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Re: Patterns
Posted by Days&Nights
6/10/2009  6:12:00 PM
Good to know it met your expectations. I also loved the knowledge sharing of this book. I'm an advanced sewing person - so this was, again, a welcomed addition. Have fun, I know you will.
Re: Patterns
Posted by Days&Nights
6/11/2009  5:40:00 AM
If the price of the DVD made your dear hubby wince, show him a price tag off of a "designer" made ballroom gown - he'll faint - and be more than happy to buy you the patterns! You'll save $$$$ in his eyes! Happy sewing.
Re: Patterns
Posted by kaiara
6/11/2009  11:29:00 AM
I'm afraid not, he would simply say, "we cannot afford that" and that would be the end of it.

However, once I decide on what serger and sewing machine I want he will probably go online and begin his own research, and eventually there will be a commercial machine sitting in my sewing space. The man is a marvel at finding what I want in a durable form and at a price he can accept.

The trick is helping him understand that just because it sews leather does not mean it does what I need it to do! LOL!
Re: Patterns
Posted by rksue
7/1/2009  6:37:00 PM
I found the site with the patterns and manual before i found this message board. I sent the owners an email enquiring if the pattern and manual were still available. From the postings here they must be, but i have had no reply. I cant ring as the cost of the phone call would be astronomical for me, but im really pleased to hear that the information in the dvd is what i am looking for. I have just finished a dress, for a couple so my thirst of extra knowledge is huge. I havent sewn anything like this for over 20 yrs. I will keep emailing until i get a reply to one, maybe my only course of action
Re: Patterns
Posted by Days&Nights
7/1/2009  8:41:00 PM
I ended up calling the toll free number eventually as the e-mail thing seemed to lack the desired response. However, this is July 4th holiday week and many people take off on vacation. Can you purchase an international calling card at the local store. She was pretty good about e-mailing me once I phoned in and left a message stating that I really needed some questions answered as well as I had already e-mailed. I thought there was a toll free number to call as well.
Re: Patterns
Posted by rksue
7/2/2009  6:06:00 PM
Thank you Days&Nights,I'll send another email, and if no reply I'll call international. I have been looking at all the beautiful gowns that are being worn this year, there seems to be loads of frills, what is in the hem, Horsehair braid? boning? and is the braid died to match the dress or is it covered? So many questions, lol, The leotard part of the dress isnt a mystery but the skirt part is. Happy 4th July to you Days, and thank you for your reply. Sue
Re: Patterns
Posted by Days&Nights
7/3/2009  7:24:00 AM
Your welcome! I tend to use Horsehair braid (it comes in different widths) to force the dress to curl and float well at the hemline. Picture folding the hemline "over" the braid so the braid is secured within the hemline itself. Very easy to thread the braid through much like threading elastic through various garments so it's hidden yet secure. Have fun.
Re: Patterns
Posted by rksue
7/6/2009  10:16:00 AM
Hi Days, regarding your skirts, how many circles would end up putting into the top layer of the skirt? If i was making a skirt out of georgette or chiffon i would need several layers, but would i treat each layer separately or as one? The dress i have just finished had satin godets, each godet being almost a 1/2 circle so i didnt need to line them and there were 7 godets in total. The finished meterage around the hem was 14.5 mtrs. Im trying to work out how to make lined georgette godets.Have several layers joined in the seams as one or several peticoat layers attached at the hips? This if fun lol SUE
Re: Patterns
Posted by Iveta
7/21/2009  4:19:00 AM
Hello kaiara. As I understood you ordered dvd ( Gown Construction Manual) from danceportballgowns.com. Are they working?? I was writing email for them three or four times but didn't get any answer... I am really interesting in this dvd and don't know what to do..

Sorry for grammar mistakes, English in not my native language...
Re: Patterns
Posted by kaiara
7/21/2009  7:02:00 AM
I found the information helpful although I am still researching sergers so I have not yet tried anything off of it. I did print it out so I could keep it with my sewing books.

The dvd took some time to arrive but it came without incident.

I didn't try to communicate with them, I just went ahead and ordered the dvd.

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