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Fun with Fabric / Interlock Jersey
« on: Yesterday at 12:22:09 »
I have just seen an instagram post from Fabworks about their fabric of the month- interlock jersey. They said :
Interlocks are the ideal fabric for people who want to start experimenting with jersey/stretch fabrics, as they're more stable and versatile than single jerseys.🪡

I can't say I have found that to be true. In my experience they move around more than single jersey and I find it harder to get a good neckband that lies against the neck properly. Is this anyone else's experience or is it something I am doing wrong?

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« on: August 11, 2022, 20:25:05 PM »
I'm off to Tudor Rose P&Q shop near Bedford tomorrow. I need some more FQs for the lap quilt I'm going to make. They need to match the ones I already have, try doing that online!
There is no shop with a decent range of dressmaking fabric outside London for me. I can get samples online if it is crucial for what I intend to make.

Bedford itself is the pits for shopping. The only dept store closed about 3 years ago. M&S closed as did Debenhams. It never got over the building of Central Milton Keynes. The council did nothing to promote it. It could have been a lovely high street with interesting small shops.

The Haberdashery / Re: William Whitley scissors
« on: July 29, 2022, 13:32:50 PM »
I get my shears sharpened by Prosharp, they are very quick. I definitely recommend them for that.
Expect mine to last for many years, I can't remember the manufacturer ( the owner died in tragic circumstances some years ago), but they sharpen up beautifully.

You temptress @Ouryve ! shall have to go and look, they are one of my favourite sites.

Patterns Discussion / Re: StyleArc Billie Woven Pant
« on: July 18, 2022, 13:29:28 PM »
Very nice @b15erk , how is the fit?

Patterns Discussion / Re: StyleArc Billie Woven Pant
« on: July 17, 2022, 13:08:54 PM »
I'd love to see them! I did a toile but I don't know if was the fabric I used ( a horrible thickish polyester), but they were not flattering to me at all. I have a fairly large backside so maybe it was the pleated front that was making me look rather bulky.
I would like to try again, but decent drapy fabric is costly and I don't want to waste my time and money if the end result is unwearable.

In the wardrobe / Re: Side seam pocket with an invisible zip
« on: July 01, 2022, 17:43:22 PM »
Thank you for the link, it's simple when you know how! Also, they did something I had never thought of, which was to sew in the zip with a normal stitch foot, then change to an invisible zip foot and sew it again. How easy to get the zip correctly aligned that way!
Will definitely try that out, it has to be better than unpicking the second side several times as is my usual wont.
My next task will be to add an internal tab to the waistband so I don't catch my flesh when zipping up. I do that many times.

The Haberdashery / Re: Tell me about duckbill scissors
« on: July 01, 2022, 12:42:31 PM »
I use mine for trimming twin hems on jersey fabrics. You do have to be careful as the others say, but they are useful.

In the wardrobe / Re: Side seam pocket with an invisible zip
« on: July 01, 2022, 12:40:12 PM »
I would like to know how to do it too. I have Style Arc Natasha which closes with a side zip and would love to have pockets. i love the fit but pockets are so handy especially with allergies like mine.

In the wardrobe / Re: Coloured bottoms - in particular pink
« on: June 29, 2022, 22:57:21 PM »
I have a pair of Style Arc Clare trousers in dark rose linen. I love them! Would never wear pale pink/nude trousers, i'll leave that to the twenty somethings. My legs are not a thing of beauty.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Vogue summer 2022 patterns
« on: June 17, 2022, 17:58:04 PM »
Meh, nothing here in anyway up to date. Where are some loose midi dresses? That sheath dress could have been worn any time in the last 60 years.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Pattern for Golf Skrt Needed
« on: June 14, 2022, 12:51:19 PM »
Jalie has a knit skort, louluxe. Sorry can't do a link,as am cuddling a sleeping gc!

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Best fabric shops/streets in London
« on: June 14, 2022, 12:47:45 PM »
I wanted to go to Dalston Mill once but my daughter wouldn't let me. She was living in hackney at the time and thought I wasn't streetwise enough to be safe! It is a poorish area and you need to be aware.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: English Couture Company
« on: May 29, 2022, 12:38:39 PM »
I'm not very organised, but I do keep my interfacings in labelled bags! I love ECC interfacings as well.

Technical Help / Re: Am I understanding this pattern?
« on: May 25, 2022, 13:06:01 PM »
For a start I always fold the fabric with the right side out, and the sewing police have never  prosecuted. Seriously, you can see the pattern of the fabric that way and make sure it will match on the seams if that matters to you. ( I hate it if it doesn't.
As your pattern instructions have you folding the fabric crosswise for the skirt pieces, two of them will have the pattern upside down as well. One of the skirt pattern pieces is supposed to be laid wrong side up, and I am having trouble visualising why.

If you are using plain fabric, the upside down two pieces shouldn't matter unless there is a nap ( like velvet or cord). The pattern is trying to cram large skirt pieces onto narrow fabric. If it was me, I would use 140cm wide fabric, buy a generous quantity, and fiddle about until all the pieces fitted to my satisfaction. However I almost never look at the suggested layout, so feel free to ignore me. The small pieces are waistband interfacing? It just wants you to place them on a fold so you get two whole pieces, I think.
Hope this helps.

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