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Mmmmmm, lovely.....


Sam, that looks lovely.  It's definitley going on the list!


Lowena, do you know, that didn't even cross my mind!!  :)   I'm doing the 'back' side pretty plain so she can flip it over maybe?

The chair is mainly used for story telling, so, just 1/2 an hour at night.  Tbh, I just want it off the to-do list!

I hope I never see this fabric again!


Im, those dragonfly things are my attempt at dragonfly applique, and yes I did make them myself, as an attempt to break up the horrid colour, which isn't grey, it's a sage green.  I cut them from a bit of lace which was roughly the shape of a wing, and put some braid down the centre.

Applique is much easier since I bought the right stuff, I think the Americans call it Heat and bond.  You iron it on the applique, and then apply the applique to the fabric.

Don't look too closely please!   Apart from not being finished, it's a tad 'unorthodox' in construction :)


I love your fabric choice HN, but the delivery is outrageous!

Do you know anyone who can have it delivered to them and forward it for you?  Come to think of it, I'd be happy to do that. Don't know if it would be cheaper, but how bad can it be? ....


It's the law of Sod Rubes....  Sometimes we just overthink the whole thing....

Ask how I know.  Go on, I dare you...... :'(


Patterns & Fitting / Re: Neckline McCalls 5640
« on: Today at 10:09:07 »
I use a very easy method.  Put the fabric under the machine foot, and pull the bobbin thread to the top.  Pull the bobbin thread forward to the length that you want to gather, then zig zag over it.  Take it off the machine when you reach the end of your gathers, leave a few inches of thread, and pull as tightly or as loosely as you need.

This is the easiest I've found, and gives even gathers too.


The Cafe / Re: Everything on hold....
« on: Today at 09:59:10 »
Thanks Missie, the heat, school exams, pregnancy in general, and a particular problem which makes life very uncomfortable (haemorroids).

She's seeing the consultant on Tuesday, so, fingers crossed all is well.  I'm sure it is, it's just general late pregnancy discomfort (and then some!)


Nearly done 7 half decent blocks, and a couple not so decent, and as it turns out, I have more than enough.

I picked the cushions up at the weekend, and they are much smaller than I thought (see pics)

As always, I've created a problem. The finished blocks are 13" approx, and the width of the cushion, 17".

So, what do I do?  Just put a border round the base block?

Then there's the back, which is the same width, but taller.  Add 1/2 a block to make the length?

Problems, problems, I think I'll stick to dressmaking.... ;)


In the wardrobe / Re: Looking for McCalls 4007
« on: Today at 09:20:44 »
How good are you lot!  I knew that I could rely on you!

Hopefully, I will have a nice, comfortable outfit to travel in at Christmas. 

Thank you so much, I hope I can be as helpful myself sometime!

Jessie :flower:  <3 :flower:

The Cafe / Everything on hold....
« on: Today at 09:06:39 »
Went to see DD yesterday afternoon, she hasn't been too well with this pregnancy, and is still at work for 3 weeks, with only 5 weeks to go until baby is due.

We found her really very low, with everything getting on top of her.  She has decided to re-furbish her bedroom, and the baby's room, which is fine if you are on form, which she most certainly isn't.  She was very emotional, feeling inadequate etc etc.  She has my genes, and I had rotten pregnancies too. 

So, whilst her poor husband and my OH carried on with the DIY, I cooked a few meals for them. DD is eating OK, but can't bear to prepare meals - and she is a very good cook.

Upshot is, that OH and I have insisted that she accepts help from us. SiL will crack on with the DIY, and we will take on more stuff with Lilya, and help at weekends with sorting out, and getting ready for baby.

So, sewing will be done, but as and when I can fit it in.  DD comes first atm.

Roll on August, when baby will be here, and DD hopefully feeling much better......  <3 <3


Sunny and breezy here, with a definite chill in the air.

Last chance to get these blasted cushions finished before month-end comes around again, when I'll be busy, busy, busy!


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.....


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