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Bridal / Re: My Wedding Dress
« on: Yesterday at 12:49:55 »
Oh you are making progress Charlotte, the more we see of this dress the more stunning it becomes - well done.
Don't envy you about the choice on pearls or not, will be interesting to see what you eventually decide.

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Bridal / Re: My Wedding Dress
« on: June 17, 2021, 15:24:47 PM »
Such neat stitching in of your zip, and as for the lace matching up - well done.  Glad you are going with the lace over the waistband - I don't think you will regret this as it does make the whole dress look finished, and not a two piece.

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In the wardrobe / Re: Poppy skirt Simplicity 8128
« on: June 17, 2021, 15:23:06 PM »
Well done Silver Rose, you have achieved something that you couldn't have done a few weeks/months ago.  Now just take it easy with the other stages, I know exactly how you feel.  when I am cutting out, because of my back it seems to take hours upon hours just to cut a little out standing at the table, it is do a little bit and I mean little, then sit down and the sitting down is far longer than actually standing.  So go at your own pace, and when you have finished this lovely skirt you can look back with pride, thinking of just how much you have achieved.  Enjoy the process of getting back into sewing.

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In the wardrobe / Re: Mother of the Groom outfit.
« on: June 16, 2021, 22:08:06 PM »
I first learnt how to do bound buttonholes when I was at school, and thoroughly enjoyed doing these.  Back then we had the heavy black Singers, and even if I was using an electric, hand crank or the treadle I was taught to go slow and count the actual stitches, so that each side had the same amount of stitches and the two ends also had the same amount stitches.  I do think that bound buttonholes and lovely buttons, even covered buttons do add something to a garment, it sort of lifts the garment into something rather different.

Why not try stitching out some sample buttonholes on some of your fabric scraps and see how you get on.

With regards to having a pleat in the lining, the answer is yes, it will just make the jacket that little bit more comfortable to wear, if the lining didn't have this pleat, then you might feel you are a little restricted with your arm movements and you do not want to suddenly hear a split as the fabric gives way under strain.



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Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 12th June
« on: June 12, 2021, 11:07:54 AM »
Twopence from what I can remember when dealing with my mother's estate, on the Probate form we had to list any living members of the family that could possibly be entitled to a share in the Estate.  As DD1 was legally adopted by him back whenever then surely she is entitled to something even though there had been no contact between them.

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In the wardrobe / Re: Last minute…
« on: June 11, 2021, 16:26:08 PM »
So pretty Effie, now go and enjoy your little holiday on a canal boat - the weather looks as if is going to be nice and sunny and warm/hot for the best part of next week - have fun.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday 10th June
« on: June 10, 2021, 14:29:40 PM »
Oh Twopence yesterday must have been so difficult for you and DD1, still you have managed the first hurdle.  I well remember how he liked everything to be just so - do you remember that day you and I had just finished lunch at your house, and had finished off a lovely carrot soup that you made, when he walked in unexpectedly and I felt I shouldn't have been there - oh such a long time ago now.  Well whatever has happened over the years,  and whatever took him in the end, I do hope that he can can rest in peace.  Does DD1 have to arrange the funeral and the selling of his property and contents?  When I first started going on a Saturday to the County Library when the Local Studies part was still on the same floor as the Reference library I often saw him sitting at one of the tables reading - I don't think he recognised me, and I am ashamed to say that suited me as I think it would have been awkward for both of us.

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Bridal / Re: My Wedding Dress
« on: June 09, 2021, 14:31:12 PM »
Charlotte that is looking stunning, just love the lace detail.  Personally I rather line the lace on the waistband, it makes it look  more like a dress rather than a bodice and skirt especially with the scalloped edge.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday 9th June
« on: June 09, 2021, 10:15:02 AM »
Twopence sorry to read this, I had wondered whether he had moved away from his place in Chesham Bois/Amersham. This will be very strange for you both - take care.  My, 37 years is a long time, how does DD1 feel about all of this?

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Good Morning TSP
« on: June 06, 2021, 18:26:32 PM »
Sandra so glad that your visit with your Mum today went well.  She is in the best place all things considering and you are being a brilliant daughter in visiting  her and looking out for her.  I am sure all the little things that you can do for her will be much appreciated in a way your Mum only knows.  Now you have just got to keep your spirits up about all of this and you are so lucky that they have managed to find a home so near to where your family live.  Do hope that your Dad continues to get on with life although it must be so strange for him.

