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The Cafe / Made a very hard decision today
« on: Yesterday at 17:10:45 »
After many days of tears, we've decided we have to return Lucy the rescue dog.  It's not just the wees and poos on the fortunately-about-to-be-thrown-out carpet, but the effect she has on our Poppypuppydog,  who is constantly trying to play with Lucy and therefore we're telling her off a lot which isn't fair to her.  Also, maybe selfishly, we are missing the fuss we used to get from Poppy, as all her attention is now on Lucy and trying to play with her.  Lucy hasn't really got any better about us touching her, and still won't even move if you put a lead on her.
It's a shame, she's such a sweet tempered dog, but I can't cope with getting no affection back from her.

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Today... / Sunday 26th November 2017
« on: November 26, 2017, 07:18:42 AM »
Sunday morning and I'm wide awake already.  Still in bed, but have had apeep out as I shut the window - it's cold but looks like the sun is about to rise.
Today, we need to shop for stuff to be ready for the new rescue dog, including buying a harness with an extra tummy-strap that we hope she can't get out of.  Apparemtly she's escaped from every harness her foster mum has tried.

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I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Machine bargains at GUR
« on: November 17, 2017, 18:06:37 PM »
Just had an email from GUR and looks like some bargains if anyone is in the market for a machine - here - https://www.gursewingmachines.com/clearance

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In the wardrobe / Butterick 6138
« on: November 12, 2017, 19:14:40 PM »
Following someone's mention of this pattern (sorry, was it Tamnymore??)  I thought I'd buy it.  It appears it's not available now, but I tracked one down in America, very cheap and with postage, still only cost about £12.  :)
It appeared from the pattern envelope that it was a similar length to V9112, so I shortened it across the armholes by and inch, then by 1 1/2 inches a bit below the armholes, then decided I could take a bit more off the bottom if necessary - it's not necessary it seems.  As usual I only had 2 metres of fabric and it called for 3m, but by omitting the binding strips (I'll use black satin bias binding for the neck edge and armholes) and the front facings (I'm using quite a substantial fabric, it'd be too thick with a facing, I'll just turn the front edges in) I had a few centimetres left over, great  :)
It's sewn together, still needs the collar, armholes, hem, front edges, and buttonholes doing, but it looks good, quite pleased with it as a change from my favourite V9112.  I'll post pics when it's done, which may not be tomorrow as the builder will be making a mess again.

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Today... / Sunday 12th November 2017
« on: November 12, 2017, 08:46:58 AM »
Is everyone still in bed?  C'mon, get up, it's lovely and sunny outside  0_0
Today, we is mostly woodworm killing (a bit uncovered in the roof by the builder  :S ), after trip to B&Q to buy the appropriate stuff.

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House Beautiful / Making a pin cushion
« on: November 09, 2017, 16:08:40 PM »
Do you know how hard it is to buy a pin cushion?  Round here it is anyway.  I like a nice stable, heavy, won't-move-when-I-wildly-stab-a-pin-in-it type. 
Pic 1 - A nice little tea light holder, a couple of bits of sponge foam and a curtain fabric sample, that will work.  Hot glue to stick it together I thought. 
Pic 2 - Hmm, so hot glue sticks to neither velvet nor stone.  Tried another glue, no good. 
Pic 3 - Then I thought of superglue, yes!!  One neat, stylish, heavy pin cushion  :)

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In the wardrobe / Interfacing question
« on: November 01, 2017, 16:27:16 PM »
I know there's all sorts of stuff for interfacing coats, but what I actually have is iron on medium (possibly light) weight or iron on heavy weight, so I'm presuming the heavy weight for the wool mix fabric, but is ironing it on going to be ok?  Or shall I just sew it in?  Can I even just sew it in?  I am obviously after a bodge it solution  :D

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In the wardrobe / Tartan/check coat, Vogue 8933 or Butterick 6497...
« on: October 28, 2017, 16:33:49 PM »
I now have the fabric and patterns, so need to make a decision - the nicely detailed Butterick and alter the collar to make it a longer pointed one, or the much simpler, but then possibly a bit shapeless Vogue?  I think I'm leaning toward the Butterick, but will have to make sure it will actually go round my, err, body-where-a-waist-should-be, and my hips.  Whichever I do, it will be slightly longer than hip length, I think...

The fabric is a lovely deep pink on grey, so I think it's calling out for some pink lining?

