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Access All Accessories / Re: Errrrmmmm Lil Help?
« on: Yesterday at 14:20:36 »
Is it not just a bit sticky and is now working easier? Plus I reckon you will find it easier when you have the webbing to hold too.

As another thought, my own one of these straps (lime green) has a loop to tighten it as well. So you attach the clip together but then slide a plastic D ring further down to tighten up the straps so it's adjustable to different sized suitcases (and different stuffing levels of suitcase). In the case that you couldn't get it undone with this clip you could unslide the adjustor so it's big enough to pull off.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Raincoat Pattern
« on: Yesterday at 14:11:50 »
Oooh it was definitely someone. It was a red one. Hmm...

If you buy it on eBay, you might be able to buy the listing but not pay immediately. Then you wouldn't have to faff with them refunding you the difference. Though I'm not sure you can do this on every type of listing.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Raincoat Pattern
« on: Yesterday at 12:31:57 »
I spent a long while looking at raincoats last year as I have some fabric for one.

I think I ended up buying the Kelly Anorak pattern - purely because I liked the looks. I haven't sewn that brand before. It is unlined though, and the lining costs extra which I think is pretty bad.

Lekala is always my go-to first for coats and I've sewn a few.

I used the Wind Jacket for my Barbour-style wax jacket many moons ago. Obviously with Lekala there is a lot of figuring it out for yourself which I didn't mind at all but some might (if I'm only paying a few pounds for a fully made-to-measure pattern I don't mind).

I think @Acorn made a raincoat out of this Lekala pattern?

There are a whole bunch more raincoats on Lekala:

Raincoat #4704

Wind Jacket #5747
Raincoat #5506

In the wardrobe / Re: Another coat... Simplicity 8451
« on: Yesterday at 12:21:42 »
Making plans for sizing in case I get bored over the next few days putting my shirts together...

I'm thinking about FBA and realised I don't want to introduce a dart due to the check pattern and it needing to hang properly.

I think I'm going to try and sew up the size 24 and just see how it fits on the shoulder. Possibly it will be a bit too large but a shoulder pad may be enough to sort it. If it isn't, I can size down to the 22 and do a dartless FBA.

I will also decrease the length of the coat overall (though I'll cut full-length so I can decide how much to chop) and I'll take an inch off the sleeve length from the get-go, and see if I need more (I have short arms and I prefer cuffs that hit on the wristbone as I get uncomfortable otherwise - so 1" might be enough but I might need even more).

I'll cut two collars, done as standard and one extended. Might start with 1.5" each tip. I can then tack them on to get an idea of what looks best.

I've got the fabric and lining, but I need to stash dive for the blue cotton I know I have somewhere in there...

Also need to source fabrics for the bound buttonholes in colours that match. I'll bring a scrap of fabric in to London and see if I can find something in our local shop but might have to go to Soho.

Today... / MOVED: Varifocals - is this normal?
« on: Yesterday at 12:01:06 »

Today... / Re: Friday 18th January 2019
« on: Yesterday at 12:00:31 »
Fri-yay! I am going to the pub this evening to see some friends who are off to NZ for a month so having some drinks before they go.

Tomorrow I'm off early to Mum's to help her paint her living room blue  :o At least I don't have to do the wallpapering, my grandmother is coming on Sunday to do that. Also I've convinced her we'll need a curry for sustenance after a day of painting  :devil:

That means probably no sewing, as I might have to stay and help on Sunday too but hopefully we can get through it tomorrow so I can finish off my shirts and make way for my coat sewing next week  0_0

Cut out two more of the Libby shirts (I'm wearing one today!) so will get a picture up. I've sewn half of the second one too. Much quicker when you have done it before. Collar is on just needs neatening, facings, buttons, hem. Sounds like a lot but the collar was definitely the most awkward aspect of the first one so glad it's nearly done.

The second fabric I'm sewing with is poly peachskin so I think it will be a lot more fiddly as it slips about more.

Those are a really good idea. I can never wear tall boots. I don't even have thate much fat on my calves, just too much of my teen years walking everywhere and living at the very top of a huge hill.

Wow, those are a great fit!

Today... / Re: Thursday 17th January
« on: January 17, 2019, 13:01:11 PM »
Working from home. Got a good amount of stuff done this morning, so just squeezing in some sewing this lunchtime, yay! Two more shirts cut and ready to put together

In the wardrobe / Re: Another coat... Simplicity 8451
« on: January 17, 2019, 11:19:08 AM »
I'm a size bigger on the hip anyway, so it usually makes sense for me to do an FBa and then leave the excess width in down to the hem.

In the wardrobe / Re: Another coat... Simplicity 8451
« on: January 16, 2019, 23:44:11 PM »
Yes on the blog post she wrote she said she thought it was too generous, so I think that's an important thing to note when it comes to my toile.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Alternative name for broadcloth?
« on: January 16, 2019, 22:21:09 PM »
Hmm, that's funny. Most of the available broadcloths online are only cotton. It seems odd as well that "broadcloth" should just apply to width because isn't the broader width now the most common?

So everything is broadcloth. Wool melton. Silk charmeuse. Polyester broadcloth. Vinyl. They're all broadcloths? Why on earth would Threads recommend this?

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