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Dress Forms / Re: Large Men's Tailor Form for bodybuilder
« on: January 18, 2022, 16:30:55 PM »
These won't be cheap but they go up to the size you want:[260]

In the wardrobe / Re: Emilie turtleneck to try out new overlocker
« on: January 17, 2022, 16:56:06 PM »
Wow!  Good for you!

I seem to recall reading somewhere that wearing ease is less on knits than wovens, but I can't find the reference now.  That might be why it came up roomy (but it still looks good!)

Fun with Fabric / Re: Can you tell what it is?
« on: January 01, 2022, 15:03:57 PM »
Never heard the term 'dopp kit' before, but Google has enlightened me -gents toiletry bag, and this one looks just the job.  My son uses a Clarins men's freebie bag (although I did make him a couple of pencil cases when he was at primary & early secondary school).

The Haberdashery / Re: Source for Good Quality Cord...?
« on: December 13, 2021, 16:22:55 PM »
@Acorn Aha!  Now I see what you're aiming for.  I too have a mother who's only able to move about with a wheelie frame.  Her problem was moving her laundry from the bedroom to the kitchen.  She was instead stuffing towels, smalls, tops, etc, in the machine as they came off, willy-nilly, which made it hard to load-assemble.  I bought her a carrier bag from Tesco that could stand in a corner of her bedroom floor.  She puts the dirties in that and then sorts them while sitting on her bed.  The bag can be looped over the handle of the frame for transport to the washing machine.

Maybe something as simple as that would solve your problem?

The Haberdashery / Re: Source for Good Quality Cord...?
« on: December 02, 2021, 22:15:31 PM »
My suggestions would be make a cover like a cushion cover with an envelope flap half-way down the back.  If you can get a heat-resistant flat button to close it with, so much the better.

Else lucet a cord using thick linen or cottom thread.  Luceting is like French knitting but with two prongs rather than four.  Ziggy Rytka is an authority:

and there are lots of how-to videos online.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Silk pillowcases
« on: November 30, 2021, 18:14:57 PM »
Not pillowcases but I have had silk cushions and they don't last.  Very susceptible to wear.  Maybe think about cotton sateen instead?

Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Re: Overlocker?
« on: November 09, 2021, 13:14:51 PM »
By all means get an overlocker but beware they are different beasts.  I found Chris James The Complete Serger Handbook (available 2nd hand online at wildly varying prices) a godsend when I was trying to fathom how to make the machine do what I wanted it to do.

Also do note that overlockers generally take different needles from sewing machines so it's worth stocking up while you're shopping.

My 20-odd year old Singer (from before Singer went down the pan big time) is five-thread so it can be converted to cover stitch.  Doing this is a bit of a faff so I keep that step to the end of the project rather than flip back and forwards.  It does give a nice finish on the hems of T-shirts, though.

@Celia Was your mum of Irish stock/catholic?  My granny was descended from potato famine refugees and she would never have anything green in the house.  I think it might be a folk memory of the 1798, "they're hanging men and women for the wearing of the green" episode.

Online Fabrics have a wide range and will send you a (chargeable but large) swatch for you to see before you commit. also have a wide range of cotton jersey and do samples, which start free then get chargeable.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Thanks for Accepting Me!
« on: October 31, 2021, 17:12:09 PM »
Welcome!  Gotta ask, though, is your username related in any way to L'al Ratty?  I used to know people from your neck of the woods who were never away from Ravenglass!

House Beautiful / Re: Refurbishing 1970s dining room chairs
« on: October 31, 2021, 12:42:40 PM »
I once got white marks out of a French polished table by rubbing it with Brasso!

House Beautiful / Re: How is cushion piping made?
« on: October 30, 2021, 15:12:29 PM »
Adjustable zipper foot - one of those gizmos you didn't know was missing from your life until you got one!  I find it invaluable for lots of jobs where you want the needle to drop very close to the edge of something else and where the normal presser foot would either stop you seeing what's going on or prohibit the exercise entirely.

I have a 40-year old Calvin Klein coat pattern that is part-lined and part-bound inside with self-made bias binding.  I've used that binding pattern piece whenever I've needed matching binding.  The pattern piece looks a bit like this diagram (knocked up in Power Point, so not to scale!). 

The idea is that, having decided on the width of the binding that you want (circumference of piping cord + two seam allowances, one for either edge of binding) and the length of binding you will need, you get a sheet of paper (strip of wallpaper or lining paper is fine if you don't have dressmaker's pattern paper) and draw a series parallel lines equally distanced from one another by the desired binding width.  If you want a long binding fewer joins and you have fabric wide enough, you can make the parallelogram wider.  If you don't, you can make it taller.

Now you draw two lines at exactly 45 degrees from top to bottom as shown.  Then you put a matching-notch at the end of one row and at the other end of the row above.  Add a straight of grain arrow also at 45 degrees.  Now place this on your chosen fabric, cut it out and mark the rows with chalk, pins, whatever.  Match the two diagonal edges at the matching-notches, pin and stitch.  You will have a tube that's offset slightly.  Cut along your marked lines and you'll get a long strip of binding. 

House Beautiful / Re: Refurbishing 1970s dining room chairs
« on: October 30, 2021, 14:51:16 PM »
I did much the same a couple of years ago, but on newer chairs that had been sold as leather-seated but weren't.  There is a good video of how to attach this kind of job here, which I found very helpful:

You need a fabric with a very high Martindale number (rub count) otherwise you'll be doing the job again in a couple of years!

I used this supplier for the foam pads.

I got the pre-cut ones (but watch the video above before buying - you need them oversized).  This site will also sell you the polyester wadding that needs to go between the top fabric and the foam to prevent abrasion happening between the two.

You also need a decent staple gun and plenty of staples, and a staple remover, of course.

The wood can be easily revived by sanding with fine-guage sandpaper and revarnishing. 

However, if you want a streak-free finish you might be better sending the frames to your local furniture restorer - we have one that goes by the name '...French Polishing' but offers a complete furniture refurbishment (and cabinetmaking) service.  They've revived a 1920's oak barley-twist leg dining table and a 1950's G-Plan bureau for us.  Not bargain-basement prices but cheaper than buying similar quality new.

In the wardrobe / Re: Silk hunt for an evening dress
« on: October 01, 2021, 15:43:49 PM »
Truro fabrics? 

Includes *Cornish* tartan!

Some of it is a bit pricey, though  :o

Access All Accessories / Re: Leather key holder
« on: September 14, 2021, 14:54:09 PM »
My dad had one of those in the 1970's.  Worked a treat.

In the wardrobe / Re: Fitted dress McCall's 7714
« on: September 12, 2021, 12:36:06 PM »
I love the Art Deco style of the most solid one.

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