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The Show Must Go On / Re: Mary Poppins Costume - Project Log
« on: June 06, 2021, 10:10:53 AM »
That is looking good Dani, and I must mention that I love the fabric you have found for making a bag - that will be just right.  Your daughter is a very lucky lass.

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Catllar so sorry to read about your husband, do hope he is soon much more comfortable and that long term they can sort him out.  Take care both of you.

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In the wardrobe / Re: Plus size Sewing and pattern advice please
« on: June 05, 2021, 18:37:38 PM »
My suggestion is for you to buy yourself Full Busted by Marta Alto DVD, and also the book Fit for Real People written by Pati Palmer ad Marta Alto - a much cheaper option.  Then learn how to do a FBA (full bust adjustment) and also follow Marta as she demonstrates how to tissue fit to a human being - this is where having a willing friend to help you helps no end.  The beauty of the DVD is that you can play it and stop it as many times as you want, and I often work alongside Marta in this way copying what she is doing, and believe me I have a very peculiar shape indeed.  Marta uses real people to tissue fit her patterns on and of course makes it look so easy, and because I was so fascinated with this I wanted to buy the patterns that she actually used - not all of them, only the ones I particularly liked, however most of them were out of print.  So with great difficulty I scoured  the DVD for the actual pattern numbers, and then set about looking for those that were factory folded and uncut, and bought these via the internet mostly from the USA.

Once you have all the equipment you need to start following Marta, given time you should  be able to take any pattern and do a FBA where necessary and any other alterations.  The beauty of this is that the Palmer Pletsch people produced some patterns for McCalls, and on the pattern envelope they had printed Palmer Pletsch, and on these patterns certainly from the time around producing Fit for Real People there were extra lines already printed on the pattern tissue where you cut in order to do the various alterations.  I found this a great help.  Initially I thought Oh I can do that this way and do not have to bother about getting certain things - I have learnt the hard way. (I had tried using pattern tissue from old patterns that I no longer wanted - a great big mistake!!!) 

Now a couple of years ago now, the Palmer Pletsch people updated their Fit for Real People and their new book is called The Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting not cheap, but well worth the expense, however either of these two books will  help you no end.  They have also published along the same lines, Jackets for Real People, Pants for Real People, and Knits for Real People.

I am also a great believer in making a toile every time I choose to make something new, for me it is worth it, and the calico is not wasted I can always find a use for the different shapes for other things.

If you choose to go down this line, I can let you have the pattern numbers of some of the patterns that you could look out for, at the very end of the DVD Marta tissue fits two older ladies who are both rather  well built and needed multi alterations.

Since I started doing these FBA's  I have now padded out my dress form to suit me, and to achieve this I have a calico bodice that fitted me and I was happy with this and I have stuffed her out so that the calico is a tight fit - thus this gives me the ease I would need to be able to breathe.  I was originally wrapped in  brown paper parcel tape mixed with glue with the result that when it dried it was hard, and this is fitted over an old dress dummy, again padded out to stop any wobbling, and it is so useful to be able to pin fabric to her and note the alterations that I need to do.  I have quite a few plumb lines of thick string curtain weights hanging from the stand so that I can feel these through the fabric and yes it works.

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Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: Tuffet anyone?
« on: June 03, 2021, 15:16:01 PM »
Jessie no I haven't made one, but I saw them over at Lady Sew and Sew, and as a result of wanting something a bit different to give to my sister in Canada (it had to be small and light) I bought her a pin cushion Kit, and my sister did enjoy making this up once she had returned home.  The pin cushion one came as a kit but minus the little bun feet which I had to buy as an extra.  I bought this a good few years ago now and I think it was about £18 or thereabouts.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday 3rd June
« on: June 03, 2021, 12:09:16 PM »
So sorry to Sara-S I am very late reading this, but was pleased to read that you have a positive outlook from your surgeon, her understanding of what all this means to patients is somehow very reassuring.  Now all you have to do is keep free of any more nasties.

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