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Current Projects / Re: Christmas Craft 2020
« on: July 05, 2020, 12:47:26 PM »
As part of my planning, I thought that I might focus on pj's this year.  And so for my daughter and my niece will be a nightgown and matching robe, in this ancient Kwiksew pattern.

KS nightgown by Dani, on Flickr

My niece will love them in a slippery, shiny satin, but I think I might make my daughter's in a soft lawn. 

Adding Zing & Bling / Re: Freestanding Lace
« on: July 03, 2020, 03:38:24 AM »
Ooo @datcat23 What are those hoop clip things on that pic. They look useful.

...wanders off to google ...

My machine is a Janome 400e.  The hoop clips are a standard accessory with the hoops.  and Yes, they are very handy.  A couple of my hoops are the wrong width for the plastic clips, but I have had success with fold back stationery clips, although you have to watch that they don't get in the way of the foot as the hoop moves about. 

Adding Zing & Bling / Re: Freestanding Lace
« on: July 03, 2020, 03:35:51 AM »
Do you hand-stitch them closed around the ornament?  They look great.

Yes, you join the two sets of 3 panels together at the edges, slide the circle of lace over the bauble, and then tie in place with ribbon at the top (and bottom depending on the design).

Adding Zing & Bling / Re: Freestanding Lace
« on: July 02, 2020, 23:00:23 PM »
Freestanding lace was one of the first big jobs I gave my embroidery machine to do.  I made over 25 of these bauble covers, to give as gifts for xmas a couple of years back.

More baubles by Dani, on Flickr

This is what they look like, as they are stitching out.

More covers by Dani, on Flickr

In the wardrobe / Phoenix tshirt
« on: June 20, 2020, 08:53:46 AM »
What do you do when you have more than a dozen items on your to-do list?  Why you cut out something completely different of course, and sew it up. 

This is my TNT (tried n true pattern) for a tshirt. Jalie Raglan shirt.  I make so many of these, replacing them as they wear out.  The fabric is a panel and coordinate that I purchased online from a store that no longer exists.  The panel wasn't quite wide/long enough, so I needed to add some of the coordinate to the sides, and a little bit at the front neck.

Phoenix tshirt. by Dani, on Flickr

Phoenix tshirt. by Dani, on Flickr

Phoenix tshirt. by Dani, on Flickr

Having a little smile to myself - On a Facebook selling page there has been advertised an absolute dreadful old machine - very rusty, I reckon it was a shed/garage find.  They were originally asking £300 for it, then £200, - dropping incrementally until today, it's now advertised at £20!.  It would probably make a good boat anchor, looks like it would be impossible to restore, and really not worth it!

I am not sure if there is an equivalent in Britain, but here we have the phenomenon of the "dump shop".  This is where the waste transfer station, has a shed where you can leave usable items, rather than dumping them with the rubbish.  It employs people on job creation programs, and usually charges minimal for the items.  My brother is forever checking it out, and often sends me photos of shed finds that are beyond redemption.  He knows I collect them, but has no concept of the simply millions that exist out there in the world, therefore making one rusty, broken down one, worthless.  Obviously the shop managers don't either, because they will often be ridiculously priced.   

I am noticing a rash of vintage and antique machines on my local gumtree ...... treadles for over $500 (not prisitine either), and the metal body 70's models for over $300.  Far more being offered than I have seen before.  I figure that people are in financial uncertainty, and selling unused items, because they need the cash.  Its frustrating though, because it inflates the market, and makes other believe that a vintage machine (of which probably millions were produced) are some sort of gold mine. 

Current Projects / Re: Christmas Craft 2020
« on: June 08, 2020, 00:01:51 AM »
Can you sew us an aeroplane to go home with please Datcat?

I wish I could,  *hugs* big time for you.

Are you even earlier than usual @datcat23? I thought the excrement usually hit the ventilation system in July...I might be wrong.  0_0
A couple of our Stateside pals have been C*******s sewing a couple of days every month, or started to. Last year I cancelled C*******s 2020 but of course it's reinstated.  :[

Yes I am a month earlier this year.  What can I say?  I am a bit bored.   :devil:

I don't feel so strange sewing a Christmas tree skirt now.
Thanks @datcat23  :thumbsup:

Your welcome

Are we sure Christmas is happening this year?  :S

There is that .... this virus is like slow motion torture.  Here in Aus, we have gone hard early, and its paying off, but there's no knowing what its going to be like in 6 months. 

