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Today... One thread per day / Re: Tues January 18th
« on: Yesterday at 13:13:18 »
Shiny Happy World...They're very cheery designs aren't they? I like the quirky facial expressions.  :)

I bookmarked the Spooky Cat design months ago and plan to make it. It's a free pattern.  :thumb:

The two pairs of trousers have been shortened, I've just had a bite to eat and I'm trying to decide whether to start the curtains now or leave them until tomorrow.

My brother phoned this morning to say that we are allowed to visit the care home so we're seeing Mum on Thursday.

Dad phoned yesterday to say he's bought a bottle of Baileys to take in when it's their Wedding Anniversary. It's been okayed with the staff that they can enjoy a little drink together to celebrate.
It'll be their 65th anniversary in 2 weeks time. I've organised the congratulatory card from the Queen. I didn't know whether to bother or not.


Today... One thread per day / Re: Tues January 18th
« on: Yesterday at 09:15:58 »
Very cold this morning.

Dry Cleaner's left me a pair of curtains to shorten - small ones this time for a change, and they have rufflette header tape so they'll be chopped off at the top, and I've got two pairs of trousers to shorten for the menswear shop.

Temporary crowns...?  @WildAtlanticWay I think they easily pop off (with the right tools) for the new ones to be fixed in place.
Good luck with your house move @twopence


In the wardrobe / Re: Polo shirt alterations?
« on: Yesterday at 08:17:20 »
Yes, I've done this alteration from time to time.  :\ Not a job I enjoy.

I've never needed to take a huge amount out though and I don't ever remember needing to mess about with narrowing across the shoulders.
I hate it when there's that annoying little side split at the hem to put back with a separate little strip of binding to re-attach.  :S

I've always simply stitched straight up the side seams, through the underarm and I try to run off to nothing at the sleeve hem.

Good idea to try on an older, least favourite one to start with if you're not sure about getting involved.


Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 17th January
« on: January 17, 2022, 14:45:55 PM »
Love the painting  @Ploshkin  <3 That's beautiful.

I've got both sewing jobs done which arrived first thing.  :angel:
I've been to the post office and I've been to Aldi. Aldi didn't have a loaf I wanted so I called at the corner shop on the way back home.
It's warmer out there than I expected. I'm now sat in a strappy vest top trying to cool down.

Surely I'll have some work from the menswear shop later today.


Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 17th January
« on: January 17, 2022, 08:57:42 AM »
Feel tired this morning yet I slept really well.
It's a beautiful morning here. I came downstairs into the kitchen, rolled the blind up on the window, and saw the most wonderful, bright, clear, full moon really low in the sky.  :loveit: I put my glasses on to get a better (in-focus 0_0) view of it and stared at it for a few minutes.

Son's returned this morning after being missing all weekend at his gf's. He's still working from home.

I've had a couple of jobs dropped off, as promised. A skirt to shorten and a long shirt style coat to chop off to hip length. Need to speak to them first before doing it to check they're happy with the price.
I'll get the skirt done today.


Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: Funny Faces BOM
« on: January 16, 2022, 17:54:15 PM »
@Sandra I don't know how he looks in the flesh but the skunk's facial features don't stand out on a screen.  Perhaps they could be made a stronger feature especially the eyes.

That was part of the problem using dark fabric and using black for the eyes.
I wondered whether to try to put a glint in the eyes to see if it would make them stand out more but I'll leave it as it is for now and see what other characters I'll be making. It's early days yet.


Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: Funny Faces BOM
« on: January 16, 2022, 16:10:02 PM »
They're brilliant.  What is it about the skunk that you're not happy with?  @Sandra

It doesn't look too bad does it?

I don't have much dark/black fabric with a bit of texture and I think I over thought how I was going to do it. I went through my stash several times to look for something which was just right.
After finding the multi fabrics to use on the cockatiel it seemed a bit of a let down only needing two different colours for the skunk.
And black and white are a bit  :\ It seemed a bit flat in comparison.

I'm looking forward to what I'll get next month.  :)


Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Funny Faces BOM
« on: January 16, 2022, 12:11:05 PM »
With (too much?  -< ) spare time on my hands, I've signed up to a Block of the Month club called Funny Faces, from Shiny Happy World. I think it cost £3.05 and I don't think that's too bad per month. I can manage spending that.

I keep seeing a few of these brightly coloured quilts on Pinterest and I like them, especially the Monsters one.
Aimed at children mainly but who's to say when you're too old to enjoy brightly coloured daft things.  ;)

They're really simple raw edge appliqué...(OMG, I've just done my first ééé!  :dance: Thank you to whoever told us about that little trick.)

I've got heaps of fabric which ought to be perfect for this sort of thing. Made a start yesterday on a cockatiel.
Really happy with this one.  :)

I'm going to lay them out in a 'Polaroid' frame-type layout, that's why it's wonky. I don't have the background fabric yet for outside of the frame area.
The block itself is 10 inch finished size but with my polaroid frame setting it's going to be 17 inches finished.

