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Tools of the trade…What you really need is not this…. Review of my favorite stores latest add

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Do I really need all these?

I look at this and think yummy. But wait a minute I already learned that lesson. Use what you have like the Mimi taught ya. And what about all the folks here around me trying to make a living? Now this on-line store IS my hands down favorite and if I order I do it from them. But I wait for the big sales.There are some free shipping deals here but only a couple may be worth you time as a beginner or intermediate sewing enthusiast.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the add. I tried to remove all the jib-jab.
If …I ordered what their expert is saying… I would have spent all this :
Tools:$147.48
Other stuff:$ 501
That is $ 648.48!!! with free shipping woooo hooo!
I  wish I had had some reviews when I started this deal years ago. I’m such a sucker when you talk about “professional looking” finished products. Lets face it here, a professional couture seamstress are on SALARY (like gets paid not by the piece) and this stuff is provided.  Not the AVERAGE sewer now is she…took me a while to figure THAT out.
Holy mollie folks.
I tried this pen. It does not last long, especially compared to the basting glue for the PRICE. Spent 6.25
Seam tape is also cheap and snipped into tiny squares I have used it on a wedding dress with 50 yards of silk ribbon to be placed before there was basting glue.
The small scissors I got on sale at a local store 5.25
The big scissors ARE a good buy for the quality but I use the small pair so “no go”
The scallop templet? really? I use a piece of card board and draw it out with a pencil and a string and then cut different ones or they come free in sewing magizines.  To make it nice ,I use a piece of scrap paper that I “misprinted” from my printer. Glue it on and write the information on it. Cost about an hour for 6 of them in different ones.
Press and shape board. A definite need for heriloom and lace work. But I got mine on sale at local store for 13.99 (not on sale). Cutting board on one side. soft pad on the other. Us it for a gazilion things.
To lace shape. Trace the loop design on the board on misprinted paper like the design like on the board. Do a web search for the pattern. Stab pin it to my cheap board and viola…saved 28 Bucks and have all sorts of other designs and options.
Uhmmm yeah, another tube turner. not for me.
Construction books, like if you have more than 5…check your magazines or the web. It’s a money grabber.
Fabric? Holey cow. She who dies with the most stash wins comes to mind. I got about 12K of stuff I haven’t used yet. Do love the MP cotton but still haven’t used the 4  pieces of 2 yards from 2 years ago. (hint order on 50% of days or the free shipping days. You CAN count on MP for quality, fast delivery. She is the ONLY one I trust for online orders)
Pleated fabric, good deal.
After pleater, spool holder, thread  and time learning how to use the thing. I figured I’d wasted about $250. Go for the $10, or contact your local stores. There are local folks that need the cash and will do it for you on fabric you have for the same price.
Digital embroidery. So wish I had the funds to do that. I looked at several over the last year. Ends up being like buying a B.O.A.T. (Bale out another thousand) or buying a car. Machine-check, programs-check, needles-check, more thread-check, classes-check….
I have 3 local ladies that bid for my work. They need the cash and I DON”T need to spend all that cash and loose my mind on yet another project. I KNOW I have never met a craft I didn’t like but scattered is scattered.
Those grip scissor are on my wish list for another century. At last count I have 5 pares of large, 4 pairs of small, 3 seam rippers, 3 exacto knife thingys with different shapes and 2 different electric shears. I use the same 3 daily. The electric shears worked for about 1 year. Now I can’t get blades anymore.
Still looking for a decent pair. I learned how to use the rotary cutters (3 different kinds..I told you I have tried a LOT of things). I plan my cuts better and use things more efficiently using those and it is faster than the electric shears.
I love this store, the lady has always been about helping and supporting sewers in the industry rather than herself. In return Karma blessed her. I have actually written her about some of the stuff they are saying you NEED. Also about her recent sell out to another company (my opinion) as I am getting stuff from another company I did not order nor ask for.
No response and that is okay. I realize her job now is to push these nice ladies ideas as is her style, but please young sewers, don’t spend your hard earned cash on some of this stuff.  Sewing is an amazing thing and getting discouraged is easy. Email me if you have questions about what you REALLY need. It is more about techniques not TOOLS.
Check my store for products and my face book for projects in the works:
Or go to etsy, drop down box for SHOPS and type in Lady Iris Jean
Fb: Iris Jean the artist page or Lady Iris Jean store page(still not working too well)
Sewline Glue Pen
Price: $7.95
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#1: Sewline Glue PenConnie Says: “I LOVE THIS PEN! That is why it is my #1 pick. I glue everything on—rick rack, spaghetti bias, ribbon, piping, hems etc. It dries fast and washes out completely. Less pinning!”

