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I hope the dress works out for you Manuela. I am fascinated by the fabric. It looks like what I have been seeking for  some time to replicate my favourite suit _ only half a century ago!  It is probably a bit light though, if you can make a dress with it. I did get something nearly right, if when I get my room back I might start with that.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Tuesday 11th August
« on: August 11, 2020, 17:58:04 PM »
Over the past week I`ve been chalk painting 2 cupboard doors and a chair.  Don`t buy Ronseal Chalky Furniture paint.  It says it covers in 2 coats - I`m currently on coat 5!

Isnt the point of chalk paint to get an uneven, distressed, worn off finish ???
All painting does that to me. 

Today... One thread per day / Re: Tuesday 11th August
« on: August 11, 2020, 10:54:56 AM »
@Acorn You can buy extension sockets with metres of cable. Plug one into the socket behind the book case and coil it up until you need it. Or you can clip the wire along skirting boards to where you need it. We used to use one from the first floor to a room downstairs when we had an old fashioned router.

Sewing Professionally / Re: How I Made a Waistcoat Larger
« on: August 10, 2020, 18:09:05 PM »
Nice job @Sandra.  You did a great job matching the pattern too.   :loveit:
I've been given waistcoats that have split the lining because they were too small for the wearer and had to replace the  whole lining back. They had to have extra under the arms too  but back to front is probably where they needed the extra! Great feeling when you can send back an item that looks as good as that.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Sultry Saturday 8th August
« on: August 08, 2020, 23:31:03 PM »
@UttaRetch  I was looking at velux blinds and they had screens to pull down over the inside of the window. I wonder if they could be fitted to any window of a suitable size. Might need an extra frame to fit. Probably pricey too

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: THINK PINK ... 1/7 - 31/7
« on: August 06, 2020, 21:03:32 PM »
Toileandtrouble's Entry

I wanted to try out as many mask patterns as possible, so sorted out suitable fabrics. It turns out lots of them were pink and why not.  The picture makes them look greyish  but that must have been the lighting.  The masks I made show the proper colours.

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Actually only made five in the end.
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  Patterns,  clockwise from the top,
 Gentleman Doll. Made this to match a summer dress  (- 25 tomorrow, so may wear it)
Trend patterns looks like it, but I thought it was from a  Korean/Chinese video.  I thought it gave the option of bagging out or binding the edges and continuing it on to make ties.  Manage to lose the 'address' although I have the printout pattern.  The outer is pink elephants on navy, lined with the pink striped shirting.  It has a filter pocket inside although I don't use it.  This one is the best fit of all of them.
Dhurata Davies  I found the measurent made it a little small, will try a larger size next time.
McCalls.   Easiest of all to make
Sew Much More in Store. Nice and simple, quick.

Pretty pleased with them all, but the 'Trend' one fitted best for me. Had to measure the elastic length individually for each type, the measurements suggested sometimes a little loose, sometime tight. Must depend on the type of elastic as well as the individual head.  Since the close date I have received a delivery of adhesive aluminium strips to fit the top edge better, but not had a chance to fit them yet. Still waiting for some tiny toggles which would make it possible to adjust the elastic to fit while wearing.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: THINK PINK ... 1/7 - 31/7
« on: July 31, 2020, 20:53:34 PM »
Toileandtrouble's Entry

Set of face masks from different patterns for comparison on fit. All pink!  I need to organise a group photo and a list of the patterns I used for them, along with fitting comments.  Things still messy here, but should get myself together in a week.
I just found another pattern to try, but it won't be done in the competition time.  The aluminium strips I ordered were posted on Monday (they said) but have not turned up yet. The sewing is all done though and the strips are supposed to be adhesive, so can go on afterwards.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Cotton sateen
« on: July 26, 2020, 21:08:20 PM »
google 'sateen curtain lining'.  I have seen rose, old rose, salmon in different places.  I didn't have time to check any more.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: THINK PINK ... 1/7 - 31/7
« on: July 25, 2020, 06:54:20 AM »
House still covered in dust, all items in wrong piles.   :scream:   Somewhere I have parts of a very small item which I will finish., if I can locate all the pieces.

In the wardrobe / Re: Holey Moley Part 2
« on: July 24, 2020, 21:27:59 PM »
Nice soft skin-friendly patch on the inside, pocket (bigger than the original patch, so covering stitching) on the outside. Since it is at hip level, it will be easier than the patch on the knee.

In the wardrobe / Re: Holey Moley Part 2
« on: July 24, 2020, 09:56:54 AM »
a nice long pocket specially designed for the new compulsory mask.

Block of the Month 2020 / Re: July's Brucie Bonus Block
« on: July 18, 2020, 12:38:51 PM »
@Sewot When you are in the sewing shop, I recommend you look out for Fat Quarter Bundles, they are a selection of quarter yards in fabric that are chosen to work together.  Then you just have to decide what blocks to make with them.  Some supermarkets or discount stores also have them, often cheaper but usually not such good fabric, but OK for learning.

House Beautiful / Re: Fabric join on long Roman blind
« on: July 16, 2020, 14:19:25 PM »
It is usual to put half the extra on each side of the central section. Matching the pattern at each side means you get the central section left for your little blind too.

Current Projects / Re: Cushion..
« on: July 09, 2020, 21:35:18 PM »
@Efemera  He looks like my teddy.  He has had operations too, I removed the defunct music box and fitted a Mama box from a broken doll, but I took that out. He had felt paw pads but some wore through so some of them are brown velvet. He also had to have a new neck joint, but he is still with me.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: THINK PINK ... 1/7 - 31/7
« on: July 03, 2020, 23:57:53 PM »
I am sure I have various bits of pink around but all my stuff is in its own lockdown until the plumbers have been and gone. We have had to clear space around every radiator. Putting it all back might be fun.

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