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Fun with Fabric / Re: Fabric suitable for making a cardigan
« on: Yesterday at 13:24:04 »
I am minded to have a go at the Cashmerette fuller cardigan and bearing in mind that I do not have an overlocker (intentionally) and don't want the frustration of sewing with curly, thin knits, what should I consider?

Thanks peeps.

What about that cable knit that Favourite Fabrics sell.  That looks like too thick to curl.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Sultry Saturday 8th August
« on: Yesterday at 13:19:41 »

I agree about the non-smoker, we have been smoke free for over 20 years now ut still vivdly remember the yellow walls and hard to clean windows. OH's health is better as well

When he was 60 he had his breast off, came out the hospital and there was a packet of cigarettes in the glove compartment.  He picked them up and I said that since he'd managed for 5 days without them, he didn't need them.  He never smoked again and he's 83 this year.  Even he admits he would be dead by now if he still smoked.  I do have friends who smoke, but never in the house and I often wonder what they do in the middle of winter, still at stand at the back door in a hard frost.

Technical Help / Re: Thread problems
« on: Yesterday at 13:11:21 »
What’s the machine @Gernella ?   Could it need a service? 
And yes it could be the thread, the needle.  Personally not a fan of Coates.  It tends to curl as it comes off the reel.

The machine is a Pfaff Expression 2, 11 years old, never been serviced and at this age not going to be.  For me not worth wasting the money.  It if it had been a mechanical machine, yes.  The basting stitch has never worked, went back for repair FOC, came back, still not working so no great faith in repair of computer ones.

It's the first time I have ever used another thread other than Gutermann on a sewing machine.  The overlocker and coverstitch don't seem too fussed as long as it's thread and one is at the moment full of Coates 120 overlocking thread.

DH does the occasional button repair himself, and he brings out this dog eared white cotton that came from his mother's house 40 odd years ago.  I even use Gutermann tacking thread because it comes out so easily when I do tailor tacks.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Sultry Saturday 8th August
« on: Yesterday at 10:26:52 »
Despite the fact it has been hot, we get good night's sleep because we are downstairs.  Only thing is we daren't leave a window open, my over active imagination has someone putting a snake through, petrol etc.

So another nice day for me, cloudy bits in the sky.  It's a work day for me (push the cleaner round and duster), but I shan't overdo it, nobody is coming in and if there are no bits on the carpet it always seems clean.

I was looking at the kitchen last night.  My spreadsheet says that it is 10 years since it has been repainted, and yet it still looks clean (apart  from where the cats come in at the bottom of door).  Amazing  how much difference finally getting a non smoker in the house has made.  It was like the Forth Bridge before, all over the house.  Even himself says it was a disgusting habit although he also says he couldn't afford to smoke now.

I often wonder how much money is taken from Universal Credit to fund a smoking habit.

Technical Help / Thread problems
« on: Yesterday at 10:12:04 »
I was all planned out yesterday, sew the darts, press, interface, overlocking, zip in, sew sides etc. I started stitching the darts and got that horrible clunky noise, I thought it was because I'd gone into reverse and hit air.  Re-threaded,  same thing happened, took the bottom out, cleaned, good blow out, re-thread paying a lot of attention managed until the last dart and started clunking again. So now I'm thinking I need another machine, which I hate because I then have to remember exactly how each one works, which is not as daft as it sounds really, different threading and bottom bits.  After three or four complete re-threads I managed to get it done.

I finished up leaving when I'd got the overlocking done, I couldn't be bothered to fight to put the zip in.  Later when I was wondering whether I might have a serious problem and  it might be new machine time I was sort of wondering why it should happen when it is such flipping steady teddy other times.  Then I had a lightbulb moment.  Looking for the thread, if I don't get a match I don't bother as I use Gutermann Mara 120, but this time I'd found a match, but it was two reels of some old Coats that I'd bought that came with a job lot of Gutermann threads.

So is this the problem?  I have had it occasionally before, solved by re-theading and that was it, soldiered on as usual. 

In the wardrobe / Re: New Look 6107
« on: August 07, 2020, 18:54:09 PM »
That looks very nice @Gernella and I think your choice of fabric works very well.

