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Sewing Professionally / Re: How I Made a Waistcoat Larger
« on: August 12, 2020, 14:32:16 PM »
Don't feel embarrassed, you're worth every penny!  They got a bargain with those waistcoats.

Think of it in terms of hourly rates - tradesmen round here charge £20-25 per hour - and you have materials and electricity to factor in.

Sewing Professionally / Re: How I Made a Waistcoat Larger
« on: August 11, 2020, 14:12:49 PM »
Blimey, Sandra, you have superb sewing skills. Alterations like that require particular expertise. I hope you are properly appreciated!

In the wardrobe / Re: My first dress
« on: August 09, 2020, 19:36:51 PM »
Nice dress, nice fabric! Wear it with pride.

The Haberdashery / Re: Scissor recommendations please
« on: August 04, 2020, 10:52:41 AM »
That's interesting, @BrendaP, it must have been a good vintage! I bought a pair of the Galadim scissors after your previous recommendation, but I have to admit that they're still in the box. I'll bring them out to tackle the winter fabrics.

The Haberdashery / Re: Scissor recommendations please
« on: August 03, 2020, 23:25:02 PM »
Kai scissors are very good too. I have a smaller pair which are very useful for notches, clipping seams and other small jobs. My cutting-out scissors are Fiskars (Wilkinson Sword) and I've had them since about 1980  :|
When it's time to replace them I'll definitely consider the Kai range.

Adding Zing & Bling / Re: How not to make a machine cover
« on: July 27, 2020, 17:31:55 PM »
Thank you for sharing your nightmare, henceforth I shall never allow myself to be tempted to sew pleather.

On the plus side, you now have a functional machine cover.....

Courses & Classes / Stitch Sisters
« on: July 27, 2020, 17:27:40 PM »
I came across the Stitch Sisters website after watching a vlog in which their coverstitch class was mentioned. As I've never felt completely confident with using my coverstitch machine, I looked it up. It's good. There's a lot of information there. The whole class is broken down into bitesize videos of around 5 minutes each, which makes it easy to find what you need. I like the style of presentation.

The classes are half-price at the moment and some e.g. Learn to Sew, are free, along with some free patterns. It's worth a look.

Sewing Machines / Re: Got my Necchi Lydia3 to work!
« on: July 25, 2020, 19:55:37 PM »
I'd want it just for the name. It sounds so Italian and romantic  :loveit:

Vintage Machines / Re: Singer 411G
« on: July 25, 2020, 14:12:50 PM »
I'm pleased to hear it.

Vintage Machines / Re: Singer 411G
« on: July 24, 2020, 22:56:21 PM »
Lucky you! I have a 401g, I think they're very similar. I have a technical manual which I'll look out tomorrow, it might be some help.

Have you tried searching the site? There are some knowledgeable vintage folk on here who might be able to help. @LeilaMay

I shall live in hope  :D

@Deafoldbat I'm kicking myself stupid for having missed your generous offer of quilts. They are beautiful. Do you have any unclaimed waifs and strays that would appreciate a loving home?

Fun with Fabric / Re: What shall I do with this
« on: July 23, 2020, 19:10:16 PM »
Well now, what sort of thing do you like? It's very nice fabric and John Kaldor, so a good 'name' too.

I made up the Patricia Rose dress from Style Arc last autumn in a printed polyester fabric described as 'marocain'. Nope, I didn't have a clue what that meant, but it turned out to be a drapey, opaque fabric with a slight crepey feel to it. It worked well with the pattern and the loose style of the dress, though if you prefer fitted styles, this one probably won't be for you.

If I make the pattern again, and I probably will as it's an easy, comfortable style to wear, I intend to include the horizontal tuck across the back as well, as it is a bit featureless otherwise and it will pull the style together. It's not so noticeable with the printed fabric though.

SA have a 25% discount running at the moment....


Thanks @Helen M. I've succumbed and bought the Josephine coat pattern and taken the Alma top freebie while I was there.

I have some nice boiled wool in mind for the coat, I just hope I've got enough of it. The coat might end up more of a jacket  :S

Well done Imi! It's a great way to put your talent to use.
Wishing you every success.

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