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Fun with Fabric / Re: Where will I find decent faux leather?
« on: August 03, 2022, 10:48:05 AM »
I've made similar coasters in the past using cork fabric and also faux suede rather as the faux leather always seems to have a ' plasticy ' shine on it.

Patterns Discussion / Re: StyleArc Billie Woven Pant
« on: July 17, 2022, 17:49:14 PM »
I have a, I think it's a Butterick, wardrobe
 pattern from years ago - 1984ish, that has a loose raglan sleeve shirt and jacket together with skirt and trousers with this type of fastening. The waistbands have tabs and 'd rings' on both sides, left for fastening purposes and on the right to balance. DD found this pattern a couple of years ago and loves both the skirt and trousers as they give a nice flat front appearance and are adjustable for comfort.

Access All Accessories / Re: Ollie Ella Soukie Backpack
« on: July 17, 2022, 15:42:30 PM »
I use various including , and Pennine Outdoor - esp webbing straps. You can also find buckles, clips, rings etc on fleabay  for a lot less than the nicely packaged selection by Prym etc. Abakhan also sell this sort of stuff.

I've sent you a PM

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / For Sale - Bag Patterns
« on: July 07, 2022, 10:33:55 AM »
 Lazy Girl - Miranda Day Bag SOLD

Noodlehead - Campfire Messenger Bag  - SOLD

McCalls M4851 Sold
Kwik Sew 2-in-1 Expanding Bag SOLD


I think that when wearing lighter coloured trousers it's best not to wear a very dark coloured top with them - too much contrast seems to confuse the eyes into not registering the paler items. I wear white and palest pink trousers all summer but always with a top that's not bright or dark but just a little bit stronger coloured.

The last thing I need atm is a quilted jacket so mine has ground to a halt - it's lost the love that I had for it. Progress may resume later .

Patterns Discussion / Re: Pattern sizing
« on: June 15, 2022, 12:33:56 PM »
There's even fewer patterns drafted for 6' and taller. Even those very few patterns drafted for 5'10" have to be altered for DD and me  :(

Fun with Fabric / Re: Blackout fabric
« on: June 11, 2022, 15:02:39 PM »
I used to go on holiday with the usual suitcase contents plus 2 World War II blackout curtains, from my Nan, that would be draped across/ stuck etc about window openings to reduce the light ingress. I still have them in the cupboard which stores  spare linen, sleeping bags etc.

So far, so good. Actually this silk is the devil to sew - the sample pieces were anything but on grain but if I'd squared them up they'd have been to small to create the jacket. I ended up doing 'stitch & flip' and quilting each column as I attached it to the wadding to minimise any shifting about. Anyway atm the side seams match at block corners even after I sewed a small bust dart and I'm wondering whether to 'bag out' the lining or bind the edges.
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I've already started  :angel: at least the fabric is pieced and quilted.
Now to trace the pattern.

The Haberdashery / Re: A little thing that will prove useful
« on: May 28, 2022, 10:51:18 AM »
I've seen those for sale but never been tempted. Ages ago I made a mug cosy type thing that has pockets that sit inside and around the outside of the mug to hold all those bits that you need to hand. The bonus is that I've an excuse not to bin a chipped but loved mug.  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

Technical Help / Re: Dart on Turn of Fabric
« on: May 25, 2022, 13:43:52 PM »

I've just finished making Simplicity 8697 for DD and I think this also has the ' dart into collar' feature:   [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

Are these instructions of any use?


Try, until you try you'll never know if you can. Shoulders are only seams at a slight angle, nowhere near as angled as those in half square triangles. Side seams are only lines of stitches and you've done thousands of those. What would we be if we never tried anything new?

Didn't know that I could plaster a wall until I tried. It turns out that I'm quite good at it, not brilliant but good enough - just like royal icing a cake really, a very big cake

but SLEEVES !!!!!!  :scream:

Don't overthink things, just do it and if you can't cope with the sleeves when the time comes - well you were always making a loose sleeveless gilet weren't you?

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