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I'm exhausted having woken up at 4:30am for no reason and not being able to fall asleep again. Why?! I should have just got up and come into work early and I could've gone home at 3:30 but instead I stayed there trying to convince myself iI'd fall asleep again and get up at 6:45 like normal but then 6:45 rolled around before I knew it. I then fell asleep on the tube. What gives?!

Not free, but I hear very highly of Ottobre magazine which is mainly kids focused.

Patterns Discussion / Re: How do I get a US pattern?
« on: Yesterday at 16:18:37 »
Could you draft it yourself?

If you can find a pattern that has a similar top structure (dolman sleeves) then you would need to cut that chunk for the sides out at the waist and double the width of it to make it gathered. Shouldn't be too hard.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Help finding a Simplicity pattern?
« on: Yesterday at 15:33:15 »
Is this it?

Yesssss. Thank you. Looks like Sew Direct only shows a random image on the long list and not the pattern envelope  ><

Patterns Discussion / Help finding a Simplicity pattern?
« on: Yesterday at 14:52:52 »
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.


I'll be watching from the distance... after my posting debacle last year I'm feeling a bit dubious (plus my cushion was awful in comparison to everyone elses!)

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Stashbust in 2019
« on: Yesterday at 10:41:48 »
I've just ordered a sample for some lining to match some raincoat fabric. Frustratingly this means the raincoat, though a stashbust, will actually only break even in terms of numbers. How annoying!

Technical Help / Re: French seam or not...
« on: Yesterday at 08:44:13 »
Or with fraying fabric you get millions of tiny hairs growing out of the seam.

In the wardrobe / Re: Cotton bodysuits
« on: February 19, 2019, 22:49:08 PM »
Just finished my dress variant and really pleased with it.

It's a bit tight on my hips then loosens out at the bottom which is annoying - I wish I'd gone with my intuition and added some simple pleats to increase the fullness but oh well - it'll work great for under dresses.

The best thing about it is the bust fit. I went up to the 3X cup size but kept it on the same 2X body width because I didn't want to increase the measurement around the back or underarms too much, just more cup room. The result is fab. So fab I'm now wondering if I could use the scraps of the cotton to make a longline soft bra. It fits really well (though not like an underwired bra) and is comfy and supportive. This does mean that with the slip on I won't need to wear a bra, hallelujah! I really hate them.

I used much wider FOE that was plush/velvet and it was a dream to sew with. I'm wondering if FOE is one of those things where it pays to get quality. Also the extra width made it easier to pull over the edges of the seams, and also gave me chunkier straps more suited to my size which has massively increased the support it gives me. I used a lightning stitch instead of a zig zag and it looks much neater.

I will get some pics at some point, but it's so hard in black!

Fran if the blue poly satin is still available could I have it please?

I'm sorry it's sold elsewhere!

Only thing I have left is 2m of the aztec jersey

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Stashbust in 2019
« on: February 19, 2019, 15:14:00 PM »
It's completely up to you how you count it, so whatever you would prefer!

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Stashbust in 2019
« on: February 19, 2019, 15:04:08 PM »
@Francesca , are you counting as stash everything that comes into your sewing room. Even if you buy it on Friday and sew it up by Monday? By that measure I have more than I thought. I count it as stash if it stays unused for more than a few weeks, or I don't buy with a definite project in mind!

Yes, I count everything in and out. I used to do it your way but the problem was that life would get in the way and it'd end up entering the stash anyway. Also if I let myself not count it if it was being sewn up soon then it'd become too easy to buy fabrics for a specific new project idea rather than forcing myself to "shop the stash" first.

Only thing I don't count is fabrics paid for by someone else in order to sew them something (unless it's been my own decision to give as a gift). E.g if Mum wanted me to make her something I wouldn't count the fabric she gave me even if i might not get round to it for a while.

Today... / Re: Tuesday 19th February
« on: February 19, 2019, 14:34:39 PM »
Back from the dreaded 3-yearly appointment at the docs. Uncomfortable but not that bad really. Might go treat myself to a chocolate bar on my postie run.

Technical Help / Re: French seam or not...
« on: February 19, 2019, 14:32:53 PM »
Yeah that's the foot I use for most things, but it does seem to have quite a large aperture

Technical Help / Re: French seam or not...
« on: February 19, 2019, 13:55:56 PM »
I've actually started not reversing at seam edges if I know I'm going to sew over them again very quickly. I find that helps with the chewing. I have to be a bit more careful how I handle things but if I know I'm not going to pull at the seam I find it easier to just not reverse and get a clean start and finish.

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