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Tech Know How / Login failure
« on: December 03, 2021, 20:52:02 PM »
My mobile died this week, and I have been setting up my new one today. I have forgotten my TSP login password, and sent a message as requested. The site said it would send one but I haven't had an email back, can one of the admin people help?

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Patterns Discussion / Style Arc 20% off dress patterns
« on: October 14, 2021, 12:38:10 PM »
Style Arc has another discount offer, 20% off dresses until 17th October - code ILOVEDRESSES.

I've just ordered the new Naomi dress as a maternity dress for my daughter. I'll make it in viscose as a Christmas present.

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In the wardrobe / Ottobre Dress 10-5-21
« on: October 04, 2021, 16:08:48 PM »
I bought the latest Ottobre magazine last month, and decided to make this tiered dress.

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It is too short for the look I was after and also the bodice ended too high for my present figure. I added 1 1/2" to the length of the bodice, and then laid out all the pieces of the three tiers of the skirt on my 2.5m length of teal viscose print. In the end I think each tier was about an inch longer. The pattern doesn't have pockets but I wanted at least one. Laying out the scraps I managed to squeeze enough for one.

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I'm quite please, but may have made it slightly too long now. It will be an easy fix if I want to shorten it.

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In the wardrobe / Tessuti Felicia Dress
« on: September 19, 2021, 22:00:10 PM »
My last summer make is a Tessuti Felicia sleeveless dress in a crinkly check linen; it is pale blue and black in colour. The skirt is a simple rectangle gathered at the waist.

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The checks look less off centre on the skirt than it looks on the photo. It wasn't easy to lay it out on the fabric, with such a big pattern.  I made it one whole square shorter in length as it felt too long. I also took in the armholes by 1/2" as they were standing away from my body.

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In the wardrobe / Style Arc Clare trousers
« on: August 23, 2021, 19:54:26 PM »
My summer wardrobe needed another pair of linen trousers, so I chose to make them in dark rose linen/cotton from Fabric Godmother. This is the second time I've made Style Arc Clare; this time I took both legs in 1" and made the back waist elastic 1" shorter. They fit better this time and are now truly 7/8 length.
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I'm wearing them with a Sew House Seven v neck top in cotton viscose. very comfortable.

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This time I'm wearing a Style Arc Marley blouse  modded with short sleeves. It's a cotton lawn from Fabworks, and I got it out of 1m
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I'm pleased with them, I love linen!

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In the wardrobe / Style Arc Montana midi dress
« on: July 29, 2021, 16:26:25 PM »
This is the first garment of note I've sewn this Summer.
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The fabric is a linen mix from Croftmill. I did a forward shoulder alteration of 1/2" to stop it sliding backwards as loose dresses have taken to doing, due to a lifetime of hunching over a keyboard. It's better, but I may need to add a bit more. I also took 1 1/2" off the length. I only had enough fabric to cut one set of bodice pieces instead of a fully lined bodice but it turned out fine just neatening the neckline and armholes.

It's very comfortable, and I may well make another next year. I have some linen for a Tessuti Felicia which is a very similar style but more of a pinafore for my next make after I finish some dark pink trousers.

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A Good Yarn / Gloves mittens and scarf
« on: January 13, 2021, 17:38:23 PM »
I had a lot of unused Drops Air yarn after changing my mind about a project.

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It's a light fluffy yarn 65% Alpaca 28% polyamide and 7% wool, nice and warm. I used Drops patterns for the hat and mittens, and just knitted a length of garter stitch for the scarf with all the remaining yarn. I weighed the dark blue and white yarn and divided it in two to get the ends equal.

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I have three Vogue Patterns surplus to my requirements. £5 + £1.29 1st class post each in UK

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Vogue 8804

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Vogue 9285

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Vogue 8882

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In the wardrobe / Maven Somerset top
« on: December 18, 2020, 17:32:13 PM »
DD is getting a Maven Somerset top for her Christmas present. I saw this Frieda Kahlo print jersey on the Fabrics Galore Instagram and thought it would be the sort of thing she would like.

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I made the version with  3/4 length bishop sleeves in size 10.  I can't remember who recommended Fabulosew for pdf printing, but they were very fast and the paper is thicker than tissue but very easy to handle. The cost was moderate as well. I shall be using them again.

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A Good Yarn / Christmas present socks
« on: December 18, 2020, 17:19:16 PM »
My DSIL likes handknitted socks, so I've made a couple of pairs in self patterning yarn. The green is King Cole and the red is Regia.

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Dolls and Toys / Elf on the Shelf
« on: November 22, 2020, 11:12:19 AM »
I bought a pattern for an Elf last year, and have just got round to making it for my grandchildren.

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He has bells on his hat, shoes, and collar! The instructions were a bit strange if you are predominantly a dressmaker but after several readings I managed. It is from Quilting antics, they have a nice pattern for a polar bear which I may try as I have quite a lot of white boucle jersey left over from my current coat project.

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A Good Yarn / Fingerless mittens
« on: November 08, 2020, 17:22:56 PM »
I needed some fingerless mittens as I get cold hands indoors in this weather.
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I used some alpaca yarn from my stash, and learnt a new technique- ribbed sewn bind off. It gives a neat stretchy finish when you are knitting in the round.

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A Good Yarn / Blanket for charity
« on: October 16, 2020, 13:12:44 PM »
I've started using up my yarn stash with a blanket made of 6inch squares. It is destined for street children in Kenya. The knitting was fine but sewing it together nearly killed my knees.

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As my contribution to Enabling Darksiders, Empress Mills have 15% off Moda and 10% off batik and Uncorked today. :ninja:
They also reduced shipping to £1 for the UK.
If I was into Q, I would buy some, but I am battling my own stash!

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Technical Help / Why is my dress trying to strangle me?
« on: August 24, 2019, 12:50:52 PM »
I have made two Style Arc Lacey dresses.
https://www.stylearc.com/shop/pdf-sewing-patterns/lacey-dress-pdf/

They are loose and comfortable, but they slip backwards on my shoulders until they reach my neck and feel most uncomfortable. Can anyone suggest an adjustment that would solve this in subsequent makes as I would like to make another midi length one.

I have a top, Style Arc Melinda which has the same problem.

https://www.stylearc.com/shop/pdf-sewing-patterns/melinda-knit-tunic-pdf/
Thus it can't be fabric trying to cover my bottom, as was one thought.
Would be grateful for any suggestions.

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