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Patterns Discussion / Re: Blouse for teacher!
« on: Yesterday at 08:09:17 »
Sounds promising @Catllar . You can overthink ‘drafting’, I find. Sometimes the simple fix works.

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In the wardrobe / Re: Altering a winter coat for beginners
« on: December 07, 2021, 08:36:19 AM »
Well done! I was reading down this thread and veering towards the ‘don’t touch it with a barge pole camp’, but you’ve managed it  :VV:

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Patterns Discussion / Re: Blouse for teacher!
« on: December 07, 2021, 08:32:46 AM »
Cutting a wide boat neck hacking a couple of inches off the top of the sleeve is the way I have always got the off the shoulder look for whichever daughter craves the look at the time.

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Technical Help / Re: Feeding elastic through channels.
« on: December 06, 2021, 20:19:42 PM »
Me too, not a fan of elastic waistbands. I’ve tried a few times, but still find there’s a high price to pay for the comfort of not having to pass on seconds of cake.  :laughing:

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Technical Help / Re: Jeans topstitching
« on: December 06, 2021, 08:55:03 AM »
I’m probably too late with this, but my Bernina skipped stitches top stitching a jacket with crossing seams until I woke up to the fact that the underside of the feed dogs was in serious need of defluffing. Other than that, I sometimes resort to turning the balance wheel by hand slowly when hitting humps.

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Technical Help / Re: Feeding elastic through channels.
« on: December 06, 2021, 08:50:03 AM »
Thanks for the help/encouragement/commiserations ladies. I unpicked the lot, bought wide elastic from the rip off supermarket down the road ( 5 euros for a packaged metre !) and put that in instead. I don’t like the look as much as the  row of narrower channels, but nervous breakdown was looming! The fabric was deceptive. It’s actually silk, which sounds slippery, yes? Parts of the weave are satin, parts not, and those parts had a tendency to have a slub or two, and stick to each other and the elastic, so even with the wide stuff and an even wider channel the gathering didn’t readily even up.  :rolleyes:
It’s surprising how many hiccups there can be in the simplest of processes we put ourselves through when we sew isn’t it? Threading elastic is hardly up there with bound buttonholes, turning rever points and pocket welts, but I reckon I could write a book on the ways it can have you tearing your hair out. Or is it just me?

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Technical Help / Re: Feeding elastic through channels.
« on: December 04, 2021, 07:55:58 AM »
Yup, when I try to pull the fabric to work it along it just grips the elastic. The channels should be wide enough. I’m going to have one more try working from the middle, then if that fails I’ll have to unpick the channels and put one piece of wider elastic in.

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Technical Help / Re: Feeding elastic through channels.
« on: December 03, 2021, 22:01:15 PM »
It’s not the pulling through. I sorted that with the ribbon.The problem is that the gathers just won’t slide along once the elastic is in, so one side is relatively flat and the other bunched up. I have pulled it all out now, and created a vertical split halfway, with the idea of threading each half separately, in the hope that it will look even when done. I’m going to try again tomorrow if I can bear it. I do use a nappy pin when the elastic and channel is wide enough.

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Technical Help / Feeding elastic through channels.
« on: December 03, 2021, 14:31:27 PM »
Going mad here. I have the bottom band of a bomber jacket with three channels to feed quarter inch elastic through. The fabric ain’t slippy! I got it to pull through by stitching the elastic end to a ribbon of the same width and threading that through with a bodkin, but  the last few inches of the second row I have just done sticks in the fabric - it’s resisting attempts to push the gathers along to take up the slack, so I’ve got one half gathered up too much and the other end ( not bodkin end) slack with four inches of elastic hanging out that won’t pull into the channel. Does anyone have a foolproof method for this? My hands are hurting with the effort.

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Fun with Fabric / Re: Nice lining?
« on: August 25, 2021, 20:35:38 PM »
Thanks, Brenda and Silver Rose - the Joel options aren’t in my grap :'(, but I’m going to look into Minerva if tomorrow’s trip to Lorient doesn’t come up trumps.

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Fun with Fabric / Nice lining?
« on: August 25, 2021, 16:37:52 PM »
Who is good for purchase of a nice lining fabric, to go in a lighter coat? Not the harsh stuff, something you’re not feeling apologetic over when you hang your coat over the back of your chair when getting coffee and cake  :laughing:
I’m trying to get something like a cornflour blue, but slightly towards the turquoise, probably impossible to match but one can dream.

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In the wardrobe / Re: The shirt from hell!
« on: August 12, 2021, 13:49:39 PM »
Sorry, but I laughed.  :D Don’t we just all know those projects ! I bet you do get to enjoy it in the end though.

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In the wardrobe / Re: Shirt, jacket or something else.
« on: August 03, 2021, 08:24:24 AM »
Great jacket! I like how you’ve lined up the pattern on the pocket.

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In the wardrobe / Re: By Hand London Anna dress
« on: July 27, 2021, 08:53:49 AM »
The finished article looks great, but what a pity the pattern is duff. I don’t buy downloads, though once or twice I have been tempted by a style I liked. Your fabric is super, I can understand your perseverance.

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In the wardrobe / Re: Skirt with unpressed pleats
« on: July 27, 2021, 08:40:04 AM »
It’s going to be lovely!

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