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I took the link to @cakeymcdoodle s prior collection. Lovely grouping Cakey! Or rather Dr. Cakey.  :thumbsup: That is a great example of what we in the US consider outerwear being part of a collection or grouping. Looks comfy too.

You know, these days I think any three items that can be worn together sort of "qualify". It's Covid.2 with Covid.3 coming up right quick now. Anybody who manages to get anything accomplished is winning these days. I'm so uninspired that even my lack of motivation has left.

Okay, having run one of these wardrobe things elsewhere I'll give my two cents worth. @mudcat has also run one or two so she might chime in.

Generally speaking this is to make an outfit or two. So by "coat" if you mean outerwear that you'll wear with lots of other garments, generally that's outside the concept. If you mean a lighter weight jacket type garment that is about the equivalent of a suit jacket or something lighter, that worked beautifully with both dresses, absolutely yes. If it also works with other clothing you have you'll get extra value from it.

Now, if the three pieces were for hiking, skiing, trekking or feeding the chickens in the depth of winter and you made an actual outerwear coat with a coordinating top and trousers I would consider it just fine for the rules.

Also, I have a rule I follow. Read the "rules" and go by your interpretation of them. Really they're like the Pirate Code, more like guidelines. If you stick to your own interpretation you will be correct. Trust your gut. If you ask for clarification you might get told no. Where's the fun in that?  :)

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Autumn / Winter 3-piece Sewalong
« on: September 22, 2021, 18:00:55 PM »
Triffic news Plosh-old-thing. I was wondering if a cosy pair of knitted socks could count as an item if one went in for an indoor ensemble.

@Flobear as the rules maker for this go round if you decree it then knitted socks would be good. Likewise a knitted sweater.  :)

« on: September 18, 2021, 00:29:13 AM »
@Lowena ok the next knitathon might just have to be a scarf  :devil:  I am not happy if I can’t get people knitting  :loveit:

@Celia I can manage scarfs!  :thumbsup: A basic stockinette, 6 or 7 inches wide only takes me about 10 days. I'm also proficient ok at dishcloths knit on the diagonal. Beyond that all I know is what DPN stands for.

Question though, oh sock Gurus, anyone work with non wool sock yarn? I'll need to find mine, it was a blend with nylon for durability. I'm a bit allergic to wool, at least on my upper torso, and sensitive to nylon. What I have splits terribly, has no stretch at all but knits up just gorgeous and crochets nicely too. But I don't really knit or crochet so clueless.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Contests and Sewalongs for 2021
« on: September 16, 2021, 23:34:27 PM »
Could we not start the 3 piece collection in October and run it through to November? I have a couple of ideas that I haven't started work on yet.

@Flobear if we do that excellent idea from Starryfish could we just go ahead and let it run through December?  :)

In the wardrobe / Re: wardrobe sort out
« on: September 16, 2021, 23:15:13 PM »
@Renegade Sewist, apparently it is normal, something to do with genetics  :'(. My grandmother was still getting them right up to when she died in her late 80's and my mother who is 90 is still getting them, so it looks like I'm going to be stuck with them  :'( :'( :'( :'(.

Oh joy. It's like when I found out about adult acne. Noooo! I think I finally stopped breaking out after menopause had firmly set in.

In the wardrobe / Re: wardrobe sort out
« on: September 15, 2021, 21:02:07 PM »
@Surest1tch - 20 years? oh heck!

That's not normal!  Might actually be from other causes. Usually it's 2 years or less. It's made worse by being overweight, drinking alcohol or caffeine, smoking or eating spicy foods. Lots of self help info online. Best remedy is estrogen. Read up once you get settled in then consult your doctor.

For the wardrobe, pitching most polyester makes sense to me. Since you like to go for walks retaining some woolens might be practical. If they fit now remember that the hot flashes will go away and then you'll want them. I imagine you can have a good sort out of the shoes. Separate them by types to make that easier. I'm hoping you'll be able to stay retired in which case you'll need one or two smart looking work/ funeral outfits including shoes. The rest of those can go.

