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The Haberdashery / Love vario pliers - tool advice please
« on: May 17, 2021, 15:58:51 PM »
I still don't understand why when I bought this Love Vario pliers a couple of years ago (after some serious enabling on the forum :[) it included no tools of any practical use! I already have Kam snap pliers so the Love Vario have never even been used.

So I want to buy the tool set for applying 8/9mm - and preferably also 6mm - double cap rivets. That's all I need really. I wonder can anyone show me a picture of exactly which tools I would need? A picture would be great.

I have the rivets but the hand tools in the set are useless and I'd rather not spend £50 on a rivet press unless I have to.

In the wardrobe / Grainline Linden sweatshirt
« on: May 06, 2021, 18:38:06 PM »
I've had this pattern and fabric in my stash for years so it's about time they were put to some use. Its a bit jazzy for me but it's a lovely quality fine French Terry from Girl Charlee (when they had a UK outlet) and having worn it during an outdoors chat today it's grown on me.

This pattern has been around a long time and is dead easy and a fast sew. Made a straight size 4, no alterations except for shortening the sleeves 2", and the fit is exactly as I'd hoped.

I love the comfort and practicality of wearing sweatshirts, so going to make a couple more of these now. It's not summer here yet!

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In the wardrobe / Wardrobe By Me Men's Fleece Jacket
« on: April 10, 2021, 18:25:14 PM »
Just finished second of these for himself - it has invisible zip pockets, side pieces, a three piece sleeve - which I decided to topstitch - and a slightly shaped back hemline . Despite the name, fleece is only one of the fabric options. I used a cotton/lycra interlock which wasn't as easy to work with as the French terry I made the first one from, so lots of Wonder tape required. It fits well and the fabric is lovely and soft, and exactly the colour I hoped so we're both pleased. And he actually wears it :)

Of course now he wants another!

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In the wardrobe / Jalie 2795
« on: March 29, 2021, 10:38:01 AM »
Just completed this 25 piece Jalie 2795 zip cardi in French terry print and cotton lycra plain, colour blocked. I took my inspiration from this great example and the fabrics are from my all too static stash.

I reduced collar length by an inch, similarly the bodice length, also 2" off the sleeves which are still quite long. No other changes as it's a great fit, thanks Jalie. Can't wait to make another one now. It's just a pity that - as Hawk-eye aka DH pointed out - my birds would appear to be mostly flying upside down!! Duh :S - at 2 metres hopefully no one will notice  :rolleyes:.

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Technical Help / How do I shorten three piece sleeves?
« on: March 20, 2021, 12:58:29 PM »
This is the jacket: And here's the sleeve pattern layout - as you can see it's actually four pieces, and will be colour blocked (the two underarm pieces different) so I can't just substitute another sleeve. And there's a cuff which I'll be shortening too.

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I need to shorten somehow by a good 2" but if I take a line straight across the outer pieces will end up wonky. Just wondering is there a formula for this, a correct method, or do I just wing it?

Access All Accessories / Mask pouches
« on: December 19, 2020, 15:57:05 PM »
Decided to make some mask pouches (and a couple of masks) for us and friends this Christmas? DH product tested a few styles and sizes and liked the smaller zip type best as it's easiest to secure and shove in the pocket. The gold fabric is a single layer, the rest are lined with the outer one interfaced, and the yellow pouch has a Velcro closure.

The pouch of choice takes two pieces of fabric 8 3/4" by 6" - plus 1 3/4" x 2 1/2" for the tab - so great for FQ (or any) remnants. The zips were a dirt cheap Amazon bulk buy ages ago. It takes me 30 minutes to make, including the time it takes me to choose what colours to use!

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Access All Accessories / Making a hat - made!
« on: November 18, 2020, 22:14:02 PM »
I saw a fetching hat on a friend last winter and tracked down a similar pattern Finally got round to attempting it using remnants from an ancient pair of tweedy Next trousers and some left over lining fabric from my faux leather jacket.

