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A Good Yarn / Re: Unpicking, Tinking ??
« on: September 10, 2021, 12:25:20 PM »
4 stitches 4 rows down I would unpick the 4 stitches down to the correct row and then hold the correct 4 stitches on a straight cable needle as I rework them back up to the needle.

Patterns Discussion / Re: vogue pattern search ..
« on: August 01, 2021, 12:52:45 PM »
How about McCalls 8856. There's a very good review on La Sewista's blog.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: New to the South West and hello again
« on: May 11, 2021, 13:20:43 PM »
Hello @Seaview.  Have you looked around Radstock?  My daughter is going to be selling in Stratton-on-the-Fosse which is a lovely area (not a sales pitch as her house would be too small for 2 teenagers).  Also Chilcompton, which is a nicely sized village.

In the wardrobe / Re: rotary cutter
« on: May 06, 2021, 20:45:58 PM »
I mostly use a rotary cutter for dressmaking and don't have any problems regarding economical layout of pattern pieces.  I do like to give my Gingher serrated  edge scissors an outing sometimes though. Notches are cut outwards.

Current Projects / Re: Quilting table...
« on: May 05, 2021, 15:47:32 PM »
That's a great idea!

A Good Yarn / Re: Alternative to mitred square blanket
« on: May 02, 2021, 17:31:54 PM »
That looks like a nice one to make @LeilaMay. I've got a partially made mitred blanket on the go. I use left over DK wool from other projects and add to it as I go. It's satisfying and fun to do :)

In the wardrobe / Re: Stuck on easy pattern cutting layout
« on: April 15, 2021, 13:49:41 PM »
@Arloony Has your fabric got a one-way design or any nap? If not fold it in half across the width and the selvedges will lay on top of each other at the top and bottom with the edges that have been cut instore both falling at one end. If it does have nap or a one-way design still fold it the same way and lay your pattern pieces out on top to make sure that they will fit (which they should if you have the required amount of fabric) then remove them and cut the fabric in half widthways and turn the top piece round 180 degrees keeping the fabric right sides together.

PS You're not stupid - sometimes what seems to be the most basic thing can bamboozle us.

@RachelB From the back view the waist appears to be a bit higher on the right side next to where your right elbow is. Do one adjustment at a time.
I would release the darts a bit to start with as Efemera said. This will take some the tightness out across your bum and allow the back of the dress to hang better. You should be able to do this on your existing toile.
I have one shoulder that is lower than the other following an injury so I sew each shoulder differently. If I make a garment that doesn't have an actual shoulder seam I take a small wedge out of the right hand side on the pattern. It's a bit of faffing around but gives a better fit. If I was having the issue you are regarding the right hand side of your dress I might try something along the same lines. However it does look as though once you make it a little less snugly fitting you may find the issue disappears

Just a thought - are you making sure that the grain of the fabric is straight before you measure and cut?

In the wardrobe / Re: New burda top
« on: April 06, 2021, 13:14:48 PM »
That's a lovely top @dolcevita. I've had problems with the facings flipping out on Burda makes despite understitching and trying various other tricks but never thought of making the facings deeper :facepalm:

Sewing Machines / Re: Errrrmmm Technical Chaps ... Is this Possible ??
« on: April 02, 2021, 11:33:54 AM »
That's exactly what I would do @Bodgeitandscarper.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Does a dog Bandana have to be 100% cotton?
« on: March 28, 2021, 20:49:12 PM »
My daughter's Old English Sheepdog wears bandanas - Harris Tweed  :rolleyes:  They're lined with cotton and topstitched like @ Lillian's. I don't think that most dogs would be irritated by fabrics as they have their hair between their skin and the bandana. Not quite sure about the relationship between drooling and bandanas as the vast majority of dogs' mouths are too far away from the bandana for it to be of any use in that situation.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Blue Dot Dover jacket
« on: March 26, 2021, 17:00:59 PM »
I don't think there's anything wrong with the colour and I like the embroidered leaves?. I think it would look very nice with leggings.

In the wardrobe / Re: can't decide if I need FBA
« on: March 16, 2021, 21:06:49 PM »
If your high bust is 34" and your full bull bust is 37" you need to choose the pattern size with full bust of 34" ( size 12). Then you will need to add a total of 3" so do a 1.5" FBA on the pattern piece. This will make garment fit across the shoulders and armholes much better and give you the required fullness in the bust.

In the wardrobe / Re: can't decide if I need FBA
« on: March 16, 2021, 20:07:47 PM »
@RachelB  I have to do an FBA and after much trial and error have found what works for me. I don't think it's an exact science and in your shoes I would most likely do a toile with a 1 inch FBA (pattern front is half of the total front so 1 inch on that piece will give you a 2 inch total FBA) and go from there.

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