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Today... One thread per day / Re: Tuesday 16th November
« on: November 16, 2021, 16:39:32 PM »
I am feeling gloomy, too. Lowena. In my case it is because I am very tired after an exhausting morning. A sit down with a cuppa and book in the warm, would probably do me a power of good. Must do that instead of sitting at my agonisingly slow computer.

I did read something amusing a minute ago, though. On another sewing site, someone asked the perfectly sensible question, What do you do with your feet?  In my current state I wanted to answer, well, I usually put them into socks as that keeps them warm and clean, don't you?. 

I'd better go and put the kettle on.

I have just received my second order from Flamingo Prints UK and have to say how impressed I am with their service. On both occasions, I have ordered one day and received the pattern sheets the very next day! The first time it happened I thought that it might be a fluke, but no. Such good service. A nice weight of paper, and clear coloured lines, too. I am very happy.

You can check out their prices, etc, here:


Tech Know How / Re: Are the gremlins getting in again?
« on: May 13, 2021, 16:40:26 PM »
I am getting something similar to Twingo; no pictures, just the same little logo thingy. If I click on it my laptop offers to download it for me and I get a black page.  Very odd.

Any ideas, Techies? 

In the wardrobe / Re: Are these buttons going to work?
« on: April 10, 2021, 11:15:33 AM »
Many thanks for all of your posts.

I shall try BrendaP's suggestion and 'audition' the buttons with a trial button hole and see if I like it.  I see that my machine has a couple of buttonhole designs and I'll give those a go too. As Bodgitandscarper said, a rounded end might suit better.

You have been a great help. Thank you.


In the wardrobe / Are these buttons going to work?
« on: April 09, 2021, 17:07:24 PM »
I am making a light weight cotton blouse and have found that I have buttons of the perfect number, dimensions and colour in my stash. Good Heavens, I hear you cry, That's a first!

Any way, they have a little oval shank on the back, rather than two holes. Will I be trying to do the impossible if I use them on my blouse? Will the shank always push the fabric apart so that the fabric won't lie flat? Is there a buttonhole made for this style of button?   

Many thanks for your thoughts,

Publications / Re: Smart Fitting solutions by Kenneth D King
« on: August 11, 2020, 17:49:11 PM »
Many thanks for the revue, sewmuchmore. I was hunting for just this yesterday and you have saved me making an expensive mistake.  :D

Fun with Fabric / Re: 100% linen from Ikea
« on: July 18, 2020, 15:32:12 PM »
We recently had some most beautiful blue fields nearby.
They were growing Linum of some sort and the mass of flowers was spectacular. Just like a Mediterranean sky brought to earth.  All gone to seed, now.  They were definitely annuals, but whether for Linseed Oil or as an addition to animal feed, I don't know.   
( I may have to creep out and glean a few seeds to plant in my flower beds. )

Has anyone heard anything about the Croft Mill site?   I wanted to access their latest online catalogue, but Norton blocked me. Tried to contact CM by messaging from FaceBook, but that was inaccessible, so was going direct via the web page address.   

I do hope it's just a hiccup in the system.

I'll try again tomorrow and phone during office hours if necessary.

Thank you Iminei, RJR_38, Sakar and wrekins. Such pretty things!  I will bear in mind washability.

Ummm; said whilst tentatively raising hand:
  Aren't the lovely mats ruined by use?  Or are they strictly decorative?  I have seen some smashing ones, but would hate to do all that work and have them destroyed by the first spill.

( I have always wanted to ask this. )

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Ironing help
« on: February 08, 2020, 16:33:51 PM »
I have a double sleeve board, which I would recommend, one arm is 19 x 4 ins and the other is 19 tapering from 3.75 to 2.5 ins.  I had a quick look on the internet and there seems to be a fairly wide choice available.

Mine is the same as So Chic's. I wouldn't be without it for doing shirt sleeves.

