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    PDF storage tip: change file names to pictures

    Do you get frustrated trying to find a PDF pattern in your files? Do the names start to sound all the same, and you can’t remember if the “Madison” pattern is for the halter-neck-maxi or the boho tunic? Especially if multiple designers use the same names for their PDFs….. What if your PDF files were in picture format, instead of file name? This is so easy to set up! Here’s how: Open up Adobe Reader: Click on EDIT: In the next window click on PREFERENCES: The opens a new window, click on GENERAL, and then ENABLE PDF THUMBNAILS: Remember to…

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    Scrunchies the Easy Way

    “No woman who works at W Magazine and lives on Perry Street would be caught dead at a hip downtown restaurant wearing a scrunchie!”  Carrie Bradshaw, 2003 (“Sex and the City”) …………………………………………………. Proof that what goes around, comes around. The…

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    My Snaps Journey

    Like many sewists, I started making apparel using any pattern that did not require closures. Zippers were out of the question, and buttons and snaps were intimidating because their placement needed to be spot-on equidistant from each other to avoid…

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    Trueing the Shoulder

    Quick post here: I just downloaded a new pattern release with a square neckline, which I love…..however the neckline wasn’t trued at the shoulder front-to-back. “Trueing” is the finishing step in patternmaking that ensures seam corners measure 90-degrees (a “true”…

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    On Creativity versus Copying

    Question: If you knew how to draft patterns, would you use that talent to bring your own ideas to life, to create anything in your imagination….or would you copy somebody else’s unique vision? …………………………………………………………………………. In the endless sea of beautiful…

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    An Ode to Schiffli Embroidery

    Yesterday I took my daughter, who is studying character design and visual development, to see “Toy Story 4”. We were both mesmerized by the detail in every visual aspect of the film, from textures to backgrounds, which have become so…

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    “What is deadstock fabric, and where can I get some?”

    (Continued from my previous post about sustainable fabric sourcing: https://7pinedesign.com/sustainable-fabric-shopping ) About half of my sewing projects are made with non-traditional fabric: materials not originally meant for the home-sewing market: upcycled vintage linens upcycled wedding gowns “deadstock” fabric People ask…

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    Sustainable Fabric Shopping

    Last week I was blessed with a couple of free days in New York City, thanks to my husband’s travel mile rewards, and our daughter’s college graduation ceremony. Since she attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, she never had much opportunity…