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In the wardrobe / 2 new tops
« on: April 01, 2018, 18:47:08 PM »
The Jane  from style arc and the Addison from Seam works are now finished
Been of work this week so dusted off the machine first time in ages due to various factors but need new tops and new trousers

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In the wardrobe / Duh !!
« on: March 18, 2018, 15:10:49 PM »
I haven't done any sewing for a very long time combination of a new job and my thyroid problem and lupus both deciding to have a party at the same time !

Anyway starting to feel more human and getting used to the new job demands so decided to make up the Jane overshirt  from StyleArc that I have had ready for ages. It's a pretty straightforward shirt  pattern - or would be if my brain was in full gear! Just have the button holes and cuff to do and was pressing the sleeve when I realised I had the back piece back to front !! With the wrong side of the fabric out. :angry:

It's quite prone to fraying and as I have machine sewn the yoke using the Burrito method I really can't be bothered unpicking the whole thing which is what I would have to do and figure mean as I didn't notice until I was pressing it nobody else will  ;)

Next question is will my ever increasing tummy fit in it - combination of huge weight gain thanks to thyroid and inability to exercise because of the lupus - if not I will just leave the bottom couple of buttons open.  Hopefully will get the buttons this week and get it finished

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In the wardrobe / Lovenotions. Laundry day tee
« on: June 05, 2017, 17:19:17 PM »
I have been looking for a v neck loose fitting top for a while and last night found this one and I am summing it's very popular by the number of reviews available.

Love that you can just print the size(s) you need and have more or less finished it in a couple of hours just need to do the hems

I used a grey cotton jersey I had in my stash and made the short sleeve version and I really like it and better still it fits and doesn't look like a sack. It's a tiny bit wide on the shoulders but everywhere else is fine I may try grading the next size down or I may just see if it bothers me when I am wearing it

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Patterns Discussion / Style Arc new pattern
« on: June 01, 2017, 18:30:49 PM »
http://www.stylearc.com.au/stylearc/index.php

This is more like my thing than the dress released earlier this week

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Tech Know How / [SOLVED] Missing pictures
« on: May 14, 2017, 08:30:47 AM »
The last couple of days I have noticed that I am not seeing some pictures if they are embedded in the post just getting the image below. If they are attached it's fine anyone any ideas what if anything is up

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In the wardrobe / Pantone Autumn 2017 colours
« on: May 08, 2017, 18:34:50 PM »
I was browsing the Internet when I found the Pantone colour report for autumn 2017

http://www.pantone.com/fashion-color-report-fall-2017

Some interesting colours in there I like the lemon curry, navy peony and otter from the London colours and the shaded spruce and grey from the New York ones

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Publications / The Makers Atelier - The essential collection
« on: May 08, 2017, 18:20:02 PM »
I have bought myself this book and have had a quick look through it this afternoon there are a number of patterns in there that I really want to try, in fact I would say all of them appeal to me.
The book itself is nicely laid out, each pattern has its own chapter with instructions and ideas on other ways to make the garment. They are all photographers in different fabrics and on different models so give a fairly good idea of how they may look
The sizing is new to me going from 1 to 7 but then size is only a number isn't it so I don't suppose it matters
The pattern sheets on the whole are one sheet per item but are double sided so need tracing, but the lines are clearly marked and different pattern pieces don't overlap each other. On first glance and before I have had chance to make anything from the book I am very pleased I got it
The big question is which one do I have a go at first ??

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In the wardrobe / Kwik sew 3955
« on: April 21, 2017, 21:12:05 PM »
Pattern was free with a magazine and I thought it would make a fairly easy summer dress, beginning to wish I hadn't bothered

First off I cut it out of some paisley printed cotton blend I had in my stash, measured the fabric and made sure there was enough which I THOUGHT there was anyway after cutting it out I found another pattern piece hiding behind the sewing machine and there wasn't enough fabric left. If I hadn't mislaid it I would have more than likely with some jiggling of pieces have got it out. First reaction was to just chuck the whole thing in the bin but slept on it

Anyway this morning I remembered a piece of cotton drill type fabric I have had for years it's bright yellow - and I mean sunglasses required yellow  0_0- there wasn't enough to get all the pieces out so I decided to use the pocket linings from the original fabric and just managed to get it all out.

To the pattern - it is huge !! I used the finished size on the pattern to decide which size to cut which was the small and there is no way on this earth I am a small. Anyway it's still too big the arm holes are massive and it's just big all over So tomorrow I will be botching big style to reduce the armhole size alter the facings before I sew them in and making the front and back seams wider.

It potentially will be a comfortable dress to wear in the summer with a light jacket but at the moment it is more like an oversized sack !!

