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I'm so on this... I have so much stuff that's been hanging around!

Unfortunately I need to finish my coat first and it wasn't bought until October so I'll see how many I get done!

I've been away for the last few weeks, that plus the room switch-around means I haven't even looked at the sewing room since early November. But now it's all there and ready to go.

My task of Christmas is to sew up my sloper again in canvas so I can use it to stuff my dressform with :)

Realised I forgot to photograph the fourth pattern. It's blue with deckchairs (you can see it in one of the pics).

Four prints - were originally fat quarters.

Two of them I have cut the tiniest square out of the bottom corner like this:

The other two are probably more like half a fat quarter and a bit.


Fun with Fabric / Re: Peacock print
« on: November 08, 2018, 18:30:15 PM »

Today... / Re: Thursday 8th November 2018
« on: November 08, 2018, 16:11:49 PM »
I was prepared to be disappointed and I was not wrong, but still its an enjoyable watch if you try and forget everything you've ever read! The trouble with SK books are they are just so involved, by the end of the book you either are the character or closely involved with him (nearly always a him) and that is almost impossible to film, not least because of the time aspect but because so much of the story is internal dialogue.

It's so hard to get SK's "rising dread" mixed with "is this actually happening" in movie form, I've found. I was very very impressed by Netflix's recent "Haunting of Hill House" which is basically an homage to SK horror (in my opinion) as it achieves exactly that.

I've not read 11-22-63 though it's on the shelf so I really need to! I've read The Shining, Pet Sematary and Carrie and loved them all. Got Cujo on the shelf too and End of Watch.

And yep, nearly always a "him"! In fact I find they are nearly always what you can imagine SK wishes he could be haha. Handsome, intelligent, some sort of enigmatic writer or doctor or the like.

Thanks very much @SkoutSews and @sewmuchmore both stretch laces arrived today adn they are perfect! I think I will have enough to make bra and matching pants from the lilac and a bra and also a slip from the navy which is exciting (I've got a pattern for a cupped body that also comes with a slip option).

Thanks again. Off to print out the pattern.

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / [FREE] High loft wadding
« on: November 08, 2018, 13:50:04 PM »
I have some high loft wadding that's taking up space. Unlikely to use as I rarely quilt and when I do prefer the flatter stuff. This is the polyester stuff (I think? Not cotton-y). There's probably not enough to make a whole quilt but large enough for a few cushion tops.

Today... / Re: Thursday 8th November 2018
« on: November 08, 2018, 12:27:12 PM »
Working from home today to avoid more rail strikes (TFL this time). Lucky because it turns out my new bicycle is set to be delivered!! I only ordered it yesterday and realised I'd made a mistake because it said up to 5 working days and I'm due to be on holiday all next week (boyfriend's Dad is house sitting so it'd have been left outside and he'd bring it in but still...)

So now I'm sitting here wondering if I should go out into town or not to get some lunch bits and pick up a parcel from the depot (flexi work so I can take an hour when I need it at some point), or await the bike. I think I might wait until 2pm and if it's not here I'll go in. But I know as soon as it arrives I'm going to be itching to play so I'll end up back in town later anyway!

Got a couple of work bits to finish up then I am going to carry on with sewing my new Toaster Jumper. In love with it so far (just got to the "trying on" stage of construction) and itching for payday so I can buy more of the Higgs and Higgs cable jersey as it's so gorgeous and I want another jumper in navy blue I think.

Edit: so as it turns out my new bike will not be being delivered today as the delivery today is going to be the accessories I ordered (a new lock). Dammit. I was so excited.

There's a chance that Parcelforce will refuse to leave it here which means on my return from holiday I may have to trek to the Parcelforce depot.

In the wardrobe / Re: Winter coat
« on: November 07, 2018, 15:15:12 PM »
That is really bizarre.

I'd probably just construct the lining as you have it and put it in, but leave the lining and wool outer as separate at the bottom of the coat and hem the lining a little shorter (this is a perfectly acceptable way to line a coat and is popular in a lot of older vintage coats I've found so it may fit your aesthetic! It doesn't look like enough of a distortion to cause real problems.

Dolls and Toys / Re: Toy pattern
« on: November 07, 2018, 15:12:55 PM »
No it hasn't.

I notice there are two ii's at the beginning of the URL. Please note in the tutorial you need to put i. not just i so it reads i.imgur. Yours reads iimgur.

You've also got an extra /a/ in your URL which shouldn't be there.

Based on the link you shared I was able to use the code and come out with:

But this links to a removed image.

In the wardrobe / Re: Winter coat
« on: November 07, 2018, 14:03:52 PM »
Hmm, that does seem more off than I'd imagine from stretching of fabric during handling.

Just to confirm, do you have the corresponding outer piece to match that lining? Could you lay those two out maybe?

I'm going off to search the web to try and see if anyone else has commented on a pattern print error - they do happen!

In the wardrobe / Re: Winter coat
« on: November 07, 2018, 13:14:48 PM »
Could the wool have stretched when you made it up?

I'm guessing you compared the lining pieces and the outer pieces together and found they were different? I've had that before where a pocket facing piece was completely the wrong length for a pocket bag.

Dolls and Toys / Re: Toy pattern
« on: November 07, 2018, 11:19:42 AM »
You don't see a New Post button next to the logo when you go to

Access All Accessories / Re: Bunting
« on: November 06, 2018, 18:59:35 PM »
I had to google how to pronounce Meopham... every day's a school day :)

Just hope you don't bump into Trottiscliffe or Wrotham if you're journeying through Kent.

Today... / Re: Tuesday 6th November 2018
« on: November 06, 2018, 18:38:37 PM »
I know that he has no idea that anything he's said would piss me off. His brain doesn't work that way - he only has the capacity to think about himself. I gave up on a good relationship with him long ago so mostly we don't have issues any more as I don't expect anything "fatherly" from him (expect the worst and you'll never be disappointed), but damn I wish he wouldn't just make me feel like a horrible person for doing what I can.

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