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Chatter / Re: Cats
« Last post by Garden Girl on Yesterday at 08:33:39 PM »
We all sound like cat/animal lovers, but the financial cost to have them neutered/spayed is a factor in how many I can adopt.  Three is the most I have adopted at one time.  I am down to one now, but don't want to upset her with a new kitten.

Lynda, I think that's wise. You could possibly adopt a very mellow adult cat that needs a new home, if you could bring it home on trial. But if it upsets Ivy at all, no way. We knew we could get Buddy a new cat. He's always had other cats and is easy going. He likes to be outside and he and Cali hit it off out there. Having another cat there at meal time improves his appetite; his Vet called him a competitive eater. So for him, it works. On the other hand, the Feral cat that's outside now was terrorizing him, especially at mealtime, so his pancreatitis flared up from the stress.
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Thanks for posting those links, Joy.  I don't wear a lot of jackets so I'm not the voice of experience but I thought you were supposed to have more arm mobility with a smaller, higher armhole.  I'd like to have more jackets to wear so maybe I should figure this out first. ;)  I like the lined cuffs.  My arms are very long and having the ability to wear the sleeve shorter has lots of appeal.

"They" say that, but I've never found it to be true for me, especially in RTW. If you we're sticking your arm straight out to the side or reaching up over head, perhaps, but for reaching forward, to shake constituents hands as an example, not so good. It would cut into the front of your armpit and you'd be pretty sore that evening.

I read the article. It seemed almost to be as much a promo for a certain political outlook as for the clothing. None of them women I'd want to emulate or particularly care for. (And I'm a Dem, so go figure.) I'm with most of the commentors on the article in that I found most of it pretty frumpy.

The narrow shoulder bit is no good for me; I've got the nice shoulders the rest many of you dream of. So, narrow baad. I do like a turn up cuff. Back in the 80's I wore, and sold, a ton of Paul Stanley wool gabardine suiting separates. He did a classic shawl collar jacket, patch pockets on front, with convertible sleeves. No buttons, but it looked great belted with a narrow leather belt. You could fold them down or turn them up without the lining showing. Great pieces; if they fit they would look fine today. The shoulder pads were not exaggerated on these pieces. He also did more standard jackets as well as trendy pieces. There was a variety of pants and skirts that went with and always a few novelty weaves each season. Jackets were low $200 and skirts in a $95 to $125 range. I dressed a lot of attorneys, stock brokers and insurance agents.
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Chatter / Re: Cats
« Last post by LyndaC on Yesterday at 08:11:14 PM »
We all sound like cat/animal lovers, but the financial cost to have them neutered/spayed is a factor in how many I can adopt.  Three is the most I have adopted at one time.  I am down to one now, but don't want to upset her with a new kitten.
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Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Wardrobe and Capsule Planning References 2
« Last post by LyndaC on Yesterday at 08:06:00 PM »
You will love it!  It is just as warm, but has a more intresting texture, feels very lightweight - and it washable! 

Mistreat it a LOT washing and drying it!
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Eyedry, that's a good idea! I've done something similar in the past with good results.

Wendy
, as for the watermarks, try Howard's Restor-A-Finish. Many antique dealers swear by it. Many a time we would get something cheap at a yard sale and all it need to make it booth ready was a wipe down with Howard's. I've used it for over 40 years. It has never failed to get water rings out of furniture for me. It's oil based, so you can't put doilies or a table cover on something for a few days until it's completely penetrated. But I love the stuff. Dark walnut is my go to color; even good on oak pieces that have a walnut stain rather than Golden Oak finish. NAYY, just a very happy customer. Most coop antique malls will have this for sale as well as some home improvement shops. They have a store locator which also tells you which products they carry.

No cats here.  I prefer dogs, but no dogs either. But you are right, it's also possible to damage the wood. Clawing post, anyone?

