Archives 12/2-12/15 2005-2010

I bet you thought I forgot (wouldn’t blame you) about the giveaway of the pattern book I reviewed but I didn’t. With several hundred entries, I finally had the time to collate the data, print out each person’s name (for however many times they entered) to create the slips for the drawing. And Mr. Fashion-Incubator pulled one lucky name out of the lot:


So our lucky winner is Sylvia Cox. Congratulations Sylvia! Now there only remains one difficulty -that of finding the book because I seem to have misplaced it. It’s always something, no?

Okay, now I have to go back to work. Like most of you, I have major mega chores pending with the upcoming holiday in addition to the usual stuff. In the meantime I’ll leave you with the weekly archives post -actually two weeks worth since I didn’t post last weekend.  And again, this is just for this time period over the past seven years; there are more on the archives page which lists every entry ever published on this site. Hope your weekend is great.

December 2, through December 15, 2005
The crisis of Kaizen
Project Kaizen: Monday
A cutter’s must
Project Kaizen: Tuesday
Manufacturing in Canada pt 4
Industrial sewing machines pt 2
Project Kaizen: Wednesday
A cutter’s must pt 2
How blocks work
Project Kaizen: Thursday
PN numbers
Project Kaizen: Friday
Jews and the garment industry
Hiring a PR firm
Project Kaizen: Summary
Hiring a PR firm pt 2
Bra pattern making
A question of men and women
Knits are evil
Pattern puzzle: Julian & Sophie
You have got to see this
Batch product development

December 2, through December 15, 2006

Fix this: mitten contest
Pattern Puzzle: Bert Simons
Fix this: mitten contest pt 2
Fashion contests and full service manufacturing
Production planning: girls denim line
CAD collar drafting videos
10 reasons for skipped stitches
The Evans Group
Apparel Manufacturing Handbook
10 reasons for skipped stitches pt.2
Fix this: mitten contest pt 3
NASA’s sizing problem

December 2, through December 15, 2007
Overcoming fear of exposure
Why fashion colleges don’t teach entrepreneurship
A shameless solicitation
Reading 12/4/07
Investing in a clothing line
News from you 12/6/07
Pattern corrections you shouldn’t pay for 1
Pattern corrections you should pay for 1
Drawstrings and Child Safety

December 2, through December 15, 2008
CPSIA: Confusion run amok
CPSIA: Losing credibility
CPSIA: Splintering the cause serves no one
How to hire a pattern maker pt. 48
CPSIA and Small Manufacturers

December 2, through December 15, 2009
The best technical software for small companies
How to fix production problems with production managers
Recalibration, fast vs slow fashion, something to offend everyone
Pattern Puzzle: Sunny Fong
Slow vs Fast Fashion pt.1
Now this is hand sewing pt.2
Promising news in textiles

December 2, through December 15, 2010
Paying commissions for referrals pt.2
Graphic Design while you wait
Intuition and trust
Do you know when you’re on the wrong path? pt.2
Refine My Line: Asymmetrical Wrap Dress
Refine My Line: Asymmetrical Wrap Dress pt.2

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  1. Theresa in Tucson says:

    Giggle. Misplacing things in our household is referred to as “hiding your own Easter eggs.” Yesterday I misplaced the cat. In my defense, I had help, since she is incurably nosy when it comes to an opening door.

  2. Kathleen says:

    How can you lose a cat? I can see us losing one, we have so many…

    Speaking of cats, can’t remember if it was here or on the forum but someone (you?) mentioned that in their household, having a cat on your lap was referred to as being “catlapped” and was considered a justifiable disability in that others had to get up to answer the door, the phone, find the remote or whatever. We use that all the time now. Problem is, both of us are often catlapped at the same time…

  3. Julie says:

    Congratulations to Sylvia. I’ll have to go and place my Amazon order for the book now.

    BTW Kathleen, I’ve noticed that most bloggers use the random number generator at to pick the winner of a giveaway. Just put in the total number of comments, and give away to the one the generator picks. Much easier than cutting up pieces of paper. If I ever find anything worthwhile to give away that’s how I’ll be picking.

