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Gorgeous!  In Scotland a pinny is what you wear when you're doing the housework or cooking (think apron), so what you produced wasn't what I initially imagined  :)

In the wardrobe / Re: The inspiration/knock-off thread
« on: June 02, 2019, 12:04:03 PM »
I read on the Guardian website about the spat about 'cultural appropriation' as regards kimonos.  I asked my 'woke' teenage son what the current thinking is and we both agreed that it's cultural appropriation if it's either done disrespectfully or done by a commercial organisation who dumbs it down to rake in the cash.  If neither of these is true then it's an homage.

So, day-glo tartan kilts & plaids being used in Japanese whisky commercials = cultural appropriation
Making a practical kimono-style garment for yourself = homage
Go to Sparkhill or Southall and buy the full sari works then wear it badly = disrespectful

At least, that's my opinion.

I have a dream of making a dirndl in rich plaid silk (saw some in peacock shades which would be lovely) with decoration on the apron of little sprigs of harebells and heather because my re-enactment unit has close links with Swabian re-enactors (who come here and wear plaid).  I don't think I'll ever get round to it, though, and being the wrong side of 60 it's probably not going to get much wear!!!

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Sewing chair
« on: May 27, 2019, 16:10:50 PM »
My sewing chair is also an office chair.  It has swivel base, adjustable height and adjustable forward-back tilt.  All valuable features.  The height variation is good because the table I sew at is a gateleg, so it doesn't move vertically.  The forward-back tilt is valuable because I tilt forward when machining, which stops the curved spine thing, and back when I'm hand-sewing so I can see what I'm doing and still be supported. 

Arms are useful to support elbows but only if they are at the right height for you.  If they're single-position and not the right height for you then they're worse than useless and you should avoid them.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hi
« on: May 21, 2019, 19:05:15 PM »
Fit like, quine?  Welcome - the more Scots, the merrier!

I'm from Dundee but I legged it as soon as I was old enough!

Technical Help / Re: Wallpapering table
« on: May 21, 2019, 18:49:38 PM »
Wallpapering tables are semi-disposable and you definitely can't lean on them.  I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that if you can't have a permanent cutting table (and who in a domestic setting can, other than stately home owners?) then a couple of trestles and a plywood or MDF top with trestle-controlling bars underneath are probably the way to go.  A quick Google of plank and trestles threw up this example:

The principal constraint is that it needs to be light enough for you to lift the top off, and you still need somewhere to store the top against a wall or under the stairs or something.  But if you can get the trestles made for you then you can specify your own height and wave goodbye to backache from leaning over a dining table and sore knees from crawling around the floor.

The Show Must Go On / Re: Medieval Dress and mens outfit
« on: May 09, 2019, 21:37:01 PM »
Australia is a fair distance away from Coventry. 

D'oh!  Aye, it is! :|

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hi fellow sewists!
« on: May 07, 2019, 18:50:10 PM »
Hello!  I tried making something (Bob the Builder pre-printed fabric into a quilted cushion cover) for my little boy.  Wasn't a huge success - it's hard to sew sensibly with a 2 year old on one's knee!  Fortunately he's in the run-up to GCSEs and no longer does that kind of thing.

When your son gets to primary school expect lots of sewing projects because they have all sorts of excuses for costume days.  I recall Humpty Dumpty, St George, Woody, WWII evacuee, Tudor, Victorian, Fantastic Mr Fox, terracotta warrior, magician's cloak, and that's before we even get to the annual Xmas show!

I've a feeling this may be a repeat.  If it's not, it's either a reworking of older material or the independent channels did something very similar a few years back.  I'll see if I can find it lurking on the YouView box EPG.

The Show Must Go On / Re: Medieval Dress and mens outfit
« on: April 30, 2019, 15:39:33 PM »
Look up the re-enactment fraternities on Google, most specifically Regia Anglorum.  There are loads of images you can get inspiration from for decoration.  Fabrics really should be wool or linen, of course, although if you want to go up-market, silk and fur are also period-correct.

If you're within travelling distance of Coventry and the wedding is next year, you can try The Original Re-enactors' Market for accessories, fabric, shoes, etc:

Unfortunately, you've missed March's event and the next one isn't until November, but you could contact Anne and she could put you on to some appropriate vendors.

The Haberdashery / Re: Cone of thread for normal sewing machine?
« on: April 22, 2019, 21:06:20 PM »
I only realised I could make an upright spindle recently when I read about using a twin needle.
I kept thinking where does the second thread reel sit???  :o

Most machines now come with an upright spindle that sits on top of the bobbin winder - you shouldn't need to *make* one.  Older machines like my Singer 522 had a second hole to fit a second spindle that came in the accessory box (except I managed to snap it off!).

@Marniesews - I did a bit of research and found this guy in Hitchin:

I haven't had the need to try him out yet but the fact he does home visits is an incentive to do so when I next need the services of an engineer.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Pattern envy...
« on: April 13, 2019, 12:14:21 PM »
I recall somebody (was it Morgan?  not sure) on the old forum posted about this pattern (which I also have in the stash but haven't made).  IIRC the instructions were a bit odd in places and they expressed frustration at some elements of it.

I made tailored jackets in my youth but my lifestyle nowadays (WFH in slippers) doesn't demand power-dressing so there's not much motivation any more!

The Show Must Go On / Re: Looking for Ringmaster Patterns
« on: April 12, 2019, 15:51:30 PM »
Burda BD9528 is a child's tailcoat pattern and includes trousers and waistcoat.  I made it for DS when they were doing the Victorians at primary school.  It's now out of print, I think, but you may be able to get it second hand on one of the online emporia?

Machine Accessories / Re: Mini Hoover for defluffing
« on: April 08, 2019, 13:23:29 PM »
I have one, inherited from my dad.  It's battery operated and fairly cr@p, but it does have an angled 'crevice tool' that's good for getting into the workings of the overlocker where it's hard to reach with a brush.  I think he bought it as part of a PC maintenance kit.  For everything else I remove outer casings with a screwdriver and go at it with a brush.

Just discovered my local (well, half an hour drive away) sewing machine emporium is no more and the owners have gone to live in Weymouth where they are running a web-based business.

Website is still nominally but it looks like it's work in progress.  The 'contact us' page has phone number and email address so they can still help for parts, etc.

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