel dress into something with a newer skirt but not sure how to do the stiffener. How do I go about getting the proper measurements and curve for the "moon" shape and is it suggested to use the same stiffener in front and back or something lighter in back?


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Date Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 11:37:22pm


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Subject: So why does anyone still make custom dresses when Off the Rack dresses are so much less hassle and complete freedom to make what we want?


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Date Posted: Thursday, June 04, 07:30:21am


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Subject: AB or plain crystal on red and black?


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Indecisive
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Date Posted: Wednesday, June 03, 10:46:09pm

Dress predominantly red with black velvet accents and yellow embroidery. Lots of pear shaped crystals to go on.

Should I use AB or plain crystal?

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Subject: How many of you send progress photos of the dress?


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Date Posted: Monday, June 01, 06:21:03pm


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Subject: How many emails does one get during the making of a dress? 110


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customer from he**
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Date Posted: Monday, June 01, 05:34:36pm

How is that possible!!

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Subject: what is the going average rate for boys vests?


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Date Posted: Sunday, May 31, 07:46:51pm


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Subject: Alterations


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Katie
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Date Posted: Friday, May 29, 06:42:15pm

I'm doing alterations to my own dress, and I was wanting to do a twist on the original panel skirt and cape. What do I use to make the material "stiff" and "firm"? Thanks for any help!!

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Subject: What is an "infinity" irish dance dress? Just received an email asking if I could make one...


Author:
Pennie Drew Dresses
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Date Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 12:19:57pm

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Subject: I thought this was worth posting because there are so many people steering away from small businesses - "Make sure that your actions and behaviors live up to and reflect the words and ideas, promises and commitments that come out of your mouth." -Steve Farber


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Date Posted: Thursday, May 21, 09:39:20pm


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Subject: Coloured stones? Which brand?


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1st time stoner
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Date Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 01:47:57am

Ordered DD her first custom dress which will come without crystals. Was planning on doing the crystals myself along with a custom hairpiece to match.

Researching crystals, I notice that the Korean ones are super cheap and was wondering whether these might be better for the coloured stones that don't seem to show up much on stage anyway? Or is this false economy and I should really be looking to eek every last sparkle I can get by using Swarovski or preciosa?

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Subject: Im looking to make a new number clip for my dress out of an old pendant. What kind of glue should I use to glue to the clip itself?


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Date Posted: Saturday, May 16, 01:42:58pm


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