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Events / Sew Brum
« on: Today at 09:27:26 »
Partial on line and in person event next weekend, free.
Includes businesses in the Midlands not just Birmingham. Details in the link.

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Patterns Discussion / Vogue Winter Patterns
« on: October 21, 2021, 21:53:55 PM »
See here
I like 1845 but the collar is a little too high.

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At Jaycotts and Sew Direct, so I assume it's country wide.

Sale ends 19th September - at Jaycotts, no mention on Sew Direct site that I can see.

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Courses & Classes / Craftsy Did you join? What have you watched?
« on: August 19, 2021, 15:42:51 PM »
Having signed up for the annual membership at rock bottom price, I am only just getting round to watching anything, :| having bought a few classes in the past.
I can recommend Pant Fitting Techniques - Sandra Betzina. I found seeing how trousers fit on people so much easier to understand than trying to work out what the wrinkles/smile lines on diagrams mean, and now know what my fitting issues are (lesson 3).  She also talks about how fabric covers the body to get a better fit, which is a useful insight to the art of garment making. The timings look long, but I am being entertained as well as learning, so the lesson is over before I realise it.
I have also looked at some quilting classes, and realise that the patchwork I do is called English Paper Piecing (who knew it had a name), and at the moment would rather do it all by hand, well maybe not the binding and backing. That said, I love the way blocks are designed and seem to take shape - no pun intended.

I have until November to make the most of it. Alison Smith classes, couture sewing and tailoring are on my list.

And if you haven't joined yet, the offer seems still to be on. Wish I'd started sooner.
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Patterns Discussion / New Vogue Patterns on Sale
« on: July 22, 2021, 21:17:49 PM »
US site only
See here
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Your Favourite Suppliers / Sew Direct has come up trumps
« on: June 17, 2021, 16:29:33 PM »
Long Story

I stopped using Sew Direct when they changed the platform and searching for patterns was nigh impossible. Jaycotts or local for me.

When someone posted the 50% off sale in April I went for Simplicity 9105 which I'd persuaded myself I didn't want but secretly hankered after, and Kay Unger Vogue Pattern. I am in between the two sizes for the Simplicity and unfortunately there was no overlap. I went for the smaller one so I would have less tissue to play with and it's easier to add onto. Besides, I would lose those extra pounds (won't I?) as summer approaches.

Two months later ... it's not going to happen. Beautiful weather I want to make the dress. On the off chance I emailed Sew Direct asking whether they would swap it for the larger size and that I would pay the postage.
Imagine my surprise when first I was able to swap patterns and secondly no mention of postage.

At size 16 I can go with a looser bodice fit and grade better the waist hip differences. Win win.  Should have done that in the first place.

Now, what to do about those extra pounds?

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Events / Sewing Weekender
« on: May 08, 2021, 11:33:15 AM »
I attended last year, more for the goodie bag than anything else, which contributed to my pattern and fabric  habit. Excellent content which seems even better this year. More zoom sessions and tutorials and like last year, 10% of the profits go to charity.

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Events / Beyond Knitting and Stitching Show
« on: November 01, 2020, 22:37:48 PM »
The Knitting and Stitching Show is going virtual this year, this month, from 6 November
There are workshops for three weekends which I believe you can access until the end of the year if you buy tickets.
Looks interesting.

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Patterns Discussion / McCalls et al US Pattern Sale
« on: September 04, 2020, 15:03:15 PM »
Sorry I can't use that other company name, but their sale is on for Labor (sic) Day Weekend at the real knock down price. $4.99 for McCalls, Kwik Sew and Butterick, $6.99 for Vogue.
From what I can see only discontinued patterns are not on sale.


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In the wardrobe / What have I done?
« on: July 28, 2020, 11:00:57 AM »
I made some tracksuit bottoms, which shrank when I washed them. (Thumbs up to the prewash fabric brigade.)
Luckily I made them too big so now they fit, but too short. I decided to narrow the inside leg seams from the knee down and have a  perfect left bottoms leg, however not on the right.
I undid the inner and outer right leg seams and when trying them on for the refit realised that somehow the right back piece does not hang straight, even though I cut a pair, the right side skews towards the back leaving a gap between front and back at the bottom right side seam of about 5 inches. The ribbon trim hangs straight and is parallel with the right front leg piece.
Can anyone tell me what I have done?  I did think perhaps I should take all the right side seams out completely and the back seam and start again.  What do you think? Sorry I haven't a photo, it's a step too far at the moment but if you think it will help......

Thank you
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Patterns Discussion / Vogue US
« on: July 03, 2020, 20:51:50 PM »
Patterns are $5 McCalls, Butterick, Kwik Sew included till 6th July.
Last time I ordered, 3 were $15 postage, I've never had to pay any customs duties.

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I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / A new Vlog
« on: July 01, 2020, 23:37:01 PM »
I stumbled across this site at the weekend when I was looking for something to sew by. There seems to be a dearth of good programmes to listen to on R4, R4 Extra and podcasts at the moment.  She has loads of experience, lives in Ireland, so is lovely to listen to, and has a wealth of knowledge. More importantly I can't be tempted by some of the shops she mentions for fabrics.
I particularly like how she describes in detail amendments she's made to make the garment fit and I can learn about the Irish sewing community. Some of her vlogs are with a fabric shop owner pal.

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Patterns Discussion / Butterick Patterns Half Price
« on: March 13, 2020, 19:33:17 PM »
I've never known so many half price pattern offers in UK.
I've managed to keep my list in tact, but I found out first at Jaycotts.
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The Haberdashery / Recycled Thread - Sustainable sewing
« on: January 24, 2020, 23:44:19 PM »
Is recycled thread the future?
I have too many threads to consider changing at the moment, but this article looks interesting.
Unfortunately there isn't anything about the longevity - washing and wear.
Has anyone used recycled thread?
One thing's for sure, old thread brought from a charity shop is only useful for tacking. 

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