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Thanks guys, it's not perfect and I'm not too sure about the fit, but I am quite proud of it! Hopefully it will be warm enough to wear over summer.

Okey doke, here's my entry.


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What did you make and how did you play with the stripes I made a maxi shirt dress. The design of the pattern meant that the yoke's stripes went in the opposite direction of the rest of the dress. I also tried to pattern match the centre front and back, as well as the side seams on the skirt.
Pattern used Simplicity 8014. I made view B with the skirt of view A.

A short description on how you made it/problems overcome/etc. Because I'd only ordered two meters of fabric (and Fabworks kindly sent me about 20cm extra) I decided to omit the full collar and pockets so that I could fit it in. I also ommitted the center back seam of the skirt so that I could pattern match with the bodice by cutting it on the same fold. The matching on the side seams of the skirt was sort of accidental. I didn't cut intending to match, but when I realised that there was only about 5mm in it I fudged it a little and hand basted the seams to get them to match.

It is done! It's not perfect, but I'm quite pleased with it and I learnt a lot along the way. I'm just going to put in the wash to get rid of all of the marks and then see if I can find someone to take a photo for me.

That is some very neat stitching! Well done  :D

I'm almost finished with my dress. I've just got buttons (which I've only ever done once  :S) and the hem to do.

House Beautiful / Re: T shirt to cushion cover advice
« on: June 14, 2019, 09:18:31 AM »
That's so cute!

My fabric just came, it's this cotton from fabworks, and it's really beautiful and soft and drapey. The only problem? I read the pattern wrong and ordered a meter less than I need for my pattern. I might have to be a bit creative and forgo certain extras.

I was very impressed to get online chat help at 4.30pm on a Sunday!

GUR are pretty great in my experience. I bought my sewing machine as an ex-display and they sent me a new one!

Tutorials / Re: Helping a beginner: tutorial recommendations
« on: June 05, 2019, 18:11:46 PM »
If she's into garment sewing I find madetosew on YouTube very clear. She's obviously very knowledgeable and good at explaining things.

Professor Pincushion has a ginormous backlog of videos. They're all quite good and I find her easy to understand but she is American.

Publications / Re: Sewing magazine sold in the U.K.?
« on: June 04, 2019, 16:28:00 PM »
You can get Burda and La Maison Victor at WHSmiths. They're both pattern magazines, so they contain a bunch of different patterns.

In the wardrobe / Re: How do you decide what to make next?
« on: May 31, 2019, 11:41:40 AM »
I'm like you @sewingj, I find a need first and then sew. I don't like having a very big wardrobe (I don't have room for a very big wardrobe), so everything I make tends to serve a purpose. It tends to be find gap in wardrobe, find pattern to plug that gap, find fabric to go with it.

This might change when I finish University and hopefully have a bit more spare time though.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Morning!
« on: May 24, 2019, 10:48:02 AM »
Haha, mens garments are notoriously more difficult than womens, not least because there's less patterns out there and less variation.

Pyjama bottoms are a good place to start, and if you've done pillows before you'll definitely be able to do the seams as theyre mostly straight.

A dressing gown/bathrobe if you're the type of guy that wears them. Shorts are a good next step and I've found making joggers to be quite simple but interesting.

A polo shirt might be a good idea as well, as well as a real full shirt when you're comfortable with that.

Jalie have some nice basic mens patterns, some of them are a bit old fashioned though. Thread theory also make mens patterns.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Morning!
« on: May 24, 2019, 09:26:23 AM »
Morning from a very sunny Cotswolds, another (practical) newbie seamster here - my sewing experience so far amounts to some cushions so nothing too technical!

I had a crazy idea the other day that I'd like to try making some clothes for myself but I can't really wear cushions...

If anyone has any advice on a suitable progression path from cushions all the way up to (potentially one day) a suit of some kind I'd be more than glad to hear it. Book/pattern recommendations, online guides, suggested equipment (I have nothing at the moment) all more than welcome.

I've been a knitter for years so do have some craft knowledge but I imagine that very little of that is directly transferable to sewing.

Ta in advance and thanks for having me.

One of the first garments I made was a sheath dress, it was a good start because it taught me a lot (darts, sleeves, invisible zip, facings) without being overwhelming with fitting. If you're interested, I suggest the Copen pattern by Made To Sew because it's free and there's a full very comprehensive tutorial on Youtube to walk you through it.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Newbie in Devon
« on: May 23, 2019, 16:06:52 PM »
If you're printing at home a4 will do. Choose the file that says either a4 or letter.

If you want it all in one sheet, i hear is very good. In that case you should choose the file that says a0 or copyshop.

What pattern is it if you don't mind me asking?

Fun with Fabric / Re: Ideas from you creative people required
« on: May 23, 2019, 16:00:14 PM »
I second the quilt suggestion.

When I was younger, my mom and my aunt made beautiful quilts by sandwiching old fabric together and then embroidering through all of the layers.

Whilst it's not exactly the same as the fabric is already embroidered, I think it would look very beautiful and be a nice keepsake.

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