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Patterns and Instructions / Re: New style of pattern magazines
« Last post by Lisanne on Today at 01:23:16 PM »
Thanks for that Helen, Iíll look out for it
If there is any advance advertising about it, it isnít obvious to Google !
Patterns and Instructions / Re: Tessuti Patterns
« Last post by LOUISE CUTTING on Today at 01:13:09 PM »
It's the old 1476 Vogue that was in the book for years. It has the huge surplus coat...but the blouse was also great. I think it was in the book for about 20 years. You need the different sizes for the blouse, (the neck circumference) but everyone and their sister could be in the size 8 in the coat. The pattern was so vintage (but his designs were so fashion forward) they came in individual sizes and I think the original pattern price was under $10 full retail.

Both the shirt and coat are still great pattern styles. Often found on Ebay or Etsy.

till later, Louise
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Fashion beyond Middle Age
« Last post by Lisanne on Today at 01:12:55 PM »
Michael - you can move on from fabric caps.
Lots of links on making your own felt hats.
hereís one starting from felt
hereís one starting with wool fibres
this one isnít free but has a book and DVD

I think making your own straw hat would be more of a challenge !
Marcy, I love love love those pockets, what an absolutely brilliant idea  :notworthy:

Oh! I forgot to mention the pockets in my kudos. They're marvelous, Margy. Absolutely perfect for the vest.

Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Fashion beyond Middle Age
« Last post by Michael A on Today at 12:56:46 PM »
I stumbled onto another photo feed. but this time involving gentlemen of a certain age.  I found it entertaining.  And I really want some of those hats.

Patterns and Instructions / Re: Tessuti Patterns
« Last post by martha.myers on Today at 12:46:57 PM »
Sorry, Kathryn, I don't know which pattern. Wish I had it though! Martha
Patterns and Instructions / Re: Tessuti Patterns
« Last post by fzxdoc on Today at 12:31:12 PM »
All 3 of these - The Sewing Workshop, Cutting Line Designs, and now Tessuti - are based on an old Issey Miyake design. It is such a great design. I love, love, love TSW's Liberty and have made it numerous times. I have CLD's version ready to cut. And I will most definitely buy the Helga. Love all Tessuti patterns.


Martha, do you remember which Issey Miyake design the tops are based on? I'm wondering if I have the pattern.

I like the collarless version of the Tessuti a lot.

Tessuti Helga:

TSW Liberty:

Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Fashion beyond Middle Age
« Last post by RobbieK on Today at 11:59:54 AM »
Patterns and Instructions / Re: New style of pattern magazines
« Last post by Helen M on Today at 11:40:33 AM »
Lisanne at long last I found the source I'd read (it was really bugging me!). 2 are more craft based and out now but one is sewing with free patterns and will be published 13 May

The titles are as follows :-

The Craft Network Home -  Home ideas, upcycling, sewing, diy and papercraft.   

Love to Knit & Crochet - 20 knit and crochet patterns + free crochet kit

The Craft Network Sewing - Free pattern in every issue, dressmaking ideas and techniques, garments and accessories and exclusive patterns.

I've now just got to find the recipe I saw somewhere about the same time as this!
Chatter / Re: When do you sew
« Last post by sewvt on Today at 11:31:58 AM »
I struggle to find a need for doing things

Maybe we are sisters of different parents, Celia  ;D  I understand this one well.  It seems to add another dimension for me to sew for a specific reason, whether a project for myself or for others.  It may have to do with my lifelong love of problem-solving or meeting challenges (or whatever terminology).  Just knowing that there is some issue to be resolved will get my mojo going.  Can't find a thing in a preferred color, style, size, etc. - oooh, I know how to make that.  Can't get the neckline just right?  The brain wheels immediately start turning.  I'm most inspired by solving a problem, less so by just playing with random items to see what results.  I've also done a lot of sewing for an older lady with special requirements, knitted wild hats for kids who can't find or afford some new style and so on.  I think discovering what turns your personal creative crank and then finding opportunities within your life situation to make that happen, helps with this issue.   As you said, it just takes some time and patience with yourself as you figure it out.
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