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Fun with Fabric / Has anyone bought from The Fabric Room?
« on: October 06, 2018, 21:20:47 PM »
Some lovely fabrics there but so cheap there must be a catch.

Has anyone bought from there?

House Beautiful / This week's sewing project - blinds
« on: October 06, 2018, 00:04:09 AM »
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Fun with Fabric / Ponte
« on: September 24, 2018, 10:33:33 AM »
I have  a nice pattern for a cardigan  type coat with  a waterfall  neck.  I am wondering whether Ponte would be good.  Needs to be unfinished  - no hems.  What do you think?

A bit of a 'do' / Wedding dress alt - help!
« on: August 24, 2018, 13:32:06 PM »
I said I would alter a wedding dress for a young colleague (not even a friend!!).  I have no doubt in my bridalwear skills at all and when she said it was taking it up and maybe taking it in a bit I wasn't concerned at all.  Until I saw it!

This dress is a tulle overlay over a strapless dress.  The tulle section at the top (wide off shoulder design) is miles too big.  I still wasn't concerned when I pinned it to fit better - I chose the word "better" rather than "perfectly" as I don't think perfect can ever be accomplished with this dress.  I explained that I would have to take the motifs off, dart the tulle in the necessary places and reapply the motifs to cover any darting/seaming.

I just sat down to start work, only to discover ..................... the flaming motifs are glued on the dress.  Not sewn.  How the heck am I supposed to get them off?!

I would appreciate any suggestions as I am now desperate.  Why the heck did I say I would do it.  Should I just say sorry, can't be done.  Wedding two weeks away.

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Your Favourite Suppliers / Leicester anyone?
« on: August 11, 2018, 00:25:47 AM »
I am likely to be making a trip to Melton Mowbray at the end of September.  That means that we will be going through/around Leicester.

I might be able to get MrC stop off in Leicester for a couple of hours for me to do some (fabric) shopping.  Can anyone recommend any 'must visit' shops in the area.  We are so short of fabric shops in the South West.

Also, anything that might interest a 10 year old in the area where he and grandad can go for a couple of hours?

In the wardrobe / And for my next event - 1950's!
« on: August 06, 2018, 22:59:04 PM »
Been invited to a 1950's party on 1st September.

Love this

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Do you think my size 20 figure could get away with it.  Suggestions for any appropriate alterations would be appreciated.


    So I have been catching up on the BOMs so far in order to hone my skills in machine piecing.  Think I have already said that I am an EPP person myself.

    The following thoughts occur to me.

    1. Why are seam allowances pressed to the side and not open?  To me, pressing them to the side seems to make seams more bulky and difficult to line up.  Pressed open seams seem to be neater.  I could be wrong (it happens sometimes :angel:) and perhaps it is something to do with the quilting process later.  Please advise.

    2. Why is everything patchwork/quilting related in inches and not cms.  I know some of us are of an age that were taught imperial measurements at school but that was a long time ago.  My 10yo grandson doesn't even know what an inch is and I have had a great deal of trouble trying to find a metric quilting ruler.  Is it the US influence, where quilting seems much more common than here?

    I am sure you will put me straight.

My husband has recently replaced the motor but I am now having problems with it running too fast.  Any comments?

Tech Know How / Please edit my post about bunting and cake
« on: July 08, 2018, 19:43:16 PM »
I seem to have managed to attach the photos twice.  Can you remove the big ones.  I couldn't find out how to do it.

Tech Know How / Reading new posts.
« on: July 02, 2018, 00:52:54 AM »
On other forums it is possible to see the first line of the original post if you held your mouse over the subject.  I am talking about 'unread topics' here.

Saved an awful lot of time.  Having to go into a subject when you have alreadyd decided that you weren't interested is a bit of a faff. :D

So, as the wedding approaches, all sorts of ideas coming up. 

My 10 year old grandson is going to be the ring bearer.  Not usually a problem, very nice, he's thrilled.

So I need to procure a pair of grey trousers (I will also do a waistcoat but that will be easier).  I have tried to make them before - even drafting the pattern myself but they always turn out wrong.  He wears jogging bottoms all the time and we will have to sort this problem out when he goes to secondary school next year anyway.

Legs are long and slim (I call him "lovely legs") but the stomach is huge.

Should I try to adapt a bought pattern, or try again to draft them, possibly might help if I drape rather than draft.  Can anyone give me any tips?  Happy to go with an elasticated waist but this leaves the bum baggy.

Sewing Machines / Singer Futura 2000
« on: June 17, 2018, 13:17:25 PM »
I have the chance to buy a Singer Futura 2000 for £70 from a friend/neighbour.  I know that this would have been looked after as she is a pro teacher and writer for sewing mags.

Any opinions on this machine?


A bit of a 'do' / Help me with my wedding outfit please.
« on: May 19, 2018, 19:04:57 PM »
Son gets married beginning of July and still nothing to wear.  Leaving it until I get back from holiday which brings me up to beginning of June - only a month away then!

So, I'm 5'6", several kilos, usually wear a size 20.  "Tutonic build" some have said so everything is big, feet, hands, head!  Largish boobs although not oversized, large belly, legs that I would rather not show.  A straight outline usually looks better on me even with my tum  Strong colours look better on me than pastels.  Blond. 

My Bestie says I look best in a jersey dress with a wrap front.  But I have so many of those hanging in the wardrobe, I fancy a change.

This is a registry office do, with a big reception/BBQ on the weekend after.  (they do things so differently these days) ><  It would be nice to be able to wear the same outfit to both.

So all you clever stylists out there, what do you think?

Fun with Fabric / Bunting! What tape is best to use?
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:05:41 AM »
Still making that 100 metres of bunting for the wedding.  No, not that one,, my son's one in July.  Almost at the stage of sewing it all together.

What do you think is the best tape to use?  Bias binding (budget will only stretch to 1" wide) or woven cotton tape.

Events / Cornwoolly - 18th March 2018 - Redruth
« on: March 09, 2018, 19:46:35 PM »
It's not often we get exhibitions in the West Country, usually means a trip to Exeter.  So it's nice to hear of something further west.

Great for knitters but also for anyone interested in textiles and textile art.

Website is

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