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I found this pattern when I was looking for something else, and I really like it.  Has anyone used this or any other patterns by this company?  It seems expensive, but it also looks like something I would wear a lot (I have something similar rtw).



I have childrens fabric which I need to use up before the children get too big, so I went on a hunt for free patterns.  I wasn't looking for stylish, fussy or complicated, just basic patterns, mainly for sizing.

I came up with this website (nearly drove me mad with all the adds), but, the patterns look good enough.  I wanted slim leg pyjama/leggings, t shirt, crop top, and short leggings.  All four patterns for free.

I will report back, but meantime here's the website

Life So Savory


Access All Accessories / CopyCatWristBag
« on: July 25, 2022, 13:40:18 PM »
This is a blatant copy of a bag I own.  It's most useful, but looking a bit shabby atm, so as I can't remember where I bought it, I thought I'd have a go myself.

It has two pouches, one of which has a zippered pocket at the front.  That is where I'm up to.

Now comes the head scratching bit, which I have an awful feeling should have been done earlier... :rolleyes:  The front part of the bag needs to be joined to the back, and at the same time, a strap holder needs to be attached.  :S

I should have ironed on some stabiliser at the joining point, and also the strap holder, so I'll try to do that before I go any further.  I'm not intending to use this - apart from as a crochet hook/knitting needle holder, so I won't worry too much about this.

Some progress pics.

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Patterns Discussion / StyleArc Billie Woven Pant
« on: July 17, 2022, 07:24:27 AM »
I decided on this, after a big fat fail with the New Look pattern. 

Cutting out was easy, as the fabric is so nice - fingers crossed it fits, as I've put a bit of weight on since I cut the pattern out!

All was going well, until I reached the left hand pocket/opening/fastening.  What a faff!  No help from Pattern Review, so I had to work it out for myself.

Never done anything like this, and as one lady said on the StyleArc reviews, it needs a whole page of explanation, rather than a couple of pics and a sentence!

The fastening arrangement makes it quite unforgiving when making adjustments, as you have to make both sides symetrical. 

Tbh, I'm wondering if a back zip would be feasible?  A front zip would distract from the front, which is really nice... :thinking: :thinking:

If anyone has done these trousers I would be interested to know how you tackled the fastening arrangement.


Patterns Discussion / NewLook K6704 (Free with SewMag)
« on: July 09, 2022, 19:42:48 PM »
I bought Sew Magazine in Asda last week as I fancied a sewing read, and found 3 rather nicee patterns came free with it, one of which I rather liked.  Unfortunately, I have no suitable summer trouser fabric, so I needed a trip to my local fabric shop.  I didn't want to go into town, so OH drove me, and waited - I had 15 minutes! 

As luck would have it, the remnant bin was overflowing, and immediately, two pieces of fabric threw themselves at me.  The first, about a yard and a half of fine cream jersey - perfect for camis!  The second a lovely black shiny glittery knit - about a yard, which will make up lovely at Hallowe'en.

Into the back room, and there was a lovely turquoise trouser weight, nothing fancy, but a great weight for trousers.  Just 3 yards on the roll, so she threw that in.  Further along, I spotted a glorious purple, but only a yard and a half.   That's it, that's me done.  I would have loved to root longer, as I was on a roll, but OH was baking in the car, so I paid and left.

£14 in total, but I have about 7 yards of really nice fabric in total.  I will cut the trousers out tonight maybe...

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Vintage Machines / Singer 611g woes
« on: July 05, 2022, 11:05:03 AM »
This is my go to machine for buttonholes, and as I have been making shirtdresses, I fired it up, changed the template, and wizzed off a couple of practise buttonholes. Then I did a few more, scratching my head a bit whilst changing the tension.

Well, for once, the buttonholes weren't perfect - OK, but not perfect.

I decided to have a root around yesterday, dismantled and cleaned the upper tension.  I did find a couple of minor issues - the take up spring could do with changing, and the spring holder has the beginning of a crack in it.  Nothing to interfere with the tension though, and on pulling the thread through, it was fine.

I turned my attention to the bobbin tension - and what a can of worms I opened! Should I have left well alone, probably...  First indications were, that the tension was too high, but no matter how low I adjusted it, it stayed the same.  I then noticed that the thread wasn't taking up properly, therefore by passing the tension bit.  When I removed the bobbin holder, it seems that the bobbin holder may be falulty, and the small tension bar seems to have been 'tampered' with, as it isn't proving effective at taking the thread up and across the top of the bobbin.  :thinking: :facepalm: :thinking:

So, I looked up Helen Howes, and found what I needed - only to see that it was sold... :cry:  I might try to send and email later, but  I have the feeling that these may be like hens teeth.

Anyone know of a website which has pics of 611g parts so that I can compare??  Long shot I know, but without working tension my lovely 611g is a bit of a white elephant... :cry:


Patterns Discussion / It's Toile Time!
« on: June 12, 2022, 18:35:17 PM »
As per usual, if I have a plan, I immediately want to deviate from it.  So, the jacket is on the back burner - again!

Instead, I'm doing a shirt dress - I have a thing about shirt dresses, and I saw one in TKMaxx which to me was well overpriced, but compared to the styles I usually wear, apparently currently in vogue... ;)

This one though is a bit special, as it has a shawl collar.  :thumb: Now here are the drawbacks.  They are both Very Old patterns, they look the same, but the patterns inside are different.  The dress pattern is a size 14 (old, 1980) and the blouse a size 18 (old,1986), and I had to compare one to the other for size.  Tbh there doesn't look much in it, and I've decided to just add a smidge to the dress pattern, and make a toile.  I'm using the dress pattern as it has a seperate yoke piece, and looks a bit less finicky than the blouse.

