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Just think that next time you need 80 little squares, you will have them cut already ;)

Current Projects / Re: When one became two
« on: April 19, 2017, 09:44:07 AM »
Really nice work Vege, just hope the one you want to pull out is on an edge.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Simplicity 1800 amazing fit
« on: April 17, 2017, 20:38:46 PM »
I've just messaged DD and she loves it.

Thanks DF, you're really coming up trumps for me today :pin:

Sorry for hijacking your thread Rowe -<

In the wardrobe / Re: Bound versus Piped
« on: April 17, 2017, 20:26:19 PM »
Mine's going to be well hidden by a facing thankfully.

It gives a much better finish than the one piece of fabric method.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Simplicity 1800 amazing fit
« on: April 17, 2017, 20:22:44 PM »
I was checking Pattern Review this afternoon for this very pattern for my DD and the reviews were fairly unenthusiastic.

I'm looking for a halter necked dress pattern  for a RTW size 18. There's not much on the Big 4, Style Arc doesn't have one.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

In the wardrobe / Re: Bound versus Piped
« on: April 17, 2017, 17:35:46 PM »
Oh the Goddess that is Ann Ladbury!

Thanks DF, tried this this afternoon and it worked a treat, much better than a bound one and much easier to get a neat finish.

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Re: Textile artist
« on: April 16, 2017, 21:09:10 PM »
I've just browsed through her archive, it's absolutely amazing.  She is so talented.

I wonder how long they take to do?

Publications / Re: Good Sewing Books
« on: April 16, 2017, 14:06:52 PM »

Is the Quilter's Bible any good?

I like it, it has clear instructions for all the basics, without a lot of padding.

In the wardrobe / Bound versus Piped
« on: April 16, 2017, 09:31:10 AM »
I've just attempted my first bound buttonholes and am not happy with the result.  I followed the instructions in my Alison Smith book but I can't get the ends to look neat.

I then checked out a couple  of other methods which use two separate pieces of fabric rather than a single one and these seem easier to get right, less tension on the corners.

Is there any benefit to using the one piece method?

In the wardrobe / Re: Is it me?
« on: April 14, 2017, 16:02:39 PM »
Sitting here in trainers and fleece jumper and I'm 11 years too young :S :'( :angry:.

Still I have just been to the gym and its cold and overcast so I'm going to stay comfy.

You haven't binned it though have you?

Over glasses stare AND raised eyebrows!

Courses & Classes / Re: Favourite Craftsy Courses/tutors?
« on: April 08, 2017, 13:08:52 PM »
There's an offer on Craftsy at the moment and seen as I haven't bought one for a while I'm treating myself.

Any recommendations on fitting courses please?  At this stage I'm looking for making alterations to patterns rather than making my own blocks etc.

Is Sara Alm any good?

The Haberdashery / Re: Button boxes
« on: April 07, 2017, 15:43:05 PM »
Lowena, I hope you have something in mind for those buttons or we will have to categorize them as 'stash' :ninja: ;)

The Haberdashery / Re: Button boxes
« on: April 07, 2017, 12:46:07 PM »
In a rare fit of organization I sorted my buttons into colours. It does make things easier to find but somehow the separate boxes don't have the same allure.

Fran I love your tin, but buttons should really be stored in a 1930s biscuit tin with a wonky lid.

Why did I find it necessary to keep said tins after I had sorted all the buttons? ;)

Fun with Fabric / Re: Using up stash
« on: April 05, 2017, 22:14:04 PM »
I've had a play tonight and think I can just about do it, phew. 

So DH wont get his shirt after all.

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