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I am also tentatively planning to join this one. I just saw SewManju's recent stripey midi dress, and I want to make something similar for summer. I should have some spare time around the last two weeks of June, so it seems that ideal time.

Current Projects / Re: Triangle Jitters by "Suzy Quilts"
« on: May 17, 2019, 14:38:20 PM »
That design is beautiful! Perfect for a new house. I love the pops of aqua on it, your daughter's so lucky

Technical Help / Re: Sleevies.
« on: May 10, 2019, 12:29:53 PM »
From what I've read, and I admit I'm not the most knowledgeable, the two ways of inserting a sleeve are dependent on the level of formality.

I think that this is because sewing a sleeve in flat gives a greater range of motion because you end up with a sleeve like |—, so its appropriate for knit garments such as t-shirts as well as more casual clothes.

A set in sleeve ends up looking like this |\ instead, which when you think about it is where you're arms naturally are most of the time. However, this doesn't really give a lot of range of motion, but it does mean that the sleeve fits really nicely (when you're not reaching up to grab things etc), which is what you want for more formal occasion.

I think that coats and jackets count as more 'formal' because most people don't really run around in them, or move their arms a lot in them. So in your case, I think that the set in sleeve is probably the most appropriate for your pattern. That said, if you want to do one over the other, no ones going to stop you and they probably wont even notice anyway!


as for the Custom-Fit part, perhaps it would be advisable to ask beforehand what that means and how it's achieved.  For a true custom fit with trousers/jeans/pants etc, there's really only one way and that's to fit a toile, adjust the pattern and then make the real thing. It's a 2 day workshop so it's possible for example toile & fiting on day 1 and making the jeans on day 2. 

The listing says that she expects you to have cut and basted the fabric before you come in, so I expect that a fair amount of time will be spent on fitting.

That said, with stretch denim at least, you're not going to know how they really fit until you wear them for a day. That was my experience anyway. I basted my jeans together, and they looked and felt fine. Once I finished sewing them up I realised that the fabric really bags out throughout the day so they're not as tight as I wanted them and there are more wrinkles than I thought. The zip also comes down whenever I sit down, and the yoke is too big, and the crotch length is too small and the rise is too short and I've got a bit of a sway back. Some of that is because of the fabric, and making a toile wouldn't have helped unless it was out of the exact same fabric. Some of that is just the learning curve of making my first pair of tightly fitted trousers. They look like jeans though, and I'm very proud of them. I enjoyed the experience so much that I know I'm definitely going to make another pair, but probably from a different pattern.

I don't expect anyone to come out of that workshop with a pair of amazingly fitted jeans. The only way that would be possible is if they were all using the exact same fabric that the teacher knew well enough to know how it behaves, but they're not. I don't personally think paying £400 plus fabric and travel costs for a pair of jeans that aren't going to fit you perfectly makes economical sense. But that's just me, and I know that I've spent money on things that don't make sense to other people, so I can't really judge I suppose.

Selfless or selfish sewing? Something for someone else if you do a lot of sewing for your self or something for yourself if you do a lot of sewing for other people.

Environmentally friendly sewing? Make yourself something that will help you to take care of the environment a bit more (e.g a grocery bag to replace plastic bags, or a blanket so you use the heating less).

You could also do some stash busting, that might be fun!

I've done the online class that she offered and it was pretty good. She's not the most articulate person to be honest, but she's a good and encouraging teacher and a lot of the reviews of her in person classes are really good (but I don't know if that's a true reflection or just bloggers being a bit starry eyed).

To be honest, unless you expect you'll have a lot of fitting issues I'd probably go with the online class. It's about 4 hours worth of good content and about a tenth of the price. Her video expanations are so good that I could just follow along and I didn't make any mistakes or have to rip out any of my stitching. Plus there's a comment feature so you can ask questions and upload photos and she's always replied. Unless you're going for the experience, then I'd go for the cheaper option

I’d need to see an image or sketch. The flowers would need to be big/dominant enough to count as floral fabric.

Ahh, looks like a no then. The flowers would be concentrated at the waistband and the rest of the fabric would be plain. Oh well, next time  :D

I'm planning on doing some floral embroidery on a pair of trousers I'm making. Would that be enough for me to enter this contest?

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: My fabrics
« on: April 29, 2019, 14:49:53 PM »
I bought some suiting fabric from there once. After I washed it, it went from a beautiful true black to a gross mottled brown. I emailed them about it, but they never got back to me. Eventually I had to create a paypal dispute to get my money back. Never again...

That blue is absolutely stunning and it will look amazing on you when you go on your cruise!

In the wardrobe / Re: Loose fitting jacket pattern for beginner
« on: April 15, 2019, 17:12:54 PM »
The seamwork Quince day robe looks pretty close to me.

Patterns Discussion / Re: "Pattern Review" a grumble
« on: April 06, 2019, 10:59:50 AM »
I kind of agree with you. When I'm looking at a pattern to buy, I want to know exactly what I'm getting. People make so many alterations understandably, but it makes it hard to get a realistic idea of who the pattern is for and how it would fit.

I don't think people shouldn't make changes and hack a pattern, but it stops your review being an actual review of the product.

Patterns Discussion / Re: in search off trouser/jeans pattern
« on: March 26, 2019, 13:55:04 PM »
The Named Jamie Jeans have the vertical stitching down the front and some interesting pockets

Patterns Discussion / Re: PDF Big 4 Patterns
« on: March 13, 2019, 12:01:01 PM »
I didn't realise that you could get pdfs of Big 4 patterns. I've found for the projects where I've tried to use big 4, by the time I've traced around them and cut them out I get burned out and give up. It doesn't happen with pdf patterns because I dont feel the need to preserve the sizes so I don't trace them out.

Thanks for the link. Hopefully more of the big 4 and not just burda and McCall's will start doing pdfs as well as their paper patterns.

Access All Accessories / Re: Finishing off bookmark ends?
« on: December 16, 2018, 09:38:42 AM »
I think I'm going to go down the stitch and fray method. Because of the way I made the bookmarks, as it's essentially four layers of fabric, the fraying should look quite nice and full!

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