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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 / 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!

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 / 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 / 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.

House Beautiful / Fixing curtains to the ceiling
« on: February 03, 2018, 17:35:40 PM »
Hello all. A young family member asked me to help with curtains - but she is in a 'conversion' where the windows are literally, completely, floor to ceiling (about 2.4 metres I think) No wonder the previous owners didn't put curtains up (maybe the fuel bills and blank space made them move!)
I haven't measured yet, but the width must be about 5 metres. so for decent curtains there will be a lot of weight and we will be needing 2 extra brackets I think in addition to the 2 side, and the central.
I am wondering if I could get 'passing rings' that will work 'upwards' - or could we think about fixing a pelmet to the ceiling and hanging the curtains from that. I'll get advice about hanging such a weight from the , but just thought I'd seek ideas and advice.


Courses & Classes / English Couture Company
« on: May 14, 2017, 11:40:01 AM »
As Michelle's are the only courses I have done (I was taught to sew by my mother 60 years ago!) I can't compare. However, I have found Michelle approachable, fun and a very good teacher. I met Maximum on her trouser making course, and I had great fun on her knicker making course.
So tomorrow I am off to do her Extreme Pattern Making course, and will report in.

Tech Know How / supporting you
« on: March 31, 2017, 08:03:10 AM »
This is really for admin:

I am very happy to pay the suggested subscription, but I don't wish to create a Paypal account (long story -I am happy to use Paypal as a guest, but not create an account). However, it will not allow me to checkout as a guest - usual procedure with most websites that use Paypal.


Patterns Discussion / creating a sleeve
« on: March 31, 2017, 07:59:48 AM »
Hello all!
I am making the Sadie tunic by Style Arc:

I liked the look of the tunic but am not fussed about the twist detail on the sleeve.  The sleeve itself is cut very oddly, almost 2 'petal' shapes that create the twist detail. As I have had to alter the shoulder seams quite a lot for fitting, I think that trying to get this complicated sleeve to fit in will be disastrous!
So, I just want to set in a plain sleeve. My thought is to cut open the side seams (I am making a 'toile' with the lining fabric), spread the sleeve arc out and draw around it, then using an ordinary sleeve pattern, add in the top shape. But I am unsure how much ease to include - the armholes on the toile are quite roomy.

Can I ask for your thoughts? Many thanks in advance

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