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Fun with Fabric / Sue Barker’s jacket fabric
« on: June 21, 2019, 15:43:34 PM »
Love the fabric of Sue Barker’s jacket (she’s on the BBC’’ Queen’s coverage today. (It still smarts that I was there on Tuesday in the rain and didn’t get to see any tennis!😫).

I would love to get my hands on a similar fabric. Has anyone seen anything close to this?

A bit of a 'do' / Ideas needed for a Halloween costume!
« on: September 23, 2018, 21:06:18 PM »
So here’s the thing! We’re hosting a Halloween party this year (DH’s idea not mine!) so I need an outfit that doesn’t look half-hearted. 😱 My problem is that I absolutely hate wearing black!  Any ideas?

In the wardrobe / Blue and white striped top
« on: September 04, 2018, 15:53:43 PM »
This is Butterick 6058 View C,

made from some lightweight jersey bought in France during the summer, although I did see almost identical from Guthrie and Ghani recently. Very pleased with this, I had planned it as one entry for my SWAKOP entry, but I may be running out of time as I need some bottoms! 😮

Fun with Fabric / Tip for pretreating linen
« on: August 15, 2018, 19:49:14 PM »
We all know how much linen creases - so much so I’ve avoided buying any for a while! Might reconsider though after reading this blog post from Sandra Betzina - sounds hopeful! Avoiding linen wrinkles

In the wardrobe / Kay Unger dress Vogue 1353
« on: August 15, 2018, 17:16:51 PM »
I made this dress Vogue 1353 a couple of years ago but it wasn’t a good fit, so this time I decided to make a toile, not something I do as a rule except on the odd occasion. The fabric is a very unusual woven type with a cotton feel to it, it has yellow and blue threads running through the weave. I loved it on sight. I didn’t have quite enough though for the length I wanted (below the knee) so decided to add a border hem with a touch of machine embroidery to tone with the main fabric.

This may be an option for my SWAKOP plan, still being formulated.

[Tweaked the link to make it work.]

In the wardrobe / Top from scraps
« on: July 21, 2018, 13:32:27 PM »
I guess this may have qualified for the Scraps competition with a bit more forethought but too late now ! Never mind. The camouflage was left over from shirt dress and the navy from a top I made about 3 years ago 😏.  The trim I made from a strip of the navy(it looks a different colour but I must’ve switched the direction of the strip by mistake. 😫

In the wardrobe / Shirt dress Butterick 6333
« on: July 06, 2018, 22:16:08 PM »
I finished this dress a few weeks ago, this is the first chance I’ve had to photograph it. It was this pattern Butterick 6333
I used a poly crepe I bought in France earlier this year in a sort of teal/very dark navy camouflage design.   [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  
Here is the finished dress.  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  
Wore it today in Paris ( a very hot day! 😚😚). It wasn’t as cool to wear as I’d expected but I’ll know for future similar extremes!

Events / South-east Sewing meet-up
« on: June 12, 2018, 08:55:52 AM »
This event in Wokingham looks like good fun - I just wish I could get there but we don’t come back from France until the day after!   :(  Really annoying as it’s on my doorstep!

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A bit of a 'do' / Dress to wear to my nieces wedding
« on: June 08, 2018, 21:58:28 PM »
I have made Butterick 6094 to go to my niece’s wedding this month. It’s been a bit of an ordeal but I’m nearly there! Just the hem to do.

That’s not easy though. As it’s a very full skirt, how do I make sure the hem doesn’t end up being a wavy mess?

A young sewing student of mine wishes to make this pattern
The fabric recommendations for View D suggest for the contrast yoke “Galloon edged lace fabric “ which I confess is a new term on me! A search on google seems to think I have misspelled the word, giving me options on “gallon” ! Do I assume it means “scallop edged “ ? In which case, why not say that?  ><

In the wardrobe / Again a tartan/check coat
« on: November 03, 2017, 07:43:08 AM »
This is my new project. I have had this fabric for some years but chickened out of tackling it every time I got close to making it up! But now I’ve finally bit the bullet. The colours are black and brown with narrow lines of white and yellow.

In the wardrobe / Katherine Tiltin top
« on: October 22, 2017, 15:45:54 PM »
This is the second time I have made this top, Butterick 6218, and I love it! The fabric for this one though is very lightweight and creases quite a lot, considering it's a knit. Also I have a short-sleeved t-shirt on underneath as it's not that warm and you can see it!

In the wardrobe / Shirt in patterned georgette
« on: September 28, 2017, 20:13:40 PM »
I bought this fabric maybe 4 or 5 years ago, I was with my sister and asked her opinion of it to which she wrinkled her nose and said "I wouldn't wear it!" I bought it anyway ( why?  - I'm not sure!) But then it sat in my stash as I couldn't think what to do with it!  A couple of months ago I decided I was sick of looking at it, so went for a classic shirt pattern. This is the result- what do you think?

In the wardrobe / Marks and Spencer incorrect descriptions
« on: September 28, 2017, 19:43:00 PM »
I think M&S have a real problem lately describing clothing items on their website. There is no way on this earth this skirt can be described as " A line"!

Publications / Does anyone have The Tunic Bible and can you recommend it?
« on: September 04, 2017, 08:43:47 AM »
This book looks quite tempting I'd be interested to now if anyone has tried it out? It is by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr, I have looked at Sarah's blog for some years, she sews the sort of things ( generally not always) I like.

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