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In the wardrobe / Re: Changes to "In The Wardrobe"
« on: January 10, 2018, 16:33:11 PM »
Love the Members diary board.

Just have to get my thinking cap on and get my a@@@ in gear.

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In the wardrobe / Re: Dressmaking for (Dummies) Beginners
« on: January 10, 2018, 16:25:56 PM »
I would also recommend a great book not only for beginners but also for when you become a bit more advanced, it’s Alison Smiths The Sewing Book.

I use Burda paper to trace off patterns https://www.amazon.co.uk/Burda-Tissue-Paper-Dressmaking-110x150cm/dp/B01N0487NR

Good luck and remember we are all willing to help

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The Cafe / Re: this is where I went wrong...
« on: January 10, 2018, 13:35:53 PM »
Oh dear  ><


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The Cafe / Re: Printers
« on: January 09, 2018, 18:22:29 PM »
I’ve got an HP Envy, which was quite cheap and pay £1.99 per month for ink. Pleased so far.

I think most printers are cheap these days as they make their money on ink.

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Technical Help / Re: What's this fitting problem please?
« on: January 08, 2018, 21:18:51 PM »
If the good advice you’ve been given doesn’t work have a read through this http://www.threadsmagazine.com/2008/11/02/to-get-the-right-armhole-fit-the-bodice

The back doesn’t look right to me from the photo, it looks too wide, but it maybe just the photo.

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The Cafe / Re: Clappers
« on: January 05, 2018, 16:57:12 PM »
The first is a clapper

The second is a tailors board, which you can use as a clapper and also has edges for collars and seams.

I don’t have a clapper but the tailors board is really useful. My vote would go for one of these. You can use a block of pine as a clapper.

Posted same time as JP

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The Haberdashery / Re: Waistband Interfacing
« on: January 03, 2018, 22:21:37 PM »
I have Kenton trimmings book marked for Ban roll http://www.kentontrimmings.co.uk/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=82_84_207&products_id=415

I’ve not used it, but I think the link came from Morgan on the old site. I don’t know how it compares to peters ham, but I agree the Vilene slotted waistband is rubbish for folding during wear.

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The Cafe / Re: Sewing and varifocals
« on: January 03, 2018, 14:41:14 PM »
I too wear Varifocals, but find I have to take them off for close work or unpicking dark fabrics, even in good light. When machine sewing I don’t really move my head much, just looking ahead to the machine and down. It maybe they need adjusting or perhaps you’ve started to wear them in a different position?

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The Haberdashery / Re: Irons
« on: December 28, 2017, 11:16:43 AM »
I have a now obsolete Murphy Richards steam iron. It’s heavy and has good steam. I did buy a replacement as the base was damaged by fusible facings. The replacement has auto turn off. This is useless for both normal ironing and pressing. It turns off quickly and spews water when placed on the fabric because it’s lost heat  :devil:

I found some iron cleaner on Amazon and now my old iron is good as new. My citeria is it has to be heavy, so always handle before I buy. I was also watching a tailor on YouTube and he used dry heat and a paint brush and water. He’d dip the paint brush in water and “paint” the seam, shaking excess water first. For larger areas he’d use a damp pressing cloth.

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The Cafe / Re: 2018 Sewing Plans
« on: December 26, 2017, 17:15:41 PM »
My plan is stash busting, although my resolve might be tested as due to go to Goldhawk Road in January with my sewing group :ninja:

I’m making Vogue 9280 in a triple crepe. The main dress is navy and the cuffs and collar in magenta/fuschia. Our sewing group is part of U3A and we’ve arranged for the photographic group to do a photo shoot for us.

I also have the Lisette coat pattern and fabric from my stash, together with a coat already cut out. I was waiting to learn how to speed tailor it and have now got the Alison Smith Craftsy course, so no excuse to prevaricate any longer.

Perhaps we could have a sew a long for stash busting too.

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Access All Accessories / Re: Two small bags
« on: December 11, 2017, 17:59:10 PM »
Impressive, bet they’ll be really pleased.

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Today... / Re: Even snowier Monday 11th December
« on: December 11, 2017, 17:56:43 PM »
Would love to see photo when finished, really like the wood burner.

Really miserable here today, heavy rain and windy. Dogs wouldn’t even venture outside  :devil: :devil:
No snow, just hoping will be able to visit my Aunt in Bedford tomorrow.

Decks up, all presents bought, writing cards tonight and just baking to do. Never been this organised!!

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The Cafe / Re: Favourite Christmas film?
« on: December 07, 2017, 22:41:37 PM »
Has to be Sound of Music for me.  :ninja:  Just love singing along to it, much to the annoyance of my Mum when I was growing up and now my OH. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of yodelling in the Lonely Goatherd and How do you solve a problem like Maria.

Also like 101 Dalmations,Home Alone and Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim. OH likes Miracle on 34th Street with Richard Attenborough.

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In the wardrobe / Re: Birthday shirt
« on: December 07, 2017, 18:24:21 PM »
Ah I shall look out for that if there is a next time as he would like it less floppy (no I'm not talking about birthday suits  0_0)

Great shirt. I got some fusible cotton interfacing for collars from World of Sewing in TW. If you want sew-in Tailormouse has some online.

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Technical Help / Re: FBA on assemetrical fron
« on: December 07, 2017, 14:36:16 PM »
I’ve not done an FBA on dart like this before, so this is just an idea. Hopefully some who has done one before will be along soon.

I would be tempted initially to cut the pattern to your actual bust size and adjust the upper bust area on the neck line, taking out the excess in a slash down the centre front of the pattern. Probably a toile just of the bodice might be a good idea.

Otherwise you would have to do a FBA on both sides, closing the dart on the non dart side and transferring excess to the darts/gathers on the other side.

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