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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.


Current Projects / I want to do a 'Disappearing 9 patch'
« on: June 20, 2017, 09:35:20 AM »
Peeping round the corner to the Dark Side, and wondering if I'll come out quilted!  :)

I saw this particular design on here, and fell in love with it, I think Brenda posted it:

DD has asked me (again), to re-cover a nursing chair for her.  I promised to do it a while ago, and had the cushions cut to fit, but we couldn't agree on the patchwork design, and she threw a throw over it.  ><

This time, I want it finished.  New baby is on the way, and she'll need a nursing chair.

I just need some advice about arranging the squares, and how many colours to stick to for a block.

Any advice will be welcome!


A Good Yarn / Caterpillar Crochet
« on: June 14, 2017, 09:10:02 AM »
Totally random project started when my Vogue dress project stalled.

I've wanted to do a Very Hungry Caterpillar blanket for our new GS (due soon), but I couldn't find a pattern I liked. 

So, a C to C blanket has been embarked on - I know, I've done a few!  ;)

This time however, my intention is to add a sort of hood, with the Caterpillar face on it.  Mainly white, with four primary colours - red, yellow, green and blue, with the hood in red.

I tried to crochet a caterpillar motif, but I couldn't find a decent pattern and my own efforts were a disaster.  I did find a lovely one, but the website is relatively new, and Ben hasn't had chance to put patterns up yet, as he is travelling.  Here's a link though, worth a look:

Any suggestions will be gratefully recieved!


The Cafe / I'm a Needle Dodger!
« on: June 13, 2017, 16:38:37 PM »
I heard this on a Radio 4 quiz yesterday, and forgot about it until now.  Apparently, it is another word for a Seamstress!

Who'da thunk.....  ;)

Never heard it before, and sort of wondering if I mis-heard (it wouldn't have been the first time)


The Cafe / Just time for a quickie...
« on: June 10, 2017, 09:01:57 AM »
Not had chance to sew the Vogue dress yet, but I had bought some lovely baby fabric last week and was wondering what to make with it.  I had some thinking time (while I was working), and I remembered a quick self bordered 'receiving blanket' as the Americans call it.

There's a tutorial here:

Fabric came from my usual local outlet, and is apparently a special print someone requested and never returned for.  I don't know if that's true, but it's lovely quality, and I think Swallows and Amazons.

So, hopefully, I'll be knocking a couple of these out, before starting to sew the Vogue dress.  :)


Patterns & Fitting / V1395 Rebecca Taylor
« on: June 08, 2017, 09:59:18 AM »
This is a pattern that I bought from Fran.  It looks just my style - if a little short.  I'll be making the first iteration in a totally man made fabric that I've had for years (and years).  I've already made a top in it, so I know it's easy to sew.

I need to trace, then lengthen the pattern (rotten knees), and check for any alterations first, but hopefully, I'll get cut out before I leave work.


The Cafe / Normal Service Resumed...
« on: June 08, 2017, 08:54:10 AM »
After the quarterly drama that is the VAT Return, I'm done!  Finished and paid at 5.30 last night, and as per usual, if it could go wrong, it did.  However, each time I do one, I notice the effect it has on my ability to cope with normal life.

Straightforward sewing had me stumped, and panic set in.  Thinking about it, I shouldn't even think about anything beyond straight seams during the week before the return is due. 

I'm sure I must be a VAT bore, but it's really challenging, mainly because of the deadline - we get fined if we're late.

Anyone else have challenges which disrupt normal life?  Any solutions?  How do the rest of you deal with the stress?


Patterns & Fitting / Fitting and ease
« on: June 05, 2017, 11:10:10 AM »
Or something else completely? ....

I've made a few garments lately, and tbh, getting a bit disheartened by the results.  Sometimes the shoulders are huge, sometimes the body looks like a ship in sail, sometimes the sleeves are too tight, sometimes too long, sometimes too short...

How do I figure out what is ease, what is just too big, and what is a design feature?

On one pattern I made recently using my measurements, I was a size 16, but the shoulders were about 3" too wide.  I've just measured up for a Vogue pattern, and that is coming up as a size 22!  Go figure!

Any tips for getting a good looking garment?


Tutorials / What is a toile?
« on: June 02, 2017, 09:05:26 AM »
Firstly, this isn't a tutorial, but more like a gathering of ideas.  I wasn't sure which category it fitted in, so Mods, feel free to move it.

I must point out that I am self-taught, and as such, my teacher is often mis-informed.  This post is simply my ideas of the uses of a Toile/Muslin.

