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Hi, I'm new... / Hello there!
« on: November 29, 2023, 19:06:54 PM »
Hello everyone,

I just arrived today. My mum was (sadly she can't see well enough now) an awesome dressmaker and I don't really aspire to her levels. I have a sewing machine and an overlocker. I sew intermittently and sometimes badly!

I often find my fabrics in charity shops and sometimes scavenge clothes there for upcycling too.

My current project is refashioning a cashmere blend knitted tunic into a shorter cardigan.
It's not entirely straightforward, because there was a line of pearl buttons knitted in down the centre back, which I've removed. I also wanted to retain the bottom rib and the knitted in pockets, so I've cut the top off, removed the sleeves to reattach later and drafted a new neckline. After I've bound the neckline (using the strip I've cut off from the top) I'll be binding the centre fronts following the instructions at the Cucicucicoo blog (which I've used before)

Fun with Fabric / Re: Where are you all buying your fabric?
« on: November 29, 2023, 13:14:35 PM »
Your mum might want to try dottodot studios in East Hoathly. As well as running classes, they have a big stock of fabrics and haberdashery. It's about 15 miles from Eastbourne and she could get there by bus or train. I've visited once, after finding a trim that I needed in their online shop.

I buy a lot of my fabrics in charity shops, but I have used Croft Mill in the past. Most charity shops display their fabrics on hangers along with the duvet covers and sheets, unless they have a special craft area.

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