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For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Patterns for sale
« on: July 11, 2019, 13:12:10 PM »
Uncut, factory folded, all £3 except the Sandra Betzina at £4, plus postage.
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Your Favourite Suppliers / Kam Snaps
« on: July 10, 2019, 11:11:45 AM »
Has anyone used Kam Snaps? They've probably got other names too, they're the plastic press stud type thingies used a lot on babygrows and the like.

Can anyone recommend a good supplier/brand?

Patterns Discussion / Oooooo bitch!
« on: June 22, 2019, 10:27:53 AM »
Just received my weekly email from TATB where they're promoting their new pattern release with a photo of Tilly wearing the dress they've made from it. Well, I don't think I've ever seen such an ill-fitting dress as a promo ever  :S

It won't encourage me to purchase any of their patterns, has anybody used them with good results?

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Patterns for sale
« on: June 04, 2019, 11:46:44 AM »
All patterns uncut. £3 each plus postage.
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Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Sewing chair
« on: May 25, 2019, 18:45:43 PM »
OH is feeling flush - and generous  :o - on the back of his redundancy payout and has offered to treat me to a li'l something for my sewing sanctuary. Having had a good ol think I've decided I could do with a decent chair, at the mo I'm sitting on a wooden dining chair with no cushioning, it's a devil on the buttocks after a long shift.

So, of course, I need guidance.....What do you use?

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Book for sale
« on: May 20, 2019, 20:10:50 PM »
I'm selling GBSB book From Stitch To Style, plus the pattern pack, it's in tip top condition. I would like £15 + postage.
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For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Selling pattern book
« on: May 13, 2019, 11:57:52 AM »
I'm selling this pattern book Basic Black - Sato Watanabe, it has 26 patterns which are all intact.

I would like £5 plus postage.

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Fun with Fabric / Fabric search
« on: April 28, 2019, 19:15:13 PM »
The OH's sis-in-law has some ancient curtains in the front room that she loves but they're tatty and faded. She would like to replace them with something similar but has been unsuccessful in finding any.
Has anyone seen any curtains/fabric like them. They're a cream background with blue and brown butterfly flower combo pattern.
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Fun with Fabric / Scraps ideas
« on: April 27, 2019, 16:02:21 PM »
I make a LOT of bias binding, use it endlessly, and every time I slice off the li'l triangles on the edges of the joins I think to myself "there must be a way of using these rather than chuckin em in t'bin".

But how?? They're too small for patchworking, or at least too small for my patience. Any ideas?  :sew:

In the wardrobe / My summer jacket
« on: April 26, 2019, 18:57:03 PM »
I made a loose jacket for summer, not sure what the fabric is it was donated to me by a friend, I reckon it's a linen blend.

The pattern is Burda easy number 8108 which I've had for ages but didn't fancy tackling as I thought there'd be loads of jiggery pokery involved to get a good fit. Well whaddayaknow, it is perfect as it is.

I love the simple style - me all over  :P - and I can pronounce it my new favourite  :loveit:  The pic shows the contrast fabric I used for the facing and the inside of the pockets, I won't be wearing it pinned back  :o

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In the wardrobe / My snazzy new frock
« on: March 14, 2019, 14:56:25 PM »
A short while ago, my oldest most creative friend gave me an article from her newspaper showing outfits by a designer - can't remember - who had conjured up dresses using two different fabrics. We both liked. I really liked. So here's my version.

I have a pair of slouchy trousers made up in the grey polyester 'triangles' print, and plenty of the cotton lawn left over. More trousers?  ><

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In the wardrobe / Did I invent a seam?!
« on: March 11, 2019, 15:28:16 PM »
OK don't laugh, I think I invented a seam. I've consulted my book of Complete Dressmaking Skills and it's not in there...

What happened : I'm making a shift dress from drapey polyester and was about to 'overlock' the seams after sewing them when I realised - too late, as per - that I should have done French seam as it is likely to fray away to nothing the messy little swine, and overcasting will look reight rough. 

Not wanting to unpick a perfectly good seam I folded and pressed both sides of the seam allowance in on itself and stitched it together on the fold, capiche? (If I could post a pic I would but need instruction on that :S)

So, it's a hybrid flat fell seam and French seam - a French fell seam p'raps?   8)

In the wardrobe / Help please.....
« on: March 05, 2019, 17:01:17 PM »
Oh dear, I'm feeling v out of my depth with this one. Re: previous post on the Sarah shirt toile, I have made a second toile with larger sleeves, having jiggled about with blending them into the armhole of the shirt, but it looks so wrong I'm wondering whether to carry on.  Thing is I don't know what to do with regard to fitting and alterating.

As it is right now, I can get the sleeve on but the shirt shoulder hangs below my shoulder, but I need the room in the back so I can stretch my arms forward.

What's the usual procedure with this kind of thing? Should I make a larger size shirt altogether and make adjustments on all of it? I need different size shirt, sleeve, yoke and the bl**dy lot, aaarrrrgh!

In case you can't tell I'm stressed

In the wardrobe / Girls vs Boys
« on: March 02, 2019, 11:36:39 AM »
I'm constructing a shirt toile which has a pleat in the back piece just under the yoke. The pattern doesn't specify which side to insert the pleat (r/s or w/s) but I'll put it on the r/s anyway. It got me thinking that we always see men's shirts with the pleat the other way, anyone know why this is?  -<

Fun with Fabric / Good cheap calico
« on: January 20, 2019, 15:55:15 PM »
Forgive me if this subject has been raised previously but I'm a newbie. I need advice on where to get some cheap-ish calico to make patterns, pyjama bottoms mainly, which I know will be used time and time again, therefore being sturdier than a paper pattern.

There is one fabric shop in my hometown with very limited stock of fabric, it's wool and haberdashery mainly  :'( oh, and a Dunelm. About 20 mins away in the next town there is a lovely fabric shop - pricey - as well as a Boyes which I know stocked calico the last time I looked - early last year.

I mainly shop online due to the lack of availability where I live so I don't feel hard done by in the slightest, it's a big world out there. In the past I've bought v wide sheeting or used charity shop duvet covers and the like, but there's something about calico that I really like and hanker after using  :S

Any suggestions for the good, the bad and the ugly....?

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