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Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Sharing, Inspiration, and Project Photos XXXII
« Last post by sdBev on Yesterday at 11:55:33 PM »

that is positively gorgeous.  off to read your blog.
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Sew what are you sewing this weekend? 3
« Last post by sdBev on Yesterday at 11:53:06 PM »
Stitched up a pair of Jalie Stretch Jeans from their new pattern this weekend.  In spite of the fact the fabric did not quite have enough stretch, they are fabulous. Worth the price of the pattern for sure.
Would that be the new Eleanors?   I'm drooling but unsure.
Quilting / I'm not sure if this is quilting....but...
« Last post by Syndi on Yesterday at 11:26:06 PM »
I was surfing today.....unfortunately not in blue waters....I came across this interesting textile art- I suppose that is what I'd call random, but somehow I like it....
here is another.....
here's a pic of a random "scrappy" quilt:
Chatter / Re: Dior and I
« Last post by Susan in Saint John on Yesterday at 11:10:22 PM »
Here's a list of places the movie is playing in the US:

When the link opens, it indicates that this movie is available on iTunes which I don't have installed on this computer.  I may have a look on my iPad later.
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Susan Khalje and the Shanel Jacket
« Last post by Susan in Saint John on Yesterday at 11:00:30 PM »
The course also includes a jacket pattern.  I have watched parts of the video.  There are complete instructions for making a plaid/striped jacket and also one which does not require any pattern matching.  Ten years ago I took this class with Susan.  In the video you can see the shape of the accompanying pattern sleeve which is much nicer than modifying a well fitting 2 piece sleeve.  Unlike her "Cocktail Dress" class, the jacket class includes extensive information about fitting.  Your purchase is good for 3 years -- my only complaint.
Fabrics / Re: real vs faux silk taffeta
« Last post by PatE on Yesterday at 10:29:38 PM »
Mary - I made a christening dress from the silk/cotton fabric from the site.  I washed the fabric first so it could be washed later on.  The fabric kept the slight silk shine even after washing.  The dress came out very well. Tiny pleats on the bodice were easy to do as the fabric was not as slippery as pure silk might have been.

I made the slip out of cotton batiste and embroidered the babies name and event date on the bottom of the slip.  I planned this as a family item so the second grand had their name and date added to the slip and it will continue to pass between my daughters as long as the grands keep coming.

Just wanted to let you know how nice that fabric is. I believe it is something the normally stock and the send samples as well.

Fabrics / Re: Summer fabrics that breathe?
« Last post by Patti B on Yesterday at 10:24:11 PM »
Theresa, handkerchief linen is lightweight linen and I too love it for wearing in the summer and for nightgowns any time of the year. Fabrics-store is a good source for linen. Here's what they have to say about handkerchief weight --

At a lighter weight of 3.5 ounces this 100% linen is woven with finer threads to give it a smoother appearance. Referred to as lightweight or handkerchief linen, this fine, but surprisingly sturdy linen brings new meaning to the term "sheer elegance".

Their regular linen is 5.3 oz. per yard. As Elona mentioned, it is lovely to sew as well as to wear.
Chatter / Re: Marie Kondo Tidying (KonMari)
« Last post by marguk on Yesterday at 10:17:24 PM »
Gail - I've not read either of the books you mention so cannot comment on those.  As with Ruthie and Lambie, this method seems to have struck a chord with me and the "decide what to keep" rather than what to discard approach seems to work.

My partner has not read the book and I doubt will ever do so, but as I have been sorting, things that belong to him have joined my own belongings.  For instance, I put all the books, except for my craft books that are all on a separate shelf in my sewing room, in the lounge - this was to enable me to clean the bookcases.  The pile of books included some that we both read and also those that are his technical or personal books.  I cleaned down the bookcases and put all the children's books together.  I did prune some of them but have left the majority for the grandchildren and will suggest to them that they may wish to sort them but I will not pressure them in to this as it is their choice.  The books that we both read and my own books, I went through and decided which I would like to keep and put these back on the bookshelf.  That left those that I now consider belong to my DH on the lounge floor and having left them there for a couple of days, I have noticed that he has moved a few back on to the bookshelf and others remained on the floor.   I asked him if he wanted me to put them back and I was in absolute shock when he said, no, what was left could go to the charity shop.  He has also been tidying bits and pieces in other places without any prompting or pressure from me. 

I am not sure why he is doing this as we are both hoarders but I seem to have turned a corner on keeping things that are meaningful for me and perhaps that is encouraging him to see that we do keep too much "stuff".  Not sure if he will continue but I am certainly not pressuring him into anything.

Time spent sorting varies from day to day and depends on other activities.  I think I am spending about an hour a day at the moment.   However, like Ruthie, I have trays around the house that I drop similar things into as I come across them.  I do then take a tray now and then and sort through it if I am having a cup of tea and tidy it out.  I'll immediately discard anything that I know I will not keep, even if it isn't in the category that I am currently concentrating on.  Other things that I cannot at the time make a decision about, I will leave in the tray and will consider with the rest of the category when I get to it.  I have been amazed to find how many similar things are turning up in the trays and also how much more quickly I can make a decision on what I would like to keep.  I think it will take me a year to get through the whole house but I am not in a rush - it has taken me a long time to get to this point and I will do a bit as and when I can.  This is another area that differs from KonMari when the tidying is seen as a special event and should be done at one time.  I couldn't physically cope with this and have so many other things demanding attention that it would not be possible for me to devote days at a time for it.

It is working for me and I am definitely in a happier place than when I first started but I can see that it will not be a solution for everyone - as Lambie says, each to their own and enjoy your own way.

Ruthie's post has just overlapped with this one and the area that I am struggling with is clearing the donate items out - I have 5 more bags in the hall at the moment waiting to go and it is holding me back from doing more but I cannot take them to the charity shop until next week at the earliest now.  I do agree that it would be really helpful to clear more quickly and physically see the difference.
Chatter / Re: Marie Kondo Tidying (KonMari)
« Last post by RuthieSews on Yesterday at 09:57:17 PM »
On one last observation from my process.
Once I had decided on donate vs keep, I tried to get the donate items out and properly store the keep items.
This avoided chaos before the next category.
Chatter / Re: Marie Kondo Tidying (KonMari)
« Last post by RuthieSews on Yesterday at 09:54:02 PM »
Hey Mary definitely some overlap and some extras in each of our posts.
I have my own place and my boyfriend has his own place, though he's here quite a lot at weekends.
So most of the stuff is just mine to decide and predates our relationship. There are a few things which he gave me, brought here or otherwise has some involvement with so those I leave to one side to discuss with him.
I can imagine if other people in the house are not on board it is definitely more challenging and I don't have much insight there.

I definitely feel I need to take the log out of my own eye before I try to take a speck out of someone else's eye. Ie deal with my own stuff first before advising anyone else!
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