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Two more things:
1) I've actually scaled down the buttons also dependant upon the size called for in the pattern. Not so much for 5/8" buttons on shirts/blouses but if a pattern calls for larger button sizes. Everything needs to relate to our body size.
2) One thing I've been playing with but not having put fully into practice:
I sometimes can't figure out exactly where a jacket/blouse/tee pattern should end on my hip based on the pattern illustration. So I've been playing with proportionality eg.
Take (my  height / pattern company height) x finished length of the garment. I'm thinking this will make it proportionate to my height. I need to actually muslin this to see how well it works.

Chatter / 52 years and counting.....
« Last post by lydia on Yesterday at 05:17:03 PM »
I have lasted fifty-two years of "wedded bliss"!  :-* The thrill must be gone, as the only person who remembered (other than DH) is a friend who helped me orchestrate the 50th bash.  Neither of the "children" have surfaced, so I am on the way to a garden center, which is advertising a bush and tree sale.  I want more Rose of Sharon bushes.  These seem to thrive on no care, save for a bit of pruning and some water soluble  fertilizer.  DH hates to mow around "stuff", but this time I want a bush where I can see the results from the kitchen window!  Wish me luck! ...........Lydia
Chatter / Re: September is (Inter) National Sewing Month
« Last post by lydia on Yesterday at 05:05:01 PM »
Our small ASG chapter will take a road trip to a fabric shop (where else???).  I am the "program" for our September meeting, so will show some of L. Cutting's shortcuts and practical ideas.  Right now, all this is in the thinking stage...........Lydia ???
Food/Recipes/Health / Re: What's for Dinner?
« Last post by Ann C on Yesterday at 05:01:16 PM »

That recipe looks quite good.  I hadn't looked at his recipe, but most everyone else's on the 'net.  He uses some spices that should add some really good flavor and I like that T of tomato paste - just a little taste of tomato would add a lot.  Hmmm - I think I'm getting hungry.  I might have to make that one for our dinner here at home this week to see how it tastes. If I can't find lamb, I'll break over and get ground beef.  Several have talked about some of the recipes being too bland and this one doesn't look to be.  I've been mulling over Michael's mention of rutabaga.  I like it, but haven't had any  in years since DH doesn't care for it.  I might get one and cook it for myself.  DM taught us to like most everything and I married a man who only eats mainstream meat and potatoes and other ordinary veggies and he won't even try some things.  I've converted him on a few things, but not rutabagas or turnips!
I am looking for vanilla bean paste - saw a recipe which used this, but am at a loss as to where to find it.  Looked at the usual sites - maybe I need an update............Lydia
So it sounds like you have discovered how difficult it is to sew with cats!  One of mine has learned to sit on the fabric if I am not giving her enough time.  Enjoy them.  One of my three died Friday.

image by LyndaCriswell3, on Flickr
Thank you for the link MTWKfal. At 5ft1 everything needs altering for me, but to complicate it I'm long waisted and actually 1/2" longer than standard back neck to waist measurements! Front still needs altering though so the 1/4" will be done on my next top.
Chatter / Re: September is (Inter) National Sewing Month
« Last post by ejvc on Yesterday at 04:37:44 PM »
I think I will celebrate by sewing something :-)
Sewing Environment / Re: September Challenge - Sewing Room Luxury!
« Last post by ejvc on Yesterday at 04:36:15 PM »
Hi everybody!  It's September 1st!  If you want to and you haven't already, today is a great day to take a "before" picture.

We have talked a lot about organising, but my own priorities (besides Getting Rid of Stuff) are:

1) a cover for the knitting machine;
2) a new cover for the ironing board;
3) a sleeve form!

And... a trash can :-)
Patterns and Instructions / Re: Style Arc Patterns 7
« Last post by Helen M on Yesterday at 04:30:31 PM »
Your anorak is superb Anne, well worth all of your effort!
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