Actually @coffeeandcake it was not as I remembered when buying and I'm still not sure.  It probably would not have got worn other than DH said he liked it.  It doesn't look too bad in the picture, in reality it's very bright and in your face. If I don't like something you can guarantee he will.

In the wardrobe / Re: My style V. Current Fashions
« on: August 07, 2020, 12:00:42 PM »

Years ago I was given a hand sewn cheongsam by a Chinese friend. It fitted me perfectly and I loved it and wore it a lot. It saddens me to think that I would now be accused of cultural appropriation if I wore it. It wasn't. I just loved it and wore it.

Just done a Google and came up with some gorgeous pictures, I could wear that easily.  I don't really get the cultural appropriation, how could you define that for people emigrating here and wearing 'English' clothes.  We don't complain. Illogical to me. 

In the wardrobe / Re: New Look 6107
« on: August 07, 2020, 10:30:08 AM »
Probably my builders back taking any excess fabric @Ploshkin .

In the wardrobe / Re: New Look 6107
« on: August 06, 2020, 20:11:02 PM »
Well I'm certainly not narrow on my upper chest.  I've found the gathers @sewingj  but there doesn't seem enough to give excess fabric, certainly not on me.

In the wardrobe / Re: New Look 6107
« on: August 06, 2020, 15:58:12 PM »
I'm quite small busted and couldn't work out how to reduce the amount of fabric that is gathered so it ended up looking very puffy below the gathers

What gathers are those @sewingj, I don't remember any, which isn't surprising with my attitude to patterns.  I'm an A cup, which in the scheme of boobs is bottom of the pile. 

I'd probably make it again, but only once more, DH likes it, and I just have to happen to have some really nice sheer fabric that will suit it.  V neckline is not my favourite either.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Gather N Sew
« on: August 06, 2020, 13:34:12 PM »
Found it looking for some jersey viscose, the one I fancied was cheaper than Croft Mills as well.

In the wardrobe / New Look 6107
« on: August 06, 2020, 11:49:29 AM »
I wasn't sure of this from getting the fabric, seemed a bit what I call blowsy to me, I tend to go more on the demure side. Not a brilliant picture, cat stuff has got in the way of my sewing room mirror.

The pattern had loops on for buttonholes, which I did and removed, I didn't like them and mine seemed too big.  Buttonholes are easier for me. The buttons I bought for a McCalls dress, which I didn't like so used them but had to buy more and  guessed the wrong ones so similar but odd if someone gets really close and has an eagle eye.  I actually look as if I have a waist, when it's smoothed down.  I thought it was going to be a wadder but I think I might make it again.  The skirt works well as well and both easy to make.  I used french seams where I could.  It doesn't show on the pattern, or maybe a size bigger would have been better, but it parts at the bottom but that is actually the bit I like best, it makes it just that bit different from being just a blouse.  It's only buttoned on the protruding placket as well bound to fall  apart
if not tucked in.

In the wardrobe / Re: My style V. Current Fashions
« on: August 06, 2020, 09:47:13 AM »
Crikey that's a blast from the past.  I must have been around, 33ish and bought some lilac very light (probably polyester) fabric.  Couldn't think of anything to use it with when I'd got it and finished up with a dress, with a frill round the neck flouncy sleeves, straight down with a gathering on the bottom.  It was just not me and the only time I wore was on a really stonking hot day when we had visitors.  I looked an absolute fool, I've never been able to carry frills.  Simplicity could stick that one up their backsides.

I remember it every time I start delving for a long zip because I cut it out before I dumped it.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Vogue Autumn 2020
« on: August 05, 2020, 20:49:43 PM »
I actually bought some faux suede for a biker jacket but the fabric when it arrived was too floppy, more suited to one of those swingy coats (can't remember the term).

Patterns Discussion / Re: Vogue Autumn 2020
« on: August 05, 2020, 16:08:44 PM »
I like biker jackets but I had to make two before I realised that I only suit one neckline and not the other.  This is the one I don't suit although the waist would be a big no no as well on this one.  There is nothing else I fancy really.

The last pattern I used was an OOP one, which I'd forgotten I had, turned out really well thank goodness but with a rubbish picture.

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