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A bit of a 'do' / My Daughter's Prom Dress.
« on: December 28, 2017, 12:41:28 PM »
I ordered it from China!  :S :fish: :fish:

What could possibly go wrong?  0_0

About a month ago, my daughter was browsing dresses online and found one she liked...really liked.
The image on the website showed a lovely off-the-shoulder, A-line dress with elbow length really did look very, very nice indeed, and I could imagine it suiting we ordered it. :fish: ( I know! I should know better  :fish:)

I searched online first for reviews about the company involved and was surprised to see people were either very happy with their dresses or absolutely disgusted...there weren't many inbetween...but of course, you never know whether they're real reviews or we nervously waited for the dress to arrive.

It is here!
Arrived this morning exactly when they said to expect it. My daughter is happy with it and I'm happy with how it's made.

I was never worried about the fit of the dress. My daughter's a funny size...( aren't we all?  :))..and I know I can alter it and tweak it to fit. My only concern was if it was inferior, rubbish, cheap, tatty fabrics...and it's not.

Here's a sneaky look at the back...she'll be annoyed if she finds out I've put her on here.

As it is at the moment...I need to widen the sleeves...change the huge bust cups for some which are my daughters size...and shorten it, probably removing the train...(The seam at the waistline is tight too and I know the back's ruckled...I can sort it closer to the event)

All doable...but the Prom isn't until June, so I'm not going to worry about any of it yet.

It could have been a disaster, but we're happy with problems for us.


Sewing Professionally / Repair to Fur Coat
« on: December 06, 2017, 09:17:01 AM »
This arrived yesterday's a real fur jacket with the most enormous tear on the left front.

The customer was had been her mother's jacket and she desperately wanted it mended, if at all possible. She would like to pass it on to her own daughter.

In total, the tear is 14 inches long, in four lengths...turning right angled corners as it goes. :S

Luckily, the skin was in pretty good condition...(I remember once, trying to repair one which was so thin, it was like trying to stitch single-ply, wet tissue).... so I was able to pull it all back together.

Firstly, I needed to open the lining. This needed to be tackled from the back. There's no chance of stitching it neatly from the outside through all that fur.

The side seam was opened, and a section undone at the hem....from here I can partly turn the jacket inside-out...

That's better...I can see what I'm dealing with now.

Oooooh.....that's a big tear!

Starting from an inside corner of the rip, I simply pulled the two edges back together.

Didn't take too long.

All done. I gave it a light brushing (with our cats brush ><) free any trapped fur...and the repair is invisible underneath all that.

Hopefully, the lady will be happy it's been mended and it's looking good.


A bit of a 'do' / Christening Gown
« on: November 23, 2017, 16:04:59 PM »
I'd mentioned recently that I'd been asked to cut up someones beautiful Wedding Dress to make a Christening Gown for a very poorly child, so thought I ought to show you how it turned out.
I used McCall's pattern M6221 to get the basic sizing for the bodice and sleeves...(there was no time for fittings to check the size).... and I also had enough time to make a very simple bonnet from the same pattern.

The gorgeous Wedding dress was crinkle silk chiffon over duchess satin...quite plain but very beautiful. I took the trim from the waist to use as trim on the Christening gown.

The back fastened with three buttons.


Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / FPP Unicorn
« on: November 19, 2017, 11:03:58 AM »
Thanks to Fajita's lovely find, I have made the unicorn block...with a RAINBOW mane!  <3

There were 12 pages of instructions/pattern to print off and only one page needed a bit of sticky tape to join 2 sections together.
This gave a total of 34! sections.

Ooooh! Daunting... :S

There are separate instructions to make up the rainbow mane which can be found easily on the tutorials page 2.)
This will give you a chart of ( her) 13 colours with the corresponding sections....( such as G1, L2, L3 )... which will be filled with your chosen colour. I printed this off and cut it out.

This was essential!!  Once I'd decided my sequence of colours, I pinned the strips of paper to my fabrics. You can see this in the picture above.

It came together easily, although it looks such a muddled mess as you're going along, you wonder if, and hope it's going to turn out ok.

But it doesn't take long before you start to see good, encouraging progress.

Yep! That looks like a rainbow mane to me  :)


Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / FPP Cow block
« on: September 18, 2017, 08:43:59 AM »
I've finally got around to buying a new printer...YAY!

So....I've been able to print off the pattern to make a wonderful cow block which I'd stumbled across while I was looking for something else.

It's on'm sorry I don't know how to make the linky thing for you to click onto.

There are quite a few sections to make up and then attach all together and I've struggled in places to get the pieces to match up can see what I mean around the right ear.  :S


Hi, I'm new... / Lovely to be Here
« on: March 04, 2017, 18:03:42 PM »
This is more like it!

I wasn't sure I was ever going to get used to Reddit, so it's really good to be here. It looks smart and clean...I'm still finding my way around but I like it so far.

Good to see so many familiar names.
Thank you to those who've taken the time to set this all up.

I was Sajala on the other site, but I'm more than happy to be able to drop the ...'la'.. bit, (which was my married surname), and be known by my real name instead.

I must try to post more and not be such a lurker ....I'll do my best.


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