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Chatter / Re: finding my lost sewing mojo...
« Last post by sdBev on Yesterday at 03:21:05 PM »
...When I feel up to the challenge of starting from square one on fitting, I may revisit them. My proportions and measurements are such ..
I dont know how our figuers diffee, but I feel the same frustration.  In the mirror, I see a fairly typical middle aged wpman. 'tho I supposed I'm now officially elderly.  My point is I look and feel normal, average. Why should fitting be so difficult and require so many muslins?  it's can definitily be a mojo killer.
Introductions / Another Newbee
« Last post by Holly Berry on Yesterday at 03:16:20 PM »
Hello I'm new to the Forum, having joined a few days ago. Thought I need to introduce myself, as only been lurking and reading all the lovely posts so far.

I live in the UK and although I have been sewing for many years, have only taken it back up again in the last 18months or so. Most of my sewing has been dressmaking and not much in the way of crafts. Recently though I've started patchwork and quilting and free motion machine embroidery.

I'm owned by several machines, my latest being the eldest.... a 1910 Singer 28k handcrank. The others are Singer 15k 81 (1954), Husqvarna #1 and Huskylock 560ED all inherited from my Mum and a Novum 5000(Janome) and Frister Rossmann 6 overlocker.  I think I have been seduced by Vintage Singers, so may add more in the future

Looking forward to chatting to you.

Chatter / Re: Inspiring Story
« Last post by Robin K on Yesterday at 03:11:07 PM »
Richard, I have been sewing for a million years but I have never sew for children.  Since I am basically a costumer I rarely use commercial patterns but I thought I'd better buy one for this project since I don't have a model to try the clothing on and I have no idea of realistic dimensions.  My small, local, buy-pretty-much-anything-under-the-sun store, had a line of patterns called See & Sew and I picked up a pattern for a simple pull over dress that included a top and shorts version.  In Canada the price was $3.89 and in the envelope says that the price is $2.99 in the States -- so it doesn't break the bank like some commercial patterns.

I don't see why the shorts couldn't be used for boys as well as girls.  The pattern number is B5442.  The shorts are very simple with an elastic waist.  The fabric they suggest on the pattern is:  lightweight broadcloth, lightweight linen, lightweight pique and cotton.  I'm not familiar with the Joanne fabric store (but I suspect it is  very similar to the Canadian Fabricland chain) so I can't point you to a specific fabric at Joannes.  One easy way of finding a cotton/polyester blend (i.e. broadcloth) or cotton is to head to the quilting department.  I'm sure you will find what you need in that department as far as fibre content is concerned and they will most likely have some interesting patterns and colours to choose from as well.

Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Sew what are you sewing this weekend? 2
« Last post by Michael A on Yesterday at 02:47:14 PM »
Theresa - Thanks again.  I put up a question re: Sou'westers in the other thread.

Karendee - Thank you, you are very kind.

BetsyV -  Thanks.  What DH wouldn't like a nice cap?  ha ha.  Love the Suzie's you made.  I'm pretty keen on found fabrics too and it looks like you found some nice ones.

Individual Projects, Projects in Progress, and UFOs / Re: My Cap a Day
« Last post by Michael A on Yesterday at 02:39:43 PM »
Theresa - Thanks.  I really like both of these last two efforts and am vacillating between them as to which I like best.  There is something in the 3-D rumple of the 8 panel that really appeals to me,  I'm really keen on the color combo of the linen and the leather too.  The linen is almost exactly the color I got when I dyed cotton duck with butternuts and an alum mordant, and wool with no mordant.  One thing I've learned on the flat cap is that I really like leather as the stiffener for the bill.  I don't know why in all my searches for hat and cap construction I never saw that mentioned until now.

I did a little searching on souwester construction yesterday and found a few old salts who say they prefer the old waxed cotton, even though it's not totally waterproof, and rubber hats because their weight and stiffness keep them from blowing up in the wind.  What sort of sandwich were you using with the Goretex back in your hat making days?

Thanks again,
Patterns and Instructions / Re: Style Arc Patterns 7
« Last post by erinalter on Yesterday at 02:14:14 PM »
thank you ladies!
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Sew what are you sewing this weekend? 2
« Last post by BetsyV on Yesterday at 02:00:08 PM »
Michael I love that cap. I wonder if DH would like one?

Here are the 3 Style Arc Suzie's I made. Just got the last 5 buttons on yesterday.

Left to right: a found fabric, polyester jacquard; a Craig's List bonus fabric, silk dupioni (we went to pick up a pair of speakers and got this remnant as well); a fine, lightweight rayon in a narrow herringbone weave, also found, not purchased.
Chatter / Re: Inspiring Story
« Last post by rckendall on Yesterday at 01:12:06 PM »
Thanks for your reply. I spent some time yesterday on the Little Dresses website also, and I really do want to participate. Although it was the beauty of those little girls that drew me in, the practical side of me sees that the boys need shorts. So, I'll try to do some of each.

I found some tutorials on Nancy's Notions for dresses but still looking for acceptable shorts patterns. No buttons or zipper designs are the preferred type. I am new to sewing and have never sewn a garment, so I will probably need some help from the folks here.

I would appreciate any help with patterns or choices of materials for a start. I suppose I could go to Joann's or other fabric store and ask for their assistance with material, but sometimes that approach doesn't work well for me. Comments anyone?

Patterns and Instructions / Re: Style Arc Patterns 7
« Last post by Sergerqueen on Yesterday at 01:11:49 PM »
Great job on your Stella!  Aren't you glad you persisted thru the hard parts?  I am inspired now to make a spring one.
Patterns and Instructions / Re: Tessuti Patterns
« Last post by fzxdoc on Yesterday at 12:59:11 PM »
Congratulations on taking up a linen challenge and making that jacket, Shams. You chose the perfect fabric for it. Great job!

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