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House Beautiful / Refurbishing 1970s dining room chairs
« on: October 30, 2021, 11:49:09 AM »
My G Plan dining chairs and table, that I obtained second-hand in 1976, have given sterling service over the years but the chairs in particular need some love and some new clothes.

I've seen seat fabric in Doughty's but I presume the padding underneath will need replacing too by now and I expect I'll need to buy online. The upholstery is not a difficult task and I have done a little in the past but had an upholstery supplies shop 3 miles down the road where I lived before.

Any suggestions of where to obtain supplies online would be welcome.

The main problem for me is what to do with the wooden frames. They are polished (not shiny) wood - teak, I think - and in some parts look faded or have had things dropped on them which has taken colour out. I am happy to bingle and see what I can find out but, if anyone with some experience can offer advice, I like to get it from real people!

Many thanks, dear TSPers, for reading my ramble.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Autumn / Winter 3-piece Sewalong
« on: September 21, 2021, 17:15:34 PM »

When you've had enough of sweeping leaves, why not join in TSP's

Autumn/Winter 3 piece clothing collection
1st October - 31st December 2021

Aim: Sew a 3 piece clothing collection for the coming season
(Autumn/Winter here in the UK, but Spring/Summer in Australia/NZ).

It could be outerwear such as trousers/skirt jacket and blouse
Or indoor wear such as jogging bottoms/leggings, T-shirt and hoodie

Three items intended to be worn together. One of them could be a knitted piece.

It's your choice

Timeframe: Construction starts on 1st October and the items must be completed by 31st December. Pattern adapting and cutting out, however, may start before October 1st.

Let's see photos of your fabric, pattern, cut-out pieces - progress piccies are always welcome in this thread even though they're not part of the sewalong rules.

All entries need to be uploaded with the template below and at least one photo by 7th January 2022

Please submit your entries in this thread using this template.


Details to include:

Your User Name and Entry Number  - 1, 2 etc if entering more than one ensemble
What is it and for whom? (if applicable)
Fabric and Pattern/instructions used  - commercial, frankenpatterns or self-drafted, anything goes
A short description on how you made it  - any problems overcome etc.
Up to 4 photos shown on a dress form or modelled  (no hanger shots thank you)


The winning entry will receive an exclusive TSP patch or badge


I have been very good and done a search but 'binding' returns a lot of results so I think it's quicker just to ask a question that has probably been answered somewhere - for which apols.

Very taken with some binding I saw that happened to have diagonal stripes  ;) I bought some lovely striped fabric but they aren't diagonal. Simple solution, cut crossway strips (thanks for the practice all those years ago Sister Mary Joseph  :ninja: )  However, as a newish Darksider, still sporting the green P plate on my quilting hat, I am wondering if crossway strips are a bad idea for quilts for any reason.

I decided to make a smallish quilt thingy as a wall-hanging after thinking how bare the wall looked when the C :ninja::ninja: s cards came down.

Went for out-of comfort-zone colours to contrast with the rest of the decor. Happy with what I've done but feel it's too 'inyerface' for a hanging so it is to become a throwish item for the new chair. However, it needs to be rectangular - at least 12ins longer - and was designed as a square so I'm not sure how to proceed and would value advice. I have more of all the fabrics and also a number of others that I bought as possibilities but didn't use.

The colours I based it on are shown in the fleece stripey thing and the cushion cover (somewhat faded). The main colours in the room are a couple of shades of turquoise and faded pinky-terracotta carpet.

Here is a pic. I can supply more info if it would help but I feel I have droned on long enough put my points across succinctly  ;)

I have done some searching on the site but can't find a direct reference to which order blocks should be sewn together. I expect it depends somewhat on what you're doing.

There are 16 blocks, like this, to be arranged as 4 rows of 4. No complicated matching up is needed.

The thing I'm wondering is, should I start from the middle of the piece and work outwards so any imperfections in sizing / joining happen nearer the edges or just go along in rows or columns? I have cut and measured as carefully as I can but things are never as perfect as you hope they're going to be.

Patterns Discussion / Culottes / Divided Skirt
« on: June 29, 2020, 17:28:08 PM »
I wonder if any kind TSPer knows of a pattern, or could suggest which companies might have such patterns.

My sis-in-Dorset wants to make culottes but can only find designs that look like wide-legged trousers whereas she wants it/them to look like a skirt. She's in the 18-20 (UK) dress size range and the only pattern I have is old size 12 (which would be about 8 - 10 these days) from when I was a skinny-ish thing so I don't really know why I've still got it!

Your Favourite Suppliers / Sew Essential Customer Service
« on: March 13, 2020, 19:21:50 PM »
A hearty cheer for 'Sew Essentials' in Bolton, especially Irena who is a treasure.

Both occasions when I've ordered from them, a message has flashed up on the screen saying there's a problem and I need to contact them.

When I phoned, it was answered quickly by a real person (Irena) who seemed genuinely interested in helping me. When further information was required that she didn't have she promised to phone me back and did so.

I called today as there was no news about my overlocker that I ordered last Tuesday. It appears that the customer before me ordered the last of the stock. Irena was incredibly helpful giving me alternatives and also gave me various tips about overlockers - she teaches classes on using the bloomin' things!

 A little ray of light in my day and a splendid example of customer service.

A Good Yarn / Flo's woolly warmers
« on: January 13, 2020, 12:13:36 PM »
Getting towards the end of the knitting season for me. I have knat a few items since September, mostly smallish.
Decided I needed a lighter weight jumper as a change from wearing fleece so bought a selection of 4 ply yarns and came up with this. Did some basic planning but decided on stripes etc as I went along.
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Access All Accessories / Leftovers hat
« on: April 27, 2019, 14:42:23 PM »
Decided I needed a new gardening hat and cobbled together leftover bits of campervan fabric. Not quite enough so used a piratical one for the top. Thought reversible would be good so made second hat and fixed them together. What I hadn't thought through was what would happen when turning up the brim! But, hey, it's only for the garden - and maybe on the odd campsite.
Camper hat
Garden hat
Upside down Vdubs!

Fun with Fabric / Interfacing for 4 way stretch waistband
« on: February 28, 2019, 14:47:43 PM »
I have tried to be self-sufficient and find out by myself but my searches on here have yielded nothing and my internet searches are like trying to get a cup of water from the Niagara Falls!

New to overlockers, I have made a pair of very stretchy skinny trousers, jeans styling. The waistband is slightly shaped, not straight. I really don't know what type of interfacing to use. I don't want it to stretch much but neither do I want it solid, like a belt.

I would value advice from those who have knowledge / experience in matters stretchy.  This includes advice on where to buy such interfacings online, please.

Hi, I'm new... / Just arrived
« on: February 27, 2019, 09:20:20 AM »
Saying hello from East Dorset.

I've been looking for a suitable forum for a while, on and off, but the ones I found were not very much used. Acquiring an overlocker inspired me to search again and I landed here.

While waiting for approval, I lurked and read and, to my surprise found Ploshkin. I'm her big sister! Thought she belonged to a quilting forum and (whisper it) I don't quilt  :ninja:

Dressmaking, householdy things, costumes, knitting are my main interests.

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