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Havel's Small Multi-Angled Lace Trimming Scissors
Price: $10.95
Havel’s Small Multi-Angled Lace Trimming Scissors
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Applique Scissors
Price: $23.00
Applique Scissors
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#2: Havel’s Small Multi-Angled Lace Trimming Scissors
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#3: Applique ScissorsConnie Says: “These 2 pair of scissors are a staple in my sewing room. Both pair are the best for trimming from behind lace. With the bent handles you can keep you scissors flat with the fabric. Less trimming accidents.”

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Easy Scallop Adjustable Template
Price: $14.99
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#4: Easy Scallop Adjustable TemplateConnie Says: “I do a lot of scalloped hems for Madeira Appliqué. This adjustable template allows you more scallop sizes for less money!”

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Shape 'N Press Board
Price: $42.00
Sale Price: $33.60

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#5: Shape ‘N Press BoardConnie Says: “I have this board on the table or in my lap at all times. Not only is it indispensable for pinning lace shapes, it has printed lace shapes you may need. Also it has the tie off guide for a smocked bishop dress which I always use.”

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Fastube Guide with Tiger Eye
Price: $16.99
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#6: Easy Scallop Adjustable TemplateConnie Says: “I have had fasturn tubes for many years. My problem was making my fabric tube the correct size. With this fast turn guide it is Fool Proof.”

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Monogram Wizard Plus
Price: $350.00
Sale Price: $250.00

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#7: Mongram Wizard PlusConnie Says: “When I want to do a embroidered monogram, I want it to come out right the first time I sew it. You can trust Monogram Wizard to do that. A few clicks and you have a beautiful professional monogram instantly!”

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Martha's Classic Cotton
Price: $12.00/yd
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#8: Martha’s Classic CottonConnie Says: “These are my go to fabrics for sure. They all match and have piping, spaghetti bias, picot edge folded bias trim that all match the fabric. Make sure you make a christening gown from the white. You will love it.”

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Construction Techniques Made Easy with Connie Palmer (DVD)
Price: $39.00
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#9: Construction Techniques Made Easy with Connie Palmer (DVD)Connie Says: “This CD is a must to have on hand while you are sewing. It has some of the easiest plackets. The smocked bishop placket is fail proof. Sew fast and sew smart!”

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Pleated Insert
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#10: Pleated InsertsConnie Says: “I have these on hand at all times. Saves me from getting the pleater out when I feel creative.”

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Rag Snips
Price: $40.00
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#11: Rag SnipsConnie Says: “I have had these for a long time and didn’t use them because I wasn’t making a rag quilt. One day my hands hurt and I had to clip curves around necks and sleeves. What a relief! Now they stay out on the table all the time. Give them a try you will love them for this.”

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Eye candy update

Check out the Fb page for a preview of things at the studio.

Heirloom lace skirt- for Missy S.


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When I die, I say just pile all that lace on top and leave me naked.
Remember the saying “She who dies with the biggest stach wins.”…???

Yeah, It’s like that.

Anyway

Grand-baby coming in a couple of weeks and this place is not baby proofed. Gotta get busy wrapping some things up and fast! I spent 2 hours removing antiques from the guest room this morning (things that little hands can demolish). Jeff is going through and rehanging things with SCREWS…he envisions her to be a spider monkey capable of scaling walls with suction-cup like fingers. Ha!

Have a great day and enjoy the eye candy!

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Excellent problems, it’s all about perspectives

Posting bum, here. But… I have been designing and pattern making and fabric selecting, sewing, ironing and writing.

Ironing spilling over into the study!

I HAVE TOO MUCH LIFE!
What an excellent problem! It’s really a luxury problem now isn’t it?
I am so very blessed.

I look at these and think "Wow, thank god I don't have to spin & weave this stuff" like my ancestors just 4 generations back!

I look at these and think "Wow, thank god I don't have to spin & weave this stuff" like my ancestors just 4 generations back!

