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I totally ignore pattern layout diagrams and squeeeeeeze everything in wherever it will fit, I'll twist slightly off grain, shave away at seam allowances, and slightly alter skirt side seams to suit, free handing all over the shop.  Never had a total disaster lol
Oh and piecing is definitely an art form!
It's only been NECESSARY a few times, I just like to save as much as possible!  It irks my mathematical eye to be able to KNOW there's enough total area to fit everything, but not be able to squidge the pieces becomes a challenge.  I don't like to lose lol

In the wardrobe / Re: Birthday Party Dress
« on: July 07, 2019, 13:44:57 PM »
Before I got back into sewing so much I bought quite a few simple wrap dresses on ebay, all knit.  To get round the booby gaping, I just wore matching/toning camis under them, and wore them all to death.  Since I've been sewing again, I have made a couple, don't wear them, so stopped bothering.  I think it's having higher expectations of fit than in RTW!
My style's changed anyway, so I'm unlikely to be pining for one right now lol.
Hope you nail the fit Fran, getting that curve right so they sit between the boobs and snug in seems to be the trick

In the wardrobe / Re: Eau de Panic
« on: June 27, 2019, 22:14:39 PM »
Eau d'ear?

The Show Must Go On / Re: Steampunk ?
« on: June 24, 2019, 21:19:55 PM »
Just say no.  And then stick to it.  They have to know they can't fuck you about! :ninja: :fish: :S :devil:

Anything left?

Patterns Discussion / Re: Style Arc on Amazon UK 50% off
« on: June 16, 2019, 22:23:46 PM »
I got ANOTHER four.  Oh dear.  Delivery was fast, although one arrived in a flat cardboard envelope and the other three were in a medium sized box, padded out with brown paper.  All arrived at the same time.  How odd.

And I got some more fabric.
Double oh dear.

I've finished all the costume sewing bar last minute fixes and tweaks as they go on stage on Wednesday.

I may have just volunteered to make panto costumes for November...

Tech Know How / Re: I've failed security - sob
« on: June 16, 2019, 12:21:12 PM »
I bung it all into IMGUR these days and post from there

The Show Must Go On / Re: Steampunk ?
« on: June 16, 2019, 00:11:32 AM »
Didst someone summon me?
Steampunk is anything and everything you fancy, styled with imagination.  LOADS of brown, but more and more people breaking THAT boring mould and going mental [like wot I do]
Having said that, denim isn't firmly woven enough for a really good corset, better to go for coutil if you want serious shaping, but if it's just for a fun outside layer, go for it.

The costumes are done, dress and tech rehearsals on Monday and Tuesday, shows on Wednesdays and Thursday so I will resurface soon...just in time for the heaviest part of exam marking season! [And I'm trying not to lose my temper at idiot drama teachers who add extra people into the cast  at the eleventh hour...guess what ladies, I asked you to confirm numbers four weeks ago FOR A REASON.  I don't bend.  Additional cast members can go in uniform for all I care]

In the wardrobe / Re: How do you decide what to make next?
« on: May 30, 2019, 18:03:39 PM »
I often have a session of just picking a few patterns and a few fabrics from stash, match them up [don't overthink it, you have already shown taste in your choices remember] and then do a nice batch of cutting out so several projects are piled up ready to sew as the muse takes me.  Some simple, some more demanding.  Works for me!

The Show Must Go On / Re: Fabric choices for dance clothes
« on: May 08, 2019, 18:36:11 PM »
@Roger - I thought I'd have a quick look for the manual of the MO-600 but the series 600 pdf starts at 623 and I can't find anything on older models in that series. I'm guessing the threading is the same or similar though. Do you have a manual for it?

Not forgotten you @Lorenaserafina ! What model is yours? Also, I seem to recall that @DementedFairy has bought sari fabrics online. Any advice for sources at reasonable prices DF?
Just ebay, and search 'second hand saris' they are GAZILLIONS at great prices

The Show Must Go On / Re: Medieval Dress and mens outfit
« on: May 05, 2019, 12:58:04 PM »
Yep.  She doesn't sew herself, so if you ask questions you get baffling [and eventually angry] answers back.  She clearly doesn't pattern test, so many of her patterns are a disaster, with missing or incorrect instructions.  Often she has simply reproduced period patterns, drafted up to 'modern' sizes but with no knowledge of pattern grading applied.  Pattern pieces are mislabelled,  [eg a gigot sleeve with the underarm seam labelled as the sleeve head, and a cuff measurement that wouldn't fit round a pencil etc etc]
Be loud and vocal about your issues.  Eventually I managed a refund for ONE Of the crappy patterns I'd bought.
Post all of this on Pattern review to maybe save someone else all this pain- there is no way this loony will withdraw or correct any of her crap products

Technical Help / Re: Sleeeeeeves.
« on: May 04, 2019, 13:07:26 PM »
I am attempting to make a toile of the Chelsea Blouse (, View B with the V-neck. As you can see from the photo of the Chelsea, the front underarm seam is slanted forward so already the back armhole is longer. I come along and make my round back adjustments and a forward shoulder adjustment. I altered the sleeve cap to give me more room at the back armhole seam. That's all good. The problem is I have far too much front sleeve cap width. See my photo of the armhole edge without the side seam sewn. Note how drastically smaller the front armhole is compared to the back. What on earth can I do? I don't want a sleeveless blouse.
I would suggest you start by measuring the bodice carefully along the stitching line, and the same for the sleeve, so you can more accurately compare the amount you need to lose.  It could just be a case of moving the 'top' of the sleeve towards the back to compensate for your adjustments

I avoided knits for most of my sewing life, but now I have my overlocker, I couldn't do without them.  One or 2 have defeated me [those uber slinky, crinkly, lovely textured ones are impossssssssssible to hem] but most are fab.
For super comfort and recoverablility [and ease of sewing] I highly recommend Frumble Fabrics' 'premium jersey'

OH NO!  I have nothing floral.  Dammit.  Now I need to buy some more.... :devil: :devil: :devil: :loveit:

The Show Must Go On / Re: Medieval Dress and mens outfit
« on: April 23, 2019, 08:15:15 AM »
@datcat23   I'd forgotten about Reconstructing History; they have a men's pattern which might be good as a starting point and are downloadable.  Haven't made anything of theirs so can't vouch for them, but I have them marked as a source of interest!
NO NO NO NO NO don't go near RH they are CRAP patterns.  Honestly, there's lots of info out there about the disastrous state of their patterns.  The 'designer' is a costume historian, but doesn't sew herself, and it appears she doesn't get anything pattern tested either.  Drafting up of sizes is atrocious, instructions and pattern markings blatantly incorrect or full of glaring omissions.  She is notorious for slagging off anyone who criticises her publicly, so I make it my mission to do so loud and clear!

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