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Tech Know How / Re: No picture attachemnt option any more?
« on: Yesterday at 21:30:33 »
You also don't HAVE to insert the attachment into the post. You can just leave it as attached to the bottom only if you don't want to reference it in context.

Today... / Re: Good morning Friday (19th October)
« on: Yesterday at 19:55:01 »
@Francesca did you get the chair home on the train without mishap?  (At least you had a seat if the train was crowded).

Yes I did! And it's lovely and so comfortable!

I was able to wedge it in the part of the train with fold-down chairs for wheelchair users, so I didn't take up any additional space (and I sat on it on the way home). All good!

Today... / Re: Good morning Friday (19th October)
« on: Yesterday at 16:16:06 »

Just delivered a presentation to a bunch of people at work (seniors and leads) so that was good.

I'll admit I don't really have any plans to make anything, and I tend to find myself fitting my existing projects into sewalongs.

I managed to get it together but was still a little way off. I fudged the next seam together by doing some careful curved trimming to remove the excess. I will now have to fudge it on to the rest of the top. But hopefully it'll be fine.

I'd definitely make this top again (possibly the version with two straps rather than the asymmetric) but will try something a tiny bit more stable. This fabric really is tough to work with. A viscose challis would be better.

Today... / Re: Thursday 18th October
« on: October 18, 2018, 16:05:42 PM »
Uh oh... new chair won't come apart.

I read the instructions which show the top part merely being pushed into the bottom part, no fixings. So I presumed I would be able to pull them apart in a similar way. Apparently not.

Therefore I am going to have to carry a desk chair out of my office, to the tube, on the tube, onto the platform, and on the train all the way back to Woking.

Am I going to look like a crazy lady?

Will I die?

I haven't been to my weightlifting class in a while...

Fun with Fabric / Re: Can anyone recommend me a good black jersey?
« on: October 18, 2018, 14:44:26 PM »
How about this one?

It is fairly substantial, not at all drapy. I have a Style Arc Besharl T made from the off white colour, and it is not all see through.

I went for this one in the end. It says it's more substantial than normal which is exactly what I'm after. They only had 1.4m left, so enough for a 3/4 sleeve top. Will see how it goes. If it's good hopefully they sell more!

I'm going to try out the Love Notions Class Tee in it, as their patterns usually fit me nicely.

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Getting a sewing room back!
« on: October 18, 2018, 14:19:45 PM »
Well I just picked up my new chair for the new room! No more using the dining room chair for sewing, yay!

The room is definitely smaller than I imagine it in my head so I'm curious to see how it works out. But it's so much warmer than the dining room.

It's also got carpeted floor so that's going to be fun to hoover...

I'm trying to decide where exactly to place all my furniture. There is one window - so I'm not sure whether to put the sewing table near it or my dressing table. I probably use my dressing table more in the day than my sewing table, which is more likely used in the evenings.

It looks like my fabric stash will stay put on the shelving where it currently is in the back bedroom.

Also would like to sort out some sort of curtain, but on the cheap. Currently we have a weird paper blind. The paper blind can remain and I'm thinking of hanging a decorative curtain over it for privacy (whereas the paper blind is blackout).

Today... / Re: Thursday 18th October
« on: October 18, 2018, 13:42:57 PM »
It doesn't have wheels! If it did that is EXACTLY what I'd do.

I've managed to get it back to the office, it's not as heavy as I expected but still too cumbersome so I am going to split the seat and base parts. Boyf is home from work today so is going to pick me up from the station tonight with the seat part. Then tomorrow I should be able to carry the base home.

Patterns Discussion / Re: M7785 Baffled by pattern, pieces won't match up
« on: October 18, 2018, 12:03:24 PM »
Yessss I think you've got it @Popeye09

No idea why I had my mind on the track that those two edges needed to go together. For some reason I couldn't see it any other way. Probably because the illustration of the flounce is pretty crap.

