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Fun with Fabric / Re: Knit fabric in UK
« on: September 16, 2017, 11:59:00 AM »
One type of knit fabric seriously lacking in UK online stores is sweater knits which I believe are far more readily available in the USA.  The only ones I have seen were very garish patterns which I didn't like.

I stalk ebay regularly searching for sweater knit and wool jersey. When I see something that looks promising I buy it, mostly this works out. I have a woolly border knit that will become a dress for winter and a long length of bright pink wool jersey that will be a Style Arc Brooklyn sweater, and may be a cardigan if there is enough.

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Fun with Fabric / Re: Soft Shell Fleece
« on: August 20, 2017, 17:08:26 PM »
I love the fabric, a Romy anorak in that will look lovely. Have you used Style Arc patterns before? I can really recommend them, I have loads, but not that one.











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Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: What do you do with your quilts?
« on: July 31, 2017, 13:23:13 PM »
This is why I have not started on this particular branch of sewing!  I make my own clothes, and that's it. I have taken up lacemaking, but the storage problem will be miniscule.

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In the wardrobe / Re: OK!
« on: July 29, 2017, 13:17:07 PM »
 >:)How about this one from Shelby patterns in Finland?
https://www.shelby.fi/product_info.php?cPath=402_39_21&products_id=165

They also sell waterproof fabric and tapes etc,although they are really expensive. I tried making a waterproof jacket but really struggled with taping the seams and gave up in the end. There's nothing worse than a leaky neck seam.

Or the Closet Case Anorak- https://store.closetcasepatterns.com/products/kelly-anorak-jacket-pattern. The downloadable pattern is $14 though.

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The Cafe / Re: The Rant Thread
« on: June 21, 2017, 10:13:38 AM »
My inconsiderate neighbours have excelled themselves this morning; the gardener started up his petrol driven hedge trimmer at 7.15am and hasn't stopped since. We had the bedroom window because of the heat and I woke up at 4.30 and was trying to get some more sleep!

to cap my morning, I'm going to the dentist in 1/2 hour.  :'(

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In the wardrobe / Re: Style Arc Maddison top on it's way...
« on: June 08, 2017, 20:42:21 PM »
I made this out of a thick shiny sweater poly knit from Fabworks. I have  narrow shoulders and it fits me nicely. I'm very pleased with it, and will make another one some time.

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Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hello from Bedfordshire!
« on: May 22, 2017, 22:00:44 PM »
Welcome to TSP

Bedfordshire is (or maybe it's now was) a good base for learning bobbin lace!  Have you been able to find classes or are you teaching yourself?  For 30 odd years I taught BL in adult education classes and although I don't do much lacemaking now I'm still happy to answer questions if I can, so don't be afraid to ask :pin:

I have been to classes run by Bedfordshire Federation of WIs, and am working through a book of exercises as well. Thanks for offering to answer questions!

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Hi, I'm new... / Hello from Bedfordshire!
« on: May 22, 2017, 17:50:31 PM »
I've been lurking here long enough, so I thought I should introduce myself! I'm retired and living in a village not far from the M1.  I found out about you from SG, and am glad to find a British (mostly) site.
I've been making my own clothes since my teens on and off, but really got started when I was involuntarily retired, and only had grey suits in my wardrobe and little money to replace them.

I also knit and have just started to learn bobbin lacemaking. I look forward to sharing my projects with you all. I'm currently working on a MOB outfit.

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