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Kind of new

Carolyn

Kind of new
« on: April 08, 2019, 00:15:32 AM »
Joined last year, but now have more time as following redundancy I am now 'retired'.  I make bags/accessories etc at the moment, but plan to have a go at dressmaking, never had a lot of success with patterns, never seem to fit me.  but plan to crack it now I have more time.
Carolyn

fajita

Re: Kind of new
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2019, 07:33:49 AM »
Welcome, @Carolyn  :flower: :drink:

Enjoy your sewy retirement.

Ploshkin

Re: Kind of new
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2019, 07:36:45 AM »
Welcome Carolyn.  There's plenty of help here for whatever you want to sew (and things that you didn't know you wanted to sew)
Life's too short for ironing.

Sewingsue

Re: Kind of new
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2019, 07:42:26 AM »
Welcome, Carolyn.
Bernina Aurora 440QE, Brother BC-2500, Singer 99K (1938), Silver Viscount 620D overlocker.

Silver Rose

Re: Kind of new
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2019, 07:45:06 AM »
Welcome toTSP Carolyn, have a   :drink:  and enjoy this super site and the knowledgeable people here.
Still learning

Nevis5

Re: Kind of new
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2019, 08:23:08 AM »
Welcome @Carolyn from me too  :toast:

maliw

Re: Kind of new
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2019, 08:56:07 AM »
Hello and welcome - patchwork and quilting are a great retirement pastime, ask me how I know ;) Seriously, enjoy your sewing whatever.
At leisure on the leisure penninsula

Greybird

Re: Kind of new
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2019, 09:03:13 AM »
Hello and welcome!!

b15erk

Re: Kind of new
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2019, 09:08:46 AM »
A big welcome from me too!

Jessie
Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.

BrendaP

Re: Kind of new
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2019, 09:22:39 AM »
Welcome @Carolyn to TSP

Now you've got time available I would reccomend buying a fitting shell pattern such as
Vogue 1004 or Butterick 5627 and a length of checked gingham fabric to make a basic toile which you can tweek to your individual body measurements.  It will almost certainly take several tries to get it right but once you've done it you will know just what alterations from the standard you needed to do and you can then apply those same alterations to any pattern.

If you do that do post photos to TSP, there are people on here who can tell you just what the problem is when something isn't fitting you quite right.
« Last Edit: April 08, 2019, 09:27:53 AM by BrendaP »
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Carolyn

Re: Kind of new
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2019, 10:04:58 AM »
thank you everyone.

Sounds like a great idea.  I am currently in the process of sorting out a 'sewing room'  which will give me some room to work.  Once that is done then I should be ready for bigger projects.  A few months away yet. 
Carolyn

snoozi soozi

Re: Kind of new
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2019, 10:47:20 AM »
Welcome @Carolyn good luck with the sewing room renovation.
@BrendaP I'd never heard of these shell patterns, didn't realise you could buy them. Thanks  0_0
👓 changing the world, one stitch at a time

Surest1tch

Re: Kind of new
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2019, 18:29:45 PM »
Welcome Carolyn, you've definitely found the right place 👍

Ellabella

Re: Kind of new
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2019, 19:12:05 PM »
Welcome @Carolyn there’s so much knowledge on here, there is always someone who knows a solution to your problem.

Just be aware we are wonderful enablers. You will soon find there are things you need that you never even knew existed.
Stash reductions 2019 31m
Stash additions 2019 55m

Helen M

Re: Kind of new
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2019, 19:14:52 PM »
Welcome @Carolyn!
Stash Busting 2019
Goal: 30 metres
So far: 5m metres