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Patterns Discussion / Re: Cutting your own patterns
« on: August 07, 2020, 12:27:17 PM »
The real problem with creating blocks to your own body is that you really need a fitting buddy who knows what they are doing.  This is a problem for me too because neither my son nor my husband has a clue, nor any interest in learning so I find it difficult to fit across my rear view.  I do have basic blocks from when I did a class, but that was 30 years ago and motherhood and middle age means they really need redrafting!

Maybe there is a sewing class or group in your area (not P&Q - this stuff is not their area) where you might be able to befriend someone for mutual fitting sessions?

In the wardrobe / Re: My style V. Current Fashions
« on: August 07, 2020, 12:19:11 PM »
I think the cultural appropriation thing has been 'appropriated' by the perpetually-aggrieved demographic on social media.  IMO (feel free to disagree) it's cultural appropriation if a corporation based in one country takes elements of the culture of another and uses them simply to flog stuff.  I, a blue-white Scot, am sitting here today in a red dashiki kaftan because it is ridiculously hot today and the garment is cool.  I don't think I am guilty of cultural appropriation - I'm wearing what's comfortable.

Likewise, I didn't get on my high horse when Samuel L Jackson appeared in The 51st State in a kilt (which he wore with aplomb, I must say).

Have you thought of trying the person who used to be in Luton - Theobalds

Robert Theobold was my go-to guy until he retired but I hadn't imagined he'd transport the contents of his extensive workshop to Dorset.  I'll give him a shot, thanks


Alternatively, could you do what the video suggests at 1 minute?

I think I need the spacer to avoid the metal parts bashing against one another.  If I really can't find a spacer/washer to fit I may try that and a lot of grease as an alternative!

If Helen Howes doesn't have the part try

Thanks - have emailed them

or if you have the broken part you might be able to get a 3d printing service or friend to make you one...

Unfortunately it disintegrated but I have fished a few bits out of the machine and have kept them!  Meantime I've emailed Helen.

In the wardrobe / Re: I'm back with a finished garment at last
« on: August 06, 2020, 13:07:45 PM »
What sort of reenacting are you involved in? I'm sure it's likely very different from what goes on here. And all this bunting you say. We'll be needing a photo of course even if it's all just in a pile.

British Civil Wars for me (hence my user name!).  I've been doing it as part of the Sealed Knot for 36 years.  Strictly, my unit is Irish and Royalist insofar as they were fighting the King's cause in Scotland until they were all wiped out at the Battle of Philliphaugh when they were surprised by the Covenanter troops returning after giving Prince Rupert a pasting at the Battle of Marston Moor.  In practise, we take the field on whatever side we're needed since our unit never fought in England but most large battles take place on English bank holiday weekends.  I'm also involved in the admin side of things and do the invoicing for events (not that there's been much of that to do this year  :'(  )

We've been to Virginia twice to re-enact English battles with US re-enactors, both times at the Museum of American Frontier Culture at Staunton.  I recall that the second time we went was around the time Princess Di & Mother Theresa both died - 1997?  I'm still in touch with a few of the American friends we made then.  I do find that most of them spread themselves across 16th, 17th and sometimes 18th centuries although ACW enthusiasts tend to stick to that and that alone.  We were supposed also to be in Memmingen, Bavaria a couple of weeks ago for a 30 years war festival but that, like everything else has been deferred, sadly.

I make all the clothing apart from hosiery and leather items for my family.  I took an evening course in pattern cutting in the early 90's to facilitate this although I notice that nowadays there are more vendors of period patterns than there were when I first engaged in this hobby.  I also developed a pattern for a Scots blue bonnet based on the Tudor cap in the Plimoth Plantation knitting book, which my friend at Historical Caps now turns out in industrial quantities and even supplies to the movie industry (eg, Outlander).

It's forecast to be sunny tomorrow - I may peg the bunting up in the back garden and get a photo of it for you!

Patterns Discussion / Re: Vogue Autumn 2020
« on: August 05, 2020, 16:38:50 PM »
I have a biker jacket-type pattern from about five or six years ago.  The bodice is in several panels and I keep looking at it, getting put off by the work involved in figuring out an FBA for it and putting it back in the pattern box!

The last Sew Today magazine had NO Vogue patterns in the main listing.  Since I started subscribing when it was Vogue Patterns Magazine I was a little put out by this fact and also that the entire mag seemed to be full of diaphenous frocks for flat-chested teens or else body-con items entirely age-inappropriate for me.  So I've cancelled my subscription.  If I need anything I'll search online.  £17 is a lot for a pattern I agree, but with the money I'll save on the sub maybe I'll feel the need to treat myself now and again!

Vintage Machines / Singer 522 poorly for the want of a ten-cent part!
« on: August 04, 2020, 21:04:33 PM »
The shirt I posted about on the Wardrobe thread was sewn with my mother's old Singer 522.  The topstitching you can see on the front is the *bobbin* thread and it's perfect.  Try as I might I can't get my Y2K Brother to produce similar quality (although the automatic buttonholes remain a boon).