I've been procrastinating on doing this. I have all sorts of clothes and almost nothing that I wear. The closet and dresser are pretty full. I'm planning on one to two dresser drawers this evening after I change the bedding. Before the cats get to the bed.  :meow:

Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 13th September
« on: September 13, 2021, 21:16:19 PM »
@Sandra  :hug: What a stressful mess. A suggestion if you don't mind. Ignore it if needed. Since she's daddy's girl now and cold to you, and she's looking forward to her independence, I suggest you now let her handle all of her own meal preparation, travel arrangements and laundry. No wash, no dry, no ironing. When she balks, which she surely will, explain that you are helping her get prepared for doing it all for herself once she moves to the flat. Let her know you're available to answer questions.  A quick dose of reality is in order with this child. I can't imagine that daddy is springing for a housekeeper, chauffeur, laundress and cook.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 12th September
« on: September 12, 2021, 19:48:30 PM »
Btw, has anyone heard from @Lowena , I've been wondering if all is well...?


@b15erk I asked that a few days ago with no response from anyone. Lowena last posted in August. She logged in a couple of days ago. Certainly hope she's just busy .

ETA: she's logged on today. Perhaps just an anti social mood and doesn't feel like chatting at the present.

Current Projects / Re: Christmas Craft 2021
« on: September 12, 2021, 07:03:45 AM »
@Stitchalot don't be embarrassed. Truth be told most of us either admire that, envy it or are downright jealous. Those are really cute.  :perfect10:

House Beautiful / Re: Bench Cushions
« on: September 12, 2021, 07:00:05 AM »
Lovely bench cushions everyone.  :grouphug:

I broke a slat on my garden bench. Does that count for anything?   :laughing:

It's been set in our brutal sun for years, the sealant is gone and I got a big surprise when I sat down.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 11th September
« on: September 11, 2021, 18:21:44 PM »
@Cazlyn If he's being naughty feel free to send him down to me  :laughing:

@Diane  could I perhaps ship you a cat? I woke to the sound of Jordan gnawing on the handle of the handheld mini vac.  :S

Today... One thread per day / Re: Friday 10th September
« on: September 10, 2021, 22:17:26 PM »
@Lowena, everything ok? I see that you logged in today but you haven't posted since August. I hope you're just too busy to chat with us.  :toast: :hug:

Today... One thread per day / Re: Friday 10th September
« on: September 10, 2021, 22:14:14 PM »
Took Cole to see the vet. They actually had me come into the exam room. That's the first time this year. The ringworm is cleared up, yay, yet standard protocol is an additional 30 days of daily medication and quarantine for her. She was able to get vaccinated today, booster in 30 days and isolation for that until 2 weeks after the 2nd jab. Poor thing. She got spooked when the vet opened a door into the back. We contained her and let her run until she calmed down. Tiny thing reached the 4 foot mark on the walls. The bright side is I can spend more time with her in her little room.

For added joy, last night the washing machine decided it was done. Put in the stuff, ran the water and nothing. It sounds like it's the switch. I am definitely not qualified to make that diagnosis but that's what it sounded like to me.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Polished cotton
« on: September 09, 2021, 19:51:23 PM »
Cotton sateen would be a good substitute. You might see a reference to glazed Cotton in that old vogue book. I'm surprised polished Cotton isn't there, it's an old fabric type.

It is heavier than all but high end quilting Cotton. It's mostly used in home decor as washing it removes the polish. It's made by calendaring, which is putting it through 2 steel rollers or by putting a finish on it.

Garments need to be dry cleaned to preserve the finish. If you wash real polished Cotton you will weep. It also shrinks!

A few years ago at a yard sale my BFF found a roll of hand screen printed polished Cotton. It was a Japanese inspired large scale floral  in olives, russet colors, inky black on an off white ground. Gorgeous fabric. The lady gave it to her. She shared with me. I washed some of it.  :scream:  It was still lovely  but no where near as beautiful. I was just petting it a few days ago.

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