Monday, July 28, 2014

Featured Shop - She'll Make You Flip! Owner Deb Glosek


Meet Deb from She'll Make You Flip!   


Where do you live?  Central  Pennsylvania

How did you start selling patterns? 

I've always been interested in patterns for the illustrations as much as sewing and kept collecting and collecting.  I finally ran out of storage space and began to sell.  Unfortunately I keep buying and never did free up any space :).  Oh, I also have trouble passing up beautiful fabric when I see it too, but that's another story.


Simplicity 1022 
How long have you been selling? 

Vogue 9732
 On and off since 2010 as time would permit.  I'm now retired and hope to devote more time to selling (and buying, of course). I learned to sew small, basic items like potholders and pillows in the late 60's and eventually graduated to making clothing for myself and made a lot of my clothing through my college and early work years.  As a young mother of three children in the 1980's, I didn't want to work outside the home, so I built a home-based mail order business selling  historically accurate garment patterns, which I ran for 16 years.  In 1999, since my children were older and didn't need me to be at home 24/7, I sold the home-based business and resumed my career as a government financial analyst.  I'm happy to say that I

retired recently and am loving life with my husband , our two shelties and a new grandson!  While I have so many plans for travel, gardening and sewing (teaching our granddaughters), I plan to continue selling patterns in my Etsy shop.  I really enjoy the Pattern Patter Team - it's a wonderful community of like-minded people!  I feels good to keep these wonderful patterns with their lovely illustrations out there for people to enjoy rather than seeing them be tossed and forgotten.  It's especially heart-warming to come across a pattern that I actually sewed and wore as a teenager in the late 60's and early 70's!

Deb with her adorable grandson! 
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Necklines, Part IV

We don't consider how many choices we have when it comes to necklines Parts I through III each featured five different necklines. In this installment, I have five more to share. There will be a Part V with the final four!

Vogue Patterns Magazine
 September/October 1976


The Surplice Neckline has been a favorite for decades. Proper fit is essential when choosing this neckline since it isn't just a neckline, it involves the entire bodice. That alone makes it the perfect sewing project.  Below are just a few gorgeous examples of patterns that have Surplice Necklines. I chose to show the style over the decades.
 For example, the iconic Diane von Furstenberg Wrap dress was created 30 years ago and is still popular today.
         McCall 7490                   Advance 9362                Butterick 6752              Vogue 7820
        RetroMonkeys              DesignRewindFashions      PatternsFromThePast         SewBohemian



The One Shoulder Neckline is a great style for evening gowns and summer tops. This style has remained popular through the decades as it makes a dramatic statement.

             Vogue 7528                        McCall 6807                     Vogue 1702                McCall's 7156
            by Anne8865                      by Fancywork                  by DesignRewind        by PatternsNew2U


By itself a camisole is the perfect solution for hot summer afternoons. Add a jacket for cool evenings and one dress can transition from daytime to evening with ease. The camisole starts a lingerie and finishes as a business blouse under a suit. Below are 3 examples of camisoles with and without a jacket. 

            New Look 6964                                 Vogue 2618                             Butterick 6093
           ThePatternSource                                Vogue Vixens                            PinkPolkaDot


The Funnel Neckline isn't the most common or the most popular of the myriad of choices. However, it had it's day in the sun. During the mid to late 1960's, the Funnel neckline was fairly common. Similar to a mock turtleneck but a little bit more streamlined. It is often paired with raglan sleeves. 

                 McCall's 2755                                    McCall's 9426                             Simplicity 7161
                     Jantiki                                              ViennasGrace                               CloesCloset

The Gathered neckline, was a challenge. Finding examples was more difficult than I expected. I Tried to stick to the high neckline. Below are 3 examples. A 1950's Dress, 1940's Blouse, and a 1980's Dress. The 1980's dress is what I would call a paper bag neckline. 


                Simplicity 2181                               Advance 4277                                     Simplicity 9823
                  Sydcam123                                  FriskyScissors                                     MonkeyandFriends