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Chatter / Re: Great British Sewing Bee 2015
« Last post by RuthieSews on Today at 07:43:39 AM »
My copy of the new book has arrived.
It looks quite good (much better than the first one which I also have, I didn't bother with the second). Without much thought I could imagine making
- Casual trousers
- Silk woven tee
- Lace pencil skirt
- Vintage inspired blouse

So that would appear to be a hit fairly quickly as those are all real clothes.

I did enjoy last night's challenge, and was reminded of some chunky chocolate brown lace I've been planning to make into a skirt for a long time. Maybe this Autumn its time will come!
I made my first ever wrap dress - technically this is actually a faux wrap, exactly what I need. The pattern is McCall's 6884, I can highly recommend it - this pattern and I will have a long and lasting relationship methinks  ;)
The pattern comes with a gathered as well as a not-gathered version, as well as a version of this dress with sleeves, making it really versatile.
For many years I thought wrap dresses are not for me. I don't like A-line shapes on me, considered wrap dresses too fiddely-diddely and didn't like the 'accidental exposure' factor. Going to work I walk along a beach and cross a lengthy foot bridge. Given Hong Kong's close proximity to the sea, it can be quite windy here, thus I've seen my fair share of afore mentioned accidental exposures  >:D
This is essentially a wearable muslin I made from leftover fabrics.
The fit right out of the envelope was not bad, I did the following tweaks:
 straightened the shoulder seams
- shortened the centre back 1" between neck and waist
- lowered the waist 1" (even though I am short waisted, the waist point is too high), that took care of the FBA I would usually have to do. I'm a 34D, but there is enough front length to accomodate that.
- closed the right side seam down to the hem
- finished arm holes and neck hole with bias binding
- found the gathering a bit too much, so I took the not-gathered front piece and opened it 4.5" to create a slightly less gathered version of this dress
- pinched the front neck line 1/2"

Untitled by manuela.fridrich, on FlickrUntitled by manuela.fridrich, on Flickr

Here a close up of the right side seam (basically the 'faux' part of this dress)

Untitled by manuela.fridrich, on Flickr
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Culottes - really back
« Last post by RuthieSews on Today at 06:50:12 AM »
Those are lovely!

The fashion pages have ones like that plus also the more voluminous style and also several lengths.
So I think if we want to wear them there are lots of different choices.
I agree that they are more likely to be worn once the weather warms up a bit.
Quilting / Re: Charity Quilting Stash Advice Needed
« Last post by Pina on Today at 06:39:58 AM »
Janet,there are several Quilters' Guilds in B.C.,if you think the fabric at your local charity quilting group should be better,I like to suggest to talk to the members at a meeting.

I'm not a quilter and don’t belong to the local area Quilters' Guild,(a non-profit Society).A friend always used her own good quality fabric to create her beautiful hand quilted quilts she donated to charity. In the link near the bottom of the page it says,”unisex quilts approximately lap sized are suggested for members who would like to participate in this worthwhile event but any size is welcome.” 

In the Preemie Quilt Program it says,”We are overwhelmed with the generosity and kindness of so many of you. We have had many donations of good quality fabric, flannelette and batting and of course that helps the program keep the costs within reason. We would definitely not be able to contribute nearly so many beautifully made little quilts.”

“Thank you!

We would like to thank all of the generous members that bring us good quality cotton fabric,batting and flannelette. We have limited resources so really appreciate every donation that we receive. You can be sure that it will turn up in a Preemie Quilt very shortly afterward.”
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Shirt a Month 2
« Last post by theresa in tucson on Today at 05:44:52 AM »
Blue Mooney, felling the armhole seam only works if the sleeve is a fairly low capped shirt sleeve.  When felling a higher cap sleeve I cheat and do a fake fell seam and clip curves.

I'm currently working on a shirt for the offspring, a Negroni campshirt.  Had to toss the sewn in interfacing for the front facing as it kept puckering no matter what I did.  It was some poly cotton sheeting that I had thrifted and it just wouldn't behave.  I used the same fabric for the yoke on another shirt and had no trouble but sewing it to my soft cotton fabric just wouldn't work.  I ended up interfacing with Pam's "Shirtcrisp" and overlocking the edge with much better results.

Used one of those Rowenta steam irons today, the ones that sit on a gigantic reservoir, and I want one.  Boy does that iron put out steam!
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Inspiration jacket
« Last post by Morejoy on Today at 05:07:58 AM »
Oh Manuela .. another of your fabulous kantha creations to covet.  Just
beautiful ... I can see it with a black turtleneck, black slacks, black boots
or pumps ... so elegant and classy. ...sigh ....  Very lovely, love the
colors.  Your students' jaws must drop when you show up looking like a
knockout ..mucho kudos~!

Chatter / Re: Great British Sewing Bee 2015
« Last post by Stephie on Today at 04:11:06 AM »

Pina, Thanks so much for posting the link. I was having no luck getting this week at all.
Wow, such difficult challenges this week. Don't you love Deborah's attitude.

So admiring these contestants,
Quilting / Re: Charity Quilting Stash Advice Needed
« Last post by WesternWilson on Today at 04:09:46 AM »
You know, I can see that happening in a street environment, but a lot of these quilts go to hospice and places like that where drugs and associated crime are at a minimum. I think the stash, horrible as it sounds, is more a result of them getting the fabrics no one really ever could find a use for.

So I wonder...what to other charity quilt groups do to generate a flow of fabric?
Thanks for the compliments on my blazer. I'm finding that even though it is such a bright/unique color, it works with a lot of my wardrobe and I've been reaching for it all the time.

Becky - LOVE that orangey-coral fabric. It will make a great looking jacket, too. And it looks like it would play really well with the fabrics you posted right below it...meant to be?

Manuela - great dress/coat/vest collection. I love that pink Kantha coat, and those dresses are great bases for almost any type of layering piece/accessory you could want.

Chatter / Re: Great British Sewing Bee 2015
« Last post by Manuela in Hong Kong on Today at 03:06:11 AM »
Thank you magimum  :)
This time I'm able to watch the Great British Sewing Bee as soon as the episodes are broadcasted. I really enjoy this series.
After seeing the latest episode, I'm lusting after that beautiful lace Deborah used....
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