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In the wardrobe / Summer Dress Drafting Project
« on: March 18, 2019, 13:56:43 PM »
I thought it would be interesting to create a thread specifically for a dress I am planning to draft. I have to finish one more dress that's half done first and then this will be my next project.

It's for a casual farm wedding. I'm technically an evening guest only, but they are inviting people to turn up right after dinner so it'll be a bit longer than just the late evening and we should see some sunshine! Also we're camping, so I wanted something easy to wear that doesn't require dolling up too much. We'll be arriving while the dinner is still on and pitching up then hanging out until we head over to the marquee :)

I've settled on yellow. Particularly something mustardy. I've already got a nice straw bag and hat that I think will look nice (I don't usually wear hats as an evening guest but as someone who burns easily I'll need one in June anyway, so casual!)

This is the inspiration dress I found. I love it all and think it'll be really rewearable in the summer. I always get comments when I wear this colour and I really like it so hopefully I can pull it off!



Here are some fabric options. I'm ordering samples of the midrange ones. I am really in love with the pineapples but it's not the most suitable drapeyness.



I'm going to be self drafting based on my sloper. My first target is the skirt, as I can make up a nice version as a wearable toile to check I'm happy with it :)

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Fun with Fabric / Black windowpane check
« on: March 11, 2019, 22:17:27 PM »
Anyone seen any black windowpane check? Mid-weight, suiting, drapey sort of material (and preferably not a million pounds, I'm happy with polyester!)

I've seen this skirt and found a pattern to recreate it

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A bit of a 'do' / Summer wedding on a farm
« on: March 07, 2019, 11:52:17 AM »
Just found out I am due to be attending a wedding in early June. Bit of a surprise (I know that years before this sort of length of time would be fine but I'm used to having at least 6 months notice on weddings so I was a bit shocked). I had assumed I wasn't invited, which is fine, but that my boyfriend would be going on his own. Now I find out I am invited. The groom is a farmer's son and thus the wedding will take place on their land (with the actual legals taking place the week before in Wales). I spoke to the bride a while back about giving her my work discount to buy the bridesmaids wellies so from that I an ascertain a slightly relaxed dress code.

I'm at a loss for a pattern though... I've got another wedding in the autumn that I've decided on a pattern for but I just can't seem to think what I'd like to wear to this one.

So I thought I'd ask, just in case any of you have found any nice occassionwear on your outings that go beyond what's on the front page of the Big4. Any indies? Any fabrics you've seen that might work nicely? I just can't seem to conjure up any inspiration.

In general my preferences are:

Arm coverage to the elbow. I like off the shoulder but prefer to have the middle bit of my upper arm covered in some way
Full skirted. I don't suit pencil.
Waist seam or nipped in waist.
Can wear a normal bra with it (nothing backless, strapless is fine though).
I quite like ruffles and drama.

I'm open to chopping and changing, sticking skirts on different bodices and general editing so essentially if you have seen anything you think might be nice, let me know!

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House Beautiful / Curtain help/opinions
« on: March 02, 2019, 13:51:56 PM »
As I'm sure some of you will remember, a few years back I made a pair of floor length curtains for my living room. I admit, I never hemmed them  :ninja:

The curtains have always been a massive, massive issue. They are too heavy for the bay window pole. They are so heavy that the "passover" rings can't pass over the bracket so we are stuck only being able to pull the curtains out from the middle section. This means our three-windowed bay is pretty much always reduced to one as the we can only part them on the straight bit. They also block the radiator, which means on cold nights we have to pile the ends up on the windowsill to fully expose the radiator.

I'm getting sick of it and am now considering cutting them down a bit.  I'm thinking of making them short, so just covering the window. This means no more radiator issue and they'll also be much lighter. I'm not a fan of short curtains really BUT we have so much furniture in this room you can't see the ends anyway! The ends are hidden behind our TV bench and our bar so what's the point?

I'm also considering reducing the fullness. I think I did they 2.5 but I find they are really heavily pleated and I think this is also part of the issue. I'm considering reducing them down to 1.5 or 2. A distinctly unpleasant job as it means unpicking all the header tape so I can turn them inside out again - so that would be a last resort if the shortening doesn't help.

After that I'm considering just getting window film and frosting the bottom parts of the windows for privacy. We'll basically never need to close the curtains then. Only thing is the cat likes looking out the window. Am I insane?

Any thoughts appreciated. They're driving me mad. Pics for reference:


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Patterns Discussion / Style Arc Sleepwear Collection
« on: February 25, 2019, 15:30:28 PM »
I know there are a lot of SA fans here, I just got an email about their new sleepwear collection.

