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Fun with Fabric / Re: Cotton Lawn for Interlinig Sillk?
« on: July 20, 2019, 10:42:07 AM »
Thanks @SkoutSews.  Have you actually used this for interlining silk.  There seems to be no mention of the weight.

Fun with Fabric / Cotton Lawn for Interlinig Sillk?
« on: July 19, 2019, 20:28:03 PM »
Does anyone know a good place for a white cotton lawn to interline a silk taffeta dress I am making?

Fun with Fabric / Washed Linen?
« on: July 09, 2019, 23:15:35 PM »
Has anyone bought the washed linen from Higgs and Higgs and, if so, was it any good?

The Show Must Go On / Steampunk ?
« on: June 14, 2019, 13:23:25 PM »
Going to a Steampunk fancy dress party at the end of the month.  I was going to make a denim corset but when I look online, it doesn't seem that denim is used very much.  Is denim a no, no.  Any Steampunk experts want to offer any advice?

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Embellisher anyone?
« on: June 09, 2019, 20:30:53 PM »
I have an Husqvarner embellishing machine that I bought from someone on TSF some time ago.  Can't remember who.

At the time they were quite popular and I though I would get a bit creative with it but it never happened and I haven't even got it out of the box.  I am a practical sewer, not an arty one.

So would anyone be interested?  If so, I will finally get it out the box and possibly have it serviced if I think it is necessary.  Bound to be a bargain because I need the room.  Cannot be faffed with ebay.

In the wardrobe / Re: The inspiration/knock-off thread
« on: May 23, 2019, 19:24:23 PM »
Tatoo, I think.

It's about the cut.  I don't think I would use any Burda patterns, I've never been enthralled with them.  I would look at Vogue.  I am sure there are some that you can adapt there.

In the wardrobe / Re: Ottobre 2/2017 blouse
« on: May 18, 2019, 17:19:07 PM »
Very nice - pattern and fabric.  A good sew too, as they say on GBSB.

Are these patterns like Burda @dolcevita.  Included in the mag and multi sized for you to trace off?

Thought I would let you know how I got on.

Turned out that the dress wasn't the dress I though it was.  It wasn't a big blousy multi layered tulle dress (just the top later tulle).  The skirt was an A line shape, although there was a great deal of fullness.  When a huge hoop and added netting was worn with it, it looked ridiculous.

When I pointed this out to the bride and we ditched the hoop and netting, she was much happier with it.  Also ditched the bra on my advice.

I cannot for the life of me work out why the shop thought there should be a hoop under it.  Apparently, its a shop where you go in and buy the dress there and then and take it away with you.  Big change from when I worked with bridal shops and you had to order your dress a year before!  I think all bridal shop staff should at least know about how a dress is put together.

So, having done the fitting and being unable to work out where to hem due to all the extra net underneath, I shortened the nine layers to where I thought and allowed a little extra just in case.

Delivered it this evening and it was  :D :D perfect :D :D.  Happy bride and happy me.

Can't see that enhancing my figure.  Especially not in Waitrose amongst the horsey crowd. :|

Sewing Machines / Re: Bernina industrial on Gumtree
« on: May 01, 2019, 23:12:19 PM »
Maybe just as well that I am in the SW.  Lovely machine for someone up country.

Thanks you so much ladies for your thoughts and especially your concerns. Some of them I hadn't thought of.

I have seen a photo of the bride in the dress and it looks as though about 4/5 inches needs to come off.  I am going to use the method I described to cut off less than I have to, say 2/3 inches and then do a second fitting.  At this stage I will try pinning to get the exact length.  I think if I try to pin 5" up it will give a very full lower edge to the skirt, so it will stick out further and it won't be a true length.  Wish me luck.

I really thought you would all throw up your hands in horror at the thought of applying purple disappearing pen to a wedding dress!  But you didn't so I will go ahead with using it. :D

I have a full skirt, tulle wedding dress to alter.  Just worked out that the last time I did one of these was about 30 years ago.  I remember exactly how I did it but I thought I would run my technique past you knowledgeable ones so you can tell me if I might have it wrong.

Marked the amount to be taken off by marking to the top of the shoe with pins.  Did not turn it up as that would add weight to the skirt so not allowing for the fullness to spring out.  Measured the amount to be taken off on the top layer.  When working on it, mark a line where the dress is to be cut of with a blue/purple washable or air dissolving pen on all layers and the same amount for each layer.

Finally, run each layer through the overlocker without needles or thread, thereby just using the blade to cut a smooth line.

The alteration was successful but I thought I would ask if you can see a problem.

Does anyone have any information of making handmade children's clothes and selling them (knitting and sewing).  As usual, I always have a project in mind (hate retirement, climbing the walls! :P) but I am sure that this must be entrenched in legislation.  Any advice, or can someone point me in the right direction. :D

Technical Help / Re: Would you bother?
« on: April 10, 2019, 20:50:33 PM »
Get the 14's back and east less chocolate. :D

Access All Accessories / Re: Transformation Challenge
« on: April 04, 2019, 22:25:45 PM »
Very nice.  I have been meaning to do this for yonks.  Might make it a job for Saturday.

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