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The Cafe / Off travelling again
« on: January 18, 2018, 13:28:09 PM »
Just to let you know I've not gone off in a huff, but we are off travelling again next Tuesday 8) so in the meantime I have stuff to do - all my sewing orders are done, room tidied, most of the washing is done, organising security and key with people - this afternoon off to police station to let them know house is empty so they can keep an eye on it for us.  Haircut this morning, spa and beautician tomorrow, ( weekend of dancing) Monday will sort out clothes and pack tuesday A.M. Then off Tuesday lunchtime.

Back end of March.  be good and play nicely.

In the wardrobe / That feeling when..
« on: January 06, 2018, 14:47:18 PM »
You've been fiddling about overlocking a sleeve into the armhole, cutting off your excess seam allowance - and you are using stretch crushed velvet that is a slippery sucker and curls up so you have a gazillion clips and the velvet has decided to ladder - grrrrr - and you get round to the beginning and only then realise that a thread has busted right back at the beginning and you've been sewing nothing! :S

The Cafe / Getting ready for our next trip- packing light again!
« on: January 01, 2018, 11:26:03 AM »
Now New Year is here I can officially start thing about packing for this years' trip - I've got 2 months and 3 countries and packed into a carry-on bag and under 7 kilos! Can wear smug-git face as we sail through arrivals! ;)

Vintage Machines / Would it be really naughty of me...
« on: December 27, 2017, 17:12:45 PM »
Was talking to an acquaintance the other day ( not a friend) and she just happened to mention she has 2 quote " old sewing machines, very small, Singer"  that her gran left her that she doesn't want. Oh say I casually, send me a photo I' might be  interested.  She has 2 beautiful Featherweights - original cases, lots of attachments. I've offered her 100 euros for one of them, MrC said I ought to buy them both and sell one on. Have I been mean and under offered  d'ya reckon, or might I just be getting something after which I have lusted for a long time??

In the wardrobe / Victory Patterns - jackie
« on: December 16, 2017, 16:50:33 PM »
Had a sudden rush of blood to the head and thought at 2o'clock it would be a good idea to make this dress to wear tonight. Crushed velvet - stretch - and to add a bit of tension to the project  a lace -over lay on the centre back panels and raw edged insert in all the seams. No worries - what was I thinking?

Got it cut out OK  and started applying the lace - stretch - onto the crushed velvet - stretch - like that was a brilliant idea Jan - it's wound up looking like a road traffic accident. Can't yet figure out how to  apply the facings...... and it's stretching and slipping ...... and the edges are all curling up.....  :S

D'ya know what? I'll wear something else. ><

The Show Must Go On / Back to the grind again.
« on: November 19, 2017, 19:03:30 PM »
Costume hat back on again, but this year I have put my foot down with a firm hand and said "no" to a lot of stuff. SO no practice skirts (10) no crossover tops (19)  no adult flounced skirts (13) Considering last year I had 110 dresses to make I consider myself better off this year. Haven't calculated exactly how many there are but  gonna be easier on me this year.

The Cafe / Are we liking....
« on: October 07, 2017, 23:04:16 PM »
The strictly costumes so far this year - I think they are gorgeous!

The Cafe / Well who'd a thought it?
« on: September 27, 2017, 19:38:55 PM »
I changed the knives on my overlocker today - first time they've ever been changed - in um 10 years - and what a difference it made - they actually cut!!! No really, they CUT!  Don't just squidge the edges over or chew them off . THEY CUT!! Woo hoooo!

The Cafe / Any input please?
« on: September 04, 2017, 12:40:20 PM »
We've started planning our Next Big Trip and are off to Australia again in February. We plan to add a couple of weeks on the front end and are considering going to Borneo. We are using Kuala Lumpur as our jump-off point as we can pick up Air Asia for the onward flights and as they go to Borneo....... Anyone got any thoughts, been there, loved it, hated it?

Publications / Vogue Patterns Magazine
« on: August 31, 2017, 09:29:03 AM »
Anyone here subscribe to this one? Just had a teaser via my email and whilst it looks interesting I wonder if it's worth the 78$ US for 6 copies per year?  Thoughts??

