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Patterns Discussion / Re: Muna and Broad?
« on: May 17, 2020, 13:21:24 PM »
Thank you Acorn, I have just gone to have a look.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Muna and Broad?
« on: May 17, 2020, 11:10:57 AM »
Thank you all so much! I am not very good at navigating all the sites, and I am especially grateful for the helpful links. I agree that the photos are not flattering, but I can look past that.

My favourite 'curvy' patterns are Cashmerette, probably because I'm Jenny's shape! But her only trouser patterns are jeans and a new wide-legged trouser (which I know won't suit me!).

I'm going to have a think about this.

Patterns Discussion / Muna and Broad?
« on: May 17, 2020, 08:56:01 AM »
Hello, I've run a search and can't find any mention of them:

They are very niche, designed mostly for very large women (I would be one of their small sizes!) I love the lookoftheir tapered Willandra trousers:

Does anyone have any experience either of their patterns, or that strange diagonal seam?

Many thanks!

Technical Help / Re: Trousers, slight stretch?
« on: May 17, 2020, 08:30:53 AM »
Thank you, that is a very good point (feeling rather daft that I didn't think of it!)
Back into my stash it goes until I can sort out a trouser toile!

Technical Help / Trousers, slight stretch?
« on: May 16, 2020, 17:56:12 PM »
Hello all, I am about a size 20 US / 24 UK - but as we know, that doesn't tell the whole story! Recent spinal surgery has left me shorter, and a sense that I have 'changed shape'. Certainly my old trousers don't fit properly - it's not just a question of taking up the legs a bit, my truck has changed as well!
As I needed to be away from the machine, I bought a couple of pairs of leggings. They do suit me well, and the stretch means I don't have to worry about the fit so much. I downloaded the Cashmerette leggings pattern, made up a trial set and was pleased with them.
I have had tucked away, for 2-3 years some lovely linen fabric with lycra (but I'm not sure how much!). It doesn't stretch enough for the Cashmerette pattern (it only goes about halfway to the 'stretch' mark).
So......could I try making the next size up? or even 2 sizes up?
Or should I wait until I can put the time and effort into a complete trouser re-make?

Thanks for any advice!

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: The fourth bridge
« on: December 16, 2019, 14:44:48 PM »
Hello! I find it easier to pot on this Forum than Gransnet. This is lovely - and I agree that it is a 'reversible' quilt.I do hope you get it done, but don't rush - after all this effort you wan it tobe just right.

hello, I tried to contact you via email, but it failed. I don't know why, but PayPal won't let me pay without creating an account. I pay lots of other places via PayPal, just using my debit card. I really don't want to create an account (had a bad experience!) just happy to pay using my card on their platform. Do you know why this is a problem? or is there another way I can pay? Thanks

Fun with Fabric / Re: water resistant fabric
« on: March 18, 2019, 11:39:57 AM »
Thank you both, that's very helpful.

Fun with Fabric / water resistant fabric
« on: March 16, 2019, 16:02:35 PM »
Hello all, I'm looking for advice about sewing thread. Some years ago I made some water-resistant trousers and remember  being advised to use a pure cotton thread that would swell on contact with moisture, so keeping the seams resistant to water. They have been great.

I have been thinking about making a lightweight mac of some kind and it was only a vague idea until, at the Sewing Exhibition I found Worcestershire Resource Exchange. I'm sure some of you found them as well - and I got a length of remaindered Burberry water resistant fabric (5m for £10!).
So I'm going to make Cashmeretee's Chilton coat, and am gathering my notions.
Has anyone else used this fabric - do you think I should track down dome pure cotton, or just use the usual?

Thank you!

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Re: FREE: patterns to give away
« on: September 28, 2018, 07:34:21 AM »

I'm not good at pictures, my apologies, and the current Butterick swimsuit is nothing like. This swimsuit is a mock wrap, but the pattern includes 'swim dresses' with princess seams.

The M6297 top has gone I'm afraid.

