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House Beautiful / Small upholstery project
« on: July 05, 2021, 11:08:09 AM »
Last week I started to upcycle an old Oak telephone seat (I know! That's really old!), to fit under the stairs. 

All went well, and it painted up nicely.  Just needed to seat done.  I found a piece of fabric in the stash, but 6" too short, so we went out on Saturday to buy more.

I got two lots of fabric, both nice, but only one was The One.

Did the seat on Saturday afternoon, and it went on beautifully. 

Sunday, however was a different matter.  The fabric did not like going around the curved back.  I took it off three times before deciding to cut another piece.

I had a bit of a re-think, and decided to put some foam backing on, and add some temporary glue.  No better.  I'm thinking of throwing the towel in and making a cushion to cover the awful creases which happen when I try to smooth the fabric down...

Any help out there?  Please... :boohoo:

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I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Maison Fauve
« on: July 02, 2021, 11:41:15 AM »
This company has just come up on my FB feed, and it looks really interesting.

Although it is French, the tutorials are good, so easy enough to follow.

I need to give this a closer look, I'm sure some of these patterns have my name on them... ;)


House Beautiful / It's Curtains for me!
« on: June 26, 2021, 18:51:45 PM »
The time has come.  We have put the curtain rail back up - not without a blue tinge to the air... :laughing:  Why won't the man listen when I tell him what to do... :dance: :laughing:  I put the original up, and it's a queer shape, so I found it easier to work from the middle.  It only pinged off twice before he tried something different... :laughing: :dance: :laughing:

Now I have the conundrum of making up my voile curtains.  I say conundrum, because I haven't got much fabric to play with - it was a remnant and I just took what I could get, so I need to get my thinking cap on.  Fortunately, it isn't a curtain to be drawn, mainly to dress the room, but it will need curtain weights, and I think the strips will be most suitable. 

More updates on Monday...


Patterns Discussion / What a Numpty!
« on: June 22, 2021, 11:43:48 AM »
While I was having my clearout of the sewing room on Sunday, I came across 4 pdf's. I knew what the first three were, but the last one is a mystery.  So, to try to tidy things, I decided to cut out, and accurately lable the patterns.  The first was easy, just an overnight bag pattern, easily sorted. I moved on to the Burda Trench coat which proved to be a bit of a marathon.  I started sticking yesterday, while I waited for the Carpet man.  I got up at stoopid o'clock this morning, so thought I would carry on where I left off yesterday.

Just finished, and all cut out, but, I noticed the test square in the paper bin, and thought I would double check it.  I could have wept.  Instead of measuring up at 4", it measured 41/2"...

I'm usually so careful about printing the test square and measuring it before printing off the full pattern.

My mind is now racing, looking for quick fixes, but I think the answer will be, that I must print it again.

A random thought passed through my mind, but not sure it would work.  As Burda patterns don't have seam allowances, I wondered if I sewed without adding s/a's that might work?

Any thoughts?  Or is it to be consigned to the bin?  I'm thinking the latter... :boohoo: :'( :boohoo: :headbang: :boohoo:


Fun with Fabric / FabricFlop - Advice Needed
« on: June 12, 2021, 13:57:51 PM »
I've had this piece of fabric for donkey's years, saving it for a suitable top.  Now I've come to use it for the second iteration of Vogue 1387 (with tweaks).

I started to lay the fabric out, but whichever way I turned the fabric, it is off grain... One side is better than the other, but that is the side where there are two very neat holes...

I have no idea where I got it from, or how much I paid, but I think I was lured by how pretty the fabric is.

Any ideas about how to use this fabric will be very well received.  The only idea I have, is to use the worst bit across the grain, and hope for the best.

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Patterns Discussion / Vogue 1387 Rebecca Taylor View A
« on: June 11, 2021, 16:44:38 PM »
I've been wanting to make this since doing View B which is the shirt.  I thought it would be a cool summer top, well it is, but the pattern itself wasn't the only problem I had.

I chose a fabric which had been marinating in the stash for quite a few years and I thought it's time had come.  What I hadn't allowed for was the diagonal pattern.  I haven't done a very good job on it - it's very badly matched.  Then the weight of the fabric proved problematic, the sewing machine wanted to eat it, and the overlocker pushed it away.  In the end I did what I had to do to finish the damn thing.

The pattern.  Again, something I should have looked more closely at, and probably done a toile. Firstly, I didn't do a wrapover, I don't like them, they never sit well on me, and I'm constantly tugging at them.  So I cut the front, on the fold, down the centre line.  However, the bodice above the elastic is too short, and I'm now tugging it down (cue to drop a few pounds!).

I don't like the sleeve arrangement at all.  The sleeve bands stick out, and they are cut very low and you have to sew in a gusset.  I would definitely change this.

Finally, I didn't do the tie arrangement, as my fabric is so fine that I was afraid it would tear.  It would certainly have added to the aggravation.

All in all, I like this, but it is very poorly sewn, and that will drive me mad!

I will do this again, but with a new sleeve arrangement, and keeping the V Neck.

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Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Tuffet anyone?
« on: June 03, 2021, 14:45:30 PM »
I'm a bit of a stranger in these parts, so treat me gently!

Looking for armchairs recently, I realised that if I don't buy recliners, I will need a footstool. So, researching these earlier on, I found a thing called a Tuffet, and not only that, but it's possible to make one myself. 