Fun with Fabric / Cork fabric
« on: July 26, 2017, 17:31:59 PM »
Has anyone worked with cork fabric? I'm really tempted by some  from a Greek supplier to make a bag - that Round-a-bout bag from So Sew Easy - the freebie one.  Don't want to rush in too fast though - that's half my trouble - jump first and think later.

Access All Accessories / Memory loss
« on: July 24, 2017, 23:30:21 PM »
Following on from my mega tidy, I decided to make a bag today - I found a strap from a previous project and a magnetic fastener - what else did I need. I rooted out some fabrics and lining and then out came the Bosal which I hadn't used since I made  my holiday bag for Australia 18 months back. Cut myself a pattern , cut out the Bosal and couldn't for the life of me remember how to fuse or even which side was sticky, it's been that long. Fortunately was saved by Google! Bit worrying to have forgotten something so basic. Think I will put a label on it now!  Bag not finished yet, need some pliers to flatten out the fastener legs and couldn't be bothered looking - will finish tomorrow and post a pic.

The Cafe / Angel or Devil?
« on: July 20, 2017, 13:21:43 PM »
I had a sudden and uncontrollable urge to throw out fabric today. Two 120 litre bin bags later and I can now see the wood for the trees, I have dispatched the (to me) tiny bits of fabric - less than quarter yards or smaller than FQs.

I've dumped all the colours I find yucky   including 3 metres of brown suiting - brown?? Brown?? Honestly? BROWN?? and the bits of "interesting" textures that will never in a million years get used by me. Random pieces of lining fabrics. Sorted and dumped all the bits of ragged dance fringe - life is too short to untangle fringe. The half completed patchwork projects ( yes, sorry, including the Sew-along - lost my oomph, but will live it vicariously through those of you who are continuing) Half completed clothing projects. And goodbye to the lengths of stuff I've had for more than 20 years and that seems to figure in most of my previous patch projects ( no, it doesn't matter that it's Liberty  - it's going to go and ...... gone!)  Many French sewing magazines collected over the years.

Before you all  ( most of you) start screaming at me, it's not bin bound - we have a lady in the village who will make good use of it and will be happy to complete the projects and will delight in all the bits and bobs. She makes stuff and sells them for charity causes. 

I can now see everything I've got and should I feel the need to do patchwork again, which I'm sure I will, I can start with fresh lovely fabrics. The remaining fabric has been trimmed to straight edges and folded before returning to the storage shelves. I feel lighter already!  Tra la la, tra la la, la la - skipping happily off into the sunset...... 0_0

So, am I an angel or a Devil?

The Cafe / I'm so sorry..
« on: July 15, 2017, 18:40:09 PM »
I don't know what came over me but I BOUGHT a dress - I know - a moment of weakness.

Was at the Ceret Feria yesterday and we were all done up in our flamenco frills and buns and flowers and hair combs and shawls and we'd done a bit of a show and we'd followed the parade and we was 'OT.

We walked past a cute boutique and I saw this little dress in the window and it was calling to me  - buy me , buy me. So I did -  stonewashed linen, blue denim colour with bleached-out big spots and with lots of interesting seam lines and fit me like a glove and cool - and totally me.  I closed my ears to the price and that little voice that says " I could make that for a third of the price" and wore it with pleasure  straight out the shop! Flamenco stuff stuffed in a bag.

The Show Must Go On / She wants this:
« on: July 15, 2017, 14:15:05 PM »
Strapless - flamenco - what could go wrong??

 The voile tunic is separate and that's what she wants so she can use it over other stuff.

I was thinking of making the dress in 2 pieces to reduce the drag on the bodice  ( there's about 8 metres of fabric in the skirt alone)   I suggested a nude mesh yoke but that got shot down. However, perhaps she'd accept clear lingerie straps just as  a  safety stop! If I can persuade her to go this way I can make the dress as a one piece. Could do a built-in bra.

I think stretch cotton sateen would work with a stretch lining. Was considering boning but then she won't be able to breathe and dance!

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