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Carolyn de Leeuw
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I am an awesome:
I live in Calgary Alberta Canada and am married with two small boys (5 and 3 years). I have been sewing since junior high school, but really got into it about 10 years ago. I sew belly dance, theatre and halloween costumes as well as clothing, bags and whatever takes my fancy.
My sewing interests are:
garment, drapery, home decor, upholstery, quilting
My sewing machine(s):
Brand-spanking new Janome serger, new Husky Emerald 116 - LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!
I am interested in patterns such as:
I'm not fussy. I often alter patterns or don't completely follow the instructions so it doesn't matter too much.

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Modifying and partially re-drafting a pattern

Posted on September 6, 2008 at 7:02pm 4 Comments

I just finished modifying and partially re-drafting a pattern for a two-piece dance set, in 5 sizes. Wow, was that ever a lot of work with so many problems to solve. First, copying the original pattern in all 5 sizes. Then, deciding where to make changes, doing all the calculations (again, for 5 sizes). Finally, making sure everything matches...yikes, I admire people who do this from scratch! Hats off to you all.

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At 6:15pm on December 13, 2009, Patricia W. Tingley said…
Carolyn, your dance costumes show your love for the dance and the beautiful flow of cloth when stitched so well!
Our Activities Director here at Cherry Ridge belongs to a Belly Dancing Group and they came here for a program and a chance to dance with them. ASome of us will be taking classes in January. I'm so glad because it is an activity I have really wanted to do. So, life does start at 80!!
At 10:24pm on September 3, 2009, Carla Jordet said…
Hi Carolyn,

Yes i did receive your package. Thanks so much for the material and especially the matching thread for the pink cord. I've already got plans for the fabric, now just to find the time to sew it up. The pink cord is destined to be pants for my 2yr old daughter - she really likes pink!!
I'll post pics once its completed.

Thanks again, Carla
At 11:51am on September 2, 2009, Francoise DUARTE said…
Thank you Carolyn this is very nice. My daughter just have another baby and since we leave toghther, I have no more time to sew. But I'll try harder because I love to sew and I need to sew more. I feel happy when I create and I mess it a lot....
At 7:27pm on April 26, 2009, Chris McDonald said…
Hi Carolyn,
Sorry, I think I stuffed up and sent Christina an email from your wall. Do you think she will still get it??

At 7:15pm on April 26, 2009, Chris McDonald said…
Will do right away.
Hope you have a good day.

At 3:08am on April 26, 2009, Chris McDonald said…
Thanks Carolyn - yes they are the first grand children on both sides, so I can only imagine how spoiled they will be.

Don't worry about the swap - if it happens it happens.

Many thnks for your help.

At 9:04pm on April 25, 2009, Chris McDonald said…

No, nothing yet...I'll wait for a few more days and if I don't hear from her, there's not a lot I can do.... I tried to add a photo of the twins a few hours after birth, but I don't know if it is ok. Talk to you soon. Chris
At 11:06am on April 22, 2009, Chris McDonald said…
Thanks Carolyn. Hope everything is OK.
On Sunday my mother in law passed away but I became a grandma to beautiful twin girls on Monday. Talk about sorrow and joy...
Talk to you soon.
At 1:07am on April 22, 2009, Chris McDonald said…
Hi Carolyn,
I have been in touch with her 4 times - the last being the 13th, when I asked her to forward her postal address....maybe she has been busy and not been abe to get back yet.
At 7:51pm on April 21, 2009, Chris McDonald said…
Hi Carolyn,
Christina has not sent me her postal details yet....time is running out...what do I do?

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