Spring is almost here and so is faire season. Pictures coming for that in about a week, is my guess. Selling off all my old stock for Faire and going through them all has been interesting. I have lot’s of memories in those boxes . I still have people I met back then in my life. It was a wondrous time to remember, being just 40 and newly married to my soul mate. Living just for the day and the time when he would get home. Uhmmm, memories!

Well, Faire cloths never change! They are historic replication and it’s just not possible to change history. They are timeless. You know…Good quality fabric lasts for years . I still have my original Chemise and my daughters origin chemise for then. Washed and softened so beautifully. Practical, practical, practical.

Gaffed chemise now called smocking

Designing for “fun and pretty”, is challenging for me. This is a time of growing for me in so many ways. A time of reflection and adaptation to the world around me at my age where it comes to just about anything, clothing or fashion in particular. We are all a collective of experiences now aren’t we?

I’m the kind of person that thinks you should only have to buy cloths and tires once and they should last. Never the mall shopping gal when young, I always went for the classics.

Oh there was a time when I went very fashionista back in the 1987 and then again in 1992. The cloths were such beautiful styles and cost enough to require credit (which I knew better than to DO), and then, I had to watch them dwindle away in my closest. I have 3 classic suites that Lady Iris Jean and myself shopped for back then, out of about 7 that we bought. I can STILL wear them and get comments on them.

Classic wool suit now 25 years old

I don’t know if the “classics lean”, came from Lady Iris Jean or my practical Taurus personality. But it’s there and I am glad. So is my husband. I think his experience with paying shopping bills of his ex’s left him quiet relieved when he met me and noticed I had the old time tenants of :

1 – You get what you pay for and
2 – Quality over quantity always.
3 – Take care of your things and they last
4 – Be grateful for what has been given you and
5 – Pretty is as pretty does not as pretty wears

They sewed those cloths folks! That's 1952.

Mediating on it all I think it came from growing up with Grandmother Vi during the school breaks. No electricity, no air conditioner, hauling water and bathing in a trough in the kitchen or dressing room, lined up from cleanest child to dirtiest. Hmmm how about, using kerosene lamps and cleaning/trimming wicks and (my all time favorite) trekking to the outhouse in the middle of the night and removing the chickens so you could pee. My fathers side thought it atrocious. Mother was ashamed but WE thought it all great fun! Damned but KNOWBODY took a picture of the outhouse! What memories that brings!

I have only met one person in all my years that even talked about it all and had the same views. A 60 year old Colonel from Puerto Rico got deployed with me a couple a years ago. We had to live “rough” for 4 days, for several interesting reasons I shall not go into at this time. Our upbringing made us very “seasoned”. We both LOOKED rather delicate bu, we both of us ended up looking rather fantastic compared to our compatriots. Now this was in the 1960’s for me and him, not 1910 folks. The media magazine and movies are very glamorized. The statistics for 1942 in many rural areas of the USA show that only 15% had electricity or running house water.In the 1960’s it was still just 50%!

The camping rough is what the sporty folks do for a weekend or week at a time. Actually “living” that way…, well, it has a way of “growing you up” different. This man and I, who would never have been friends actually bonded. Shocking to say the least…. We were both operating and interacting in the old way. As only one raised in “it takes a village” theology can do.

Great Granmommy May at GM Vi's house

My dear hubby trained for his war and was left in swamps to survive for weeks, and weeks. He has a different seasoning. He left home at 14, and different “camping places” in the 1960’s and improvised hygiene in gas station bathrooms. It’s sort of the same type of planning and logistics to get all THAT done and get to work on time, now isn’t it. He is very proud of his “seasoning”. You have to have a work ethic, and some ingenuity and hudspa to live, survive and prosper like that. I think my favorite story he tells is of not having a car jack and rolling his truck up on a downed log to change a tire. I wouldn’t have though of that in a million years.

Color TV didn’t come to our home until 1972. Our 10 inch black and white was the family prize in 1968! And Grandmother not only did not have a phone until the late 1970’s but also didn’t have a color TV until the late 1980’s.

My mother made our cloths until I was 13 years old and she went to work. We got new cloths for birthdays, school and for Christmas. We got toys from relatives who lived in the city, or hand me down cloths and toys from neighbors.

An actual toy for a Birthday or Christmas? Why that just wouldn’t be practical now would it?

We got dolls and doll bed that mother and an uncle picked up from a second hand church bizarre and were repainted and re-clothed for Christmas when I was 5. When I was 6, I got a store bought Walking Betsy. She died 3 weeks later and I remember the discussion my parents had about the practicality of the money spent only to have my heart broken.

