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Current Projects / Re: I was bored...
« on: December 04, 2021, 17:25:10 PM »
This completely cracked me up.   :laughing:

In the wardrobe / Re: Zip Opinions Please
« on: December 04, 2021, 17:22:50 PM »
I can see why it's a hard decision and I was slightly indecisive myself but I lean towards the maroon.  The contrast is nice and it looks more like a design choice while the gray seems more of a compromise.

Also, the maroon blends in more with the gilet.  The gray almost clashes or competes with it.

In the wardrobe / Re: Free pattern site
« on: November 23, 2021, 21:05:58 PM »
I've seen some feedback on blogs and such that the Mood patterns are often not very well drafted so if you decide to use one you will be well served making a mock up first.

edit: fix grammar error  :boohoo:

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: The Truth will out
« on: November 18, 2021, 18:09:19 PM »
And don't point out any flaws you think you see to your grandchildren!

I think it's pretty nice and my personal favorite is the reindeer with lights.  :perfect10:

Patterns Discussion / Re: Smart non shirt tops
« on: November 18, 2021, 15:48:36 PM »
@sewmuchmore how well are those patterns drafted?  Mood Fabrics has free patterns but I've always read they are poorly drafted.  I keep thinking I should order some linen from FS because their prices are good but I am afraid it may be poor quality.

Nice!  It's my favorite color too.

I'm far too impatient to ever consider doing anything like that but I'm sure it'll be lovely when you complete it @Iminei

I tried FPP once probably 20 years ago and didn't even last a single block.  It was so tedious. 

In the wardrobe / Re: Adjustable mannequin
« on: November 05, 2021, 06:07:08 AM »
I bought one last year and lets say her waist is smaller than mine but hips/bust are spot on. Not a big deal since I don't wear fitted clothes.  I put an old bra on it.  Originally I had stuffed with some shoulder pads I had laying around but they weren't very smooth so I got some pushup gel bra cups instead.  I went one cup size bigger than I am because I was afraid they'd be to small otherwise but they were perfect.   Works very nicely and gives a smooth fit.

I am not sure of the brand name though. Not even sure it's available outside of the US.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Vogue Winter Patterns
« on: October 21, 2021, 22:57:59 PM »
@Tamnymore I've noticed this since something delightful (ugh) took over.  Fewer and fewer designer patterns.  It's almost as if they are letting any contracts they might have had run out.   

I think the Júlio César blouse is sharp but it's not something I'd wear because I hate anything against my neck.  It is a flattering shape. Not much else of interest there though.  Not really much into winter wear given where I live.

In the wardrobe / Re: Altering a winter coat for beginners
« on: October 15, 2021, 21:54:18 PM »
I think it's far too complicated if it's not my coat. Nor would I want to risk screwing it up.  I would recommend that your friend take it to a professional. 

If the lining allows access you could baste the waist and see if that works for her before making a more permanent seam.  But if you have to undo the lining then I would refer to my paragraph above.

Courses & Classes / Re: Craftsy Did you join? What have you watched?
« on: October 06, 2021, 20:30:19 PM »
I didn't join.  I downloaded all the courses I had bought when it was near the end of bluprint.  None of the new classes were any good.  I got the impression bluprint burned a lot of bridges with the original Craftsy teachers. Not sure if the "new" craftsy is back to making decent classes or not. 

But probably I won't join anyway.  Since retirement I'm a little more careful with how I spend my money.  It's so easy to buy subscriptions and not use them.

In the wardrobe / Re: Work Wear
« on: October 06, 2021, 20:15:19 PM »
I love the way you mixed the tie dye top with the print skirt and the print skirt with the tiny checked skirt.  You dress with such flair.

Current Projects / Re: Bjay's Ribbon Quilt
« on: October 04, 2021, 03:31:53 AM »
@Bjay that looks great and perfectly balanced.  You did a fantastic job. You should be pleased.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Autumn / Winter 3-piece Sewalong
« on: September 22, 2021, 19:33:35 PM »
I had intended to make this combo about a year ago and never got around to it.  I have a sweater knit for the cardigan and some some Dutch Cotton/Lyrca in a marine color for the top and pants.  I don't know if I'll get to it or not since I have a lot of work to do in my Pattern Design course and I'm sort of wanting to use my custom fitting sloper for any new tops.  But, it's still a WIP and I don't expect it to be completed until next month.  We just went over what to do with our fitting muslin yesterday.

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In the wardrobe / Re: wardrobe sort out
« on: September 17, 2021, 21:24:20 PM »
@SewRuthieSews are you planning to ever work again?  If not then there is probably no point in keeping work only clothes.  I never had strictly work clothes.  It was more private at home vs public wardrobes. 

I've been looking at consignment shops for some of my higher end boutique items that are now too big for me after losing 20lbs.  They cost too much for me to want to donate to a charity shop. Not really interested in going the eBay route.  I loved eBay when it was strictly an auction site but don't like what it has morphed into.  Plus with all the fees it feels like the net amount I'd make would be minimal.  What will probably happen is after enough time passes I will be able to more easily get rid of an item.  I imagine consignment would be less hassle and probably would end up with the same amount in pocket. 

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