The Singer started making a horrible banging noise when I was making a toile for the next shirt on the production line, so I took it to the repair man.  The part that has gone has disintegrated.  It's a nylon or plastic widget that stops the horizontal top shaft from banging into the chassis where it goes through it to meet the needle mechanism.  The part in question is shown at about 12 seconds into this YouTube video:

I've tried emailing (they're in the USA) but they haven't responded.  Does anyone know where the equivalent part might be obtained in the UK or Europe, please?

In the wardrobe / I'm back with a finished garment at last
« on: August 04, 2020, 17:49:51 PM »
Hello everyone - long time no see

I left my job ("retired") at the end of February with the intention of decluttering the house, reducing the fabric stash and not buying new clothes until the stash was reduced!  Then the virus happened (so very little on the to-do list happened and what did took an *age*).  I took the decision to withdraw from all forums at the start of lockdown for the sake of my mental equanimity and promised myself that I wouldn't come back onto this one until I had something to show for it.  So I dived into the stash and came up with some chambray-like cotton, some milk-white vyella and a couple of cotton checks, which seemed like just the job.  I ordered a couple of patterns and started with Vogue V8689.  My local John Lewis being shut I turned to Empress Mills for notions and rang them up to request a thread-wrapped shade card.  Net result was a three-week lead time to get thread and Vilene.  Then I discovered I had no suitable buttons.  Waited for JLP to open and went button shopping.  Got some but they in the end didn't float my boat (but they'll be fine for some of the other fabrics).

Meantime, MiL died (heart, not covid) in June so the three siblings, assisted by me and the lad, have been clearing 65 years of clutter.  In there we happened upon MiL's mother's sewing box (granny died in the mid-90's) and in there was a little card of tinted pearl shirt buttons that did the job, so today I got it finished.  This is the result.

In the declutter I found lots of oddments and offcuts.  My friend gifted me an industrial quantity of white cotton tape, inherited from a laundry-running ancestor, so I turned the offcuts into bunting and now have 60 or 70 metres ready to go for either VJ Day or the first opportunity we have to get together with our re-enactor buddies, whenever that may be.

Finally, I have, like most of you no doubt, been making face masks.  I used prettyhandygirl's pattern as a basis but amended it to my liking.  Again, materials ordered from Empress and again, a three-week lead time.  If nothing else it teaches us to be Zen!

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Ironing help
« on: February 08, 2020, 13:18:29 PM »
I have a Beldray one, but I bought it in the late 70's and so I doubt it's still in production!  It's simply a metal board with a u-shaped foot that swings backwards and into two metal clips.  It's padded and covered, of course, and I've redone the padding and covering when need has arisen.

Just checked and Brabantia do one that is virtually identical to mine.  Definitely worth having for shirt-making.  Not so good for setting in jacket and coat sleeves - for that you're better off with a ham or one of those pressing mitt things.

Argos do a Leiftheit sleeve board but claim it weighs 80kg, so maybe not such a good idea  ><

Welcome Lounge and Information / Re: Important!!! Please Read!!!!!
« on: February 05, 2020, 15:52:29 PM »
It's control/alt/delete that brings up the blue window.  Control/shift/delete should bring up a list of options including clearing the cache.

Thank you - I really did not know that :-)

Technical Help / Re: Newbie needing help to make a silk sash
« on: February 05, 2020, 15:51:40 PM »
Hairy hielanders didnae wear silk, but I suppose your mother isn't going to go for the 2-yard wide, 6-yard long plaid of the pre-proscription era!

I've made sashes and if the fabric is woven rather than printed then all it requires is a rolled hem (hand is best but machine will do).  If you can't stretch to that or the fabric is printed, do it double thickness.  The overall length will need to be whatever dimensions the body wearing it is, eg, from calf up to shoulder and down to shin plus allowance for tie-off, bow or whatever.  The finer the silk the more width of fabric you can use without it looking bulky.  Personally, I think more is better within the limits of trip hazards.  Too small an item and you're in Bay City Rollers territory!

Welcome Lounge and Information / Re: Important!!! Please Read!!!!!
« on: February 05, 2020, 15:37:48 PM »
ctrl + shift + del doesn't clear the cache on Windows - it brings up the blue window of logging out, etc.  Cache-clearing is in the settings/tools functions of the browser in question.

Or do you mean a machine restart to refresh DNS thingies?

In the wardrobe / Re: Keep, recycle, or...?
« on: February 04, 2020, 18:01:16 PM »
I tend to wear things until they're not fit to be seen in.  The sweater I'm currently wearing is 25 years old, is covered in darns (some of the darns have darns) and elbow patches.  It's a woolly of many colours so it has two layers really - the elaborate outside pattern of blocks, stripes and Fair Isle snowflakes and the inside where the different coloured threads are passed across the back.  This makes it very cosy, which is why I've kept nursing it along.  I had another one the same but I got the setting on the washing machine wrong and it shrank, sadly!

Once they're no longer fit to be seen I give them to our local Children's Society charity shop because they get 50p a bag from the rag man (and because there's good parking outside!).  I have hung onto a few garments from back in the day, most particularly a pair of Vogue Ralph Lauren early 80's trousers, even though  I need to drop about 5 inches off my waist to get back into them! 

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