Karen Layne wrote:Great patching job. And congratulations on the size change!
Erica Wisner wrote: ... I recently added extra buttons and outdoor-canvas-enhanced buttonholes to my apron, so it can become a giant kangaroo pocket.
Aprons are like tool belts with ruffles.
Karen Layne wrote:Larisa Walk wrote: " I still have reactions to diesel now and also the perfumes, plus formaldehyde in building products, etc."
I used to work in the garment manufacturing industry. I had to ask once, "What is the nasty smell that's created when the material is ironed?". I was told that it was the formaldehyde used to preserve the material.
I've also noticed that I cannot stay in a (new) clothing store for very long before my eyes turn red and start to burn. Used clothing stores don't affect me. I glad for that since the GW is my favorite store.
Deb Rebel wrote:Jen, thats' why a lot of my sewing and repairs are done in 'zero time' or as relaxation/hobby. Glad you could see the possible in the curtains. I'm a queen of 'zero time' projects, or reclaiming my time in waiting rooms and the like. Right now I'm in it's dark so I can play with sewing machine, read stuff on net, listen to tunes and stuff like that. I have four teeshirts I have to decide if they're going to sweatpant pockets or going to be worn....
Deb Rebel wrote:Dan, kudos that at least you do. You might replace your pockets with something a bit sturdier, is all. Use an old one to lay on paper and trace, be accurate, then go around and add 1/2" all the way around it, cut two, sandwich together and sew the curvy part and sew to the inside of the pocket opening.
Jen Gira wrote:
... check the labels even at your thrift store. Why I am saying this, is that usually, items that are from even the early 70s and prior, will be made of higher quality fabrics, better stitching, stronger or reinforced seams, and -and this is the important one- Most clothing prior to 1970 had as a standard, about 1.5 inches of seam allowance between each seam. ... I advise against, buying "thrift" that is less than 15-20 years old. This is because, during this time, production in every sense (from the fabric mill, pattern making, to garment construction) was pressed to the outer limits of wearability. ...
What you say about clothing from before 1970 is true Jen, but - I don't know how it's in the USA or other countries- here in the second hand stores clothes are not that old They sort out the clothes and if it's 'old-fashioned', they send it to projects for 'third world countries' or for 'helping refugees'. So they sell the 'bad' clothes, because they are newer, more 'trendy', and the good quality clothes are sent away!
Once I saw them sort out some very interesting old-fashioned underwear made of wool (Jaeger)! I said I wanted to buy it, but they said 'no, we don't sell it, it's for a project in Eastern Europe'. OK, that's nice for the people in Eastern Europe, but still I don't get it
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