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In the wardrobe / Re: Hot weather clothing and bedding
« on: June 22, 2020, 22:12:33 PM »
You can get cooling pads which are sold for dogs but work pretty well for ladies of a certain age.  They have a gel in which cools down under pressure.  I had a fairly small one which I placed under the back of my neck

Ooh - I`ve found one that is actually intended for humans

My wife suffered from really bad night sweats when she was going through the menopause. She got something similar to and always said that it helped a lot.

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Re: Heavy weight linen
« on: May 24, 2020, 20:19:19 PM »
If it turns out that SkoutSews doesn't want the black stuff, then I'll have it.
No problem if she does want it.

If it is available, then please let me know a final price and how you want the money sent.


Mick's entry for the competition.

Hope these qualify as scraps?
The denim is the legs off a pair of jeans that I made into shorts for my daughter.
The (PU) leather is the sleeves off a jacket that I made into a cut-off / waistcoat, for a junior member of the motorbike club that I'm in.
IMG_4870 by Mick, on Flickr

The pattern came from a book called The Gentleman's Wardrobe.  Which I'm currently pretty fascinated with.
I modified the pattern quite a bit, added  the leather bindings to the top, and as the sleeves had full liners in them, decided to use the material to line the uppers.
IMG_4876 by Mick, on Flickr

20200429_200234 by Mick, on Flickr
20200429_200628 by Mick, on Flickr

They are possibly the ugliest footwear ever created, but so, so comfortable... 0_0

In the wardrobe / Re: Your oldest garment
« on: April 29, 2020, 21:12:33 PM »
I still have the shoes i got married in, 37 years ago.

And yes I still wear them.

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: At last!
« on: April 06, 2020, 19:33:05 PM »
OK, how about now?

See anything?


Sewing Spaces and Furniture / At last!
« on: April 05, 2020, 22:01:26 PM »
It was last November that my son and his OH decided to move into a place of their own, leaving our attic bedroom, where they had been living, spare.

So the plan was, a quick coat of paint, a bed settee for visitors, and a little sewing corner for Mick to call his own.
Easy job, be done in no time.

Six months later it's almost finished.   :[

It may be small, minimal even, but it's mine...

Sewing_1 by Mick, on Flickr

Sewing_2 by Mick, on Flickr

Hand Sewn / Re: Hand sewing needles recommendation please
« on: February 21, 2020, 21:23:49 PM »
Going to confess here that when I first started sewing (not that long ago), I bought a huge pack of "budget" needles, with every size you can imagine in it, from tiny up to some that you could use to harpoon a whale.
Cost about a quid or so for the whole lot, from Lidl or Netto, or somewhere.

Not knowing any better, I'd managed with them ever since.

But then, after reading this thread, I did wonder about trying some quality.
So, following the recommendations here,  sent for a small spectrum of "sharps" from John James.
Needles by Mick, on Flickr

For something that's basically just a sharpened bit of metal, the difference is really quite surprising.
Still trying to work out which size is actually best for which job, but can honestly say that hand sewing is now a pleasure instead of a chore.

So thank you ladies for the good advice.  :loveit:

Access All Accessories / Re: Simple man sewing.
« on: January 07, 2020, 21:54:24 PM »
Great idea Mick, not that I'd let him loose on my machines but I showed it to my DH and have spent the following 10mins listening to him trying to tell me what it is before I could shut him up and explain I knew and that a bloke made it  :S

Mansplaining is a real thing.

Not that I would ever dare do it.

Not around here, anyway...

Access All Accessories / Re: Simple man sewing.
« on: January 07, 2020, 21:38:14 PM »
It's great but just one criticism observation - on your next project, try to incorporate the eyelets in your fastening method  :P

Stop giving me ideas. I can get into enough trouble on my own.

I didn't need another spanner roll. But now I do need one with the eyelets in it.

Really... ><


Access All Accessories / Re: Simple man sewing.
« on: December 22, 2019, 21:53:26 PM »
Before you know it, you will be moving on to zipper pouches to hold that ever growing set of Allen keys. Then double zipper, then triple zipper...

It's a worrying possibility.
There's yards of that old canvas left.  :fabric:   -<

Access All Accessories / Re: Simple man sewing.
« on: December 20, 2019, 07:42:19 AM »
Very nice! Are you organised enough to put each one back in it's place as soon as you've finished with it?

Like most people in my trade, I buy my own hand tools. Those spanners have cost me money.

They're going back in the damn roll. Every time.

Access All Accessories / Simple man sewing.
« on: December 19, 2019, 21:41:39 PM »
For a simple man, sewing!

My job takes me all over the fairly big factory where I work, and wherever I go, my tools have to go with me.
Well I finally got fed up of rummaging in the bottom of the toolbox for the right size spanner, and decided a little organization was called for.

This heavy-duty canvas is the remains of an old welding screen. It's old, frayed and a bit manky.
So I know just how it feels...

Something like this? Precision guesswork at it's finest.

Strong thread, a Jeans needle in the machine, and away we go.

No more swearing and chucking stuff about because I can't find the right tool.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: We have a winner...
« on: October 18, 2019, 21:59:33 PM »
It arrived a couple of hours ago, via a neighbor from a few doors down the road.

The Post Office use our street as part of their "training route", and apparently trainee post people can't read house numbers properly.

We get quite a lot of other people's mail, and rely on other people to bring ours around when they can be bothered.

Anyway, it's here now, and a source of some considerable pride... ;)


Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: We have a winner...
« on: October 14, 2019, 21:02:46 PM »
Thank you all very, very much.

As a very inexperienced sewer, on a forum full of people who can actually sew, no one is more surprised about this than me.

I shall wear the badge with pride... :)

Mick's entry for the competition.

OK, a bit late to the party here, but I started a completely different project for the competition, and that went very, very wrong. My fault for choosing a raw material that was just too difficult for someone of my modest ability to work with.
So this was a bit of a last minute rush.

Raw material
DW gets these smocks issued by the place where she works.
She gets a new one every year, and they don't want the old ones back.

The project.
I've had this hat for ages. It's comfy and fits well, but it's falling to pieces.

Made the hat into a hat pattern.

And used the hat pattern to make a hat.
Sounds easy when you say it quickly...

I re-used the plastic peak stiffener, and the velcro strips from the original hat. The inner band came from the bits-and-bobs-box.
Bought the coverable button for the top, and the patch came free with a Bike magazine, some time in the 1980's. It's been on at least one denim jacket and a couple of pairs of jeans since, but is still in good nick, considering.

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