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Technical Help / Re: How to pattern match perfectly?
« on: September 19, 2020, 19:29:04 PM »
WHen I pattern match I cut piece one, press the SA, then match on the fabric. Make marks, add sa and then cut out. Pre sewing rematch the pressed seam piece, mark the top and bottom, find those mark on the reverse, draw a line to follow, true up the pieces so sa matches perfectly and then stitch with along the line.

Thus is how I do it, with additional muttering under my breath.

I too would go for two seams, rather than one. You could also add some matching ribbon (or same fabric piping) to cover the seam.

In the wardrobe / Re: The Joy of wearing self sewn garments
« on: September 03, 2020, 11:36:30 AM »
I don't even have to wear them.  I have a drawer full of almost all home made tops (the exceptions being half a dozen gig t-shirts), all nicely folded up and divided up using Ikea Shrubb organisers.  It gives me a great thrill every time I open it, partly because they are all unique, and partly because it's probably the only part of the house that is perfectly organised!

A bit of a 'do' / Re: Wedding dress too short
« on: September 02, 2020, 18:16:46 PM »
It all sounds a bit of a last minute rush to get the job done and get the money in the till before their relocation.
Or going out of business.

A bit of a 'do' / Re: Wedding dress too short
« on: September 02, 2020, 15:08:13 PM »
To add to Missie's suggestions:

Ask them to remake the front panel(s) with new fabric. 
Ask them to purchase new fabric for someone else to remake the front panel(s).

And negotiate over the final price as they won't be doing final fittings.

A bit of a 'do' / Re: Wedding dress too short
« on: September 02, 2020, 13:34:18 PM »
Oh dear Daffodil, you seem to have got yourself in a bit of a pickle here with no credit card protection and no wedding insurance to back you up.  Do you have a written contract with the design company or a set of terms and conditions?

To answer your specific question while we wait for the experts to come along.  I wouldn't leave a dress unhemmed, and to turn up a hem I would need at the very least 1cm.  I wouldn't trust a toille I made for myself for very precise measurements or to make the hem straight - the silk will hang slightly differently to the toille fabric and I was taught that you need to let a complete dress hang for a few days in case the fabric drops. 

A bit of a 'do' / Re: Wedding dress too short
« on: September 02, 2020, 11:42:27 AM »
So the dress is too tight, too short, and the company is re-locating and so can't complete it anyway.  I am sorry that you are going through this.

It looks to me as if they have cut the dress far shorter than a 6cm pair of heels would account for and it should be possible anyway to let the dress out.

Seems to me that the company have made some serious mistakes here.  I'd be looking at the T&Cs and how you get out of your contract with them, rather than trying to get someone else to fix their mistakes.

But I am neither a professional, nor have I ever made a wedding dress. There are experts here who can give proper advice.

In the wardrobe / Re: Sewing room...what size is yours?
« on: August 25, 2020, 10:48:06 AM »
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This is the seeing area of my sewing room. I have a wardrobe, cutting/drafting table and dummy out of sight. The rest if the room is being used as a dumping ground at present as we are having building work done, but I have successfully made a dress in this area.

It is 2.10m across the back and the tables to the right are 1.5m.  if this was all the space I had I would replace the full sized ironing board on the right with another table and a small ironing board.

Still in progress. My husband was supposed to be abroad for a chunk of this year and I was going to use the opportunity to move things around.

Hope that helps.


In the wardrobe / Re: Sewing room...what size is yours?
« on: August 19, 2020, 15:27:38 PM »
I think you could make a nice sewing space out of that.  Two tabels at a right angle filling the back wall and one side wall,  and an ironing station on the other side.

You'd need to make sure the doors didn't open inwards though, and think about light too.

But I would double check that your husband doesn't think that this will mean your sewing won't encroach into the rest of the house.  My husband was quite out our to find that I still needed to occasionally  cut out elsewhere from my
Wewing room.

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Re: Skull lace
« on: August 19, 2020, 11:08:34 AM »
Thank you; just what a girl needs for an evening dress!

Fun with Fabric / Re: Fabric search - light coloured skulls
« on: August 19, 2020, 11:07:38 AM »
Thank you for your suggestions.  Have now added to my stash! 

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Think Pink Contest - voting thread
« on: August 17, 2020, 11:46:55 AM »
I came second :dance:.  Thank you to all of you who voted for me  :loveit:

In the wardrobe / Re: Pin tucks
« on: August 14, 2020, 15:11:43 PM »
I once tried it. Have up. The crinkles meant that the tucks looked uneven even.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Skulls and roses
« on: August 13, 2020, 21:39:16 PM »
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My skulls and roses version.


Fun with Fabric / Fabric search - light coloured skulls
« on: August 11, 2020, 22:54:24 PM »
Most of my summer dresses are dark coloured (no surprise there).

Does anyone recollect seeing any skull-printed fabric on a light background in fabric suitable for hot weather?

I dont mean cute, day-of-the dead type skulls, I mean real looking skulls, with perhaps roses etc.

Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Re: Trauma recovery
« on: August 10, 2020, 15:42:13 PM »

I don't use mine a lot, bit when I do use it I always think I should make more use out of it.

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