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Please don't put it in the skip, send it to the charity shop.

Fun with Fabric / Polished cotton
« on: September 09, 2021, 17:25:11 PM »
I have just received a new McCalls shirt dress pattern and one of the suggested fabrics is polished cotton. I have googled and now know that it is a shiny cotton but that is it. Has anyone come across any? Is it just an American term? It isn't mentioned in my Vogue A-Z of fabrics (but it is very old).

Fun with Fabric / Re: Nice lining?
« on: September 08, 2021, 20:54:18 PM »
@jen you are probably sorted by now, I've been away so only just seen your post, but Fabworks have some nice fabric that can be used as lining here

Patterns Discussion / List of free child patterns to download
« on: August 23, 2021, 08:55:18 AM »
Sewstainability has listed lots of free resources for children's sewing patterns here

Fun with Fabric / Re: Route home via fabric shops?
« on: August 20, 2021, 09:16:26 AM »
@Marniesews if you are going to Keighley have you thought about the Shuttle in Shipley or the Fent shop in Skipton? Although not off the M1 perhaps near enough to make a detour. Both sell dressmaking and curtain/upholstery fabric but not on the same scale as Fabworks. Bombay stores in Bradford? or here
for curtain fabric, this is near Fabworks. And of course if you are in Dewsbury there is the £1 a yard shop plus a mile or 2 down the road in Batley is a roll end shop called the Heritage Mill Shop details
Fabric for All in Armley, just of the M1, not a big shop but good selection details
I forgot about here, in Keighley itself, i have had stuff via on line shop but never visited b&m

House Beautiful / Re: Decisions…
« on: August 10, 2021, 17:31:09 PM »
I like the big pattern on the right as you look at the photo

In the wardrobe / Re: Catching up, again!
« on: August 10, 2021, 17:25:03 PM »
Rest of photos.

In the wardrobe / Catching up, again!
« on: August 10, 2021, 17:23:32 PM »
I must try and post what i have made when i make it rather than bore you to death with my catchups, but here goes with my panic sews before i went away.

First is a couple of Style Arc Autumn dresses, i have had this pattern for quite a while so decided to give it a go. When you read the reviews they all mention the back pleat and how confusing it is. On first inspection it did look rather confusing and i did ponder long and hard over it. I decided to colour code the markings rather than try and follow the letters and this worked a treat. If you decide to make it don't try and follow the diagram, it doesn't work.

Second is a simple wrap skirt using vintage curtain fabric by Habitat, originally designed for the V&A. I have had this for about 40 years, it was a piece left over from some trousers I made in my early 20’s.

The other 2 skirts are from a McCalls pattern, basically 2 rectangles with pleats but I have added side seam pockets and put in a centre back seam for the zip.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Waffle cargo vest
« on: August 10, 2021, 16:56:32 PM »
Looking for a new vest, gilet, bodywarmer pattern but not sure about this one, a bit too fussy i think.

Patterns Discussion / Style Arc Talulah Dress.
« on: June 10, 2021, 17:50:15 PM »
Has any one made this  dress but using a woven fabric? If so what alterations did you do i.e drop armcyle, go up a size, obviously i would need to put some sort of closure in the back.

Fun with Fabric / double gauze help
« on: May 31, 2021, 17:56:31 PM »
First time i have used this fabric, still not sure about it but that's another story. Anyway, the question is: can you use interfacing on the fabric, will it just not squash all the bubbly bit flat? And what type of interfacing would you use, woven, stretch or the bog standard stuff?
Plus i thought this type of fabric was opaque but with the light behind it you can see straight through it.

@Lachica sorry it's taken a while to get back to you. Thanks for looking but after to a trip to Fabworks i am now sorted.

oops, sorry, yes @BrendaP i do indeed mean 10cm.

Does anyone have any small pieces of rib i can buy? They are for the neckline of M&M woven T-shirt. They need to be 10mm wide and long enough to round the neckline. Any colour is ok but i do already have purple.

Embroidery and Embellishment / Re: Bejewelled Dragonfly
« on: May 16, 2021, 17:48:44 PM »
Always find UT stitch out beautifully.

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