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Access All Accessories / Finishing off bookmark ends?
« on: December 15, 2018, 11:12:28 AM »
Hello friends!

It's been a while since I posted here, as I haven't really had the time to sew much. As I'm currently on holiday from University, I thought I'd get back into it by making myself a cover for the planner I'll be using next year. I'm quite proud if it, despite my drafting not being entirely up to scratch (I was going to edgestitch around it, so I added an extra 0.5cm SA but somehow that's disappeared. If anyone can tell me why, I'd appreciate it!).

The problem I'm having is trying to figure out how to finish the ends of the bookmarks I made. I was going to use ribbon, but I didn't have any suitable ribbon in my stash. Instead I used the same fabric as the lining and created a straight grain binding that I sewed closed. The problem I'm having is that  I don't know how to finish the ends. I was going to use some embroidery floss and a buttonhole stich, but I don't think that's going to work as they're quite thin. I'd love to here your ideas. I've attached a picture so that you know what I'm talking about.

In the wardrobe / BBC Sewing and Fashion Archive
« on: November 10, 2018, 12:23:02 PM »
I just watched a Youtube Video by The Fold Line which recommended this link. It goes to a 1967 BBC programme called Clothes That Count | Shirt Waister, where a women shows you how to sew a 'Shirt Waister' (what I would now just refer to as a shirt dress).

I never realised that the BBC ever had programmes like this. I thought it was interesting that the dress was something I could see myself wearing today (though probably not styled the same way). It's interesting to see how sewing has and hasn't changed since the 60s. She gives tips that people still follow to this day (such as doing one diagonal stitch on a corner), and also mentions things that I would take for granted  (like being able to back stitch on your machine). She does a lot of tacking too, which I always try to do but it's never been ingrained in me.

They talk about the difference between cheaper and more expensive patterns. Things like moving towards printed patterns rather than punch holes, seam lines, different variations and instructions. That's interesting to me because with the boom of indie patterns the pricing of a pattern has changed and is more dependent on the company and not necessarily value for money.

There's some more links on the right hand side that I haven't watched yet. As part of this series there's episodes on the suit and a double breasted coat. One other thing I want to watch is from the 50s and about how fashion comes and goes.

If you don't watch the entirety of it, I do recommend watching between around 19:30~21:30 for the fashion show. I wont tell you why, but I promise it's worth it.

As I said a while ago in my introductory post, I'd like to give quilting a go but I've come across a bit of a road block: I have absolutely no clue about wadding.

I know that it must be used between layers of fabric for quilts and that it comes in many different fabric blends and thicknesses, but that's about it so I thought I'd come over here and ask.

What type/brand of wadding do you use? Why?
Where do you buy your wadding from? What do you expect to pay for it?What types of quilts do you make/who do you quilt for?

I'm planning on doing the QAYG method as I have a very small room and small area for my machine. Does this make a difference?

Thanks so much guys!

Hi, I'm new... / Hello!
« on: August 16, 2018, 11:23:35 AM »

As you can see, I just joined so I thought I would introduce myself.

Not only am I new to this forum, but I'm also quite new to 'proper' sewing, having only been actually sewing for about 6 months. I've made 6 garments in that time, 4 of which are wearable (if not 100% perfect). The first dress I made was a shift dress made of plaid fabric, which I'm super proud of because I spent a lot of time pattern matching and I learnt how to put in an invisible zip. Unfortunately, I put the sleeves in backwards and made it a bit too short so I can't really wear it out of the house.

I haven't bought any clothes in the past year or so, I like to keep my wardrobe small (and I don't have room), and I've been trying to find a way to sew without adding more clothes that I might not wear into my wardrobe. The solution to that seems to be quilting. I was at FOQ the other day and I bought myself some EPP supplies that will mean that I can hopefully get started on a quilt made with my scraps and the assortment of fat quarters I bought when I first started sewing 6 months ago.

I'm glad to join this forum because it's mainly UK based. After lurking for a bit, I found that the information is a bit more relevant to me. It's also a smaller and 'cosier' community which I like. Hopefully I can contribute despite my relatively new sewing status!

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