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Fun with Fabric / Adding a stripe to scout cravats (!)
« on: August 16, 2017, 12:18:37 PM »
Next weekend it's a big scout jamboree for our Kanton. All the scouts will be wearing the jamboree cravat (see pic) and I've just been asked if I could 'just' add a yellow and red stripe to the outside edge of the blue cravat.
These cravats will only be worn for the jamboree so am I loathe to spend a lot of time/effort doing them, there will be 18 in all.
What will be the easiest way of doing these? Bias binding comes to mind or ribbon?
Any suggestions?

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House Beautiful / Roman blind woes
« on: August 08, 2017, 14:40:00 PM »
I offered to make a roman blind to go with bedding I made for my cousins baby.
I knew the line of elephants was on the skew when I made the bedding but now I'm getting round to the roman blind it's an even bigger problem.
Problem 1 - window is 139cm wide - fabric is 142 wide, can I get away with this having the seam on the edge and not lapped around the back?
Problem 2 - do you think I can get away with sewing it on the skew so the elephants march in a straight line across the bottom?
Photo shows the raw edge at the top, there's an 8cm drop across the print 😏

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In the wardrobe / Advice re neck gaphosis
« on: July 15, 2017, 19:36:43 PM »
I'm making Simplicity https://www.simplicitynewlook.com/3833/ I made a toile which was ok then cut into the 'good stuff'  😄

To get this to fit I've had to bodge the bodice, I've moved the darts further out and had to shorten them, I've taken in both sides under the arms by 1cm; this left me with bagginess in the armhole shoulder area so a slide of the shoulder seams got rid of this - But now I've got a neckline that gapes - how do I get rid of this? To get this to lie flat i would have to pinch out about 1cm. Would lowering the neckline get rid of this?

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Patterns Discussion / FBA - moving a French dart
« on: March 20, 2017, 19:25:35 PM »
I've done an FBA on a dress with a French dart - how do I move the dart so it points at the new bust point?
Do I just lower it as per the PP book or do I rotate it ? And if so how?




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Patterns Discussion / Paper for tracing patterns off
« on: March 14, 2017, 07:11:47 AM »
What does everyone use? I got out a pattern last night to reuse, and it's so flimsy it's not really reusable 😏

I'd really like some similiar to transparent good quality Christmas wrapping paper on a roll at least 80/90cm wide, or something available in big sheets. Once a pattern becomes a TNT I transfer it to Swedish tracing paper, but I use too much cheap paper to use STP all the time.
(Greaseproof paper is not an option over here as it comes in 40cm squares 😆)

Again this is a thread that's been covered before on the old forum but I'm interested in alternatives to the white thick tissue (think cheap Christmas paper) I'm using at the moment.

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In the wardrobe / Two outta three ain't bad
« on: March 12, 2017, 19:10:38 PM »
Here are this weeks makes (well they seem to have hung around for far too long)
1. Lekala skirt - free pattern. Deep sigh, Lekala 😏, the first time I printed the pattern with my measurements, just plain massive, second time printed off pattern I reduced my waist by 8cm 😂😂😂 added 10cm to my height 🤣🤣 and it came out wearable (but couldn't make prototype any longer), & I wasn't enamoured with fabric (lucky fabrics - dewsbury) but after the second rough remake it grew on me, - so I pulled it all apart and made it properly, I like it but I'd like it even more if it were about 4cm longer. Would I make it again? - yes

2. Lekala skirt 2 - not free pattern, deep sign again, I just don't like it, it doesn't fit properly around the waist, there's too much ease across the hips and bit short - again. It needs press stud and will probably end up in the charity shop. I do love this colour though, I made this skirt for winter as my aim this year to to eliminate grey from my wardrobe, right colour wrong pattern. Got the fabric in the winter sale at my local fabric shop for not a lot, I put this one down to experience.

3. Ottobre top winter 2016
This top just took too long to make, right pattern - wrong fabric. The pattern says merino stretch jersey with a 20% recovery. I went for a linen jersey (Fabworks) which I love and this was the only reason I persevered with this pattern. The seams on the pattern are sewn with on the reverse with no treatment to the raw edges, as they roll under, so I presume merino stretch doesn't fray - well linen jersey does! As I discovered after I'd cut the pattern out and sewn two parts together to try to achieve the optimal seam length to achieve a rolled seam. Was I cross - yes! So not to be beaten I sewed external French seams and matched the stripes ..., yes most seams were sewn twice, and where they cross over got better the more I redid them. I overlocked the hem and the sleeves them hemmed with a double needle (the hem rolled otherwise) and the neck band was done three times, each time I trimmed more off I think it stretched further, in the after the third time of sewing I threw it in the wash hoping it would shrink to perfection, well not quite. Very wearable but could have gone together so much easier....

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Patterns Discussion / Looking for a pattern - hoodie
« on: March 03, 2017, 12:32:30 PM »
I am looking for a pattern, I want to make a new sweatshirt for going to my exercise class in, because the current one has a hood and I don't like it.

I am looking for a pull on sweatshirt pattern without a hood but with a wrap around collar that sits like a scarf at the front with one side over lapping the other - IYSWIM! A one piece pocket at the front would be a bonus.

Any clues?

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