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Fabrics / Re: Stretch lace fabric for leggings/tights
« Last post by bessiecrocker on Today at 08:29:36 AM »
I've got your climate...and your problem with fabric weight for tights. I think you'll do better than you think with this. My suggestion is to contact sellers with lingerie fabrics. They know lace and they know stretch. They can give you some great advice. (and get samples, if you have the time or inclination.) For sources, look on the threads here that talk about lingerie, or bra, making. I also recommend Ann St. Clare from Needlenook Fabrics...she doesn't have lots of on-line fabrics, but would be a great resource. Call her on the phone.

Another could get two fabrics with similar stretch, use one as underlining and the other as outside fabric (lace)...layering two different fabrics, basically a two layer tight. I just made some tights out of stretch poly crepe...great fabric and could easily be used as a base layer with lace over it.

Modern stretch lace with Lycra is pretty substantial. It looks thin but it is strong. You want the kind of lace they use to make dance or skating costumes (or lingerie!).
SWAP 2014 / Re: Debbie's Sons Seprarates Swap
« Last post by DebbieY on Today at 07:32:33 AM »
This is what my SWAP looks like so far (except the white t-shirt shown is not actual item, no pics of that one yet) ...

just one wild card to go ...
Food/Recipes/Health / Re: Have any new recipes in mind? 2
« Last post by Pina on Today at 05:22:37 AM »
Thanks,Kathryn,the grilled flat iron steak recipe with chimichurri sauce looks delicious !  :)

I have never seen flat iron steak at local butcher stores.It helps to know that it comes from the top of the blade chuck roast.I know DH will like the chimichurri sauce,(it has garlic in it :D ).

I didn't cook the eye-of-round steaks yet,in the video it said to cook the steaks for 45 minutes,( I was afraid I might serve beef leather for dinner  ::) ;D ).I cooked this with ground beef instead.

Karent,I never heard of grass pasteured beef,around here we call it grass-fed beef.  ;D A thirty minutes drive away on the freeway is the only 100% certified organic "grass-fed & finished" beef producer around here.The cows live outside,exclusively. During the warmer months they graze on certified-organic pasture,during the colder months they feed them certified-organic hay.They never get grain. (I don't like to eat lamb either   ;) )
Regional Groups / Re: UK chat
« Last post by mcgintie on Today at 05:21:52 AM »
I picked up a Sahara catalogue and love their new designs and fabrics. Does anyone know of a source for waffle cotton fabric that is similar?
If anyone visiting Bristol wants a coffee and a trip to Fabricland, just get in touch.
Hi SarahLou!

Not sure what happened with your image.  The formating is wrong, but fixing the formating didn't display the image.  Couldn't find it on  your blog, but think I found the image by using your url in my browser to view the image, then used Google to search for the image.  Think I found it, but with a different url, that would display here.  At any rate, I think this is your image ;) ;D:


Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Duchess of Cambridge as a SWAP example
« Last post by Ann on Today at 04:22:19 AM »
The Style Arc is a perfect match. If I wore dresses I would be ordering that one. I love it I. The gold but it would look great in green also.
SWAP 2014 / Re: Debbie's Sons Seprarates Swap
« Last post by DebbieY on Today at 04:19:51 AM »

I used the same pattern as for the black sleeveless, white short sleeve and black long sleeve t-shirts although this time I used a plain for the shoulders and a print for the rest.

Initially I intended to use black for the shoulders but I forgot I had already used the leftovers to make the black sleeveless shirt, so white it had to be. The patterned fabric was from Crafty Mamma's and while it is a tad expensive, compared to what is on offer in Lincraft and Spotlight, it is far better quality. I don't know why but this finished t-shirt makes me happy and little man thinks it's awesome (which is all that matters really).

Still unsure as to whether I will get another item done for SWAP but one item can be purchased so that is always an option ...

Completed items (ten) - 2 pair shorts, 2 pairs pants, 1 sleeveless t-shirt, 1 l/sleeve t-shirt, 2 s/sleeve t-shirt, 1 shirt and 1 sweater.
Yet to start (one) - 1 jacket/hoodie or other (this may be purchased)
Machine Embroidery / Re: 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 Embroidery Freebies
« Last post by Pina on Today at 04:16:37 AM »
Embroidery Library,8 Spring Butterflies,free through April 20th only!  ;)

Chatter / Re: Anyone have a Chromebook?
« Last post by granmomus on Today at 03:31:18 AM »
I have one that I bought just to use when traveling, I liked the small size & low cost. To be honest I haven't used it enough to say much about it but when I have used it it did well, no complaints.
Patterns and Instructions / Re: Style Arc Patterns 6
« Last post by clothingengineer on Today at 02:56:55 AM »
Hi Everyone

Well my very first order has been confirmed...... the "sisterhood of the traveling pants", the willow slacks and the melissa blouse should be on their way to me shortly.  I went to Joanns this weekend as they had their suiting on sale for 40% off so I was able to pick up several yards of their version of stretch bengaline. I am hoping it will make a decent muslin fabric.  Now I need to get into the sewing room and get it cleaned up for what I anticipate to be a sewing frenzy once my patterns arrive.

I do have a question about the Linda pants, I remember reading that someone uses Power net as the facing for the waistband. Does anyone know where you would source Power net? Also, where is everyone finding stretch denim or twill that has enough stretch for the Linda or Barb slacks.

I'm not sure what they mean by using power net as a facing; the waistband is just a rectangular piece that is folded over the elastic, attached to the upper edge of the pants, and topstitched in place.

I notice that rectangular/apple shaped figures sometimes do ok with typical stretch wovens (15% stretch). I'm a pear and I feel most comfortable in a fabric with at least 25% stretch. So for that reason I order the viscose/nylon/spandex bengaline from Nortex Mill in the UK, which has 30-35% stretch and is identical to the fabric sample Style Arc provided with the pattern. I've also used the "matte hybrid" fabric from Emma One Sock. I prefer the bengaline because I don't tolerate polyester fabrics well, but it has a fantastic drape which works well with the wider leg of the Linda. It is also durable, easy to care for, and has a ton of stretch. Lots of people have also used ponte.
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