Maybe the plan should be ...... Plan Christmas Crafts that can be Posted. 

Current Projects / Christmas Craft 2020
« on: June 07, 2020, 01:01:05 AM »
 :scream:  She said it  ..... she really said it!    :faints:

Well people its that time again.  Time for datty to scare the bejesus out of everyone, by saying the "C" word, way too early.

We have have had plague, sadness and civil unrest, and in Australia, we have also had a summer of fire.  The economy and our collective sanity, are taking a battering. 

I am a bit rudderless this year.  I am in a different job, and the usual excessive gift giving I do, isn't required.  I will still be sewing for my previous manager and office mates, but not the extended group that I used to.  And at this point, I have no idea what I might do. 

For my nephews, I think I am going to find a golf club cover pattern, and embroider them some covers.  I might also pull my focus back, and look at sewing more for my immediate family.  Maybe the traditional xmas pj's, something I have never done before.  And I am going to encourage hubby to resurrect his HP keys 3d printing project.  I have an organza embroidery file for a xmas tree angel - I might work on that.   

And gift bags ..... definitely gift bags. 

Don't be scared, a little bit of planning won't hurt ..... I promise. 

I detest quilting anything bigger than a cot quilt.  I usually only produce one or at the most two big quilts a year, and I get those professionally quilted. 

In the past, I quilted 3 single bed quilts, and this was how I layered them up.  Draped over a cardboard cutting board (still folded) laid over my ironing board.  I started in the middle, and worked to the edges, the weight of the quilt draped off the board, was enough to keep all 3 layers taut. 

Basting by Dani, on Flickr

In the wardrobe / Re: Fashion, what ever would DH say
« on: May 26, 2020, 22:58:16 PM »
Not for me, but yes they would be comfortable.   Fashion shows are really a magnifying glass for the current fashion.  Each feature is bigger, and prouder, than you would see in normal fashion. 

So if you extrapolate from the picture, in the coming years fashions, you will see high or boat necklines, perhaps with a notch or keyhole, full closed in sleeves with wrist cuffs, slight more boxier bodices, and swishy skirts, perhaps with tiers.  Its been proven before, that the length of skirts is a key indicator of the state of the economy.  When things are bad, they are longer, when things are great, they are shorter.   Given the length of these dresses, we are screwed!   :facepalm:

LOL, just went for a short cruise through the site for a laugh.  Results as expected.

Hubby's name is rare as ...... 196 currently in GB, about 90 in 1881 - centred around the midlands.  His family history is that they come from a village north of leeds with the same name.   

My family name by contrast - Jarvis ...... is as common as muck ... 19000 currently, and "widespread" in 1881  >:)

In the wardrobe / French Terry tunic
« on: May 10, 2020, 07:54:38 AM »
Today's finish is a french terry tunic based on the Cashmerette Washington Dress pattern I used a couple of weeks ago.  I still cut the different panels, but I drafted off a bigger size to give myself more ease.  Rather than using a mix of knits/wovens, I used the same knit for all the panels.  I think I need some more french terry, to make more of these. 

Sweater tunic by Dani, on Flickr

In the wardrobe / Re: New Pinny - just for me
« on: May 05, 2020, 22:56:16 PM »
This looks great, I am very tempted it might solve my problem in summer when wearing leggings, if I made this in a light weight fabric would it work or does it need the structure of a heavy fabric.

I have seen them made in linen, and its worked very well. 

In the wardrobe / New Pinny - just for me
« on: May 04, 2020, 23:33:31 PM »
I have made a few of these now, and each one is the new favourite, when I have finished it.  The York Pinafore from Helens Closet

This one is in floral denim from my local fabric store.  I left off the patch pockets, using a inseam pocket from a pair of pants I love.  So the print is unbroken, but I have lovely, usefully deep pockets.  I predict that I will be living in these this winter.

Rosed Pinafore by Dani, on Flickr

Rosed Pinafore by Dani, on Flickr

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