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Today... / Re: Monday, Monday 21st October
« on: Yesterday at 11:12:10 »
Morning, I am in training all day today. Currently on a break. It's nice to break away from the monotony of work but I did have to get up earlier than usual, 6am  |O Usually I start late (flexi) and skip lunch but not today.

Had a good weekend in. Saturday was incredibly lazy, don't think I got dressed. Breakfast in bed and watching TV (I hated the idea of a bedroom TV until we got one).

Yesterday spent most of the day sorting through everything in our bedroom, especially under the bed. Prepping for our new bed frame to arrive :(

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A Good Yarn / Re: Do you block your knitting?
« on: Yesterday at 07:20:21 »
Yes. I use the foam playmats as mentioned. Works a charm.

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Patterns Discussion / Re: Still on the hunt for the right coat pattern :(
« on: October 19, 2019, 15:20:51 PM »
Vogue 1365  has the collar

That's quite nice. I'm trying to avoid princess seams due to the check in the fabric.

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Patterns Discussion / Re: Still on the hunt for the right coat pattern :(
« on: October 18, 2019, 12:32:09 PM »
Yes I found quite a few listings on Etsy, but they are all in the US so the postage is high. Why oh why did I ever sell it! (And who did I sell it too...  :ninja: )

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Patterns Discussion / Re: Still on the hunt for the right coat pattern :(
« on: October 18, 2019, 11:26:17 AM »
Found the elusive Vogue one! Now off to see if I can buy it anywhere... probably for more than I paid for it first time round  :[ Remind me not to sell patterns again!


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Patterns Discussion / Re: Still on the hunt for the right coat pattern :(
« on: October 18, 2019, 11:23:17 AM »
@UttaRetch whilst poking around through Vogue patterns I found this quite nice fitted blazer? Might work for your search? A bit more modern than full 50s style but has a lovely defined waist. Pattern.

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Patterns Discussion / Re: Still on the hunt for the right coat pattern :(
« on: October 18, 2019, 11:21:08 AM »
These look to all have the wide collar you want, perhaps you can adjust the shape?

https://thefoldline.com/sewing-patterns/chilton-trench-coat/
https://thefoldline.com/sewing-patterns/vogue-misses-wide-collar-coat-and-belt-v9289/

The first one actually looks like a great option, thanks! Plus Cashmerette I know I wouldn't have to do an FBA. Off to think.

I'm sure there was a Vogue designer pattern I bought, and subsequently sold, that looks just like this. Annoyed I sold it now. It was a few years ago, probably no more than 3. Wish I could remember it. I have a vague memory that the envelope photo was a grey coat. It was definitely a designer pattern, came in a big envelope.

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Patterns Discussion / Re: Still on the hunt for the right coat pattern :(
« on: October 18, 2019, 11:19:39 AM »
https://thefoldline.com/sewing-patterns/vogue-coats-jacket-8346/
This coat has a similar collar. It would be easy to make it slightly bigger to emulate the photo.

I stumbled on this one but I really want something straight and boxy rather than skirted. I know I could adjust it... but you'd think there would be a pattern out there.

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Patterns Discussion / Re: Still on the hunt for the right coat pattern :(
« on: October 18, 2019, 11:18:38 AM »
It looks like a sneaky change in the construction (which would require the pattern pieces to be a slightly different shape) to make the collar a feature.  That's rather naughty if the pattern and instructions don't end up with the collar as pictured.

Yep, it's exactly what I noticed. I already purchased the pattern, maybe I should ask for my money back! It is ridiculous that it's not been properly shown. I expect MimiG made her own coat as an earlier sample and then the pattern was drawn from something else entirely, but the original photo was kept. Really bad!

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Patterns Discussion / Still on the hunt for the right coat pattern :(
« on: October 17, 2019, 23:03:40 PM »
I've been really struggling to find a coat pattern with the right detailing I want. I have some gorgeous fabric, a dark navy check with primary yellow and red through it (sounds uglier than it is!) and want to make a boxy coat from it but I really want a huge spankin' collar and it's been really hard to find.

Originally the pattern I had in mind was this gorgeous MimiG coat:

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But looking at a lot of the reviews and actual completed projects, the collar just looks so... small? Especially on a larger size. SewManju made it up and she is an 18 I think, and the collar is a lot smaller on her:

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This is another reviewer in a much smaller size and still the collar is so small!

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Has anyone seen a boxy type coat with a BIG notched lapel collar?

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Patterns Discussion / Re: New Simplicity patterns
« on: October 17, 2019, 17:10:20 PM »
Do you think that part of the problem is that we older ladies have already seen pretty much every style imaginable at least once?  There must be a limit to what can be designed that isn`t old hat or so "off the wall" that it would be unacceptable to many people

That was sort of my point. If the more out-there designs are unappealing then the more simple, classic designs are the only ones that might appeal. But simple, classic designs are repetitive by their very nature.

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Patterns Discussion / Re: New Simplicity patterns
« on: October 16, 2019, 19:51:22 PM »
Style Arc has some nice jackets. I did find a few on Butterick too but they are asymetrical zip ups. I guess it depends if you want more of a blazer.

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Patterns Discussion / Re: New Simplicity patterns
« on: October 16, 2019, 19:05:08 PM »
I personally find most except McCalls suffer from blandness. I think it's because what else can you do if you're not pushing out up to date trends? That's where the changes and newness is, which is probably why McCalls has the most "different" patterns. The other companies are more focused on wardrobe building (Butterick) and the slightly odd big baggy art teacher things or designerwear (Vogue). With Butterick especially there just isn't that much in "basics" that wouldn't be considered a new trend (or cyclical trend) which get pushed to McCalls and therefore what can you make? Except the same simple thing again.

When I look at retail shops selling fashion, the ones that are less focused on trends have very much the same thing year in year out, but perhaps with an updated print or fabric. But of course with sewing you choose your own.

I guess I'm asking, if this isn't good, then what would those who don't like it prefer to see?

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Patterns Discussion / Re: New Simplicity patterns
« on: October 16, 2019, 14:39:49 PM »
I have to say that none of the pattern books have much inspiring and haven’t for years, apart from some designer stuff in Vogue.  I think they play it safe.

Usually when these threads come up the comments say things that are too "out there" are ugly. It seems like they can't win. If they put something different out it's too far but if they play it safe it's considered boring.

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Patterns Discussion / Re: New Simplicity patterns
« on: October 16, 2019, 09:56:35 AM »
I very much like the wide collared coat

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I also like this dress a lot, but it doesn't seem to have enough going on to warrant buying it as I feel like I've already got patterns with the sleeves, skirt etc

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