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Patterns Discussion / Re: McCalls summer patterns
« on: August 06, 2022, 22:06:57 PM »
Probably summer on the @other side'.  I think the company is American owned, isn't it?

In the wardrobe / Re: Grey needlecord trousers
« on: August 05, 2022, 09:57:11 AM »
@Bodgeitandscarper Not a child of the sixties then?
After I posted, I realised it was more of the 50s. Oh dear.

Machine Accessories / Re: Very cheap foot actually works!
« on: July 13, 2022, 00:34:22 AM »
Threading is not a problem. Just follow the manual and get the loopers in the right order. The needles are last. Modern ones are made much easier to thread than the earlier ones.  I had one of those sidecutters about 50 years ago and it did a cracking job with my old Singer. I overlooked the edges of the pieces for some trousers and they looked so neat!  An overlocker is amazing for speed though and you can make a strong seam with one.

Patterns Discussion / Re: It's Toile Time!
« on: July 06, 2022, 14:36:40 PM »
You could continue the joining line round the rest of the skirt and make it look like a deep hem.

Patterns Discussion / Re: It's Toile Time!
« on: July 06, 2022, 12:30:10 PM »
looks good to me.

Sewing Machines / Re: the etiquette of buying a sewing machine
« on: June 30, 2022, 14:31:36 PM »
@Gernella  and @So Chic  Do your machines have the option to save stitch programmes?  You could do a run of tack, space, space, tack, space, space and so on. Then the machine would do a run of tacking for you. Repeat as needed.

Love the lace inserts.  Strangely I saw a dress like that yesterday, in a display window, and made a note of it. Obviously you are in fashion @BrendaP

You did well to stop!  I realise I was buying for a similar reason. Perhaps it did the job at the time.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Simplicity 8753 -Classic shirt
« on: June 25, 2022, 02:23:20 AM »
You can easily change the collar if if sits right. Just copy the collar piece but redraw the outside edges the shape of a collar you have/want. (Do not forget the seam allowances)
Because you haven't changed the neck edge, it will still fit on the collar stand.  You will have to move the little buttonholes of course. 
If you are short of fabric, make a mockup in scrap fabric of a similar weight to check you like it.

@Iminei  Even if they have sold out, can they tell you what range it came from?  They might have another colourway to give you a clue.

Dolls and Toys / Re: Tiny tears
« on: June 17, 2022, 14:56:41 PM »
Thanks again, I made a little dress from some cotton scraps that have been maturing for about 30 years. (knew it would come in one day)  It was the trimmings from some sheeting that I used to make my sons' pajamas when they wanted some like judo suits, in white cotton. No idea why!  There was a border with little trees and houses which got cut off and thrown into the useful bin.  The skirt had a band of the border pattern near the bottom and I used it for the little sleeves too. Plain yoke but top stitched the edge of the neck in red to hold the facing down.  Like an idiot I gave it away without taking a picture. Waiting to hear if it was a good fit. If it was, it's all down to you.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Newcastle upon Tyne area fabric shops?
« on: June 15, 2022, 04:25:55 AM »
I have bought online from 1st for fabrics. Service was very good, the cloth excellent - but I am still getting up the nerve to cut into expensive wool for my coat. Of course the colour will be years out of date when I do.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Best fabric shops/streets in London
« on: June 14, 2022, 12:53:29 PM »
Fabrics Galore in Lavender Hill.  Nothing else around I'm afraid, but I like this shop.

Patterns Discussion / Re: It's Toile Time!
« on: June 12, 2022, 22:19:53 PM »
I have 4824 too, but unfortunately only a 14.  Need a bit of a rest before I attempt to scale it up.  I did it once, but in an unsuitable fabric and it has languished in the stash ever since.  I do like the style, perhaps I should give it another outing.

Dolls and Toys / Re: Sewing For Dolls
« on: June 10, 2022, 12:26:27 PM »
Hi @Ann hope you are having a relatively quiet time.  I have used some more bits from stash but yesterday picked up something new.  Two sample curtains at 50p each.  Absolutely no use except as fabric.  I am going to make some glamorous party dresses for my little friends dolls.  The colour is probably not going to show up  but they are shocking pink and deep burgundy.
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