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May 2, 2008, 12:50:37 PM5/2/08
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Sew Whats New Week in Review
Editor: Mary Wilkins

Hello everyone and welcome to all my new subscribers. It's nice to be
with you today. It is an overcast and chilly day here in Halifax.
Everyone is wearing jackets and if you are outside for any length of
time you might need gloves too. However, tulips and daffodils along
with crocus and hyacinth are showing themselves in some sunny spots
and I am so glad. It's a very cheerful sight after such a long harsh

Sewing With A Plan is alive and well on
Julie has posted all the wardrobe pictures along with the critical
information from each and every one of the 37 contestants that
completed their wardrobes. If you receive Julie's newsletter or belong
to Artisans Square sewing site you are eligible to vote for your top
three choices. There are some very accomplished seamstresses in this
challenge and everyone deserves a huge amount of credit for their

The June/July issue of Sew News features Claire Shaeffer with a column
on haute couture. This is Claire's specialty and her information is
always extremely accurate, thorough and totally couture.

Wazoodle Fabrics in Ontario now manufactures their own wooly nylon
thread on 1100 yd. cones for home sewers.

I am contemplating buying a subscription to this magazine. However, I
do not knit and think maybe a good half of their content is knitting
related. If any of you receive the magazine, email me and let me know
your opinion on it, I like some of the topics I have seen. Along with
free projects they also have some very interesting interviews posted
on their website of world renowned needle celebrities such as Kaffe
Fassett and Erica Wilson. An interesting read to be sure.

I am still working on my cape. The fabric is a lovely wool/cashmere
blend I purchased from Julie at Timmel Fabrics. The entire cape is
encased with bias binding that I am hand sewing down. I did not want
to see machine stitching on the fabric hence the decision. I have it
all done except for around the neck and down the two fronts. The
binding fabric is hell to work with, even after applying a fusible
interfacing to stabilize it. It is a poly/acrylic brocade that has the
perfect colour match but I am really fighting with it every stitch of
the way with fraying. Hopefully it will be done soon. To distract
myself from throwing it in the corner I cut out a blouse from Vogue
1017 Today's Fit. I have fused interfacing to the pieces that need it,
now I have to add an inch to the length of both front and back.

Until next week, please let me know what is new in your sewing world
and let me know if there is something you would like to see in this
newsletter. Visit the new totally revamped and watch some videos, visit and meet new
sewing friends and post your sewing questions or answers. For now,
stay well, have some fun and happy sewing to you all.

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