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Thank you for your commiserations, Gernella, and for your suggestions Francesca and sewmuchmore.  Those bees are very appealing!

( Oh, heck, I'm going to have to order lots of lovelies to justify the p&p. So tempting! You naughty enablers, you! )


I have been lusting after various T.shirts on the White Stuff web site, but I'm not prepared to pay £37.50 each,. plus p&p, even with today's 20% discount!  :S

The fabrics are all a cotton stripe with the occasional embroidered motif. Here are a couple of examples:

The fabric must have been designed exclusively for WS, but I have hunted the ethernets for something vaguely similar and come up blank. I could create something on my embroidery machine, but..... :[

If anyone has happened to chance upon any similar yardage on their travels, I would be delighted to hear.

Many thanks,


Fun with Fabric / Re: Smallest fabric samples?
« on: February 27, 2019, 17:25:49 PM »
Much happier now; I contacted Caboodle with my concerns and they have sent replacements which are each about x 4.5cm. Much more practical pieces, given the scale of the print.

Fun with Fabric / Smallest fabric samples?
« on: February 21, 2019, 19:32:18 PM »
I paid Caboodle Textiles £1. to send me two samples, so that I could get an idea of the scale of the print and the quality of the fabric. They arrived today.

One was 5.5cm x 2cm, the other 2.5cm x 6cm. By my reckoning, pretty mean and not particularly representative of the whole! 

I realise that cutting samples takes time, effort, postage and packing and reduces the amount of stock they have available for sale. However, I paid them for these and even at £13.50 per metre x 150 cm wide, I think that they could have spared me just a little bit more! 

Has anyone received samples smaller that this?

Access All Accessories / Re: Errrrmmmm Lil Help?
« on: January 24, 2019, 15:32:57 PM »
You will think that I'm mad, but many years ago I bought an electric jar opener similar to this one:

I most definitely did Not pay £27. for it!   :)  It makes one heck of a racket, works like a wonder and it's my favourite kitchen gadget. My DSiL heard it in action just the once and jumped back in horror! But it works. So if you ever see one going cheap, do consider giving it a try.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Cheaper alternative to Art Gallery?
« on: October 03, 2018, 21:39:01 PM »
I have just received my first order from Lamazi Fabrics, ( ) an "OEKO - Tex Cotton Jersey. Actually it's 95% cotton and 5% spandex/lycra. I'm pretty impressed as the description was accurate and the fabric is great. Free p&p, too.  Might be worth your taking a glance?

Sorry, I bought what was left of the 'Lilly of the Valley' and very pretty it is, too! :-)

Should have said; it was £7.50 per 1/2m = £14.per metre. Gosh, fabric is expensive these days.

House Beautiful / Re: Crocodile!
« on: July 31, 2018, 17:51:37 PM »
Love the nostrils and the little one is so cuddly! A really good sewing fix, Fajita.

Tutorials / Trousers: Article on fitting from Melly Sews
« on: July 12, 2018, 16:15:54 PM »
I have read lots about fitting trousers, but always have trouble understanding what the words and drawings are trying to tell me. This article has words, drawings, explanations, solutions and before and after photos. It's not the Holy Grail, but I found it very helpful. HTH.

Sewing Machines / Re: It’s bust!
« on: July 03, 2018, 21:11:12 PM »
Oh, goodness  >:)  Sending you sympathy. Not being able to rely on your machine is totally  :angry:

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Print Your Pattern Review
« on: April 10, 2018, 21:32:49 PM »
Ordered a pattern on Sunday at just gone 8 in the evening. It arrived in Tuesday morning's post. Brilliant!

If you are keen on buying Organic fabrics from the UK, you might like to take a glance here:

Their main retail business is in ready made clothing, but they also sell their own design Organic Cotton Fabrics. I didn't think the prices too eye watering.

I bought a couple of jersey tops, so asked if they might consider selling Jersey fabric, too. Their reply indicated that they might consider it. Possibly a question of sufficient demand?


Patterns Discussion / Re: Any small bust pattern providers?
« on: February 28, 2018, 17:00:17 PM »
Perhaps not quite what you were looking for, but might this post on Burda be of any use to you?


Fun with Fabric / Re: The king of polyester fabric
« on: February 20, 2018, 16:55:55 PM »
When in full uniform these days I actually weigh an extra 18lbs!!

Good grief! - And I keep thinking that I should get a smaller handbag to save my aged shoulders. How on earth police persons manage to chase baddies, I cannot imagine. Mind you, just think how much weight training you are getting, Ravingdoll. 0_0

In the wardrobe / Re: Sewing Mistakes. Grrrrr!
« on: February 13, 2018, 21:22:53 PM »
Oh. no. Ploshkin! That is so disappointing. I think that we both deserve  :toast: :toast:

In the wardrobe / Sewing Mistakes. Grrrrr!
« on: February 13, 2018, 16:08:50 PM »
Aaaargh! Pressed my jacket shoulder seams. Stood back to admire the beauty ...... and realised that I had sewn the outsides to the insides, and it's black tweedy fabric!
Nothing to do, but unpick and try again. Bother, Grump, Mumble.

Thank you for letting me get that off my chest.


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