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Dolls and Toys / Re: Sewing For Dolls
« on: July 26, 2021, 01:07:28 AM »
Crikey! You have these little makes down to a fine art! Kudos!

Dolls and Toys / Re: More fun with 18" doll's clothes
« on: July 26, 2021, 01:04:20 AM »
Very flash cycling set!  :thumbsup:

Patterns Discussion / Re: Testing patterns
« on: July 24, 2021, 01:49:38 AM »
@Missie Oh heck... aLOT but a great achievement!  :thumbsup:

With the emails, I said to myself...'Self..if you're just going to delete or store without actually reading them...why are you still getting them?'

So now, I have to mentally force myself to open and unsubscribe because the muscle memory has me clicking the trash can straight away.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Testing patterns
« on: July 23, 2021, 00:36:43 AM »
@Missie I'm going through a cull/subscribe moment...unsubscribe from quite a few then join one...repeat...

I think I've reached the 7 year itch on rav...finally know some of what I'd love to make won't darn well suit me anyway(and tastes change) so culling from there and now, being extra hard on myself and bookmarking more sewing blogs than joining, then for the ones I keep going back to, they're the ones I'll probably subscribe to.
My email is a nightmare and really needs paring down cos I've stored so much 'W--k' (as Fran would say). I'm talking myself out of it! Think I might just wait to see what presents itself to me down the track as opposed to actively seeking it out. At least I know roughly where to look now.

A Good Yarn / Re: the slipper thread.
« on: July 22, 2021, 12:01:50 PM »
@Bumblebuncher  Thanks!  :*

@Celia Absolutely, will give a shout for you.  :thumbsup:

A Good Yarn / Re: the slipper thread.
« on: July 22, 2021, 09:28:40 AM »
@Silver Rose  @b15erk Thank you ladies!

Jessie, still a couple of weeks testing left on these...pretty sure the other two stranded designs will be included with the pattern, I did the Argyle version, but they're by the designer Bekah Knits on ravelry and BEKAHknits on Etsy. I can certainly let you know when it gets published.

I've begun another test for her doing the adult pattern and that design will be the Snowflake version, released at a later date.

I have a couple of her other slipper patterns but they can be done in my own time and no doubt it will be the Baby Moc-a-Soc - Booties  because bubs will go through the sizes quickly...and they're quick and cute.

A Good Yarn / the slipper thread.
« on: July 22, 2021, 07:18:40 AM »
 Hopefully these will still fit bubs, she's growing at warp speed! I'll have to post them because with all the lock downs starting to happen, I can't risk being trapped the other end of the Island... >:) :thinking: :devil:,,nup better not.. the OH might go ballistic.  :angel:

Patterns Discussion / Re: Testing patterns
« on: July 22, 2021, 06:48:18 AM »
@Renegade Sewist  Oh I hear you and unfortunately familiarity with a designer's style can allow problem spots to be missed or glossed in 'I know what she meant to write'. I've seen this too often in the yarny arena. Others don't want to offend so don't report oopsies, others just make it without looking at it from a newbies point of view, some designers won't make alterations, they just want finished items on display. It can become a minefield..oh and there's always the testers who ghost after receiving the pattern too.

I'm in a yarny test at the moment and the girls have been 'brutal' over fit.. things were far far too loose. With a few ladies speaking up, it made the designer go back over things to try to work out what was going wrong. This was designer overlook of gauge when copy/pasting from another design to speed up the writing process... I might add that her patterns are very good and there was a lot of head scratching going on from all parties trying to work out why this one was a problem. An easy fix on paper, a lot of hours lost for testers but this pattern will get glowing reports when published because it has been properly tested.

The best tests(no matter the discipline) are when a designer takes on a couple of testers from each category, known testers they've worked with before and happy with because they are 'brutal' and would still have a cuppa and chat with, absolute novices and a couple of intermediate.

Just to clarify, when I say brutal I mean it in the nicest way, just that everything, down to spacing between words and missing letters/punctuation erros get reported, so formatting issues as well. ;)

Patterns Discussion / Re: Testing patterns
« on: July 22, 2021, 06:16:42 AM »
@Bumblebuncher Just did a quick search ...think I found the one you might have been referring to too..some want folk now and a couple seem to be just starting out with only a design or two at this point...and not my cup of tea but everyone has to start I hope those designers do get assistance.

Not that I'm chasing adult garments, but there was a shout out for a really nice blazer but I don't have the funds for adult sized quality fabric at the moment. This one I would have definitely tried for because I had a fave blazer almost exactly the same when I was 16. Loved the cut.

I think I probably need to be choosier than I was with the yarny testing because some months I didn't come up for air with the amount I had on. I don't want to fall into that trap again.

As you say, many do like the Insta etc so maybe that will also help keep things under control my end.  ;)

Patterns Discussion / Re: Testing patterns
« on: July 21, 2021, 07:34:58 AM »
@b15erk Thanks Jessie!

I'm about to join in an email 'along' so will see how that goes for starters. If it pans out okay I might try some searches in blogs etc. I guess I could approach some designers by email who post publicly on FB and Insta if they have that info in their bio with contact details.... trouble is, most require you to have an account on the same platform for all that linking exposure.  :\

Patterns Discussion / Testing patterns
« on: July 20, 2021, 04:49:27 AM »
 Hey all!

In the yarn world, I have no trouble finding patterns to test, I just go to one site that's worldwide, but wondering how you ladies find out about them for sewing? Or do you have to wait until you're approached?
My specific interests would be kiddy clothes, softies, bags/wallets.

I need to rely on emails or forums because joining FB, Insta etc are all taboo in this household so I can never comment to register interest if someone's account is public. Private accounts are obv no go cos I can't see things. ;)

Some times I just find the pressure from responsibility to someone else gets things produced a darn sight quicker.  0_0

eta, Mods, if this is in the wrong spot, feel free to move..just mention me so I know where to look. ;)

@Mick ..personally not into Harley's but that's up there for thinking outside the box. Brilliant idea!

@realale Pretty spiffing! Love the pocket on the back!  :thumbsup:

Pretty uneventful my end. Sourced some old jeans and washed a couple of pairs my tush no longer let past. Well, they're ready anyway for 'something'. Maybe I can still use in the next challenge.

Dolls and Toys / Re: Stegosaurus
« on: June 18, 2021, 06:07:49 AM »
@Ploshkin While it's a shame to read she's still in care, it sounds like she's thriving which is the best news.

I'm sure Steggy will get a mention again when the next group of newbies have a love for the softies too.  ;)

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