A Toile

This is something I came across late in my sewing life, and thought unnecessary and time consuming for a long, long time.

However, when I started to want better fitted and finished garments, the need for a toile became apparent.  I didn't call it that, wouldn't even recognise it as a toile, but that's what it was.  Essentially, for me, it is a practice garment, either full or partial, to test techniques, fit, and style.

When I sew directly from the packet, I have no real idea of how the garment will look on me.  There is usually only a stick insect model, or line drawings to inform me, maybe a few notes, hidden away in the tissue.

So, sometimes a Toile is used as a fitting tool.  This is great, because you then make your alterations on it, and use it as your pattern. For complex garments I believe several Toiles are sometimes made.

Then, the partial Toile.  I use this when there is a tricky bit to master eg shirt cuff, collar, placket.  In this case, I wouldn't do a full Toile, just the relevant bit.  It also gives me chance to try the techniques recommended on the pattern, against techniques I have tried before, and I think may work better.

Finally, the Wearable Toile.  I may do one of these if I'm relatively confident that the pattern is OK, but I don't yet want to commit the final fabric to.  Many Wearable Toiles have turned out to be equally as nice as the intended garment.  Some have been consigned to Toile heaven.....

I would love to hear your ideas of a toile to add to my knowledge, and hopefully those of the forum.  If I have erred, please feel free to correct me, and give your own understanding.

Look forward to hearing from you.  :)


Vintage Machines / Hevsi's Website link
« on: June 01, 2017, 15:08:40 PM »
I was reminded of this on another thread, and thought it worth a thread of its own.  Such a lot of good, in-depth information here, especially identifying attachments.

Unfortunately, Hevsi isn't a member here, but she was a very valuable member of TSF, with a huge knowledge of vintage machines.

I'm sure that new and old vintage owners will find something on this blog, unfortunately, I don't think it is current, but the information is still excellent.


Patterns & Fitting / Simplicity 1561
« on: June 01, 2017, 09:14:55 AM »
I was soooo daring last night!  I cut out this pattern, instead of tracing   :devil:

It only cost me £1, so I wasn't too bothered.  There's a nice gathered top on it, (these seem to be all the rage) which I thought DD would like, so last night I made a toile.  Finished it at 6 this morning (rough sleep), and just need to insert the elastic, then I can check the size.

I had an idea that I could alter this into one of those tops with the frill around the top, - I made one for myself several centuries ago :)

Anyone made anything off this pattern?  It seems very easy, and lots of nightwear variations.


Patterns & Fitting / Bootstrap for Curvy Girls
« on: May 30, 2017, 12:05:57 PM »
Youtube video showing how to measure for these custom fit patterns.


Patterns & Fitting / iCandy Handmade, Free T Shirt pattern
« on: May 30, 2017, 09:36:04 AM »
Second iteration of this T shirt for me, quite garish, but I like it.  I added some length, as I found the previous pattern a bit short, and I curved the back.  I also added piping at the shoulders, but I should have used matching fabric.  As it was, I used some I already had cut, and it's a bit 'off', same with binding, but no matter, I like it. 

One thing I forgot to do, was to make the armhole larger, so I had to make a small gusset piece under the arms.


The Cafe / It's a bit quiet in the Gallery!
« on: May 27, 2017, 09:04:12 AM »
I know that the easy availability of inserting pics into posts has a lot to do with this, and don't get me wrong, it's a great improvement from the other forum.

But, I think I miss a lot.  I don't routinely browse the DarkSide, so miss some of the beautiful quilts, I don't make a lot of costumes, so unless I'm curious about a topic, I miss some lovely stuff.

Please girls, if you are able, remember we have this great resource, and we should use it.  It was the one single thing which encouraged me, on the other forum, to try my hand at different skills.

So, may I entreat you, in the kindest possible way, to submit some of your work to the Gallery.  Let's see is we can generate a diverse resource to admire and hopefully, aspire to.

(climbs off soap box now)  :)



Patterns & Fitting / Can I make this wider?
« on: May 26, 2017, 10:24:59 AM »
I started making this for the dressup box sometime last year, and for some reason it got overlooked.  We found it last night, and Lilya said that she would like Nana to finish it for her.

So, we tried it on (Lilya has a healthy respect for the pins), and it fit perfectly - except for the circumference!  Fortunately, I hadn't sewn the zip in.

What I would like to know is how easy this will be to correct, or should I start another?  I need a minimum of an inch adding, but the only place I can see to get the extra fabric in, is the back.

Any ideas accepted!


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