I've found one tutorial (-ish)  here, I think even I could manage this.

So, have any of you made one of these, and if so, do you have any tips? 


Patterns Discussion / Burda 02-19/105 Trench coat
« on: May 18, 2021, 12:52:26 PM »
Got a bit side tracked while waiting for the washer to finish.  I found this Burda pattern, and I have a fabric which I think will suit beautifully.

Has anyone made this Burda trench, and how did it make up?



A Good Yarn / Free Teddy Pattern
« on: April 22, 2021, 11:00:19 AM »
This popped up on my FB, and I wondered if it was of any interest to any of you knitters?

It's a free pattern, and might be worth a look.


A Good Yarn / Jemima Puddleduck - Help!
« on: March 23, 2021, 19:33:39 PM »
This is a really big ask, and I feel stupid for asking the question, but I'm stuck on the duck!

I knitted all the pieces for 2 or 3 of these toys a couple of years ago, then put them in a tin, and got on with other projects.

However, last week, suffering from a miserable cold, I dug it out again... then I quickly realised why it had been put away...

The pattern, written by Alan Dart for Woman's Weekly, is really quite difficult.  It is quite short on making up explanation, and as a result, sewing it up has had its difficulties.

I'm up to the tail atm, and I'm stumped.  It may be that my brain cell has gone walkabout, or just that knowledge is assumed which I haven't got...  Either way, I can't make this tail work.  :'( :'(

So, if any of you lovely ladies has made this pattern, and can point me in the right direction, I would be very grateful.

It hasn't got to the stage of holding me up, as there are so many pieces left to sew, but I would like Jemima to have her lovely jaunty tail...



The Haberdashery / Snap adapters
« on: March 09, 2021, 10:29:09 AM »
I've been helping a friend out lately with her Prym Snap Fastener kit - her OH bought her the big set, and she wasn't sure which ones were which.

While I've been doing this, I found a lot of snaps which I had bought in error, and they don't fit either the 8mm or 10mm adapters that are the only ones that Prym does.  It seems these snaps are measuring up at approx 9mm and Prym don't supply a 9mm adapter.

Is there a way that I can use these snaps?  Maybe using another method?

Not sure how else to attach these snaps as I've always used Prym metal snaps.  Is there another tool which would work?


Your Favourite Suppliers / Looking for fabric...
« on: January 30, 2021, 12:01:54 PM »
I'm making Mary Poppins outfits for Theo and Lilya, and I've managed to find most of the fabric I need in my stash.

Two pieces I still need though:  Red tafetta, for Mary's dress, and some Poppins themed lining for Theo's Blazer.

I've looked online, but can't see any available at a reasonable price, and can't tell the taffeta quality from the online pics.

Have any of you any recommendations for either or both of these fabrics please?  I have some time as they are only needed for the summer...


Patterns Discussion / Help! Looking for a boys Blazer Pattern
« on: January 26, 2021, 19:41:24 PM »
I'm looking to make a blazer for Theo age3 shortly.  He wants to be Bert from Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews version).

I've found a Burda pattern I like, but it only starts at age 8.  :S  I looked further at pdf's to download, and quite frankly, they don't look up to much.  The last one I looked at was a Melly Sews one, and like the others I was put off by the poor finish, and the lack of thought to the scale of the jacket eg the lapels look too big for the poor little boy...

So, if anyone can suggest a pattern for a simple boys blazer age 4+ I would be very grateful.

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Vintage Machines / FeatherWeight making an Awful racket
« on: January 17, 2021, 19:42:52 PM »
My lovely FW was put away a few weeks ago, after making some masks with no trouble at all.  I took her out of her box last night so that I can use the Ruffler - she's the only SM I have at home which it fits.  I gave it a test run, but it wasn't running at all well, the stitches were varying sizes and the machine was noisy.

I've had bobbin trouble with this machine before, and know what to do, but unfortunately, nothing I have done has fixed the problem.

The machine runs nicely until I try to put the needle plate back, but then it tries to lift the plate - as if the feed dogs are lifting it up!!  :o

Could I possibly have knocked the timing out? Or have I done even worse damage... :'(

I can manage without the Ruffler, but I'm really concerned about my lovely FeatherWeight...  :'(

If anyone can help I would be very grateful as I don't know of any local SM Engineer.


Vintage Machines / Bernina 730 Record Belt replacement
« on: January 13, 2021, 11:04:31 AM »
Well, I lifted this machine out last week and started making friends with it, but it's always had a small problem that put me off using it.  When I start off sewing, it will often hesitate, then 'snatch' at the fabric.  I'm pretty sure this is a belt problem, as I managed to remove the side and I could see that the top belt is worn badly in a few areas.

So, I got in touch with Helen Howes, and she supplied me with the belts which I received yesterday, and Youtube and I decided to have a go at replacing them... :rolleyes:

I got the side panel off, and the handle, and I could see what I needed to do, but I couldn't find a way to remove the motor cover, which needs to be taken off both to remove the old belts, and to replace with new.

After over an hour, I replaced everything as it was and decided to ask for help... So, HELP!

I haven't managed to find a video showing the changing of the belts, so if anyone knows of one I would be very grateful, as my machine is now making a squeaking noise...  :'(

Alternatively, if anyone knows of an engineer in this neck of the woods Wigan/StHelens area I would be delighted.  I did use Bob Green but I think he's in poor health these days.


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