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Patterns Discussion / Re: pattern for trousers - flat front, pull--on
« on: June 05, 2020, 22:37:18 PM »
How about the Closet Case Pietra Pant?

Closet Case Pietra

Sewing Machines / Re: Big disappointment
« on: April 01, 2020, 22:36:22 PM »
Such a pity you didn't like the Juki DX7, I have one and have the industrial thread holder that clips onto the back.  I do have a Bernina 550 which I prefer to use for free mtion embroidery etc and do prefer it for art work.

I hope you manage to get a machine which you love.

@Surest1tch thank you, I have worn it nearly every day since making it.

In the wardrobe / Re: Purple cardigan
« on: March 26, 2020, 13:36:09 PM »
That's lovely, I have been wondering about trying SBCC patterns, do you find them well designed?

@dolcevita I need plain tops for summer,  I have some fine teal coloured jersey, maybe a short sleeved version.

@Ohsewsimple, I had to do an FBA on the Demi but not on this one.  I think it is because I used a very drapey viscose jersey for this one but used less stretchy and fluid fabrics for the Demi.

Thank you everyone for your kind comments.  I can really recommend Sinclair patterns - this is the fourth one I have tried and have found them all well drafted with great instructions.  I am definitely a convert.

Maybe the Corona virus will get lots of us to use our stash!! 

In the wardrobe / Sinclair Patterns Adele Top - petite/regular/tall
« on: March 25, 2020, 11:33:37 AM »
I am still recuperating from an operation and can only spend short amounts of time sewing; I had tried a trouser pattern but it needed too much tweeking.

Thinks to self, which pattern brand always fits straight out of the envelope (pdf printer), of course, for me that would be a Sinclair pattern in the petite size.  I am 5'1" tall and have made three other Sinclair patterns so I went for the Adele.

Sinclair Adele

I found my fabric in deep stash, it was a purchase from John Lewis many years ago which had been waiting for this moment.  The sleeve length was limited by the amount of fabric I had left after cutting the two bodice pieces out.  Having made the top I decided to make it shorter than designed so I could have had full lenght sleeves.

The trickiest bit was the second seam of the shoulder inserts which had to be accurately placed but after that it was a breeze.  The tutorial instruction is very thorough with lots of photographs with markings to show where to stitch.

I would thoroughly recommend this pattern and with thoughts of summer this could be lovely with the tie sleeve.

Sorry about the large picture, I don't know how to shrink it.  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Looking for Merino knit fabric
« on: March 17, 2020, 22:48:09 PM »
Thank you for the information about the Isabella, it is interesting how much the price per metre varies: Minerva £19.99; Fabric Godmother £16; Sewessential £13.80.  I am looking for a thin knit so I think I may get some.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Looking for Merino knit fabric
« on: March 17, 2020, 13:26:48 PM »
@Starryfish , I got all excited with the Ottobre site until I realised that the price shown is for 40cm!! Thus making it nearly  £51 a metre, and I'd need at least 1.5m.  Maybe I'll hold on until I am a bit richer.

@Efemera the New Zealand prices are much better even with shipping but I will have to check the duty costs.

Thank you for your suggestions.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Recommended online fabric shops
« on: March 17, 2020, 13:15:20 PM »
The customs limit is now £15.  I have had to pay £3 duty and £8 handling charge for the post office on a free pattern for a Craftsy course send from the USA.  I think my local area must be quite hot on things in that one time the exchange rate changed between me ordering and goods arriving and the amount was 20p over the limit so I had to pay the full £11.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Looking for Merino knit fabric
« on: March 17, 2020, 10:59:28 AM »
After 7 years, my favourite teal colour 100% merino knit jumper has worn away at the elbows and is not fixable. I have not been able to find a replacement so have decided to make one but cannot find any fine merino knit in the Northern Hemishpere.  I am sure someone has mentioned a supplier in the passt, but I can't remember.

If anyone can point me in the right direction I would be overjoyed.

A Good Yarn / Re: Another scarf...
« on: February 28, 2020, 20:13:19 PM »
I like it too.  How many balls did it take to make it up?

Just a vote of confidence for this machine.  I have had mine for years and I still love it as much as I did when I bought it.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Coat lining
« on: February 12, 2020, 19:48:06 PM »
I have used this lining from Croftmill for two coats and they are lovely quality.
Croft Mill Lining

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