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This is where I got mine @Ellabella . They're certainly strong and in a wide range of sizes and colours including rainbow which rather surprised me.

Who are your favourite designers @Ellabella ?

Sorry folks, TSP is having a grumpy fit and won't let me 'like' anything!

Thank you for the kind words, I'd definitely recommend the Teloujay 1.0 pattern or the Teloujay 2.0 with two outside pockets - front zipped and the back is a slip pocket.

The results are certainly encouraging me to try more. Don't think I can avoid it really as my DD has dropped some hints.

I finally got around to making a proper handbag - my friend's upcoming birthday gave me a bit of impetus but I'm already feeling a bit hooked. I used some polyester furnishing fabric from Immanuel's previously used for a doll carrying bag and some Liberty lawn print (a misprint from Standfast & Barracks at least 5 years ago). Good savings there helped to offset the cost of three different interfacings, hardware & zips and my friend will love the bag even more for the tale of its frugal fabrics. I saved on buying most of the hardware from a pet accessories company and I got away without rivets (which I don't have yet) by using the buttonhole function for a sturdy but very subtle bar tack, No problem sewing it as the fabric has a nice soft fibre :D

Anyone else have good tips for bag making on good quality components at frugal prices? Ive started a doc with details of who has what with prices, p&p etc to help in finding good value plus bundling options to avoid to many different p&p charges. I used the medium woven interfacing from Little Stitcher Sews at half the cost of Vilene G700 and I really like it. The Thermolam fleece was a good price from them too (£3 per half metre) plus no extra p&p. Their Tex 40 thread (Saba) sewed beautifully in my domestic machine and the colour match was fantastic considering it was selected on a computer screen. I'm planning to try their waterproof canvas soon to line a future bag too. It's the lighter weight so should have no problems on my machine.

Very pleased with the pattern too from Country Cow Designs in Cornwall. It's one of her beginner patterns at a low price of £2 and worth every penny. It came together so well and has some lovely details like the card slots inside the interior pocket. The sewalongs on this pattern from the designer and also SiahSwag and Jess OklaRoots meant I knew it inside out before I picked up the scissors. That made such a contrast with learning to sew for ballroom those years ago, even now there's a dearth of good quality information and free advice outside of FB groups.

I've just got some Aldi FQs of Harry Potter fabrics for some Christmas stocking gifts for my HP megafan daughter and my grandson's girlfriend. Zipped pouches, a handbag organiser insert and perhaps a quilted sunglasses case for my granddaughter's oversized sunglasses but definitely not in HP fabric for her!

Yes, the card slots!!!

Fun with Fabric / Re: It started with a sample swatch ...
« on: October 13, 2021, 18:53:11 PM »
I've loved teal for so long, I remember being made fun of at work in the early noughtles when answering "teal" to being asked my favourite colour! It didn't help when the men said, "what's teal?" that I said, "a duck".

However the first thing that came to mind for your outfit, thinking of a period influence, was turquoise and eau de nil. I imagine it could look fabulous stood next to gold and silver. Thinking of sheer beauty rather than power.

I've found Flamingo Prints quick too @ClareInStitches and very easy to use their online uploading. My only problem was with my last one when the postman scraped it through the letter box (quite a strong spring) and it ripped through the plastic posting bag and damaged the paper in a couple of places. It's not been a common problem with all the stuff that comes in even thinner clear wrappers that I've ever noticed - I didn't complain but I might suggest she considers a slightly thicker grade of bag if it happens again.

Fun with Fabric / Last minute practical kitchen makes for uni
« on: September 27, 2021, 00:48:10 AM »
We live a quiet life these days so I suppose this classes as fun.  ;)

I'm trying to drum up the enthusiasm to make a laundry bag for my granddaughter going off to uni but I got side tracked into making some gripper cloths for opening recalcitrant jars as she has quite small hands and struggles with some kitchen tools - her excuse for pinching her mum's tin opener, supposedly the only one she can use reliably.

I used some odd yellow fabric that is somewhat rough and synthetic feeling and some firmish fusible woven interfacing bought at Immanuel's last month for £1pm. I got it for bag making but this is its first outing, initial signs look good. The gripper is the rubber mesh non-slip stuff that Ikea sells and it does seem to work very well. The binding is neon orange stretch satin bias, it was still out after adding it to a net overskirt last week. At least she'll spot them stuffed down the bottom of a box when she needs one.

These were just meant to be prototypes but I decided she wasn't bothered how imperfect they were. Things must be good if this is the main thing I'm worrying she may be short of!  0_0

They might make quite a good little stocking filler to use up the odd unwanted patchwork square?

Dolls and Toys / Re: Sewing For Dolls
« on: September 27, 2021, 00:13:23 AM »
You're putting me to shame I'm afraid. No doll sewing here recently but must get back to it if all 7 dolls are to have a full wardrobe for their new owners by Christmas!

Dolls and Toys / Re: Sewing For Dolls
« on: September 01, 2021, 19:15:26 PM »
I won't be sewing any school uniforms for the dolls having spent 11 begrudging school years myself in uniforms that I hated.

Nevertheless, there's some lovely work here @Ann so I can definitely appreciate that!  :loveit:

Fun with Fabric / Re: Is There A New Nylon?
« on: September 01, 2021, 14:50:44 PM »
I'm willing to believe your fabric is breathable if it says so. 

A great deal of activewear technical fabric is nylon/spandex. Two of my favourites (Meryl and Supplex), both 80% nylon 20% spandex, are fabulous for exercise tops/bodies and leggings as they wick sweat away from the skin rapidly while staying cool and dry to the touch. What's more they feel far more like cotton than your idea of nylon.

This may not be all it seems at it was relisted after not being sold but worth closer perusal perhaps…

Fun with Fabric / Re: Route home via fabric shops?
« on: August 21, 2021, 07:17:11 AM »
Thank you for these replies, and for the extra suggestions @sewmuchmore  I've started looking them up - you've really given me something to ponder on there. It's always nice to have a variety of options even if it doesn't help me cutting down the list for the way home.  ;)  Now I'm wondering if we can make the route a figure of 8 and squeeze in Fabworks before crossing to the west for Burnley and leave the way home for Shipley, Skipton or...

@Surest1tch - yes, I wasn't thinking specifically of curtaining from Waltons necessarily. I've only been there once before in 2019 and that was for dance lycra of which they had a huge selection so that has coloured my memory.

@Tamnymore - we went to Fabworks on the same trip as to Waltons so I'm keen to return there too. I just wish I could say I'd sewn up all the fabric I bought from there last time.  :|

I can definitely see why you desire it,  :loveit:

Fortunately it has no power over me as my current finances have even blocked the daydream mode which can lead me astray. That's fine, it's very clear cut so it's a pain-free zone. As for you, if you can afford it, go for it and savour every pennyworth of pleasure with no regrets!

In the wardrobe / Re: New Jalie Patterns
« on: August 15, 2021, 22:38:53 PM »
I love Jalie Patterns but the majority of mine have been for dance & activewear. None of the new collection jumps out for my needs this time but I have had their city coat pattern for a couple of years and not got around to it so as I've got a fabric shop opportunity coming up shortly, perhaps I should note down the quantities for that.

A timely reminder, thank you.  :)

Dolls and Toys / Re: Sewing For Dolls
« on: August 15, 2021, 22:29:08 PM »
This really is a cut above @Ann:loveit:

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