No idea if or when I'd ever wear this - I have a few beanies for walking and several me-made sun hats - but I just fancied a go at making something with a peaked brim using extra stiff interfacing. I also have this Vogue hat pattern, but some of Gina Renee's other hat patterns look quite appealing.

I used to love wearing hats when I was a young thing so maybe I'm regressing!  -<

Your Favourite Suppliers / Good news from Minerva
« on: November 10, 2020, 22:22:18 PM »
Yes I know they aren't everyone's favourite online shop but wait - they've just announced that you can now buy all their fabric in 10cm increments. :dance: I'm often put off by stores that only sell by the metre so this is music to my ears. Just spreading the word.

Sewing Machines / Any way to cancel automatic locking stitch?
« on: November 05, 2020, 16:55:00 PM »
Does anyone know if there's a way to stop my Janome (DXL603) automatically doing a lock stitch at the beginning of a zigzag or decorative stitch? I'm not a fan of this - there are various reasons why I often don't want a lock stitch - and there's a button to press if I do want it. I just don't see why it's compulsory.

Googling hasn't found anything relevant so asking here since between you you know everything!

Technical Help / Pants pattern back rise much too short
« on: October 21, 2020, 18:24:14 PM »
Help please. Vogue pants dysfunction.

I'm making pants from a stash pattern Vogue 1440 . First I did a flat seat adjustment as per Anne Rowley's method which involved reducing the back crotch length by 1/2". Then on measuring the back rise it's at least 3 1/2" too short.

I've increased the front rise by 1/2", and the back rise slashed and spread from 1/2" at the side seam to 1 1/2" at the crotch - which is the maximum I thought I'd get away with. I've also added 1 1/4" to the top, tapered down to nil at the side seam (giving me 3 1/4" extra in total which should do. Is that the best way to do it or is there a better way?

What do you think?

Access All Accessories / Small purse
« on: September 21, 2020, 22:39:18 PM »
I've abandoned my usual fat purse because these days all I carry with me anywhere is bank card, driver's licence, couple of €20 notes and a few coins. I made this to fit in my pandemic bag and jeans or jacket pocket. It's a quick and easy make and very useful! Even more minimalist would be @WildAtlanticWay's small zip pouch idea but I just fancied making this  and can't resist any excuse to add a snap fastening.... I lost concentration at one point and my intended external fabric ended up as the lining! If I made another I might use stiffer interfacing.

A simple, basic make but it uses very little fabric - just FQ remnants - and it's a free tutorial.

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Access All Accessories / Pandemic bag
« on: September 13, 2020, 22:18:06 PM »
I wanted a small cross body bag to fit a mask, sanitiser, car keys, phone and mini wallet, so made this last week. It does the job and I've worn it a couple of times already. The main compartment  is a tad narrow for fishing things out but otherwise I'm pleased. The zipped pocket has a gusset - using the linlng fabric - so it fits more than you'd think. I didn't have the right size strap slider so I added a couple of snap fasteners to make it adjustable.

This is the pattern

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This is the larger of the two pattern sizes So the smaller one must be very small indeed!

Access All Accessories / Storage bags
« on: September 08, 2020, 11:46:54 AM »
I've been quiet here recently, struggling like so many and not sewing much. But I feel on the up so thought I'd post about the few simple items that did get made. Small bags and pouches are my default when I can't face anything more demanding.

First up are these DIY storage bags The pattern gives all the various piece sizes and is free if you sign up to the newsletter. The instructions/tutorial are online. These aren't lined but have French seams. The fabric was discovered tucked away when we cleared my parents-in-law's house. They were large cotton scarves that he may have brought back for her on his exotic work travels.

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More coming soon...

Asking for a novice quilter friend. She has pieced the front something like this
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and thinks stitch in the ditch would be boring. She could do free motion but can you suggest any good alternatives? It's 70x58".

I thought this looked rather nice - more as a basket than a bag for me - and stylish. There's 35% off so it's under £4. I just might...

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