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    • kittie
    • By kittie 9th Dec 16, 7:42 AM
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    The sewing thread
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    • 9th Dec 16, 7:42 AM
    The sewing thread 9th Dec 16 at 7:42 AM
    We have an active knitters thread on the os board, I always felt that we should have a sewers thread here too, in visible sight. Many many people sew and there are also many learners. I made my first skirt on a treadle singer machine at age 10, many of us oldies were taught sewing at a very early age. The craft died down for many years when cheap clothing shops flooded the high streets but there is a re-awakening and I have grandchildren who are desperate to learn how to sew. I believe that a sewers thread should take equal place with the knitters thread and on this board

    I am still an active sewer, using three machines, overlocker, sewing machine and coverstitch. Even sewing a plain hemmed tablecloth for all day coverage to keep the table nice, using good quality fabric, takes less than two hours and gets lots of good comments, also very practical and made in a light fabric, it brightens that corner of the room

    I am about to teach my 8 year old grand daughter, who is getting a future-proofed real janome sewing machine for christmas. She will obviously have to start with pedal control, forward and backward etc but I can see her making an apron for her mum after half an hour of basics. I have a simple paper pattern ready, the fabric and the notions. We will do simple cutting out of two fabrics, then will sew back to back, pulling the fabric through, there will be no seam edges, or finishing or hems.

    Let`s get this thread going. Join us if you sew, if you want to sew, if you have queries and questions
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    • Concerned75
    • By Concerned75 15th Jul 17, 6:12 PM
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    I've been sewing at an Industrial level for 27yrs on the PAYE system, but I would like to pack that in and work for myself. I'm registered self employed. Does anyone know any useful companies or websites looking for people to work from home, but on a remotely basis ideally? So i can do it anywhere from in the country. Much appreciated if anyone does!😊
    • kittie
    • By kittie 15th Jul 17, 9:47 PM
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    I`m so sorry concerned, I cannot help but maybe start a relevant thread on the employment thread. I am only into personal sewing. Good luck with the change of direction

    wrt woolly nylon
    https://www.empressmills.co.uk/edition8-woolly-nylon-thread/

    Maddison is completely finished now and ready to hang in my wardrobe but first I need something to come out. I am thinking that a short sleeved crew t shirt might be good underneath. I`ll have to have a hunt and a try on. If I hadn`t been sewing in the evenings, I would only have fallen asleep so radio company and sewing is rather nice
    • elf06
    • By elf06 15th Jul 17, 10:19 PM
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    Evening all - I've had a little lurk and I'm very jealous of your talents!
    I sew to sell but only bags, aprons, animal collars and accessories etc. Your ability to make clothes amazes me! I've been very busy in the 'day job' lately so haven't had much time to sew but I have an idea I'd love to try out and a craft fair next weekend so fingers crossed I can get some sewing done during the week
    Emma

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    • kittie
    • By kittie 16th Jul 17, 8:33 AM
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    hello elf, welcome

    I am wearing a top that I am about to withdraw from my wardrobe, so my new one can go in. Got garden work to do this morning, then will clean my machines and later quietly plan another pattern, which is not going to fit out of the box, most people seem to be doing FBAs on it but once done they are loving the pattern, which will eventually be the destination for my RK double gauze. It makes a tunic or a dress. Working out the alterations takes longer than I thought, except for a simple fix, like higher back. I haven`t used liesl previously, so am breaking new ground with fit, having learned my lesson ie I need to make sure I don`t make too big and will start with a copied 16

    Got it via ebay and minerva
    https://oliverands.com/shop/gallery-tunic-dress-sewing-pattern.html#tab-details

    https://www.pinterest.co.uk/search/pins/?rs=ac&len=2&q=liesl%20gallery%20tunic&eq=liesl%20 gallery&etslf=3380&term_meta[]=liesl%7Cautocomplete%7Cundefined&term_meta[]=gallery%7Cautocomplete%7Cundefined&term_meta[]=tunic%7Cautocomplete%7Cundefined