LOL! Cats...yeah. I have a set of very old Spanish design oak chairs with tapestry panels on seat and back. We're talking horse hair stuffing. I know this thanks to the cats. :) They need to have the back legs filled then refinished; talk about grain in wood. The ironic thing is this type of chair typically has carved finials. These have lion heads, snarling, as finials. Complete with green rhinestones (emeralds?) in brass fitments inset. Cat on cat violence; so sad to see. ;)
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Quilting / Re: Alternative Batting?
« Last post by Garden Girl on Yesterday at 07:37:34 PM »
I agree with the suggestion to ask the recipient what they may want.  Here is some silk with a bit of poly that sounds really nice as well.  Shop around for deals.

https://www.connectingthreads.com/batting/Hobbs_Tuscany_Silk_Batting__DHobbsSilk.html#viewOptions

Monroe
, I've touched fondled that silk batting and it is nice. I like the wool my quilt shop carries and the one Hancock had was nice. No labels on either roll so I don't know the manufacturer. :(

Pina, Warm & Natural is the go to cotton batt that I and most of my friends use for at least 90% of the quilts I see made. Although thin, it is the standard weight in cotton batting. It's not puffy, like a poly would be, but gives that nice, slightly rumpled look of antique quilts.

Syndi, I did get a chuckle that after all the chat on options you went with what I consider the go to batt. You really can't go wrong with a thin cotton batt.

There is also a thin cotton batt on the market that is designed to be split into thinner layers but I have no idea what it is called. It was hard to split a large piece, but for lap quilts or smaller it was pretty easy. Some people would use it for wearable art jackets where you don't want to look like you're actually wearing a quilt when you're done.
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Machine Embroidery / Re: Free Embroidery Designs 2015,2016
« Last post by Garden Girl on Yesterday at 07:16:19 PM »
Pina, I've sent you a PM.
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I like a smaller, higher armhole for mobility, but this kind of armhole really needs to be paired with a well fitting bodice (shoulder, back, bust) in order to actually be effective. I don't know if they are really found in RTW? That's one reason I'm glad I sew! I don't think the designer is making low armholes, she's just not making couture or made to measure.
I think the designer is making a necessary compromise between back and shoulder. I'm not meaning to be negative when I say that at all. I would speculate that by making the shoulders more narrow as a standard, she's got to allow more room elsewhere for mobility to not be an issue generally for various body shapes, and she's swapping that out for more room in the back.

I'd like to see some of the details she uses in less expensive RTW. I like the narrow shoulders, the cuffs which can be rolled or not (if you have long arms), etc.

Aida Dalati makes beautiful jackets.
Based on style, I think if I made a Venn diagram of jacket wearers, there wouldn't be too much overlap between those wearers of AD jackets at a certain occasion, and those wearers of NM jackets to the same occasion.
Maybe I'm a nerd.
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Machine Embroidery / Re: Free Embroidery Designs 2015,2016
« Last post by Garden Girl on Yesterday at 07:09:33 PM »
Rene,that's what I did several times. LOL I did get 3 automatic e-mails with the cow picture,it wasn't clickable,no attachment,no link,no newsletter. Then I created an account and clicked on the subscribe to newsletter button again,no other e-mails since.  ;D

Crumb cakes! I've already deleted the e-mail so can't tell you what precisely was there. I couldn't even tell you where to find it. :( But, I still have an e-mail from the last newsletter subscriber only alphabet, a sort of odd looking Swan one. It showed new products, then down the page it said: New Swan Font update click photo to get to the page read instructions below..

Then the photo, followed by: PLEASE READ Click photo above for New Place for free designs.. Then look down on the page in with the text for set.. Think you will find this better. They will be hidden on my site in different places each week.. So you must be signed up for this newsletter to know where to find them. You may not share this file.. It is for signed up newsletter customers only.. These are free till next set becomes available.. Update will be with each new set.. Click photo on This page in with the text you will see it with design write up..

While they are active, usually about a week, you click the photo in the newsletter which takes you to a page of designs. You then need to shop through scroll down through the designs and low on the page you find the current set of three letters. You click it and it downloads.

So, Pina, my advice would be if you don't get a newsletter tomorrow, then tomorrow night or Tues AM e-mail Betty and tell her. We are following her rules by my not giving out the link to you but directing you to her newsletter subscription page. I enjoy seeing the new sets, finding out about sales, etc. And, of course, the free alphabet!
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Machine Embroidery / Re: Free Embroidery Designs 2015,2016
« Last post by Pina on Yesterday at 06:45:34 PM »
Rene,that's what I did several times. LOL I did get 3 automatic e-mails with the cow picture,it wasn't clickable,no attachment,no link,no newsletter. Then I created an account and clicked on the subscribe to newsletter button again,no other e-mails since.  ;D
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