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Courses & Classes / Re: Craftsy membership offer
« on: November 29, 2021, 14:56:27 PM »
Another here didn't actually use their cheapo membership at all. As others have indicated that platform is really outdated now. Youtube videos and sewing vlogs and blogs are free, plentiful, more relevant and have just about all the info you need. I can't believe Craftsy will continue to get enough subs to stay viable.

I did get good use from some of the mark 1 Craftsy vids back when I knew nothing, but I wouldn't recommend anyone to join now.

Access All Accessories / Re: Pale blue leather bags
« on: November 29, 2021, 10:27:45 AM »
That embroidery looks perfect - on leather too, so brave :)! Your make up bag is lovely.

Access All Accessories / Re: Help! Bag stiffener stuff...
« on: November 29, 2021, 10:12:15 AM »
I have a ton of the stuff, goodness knows why: Vilene S520, Pellon Peltex 71F and Decovil are approx equivalents - I have all three (as you would  ><) but prefer the Decovil. I hardly ever use them though. If you weren't in a different country @Bodgeitandscarper I'd send you some.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Smart non shirt tops
« on: November 22, 2021, 22:29:46 PM »
Thanks @b15erk, that's useful. Maybe I'll have a look at my pattern first, see if I can easily raise the neckline from plunging to respectable. Grateful for the prompt from this thread 🙏.

In the wardrobe / Re: Another Jalie 2795 zip jacket
« on: November 21, 2021, 12:48:08 PM »
Thank you for all your lovely comments 😊. If you're considering making this jacket all my alterations etc are on the PatternReview website where you can find 72 other versions. Popular pattern for a reason!

I need to make a beanie hat now for our weekly walking days out. My favourite has vanished :S.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Smart non shirt tops
« on: November 21, 2021, 12:45:54 PM »
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


I really like the look of this @b15erk , and there's a downloadable version too. Is the sizing pretty accurate? I have a similar pattern KwikSew 3658 but the V neck in various reviews looks too low for me.

A bit of a 'do' / Re: Dress code Glam/black tie
« on: November 12, 2021, 20:15:10 PM »
Well if Prince Albert of Monaco can do the trainers and tux it must be OK 😄

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The Haberdashery / Re: Purse zip
« on: November 12, 2021, 15:01:52 PM »
Yes, it's surprising I know but it seems to add just the right amount. Unless the pattern specifies something much firmer woven is usually your best bet. You'll have to try these things out for yourself in the end. But generally too soft is preferable to too stiff I find.

The Haberdashery / Re: Purse zip
« on: November 12, 2021, 14:40:41 PM »
As @So Chic says. I find there's usually no need to trim until after you've sewn the zip in - but yes, always make sure you sewn over the teeth before trimming.

Just buy a metre of any fusible (ie iron-on) woven interfacing - most sewing suppliers sell it. You're bound to need it again. It's supposed to be cut in the same direction as the fabric but for smallish bags and purses I don't find that matters. If you already have a light/medium weight non-woven interfacing that would probably do, but woven is nicer if you have the choice.

A bit of a 'do' / Re: Dress code Glam/black tie
« on: November 11, 2021, 22:23:31 PM »
Do all men turn into 'Compo' as they mature?

Hmm...I think Compo was quite grubby. Mine's not, it's just his clothes when he's in his workshop. He doesn't like buying new or throwing away worn out clothes. He does scrub up ok when necessary :D

@Lachica yours and mine must be separated twins! He wasn't born in Woking by any chance?

@BrendaP your Collider dress is certainly glam. I don't do formal but for parties/ gatherings (Ah, I remember those) I try to wear something that a) I feel good in and b) fits the occasion. If you're happy that describes your dress then go for it. Unless it was a work thing DH would probably ignore the black tie anyway and wear smart casual. No parties here yet - we still have a pandemic😄.

The Haberdashery / Re: Purse zip
« on: November 11, 2021, 21:40:23 PM »
In addition to the continuous zip you bought, if you're going to make other purses/pouches/bags you might like some of these I love to use co-ordinating or contrasting coloured zips and a bunch of these will do you for years. You're almost always fine with a longer size than specified in a patten - mine are 16" and decent quality.

Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Re: Overlocker?
« on: November 11, 2021, 18:38:03 PM »
I use my 6 year old €200 Brother 1034D overlocker on every garment i make. I keep waiting for it to go wrong so I can treat myself to a fancy new one, but it never has. It's a real workhorse, a little gem. A friend has asked me to leave it her in my will.😄 Lots of great advice already on this theead but get one you must!

In the wardrobe / Another Jalie 2795 zip jacket
« on: November 11, 2021, 12:53:04 PM »
I don't need any more clothes but my fabric and pattern stashes are an embarrassment so I needed to sew! Had this French terry for at least 4 years so made another Jalie 2795. I really like Jalie patterns - they're reliable and run true to size. This one has 27 pieces to sew and lots of top-stitching so it's not a quick sew but I'm happy with the final garment. It looks good on the dress form anyway :). I don't wear patterned clothes that much but hopefully I'll wear this with jeans and tees.

The inside collar is the same brushed cotton jersey as the sweatshirt I'm wearing here but with the brushed side out. I used a metal zip i had for a change, think it works with this fabric.

Alarmingly while overlocking a seam I carelessly sliced into the back piece!! This meant unpicking the raglan sleeves from the back, recutting the back and two side pieces and resewing all that. I had barely enough fabric left so was lucky to get away with it. Lesson learned.

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Fun with Fabric / Re: Lost mojo
« on: October 12, 2021, 17:24:43 PM »
...and mine. A pair of (easy) jeans and two masks since May is pathetic really. At least you bought fabric @Catllar!

The Haberdashery / Re: Hemostats
« on: June 05, 2021, 17:26:33 PM »
I have a set of two, one straight, one curved, bought on EBay, cost me less than £5+Postage. They're standard surgical haemostats, just the job, I use them frequently, especially the curved one. I got the idea on this forum (where else? :)).

This was the description: Hemostat mosquito forceps fishing surgical veterinary craft curved & straight 5" pliers.. There are very similar items on there now.

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