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The Cafe / Re: Gift for a pro
« on: Today at 01:09:01 »
Is she an animal lover? If yes, you could into Elizabeth Hartman's designs. I love her mordern quilting aestetics and am lusting after a dogs in sweathers quilt (I'll probably make a cushion for my grand nephew, he alsready has the hedgehog quilt and fox cushions). You can personalise and custumise the designs ro your heart's content, even with specs  :)

http://ohfransson.bigcartel.com

Disclosure, I'm. Tailor and I'd love to have a quilting friend that makes me a personalised lap quilt and maybe a cushion cover or two to go with it  ;)

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My SIL is in the USA at the moment..... I think a little parcel from Marcy might just find its way into her suitcase!
Good thinking  :)
Luckily there is no such thing as VAT in Hong Kong, hence we don't get slapped with those extra charges when getting things from overseas.

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Surestitch  Living in Hong Kong, finding beautiful and reasonably priced fabric is really easy. I'm off to the fabric market with a pupil of mine on Tuesday....
When it comes to internet shopping, I love what Marcy Tilton and EmmaOneSock have to offer.

I finished another shirt dress, this time I incorporated the front placket into a pleat at the center front (a new thing for me), and really like that. I'll play around with stripes again next week, and do another version of that with pleat and seam.
I always wanted a gingham dress with a large (2"/5cm) check, so here it is  :D


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In the wardrobe / Re: Share your sewing inspiration/plans
« on: Yesterday at 00:24:49 »
Manuela, the tweed is very interesting, isn't it too hot for where you are?
Can I ask what are you studying, surely you know everything that there is to know about sewing?

The tweed is too lightweight for a jacket, so once quilted onto silk lining it should be ok for a loose fitting dress.
One can never know enough about sewing  :D I try new techniques all the time. but I'm not studying anything sewing related. I got an offer for the University of Sunderland's PGCE course, and am in the fortunate position that my school supports me. My boss is my mentor, and my teching practice will be in our textile department - courses for year 10 and 11.

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In the wardrobe / Re: Share your sewing inspiration/plans
« on: June 24, 2017, 14:52:09 PM »
Fabulous, lots of dresses and a Chanel jacket to feast our eyes on.
I am also pondering about how to create something like this, I love the dip dye effect and the Japanese inspired applique/embroidery. It's one of Tom Ford's early works for Gucci.

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In the wardrobe / Share your sewing inspiration/plans
« on: June 24, 2017, 02:27:34 AM »
One more week of school until the summer break, so I see a lot of sewing going on in my sewing room before the reality of working and studying hits me. Ever since I saw Chanel's last cruise collection, I've been lusting after a tweed/boucle dress (or two  :devil:), and already identified two Linton fabrics that have been marinating for a year or two....
I have the fabric in two colour-ways, white with pink as posted as well as black with pink...
What are you planning/dreaming of/scheming to make?

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The Cafe / Re: I married a magpie
« on: June 22, 2017, 14:08:56 PM »
Ha ha, I can relate to that. Mr Manuela was most definitely a squirrel in a former life  :devil:

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Fun with Fabric / Re: What have you bought?
« on: June 22, 2017, 12:35:49 PM »
this is what I got when I went to shop for a zip
Red powder touch crepe for a dress. Pink is a viscose
the cream is a viscose
Omg, I loooooooove the dragonfly fabric  :loveit:

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The Cafe / Re: Back to university
« on: June 21, 2017, 09:53:15 AM »
Thank you everybody for the kind wishes.

Elephun, after the absolutely rotten year 2016 was for me, this year has so far been wonderful. Got over last year's illness, new job, our place in Thailand, etc.
Can you imagine, I even get paid to go scuba diving in the Philippines in November  :D I couldn't believe it when the trip leader chose me to accompany the group when a lot more students than expected signed up for it. It probably helps that I'm a qualified rescue diver, but with me being new and all   :D

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Fun with Fabric / Re: What have you bought?
« on: June 20, 2017, 23:57:59 PM »
Panels should be no problem, as long as the hem is straight.  :)

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In the wardrobe / Re: Summer dresses - share what you make/made
« on: June 20, 2017, 23:18:40 PM »
Thank you everybody  :D
My dresses are getting worn all the time, I work in the Textiles department in a secondary school - the perfect job for me, and the kids can see what possibilities are there once they mastered some basic skills. Many come after class to work on their own projects, and a number of girls want to make their own prom dresses next year.

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Vintage Machines / Re: It is wonderful!
« on: June 20, 2017, 15:56:45 PM »
I have a number of Singer buttonholers - Professional, Autopilot, as well as the one for low shank straight stitch machines and the one without templates - and am more than happy with the buttonholes they make.
Here one done with the Singer Professional Buttonholer in contrast colour (inspired by the red buttonhole I made on Mr Manuel's Sherlock coat)




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In the wardrobe / Re: Summer dresses - share what you make/made
« on: June 20, 2017, 15:44:03 PM »
I finally decided on the first garment to make from the denim lace, I bought quite a bit as I want to make a trench coat from it as well  :devil:
This time I used collar and neck gole of Vogue 1515 on my TNT pattern, I could have lengthened the Vogue top into a dress, but I'm happy with the fit I achieved with my pattern, so why change a winnig formula  ;)
I slanted the hem toward both side seams (a bit like the envelope picture of Vogue 9112) - I found quirky hem lines go well with flat shoes and sandals.


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Fun with Fabric / Re: What have you bought?
« on: June 20, 2017, 15:08:18 PM »
I have been looking for ages for some border print fabric as I want to try and make a semi fitted dress (on the top) with a half/three quarter circle skirt..found some on e-bay...very very pleased with it...180cm wide and 3 metres length for £16...it was one of those bidding things...first time I have bid for anything (I had guidance from my daughter)....

It's a soft drapey/stretch material (sorry, don't know the technical term as I am still at the stage of describing...I know what cotton and poplin look like now!!)

I order it on Sunday and it arrived today....

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Beautiful fabric Emma, I love black & white, and I love butterflies.
Given that this is a border print, you might want to rethink the circle skirt idea though  :)

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The Cafe / Re: Back to university
« on: June 19, 2017, 16:06:05 PM »
Thank you everybody, I am still giddy. When Mr Manuela came home from work, he found me laughing and crying at the same time. When he asked me if I'd like a new MacBook for the course (mine is from 2010 and is mostly used for downloading, streaming and watching TV), I sobbed 'Yes, a pink one please"  :D
Just that you know how much this means to me, I wanted to become a teacher ever since I was a teenager. However, growing up in East Germany, this door was closed right in front of me for political reasons (my brother tried to leave, and was caught and imprisoned). So I became a tailor, worked and studied hard to become a master tailor and then worked for 20+ years in the fashion industry. After leaving the 'rag trade' (as it is called here) I did a BA in Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese), graduated in 2014. Initially I wanted to become a language teacher (the only possible PGCE in Hong Kong), until the school I work for convinced me to apply at Sunderland and do what I love.  :D

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