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In the wardrobe / How much extra for checked fabrics?
« on: June 03, 2020, 09:24:21 AM »
Hi All,

I'm going to be making a tailored trouser suit for my friend's daughter; it's for her graduation next year.  She has picked out the fabric (a checked fabric in pink).  How much extra would they need to get over and above the suggested yardage to allow for pattern matching.  I really need to get this right as this young lady deserves a special outfit.  Thanks all.

The Show Must Go On / Fabric help please - cracked ice taffeta
« on: March 03, 2020, 09:18:41 AM »
DD has her prom this summer and she has asked me to make her dress.  Yes, she who will never ever wear anything "homemade" has asked her Ma to make her dress  0_0.  She has shown me a picture of what she wants and the fabric is cracked ice taffeta.  Does anyone know of any supplier, I spent a bit of time last night searching but there seems to be very little of this fabric around, and what there is is the wrong colour (she wants blue, light blue).

Thanks all (has been cross-posted with the Prom/Bridal board!).

A bit of a 'do' / Fabric Help pls - cracked ice taffeta
« on: March 03, 2020, 09:17:38 AM »
DD has her prom this summer and she has asked me to make her dress.  Yes, she who will never ever wear anything "homemade" has asked her Ma to make her dress  0_0.  She has shown me a picture of what she wants and the fabric is cracked ice taffeta.  Does anyone know of any supplier, I spent a bit of time last night searching but there seems to be very little of this fabric around, and what there is is the wrong colour (she wants blue, light blue).

Thanks all (and I will cross post with the Dance Crew!).

Current Projects / QAYG Tutorial?
« on: December 31, 2019, 11:32:08 AM »
Hi All,

I purchased a Jinny Beyer quilt kit to make for my in-laws a couple of years ago.  I have done a couple of blocks, but my lovely DS1 moved my sorted piles of fabric and messed up my system and I haven't been able to face sorting through it again.  However, I am determined to get it done in 2020 and give it to them at Christmas next year.  (Eek, did I put that online for the world to see?!?!?!?!)   My trusty Janome died last year and I haven't been able to replace her so won't be able to quilt it as a whole quilt and I won't be able to afford to send it off the be quilted either, so I'm considering QAYG but don't really know anything about it (I am a novice quilter; clothes are my thing!)  Please could you recommend any good online tutorials (ideally with pictures) that tell you exactly how to do it.  Help this girl achieve her goal (see what I did there - sharing the responsibility for getting this quilt done  ;) :P :P)

Thanks all.

The Show Must Go On / Stretch net retailer
« on: May 12, 2019, 10:37:20 AM »
Just wondering if any of you dance peeps could point me in the right direction. I’m wanting to make a dress for my friends wedding and I need some mesh for it. I’ve had a look at a couple of “real life” retailers and what I’m looking for is a mesh that is like tulle, with a bit a stretch. I’ve had a look online for stretch mesh but it just seems to bring up powernet which I’m not sure is what I’m looking for.  If anyone can advise what I should be looking for and/or retailers, that would be great.  It has to be fairly translucent, oh and I’m looking for teal. I’ve attached a picture of the dress to give you an idea. Thanks

Fun with Fabric / Goldhawk Road? I have fabric!
« on: May 08, 2019, 08:02:09 AM »
I've still not found any fabric online for the dress for my friend's wedding, mainly because I'm looking for 2 different fabrics that are colour matched, so I think I'm going to have to go real shopping instead of virtual.  Has anyone been to Goldhawk Road recently?  Is it still worth going to?  Does it even exist anymore (seem to recall the road was being redeveloped and retailers were having to close)?


Patterns Discussion / Simplicity 3931 (Vintage)
« on: April 25, 2019, 12:25:56 PM »
Is there by any chance anyone has this pattern lurking in their pattern vaults that I could borrow to trace please.  This is the second option for my dress for my friends wedding.

I've put the link in above as simplicity seem to have used this pattern number a few times!

Thank you.

In the wardrobe / Cotton Sateen and matching mesh fabric help pls!
« on: April 15, 2019, 15:17:55 PM »
My friend is getting married end of June and I'd like to make this to wear.  I watched Pretty Little Liars with DD and one of the characters wore this dress and I've loved it since than and always intended making it.  Spotted the pattern on Lekala and the what-to-wear-to-the-wedding issue was solved!

