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In the wardrobe / Heeelllllllppppp!!!!! Advice needed.
« on: Yesterday at 19:36:53 »
I am going to a Do.  You may have picked up on the fact that I don't generally do dressy.

On the plus side, I have my birds top - this one:

However, it is blue, and my only posh skirt is black.  I clearly need to either buy some dressy blue trousers, or buy/make a skirt.

The biggest problem is the matching up of navy blues.  The top is not as dark as it appears in the picture, and I can't imagine how I could possibly get a match buying online - and that's the only option.  I have no time to get samples, because The Do is a fortnight tomorrow.

So.  Has anyone got any ideas about how to match them?  I can't imagine a patterned fabric that would go with the top, but if anyone has any thoughts I'd love you forever.

Maybe I should leave the birds top and make a top to go with my black skirt.  I could probably do that from stash.  I do love my black skirt (black smooth crepey stuff, flowy with sparkly bits), but I really want to wear my prize-winning birds top.   -<

Either way, I'm going to need shoes.  Online again.  EEE fit, with small heels that I won't fall off (not kitten heels, much as I would love them.  I would break an ankle.)

Oh dear.

Patterns Discussion / PDF Big 4 Patterns
« on: March 13, 2019, 10:33:20 AM »
I know that some of the patterns from the Big 4 companies are available as downloads.  I have occasionally come across them.  However, I can't find them now!  Where should I be looking?

Patterns Discussion / How do I get a US pattern?
« on: February 20, 2019, 16:06:07 PM »
I have fallen for Simplicity 8856, despite the fact that I hate tissue patterns.

Unfortunately, as far as I can tell it is only available in the US.  There are two listings on Ebay, but one would end up costing over £20 and the other seems unsure as to what exactly they're selling, and would take a month to arrive.

Is there another way?

Patterns Discussion / Lekala Dressing Gown #5237
« on: February 06, 2019, 19:13:10 PM »
This seems to be a really nice, simple dressing gown, but the instructions are diabolical, even by Lekala standards.

It refers to 'the trim', but it was only after reading the instructions 5 times and poring in puzzlement over the pattern pieces that I realised that 'the trim' is actually a full lining.

Oh, and I know I'm not skinny, but the belt is 9' 8" long...   :o  I wondered whether for some reason they were folding it lengthwise, but definitely not - it is made up from one piece of the outer fabric and one piece of the trim, and no folding is needed.

I also have a feeling it is going to come up extremely large in other ways too, so I won't cut any fabric without comparing it to my current dressing gown.

*Sigh*.  This was going to be a simple, quick make...

Your Favourite Suppliers / Calico Laine :)
« on: January 31, 2019, 10:40:10 AM »
I ordered a sample of brushed cotton from an online supplier last week.  I loved it, but when I tried to order some I found it was out of stock.  I had a vague look for it elsewhere, but had no luck.  I emailed to ask if/when it would be back in stock, but didn't get an answer.

On Tuesday I had an email from Calico Laine with a coupon code for 15% off.   I went to see if they had anything to tempt me, and guess what!!  There it was, and cheaper than at the other place, even before applying the code.

I paid for 1st class (but not next day) delivery, and it arrived yesterday - 24 hours after ordering.

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Welcome to The Dark Side / Fabric Dies
« on: January 23, 2019, 14:10:56 PM »
I had the Sizzix Big Shot Plus for Christmas, and it in inspiring me to get back into English Paper Piecing (which I can do sitting in front of the TV in the evenings).

However, I am finding that there are not enough dies to satisfy me!!  Ideally I would like to be able to get dies that are the same but roughly 1/2 inch different in size so that I can cut out both the fabric and the papers using the machine, but I've only been able to do this with hexagons.  (Diamonds... I want diamonds!!)

So, other Sizzix users ( @Lowena ) are there other dies that will work with the Big Shot Plus, and if there are, where can I find them?