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In the wardrobe / Vogue 9230 - again
« on: October 24, 2017, 12:31:55 PM »
I said last time I'd never do this pattern again, but I do like the finished garment.  https://jaycotts.co.uk/products/v9230-misses-asymmetrical-hem-high-collar-jackets#.We8kXWiPJPY

The pattern calls for 3.1 metres - I have 2.1m.  There's nothing like being a bit over-ambitious is there?
I did look to see if My Fabrics had some more material, but no joy this time, so a-bodging I will go  0_0
 
I decided I could do away with lots of the strips of facings, including the overlap bit at the waist, that'd reduce the amount needed by lots.
I've ended up recutting the bottom pieces without any pleats or gathers, no overlap for the centre overlap for the back bits, and reducing the length by 2 inches.  It's just squeezing on, although the pockets may have to be made from a different fabric, and I need to squeeze a second collar layer and a front facing, although that can be bodged as just a strip I'm sure.

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In the wardrobe / Coat pattern and fabric help please
« on: October 23, 2017, 12:30:01 PM »
I saw this coat and fell in love - but of course they don't go up to FM sizes (Fu... errrr, Fairly Massive!).
So can anyone help with an online source of fabric - I think it's the colour and the huge size of the checks that I like - and I'll have a search for the pattern - the collar and the rounded fronts are the key things I think.

Oh, you'll need a linky  - https://www.lookagain.co.uk/products/stand-out-check-coat-by-joe-browns/_/A-43E740_10

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Sewing Machines / Beginning to regret buying this machine - possibly...
« on: October 21, 2017, 13:43:57 PM »
I've had nothing but trouble with my Pfaff Expression 4.2 this morning  :angry:
The automatic thread cutter was not working every time, and seemed to be pulling the material too, so I thought it may be time for a clean out under the needle plate.  I was right  :|  However it didn't make much difference.  I then realised that the bobbin was kind of sticking, but put that down to it being nearly empty, and that's better now I've wound a full one - it could of course be the cheap thread too, but then I usually use cheap thread!  Then the needle got stuck in the material (ok, it was, errr, 6(?) layers of babycord, double folded narrow hem at a corner = 6 I think), and the electronic wizardry kept cutting the motor out, then I kept pressing the button to get the needle up and it wouldn't, kept cutting out.  My brain then woke up again and I turned the hand wheel backwards  :|  Next, I repeated this 6 layers trick at the other end and snapped the needle.  Why was I surprised??  I had already done this collar on a denim type material and it had been ok.
Getting annoyed with it now, so have walked away for a few minutes.  Oh, and this is the top where I'd cut two right backs and had to order more material, it just seems destined not to be made  :S
I love all the fancy gizmos of this machine, like the buttons for the presser foot or needle down, and of course the automatic thread cutter, and the super buttonholes, but I did swap back to my Elna the other day and it just stitches so much better and seems much smoother.
Ok, rant over, back to it  :)

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The Cafe / Spot the mistake
« on: October 18, 2017, 16:13:07 PM »
Finished one top, started the next, Vogue 9112 (yes, again) all separate pieces cut right side up.  It was going well until I came to the two back pieces.  Spot what I did wrong...
And no, I don't have enough fabric left to cut another, I'm hoping the website still has some.

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The Cafe / I hate belts on trousers
« on: October 17, 2017, 11:19:15 AM »
Having finally found some straight leg jeans that I can squeeze my tree-trunk legs into fit, I find they also use the very stretchy denim the stretchy way for the waistband.  Well, I don't know about you, but I need something firm and solid to hold these stretchy jeans up (no builders bum here!)  I do dislike belts, they are so fiddly, so I decided to sew a length of ribbon around the waistband (on the outside so it doesn't irritate, and no-one gets to see round my waist, it's always well covered, if not by fat, then by clothing).  The first pair I did, it worked beautifully, the waistband stretched slightly to fit me and the ribbon sewed on easily.  Excellent. I now have three more pairs, this time a different fit, so I cut the ribbon to fit my waist, go to pin it on and find these waistbands are bigger.  Hmm.  And more hmmm.  Then my natural instincts kick in and I bodge it, just shoving the fabric along so it almost gathers but not quite and it fits.  Hurray  :)  Just need it to go cool enough for me to wear jeans again.  :S

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Today... / Sunday 15th October 2017
« on: October 15, 2017, 07:57:41 AM »
Good morning  everyone.  It looks a little dull this morning, although it's hard to tell with the curtains still closed.  Machine embroidery for me this morning I think.

Edited to correct all the typos done while I was still in bed!  :S

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Adding Zing & Bling / Not so much zing and bling as subtle...
« on: October 13, 2017, 12:19:19 PM »
All this talk of embroidery machines has made me get mine out again.  I'm making another Vogue 9112 top (my latest favourite) and as it's in some very dark brown fabric, I thought I'd add some of these briar rose designs from Urban Threads.  Still not sure about the brown - the pic just doesn't show the correct colour either - I think I want it closer to the fabric colour, subtle is today's key word.

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