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Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: White Sewalong WINNER! Charlotte
« on: June 28, 2017, 11:02:46 AM »
Well done Charlotte, excellent work.

Current Projects / Re: Project Linus Quilts
« on: June 27, 2017, 19:50:56 PM »
What do you mean, not good enough to send Low?

Its a BABY quilt, their critical faculties are not well developed and they don't know about perfect piecing and are the lines of quilting accurate.

Its something to be wrapped in and to cuddle, made with thought and affection. That's all that matters.

In the wardrobe / McCalls 6613
« on: June 25, 2017, 15:50:46 PM »
Just finished a shirt for DH, McCalls 6613.

Fabric was from Fabworks, its pure cotton and was only £4.00 a metre and sewed beautifully, my bias yoke seems fine and I'm rather pleased.  There are some things that aren't perfect but if I keep schtum he won't notice, I hope.

Next is some lightweight striped linen which I intend to use for a collarless grandad type shirt but he needs to earn Brownie points first. Will make something for me next I think.

What lies beneath... / Re: Bra again
« on: June 21, 2017, 12:28:54 PM »
Having just had to splash out on new bras, I really need to get back on my plan to make them for myself! Too much sewing required for the summer though. Maybe it'll be my October plan.

My friend was very sad that two of her bras have begun to disintegrate after only a month and a half of wear. She threw them in the bin, but then I had the idea to take them in and see if I can remake, so she fished them out for me and washed them. I told her not to hold her breath and I've shoved them in the cupboard with all the bits. But maybe once I get a few bras under my belt I can pick hers apart and see if I can make it up again for her? Or, if only, use the underwires and the sliders.

If her bras are disintegrating after only a few weeks isn't her best plan to return them to where she bought them from.

Nobodies boobs should be that hard on a bra that it gives up the ghost after such a short time.

Good idea to salvage the findings though.

Thats lovely Lowena, so simple but so effective.

The Haberdashery / Re: how to organise needles?
« on: June 17, 2017, 17:57:05 PM »
I have a cheap plastic box the has several sections, it originally held loom bands somebody's child had.

I put different types of needles in their packs in the different sections.  Used but not shot needles are returned to appropriate section but not back into the packet.

I put a pretty glass bead into the section that held the needle when I put it into the machine so I know what is in the machine.

All in all, quite organised for me!

In the wardrobe / Bias shirt yokes
« on: June 17, 2017, 16:07:56 PM »
I am making DH a shirt from some checked fabric I bought from Fabworks.

I am making it with short sleeves and my intention is to cut the pockets, front bands and the yoke on the bias.

Should I cut the under yoke on the bias or on the straight grain?

My instinct says if I cut it on grain it will be more stable but my insticts have been very wrong in the past >:)

A Good Yarn / Re: Caterpillar Crochet
« on: June 16, 2017, 15:27:54 PM »
Just checked out that guy's website, the Caterpillar rug is awesome.

I never seen a crocheted penis before!  I've !ead such a sheltered life.

MC, I have to keep the plans for the Touch and Sew very quiet atm - other half is getting a bit twitchy around sewing machines....   But, if it's a real bargain, then how can I refuse?

I can always offer to re-home a couple of the other machines  ;)  - I promise  ;)

:vintage:  :) :vintage: :) :vintage:

Yes Jessie, we believe you ;)

Fun with Fabric / Re: What have you bought?
« on: June 15, 2017, 10:48:12 AM »
I had a lovely trip to Fabworks in Dewsbury the other day, my first visit but definitely not my last.

Lots of lovely knits at very reasonable prices, a couple of shirtings for DH  at only £4 a metre and two lots of linen blends for summer trousers for me.

The most impressive thing was the was the very nice lady who served me was able to pack ten different lengths of fabric into one carrier, makes it so much easier to get past security :ninja:

Very dramatic, looks wonderful and so warm and cosy. 0_0

In the wardrobe / Advice needed
« on: June 09, 2017, 00:27:25 AM »
I have made a simple halter necked dress several times for DD.

It is designed for wovens and I have used firm cottons and drapy viscose, and the results have always been fine.

She wants me to make it again for a summer wedding and has presented me with a fine knit.  The colours are lovely and she has fallen in love with the fabric.

My idea is to use a fine woven cotton as a lining for the skirt and I was thinking of mounting  the knit fabric on the same woven fabric to stabilize it for the bodice.

Am I going in the right direction or barking up entirely the wrong tree.

The dress has a self lined bodice attached to the skirt and it has an elastic waist.

A Good Yarn / Re: Cast off for socks
« on: June 09, 2017, 00:09:47 AM »
Just want to say the Russian cast off worked wonderfully.

Easy to do and a lovely neat edge.

In the wardrobe / Re: Lovenotions. Laundry day tee
« on: June 06, 2017, 11:58:37 AM »
The tank armholes are huge!

I make the adjusted version for a tee, but will try the original version for my next tank.

I also slim the sides down a little now.

In the wardrobe / Re: Best hem for jersey?
« on: June 06, 2017, 11:50:51 AM »
It might be easier and cheaper to buy some suitable fusible interfacing and just cut the width you want.

If you have a rotary cutter it takes seconds.

They seem to charge more for a reel of tape than a metre of the same stuff.

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