I've been looking for something just like all of them, especially the cami, so quite happy to see them land in my inbox! Unfortunately they're much more expensive than it would cost to get a bundle pattern from Big4 but I do really like SA's sizing and drafting.

All pieces are available separately. You can buy the top/bottom for the classic PJs for 23AUD, the cami for 15AUD and the robe for 17AUD. You get the sleep mask for free.

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Patterns Discussion / Help finding a Simplicity pattern?
« on: February 20, 2019, 14:52:52 PM »
I'm being driven round the bend trying to find the pattern number for a Simplicity pattern I saw in a shop.

It's a fairly new issue pattern I think. I'd not seen it before and the packaging was fresh. I swore it was Simplicity as the shop doesn't stock BMV... but maybe it's New Look?

It's a top in a drapey fabric. The sleeves are big gathered bell sleeves from the elbow (the rest of the top is boxy) and the interesting detail is that it has a lattice/corsetting laces up the sleeve edge all the way to the shoulder. The front and back sleeves are completely independent of each other save for the lacing.

The sample was sewn in a mustardy ochre.

Helpppp

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Technical Help / French seam or not...
« on: February 18, 2019, 12:28:04 PM »
... and also, how do you cut them correctly?

I'm about to make a second Reeta dress out of chiffon and was planning to overlock but now I'm considering french seams. The pattern comes with 1cm allowance so not enough but I'm retracing it anyway.

When you do french seams what distances do you sew them at generally? I usually do 1cm, trim, 0.5cm. But in chiffon that might cause problems because I'm concerned the needle plate will stab the fabric down too much if I'm only doing 0.5cm.

So now I'm considering 1.3cm seam allowance and using the quilting 7mm stitch plus the edging quilt foot, trim, then 7mm again so I can follow the edge of the foot, much easier to be accurate.

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I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Named Clothing 20% off PDFs
« on: February 18, 2019, 09:49:03 AM »
I just finished my first Named Clothing project and really liked the pattern so this is a good discount :)

https://www.namedclothing.com

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I have a few fabrics to sell. All prices do not include postage which will be charged at a reasonable rate based on weight (between £3-£5).

SOLD Butterfly Silk Charmeuse(?). Golden butterflies (very large scale) on a sage green palm background. 2.3m. It's not quite as liquid as other charmeuses I've felt... a little crispier. £10.



SOLD Winter Garden Jersey. A gorgeous, high quality, slightly slinky feel jersey but on a reasonable weight (a little thinner and drapier than a ponte?) Was sold to me as ex-designer though I couldn't tell you who. Background is full black with beautiful inky blue/green eucalyptus leaves and florals. 1.3m. £10.



SOLD Purple and mustard floral poly ponte. The pictures do not do the colours justice, it's much richer. The yellows are like a deep marigold/mustard. The background is a dark dark purpley french navy sort of colour. The weight is ponte but not as spongy more of a pleasant thick jersey. Would make a fantastic dress. 3m. £16.







Dark navy blue 'aztec' print single jersey. The white pattern is printed in lengthways stripe. Very nice quality, slight drape, 100% viscose. 4m £20.



Blue poly satin of very nice quality (not too plasticky). It has an abstract print of rich blues like watercolour. Comes in two pieces 1.5m each, £3 for each piece of £5 if you take both.


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A Good Yarn / A quick knit...
« on: February 14, 2019, 14:34:57 PM »
I'm trying to decide on something that I can knit quickly from stash.

We just found out that my boyfriend's Grandmother has breast cancer. She is having a double masectomy this week and a follow-up of chemo after. I don't really know many more details than that, and she is an otherwise healthy woman so everything crossed for her (I feel so terrible for my boyfriend, she is his only surviving grandparent and he lost his Grandad to cancer just before I met him so I think it's hit him quite hard).

We're going to send a card but I didn't want to send flowers too as I know her place is small and I'm sure she'll get some. Plus they die too quickly  :( So I'm going to start knitting something that I can hopefully finish in the next week or two and send to her.

I'm trying to decide between an Erika Knight fur muffler (in the blue as shown here) or a cowl of some sort in Adrafil Cristallo which has a nice sparkle in it

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Sewalongs and Competitions / Stashbust in 2019
« on: February 11, 2019, 14:35:04 PM »
Based on the success of the stashbusting competition for January, some suggested they'd like to carry on. So I introduce our non-official 2019 stashbust!

There are no rules or regulations. This is about you deciding how you want to stashbust, defining your own goals and cheering others on along the way.

This thread will run all year, and conclude at the end of 2019. Whether you choose to diligently stashbust along and record your numbers or just join in the thread is up to you.

