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Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: Colour choices
« on: June 24, 2017, 22:11:32 PM »
Wren, I  sympathise! I am re-visiting patchwork chair covers in the most horrible fabric.

I'm sure you'll make it work.  The excellent advice I got on here, means that I am going to have something acceptable at last.

Good luck!


Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: It's like triangles all over again
« on: June 24, 2017, 21:46:38 PM »
I love the middle one too!

Well done you, they are all lovely!


In the wardrobe / Re: Share your sewing inspiration/plans
« on: June 24, 2017, 11:27:43 AM »
I have just seen a lovely shirt dress in a charity shop in town, and it's going on the list.  Black and white lace, with black shoulder pieces and black collar, the placket was white.  It was one of the 'high end' charity shops, and I would have bought it, but it was made for a stick insect.  :(

Must check out the lace stash.....


Current Projects / Re: I want to do a 'Disappearing 9 patch'
« on: June 24, 2017, 11:24:00 AM »
I did a couple more blacks last night, and spent the evening cutting daisies from yardage - made an awful mess!  Got some more supplies this morning, so things should zip along a little faster - talking about zips - I forgot to buy them, so I'll have to have a root to see if anything I've already got will work.... Velcro at a push.... or, Buttons!!  I've got loads, and the buttonholer is all set up!!  Result.


Today... / Re: Saturday 24th June
« on: June 24, 2017, 11:08:33 AM »
Rats!!  Just come back from town with a lovely haul of Lace and trimmings for DD's seat covers - but forgot the Zips, and, even worse I lost £20!

Hmmm, not the best start to the weekend ..... :S


Today... / Re: Saturday 24th June
« on: June 24, 2017, 08:51:36 AM »
Cool, overcast and breezy.  No gardening, too damp, so sewing is on the agenda!  :)

Got to buy some embellishments for DD's cushions today, and I'll hopefully finish the Pworking bit over the weekend.  Only found one half of the pattern I drew though....


Vintage Machines / Re: The Cam Thread
« on: June 23, 2017, 16:37:02 PM »
I only remember having one machine with removable cams, and I can't remember which it is! It might be the Newhome/Janome, I'll check.....

The 611g has fixed metal cams, and although I've tried, I can't get them out.

Great idea though, there are all shapes and sizes out there.


The Haberdashery / Re: making pattern weights
« on: June 23, 2017, 12:18:43 PM »
Brenda, changing the layout is far easier with weights than with pins.  Just move them out of the way and re-arrange the pattern pieces.

I do still use pins, as I like to keep the pattern pieces and fabric pieces together after they have been cut.


Fun with Fabric / Re: Left over chiffon...
« on: June 23, 2017, 12:15:35 PM »
That is beautiful fabric Syrinx, and would make a lovely shirt.  A nice big floaty one....

Or even a maxi dress - lined of course.


The Cafe / Re: The Rant Thread
« on: June 23, 2017, 10:24:20 AM »
I didn't go to the hairdresser for nearly 2 years after the trainee used a permanent, all-over colour on my hair!  At £60+ a time I thought that was punishment enough, although it really did upset me as I really like the colour of my hair (vain, I know...)

I made sure they knew when I eventually went back, and a very nice job indeed was done this time.


In the wardrobe / Looking for McCalls 4007
« on: June 23, 2017, 10:14:10 AM »
I've found this pattern which will be perfect to make for my hols, but, a) it's OOP, and b) the ones I have found, have had ridiculous postal charges.

So, if any of you have this pattern and would like to sell, or know where I can find it, please give me a shout.


Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: It's like triangles all over again
« on: June 23, 2017, 09:40:42 AM »
Rubes, what a shame!  I've been doing the D9P and loving it, but then I'm a bit casual and not too concerned as long as the whole lots doesn't fall apart!  ;)

Don't be so hard on yourself, I'm sure it's something simple that's going wrong - maybe even in the instructions.

Have you tried using different fabric?  Or adding a smidge to the starting block?

If all else fails, try the red stuff  :toast:,  and get back to it tomorrow!

Sending calming thoughts


What a nice jacket! I'm sure it's not your size girls....  ;)


The Cafe / Re: I married a magpie
« on: June 23, 2017, 08:55:44 AM »
OH is also a bit of a nightmare, but I agree, you do lose the moral high ground a bit when every orifice is filled with sewing machines and sewing paraphernalia!

Old furniture, clocks, radios, music centres (remember those?), fishing gear, even an old freezer - I've got a garage full of it!

I'd swap it for a couple of old sewing machines any day......  ;) :) :D


The Haberdashery / Re: making pattern weights
« on: June 23, 2017, 08:48:29 AM »
I use old glass moisturiser pots filled with buttons.  I use a lot of moisturiser (it's my age), and hated throwing the pots away. 

Best thing about them?  They're a good weight, smooth, free, and it keeps them out of the landfill.


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