Patterns Discussion / Re: PDF paper
« on: January 28, 2020, 15:10:33 PM »
I have to confess to being rather disappointed with the tissue-like paper used by Patternsy. I recently used them; good, swift service and a perfectly useable pattern, but the UK company which I previously ordered form used really strong, good quality paper. That's probably why they went out of business - too good!  -<


Dress Forms / Re: Draping a basic Sloper on my 'Me Shaped' Dress Form
« on: January 12, 2020, 16:43:19 PM »
 I'm most unlikely to make a high round neckline and even a Nehru or Mandarin collar would need a bit of ease. So, I must try the neck chain method, Elnnina. Thank you and good luck with your lovely fabric.

Thank you for the recommendations, Kwaaked. I have ordered the Connie Crawford book. Not too bad a price even with p&p to the UK. I have been binge watching draping videos. The University of Fashion ones are particularly helpful. I'm also watching the Bluprint / Craftsy class, "Fashion Draping with Paul Gallo. He's a bit ponderous compared to U of F and he doesn't seem to add much, if any, wearing ease as he goes along. Perhaps he is creating more of a Moulage.

A very up to date and interesting video is this one, from Stitchless TV:

This was made after Shingo Sato had draped a Jacket using Muslin and a lot of masking tape, instead of pins.

My only caveat following the Stitchless TV vid' is that she takes her darts right up to the vanishing point of any mounds. Traditionally a bust dart, say, does not extend further than about 1" into the bust circle. I wonder of her garment would be skin tight especially across the back.
I do like her method of slashing then taping. It would be quicker than all that delicate pinning. I'm so cack-handed.

Happy sewing,

Dress Forms / Re: Draping a basic Sloper on my 'Me Shaped' Dress Form
« on: January 09, 2020, 15:00:42 PM »
It sounds as if you are doing much better than me, Elnnina. You have had some really good ideas which I shall crib unashamedly!  :D

So far I have CF, CB, Shoulder and Waist lines as sewn into my - now too small -  original cover. Your idea of being able to feel the new ridges is really useful. My " Sewing Suzzie "  leans back terribly. She is on a circular stand and although I try to wedge her upright, she sways. I have tried holding a plumb line in place to get straight of grain, but your more permanent plumb lines sound much better.  Love the idea of ribbed vests.; that's inspired!

Poor old thing, she leaks polystyrene beads and has been wearing an extremely dusty toile of a Morris Blazer for far too long. Sleeves are the bane of my life; I must have narrow shoulders and chunky biceps! So, one of my challenges is to work out where the Shoulder should end and the Armscye  begin.

Your fabric sounds lovely. Happy draping,


Dress Forms / Draping a basic Sloper on my 'Me Shaped' Dress Form
« on: January 08, 2020, 17:21:06 PM »
 8)  I have a paper tape double, which approximates me as I was several years ago. So, in an effort to make better use of it, I checked my measurements and added various bits of padding, with a view to draping a usable basic master pattern with all of my figure foibles built in. i.e. no more major pattern adjustments. Ha Ha!

YouTube has some quite useful draping videos. The oldest ones are the best, as they show a lot of detail, but not everything. Even they 'cheat' by presuming that I am using a professional dress form with Princess lines, etc., marked. My body doesn't come with those!  At least these old ones show draping for a four dart sloper. The newer videos are generally posted by enthusiastic youngsters who drape on a size 6 form, without wearing ease and only use Bust and Waist darts on the Front. The back might have a tiny waist dart. The possibility of a Back shoulder dart is mentioned in passing. Huh, have you seen my shoulder!

I don't want to decry their efforts, but I have to laugh. I'm a real person. I have bumps and hollows.... that need darts...and wearing ease! I really don't want to go back to pattern drafting from numbers; measuring ones self is a trial - everything keeps shifting! Toiles will still be needed, but Oh, to have a pattern me shaped!

Here are links to the videos that I have found most useful:            There are parts 2, 3 and 4, but she skips over how the                         
                                                                                    Back bodice is draped.              I shall use this one for the Back Bodice, she does have one
                                                                                     covering the Front, too.            A Jacket Sleeve by Shingo Sato. Might be able to crib ideas for
                                                                 draping a one piece sleeve, especially the underarm shape for the Armscye.

Anyone found any other useful draping ones.


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