They'll release a new face on the first of the month, and I was still just in time to access last months skunk, so I've done that one this morning.
Not quite so happy with this one. Toyed with the idea of using some red and white fabrics but felt the 'skunk' was going to be lost without the identifying black and white colours. There were some samples shown in pretty colours but they looked (to me anyway) like teddy bear faces with squirrel tails.  ><

I think, (but maybe I'll change my mind as I go along), I'm going to try to be believable and realistic with the colours used, where I can. If there are any monster faces I'll be able to do as I please.  0_0

I'll try to remember to show you the other ones as and when they're released.  :)


Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 16th January 2022
« on: January 16, 2022, 10:24:08 AM »
Slept really well last night.  :thumb:
No frost this morning so the temp's up a bit on the last few days. It's cloudy but the sun's almost shining.

 :hug: to @Diane It's a gloomy time of the year and you've had a lot going on. Hope your spirits can lift soon and you don't feel so low.

I don't know if I can be bothered to go for a walk up to the supermarket. Son's not here so I can't ask him to take me.
 :thinking: I don't think I can be bothered but I don't know what to have for dinner.


Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 15th January
« on: January 15, 2022, 18:14:12 PM »
@Sandra maybe you could come to some kind of arrangement with the menswear shop about using the space but also be able to your own work there as well? Just a thought.

Yeah.....I've thought the same thing.  :thinking:
A few years ago he told me that he would retire at 60, which is very soon. However, in the last couple of months he told me that he isn't going to retire at 60. He's going to carry on a bit longer until he's had enough.

I ought to be able to work in the spare bedroom in the new place whenever that happens. As long as there's some work for me to do.  :S

Nothing again today from the menswear but I've had a call from somewhere else and they're dropping a couple of items off to me on Monday morning.

I probably just need to get a real job.


Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 15th January
« on: January 15, 2022, 13:03:49 PM »
Would it be worth advertising your professional dressmaking and alterations services to a wider audience? Do you have a Facebook page for your town for small businesses to advertise on or something similar.

You could increase your normal prices so the menswear shop and dry cleaners still get a discount and I’m sure you’d still get takers.

@WildAtlanticWay and @Bjay  A huge bugbear of mine is people coming to the house. They often don't treat it as my home and think they can drop in whenever, or not at all if they've changed their mind after arranging to come here.
Lots of people call in after they've finished work so I'm waiting for them to arrive before I start something to eat...then they arrive much later than expected because they went home first to have their dinner.  :facepalm:

I'm trying to put a stop to that nonsense and hope that when I move I'll change my phone number so that some people won't be able to find me any more.  :ninja:
Also, when I move I'll lose my sewing space in the extension and I don't want people trudging upstairs to the spare bedroom (where I think I'm going to be working.)

The menswear shop man sort of mentioned that he used to have a sewing lady working upstairs in his shop at one time. I don't know if that was an offer or if he was thinking out loud.
If I did that though, I'd 'belong' to the menswear shop and I like doing my own thing.

I need a proper job don't I?  -<

@Bumblebuncher  Yes. Things are okay between myself and Gertie.  :) We'd never fallen out but she's still a bit cross with me and she's being heavily influenced by whatever her Dad's saying to her.


Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 15th January
« on: January 15, 2022, 08:50:10 AM »
Another very frosty start to the day. Slept a bit better last night and I'm still clinging on to wellness.  :thumb:
The sore throat has just about gone, I still have a bit of a headache but I don't (yet?) have a cold.

Gertie asked me if I'd fancy meeting her in town today but she said that there's a home football match so we've cancelled.
She lives quite close to the football ground and doesn't want to risk having to walk through the crowds.

No work on the rail today. It's always been a dead time of the year for alterations but I can't help but feel worried.
Self employed so no work = no income.


Access All Accessories / Re: What did I buy these for?
« on: January 14, 2022, 18:44:01 PM »
They remind me of zip end thingies so if you shorten a zip you bend these over to stop the zip running off the top...?


Today... One thread per day / Re: Friday 14th - crumbs I'm first!
« on: January 14, 2022, 18:38:34 PM »
Gertie's just been on the phone to ask advice about shortening her new top. She'd set up her little pink sewing machine (which she had for her 7th birthday) and was just checking a few things with me before getting started.  0_0

It's mesh fabric and it needs a lot cutting off  :S so I told her to test the machine first on what will be chopped off to make sure the machine's happy to stitch that particular fabric...and to stretch it out slightly as she stitches so the stitches won't break when she comes to wear it.
She said it looked okay so I've left her to get on with it.  :thumb:

She's asked me if I'd want to meet up with her tomorrow. I've still got an uncomfortably sore throat so I said I'll see how I feel.


As it is now, it's 54 inches long x 42 inches wide @Sara-S  I don't think it'll be much larger than that when I've finished with it.

I imagined I'd have liked a 2 inch wide border around it in the blue and white check but after roughly pinning a strip round the sides, I don't think I like it so might just put a narrow binding round instead.  :)


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