These remain:

swimsuit & cover-ups: sizes 26-32
easy tunic & pants: sizes 26-32
'lifestyle wardrobe': top, skirt, jacket, trousers:  sizes 26-32
'fast & easy' tunic, shirt & pants:  sizes 28-32
wrap dress size BB (8-14)

'easy endless options' shirt, tunic, trousers, dress, jacket: size H (22-26)

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / FREE: patterns to give away
« on: September 25, 2018, 07:41:55 AM »
These are all uncut, although some have been unfolded. To the best of my knowledge, they are intact. I am happy to post out, on the understanding that the recipient will donate the cost of postage to a charity.

Unless I give a number, all discontinued:

swimsuit & cover-ups: sizes 26-32
easy tunic & pants: one sizes 18-24, one sizes 26-32
'lifestyle wardrobe': top, skirt, jacket, trousers: one sizes 18-24, one sizes 26-32
'fast & easy' tunic, shirt & pants: one sizes 22-26, one sizes 28-32
wrap dress size BB (8-14)

'easy endless options' shirt, tunic, trousers, dress, jacket: size H (22-26)
M6297 top & tunic size RR (18-24)

Sandra Betzina for Vogue, wide legged trousers, with a fitted yoke, all sizes included.

Burda 6972 top: sizes 18-30

Kwik Sew 3487 wrap top: sizes XS-XL. This one has actually been cut to 'medium', but I've included it as it is on strong paper, and all the pieces are in the envelope, to be taped together by someone with patience!
Megan Nielson MN1004 maternity / nursing lingerie: sizes XS-XL

Just message me!

A Good Yarn / Re: getting the crochet gauge right
« on: April 11, 2018, 17:48:24 PM »
Thanks Morgan - yes, I'm used to using switching between American and English crochet terms, so I did check the stitches and the hook size! As I said, I have been rather lackadaisical about sizes until now.

I think that I must crochet rather 'tightly' as I was just given a poppy pattern for our village display,and hooked up to instructions, I produced a tiny poppy! However, my next go worked well - I don't know the size of the hook as it was given to me by my grandmother, who taught me to crochet, it is ivory (so can't ever be sold!) with a large hook at one end and a small at the other. I am glad to be using it, remembering her talking about her brother who died in WW1.

A Good Yarn / Re: getting the crochet gauge right
« on: April 08, 2018, 16:51:56 PM »
Just to say that I have got the swatch just about right. 5.5mm hook, doesn't sag when I hang it up (6mm hook too loose) but now I have to do arithmetic - 16 stitches for every 14 in the pattern! But length is right.

I'm now actually putting it away - probably for most of the summer - I have a blanket to finish for Loving Hands, and have agreed to contribute to the huge poppy display planned in our village - I am a little dubious - but will show willing by contributing poppies, and leave the 'display' to those with the vision!

At least when that is done, I can pick it up and begin - many thanks all.

A Good Yarn / Re: getting the crochet gauge right
« on: March 29, 2018, 14:37:37 PM »
Many thanks all. I am not  a good knitter (can't keep the tension) so couldn't translate the experience across.
I think the point about the yarn is a good one. I bought a cheap acrylic 'on offer' because I was uncertain as to how it would go (and I do like the colour very much). It says 'treat as DK' so that, I suspect, is where the main issue is. It it has hooked up nice and evenly, which is helpful
I'm going to try a 6mm hook, but no bigger, and will just have to practice my arithmetic! It is a very simple pattern so shouldn't be too difficult (!)
It's also a pattern that, if need be, I can edge in a different yarn, but I have bought some extra, so fingers crossed.
Thanks again, and all have a lovely Easter!

A Good Yarn / getting the crochet gauge right
« on: March 27, 2018, 18:34:03 PM »
Hello all, I'm quite experienced at crochet, and have done  lot - but always the forgiving sort of shawls, blankets, scarves etc. I've taken the plunge and bought a book of clothes patterns, liking the look of a cardigan. It's a US book.
I have done my test pieces - I should be using a 4mm hook with double knitting wool, and a piece 14 st x 8 rows of double crochet (US) should be 10cms. square. I am now up to a 5.5 hook - 8 rows are 10cms but 14sts only 9cms.
I don't have a 6mm hook - happy to get one, but am feeling that I must be getting something wrong.
And yes, I am dojng the US double crochet stitch, not the British one!
I'd be very grateful for any pointers, otherwise I'll be doing extra stitches and/ or fewer rows. I would say however, tht with a 5.5mm hook the spacing does look about right.

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