Anyway, I have 2 different pairs of shoes that I could wear that are in similar tones so I'm looking for a stretch cotton sateen with matching coloured mesh in either teal (blue or green) or petrol blue.  Very specific I know and I may be searching for the unicorn but I'm not finding anything yet.  Any ideas peeps on where to buy or even alternative fabrics.

Thanks muchly!

Current Projects / Someone has crossed to the Dark Side
« on: April 08, 2019, 14:27:14 PM »
DD has loosely dabbled in sewing but has not shown huge interest in it.  She is now doing her Duke of Edinburgh and has to do a skill.  She needs to spend 1 hour a week for 12 weeks on it.  Since we have a veritable FQ stash (her pleadings to purchase), I suggested she do the Amy Gibson Block of the Month course.  I've had it since 2012 I think when it was published but have never done it and she has agreed.  She won't need to do the whole set and so will probably end up with a lap quilt.  We spent yesterday doing the first block and she was quite pleased with it.

Technical Help / Help - zip repair, replace or ditch?
« on: December 18, 2018, 11:51:35 AM »
I have a lightly padded jacket that I love but the zip has just broken.  The end stopper that goes into the base of the zip has broken; the plastic bit on the front has gone although the bit at the rear is still there, if that makes sense.  Can I just sew a stopper with waxed thread (and maybe a dab of clear nail varnish) or will it need a new zip, or worse be ditched.

Help me save my beloved jacket, pleeeaaaassssse! (the rest of the jacket fine).



Tech Know How / Dodgy login
« on: May 31, 2018, 09:22:37 AM »
Apologies for the title, but I couldn't think of a better one.

Everytime I log on TSP, I get an alert from AVG saying that they have isolated as it contains a malware file.  This happens on both my PC and my laptop.  I'd never heard of vividress (have now I've googled) and have never been on their site.  It happens only when logging onto this site. 

Any ideas?

Tech Know How / [SOLVED] Unread Topics
« on: January 11, 2018, 08:32:24 AM »
Suddenly I have 137 pages of unread topics, most dating back to last year.  It normally shows just the latest unread topics, not everything since time began.  Is it just me?

The Show Must Go On / Monica Tomb Costume
« on: November 23, 2017, 09:49:28 AM »
I'm currently in a play; its a murder mystery meets the Addams Family comedy, set in current day..  My character is a flamboyant writer who is over-dressed by everyone's standards (I am travelling in the play).  Here is my costume, a 1950's style dress.  I used a pattern for the bodice and then changed the neckline, and the sleeves and the circle skirt is self-drafted.  It is a least a 1.5 circle skirt, probably nearer 2 as I have insets front and back and the hem is about 34ft (eek, eek, eek).

Now I am putting this here as it is shockingly made.  It doesn't fit me properly.  I don't have time to do a proper fitting on the costumes so I make a size 18, whereas ordinarily, I would cut a 14-16 and do and FBA.  The finishing inside is shocking, well there is no finishing at all and it isn't lined.  I machine-hemmed it and didn't bother changing from the red thread when I hemmed the black bit.  As far as I am concerned, people are about 10-15ft away and won't see that and it will only be worn for this week only.  And yet, people have been coming up to me asking me where I got my dress, that it is stunning, and can't believe I've made it, which tickles me no end as it is nowhere near the standard I would accept for a personal wardrobe item of clothing.  So gals and guys, no matter how bad you think it is, to the non-maker, they will think it fab!

A Good Yarn / Dyeing Yarn?
« on: October 26, 2017, 08:19:00 AM »
I've been on the search for a while for 2 specific colours of yarn but cannot find it.  One is a burnt orange and the other a red-orange.  I am now thinking that I may have to have a go at dyeing it myself but how easy is it?  One would need to be an acrylic yarn (it is for a trim on a cardigan that I want to make) and the other, I haven't decided yet.  Has anyone dyed their own yarn?  Any tips,, pointers, advice to step away? 


Courses & Classes / Craftsy Bra Making Courses
« on: October 02, 2017, 10:07:07 AM »
I've just been remeasured and was so wearing the wrong size!  What a revelation the right size is: boobs under my chin instead of my armpits and I look narrower/slimmer as well, win-win!  However, my size now puts me in the expensive to buy range (not so win-win) and a lot of them are ugly, with big fat straps etc.  I love lingerie (that and shoes are my weakness) so I'm thinking about having a go at making my own.  Just wondering if anyone has done the craftsy bra-making courses and what you thought of them. Does the class with bra patterns?  I couldn't work that out and it wasn't obvious to me (but I am a great skim-reader  :o)

Thank you.

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