(Damned program says THOSE photo’s aren’t allowed due to a security risk? Well there had to be some computer issue now didn’t there!)

I remember how quiet is was at Grandmother’s house, and hearing Mrs Mackbeth coming over the cow catcher and down the road to knock on the door to tell us that Daddy had “rung up” at her house to check and make sure we had made it safely. The only sound we heard was what I thought was thunder for years. laying in be one night, hot with the cool night air billowing the curtains I again saw the flashes and the rumbles. It rolled over and asked Grandmother Vi why it rained every night at her house. She became very still, “Honey, that’s the boys at Fort Hood. It’s called artillery practice.” That was 10-15 miles east of her place, it was on the land that used to hold our family safe from 1858-1942. I remember her stillness. I understand now.

A REAL old problem, How to get the mule to keep moving to grind stuff!

I can’t really think of any place THAT quite since that time. Even when we pack it in or “biv-wack” in the wilderness, the sounds of the forest are so loud and are really all I hear. We only see maybe 3 people in a weeks time, and it’s not the same calm quiet like living far off on a farm even now.

120 miles in looking at a Million acres of Peace

We lived on a farm when we got married surrounded by goats, cows, chickens and lots of horses and cats and dogs. It was a huge place, with 3 houses full of people who worked the place. There were hired folks coming in by the droves to work, vets to check animals, sales folk to sell stuff…. Late at night, it was quiet but never during any day of the week or on the weekend.

Oh did I mention wild Turkeys outside the windows?

No, that quiet is gone. I think the only place that I have seen it written about or described is in the book Harder than Hardscrabble: Oral Recollections of the Farming Life from the Edge of the Texas Hill Country (Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage Series)

I read it because my family is in it, including pictures. But there is a place in it were it talks about the lose of actual sounds. Ahhh, Sounds that will never be heard again. I think that quiet sound I am talking about is like that what he describes,… things change. Lady Iris Jean grew up hearing a trendle sewing machine at work. I grew up with the sound of a Singer buzz. My little work shop has the hammer sound of a serger or the hum of a fancy German piece of work!

All that's left of the trendle machine

A hum or a hammer, depends on what I want to do! Luxury problem.

Yes, we have luxury problems these days. Problems like, the dogs are in our yard pooing again and eating the daisies, and the cable company is thinking of not carrying our favorite station…. OMG well THAT just needs a petition!.

Or my cell phone wont’ hold a charge, I’m going down to that phone store right now and making them fix this or else! Or how about we forgot to pick up batteries for the remote control and one of us must get up, walk to the TV and change the channel! Urgh, it’s just AWFUL and we are so put upon!

No, seasoned folks don’t think that way ….much. We laugh, find another way, don’t plant daisies in the front yard, put in a movie instead, and have a cup of tea with the water from the microwave! Ha! Never daunted much, I just pick up a piece of hand work or a pad and paper and get busy.

Pink 1930s sketch

Butterfly pocket hand work

New modren meets Old Battenburg! now how to incorporate that , what an excellent diversion!

I am a bit lazy compared to the last 5 years of go-go-go, but I am enjoying it. It is hard to slow back down without coming to a complete stop. It is an adjustment that I am sure my soul has needed. And it means change in pretty much all areas. To somehow piece my practical side into a whimsical side just for the fun of something is…
Uncomfortable. Oh, poor me!

Yes, life and luxury problems are remarkable and our current perceptions are astounding. So much LIFE! So many options, and not enough time in a day to write a blog about it all. How silly.

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Decadence has a big price…time

Decadence has a big price…time.

Wow, I got to sew yesterday! The list seemed to be agreeable to the powers that be! I worked on the heirloom yoke and cuffs that will be cord pleating. I own a man’s shirt from 1880 that has the pleats corded by hand at about 1/8th of an inch. It fascinates me with its stretchy yo-yo feel that is so sturdy, professional looking and well. . . just plain decadent.

Boy does it take some time to do though! I took 1/2 yard and started cording. All information on the topic, even from my 1900 books state you must mark from the last line sewn or each fraction off ends up WAY off in the end.(sort of like when you piece a quilt right?) So off I went, cording and marking and cording and marking etc….