    I am liking the neck on this, the others were too low at first, not low but not snug enough to start ie they were airy
    • kittie
    • By kittie 16th Jul 17, 9:57 AM
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    Just killing time before buying compost and have spread the gallery pattern out. Masses of pieces and very full instructions with SA that varies from place to place. It suggests a FBA fot over a B cup, no wonder there are so many doing that FBA. The upside is that there are full instructions in the pattern. I am toying with doing a 14 for the shoulder fit, then 16 further down, maybe grading to an 18 for the hem. Done the easy bit ie mentally, it has to be shortened about 3.5 ". Its not going to be easy and I will have to do a copy, maybe twice, at least for the top bits. I think I will end up with a forever pattern but have to do the groundwork

    I have some older stash, just 2m and washed and its top notch quality ie looking like new, with drape and a little stretch. Its asking to be made up into something, could be that stylearc skirt that I have made once and love, allison, already lengthened
    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=sparrows+knit+fabric&client=firefox-b-ab&tbm=isch&imgil=YBCwaDj0lk5_wM%253A%253Bg6HNKxeM sibqIM%253Bhttps%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.pinterest .com%25252Fpin%25252F564216659539297760%25252F&sou rce=iu&pf=m&fir=YBCwaDj0lk5_wM%253A%252Cg6HNKxeMsi bqIM%252C_&usg=__PtOIj13m0CHd_nRiAE80b49DDaU%3D&bi w=1366&bih=635&ved=0ahUKEwiogvOlto3VAhVQblAKHYwqAB IQyjcINQ&ei=JylrWejSNdDcwQKM1YCQAQ#imgrc=YBCwaDj0l k5_wM:
    • flissh
    • By flissh 16th Jul 17, 12:33 PM
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    Like that tunic/dress Kittie. But what does FBA mean?
    Ive hemmed my sundress, its a bit loose, (think maternity!!) but I live in a hot country at the mo so nice and cool.
    Thinking of making some shorts next or the Merchant and Mills Camber dress. Got the pattern when I was in Rye a few weeks ago and was able to go in their shop there.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 16th Jul 17, 2:52 PM
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    full bust adjustment for different cup sizes. The instructions in the pattern pack look easy, just need a french curve, ruler, patching and tape. I love MnM and also have camber, have made 3 trapeze and its a go to now that I have adjusted the shoulder and neck.

    Blooming tired now, this allotment of mine is so pleasurable but draining at this time of year. I`ll look at the pattern when I can concentrate again

    That gallery pattern would look very nice in all sorts of fabric and I am thinking also for winter, fine needlecord and warm tights. Just need to get it right first and do a muslin and read reviews and forum posts

    Hot country flissh!! I wilt in the heat
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 16th Jul 17, 5:38 PM
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    Oliver and S produced the free sun hat pattern that I posted about a few weeks ago, it may only have been a hat but the instructions were absolutely excellent so I hope it's the same for your pattern, Kittie - it looks lovely.
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • kittie
    • By kittie 16th Jul 17, 7:36 PM
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    Thats nice to know Polly. I don`t think I have ever read such full and concise instructions. I am almost finished with the FBA, just need to slide the bottom bit in as it is now wider at the waist and then redraw. Having a needed break with a glass of lemonade. I am going to have to re-copy this adjusted copy as it is full of tape and patches. I found a super excellent youtube video on dart adjustments and am going to make some notes in my sewing book or I`ll forget how to do it
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuaZZRiM-n4

    much as I hate doing these adjustments, they certainly make a garment fit better. Btw, I held a good tunic against the pattern and am doing size 14. I definitely lost weight, doing all these jobs, sewing and eating vegetables as fast as I can
    • kittie
    • By kittie 16th Jul 17, 10:38 PM
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    this adjustment malarky is one heck of a mathematical science. Now I know why my tops never fitted properly around the neck and shoulders. Looks as though I have been getting the wrong size patterns
    http://curvysewingcollective.com/a-guide-to-pattern-cup-sizes-and-a-handy-reference/

