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In the wardrobe / Re: Bootstrap and Lekala Patterns
« on: July 30, 2020, 09:51:20 AM »
They won't.  Ease is built in - the measurements are not used as the finished garment measurements.

That is not my experience.  I requested a dress pattern and gave my measurements and it was too small as there was no ease, it was literally the meaurements I gave (and I double-checked my measurements , both measured and input before sending in so no user error).  I subsequently ordered a shirt with ease included in my measurements and the fit was fine.  Although thinking about it, I may have had to take a bit of ease out of the shirt as I don't like things too loose and it was a looser fit style.  Maybe I was just unlucky with my dress.

In the wardrobe / Re: Bootstrap and Lekala Patterns
« on: July 29, 2020, 17:30:22 PM »
You will need to add in ease to your measurements as they will literally use the measurements you put down.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Good quality black cotton fabric??
« on: July 25, 2020, 11:13:48 AM »
Kona Solids ... ???

Just what I was going to say!

In the wardrobe / Re: Holey Moley Part 2
« on: July 24, 2020, 12:57:34 PM »
I think I'd go for a bit of sashiko mending.

Bridal / Re: My Wedding Dress
« on: July 20, 2020, 17:26:12 PM »
The bodice overlay will be attached at the waistband and that will come over the shoulders

Apologies, I thought is was going to be strapless.

Re the boning, just make sure that the end caps are on securely for the spiral boning and I would even consider covering them in tape (plumbers tape) so they don't rip through the fabrics.  I would also use flat steels where there is no need for any movement in the steel.

Bridal / Re: My Wedding Dress
« on: July 20, 2020, 13:25:49 PM »
@Bodgeitandscarper, the corselette will be sewn to the bodice along the top edge at the front, but they will remain separate at the back, as the corselette is a lot tighter than the bodice, and (along with the waist stay) essentially holds the whole dress up. This is a method often seen is vintage Dior dresses, like the one below.

@charlotte the only thing I would say/ask you to consider is that the dress you have shown has straps, which which will take some of the weight of the dress whilst yours is strapless, which will require more engineering to hold it up.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hello from West Wales!
« on: July 17, 2020, 12:20:49 PM »
Croeso @SewAnwen  Looking forward to seeing your makes!

Tech Know How / Re: HELP forum has gone odd
« on: July 16, 2020, 15:09:53 PM »
I've just had that happen to me as well; exact same thing.  If you go to home and then back into unread topics it has righted itself.  Not sure if it will happen again if I go out and come back in again!  It was proper freaky!

Dress Forms / Re: Which dressform?
« on: July 10, 2020, 10:13:33 AM »
@Puzzler   ooh, is that a weekend "sewing" job for us, duct-taping you to make a Puzzler dress form?  :devil:

They are fabulous and I am sure they will be treasured.  My DT teacher made me a wooden ornament made up of my initials for my 18th birthday.  I still have and treasure it to this day, some 30 odd years later.

@Iminei don't you find quilts on the back of chairs look messy and attract dust ?

I have blankets on the backs of my chairs/sofa and they don't attract any more dust that the furniture on which they live.  I try to keep them neatly folded.  I like them there; it looks cosy and snuggly.

The best and easiest pattern drafting book for beginners is this one..

Ok, I'm going to add to the there is no-right-or-wrong answer.  But I hate Winnie.  I learnt to pattern cut using Helen Stanley. I then moved to children's pattern cutting, which meant Winnie and it was by far a less easy book to follow.  Helen Stanley is laid out well, and clear to follow, much more user-friendly than Winnie.

The other one that gets high praise is Natalie Bray.

I have the Morplan patternmaster (which I bought online millions of years ago) and I love it.  It has straight edges, angles, the curves of a french curve, and more), it also has 0.5 cm increments up to 6cm I think it is using the straight edge, which is excellent for adding seam allowances quickly and easily.  Other than my metre rule, it is my most used measuring implement and is in fact used more than my rule.  Definitely worth the money.

You get an organza bag to keep your stuff in but I was not swayed by that!

@wrenkins , I was just going to say I now buy my yarn from Wool Warehouse as a) they are an excellent service and b) they too send their yarn out in lovely organza bags ............ :D

Bridal / Re: My Wedding Dress
« on: July 02, 2020, 12:16:07 PM »
That is very pretty @charlotte and gorgeous work as usual but you will need it to be made of firmer fabric than lawn.  It needs to support the boning and also the weight of the dress which lawn on its own just wont do.  Also the lawn will not be stable enough on its own and the seams may well tear under the strain.   Whenever I make boned bodices, I use tie canvas and lawn sewn together as one layer and this goes between the fashion fabric and lining (I don't tend to do separate corselette, but that is personal preference).

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