This is why I'm doing a 'proper' toile. I've made the blouse pattern several times, and although I like the finished result, I find it very fiddly.  I'm hoping that the shirtdress will be more straightforward.

So, all cut out, and ready to join front to back - wish me luck!

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Technical Help / Fly Front Zipper
« on: June 09, 2022, 12:51:35 PM »
I'm having a purge on the UFO pile today, and started to put the waistband on a pair of trousers, when I realised that I'd put the zipper in really badly. 

It's ages since I did a FFZipper, and I can't remember which method I used.  I've looked at a few videos, and my Readers Digest books, and there are so many different methods.

Is there any one failsafe method for a FFZipper installation?  Or is it just trial and error?

I may yet save the trousers!  ;) (or just put them back in the pile!)


Patterns Discussion / CopyCat Time!
« on: June 07, 2022, 13:24:36 PM »
I bought a lovely chiffon jacket in TKMaxx at the weekend, and I love it!  So simple though, that I'm hopeful I can copy it, and it will use up some of the chiffon stash.

Very simple pattern (I think), and very little sewing - always good for chiffon!

Watch this space...

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Patterns Discussion / Butterick Nightie - Overkill?
« on: May 30, 2022, 20:01:50 PM »
I've nearly finished this gift for my friend, and need an opinion.  The fabric is a beautiful slithery, stretch, satiny stuff and a beautiful mauve - not as purpley as the pics.  I managed to match up some lace from the stash which I think goes well with it. 

However, when it was finished, I thought the front looked very plain, so I added my own embellishment (I haven't yet O/Locked it).  Have I gone over the top?  My friend is very glam, so I think it's OK, but I feel I need another opinion.
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Patterns Discussion / BurdaStylle 126#02-2011
« on: May 21, 2022, 20:46:17 PM »
Just cut this pattern out, and straight away, there's a glaring problem (for me, you lot are far more savvy!)

On piece one, there is a curved front, and a cut out dart.  The pattern is telling me to add S/A's to the dart, which is OK, but then I read on, 'no allowance on the horizontal edges of the Centre Front (marked with scissors - but it isn't)'

But where does the horizontal edge start???  Does it make a step down by 4cms??

More research needed...sigh... :thinking:


Technical Help / Dart on Turn of Fabric
« on: May 16, 2022, 18:14:48 PM »
This is the Fleur Blazer - again, and the pesky collar!  I'd like to make some headway before I speak to BF tomorrow (we're doing a sew along)

This pattern calls for bagging out - the whole thing, including collar, which is OK, but...  On the main fabric, where the lapel and collar turn back, there is a small pleat.  My question is, how to incorporate it?  If there was no pleat there, I would cut into the corner, and straighten the collar out, but I'm a bit doubtful about this pleat... Do I still cut into the corner???

Does anyone know how to deal with this?  None of my books help, or Google so I need the nod off you lovely people, so that I can carry on.

This hasn't been an easy pattern, with little in the way of instructions, so I'm flying by the seat of my pants here.  If it was just me, I'd wing it, but I'm helping my friend through it, so I want to get it right.

Why it nothing straightforward... :facepalm: :thinking: :facepalm:


Technical Help / Re: Jetted Welt Pocket with Flap...
« on: May 11, 2022, 09:59:16 AM »
I'm in search of yet another best way forward for me, and would like to hear your opinions/advice.

Atm, I'm doing a sewalong with BF, as she's having trouble with bits of her pattern.  I'm doing the same pattern, but to make it more interesting, I want to do a Welt Pocket - with a Flap!

So far, I've read various tutorials, and watched loads of Youtube videos - some good, some frankly apalling, but all have raised various points of interest which I need some advice on.

Firstly, Itch to Stitch . This was very detailed and helpful.

Second, and for me, the one I prefer, was Angela Kane Angela Kane

However, in each one, the welts are constructed differently.  ItoS uses welt strips, which I find easier and more accurate, but, it's bulky, and not as nice and flat (in my practise piece) as the AK one.  I am now wondering, if it is possible to combine the two...

I'm off to have a practise, but I would be really interested to hear your favourite method.


Patterns Discussion / HelpNeededFleurBlazerPattern
« on: April 30, 2022, 13:56:01 PM »
I've just done a very silly thing.  I've been trying to scan a Pattern Instruction sheet for the Fleur Blazer, and not been able to do it - but, I left the sheet in the feed tray... 

I then went to print off another pattern, and forgot that the sheet was in the printer.  As a result, the pattern I wanted to print, has started to print over the Fleur Blazer sheet... :facepalm: :facepalm:

I caught it before it printed over the whole sheet, but unfortunately, some of the instructions have been printed over... :cry: :cry:

I'm helping a friend out by doing a sew-along with her, and I've made part of her sheet unreadable... :rant:

Can anyone help with a scan of the relevant instructions please? (Copyright permitting of course)

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Fun with Fabric / SSssshhh! Bunting....
« on: April 22, 2022, 13:55:51 PM »
I hope @DementedFairy isn't listening in, but I've decided to make some bunting.

I needed a quick and easy project, as I don't know how long at a time my eyes will hold up.  So far though, with a great deal of snivveling and bathing of eyes, I've managed a few triangles.  The biggest challenge by far was threading the O/L...

We (not us personally) as a street, are having a party for her Maj's birthday, and as OH would sooner stick pins in his eyes, I thought I would make a bunting contribution...  The neighbours don't know yet, but we are hoping to get away to Southport for an overnighter - I doubt we'll be missed!  :laughing: The bunting will be by way of our apology... :rolleyes:

I've managed to find lots of red,white and blue scraps - even some Union flag fabric, so I will set to, and hopefully the neighbours will accept our Bunting apology... :rolleyes:


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