Your Favourite Suppliers / Fantastic Ribbons
« on: January 23, 2019, 13:58:15 PM »
They are... well... fantastic!

They sent me an email a few days ago offering 76 cards of fabric covered buttons for £20 - usual price £227.

Oh - and I placed the order on the afternoon of Jan 21st and received it today - Jan 23rd.  Postage was free because it was over £20, but I opted to pay an extra 90p to have them sent 1st class.

They are absolutely beautiful.  They look good on the website, but they are even nicer in reality.  I am going through my clothes in my head thinking about which ones would look good with new buttons.  It's just a shame I hate sewing buttons on, but I think I can cope!

This is not an unusual offer from Fantastic Ribbons, and everything I have ever had from them has been beautiful.

PS, the code was fab19, just in case they have any left.

Dolls and Toys / Dolls' clothes - knitted and sewn
« on: January 11, 2019, 12:28:15 PM »
This is Dolly:

She has a 22cm/9in chest, and long thin arms and legs.  She is about 14in tall.  I have just discovered how difficult it is to find dolls' clothes patterns that give anything other than the height.  I just don't know whether a pattern labelled as for a 14 inch doll will be the right width - and I am quite particular about fit!  I have been looking at knitting patterns, but I am interested in sewing as well.

Does anyone have any sources that give enough information, or any nuggets of advice?

Your Favourite Suppliers / Jaycotts
« on: December 15, 2018, 12:41:56 PM »
Well, lots of us know that Jaycotts are wonderful, but I still needed to say it again.

I'm embroidering napkins for Christmas Day, and was running out of a crucial (and fairly uncommon) colour of thread.  I placed an order with Jaycotts at 1.42pm yesterday, and it arrived today - before I actually ran out!

And I didn't ask them to speed the order or tell them it was urgent, or anything like that.  It was just a normal order, with normal postage (free, as I ordered over £25-worth of stuff, but it would only have been £1.50 if I had ordered less).

And, of course, their stock range is fantastic.   0_0

Must get back to embroidering those stars...  :)

Your Favourite Suppliers / Hot Pink Haberdashery
« on: November 22, 2018, 13:24:48 PM »
Has anyone used Hot Pink Haberdashery?

I placed an order with them on November 10th, and received a shopify email on the 12th saying that the order was on its way.  Logging on to my account with them shows the order as still being prepared.  I emailed them 2 days ago to ask what was happening and I haven't had a response.   -<

Adding Zing & Bling / Changing thread colours... or not.
« on: November 19, 2018, 12:03:43 PM »
I know that there is a setting on my Husqvarna Viking Topaz 25 that stops the machine from stopping for colour changes in an embroidery design - ie it lets you do the whole design in one thread without changing or stopping.

I know that there is a setting, because I enabled it by mistake a few weeks ago.

Now I want it I can't find it...  :\ ... I've searched the menu and the manual as well, with no luck.

Can anybody help me???

Fun with Fabric / MOVED: Toy pattern
« on: November 18, 2018, 16:06:21 PM »

Tech Know How / Downtime Today (5th November)
« on: November 05, 2018, 16:47:10 PM »
Just letting you know that the downtime we have suffered from this afternoon is down to our webhosts.  It was not under our control, and we had no warning of it.  The information is here - such as it is.

We have no idea whether there is more to come.


Patterns Discussion / Style Arc Mavis
« on: October 24, 2018, 16:24:05 PM »
Has anybody made the Style Arc Mavis top?

The line drawings show a fairly loose neck, but the reviews on Pattern Review make it look quite narrow.  The only photo on the Style Arc listing doesn't show the neck very well, and it has clearly been made with ribbed jersey anyway, so doesn't really give an indication of how it would be in ordinary knit jersey.

It doesn't matter terribly, because I will happily just give it an ordinary neckband, but I would like to know whether it's worth bothering with the polo in the first place.  I can't bear close fitting polos.

The other thing I wondered about was whether it would work with inserts made of woven fabric rather than jersey.

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