    I have spent an hour making notes and copying the sizing charts for different pattern companies and they are all different. Some based on a B cup and other D and bigger. I am learning on my feet. Seems that it is best to go by high bust and to do the FBA and I`ll then have to alter everything else further down. I have been lucky so far in that garments fit, eventually. I am going through my patterns one at a time when I have spare time, maybe in autumn and some will definitely have to go

    you live and learn, oh well better than sitting back waiting to get old
    • kittie
    • By kittie 17th Jul 17, 7:35 AM
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    I wasn`t going to buy any more patterns but vogue has/had a range based on D cup called custom fit and I know how quickly patterns can vanish. I just bought one via ebay and love the way it skims the tummy area, the flared one in the patterned print and the lovely flared hemline, which I know suits me. So I am adding to my pattern stash and being realistic.

    https://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v9202
    • jondav
    • By jondav 17th Jul 17, 8:04 AM
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    Evening all - I've had a little lurk and I'm very jealous of your talents!
    I sew to sell but only bags, aprons, animal collars and accessories etc. Your ability to make clothes amazes me! I've been very busy in the 'day job' lately so haven't had much time to sew but I have an idea I'd love to try out and a craft fair next weekend so fingers crossed I can get some sewing done during the week
    Originally posted by elf06
    I too am very jealous!! Lovely welcome, thanks guys

    I will definitely be checking out your suggestions for machines @kittie and also the charity shops for cheap fabrics....I'm getting back into this slowly but have never been anywhere near your guys level
    • kittie
    • By kittie 17th Jul 17, 12:43 PM
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    jondav I am definitely still learning. In the old days it was forward, back and zig zag if you had a `modern` machine. All this new stuff comes from american sowers and they are on top of the game over there

    I made the other maddison up today, in the outback wife in multi blues, having woken up with an idea. The only problem with the other one was the slightly big neck. I basted the new fabric starting at 5/8 on each raglan from the neck area, quickly tapering to the 3/8 SA. Had to bast all the seams because the differences were slight and I had to be accurate. Result was perfection and that one was quickly made, mostly overlocked. A very nice top now hanging to air after steaming over a ham and a sleeve board. I couldn`t rest at that, so unpicked the neck band on the other, very aware that I had trimmed the inner seam and it was fraying like mad. Took in each raglan seam right at the top, just a tiny bit and re did the collar band and that one is now also perfection

    I am now aiming at a mix n match set of clothes
    https://www.sewhot.co.uk/product/essex-yarn-dyed-linen-nautical/
    https://www.sewhot.co.uk/product/essex-yarn-dyed-linen-water-with-silver-metallic/
    https://www.sewhot.co.uk/product/outback-wife-blue-mary/
    https://www.sewhot.co.uk/product/essex-yarn-dyed-linen-pickle/

    The pickle is a contrast but I will have enough of all of them to make maddison tops and A line pull on skirts

    Help needed though, ideas of where to contrast on the actual garments

    Re that FBA, it made a heck of a lot of sense and later, I will add a FBA to maddison, which is drafted a B and I need a D. I have already moved the dart down so it shouldn`t be hard. D=4" difference between high bust and full bust. B=2", so I have to allow for 2". There are 2 darts so each dart must be spread by 1"

    Must go now, ordinary humdrum stuff to do
    • kittie
    • By kittie 17th Jul 17, 9:12 PM
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    Phew!! we are still here, several threads have vanished

    I got myself into a complete mess doing the FBA, trust me, the one time I didn`t make a copy because the paper was thick. I had already moved the dart down, then I did the FBA on top of that, needless to say the pattern became a mess of tape and patches and folds. Then I read on curvysewing that a FBA should be done first as it does lower the dart. Doh, good job this modern day tape is not as sticky as the old sellotape. I eventually got back to basics albeit very scruffy with masses of tape still. Copy made and FBA done and indeed the dart now points to the correct place. Very good tutorial on curvy sewing, I kept putting it on pause to do a bit more. Still learning

    Before that I had picked lbs of blackcurrants, one at a time, sitting under a hat. That was quite nice, another world in fact
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 18th Jul 17, 8:20 AM
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    Lovely fabrics Kittie, by the way thanks for the link above about fitting necklines to knits - really useful and I've bookmarked that. I wear a lot of t-shirts all year round and one of my aims is to be able to make my own, I'm fed up with the poor quality of most of the ones on sale.

