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Today... / Re: Wednesday26/06
« on: Yesterday at 16:23:43 »
Been very garden focused today. I just managed to get Kris' swordbean plant planted out (I bought him one of those "magic bean" things for Christmas, it's actually grown massively). I was then able to swap a succulent I bought in Cornwall into the bean's previous pot. Also drilled drainage holes in the bottom of the ceramic pot so it can be happier. I'm starting to do drainage holes on all my indoor pots but it's a faff having to depot them so I'm waiting until they need repotting to do so.

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Today... / Re: Wednesday26/06
« on: Yesterday at 13:48:51 »
Working from home today. I took a bit of a lunch break and got a task I've been meaning to do for a while... putting drainage holes in my monstera pot! I depotted it, drilled 5 holes in the base using a tile bit and then repotted it back up. Gave it a solid soil rinse throughout and let it drip out. Hopefully my watering problems with this plant are over now!

Back to work for a bit as I've had my lunch. Tonight not much on but hoping to get more of my denim jacket sewn (of course, just as we hit heatwave and I definitely don't need one).

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Fun with Fabric / Re: What is double gauze?
« on: Yesterday at 13:46:46 »
I attempted to use double gauze to sew a dress recently and found it very difficult.

It is formed of two layers but they are woven together. It's quite odd. Imagine a standard gauze and then think of two fine layers held together. It's actually quite thick in the end.

It crinkles up, which I found was my undoing as it crinkled so much that even after I gave it a pressing, it continued to grow. My dress ended up 10" too wide.

However I haven't given up on it completely. My aim was to press the crinkles out to within an inch of their lives so it was as flat as can be before cutting out. It will shrink back up in the wash I imagine but that's hard when you're sewing.

I'd recommend it for loose fitting clothing only. Definitely not anything you want to retain a fitted shape.

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Mine arrived too!

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I've got a beautiful piece of cobalt blue silk charmeuse that I've had for absolutely years that I might like to sew. I've already set aside this Simplicity pattern for it, but I wanted to work out how to make the shape less boxy because I don't really suit straight square garments. Not sure I would want fisheye darts though, so maybe just a contoured side seam or seeing if I can add a side dart somehow (depends how deep the grown-on sleeve goes).

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Patterns Discussion / Re: Clothkits - kits (changing bag and mat)
« on: June 25, 2019, 15:04:45 PM »
This is why I don't sew for anyone unless I know they will understand the effort it takes. I can't blame "normal" (  ;) ) people for not understanding the time/effort/knowledge that goes into something, so I reserve handmakes for things that either I'll get enjoyment out of making enough to make it worth it, or people who I know love handmade crafts and understand the value of them (typically people who either watch me sew/make things or who do some form of craft themselves).

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Tech Know How / Re: Strange appearance of forum
« on: June 25, 2019, 14:56:22 PM »
@Francesca I posted because I'm sure I'm not the only member still using Windows 7 and therefore can't use Edge as a browser. It happened a couple of times last week but when pressing 'back' or using the 'home' it righted itself immediately. This didn't happen yesterday hence my post. All the other sites I used were normal.

Apologies, as I said there is not a lot we can do without a screenshot as that points us in the right direction of what the error may be, and on top of that we can't support IE any more as it's too old and also insecure.

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I made Butterick 5982 in cotton sateen a few years ago https://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/125355

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Tech Know How / Re: Strange appearance of forum
« on: June 24, 2019, 21:41:10 PM »
If you can provide a screenshot, that's really the only way we can work out what might be happening.

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Tech Know How / Re: Strange appearance of forum
« on: June 24, 2019, 20:16:04 PM »
Which theme are you seeing the problems on?

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Tech Know How / Re: Strange appearance of forum
« on: June 24, 2019, 19:59:09 PM »
Unfortunately we can't support IE as it's too old now. However it would seem odd that something would have changed, as we haven't done any recent upgrades. Unfortunately it's impossible for us to tell as it's an unsupported browser.

Can you provide a screenshot?

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In the wardrobe / Re: Ease
« on: June 24, 2019, 16:39:30 PM »
Do you think the lack of flouncey-ness might be due to your fabric?

I'm still considering making this, wonder if I should slash and spread the lower flounces to make it more impactful?

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In the wardrobe / Re: Ease
« on: June 24, 2019, 11:58:17 AM »
Keenly watching this. I have some plisse fabric that I think might work well for this skirt but I really want to see how it looks on someone else first. Are you going to post a picture?  :ninja:

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In the wardrobe / Re: Style arc Elani?
« on: June 24, 2019, 10:37:50 AM »
If you search there are lots of examples of people having made it: https://www.google.com/search?q=Style+arc+Elani&safe=off&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjHna326IHjAhVBlFwKHWtJBBwQ_AUIESgC&biw=1278&bih=611

It looks quite shapeless, but nice. I would imagine you could size down and get a closer fit.

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Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Having the Blues contest
« on: June 24, 2019, 10:22:24 AM »
I'm just about done trying to enter sewalongs... it seems like a curse to me, everything I aim to enter somehow goes wrong!

But I do have lots and lots of blue fabric... as blue is my favourite colour and also one of my SWAKOP themes (red & blue).

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