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I thought you meant pantaloons @fajita they were in fashion too.  :sorry:

@Lilian I was having a tough time picturing her DH in pantaloons.

Loons are pretty much what we called elephant pants. They were most popular with a nice thick heeled platform shoe. Also very popular in denim.

Technical Help / Re: Feeding elastic through channels.
« on: Yesterday at 23:13:13 »
I think your channels might be too narrow. Ribbon conveniently folds onto it's self to pull through a small channel but for the elastic you need to allow for the width and thickness of the elastic as well as how thick and cumbersome your fabric is. Not to mention if there are any seam allowances in the channels, both running the length or perpendicular. I'm guessing a bomber jacket isn't thin slippery fabric.

Are you channels at least ½ inch wide? I hate to ask but are they sewn straight,  no narrow spots? They can snag things up.. Also, on something like this you can't feed one through and gather it to spec unless the channels are very roomy. It renders the others impassable. I would be threading all three through at the same time to help keep them even.

Oh. I always use a bodkin with 100% excellent results. My favorite has a safety pin type latch at one end and is heavy wire, rounded at the other end. It's about 12 inches long, bought in the 70's. I have other more standard ones for general use and resort to a giant safety pin sometimes with extra wide elastic

In the wardrobe / Re: 1970s disco wear suggestions please
« on: Yesterday at 22:59:16 »
Ok. This seems to be one of those transatlantic things.  Loons? Not a term we used and believe me I was a fashionista extradionaire in the 70's. There must be photos of those hot pants somewhere.   :devil:

Nice @Acorn ! I like one or two layers of cotton flannel, no more, in things like this. Invariably I want to set something on it that gets tipsy if it's puffy and that drives me crazy trying to keep the item "straight".

Dolls and Toys / Re: Sewing For Dolls
« on: Yesterday at 05:52:34 »
That is lovely @Ann . My poor Noelle is still in a drawer, naked to the world. I took her out of her original clothes as they were colorful, pink tee, purple cord skirt, some turquoise stuff, obviously very modern, and her vinyl was getting stained. She does at least have a nice blanket for company. I got her Christmas pj's and robe cut out way back when but that's it.

Current Projects / Re: Dresden Plate.....
« on: December 01, 2021, 11:08:24 AM »
@Bill , it's one of those conundrums. Piecing quilt blocks and doing machine embroidery are much more pleasant and quick on fabric that still retains the factory finish. That is a given. But you always have to keep the end use in mind as well as any surface alteration you have planned. If the object will commonly get washed you need to factor that in at the beginning. Like quilts. I generally prewash all the fabric, others don't. My reason is I'm using assorted fabrics, some 30 years old or more, so from all sorts of manufacturers and some prewashed along the way. If I had the luxury of going into a shop and getting all the fabrics from one line, let's say Moda Grunge, I would proceed to cut and sew and it would be lovely to work with. Any leftover fabric I would wash because it would be mixed in with other stuff. If I was embroidering a wall hanging or visor cap I'd leave things to nature.

PS,  this is something we all have done or will do in the future. I don't think the blades are all that bad. Considering the end use I'd still use them BUT make sure you wash the apron fabric before you attach the pockets. :thumb:

Current Projects / Re: Dresden Plate.....
« on: November 30, 2021, 19:43:26 PM »
@Bill assuming that is cotton had you pre-shrunk the fabric before you embroidered it? That's looking like normal fabric shrinkage to me. Anything that will be washed in normal usage really,  IMO, needs to be washed before hand to get the shrinkage out of the way.

That's a problem with commercially embroidered cotton towels. They are lovely until you wash them.

Also blade is the correct term. These are similar to the individual parts of a hand fan which are indeed called blades.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hello
« on: November 30, 2021, 19:28:19 PM »
Hi, @Reservoirfeeddogs .  What a great name.  Wish I'd thought of it first.

Welcome  :drink:

I was thinking the same thing. Great name. Welcome @Reservoirfeeddogs !

Fun with Fabric / Re: Silk pillowcases
« on: November 30, 2021, 18:57:17 PM »
@Cate you want charmeuse, at least 22 mm. That stands for momme, which denotes the weight and density of the fabric in silk. The higher the momme the better the fabric will wear. Charmeuse is sometimes called crepe backed satin. Absolutely use nothing lighter than 19.5 mm which is easier to find. Look for it to say something about being 100% mulberry silk. Expect to pay 20 to 30 pounds per meter. The better silk pillow cases have an envelope type back, two overlapped pieces, so the surface remains somewhat taut and wrinkle free. That might take more than one meter, measure first before you order. I would need more than a yard.

Alterations Advice Please / Re: PJ Problemo
« on: November 30, 2021, 10:45:54 AM »
Never, ever believe that a hanger with size info on it is the hanger that belongs with a garment. Never. Ever.

If these are cotton flannel they WILL shrink considerably. I always get them one or two sizes bigger than I wear. I want my flannel pj's to swim on me. Nothing worse than a pj wedgie when you're trying to sleep.

You shouldn't have a problem exchanging them but don't expect a refund  without proof of purchase.

All I can say is


and jealous ... moi ?????  :[

@Iminei  did you and the rest notice those magical words "guest room"? Hmmm....I'm on the same continent as my dear very, very, very distant cousin Wendy. (Surely we're related?)  :ninja:  :laughing:

Current Projects / Re: Pale and interesting quilt finished
« on: November 26, 2021, 06:38:46 AM »
@Sheilago that is just adorable. One of the nicest paler quilts I've seen.  It had enough variety that it still sings. Nice work. Sure to be loved by everyone.  :thumb:

Current Projects / Re: Is this too difficult for me
« on: November 19, 2021, 10:04:36 AM »
You are welcome @Celia . I  wonder where you got it too. The prices are in USD. Great that you have the fabric as it looks like she no longer markets that.

Current Projects / Re: Is this too difficult for me
« on: November 18, 2021, 21:14:25 PM »
It's a variation on FPP. She still has a website! There's a free sample block. I linked to the page for this scene. Our FPP experts can look and advise as to level of difficulty.

Current Projects / Re: Up Up and Away Cushion
« on: November 17, 2021, 23:31:35 PM »
I really like the look of this but am so confused about how you do it there seems to be sooo many different ways on YouTube that I got lost

@Celia that's why some of us say any type of paper piecing must be the work of the Devil.  :devil:  You either love it or not.

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