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Patterns Discussion / Re: Sew Over It?
« on: Yesterday at 19:32:28 »
Haven't sewn that one in particular but I was very happy with my Libby shirt, and I've attended one of their classes and found them knowledgeable.

Today... / Re: Sunday 24th March
« on: Yesterday at 13:39:19 »
I thought salmonella was eradicated?

Wish I could go, how did you all get tickets?! When I looked they were there and when I tried to pick a day they'd gone. It seemed to sell out in minutes. I guess you guys where waiting ready to pounce?

I am so gutted, because Dior is my favourite designer. I tried to go when the exhibition was in Paris but as much as I scrimped I could not afford the flight to go. When I heard it was coming to London I was beside myself with excitement but the tickets were gone in an instant. I'll admit I cried.

Tech Know How / Re: Patterns for Sale
« on: Yesterday at 13:35:42 »
You could also share the spreadsheet link if you put it in something like Google Docs, or you could copy the names of all the patterns directly into a post.

Today... / Re: Sunday 24th March
« on: March 24, 2019, 14:29:56 PM »
Francesca slugs and snails do not like crushed egg shells, so start saving your egg shells and crush them, put on top of the compost in your pot and you should be alright.  Might be worth sticking some to the outside of the pot as well when you have enough shells as if they cannot climb they cannot eat your crops.

Another thing slugs in articular like is beer in grapefruit skins, they are then easy to dispose of.

Ooh eggshells sounds interesting. This is a similar concept I think to wool pellets. You put the compressed wool pellets down and water them and they puff up like cotton wool.

I managed to grow a singular courgette last year. It was scrummy but the rest were eaten.

Today... / Re: Sunday 24th March
« on: March 24, 2019, 14:28:28 PM »
@Francesca - I haven't tried it yet so can't vouch for it, but apparently slugs and snails won't cross copper. We are going to wrap a strip of copper wire round the larger pots and OH's wooden thing he's made to grow tomatoes in. Worth a try!

Tried it, didn't work AT ALL.

Today... / Re: Sunday 24th March
« on: March 24, 2019, 13:39:57 PM »
May do a little gardening...don’t really want to but needs must.

I'm trying to decide what to grow this year. I won't put any plants in the ground (our garden is a disgusting disaster. No grass, just dirt, and the LL won't help) but I have two big planters.

I'm thinking herbs in one, as my seedlings have grown on the windowsill so well and might be ready to go out.

I'm thinking raspberries in the other. Problem is I can never keep the slugs away no matter what I do.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Double Gauze
« on: March 23, 2019, 15:35:50 PM »
This is the sample I've ordered. Hoping it could work for the wedding I'm attending:

A bit of a 'do' / Re: Mother of the Groom
« on: March 23, 2019, 15:27:25 PM »
Shoes, I hate shoes! 
I've looked, and the odd pair I've found have been out of stock or not in my size (8).
It's probably sandals I'm after, although a peep toe sling back would be a possibility.  I don't/won't wear tights, so shoes are a no-no with my sweaty feet, and a fabric footbed is preferable to a plasticky one in a sandal.  I like espadrilles, but they need to be a bit dressy.  Oh, and no heels, I don't do heels!
I rather like these, but it looks a dodgy website, and I'm probably not going to be wearing pink!
Any ideas of places to look??

ASOS sells Truffle Collection. I've bought Truffle shoes before and they're good

Fun with Fabric / Re: Double Gauze
« on: March 22, 2019, 20:12:12 PM »
Funny you should write this as I've just ordered a sample of some.

A bit of a 'do' / Re: Mother of the Groom
« on: March 22, 2019, 18:46:53 PM »
Thanks for the offer Fran, but I don't do hats  :)

Good idea bout the shoes Greybird, I'll try looking for those.

It's more of a flat saucer. A little bigger than a fascinator but not a full-blown hat. It's really very nice! I agree with Jessie, I wouldn't feel the part without a hat. And especially as a MOG.

A bit of a 'do' / Re: Mother of the Groom
« on: March 22, 2019, 14:16:27 PM »
What about a royal blue or a cobalt? My favourite colour. I do think it's nice when the Mothers go together too with the wedding party, makes the pictures look lovely.

I could even lend you my royal blue sauce hat if you like!

In the wardrobe / Re: Summer Dress Drafting Project
« on: March 20, 2019, 09:33:03 AM »

In the wardrobe / Re: Summer Dress Drafting Project
« on: March 19, 2019, 21:27:33 PM »
Dug through all of my various flat pattern drafting books this evening to see if there were any tidbits. Found this in the Helen Stanley Flat Pattern Cutting book and it's the closest I think to what I'm after. Only thing I'm not sure of is it seems to intersect the bust a little, it's just below the bust point certainly not completely below the bust.

Now, that might actually help me as it'll raise the front V a little (cleavage reduction) and may also give me a slightly smaller bust appearance as it'll cut off the lower quarter of my bust, or thereabouts. My only concern is whether this would cause a dress to hang off that part of my bust instead - not flattering and not pulling into the waist.

I guess as long as the shaped waistband is shaped enough to taper inwards at the base then it should be OK. Will think.

Still need to finish the half-complete dress on my dining room table!

In the wardrobe / Re: Summer Dress Drafting Project
« on: March 19, 2019, 16:08:06 PM »
Yes MiddleRight is the TextileCentre viscose challis. I've ordered their challis loads and it's always nice. Not the highest quality but very soft and very drapey. It's pretty much the perfect fabric for this. It doesn't wash amazingly, though a summer dress made from it a few years ago is still pleasantly coloured though it starts to get a bit of a white "fuzz" on the top after a while. It's also only £4 pm so if I estimate 4m (probably more than I need, but that is a long skirt...) then only £16 for a dress isn't bad!

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