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In the wardrobe / Help pattern for fleece jacket
« on: August 04, 2022, 11:38:43 AM »
I am looking for a simple style pattern for a fleece jacket that has a front zip and NO hood.

 I also don’t want it with 20 seams and sculpted which is all I seem to be able to find.  I want it for my Son he has one but I don’t feel up to copying it especially around the neck and zip.  It would be good if I could find a unisex one as I think I might like one too.

Any ideas all I can find is hoodies or very fitted sports style.


I was going through some sewing stash and came across these fabrics, they are off cuts I was given, they are beautiful Italian cotton, very fine, used for mens shirts.
The main problem is the bulk of them are red and blue, in various patterns, I don’t want to buy more fabric to go with them as it would be really difficult to find a similar quality without paying an arm and a leg.

I am only thinking of doing something really simple. No fancy cutting or fancy quilting, the simpler the better.  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

I am going through trying to destash  stuff and came across this, I believe the foot will fit a lot of Pfaff machines if anyone is interested For £10.00 plus postage   It has never been used.

I have now got the book and am still undecided if it’s any good or not more about that later on another post, right now I am looking at the patchwork jacket, I liked the idea even before I saw it and some of them looked good on the show.  The one in the pattern book is not quite to my idea but I am thinking of using it with altering length etc., here are my problems

They say cut the front pieces out to size once you have pieced the fabric, then cut wadding and lining out 1 inch bigger, and then quilt it.   :thinking: Well in my limited experience does that not mean the front once quilted and of course trimmed will end up smaller than you want???

The sleeves are pieced but not quilted and the back is not even pieced. Also just for your interest there are no mitred corners on the binding :thinking: :thinking:

Not sure if I should post this here or in the darkside maybe @SewRuthieSews you can help, do you have the book yet , I think you said you had it on order?

Your Favourite Suppliers / Pound fabrics
« on: May 21, 2022, 17:12:09 PM »
I have just received my first order from Pound fabrics and am very pleased with them so far. I will wash them over the weekend and will report back, I bought 4 pieces. 2 for casual trousers, one for a top and one piece for a quick shopping bag.

Ok let’s try this please post pickies of your current makes or just details if pictures are a problem. Maybe pictures of previous makes too.

My current project, is a Jacobean crewel work and I am very much a beginner in crewelwork.  I have also just started another beading project with very tiny delica beads do you think this will count? 

As far as one I want to do in the future it is this one

Embroidery and Embellishment / Hand or machine ?
« on: May 12, 2022, 10:27:28 AM »
I have just found a lot of my old embroidery things and am restarting my journey, I am starting with a crewel work design but

I am also drawn to silk shading has anyone done any? My only problem is it reminds me too much of machine embroidery so why don’t I just do it on a machine?  I have thus book and have just found 

Or should I stick to crewel work and if so does anyone have any favourites to share

A Good Yarn / Celia more knitting finished
« on: May 05, 2022, 09:13:03 AM »
This was a nice project to do, I was a bit fed up with my FI jumper and wanted a break so this is for a friends birthday.

It is made from sock yarn but knitted on a size 5 needle. I had to swap out my usual favourite metal needles for my bamboo as it kept slipping off the metal needles too easily. I will knit another one but might change the way it’s knitted a bit.

It is a free pattern from stylcraft,84&yarns=266. It is the one called lace shawl.

Access All Accessories / Bags for life
« on: April 22, 2022, 11:46:30 AM »
I have just seen this book and am a bit tempted, I have lots of odd patterns for bags but I quite like the concept of full size patterns and all together in a book has anyone else either seen or got this book.

I am looking for some projects to do that are not too big as I have quite a lot of smallish pieces of fabric

Fun with Fabric / Organising fabric. Help needed
« on: March 25, 2022, 09:33:19 AM »
I am trying to organise my fabrics better, I did sort them recently but have decide they need more order.

As i have pruned my wardrobe a lot recently I was wondering if I could store some of the fabric hanging, as there is a limit to the length the fabric would have to be folded is the a good idea? Some of these pieces are big and quite heavy. There is a possibility I could get rid of one wardrobe and replace with something more suitable if I knew what?

I really would like to keep all of the dressmaking fabrics together, what do other people do?

When I was sorting them I did try to think wether I would actually like to wear then if a magic fairly arrived in the night and sewed them all up, its amazing how many fabrics go put on the go pile.

Not sure if this is the right place to post this if not could someone help

Well decision has been made I am going to sell the topaz, it is a sewing as well as embroidery machine, it is in excellent condition and has hardly been used, in my past life I used to teach these machines and only got this one not long before lockdown so it has hardly been used.

I do have the original boxes but would prefer it to be collected, if it is couriered it will be at the purchasers cost and risk.
I am asking £1450.00 for it and if it is collected I will throw in some extras.  This is a bargain and if I advertise elsewhere it will be for more, would just love it to go to a good home.

If you have any questions please ask.

A Good Yarn / Celia weaves again
« on: March 18, 2022, 09:48:39 AM »
I am back to weaving at the moment, yesterday I warped up a new sample for a log cabin design, I followed a free pattern but am glad I only warped up a small warp because it’s not great, although I love the pattern so more research is required to find a better method of warping.
Hopefully photos might follow later.

Brother electronic 900 knitting machine for sale, works well, checked the electronics and the needle bed is good. I have 2 other machines and no longer really machine knit so it must go
£75.00 collection only.
Machine knitting table available if needed £20.00

The Haberdashery / Wool pressing mat
« on: February 13, 2022, 14:01:39 PM »
Has anyone used one of these, I like the idea but they are really expensive, I already have a self made pressing mat but not in wool.

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / To Horn cabinet or not
« on: February 10, 2022, 09:50:07 AM »
I know both @Diane and I are both thinking about Sewing cabinets, I have decided I like my machine downstairs at the moment it is on my sewing table which I like but I do not like the purple legs in the middle of my living room.

What I am asking is if you have a horn cabinet how much do you like it, also if anyone has one of the alternative cabinets can you join in. 

I had one years ago and found a problem with the leg room. The photo is of my present table but not where it is now.

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