I'd recommend if you want to take this seriously, defining your goal statement in a post here, and keeping track of your numbers either in a spreadsheet or in your signature. If you want to copy my signature, here is the code, just copy & paste it into the "signature" field on "Profile > Forum profile"

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<b>Stash Busting 2019</b>
Goal: 100 metres
So far: 0m metres

If you're keen to get a handle on your stash this year I also have a dummy version of my stash spreadsheet. Just copy all the cells into your own sheet on Google Docs or Excel: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11ndFVln4BHzRqwnN61rP4EQZh31EHT0rYIN_MHOELWM/


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In the wardrobe / Baffled by shirt/yoke instructions
« on: February 09, 2019, 23:02:52 PM »
I'm making a shirt dress which has a yoke. The kind that is two layered yoke with the lower back sandwiched in between. It then has a simple collar.

I am absolutely baffled by the instructions. I've read, re-read, unpicked, resewn and done literally everything I can to understand what's going on and I have no idea how this is meant to be constructed (especially frustrating at points because it doesn't explicitly say whether to pin/stitch the inner and outer yoke as one or leave one loose. I've had to try my best to infer from the awful diagrams).

The point that I'm stuck on...

1. I've sewn both yokes onto the back so that the seam for yoke/back is sandwiched within.
2. I've attached front facings at the shoulder seam of the inner yoke piece. They're just big long "strings" at the moment as they're unattached to the front
3. It then says to attach the collar onto the neckline. It doesn't say whether this should be a neckline of both the outer and inner yoke but judging by the diagram I think it is, so that's what I've done (it's machine-tacked on, not sewn).

Point #3 makes no sense to me, because now I have a raw edge around my neckline... but the next instruction is completely wacky.

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Grab the necklines of the shell and the facing through one of the shoulder seams / armhole, and pull the neckline wrong side out so that the right sides of the yokes face each other and the collar is sandwiched in between.

What is "shell"? That's new... not been used at all in the pattern so far (I hate it when they do that). I'm guessing it's the outer part of the dress? The front? OK so grab the "shell" and the facing through one of the shoulder seams / armhole. I'm sorry what? What shoulder seam. I've sewn the outer back and front together but how can you grab something through a seam that is sewn? I'm guessing it means through the back of the yoke (like a tube where the two yoke pieces are together?) because that's the only thing you could drag and pull something through. There is nothing else. So I pull the "necklines" of the  outer and facing and pull them through one side of the yoke to the other. Great I now have a gigantic knot. Onto the next:

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Pin carefully, and sew along the neckline. Cut notches at curves, turn the right side out, and press carefully.

Pin what carefully... in what way... please can this pattern instruction just have a bit more detail than "pin carefully".

The neckline I presume, because it's saying to sew it. OK so how on earth do I pin this "neckline" that is just a gigantic knot. There are no raw edges for me to place together, no notches to match. There is just half a dress pulled through a back tube.

Any ideas? I'm lost. Is there a way around this? It seems like a totally weird way of doing things.

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I've put these up before but they haven't sold, but maybe I can tempt you by offering them at the very low price of £1 each. £1.10 for postage.

NL 6209 / Smaller size / Factory folded
https://www.sewdirect.com/newlook-6209/

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Butterick 6016 / Smaller size / Rough cut around skirt pieces but all intact
https://www.sewdirect.com/butterick-b6016/

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McCalls 7258 / 18W-24W / Factory folded
https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m7258

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I have decided to make a threadcatcher. I tend to keep loose bits in a horrid pile on my sewing table and it's so frustrating when the entire bundle manages to get picked up by whatever I'm working on and I fling bits all over the carpet.

I remember I used to make washbags years ago and would line them with something that was like a lightweight canvas weave waterproof fabric. My bin is currently fabric-lined and all the threads stick to it like mad so I want something that won't let the threads cling. Needs to be sizeable enough for a decent threadcatcher if you can imagine what that might look like.

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Fun with Fabric / "Tinting" a fabric with dye?
« on: February 04, 2019, 10:44:20 AM »
I had a decent length of dark teal corduroy. Not my colour and I really wanted some black cord so I thought why not dye it.

It came out pretty well, it's "black" but has a slight green tint. It wouldn't be so bad except I wear a lot of black and I'm worried it will clash, I won't be able to wear it with a black t-shirt for example as the colour looks muddy.

When it comes to colouring and tinting my hair I know that warm tones counteract cool ones, so I thought about the concept of overdyeing it with something more warm, like a dark brown. I was thinking perhaps only using a half amount so the dye does not heavily saturate but just "tints" the cloth.

Do you think this would work?

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