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Thank you on and all. Finally took the plunge this morning and bought a pack that contains a right angle, ruler, french curve and a couple of other curves. It's a cheap set, but I figure I'll see what I use the most and get a better quality later. I also bought the book that @Efemera suggested. I think that will propbably be more helpful than most of the curves. Thanks again for your insights!

Thanks guys, really helpful feedback. I love the fact that the first post suggests I get both and the second post suggests neither! This sums up dressmaking in a nutshell for me as a novice! I think it's my mathematical background where something is either right or wrong, but in dressmaking there's not always a 'right' answer, drives me bonkers!

Still, we learn from the mistakes right? The video is very helpful and clearly explains the benefits of using a curve. I think I'm just going to have to start experimenting. Anyone have any other resources for making your own patterns or adjusting existing patterns? There's so much I don't know!

Thank you all for sharing your insights. I'll let you know how I get on.

The Haberdashery / Do I need a french curve or a Dressmakers ruler
« on: July 03, 2020, 12:39:53 PM »
I'm still a novice, but I want to break away from shop bought patterns and either amend those patterns or start from scratch (initially copying shop bought items of clothes I love).

It looks like I'll need some sort of ruler with curves but I'm not sure where to start, a french curve or something like the Prym dressmakers ruler.

I can't work out the main difference/advantages of each. I would really appreciate some pointers.


Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hello from Ireland
« on: January 23, 2020, 08:41:18 AM »
Right, it took a while but I've worked out how to include photos of the 3 cats and my dog and popped some up on Pets Corner!

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hello from Ireland
« on: January 22, 2020, 09:12:53 AM »
hank you again for the warm welcome, I already feel very at home here! Glad you’re all as crazy about your pets as I am. I’ll pop over to Pets corner and put up some pics now. I have 3 cats and a dog.

For the Irish contingent, I’m in Bray, Wicklow. The course is in BIFE.

I lived in London for a long time but moved home with the family about 10 years ago. Really didn’t appreciate the huge range of fabric and haberdashery shops there. I used to visit and day dream about what I could do with all the different trimmings and swaths of material. I’ll be relying heavily on internet shopping because I don’t think Hickeys is going to cut it for me!

Some of my inlaws live in Belfast so I pop up there every couple of months. Be good to get some shop recommendations for my next trip. My MIL would be interested too, she’s a great knitter.

PS @Iminei Maus definitely have hair and lovely markings.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hello from Ireland
« on: January 21, 2020, 16:17:24 PM »
Thanks for the welcomes! Yes @Iminei, Ty is a Bengal, he's 2 years old now. He's sitting on top of my old girl Sufi, she's an Egyptian Mau and is 14 now.

Hi, I'm new... / Hello from Ireland
« on: January 21, 2020, 14:56:30 PM »
Hello from Ireland!

Another nameless parenting forum pointed me towards you lovely people.

I'm a newbie to both this forum and sewing. My mum tried to teach me when I was younger but I was not a great student.

I took it up again over the Christmas break and got hooked. I realised that there's tons I don't know hence signing up here.

I'm going to start a course next week because there's a few gaps in my knowledge but I really want to get into pattern adaption and designing my own clothes. Definitely nothing fancy, but I suspect I'll need help with that sort of thing in the future!

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