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Access All Accessories / The things we do at 4am
« on: April 20, 2017, 10:11:19 AM »
Woke up at 230 and couldn't get back to sleep so had a rummage around my fabric and made myself a lightweight bag that I can fold up and put in my work handbag for those bits of unexpected shopping
Handles are a bit on the long side and it wouldn't carry much but then that's not what it is for. I didn't interface it because I didn't want to increase the bulk ad it will be folded up most of the time it's my " just in case" bag and so much nicer than a rolled up plastic one

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In the wardrobe / A tale of two T's
« on: April 15, 2017, 16:19:30 PM »
I have had some beautifully soft cotton With Lycra in my stash for years because on my one and only previous attempt at sewing it resulted in a lot of very bad language  :devil:

This afternoon I decided I needed new t shirts and dug out the navy and the cream devil material bit the bullet and cut out a simple sew Shannon top, now this is a VERY easy pattern no darts just 2 pieces and neck and arm bands so I thought if anything could tame the material it would be this pattern.

Well 2 ½. Hours later I have 2 new t-shirts  ready for the warm weather, there were the odd swear words when trying to get the neckband on the cream version but overall it all went surprisingly well. I love them they fit so well the neckline lies flat beautifully and I am even considering seeing if I can get any more of the devil material  0_0 but doing my best to resist because to be honest I'm glad to see the back of it

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In the wardrobe / Style Arc Brooklyn
« on: April 14, 2017, 16:47:33 PM »
I made the trousers a couple of weeks ago and today I had a go at the top, it needs a good pressing and I'm not sure about it to be honest it feels very big on the shoulders although that is th style of it
I didn't put the pockets in and I halved the height of the neck - I think it was designed for giraffes !!!
The whole thing was sewn up,on the overlocker so very quick and easy
I probably will make it  again out of some heavier jersey I have I think this was a little to light really

The trousers I do like and I have already made a second pair in light grey, they are very comfortable and a great trouser for running around doing all those things that need doing

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Current Projects / Lap quilt
« on: April 10, 2017, 10:37:40 AM »
Well having done the mystery quilt block and Aprils block of the month I decided yesterday to use some of the fabrics I had originally bought for the mystery quilt and not used to make a lap quilt
I found a pattern on the web and started cutting and sewing yesterday. After a few oops moments - anyone need 41/2 squares !- I finally got the last seam of the main part sewn this morning now I need to do borders and quilt it -<
My only previous attempts at quilting have been straight lines I may try some free motion - maybe  :D

I need to do some tidying up and ironing now so prob won't get back to it today but I'm only in work tomorrow then off for a fortnight so should have some time between prepping the downstairs cloak room for tiling / decorating and feeding the family at Easter

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Patterns Discussion / Scrubs
« on: April 09, 2017, 21:12:26 PM »
Has anyone ever made scrub sets and have a recommendation for a pattern ?

I wear scrubs for work and up until now they have been supplied to us free but the NHS being in the state it is the ones we have  are now deemed "too expensive" and the alternative wouldn't fit anyone properly it's so badly designed our manager has agreed that if we want to continue wearing scrubs  that halfway fit then we can buy them ourselves but I thought I might see if I could make some. Ideally I would like some with a bit of shaping.

I could cut up an old pair I guess and make a pattern but if I can get one I would prefer that, I have seen a simplicity pattern but it wasn't really what I was looking for, I would like plain straight trousers with an elasticated waist and a fairly plain top but with some darts or other shaping

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In the wardrobe / Some you win, some you lose
« on: March 12, 2017, 15:17:59 PM »
And today's was a definite lose  -<
I have the merchant and mills top 64 pattern which I have made a couple of times in linen and it's a very comfortable top.
I wondered wether it would work in a knit so cue a piece of grey jersey in my stash I had no idea what to do with. Well it's wearable but only if your not going out !!
The neck is far to wide and despite taking a couple of tucks to narrow it it's still too wide. I suppose apart from that it's actually not to bad it drapes nicely but the neck is just a mess
Not sure what to do wether to undo the shoulders and take a wider seam to pull it up or wether to just chalk it up to experience. It will be fine for around the house

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In the wardrobe / Fabric on Friday Dress on Saturday
« on: March 11, 2017, 16:01:26 PM »
After reading about it on here I made my first order from Textile World - how did I not know about this site before  :D
Fabric came quickly and it is very nice so yesterday afternoon I cut out a simple shift dress (Burda 7580 which is a two piece pattern with grown on sleeves and bust darts designed for knits.) Sewed it up today and it just needs a good press and will be good to go for a meeting I have to attend on Tuesday.

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