I even pre-marked the fabric just to test the instructions. I am a bit of a rebel if you haven’t noticed. What I found was they were right to a point. After about 45 minutes I noticed the markings lined up with a place on my presser foot.The marking was the same for each previous cording. The pre-marks did NOT line up, so I am really glad I didn’t use them! So, you got it, I started using the previous cord pleat aligned with my “special mark.

One of Martha’s mags actually states a time per pleat and I think I was able to mirror that time but…

The next challenge was the tension causing my stitches to look wonky. It has to be set fairly high and pressure kept pulling the spools off! I noticed the stitch length would tell me when it was time to re thread so it looked nicer and more uniform and I didn’t have to pick and redo any more seams.

Now after about and hour and a half I had to move on to something else.
So I also did the technique with out cording on a Newborn dress. And did some fancy machine smocking for a pocket.

So what do ya think? Productive day? Can’t wait to see the finished dresses?

Check back tomorrow!

All this sewing and researching has really spurred my thoughts on clothing and fashion in 2011 related to our hard-earned money!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/mackenzieprince

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Lace, machines, old fashioned cleaning and Lady Ga Ga

Going to finish those 2 Baby girl dresses today.
Yummy Battenburg lace with some type of soft satin sash and a baby slip with heirloom layered lace skirt to dress up any dress, not just this baby dress.

Yum, Yum lace. Love it and the collection is still growing. I admit the craving and the manageability of it all. Oh I miss that tatted collar I put on that wedding dress. It was so heavenly and delicate!

I have looked and looked for some nice old fashioned aprons to keep grand babys dresses clean looking and can’t find any. Also can’t find any baby girl slips that are made of natural fibers. Ick! the thought of scratchy polyester next to a baby girls skin still just doesn’t sit right with me.

The only one left in my family that remembers what I remember…ironing, vacuuming the ceiling and dusting shelves…says that “that generation(our Mom’s) had the time to do that and we just don’t we have a life”. Hmmmm, yeah….I still do it even working and in the Military!

There is just something special to walk in your home with a clean smell and…a glow…just aren’t words. It’s called spring and holiday cleaning.
I simply can not create unless things are at least ordered in stacks!

Mom …she did contributed to the economic stimulus by hiring someone to do it. I would if I could find someone but haven’t since 2000 when maids stared banding together for the quick clean companies.

Well That new serger is calling my name but the dreads have got me.
No, no computer on the thing but this week my kinetic energy related to electronics has been cursed. Not as badly as usual but still, makes me nervous.

The hand drafting is so easy compared to actually getting a machine to work sometimes. I did take the 1960 machine into the Gromms sewing center and they were amazed at how it looked and sewed. Nice tight seams…picking stitches out of one of it’s work is nie-on-impossible. They just don’t make them like that any more! All metal parts and attachments gallor. The machine guys were fascinated and told me it had been years since they had seen a complete set that looked like new. Mom serviced the thing herself for 50 years…made me so proud!

I was amazed at the things the new serger could do. It’s basically the 1950’s machine with 2 needles and 4 spools of thread. My old one just did straight edging. It was so old they said the serial number couldn’t even be tracked!

As for this computer blog funny for today:
When I hit the proofread button on my posts it says I am BIASED to use the word “Lady”…. Hummm yeah….since when did using the word Lady become politically incorrect and offensive? What has Lady Ga GA done now???!!!

Guess I should go play with the new serger thingy Huh? Something hilarious is bound to occur, I assure you.

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Oldtimer meets the current century head on Day 1

14th centruy gaffing on full sleeve of chemise

Well this is certainly interesting. Sort of like those dreams where you are naked walking down the street interesting and no body is even looking!
It’s been a heck of a 72 hours playing website games. You know the kind where you have 2 pages of passwords that match every website you’ve had to log into since passwords started somewhere around 1993?
And then there are the pages that you have visited just in the last 3 years!

And then there is the figuring out of the dash boards,the settings and widgets not to mention how to link all this together (which I still have to learn 3 facebook accounts later) and…I think I know why people have addictions now…but not to this thing called a computer.

Did you know that this is my 4th post today and yet I can’t find even one of them? Where do they go? Are they on another planet or have they gone into some secret heaven?

Well anyway. store is coming along thanks to a very nice and talented Lady on etsy. Check her out! She blew me away with her Design!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TamBamCreative

or check out what she did for me at

http://www.etsy.com/shop/mackenzieprince

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