Interestingly though, when I put the pieces together I note that on one side the large square and small dot match, but on the other side though the large square matches the dot is off. I wonder if I traced it wrong:

Today... / Re: Thursday 18th October
« on: October 18, 2018, 11:49:33 AM »
Sooooo no bonus for me. It would have been £4000 if it was 100% (last year it was 99%) but they just posted that although they made over forecast for shareholders not employees get a bonus  >< I've never had a bonus before, so trying to ignore the crushing disappointment.

In other news, I'm prepping to sort my new sewing room this weekend. I'm buying a chair through Gumtree as the IKEA one I wanted for a sewing chair was too expensive but I found one locally in good condition (based on photos) and it's about a mile away from my office. Unfortunately it also weighs 10kg...

So I'm going to have to use Uber to get it from the seller to my office then try and dismantle it so I can take it home piecemeal tonight and tomorrow (no way I can carry 10kg of office chair through the tube, train, and walk home).

Patterns Discussion / M7785 Baffled by pattern, pieces won't match up
« on: October 17, 2018, 22:35:49 PM »
I'm absolutely baffled by this pattern. I'm following along but I just cannot make the pieces match up as they are supposed to.

There are two pieces at play; a flounce which has been hemmed all along the long edge, called "upper flounce" (piece number 3) and a sort of flounce with a strap and bias-finished top which I have put together out of pieces 5 & 6, called the upper left sections (front and back). I'll refer to the latter as one "piece" now they're sewn together.

On both these "pieces" there are notches on just one side, the left (right side up).

You can see in piece 3 there is a notch about 2/3 down the left straight edge.

You can see here on the 5&6 piece there is a notch on the left, about halfway down.

Seems like you sew it together along these edges, right? Nope, because the lengths don't match.

I've tried every which way to put these two pieces together with matchy notches and they just don't go. I even tried ignoring the notches and just puzzling them together but the lengths don't match anywhere, not even close. My fabric is difficult to work with and may have slipped and grown a little, but we're talking huge numbers of inches here.

I did manage to get the notches to match up from the top edge, to the notch, but I've got this excess length with nowhere to stitch it! See how the lengths match perfectly in the illustration?

The instructions show that you should lie pieces with right sides up, I presume that means both pieces, layered on top of each other. I thought this was where my mistake lay but I still cannot get them to match up. No matter what I do, my strappy piece has just too long an edge.

Also, why does the notch on the strappy piece go from being 2/3 down the edge, to being only about 1/3 in a later drawing? It seems like the notch moves on the diagram?

I've checked that I've sewn piece 5&6 together correctly (they're both double-notched so it's obvious that I've done that correctly) and I've also checked that I put the strap and bias facing on the right edge, which I have, because there were marking points for where to attach the straps.


Today... / Re: Wednesday October 17th - Chung Yeung Festival
« on: October 17, 2018, 21:09:11 PM »
Oh god I couldn't deal with anyone calling me for an hour unless it was for something very specific and pre-planned! How do you get through your evening with an unexpected hour-long delay?

Today... / Re: Wednesday October 17th - Chung Yeung Festival
« on: October 17, 2018, 14:54:50 PM »
Need to phone somebody to let them know they can collect their dress. I keep putting it off because I don't like using the phone.  ><
Anybody else phone-phobic? I really don't like having to make a call to anyone. I never have.
I quite like being able to send a quick text message, but I rarely give my mobile number to anyone because they'll be sure to pass it on to Tom, Dick and Harry.

I also hate calling people on the phone but, like many things, I just suck it up and do it.

Eat the frog.

“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” - Mark Twain

Technical Help / Re: Holes caused by jeans
« on: October 17, 2018, 13:09:06 PM »
I'd be tempted to look for a solution that covers the jeans vs adjusting all your tops to include an extra layer.

What about stitching some sort of jersey panel into the jeans that could be folded over the top to provide a protective barrier?

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