    Paid work and a migraine at the weekend have held up my sewing, I've got a friend visiting tonight so I'm going to ask her to help pin up my muslin. Next week is quieter so I hope to get on, although not as prolifically as Kittie - you're an inspiration!
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 18th Jul 17, 4:15 PM
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    I bought 2 yards of bemberg lining via ebay 9 days ago. A beautiful silver grey with small black dots and it came from Thailand this morning. The quality far exceeds what I was expecting, it has the feel of a best quality silk. I did read about the problems sewing thia fabric so with trepidation I set to and made two petticoats and how nice they are. I heard that it was best to use a silk finish cotton thread and luckily I had some from mettler. I also used a new 70 needle and a walking foot but think tacking would work too. It frays easily so I didn`t want to mess with it. It is 48" from selvedge to selvedge and all I did was sew the 2 sides together, hemmed top and bottom and put a 5mm length of elastic through. The petticoats are very nice, I made one 3" longer than the other and there is enough left for a mini but I am saving that in my stash, in a zip lock. If I ever need to use lining then I will be getting bemberg, it is a cotton but with a special finish that makes it feel like shiny silk

    One skirt cut out and will be cutting a nightie later and am going to start a `go to` box with patterns that I love enough to repeat several times. Had a friend from the village here today and I have started noticing how clothes fit on people, so many wear tops that have drag lines or that flatten the boobies. I am not being critical, just noticing
    • Artytarty
    • By Artytarty 18th Jul 17, 6:34 PM
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    Haha! Yes Kittie, I found myself unfavourably examining the fit of the white dress with black piping that hrh Duchess of Cambridbge was wearing.
    Too pointy at the bust darts!
    No need for an fba there but something wasn't right.
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    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 18th Jul 17, 6:42 PM
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    Thank you for the links kittie I really like the tunic and the Vogue dress. Sadly I don't have the legs for that length of dress! But I didn't know about the CustomFit patterns, and will enjoy a good browse on the website
    • kittie
    • By kittie 19th Jul 17, 7:08 AM
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    arty, I read that darts too close to the BP cause that pointyness, they should be further away. Hehe, anyone remember the day when extreme pointyness was the height of fashion?

    Ivyleaf I don`t have good legs but have decided to be comfortable with myself and in my own skin, hence me making dresses. I haven`t worn dresses for a very long time

    That dress called tiramisu by cake patterns, I have the pattern, bought it at least a couple of years ago but never realised what a high rating reviewers gave it, so now it is downstairs and I will make it, when I have cleared everything else on my list. It always looked too fitted and clingy on the pattern front but I was wrong
    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=cake+tiramisu+dress+pinterest&client=fire fox-b-ab&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjIsc uL1JTVAhXKK1AKHVBNB4IQsAQIIw&biw=1366&bih=635

    Yesterday I made two skirts, so quick to cut and make those A line elasticated waist ones. The fabric is quite a heavy linen with a dash of cotton, so they will do fine for autumn too. Now I have two tops and three skirts that mix and match completely, I am not stopping there as I have the pickle colour to make and the blue print one and then I will make a pickle maddison top. Everything matches perfectly so far and pickle is absolutely the colour in the blue print. All I have to do now is find a fine fabric that links all the colours and make a couple of thin scarves. My wardrobe is starting to look good and less of a mis-match of colours. Making the maddison top this time will be exciting as I did the FBA and also took 2/8" from the raglan tops at the shoulders. All of those plus a cardigan or two and warm tights and I have a compete wardrobe

    Anything else after this will wait its turn and I will slow down into making more complicated things
    • flissh
    • By flissh 19th Jul 17, 1:05 PM
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    Boring old curtains for me today. We moved into a house with none and although I just bought cheapo Ikea ones, they all need hemming and some need joining to make wider ones. Its totally grim.
    Loving all your links kitty, the tiramisu dress is my kind of dress.
    ivy leaf, easy to say and hard to do, but wear what makes you happy, don't worry about our legs.
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