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SWAP 2015 / Re: SWAP 2015 Discussion
« Last post by magimum on Yesterday at 09:18:51 PM »
Finally had some time to look properly at everyones SWAP plans. What fabulous ideas you all have!!

Boppingbeth, laughing out loud at the Artsy Fartsy SWAP of foolishness. I like your colours of black with plums/pinks.

FabricKated love your loud wool fabric, stunning whether you go for the coat or the suit. And be assured the shawl idea isn't completely dismissedů..just fermenting!

MsSindy your spreadsheet inspired me to make a LOT of lists! Really versatile choice of garments.

IndigoTiger, I always enjoy your pattern choices, looking forward to seeing your final collection.

Maggie,the payday AC tops sound like fun!

Lynn, loving the mix of textures. Personally I'd use the greens with those neutrals, just to add another dimension.

Bohocute, mustard!! I love mustard, can't wear it, but envious of those who can.

Morzel, cool pictures, and really lovely colour combinations. I especially like the asymmetric blouse.

Cheryl, I still adore those shoes, IMHO they can work with either of your proposals, chic or casual.

Abbie's rainbow swap is amazing, so much fun! And Stephanie's too, both really lucky girls (and of good taste!)

And excited to see Mary, Carol, ejvc and BeeBee all taking partů.

This forum never ceases to amaze me with its positive mutual support and enthusiasm. Everyone's styles, taste and level of experience are so different, but all so well received. It's done wonders for my sewing enthusiasm, I can tell you.
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Sharing, Inspiration, and Project Photos XXXII
« Last post by BetsyV on Yesterday at 08:29:15 PM »
Mrs Eccentric what a great outfit! Love everything about it
TempestStorm fantastic needlebook, a great way to try out embellishing techniques
Dixie how lovely to see you again! Wonderful job on the 3 versions of that Marcy Tilton pattern
SWAP 2015 / Re: SWAP 2015 Discussion
« Last post by Beebeeshandmadedress on Yesterday at 08:26:54 PM »
Hehe FabricKate I'm with EJVC I'm not known for completing much|! But I was pleased to finish the SWAP last year. I had quite a few less commitments then but I'm hoping I can still get a good chunk done.
 For me last time it was the simple garments that saved me! Had I picked jackets and trouser combinations I would have had no chance whatsoever! I'm really enjoying people's plans so far!
inseam pockets under the flap, where they belong. Since there is a flap, use lining fabric for the entire pocket.
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: The Colorful Closet
« Last post by Ruth F on Yesterday at 07:56:09 PM »
Here's one in full of colour - predominantly orange. Last year I did a Rainbow SWAP and I'm beginning to believe that this has metastasized to other projects. (BTW - I do used to word advisedly).

Use your colour! It makes you feel happy and look good!
Fabrics / Re: the gleener for knits
« Last post by Sewshopper on Yesterday at 07:48:01 PM »
I tend to be a sucker for gizmos so ordered both the Gleener and the Laundress because during winter I tend to wear sweaters and deal with pilling.

This morning I used the Gleener and found the results very worthwhile.  It comes in a black bag for storage and has 3 or 4 additional varied size heads.

When I ordered The Laundress, the postage was almost as much as the item, probably due to the fact that it came in a 10x10x4 inch box. The item is all of about 3 x 3/8 inches.  It just stores in a plastic bag.  It gives pretty much the same results.

I agree with Spookie too. Use the flaps for what they are intended for and get the pockets underneath, using a welt. But I would make the pockets themselves from lining fabric. However Blue Mooney's idea of internal pockets is a brilliant lateral thought. Finally I have often put in seam pockets in the side seam, with coat fabric on the back, and lining on the front, and they do the job well. But they can look a bit informal and baggy as you walk around with your hands in there and the coat flapping - this pattern demands a bit more formality I would say.
Chatter / Re: The Fall Porch (S. Hemis.: Spring Garden)
« Last post by janquiltz on Yesterday at 07:15:20 PM »
Welcome Storm!  I too hope the portfolio shows up.

Thanks for the tip on Toto toilets, not sure if/when we will replace one, but good to know they are good.  All I have heard is the grief over the bad performance of the low flow ones.  And, having two old bathrooms (this house and the other) it is a given that sooner or later something will 'go' and we'll have to redo them.   

What a beautiful day!  It was absolutely freezing much of this past week, and is balmy in comparison, in the 50's.   It is to be 69 tomorrow, and that's absolutely insane...way too warm after all that cold! :)   Rain too, but I have to get a lot done, rain or no rain, it is shopping day for Thanksgiving, among other things.   

Miranda, great pics!    I love penguins, well, did...they are still OK, LOL, but I've kind of grown out of it over the years.   I've had all manner of penguins, and still have some Christmasy ones I bring out for the holidays.   

I don't post many pics of the grandkids here, but wanted to share this one of Nathan.    He is dressed of course for the cold we've had, he'd melt in that suit tomorrow!  He is Mr. Personality, so sweet.   I love his smile, he beams on all.   I'd like to say he knows me when I come into the house, the way he smiles with his entire body, but alas, he does it for strangers too!    LOL.  He's 8 months old now...time sure does fly!

Reviews / Craftsy classes sale $19.99
« Last post by Miranda Y. on Yesterday at 07:09:55 PM »
If I recall they're Black Friday sale disnt have much fanfare last year. I just happened to go to the site last year and evrything was on crazy sale.
Reviews / Re: Craftsy classes sale $19.99
« Last post by Shannonfax on Yesterday at 06:53:33 PM »
I took a Vietnamese cooking class while living in Beijing and made pho both in class and at home. It was the best food I've ever made, and it was fun to make. I'd highly recommend a pho cooking class.

Kathryn, do you still have any sewing classes left you want to take? That's quite an impressive number.

Thanks for the heads up on the Black Friday sale. Is it just the day of? Hopefully they'll give it to people outside the US, too. I haven't gotten an email, and I don't see any advertisements on the site.
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