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And the conclusion
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Hi sewing friends,Here we are at the end of the year! Diane motivated me to look back and see how many challenges I did and what stood out as a favorite. (Diane hit 50 challenges!)I know I didn't do…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jen Jan 3, 2012.

Fall Palette coming to life...
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I know a lot of us are fans of Colette (Yay). I've been watching Sarai complete her fall palette with her personal challenge which is made up of her new patterns including a few from her new book. If…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vicki Muise Nov 5, 2011.

Vintage verses Retro
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What do you consider vintage and what do you considered retro (in regards to fashion)? I’m actually not sure and did a search on Wikipedia, here’s what it said:Vintage clothing which was produced…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by charlotte tilley Sep 28, 2011.

Cliches I got them...
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Okay bring it on...I can give you all kind of American cliches now that I have found this…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nora Ziel Nov 18, 2011.

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At 8:23am on March 19, 2011, Judy Roberson said…

Hi Cathe,

 welcome to sew weekly..Hope you have as much fun as we are having.Happy Sewing. Judy

At 11:17am on March 19, 2011, Judy Roberson said…

Hi Carthe,

  It is addicting, isn't it?  I love seeing all the cute things people make..It is so inspiring.I just can't wait for the next weeks callenges to come up..[I think if I spent more time sewing, instead of  visiting "sew weekly", I 'd have tons of stuff sewed,ha.

  I am so thankful, I found this sight. It was by accident. Mena is so  talented. And she has the best ideas.. Happy Sewing.

At 4:22pm on March 19, 2011, Judy Roberson said…

Hi Cathe,

  You are so right.. Sewing  is so addictive and it dominates your thoughts... I have been sewing for 25 yrs [now Im telling you , Im  an old woman,ha]. I sewed for my daughter all the time..  and I worked as Respiratory therepist at the hospital.. So, I do understand your frustration of  "no time".. I was in the same boat.. I too, would schedule my time off to sew.. Just love it.

  I love finding the fabrics and patterns on sale.. and a bargain thrills me. Everywhere I go, I hunt fabric stores. Cant help it..

  I was so proud to find Sew weekly... no one around me sews..none of my friends..And I love having someone to talk to ,that enjoys the same thing.. and knows the passion we have for it..

   I am just now getting into sewing for me..I have sewed for my daughter and grandaughters alot..and decided, I wanted to sew "for me".. sure, they hate it.ha

   I also love meeting people from all over the world..and seeing there different fun..

  Proud to meet you.. I added you to my friends list.. Happy Sewing.Judy

At 10:59pm on April 26, 2011, Debbie said…

Hi Cathe


Thanks for the lovely comments about my Cheat's Dress.  I actually started this dress in October last year, and finished it in January as part of my New Year's resolution to do more sewing (before I found the Sew Weekly challenge).  It is Vogue V8469, it went together very well, and one that I will probably use again.


Have a great week.



At 5:25am on May 5, 2011, Amanda said…

Hi Cathe,

As we have similar measurements, I just wanted to ask how you've gone with Colette patterns? Have you ever made any of their dresses, or just their separates? I bought a dress pattern without looking at the sizing and found that my measurements are spread over quite a few sizes and have no idea how to make it work for me. Also, do you use vintage patterns? I've recently discovered 1940s pattern sizing - their standards are 34" bust, 28" waist, 37" hip. I don't have to grade them like I do for 50s patterns so I love it! I love your sewing and your blog by the way!

At 5:19am on May 11, 2011, Amanda said…

Hi Cathe, 

Definitely let me know how you get on with the Colette dresses - I took one look at the size chart, one look at the construction of the dress and didn't even unfold the pattern pieces. I'm pretty certain I couldn't figure out the grading required! I will be buying some of their separates though - yay for the Australian dollar right now! I love all your outfits - the construction is always so flawless and your details incredible.

At 11:13am on May 13, 2011, charlotte tilley said…
Thanks Cathe, I don't know if the dress is exactly right but it fits (which was a big worry!), it has taken me ages! Wish you could be with us tomorrow - maybe next time!
At 9:19pm on May 13, 2011, Amanda said…

I know what you mean with pattern adjustments. I think I've got a handle on how to grade vintage patterns that fit my bust size and I just have to expand the waist/hip measurement. Leaving the waist/hip measurement untouched and shrinking the bust measurement however, completely different story (I'm a 1950s size 16 but have to shrink the bust 3"). I made about 8-9 muslins for one bodice and have given up for now!


Which Colette dress patterns did you buy? I bought the Chantilly which, given the construction details, I think will be far out of my scope to grade and fit (being both a size 0 and a size 6). Oh well, live and learn! I'm still tempted by the Rooibos, even though I know I could probably never get it to fit me!

At 12:35pm on May 14, 2011, Meg said…
Thanks for the comment, Cathe! You can find pattern info for the blazer here:
At 12:04pm on May 15, 2011, margueritedesigns said…
Hi Cathe, I'll get together an explanation of how I did the striped skirt this week.

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