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Today... One thread per day / Re: Friday 3rd December
« on: Yesterday at 10:08:33 »
Good Morning All!  Wintery sunshine out there this morning, just glad I'm in the warm today.

Where has the week gone?  It will be Christmas before we know it!

OH isn't feeling so good, and under orders to take an LFT test, and ring the GP, otherwise he'll be waiting until Monday...

Had a smashing day out with my lovely friend in Southport - boy was it cold, but bright winter sun!!  Fortunately we were able to stay warm in Beales, where a coat happened to fall into my basket!  Then lunch at the Auberge, which was wonderful - you can tell I haven't been out for a while can't you?  :laughing:

I've washed my hair this morning - usually a weekend job as it takes so long to dry, because the lovely Lilya is coming to stay on Saturday, so that we can take her on a Christmas Shopping trip. :thumb:  Really looking forward to it - it's a long time since I've taken a little girl shopping!

Busy day today, wrapping and hiding Christmas presents, and finishing off the Baby Shower gift for Sunday!

To friends out there having hard times

 :grouphug: :hug: :grouphug:


Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday 1st December🎄
« on: December 01, 2021, 10:27:32 AM »
Good Morning All!  A wintery sun is trying to break through today, but there is precious little heat in it.  Everywhere needs a jolly good spruce up...

Well, my Sewjo came back with a vengeance yesterday - Christmas Stockings will do that for me.  I've made good progress on 3 stockings, and also finished a very simple self bound blanket, so feeling pleased with myself!  No sewing done this morning as I'm waiting for the electrician to fix the light in the office, and worried I'll miss him if I get engrossed...

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A bit of paper to deal with, but once the electrician has been, I'll be fiddling around with stockings!

Happy Retirement @Acorn !  Plenty of 'please yourself' time now!

For those with troubles

 :grouphug: :hug: :grouphug:


« on: November 29, 2021, 09:56:15 AM »
Sorry I've been AWOL, but stuff intervened which meant I have been unable to pick up either knitting or sewing for several weeks.  I had two weeks of infections which laid me low, and last week, the middle finger of my right hand was causing me so much pain, I could barely hold a pen, much less knitting needles.

This week, I feel so much better, but not sure I'll catch up with everything, so I will concentrate on what is possible.


Tech Know How / Re: Site running slow?
« on: November 24, 2021, 09:44:31 AM »
@Silver Rose , I had that too, and I also lost my emojis - although they are back now...


In the wardrobe / Re: Free pattern site
« on: November 23, 2021, 09:53:35 AM »
@maliw , thanks so much for this!  Lots of useful patterns here - when I manage to get back to some sewing!


Patterns Discussion / Re: Smart non shirt tops
« on: November 23, 2021, 09:33:01 AM »
@Vezelay , the neck height is determined by how high you sew the front seam which joins the two front pieces together.  My first one showed rather too much cleavage, but on later ones I have adjusted the length of the seam.  As long as you leave the neck opening wide enough to fit your head through, you will be fine.


Patterns Discussion / Re: Smart non shirt tops
« on: November 22, 2021, 09:20:18 AM »
@Vezelay , From what I remember this top is on the slim side, but mine is heavily edited as I'm a bit busty!  In fact, this last one turned out a little snug, because I hadn't allowed for the lack of stretch in the fabric I used.  Very easy to adjust though, especially the neck height.

I would use the first one as a (wearable) toile, so that so can see how everything goes together.


Patterns Discussion / Re: Smart non shirt tops
« on: November 18, 2021, 09:50:37 AM »
I've just made another Presto Popover top from Savage Coco Patterns, and I like it just as much as when I made it years ago.  It has an unusual construction - but very easy.

It used to be a free pattern, but I've just had a quick look, and it's not free any more...

It's available HERE


Patterns Discussion / Re: Asking the impossible
« on: November 16, 2021, 10:53:28 AM »
This has really caught my fancy as I love a shirt dress!  I've just Binged a search on Shirt Dress Patterns, and some very pretty ones have turned up on Images.

THIS was one I liked Sedona Shirt Tunic Dress Sewing Pattern, but a rather old Burda one caught my eye 06-2013 #120.


Patterns Discussion / Re: Asking the impossible
« on: November 16, 2021, 10:28:42 AM »
Maybe a seach on Pattern Review would help?  I do this all the time, and I really aggravate myself - why can't I just save it?

The last Butterick shirt dress I did had a back pleat, but not dropped sleeves.  I also have a Threadcount one, but again, doesn't appear to have dropped sleeves.


I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Re: Treasure Trove
« on: November 16, 2021, 10:00:06 AM »
Absolutely Stunning!  <3


Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hello Everyone
« on: November 12, 2021, 11:07:41 AM »
Hello @Ian and welcome to the forum.  Have a brew and a browse, and jump right in!

Not a Darksider myself, but love to see what you all do.  :loveit:

Nice to welcome another NorthWesterner!


In the wardrobe / Re: Another Jalie 2795 zip jacket
« on: November 12, 2021, 10:30:14 AM »
That's a beautiful jacket @Vezelay , and I love your fabric choice.  <3


Up to now I haven't given Christmas very much thought, but I do need to stir my stumps and get cracking. 

I may put  other things on hold, and lift out the Christmas stocking box - I need at least three for starters.

First I have to have a good look for my mojo... :S


Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: Misery
« on: November 11, 2021, 10:42:59 AM »
I hope you start healing well very soon @rubywishes  <3


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