  4. Congrats to Sylvia!

    I sometimes wish that my cat would choose for me to be “catlapped.” He only wants love on his terms, and most of the time, “his terms” means at the bathroom sink while he lets water pour onto his head. The catch, here, is that you have to watch him. If you walk out on him, he gets upset.

  5. Kathleen says:

    Is he all black? Black cats tend to be weird. Or maybe partial? British short hairs (“tuxedo cats”) like water. But then, british short hairs tend to be the friendliest and most even tempered cats. My old lady cat – a british short hair- loved sitting in the sink with water dripping on her. Back when she wasn’t so old and fat she could still jump in the sink.

    We have one black cat who never catlaps us. He is xenophobic -look that up (we call him the autisticat). He can’t handle the stimulation of being petted normally but he loves to have his face petted. He also likes finger petting. I got the idea for that because he likes being groomed by the other cats and one finger is about the width of a cat’s tongue. He will cuddle up along side my legs but that is usually cause for concern because he gets very angry if I move and hit me.

    Cats are so weird, I don’t know why I have so many. Or maybe that’s why I do. Like attracts like.

  6. Quincunx says:

    Our kitties thought that bathroom time WAS catlapping time. A matched pair of cats can perform some surprising feats of cooperative mayhem, especially in regards to doors, the shutting of, and rooms, the exclusion of cats from.

  7. Theresa in Tucson says:

    The cat was not misplaced for long. She had scampered into the shop without me realizing it when I went to take out the wheelbarrows. I spent a worried night and she spent a chilly one until I thought to check all the outbuildings just in case. Didn’t think of it before ’cause I didn’t remember opening up any of them, hence the “hiding your own Easter eggs” comment.

    My old black cat finally passed away this fall but he was an odd one. He enjoyed being patted like a dog. He was always very skittish around everyone but us. The sound of a strange voice would send him running for cover and he had lousy house manners which eventually got him evicted. He peacefully spent his last days napping under the shade of the grapefruit tree which is where we buried him.

  8. Ike is not a black cat…he’s a Heinz 57 (that’s what we call a mutt, in the south). He’s grey and black striped with some white on his chest and stomach. Before he became two ton Annie, you could make out a perfect tuxedo vest on his underbelly. He is not xenophobic, at all! He loves new people, but they can only pet him for a minute…one second too long, and he’ll let you know. Once, a videographer came to my house, to do an interview, and he climbed into her oversized purse and started pulling out her belongings. I have heard others, at the vet, say that that type of tabby is usually crazy. Even at age 10, he has his tasmanian devil episodes almost every day! He is a weird one, but that’s how I like ’em.

  9. kay says:

    I once lost a cat in a locked car. I’d taken her to the vet for her shots, using my shiny new driver’s license — back in those days, I don’t think we’d ever heard of cat carriers. Anyhow, I stopped at the grocery store, locking her in the car. Got back with the milk and — no Kelly. Kitty-kittied her all over the parking lot; took everything out of the seats and looked under them, no cat. Started to drive home to get a flashlight so I could return and search more and thought to pop the glovebox. Yup, she’d gotten up under the dashboard and dropped into the glovebox.

    A couple of years later, I got home from work and mom ran out to meet me to tell me that she’d just killed my cat. Seemed that she’d started the car, heard a thump, shut the car back off, and a black streak took off for the trees. Kelly returned an hour or so later, one side totally scalped by the fan blade, but otherwise uninjured. She spent a couple of months walking around with the shaved side to the wall (she’d walk all the way around a room to keep that side from being exposed), but recovered. Never left the house again voluntarily, though. The car did not survive so well… the thump was apparently one of the bolts holding the battery in place; the battery rattled loose and shorted against the car body, which fried the alternator.

  10. Sylvia Cox says:

    Hello, Everyone,
    This is my first post on the forums. Finally getting my life together after returning to (and completing!) a university clothing design program as a non-trad student.
    Sincere thanks to Kathleen for the book. It’s a great resource. In fact I’ve used it this weekend for some problem solving on a new blouse design.
    Looking forward to becoming active on the forum and meeting all of you.

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