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Machine Sewing / Re: Anyone Sewing Slippers?
« Last post by bessiecrocker on Yesterday at 11:32:34 AM »
  I never thought about rope sole.  I've got a surplus of woolen garments to be recycled and a few of those folders for making strips for rag rugs.  I wonder how a wool rag sole would work?  I'm intrigued.... I don't think I would like wearing neoprene as a fashion fabric.

....  I suppose I could give up the sitting and drinking coffee, but what fun would that be?  Add that to the very cold floors I have in here in the winter and I start shivering thinking about it.

... elastic backed fashion fabric strap to pull the boot part back tight after the foot was in.  Still thinking.

I'm hoping the neoprene will wear well.  It is warm for sure and two pieces that add up to a bit over a quarter inch make a soft sole.

Michael, I'll find some patterns for you...just haven't gotten to it yet. I know I have one that has an elastic back.

 In the make slippers warmer you can use Thermolite type interfacing. This works well with fabric, less well with felt or fleece. You might be able to use it between the layers of neoprene so the bottom is warmer, too. I don't know much about neoprene, maybe you wouldn't need the interfacing.

Neoprene is actually a very clever solution to make the soles. At one point I was making dance slippers for DD...finding something for the soles that was flexible and sturdy was always the challenge. You might try Shoo Goo as a way to make the soles last longer. Might not be necessary on neoprene? Neoprene outfits are popular with the teen set...I shop with DD. You won't find me wearing it either, unless I am scuba diving!

If you have wool scraps, I'd really say to try those for slippers. Braided ropes (for soles, maybe), but also try knitting thinner braids or strips and then felting in the washer. You might come up with some warm, cheap, durable slippers. Another good fabric is industrial felt...thick, like carpet backing or packing material. Maybe you need to live (like me) somewhere with lots of sheep so there is a good supply of surplus cheap wool!
Chatter / Re: Great British Sewing Bee charity specials
« Last post by annenet on Yesterday at 11:31:33 AM »
I finally got Hola working again on Firefox last night. So I saw episode 2 - what a hoot!
Chatter / Re: Sewing education
« Last post by Lisanne on Yesterday at 11:29:33 AM »
Here's a UK company that runs quilting holidays and cruises
SWAP 2014 / Re: SWAP 2015
« Last post by Lisanne on Yesterday at 11:23:06 AM »
I try not to beat myself up too much and just enjoy the sewing as a fun hobby and see it as a bonus if wearable clothes that go into regular rotation get produced!

Yes Ruthie, combined with my slow sewing, this means I'm not much good at actually producing co-ordinated groups.   I'm better at producing plans than at producing SWAPs (or even 6PACs)  ;D  but I do greatly enjoy seeing everyone else's successes.
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Sharing, Inspiration, and Project Photos XXXII
« Last post by Fairy on Yesterday at 11:07:04 AM »
So many gorgeous things! Love the up-cycled dress.

I have been busy sewing but not posting but now feel I have improved sufficiently to show what I have been up to.

This is a shirt I have made for my father in law. My inlaws spend most of their time in France and often meet up with their friends for looooong lunches. I thought this would be cool (x2) shirt for him to wear. Unfortunately 'Pina' isn't his size.

Close up of fabric

Oh the pictures have come up large

I will try and reduce the next ones....

My first attempt at a shirt dress

My second attempt at a shirt dress

I have called it my 'sew much fun' dress

And finally my 'marmite' dress. Friends either love of hate it. I'm planning on wearing it with thick tights and boots.


Now I am off to hem my latest attempt at a StyleArc top.

Keep sewing!!!!


Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: They're Baaaaaaack!
« Last post by Fidelia on Yesterday at 09:11:25 AM »
I love hosiery, and wear it almost every day. Must be very fine denier,, either completely neutral or, during the 1980s and 90s, brilliantly-coloured. I cringe when I see an otherwise well-dressed woman with bare legs. And, don't bare feet make shoe insoles icky?
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Endless Chain Sew Along
« Last post by RuthieSews on Yesterday at 08:04:51 AM »
Late to this sew along, but seeing those lovely brogues reminded me of some Clarks ones I have - one pair in black patent which I wear a lot, but the other pair is a distressed soft burgundy pink colour. I am going to see if I can find some burgundy opaque tights to wear with them as I generally only wear them with trousers as a pop of colour.

I've recently moved house (into my own little place after 3.5 years renting) and only started to unpack the sewing room stuff over the last few days. So I'm not sure what I am going to sew first. I suspect mending jobs and shortening curtains will be up there first unfortunately!
Hoping to get some inspiration here though.
SWAP 2014 / Re: SWAP 2015
« Last post by RuthieSews on Yesterday at 07:16:26 AM »
I've hopefully got a bit more sensible now, but I know the fact that as sewers we can have any design we can get a pattern for (or self draft), plus any fabric we can buy and put the two together is not always to our advantage as some crazy things can happen - I'm thinking about the turquoise trousers I made for SWAP 2009. I also did not wear the jacket much as it didn't accommodate my forward head/high round back fitting problem (which I didn't know how to fit for at the time), the turquoise skirt made me look huge and the dark brown sweater was too dark round my face.

I wore all the tees out, plus the dark trousers.
Fabrics / Re: Black stretch "leather"....
« Last post by Manuela in Hong Kong on Yesterday at 06:59:52 AM »
+ 1 for Pina's suggestion. I made a black leather sheath dress for my SWAP and have worn it often last winter. Can't wait for the temperatures to drop to wear it again.

Black leather dress by manuela.fridrich, on Flickr
Patterns and Instructions / Re: Style Arc Patterns 7
« Last post by BeaJay on Yesterday at 06:55:00 AM »
Anne - fabulous Ziggi. Love it.
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