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Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: The Official Winter Glitz Sewalong
« on: December 01, 2017, 22:05:45 PM »
I finished the top and skirt this afternoon!
The top is Style Arc Maxine which is designed for ready pleated jersey. It is a maxi dress so I cut the pattern at the hip. All you have to do is sew the shoulders and side seams. The neck , armholes and hemline are unfinished. The shoulder seams gave me trouble, and I ended up sewing them by hand as my machine wouldn't cope with the pleats.

The skirt is just two straight lengths of fabric; I sewed up the side seams and added a 1 inch wide elastic strip to the top. The hem is unfinished.
I'll wait until I have made up the cardigan before deciding on the final length of the skirt and top.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: The Official Winter Glitz Sewalong
« on: November 30, 2017, 13:40:43 PM »
I'd like to join in my first sewalong here.
I have a WI Christmas party next Wednesday,and a dinner between Christmas and New Year to dress for.

I bought some silver pleated jersey, and black pleated jersey from Fabric Godmother, and have a long piece of black and silver devore jersey in my stash. The plan is for a top from the silver pleated and a skirt from the black, with a long cardigan from the devore over the top and skirt. I can't stand the cold, and the WI meet in a Village hall!

I cut out the top and skirt yesterday, so will try sewing them up this afternoon. Will try for a photo of the fabric , but light levels are bad this time of year.

A Good Yarn / Re: Any bobbin lace makers here?
« on: November 13, 2017, 16:04:01 PM »
I took up lacemaking a couple of years ago, when my WI federation held some classes. I made my daughter a wedding garter this year, it took weeks, and my eyes suffered. I will do some again soon; there is a guild in my county (Bedfordshire) but I haven't joined yet.

Patterns & Fitting / Re: How to draft a roll neck?
« on: November 13, 2017, 15:46:51 PM »

I have made this top which has a fairly close fitting roll neck. The pattern piece just extends upwards from the front/back, when made the roll is folded down on the inside and stitched down. Is this the sort of thing you were thinking of?

In the wardrobe / Re: Coat pattern and fabric help please
« on: October 23, 2017, 13:11:28 PM »
This fabric has a very large check , although the colours are not quite the same. Fabworks have some great wool fabrics, not cheap though.

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.

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.

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.

In the wardrobe / Re: OK!
« on: July 29, 2017, 13:17:07 PM »
 >:)How about this one from Shelby patterns in Finland?

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- The downloadable pattern is $14 though.

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.  :'(

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.

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!

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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