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Today... / Sunday 8th September
« on: September 08, 2019, 08:15:45 AM »
Morning all,

Bright fresh morning here on the Atlantic Way.

It’s the West Cork Food Festival this week with lots of food related events taking place culminating in the big Foodie Street Festival next Sunday. Each of the main towns taking part host their own street festival but Skibbereen is probably the biggest one. Never miss it!  :drink: :toast:

Hope the weather’s good where you are and that you enjoy a peaceful day.

Today... / Tuesday 3rd September
« on: September 03, 2019, 08:08:59 AM »
Wet, wet, wet!
It’s a miserable misty wet start here and is going to stay that way so after meeting my ladies this morning and selling my excess eggs, I’ll focus on sorting and tidying a bit more.

Yesterday, I finally received my Style Arc patterns that I bought from Oz weeks ago when they were on special offer. Very exciting and I can’t wait to get started on some new projects.

Hope everyone has a great day wherever you are.

Patterns Discussion / Vintage Patterns
« on: August 23, 2019, 17:40:28 PM »
I saw this on a Facebook post and it made me giggle.  ;)

Would they get away with saying this nowadays?  :devil:

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Publications / Charity shop find
« on: August 20, 2019, 19:53:13 PM »
I bought a sewing book today for €3 in the charity shop. I picked it up to look at the vintage illustrations.

I can’t seem to post a photo of it but it’s the same edition as this one and in good condition.


Just bought these stacking colourful storage boxes on Prime. Thought they’d be good for storing fat quarters and offcuts  in according to the fabric colour. At the moment, I tend to store them in a couple of shoe sized boxes but I have to rummage through them to find the colour I want.

I’m now wondering if I’ve been a tad ambitious.  :|

I ordered the Style Arc Estelle coatigan pattern (it says EASY!) and a pretty blue flower print design in Ponte Roma as that was recommended by the pattern.

However, it’s arrived and is slightly stretchy and I’ve never sewn a stretch knit fabric before.  :S

Please give me your top tips for sewing this type of fabric and...if I made a toile in muslin fabric, would that work because muslin isn’t stretchy...??? Does it need pre-washing?

Also, what’s the sizing like in Style Arc patterns? As it’s a coat style, it is more important to go by the bust size rather than waist and hips because I’m more of an apple shape?

I’m happy to have a go but don’t want to waste decent fabric.

Publications / Sewing magazine sold in the U.K.?
« on: June 04, 2019, 14:50:17 PM »
Recommendations please?

My lovely sister is visiting me from the U.K. next month and I’ve asked if she’d bring a few sewing magazines with her.
What titles are generally sold in the U.K. that’s you’d recommend?

I’m interested in sewing both clothes and accessories but not ventured into patchwork and quilting yet. I picked up a copy of love Sewing this month whilst visiting Cork city but haven’t seen anything else.

Someone posted about the Burda magazine previously but I’m not sure if it’s more of a book or what?

Fun with Fabric / Interfacing question
« on: May 01, 2019, 17:09:24 PM »
My sewing tutor had recommended using a flexible soft and stretchy cotton interfacing called Stayflex and she gave me some of hers for a project I was doing.

Unfortunately, I’ve no idea where she bought hers from so I’m trying to find it online and Amazon has this:

Do you think it’s the same sort of thing?
The sewing class has finished for the year so I won’t see her again until September.  :(

The Haberdashery / Cone of thread for normal sewing machine?
« on: April 19, 2019, 19:35:35 PM »
Can you use the large cones of polyester thread on an ordinary sewing machine?
If so, how does it work?
I don’t know the correct terms to google.  :S

I have a basic Singer overlocker that’s great and I bought a few cones of thread for it and recently purchased a 250m reel of Gütermann thread and wondered about the difference in price v difference in quality and how to choose the right type of thread for your project?

I’d probably stick with the branded polyester or cotton thread for dressmaking but I’m mostly playing at sewing and making bags, bunting and cushion covers etc. at the moment so don’t want to waste money on expensive thread if I don’t need to.

Access All Accessories / Sewing machine (overlocker) carrying bag
« on: March 14, 2019, 09:55:14 AM »
Does anyone have a link to a pattern suitable for making a bag to take my overlocker to my sewing class?

I have a lovely strong bag for my main sewing machine from RooBeauty that has a vinyl outside printed with vintage sewing related images. However, I’ve looked online and the ones big enough (square) for an overlocker are very expensive. (£50?)

I was wondering about adapting a bag pattern and making the bag using slightly thicker cotton (curtain type?) fabric.
Perhaps incorporating 2 long zips that meet on top, in the middle.
What would I use to make the bottom a bit more solid?

If anyone has tackled a similar project, I’d really appreciate your advice. Thanks.


You can purchase 6 issues of Prima magazine with free sewing pattern - you must tick the box that appears on the last page (?) when ordering. 6 issues for £6 BUT ONLY IF YOU SIGN UP TO DIRECT DEBIT.

If you pay by credit/debit card, the offer isn’t available.

After 6 months you will be billed £15.75 for the final 6 issues unless you cancel your subscription 28 days before your final direct debit goes out of your bank account.

Just saw this in a Facebook forum and know nothing more than the info posted below:

Callout to save buttons from landfill...

A Brown & Co Buttons (a 104-year-old button factory in Croydon) needs to dispose of 30 TONNES of buttons as the factory is shutting down.

For anyone interested in large quantities. 

Email Sarah:
They are currently selling for £2/kilo. Colours can be requested.

In the wardrobe / Prima magazine pattern sizing
« on: March 05, 2019, 08:41:33 AM »
I have a question about magazine paper patterns please.

I was sorting through some old boxes of stuff and discovered 5 Prima paper patterns that are about 10 years old. I remember getting a magazine subscription one year as a Xmas present from my sister and I obviously saved a few patterns thinking I might get around to sewing them when I have some spare time.

Are they easy enough patterns to follow and what’s the sizing like on them?

In case anyone is interested in buying an inexpensive overlocker, Amazon has this Brother one as their deal of the day for £129.99

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