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Current Projects / Re: 10 20 30 minutes to sew
« on: December 22, 2017, 19:08:53 PM »
Today I am going to make a pattern from a favourite RTW cardigan so I can make simple cardigan jackets. I'll keep any I like for me, but also make up some of my fabrics which are less good colours into stuff for the May Day charity stall I do.
It has an open front, dropped shoulder and long band at the neck so is pretty easy to sew. I find the dropped shoulder is quite forgiving and means the same cardigan seems to 'fit' OK on a variety of figues and sizes.
I'll make them all approximately me sized, and the smaller ladies can wrap the fronts, the larger ladies wear them open.

Current Projects / Re: 10 20 30 minutes to sew
« on: December 22, 2017, 19:03:58 PM »
They look good Ruthie  I need a new hat...and I have a bag hanging in the sewing room with 2 ikea  fleeces in it  what pattern do you use?... Just counted Is that 9 hats from 1 fleece?  :loveit:
I made 12 hats altogether (though I think only 9 are in that picture), and all from a single Ikea Skogsklocka blanket which costs £4.50. I think that's pretty good for a piece of nice quality fleece 130cm x 170cm.
These are a special request made for a colleague of DBF's who organises things for the cubs and scouts, I think maybe for the leaders/helpers as I only made adult and teen sizes, none for young kids. Not sure as I just got the summary which was about what was required and not why.
It does get boring making lots in the same colour though I did it assembly line style, and measured and pinned the brims whilst watching TV.

The pattern I used is the free one from Fleece Fun. Here's the link

Current Projects / Re: 10 20 30 minutes to sew
« on: December 22, 2017, 08:07:54 AM »
I've turned an Ikea fleece blanket into hats.

Probably ought to go back to the things I was working on before I did all my Christmas sewing. I had a fleece jacket partially made, and some trousers partially made, and a few things which need mending etc. I keep getting new ideas though of things I want to do.

In the wardrobe / Re: Coat sewing
« on: December 22, 2017, 07:24:43 AM »
Whilst looking for something else I found a coat pattern from Prima 2015.

and wonder if this might be a better one to try as the seams and belt allow for a bit more shaping.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hi Folks
« on: December 21, 2017, 07:43:04 AM »
Love the green fleecy hats with spikes on  :) - great design.
Thanks, the hats have gone down really well this year. I've been asked to make some plain ones for an entire cub scout group in dark green but I'm hatted out at the moment.

In the wardrobe / Re: Coat sewing
« on: December 20, 2017, 21:58:01 PM »
Asked on my fashion and style forum and they thought the style was boxy and likely to be unflattering, and recommended I make a different style. Hmmm.
I still love the pockets.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hi Folks
« on: December 20, 2017, 21:32:01 PM »
Hi Ruthie - nice to see another new face on here. I see you do some charity sewing - I do a lot myself. What kind of things do you sew?
I recently made Christmas stockings and fleece hats.

The current work charity of the year is Action for Children. Work match whatever I raise if I register the event.
I also make shopping bags, drawstring bags, scarves, earrings, bracelets, cufflinks, draught excluders, cushions, small leather purses etc.
DBF and I also make chilli chutney which always sells out.

Current Projects / 10 20 30 minutes to sew
« on: December 20, 2017, 21:25:05 PM »
"10-20-30 minutes to sew" was a book by the late Nancy Zieman (she sadly died last month).
I own the book and its a great way to split down more complex sewing tasks into smaller chunks and work away on projects even when you don't have big stretches of time.
I like to think of it as a challenge to get into the sewing room every day if I can and whilst I am not always working on big things, its also a good way to deal with mending and hemming curtains etc.

Today I am in the sewing room shortening curtains which hang over the radiator.

I have had good results with New Look for tops and Burda for trousers. Seriously the Burda trouser block is completely different, it has an angled back seam which is much longer than the front and although I still scoop and sometimes make the back darts deeper I have MUCH better results. I have big thighs and derriere though so Burda may not be so great for someone with a straighter hip line.

In the wardrobe / Re: Coat sewing
« on: December 20, 2017, 16:08:02 PM »
I love the pockets on the coat and the fact that its a fairly modern style which I could fit my work jackets under.
I am 5' 6" and a size 16-18, with reasonably broad shoulders. I am a slight pear but relatively straight through the body.

I wasn't originally planning on a test garment, but I have plenty of fabric which isn't great colours for me so I could definitely try making a version up and see what it looks like.
I am unsure about the back pleat, thinking that might be quite uncomfortable to sit on in the car.

Hmm food for thought.

In the wardrobe / Re: Coat sewing
« on: December 19, 2017, 22:55:55 PM »
I'm not sure what interfacing I would use and I probably won't start until after Christmas now.
The instructions have you using fusible interfacing just in the collar and front band area and I'm looking for a casual soft coat rather than anything formally tailored (its not really my style) so I'll probably go with that, I don't want to make it too hard or it'll never actually get done.
The office where I work is too warm to wear the wool jackets I've sewn in the past so I thought I'd get more use out of a coat, and this style is loose enough to have a jacket on underneath which I can't really with some of my other coats.

In the wardrobe / Coat sewing
« on: December 19, 2017, 22:29:52 PM »
I bought Love Sewing magazine and really like the idea of sewing the coat pattern B6423 which is included with it.
In the magazine they show up made up in a solid single fabric, but also in multiple fabrics.
As it takes 3.4 or 3.6 metres of fabric (depending on which size I go for) I thought I could combine several teal fabrics from the resources centre (aka the stash) and have a nice coat.
I generally buy coats so this would be a departure for me, and hopefully a good use of some wool fabrics from my resources.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hi Folks
« on: December 19, 2017, 22:16:52 PM »
Hi Ruthie here, hoping to get to know a few more UK based sewists.
I'm thinking about a coat as my next project!

Tech Know How / Re: Problems logging in?
« on: March 03, 2017, 15:32:25 PM »
Yes I am also in now, had no email when I registered so thought it had not worked.

Thanks Ruthie

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