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Chatter / Re: The Summer Porch (S. Hemis: The Winter Fireside)
« Last post by Laurie H on Yesterday at 12:12:14 PM »
I hope your computer gets to you soon.  I agree, a Kindle is no way to post/type.  Sometimes, I'm not even able to type using a keyboard and I have to do it every day at work.   :lost:

DH called D last night and he (D) will be over today and will get the living room floor done as far as drilling, placing the screws and plugging the holes.  We make our own plugs, so he'll have to do that as well.  J will be driving his dad's dump truck again today.   I laid out 2 boxes worth of prefinished flooring in the spare room last night.  Just the way I wanted it.  It looks wonderful.  I just might actually install it myself, now that I have so much laid out.  DH isn't sure I can do it, but I think I can.  He should know by now that he should NEVER tell me that he's not sure I can do something.  I just have to prove that I can now. 

CHALLENGE!   :applause2:
Chatter / Re: Why I will never eat a non-organic peach again
« Last post by vtmartha on Yesterday at 10:58:42 AM »
As someone with considerable training in organic chemistry, I can say that this is the study of compounds (most, but not all) containing carbon.  However, when discussing food, it is as Jenny said, a certifiable method of production.  There are always exceptions.  I'll never forget watching a neighbor, whose lamb was certified organic, injecting his lambs with antibiotics.  Even when it's certified, it may not be what you think.

Years ago, we were spot spraying thistles in our pastures with Roundup.  Why not?   It was a 'safe' herbicide that broke down as soon as it hit water.  I still use it on an occasional recalcitrant burdock but first I try herbicidal vinegar.  What I find interesting is that we are just now beginning to study the flora of our gut and how it interacts with our general health.   It makes perfect sense to me that Roundup, as well as other herbicides and insecticides, might have a deleterious effect on the balance of bacteria and viruses contained within.
I am really interested in this. I love Autumn, and I am going to start planning. My skills are not very sophisticated but I should be able to manage some simple items, especially for work. My office is pretty casual but I do like to look on the smarter end of casual, if you see what I mean.
I don't wear skirts however, would a dress be an acceptable alternative?

I am thinking of a snuggly jacket/cardigan in a rich berry colour with a matching dress, maybe teamed with navy, dark grape and possibly ivory.

I am still working on my summer holiday pac though which I must put on a post about!
Reform fabric hello and thanks for the Chrysalis tip. That's new to me, I'm going to enjoy browsing their site!
Having had a bit of a think about it, I would like to make some proper tailored trousers which would work with the navy boiled wool jacket I made. I have some other things planned in navy which co-ordinate as well, so that will be my base.
I'm not sure what my second neutral would be or quite what else I would sew.

A lot of it depends on when the house move happens. It could be as soon as 3 or 4 weeks away so I ought to be packing not sewing.
Its hard to keep the right balance though.
In am so looking forward to participating in this. I have attempted to join in a few times over the past few years but never made it due to having a very young family. My children are still vry young (31/2 and twins nearly 2) but they do at least sleep now and I go to a sewing group on a Monday evening so I am having another go.

I have been following the posts on The Vivenne Files and the discussion here so I want to base my plan on that. I have plenty of Navy clothes but after that everything else is rather random. My plan is to add burgundy, olive and Ivory to my navy to make a coordinated wardrobe. I have a couple of fabrics in my stash but haven't got further yet.

Another source of coordinated fabrics is Chrysalis Fabrics (UK based). It's a subscription service, the next collection is due in Sept. The fabrics are of great quality and Diana lists which fabrics coordinate together.

Thanks Elizabeth for organising this.
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Summer 2014 6PAC (May-July) sew-along
« Last post by RuthieSews on Yesterday at 06:24:54 AM »
Hi Lynn, that rust PAC has come out really well. Its such a great colour for you.

I think its ironic that you all seem to like the scrappy aqua tee more then any of the others, as its made from leftover bits that were not enough for anything really. I loved the print, and wanted to make the best use of the bits that were left. It was originally used to cut out a turtle neck, which I only wear in the winter and was quite fabric hungry for all that collar, leaving only quite small scraps over.

For any of you who want to have a go at this, you need to find your best fitting tnt tee shirt pattern, and then start tracing bits off the original pattern - make a whole front - slash it about to make pieces, have a half back which you split to have panels, same for a front, have several different lengths of sleeves you can fit into the same armhole. Keep all these in a zip lock bag, labelled so you know what all the pieces are (it can be hard to tell once they are all cut up).

Then get the scraps and have a look at the shape of the pieces, are any large enough for a whole back or a whole front. If you have long thin pieces (I often seem to have these left from cutting a previous garment) would a panel fit there?
Look at the balance of the different scraps against each other, I like a print as the starting point and then to pull that out in a co-ordinating solid. If things have a white background, I like the whites to match, not an ivory with a pure white for example. Also the fabric weights need to be reasonably similar - no heavy sweatshirting sleeves on a thin fabric body. Once you've cut all the pieces, lay them out as the tshirt and check you like the overall feel.

I construct in the following order.
If back is in panels, assemble one side and then the other, press the seams flat, sew the centre back seam and press again.
Assemble the front if it is in sections. press the seams flat. For the one with 5 panels, you may need to press several times as you sew the front together.
Sew the shoulder seams, adding a bit of ribbon or woven selvedge to avoid them stretching out.
Cover hem the sleeves flat. Insert one sleeve and sew up one side seam.
Cover hem the main hem flat, clipping serged seams at the hem and folding to the other side to avoid a big bump for the coverhem.
Insert the other sleeve, sew up the side seam. Use a large needle to tuck the serger ends into the seam allowance.
Take photo and share with sewing friends.
wear your new top the very next day.
Chatter / Re: Why I will never eat a non-organic peach again
« Last post by Jenny on Yesterday at 06:08:00 AM »
I'm realizing that my initial post was lacking in detail. My phone has its limitations when posting on message boards!

By "organic" I meant "certified organic" which is a term that cannot be used loosely as marketing jargon. It is a legal term that can only be used by producers who have received certification from the USDA. Each country has its own regulating body.

From Wiki: "In the U.S., the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 'requires the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances which identifies synthetic substances that may be used, and the nonsynthetic substances that cannot be used, in organic production and handling operations.'

Also in the U.S., the Secretary of Agriculture promulgated regulations establishing the National Organic Program (NOP). The final rule was published in the Federal Register in 2000. It restricts the use of the term "organic" to certified organic producers (excepting growers selling under $5,000 a year, who must still comply and submit to a records audit if requested, but do not have to formally apply). Certification is handled by state, non-profit and private agencies that have been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)."

In Oregon we have Oregon Tilth providing certification services. The growers here are held to very high standards of sustainable farming methods and are inspected regularly.

California Certified Organic Farmers is the certifying agency in that state. Here is a link to their "what is organic?" page, which provides a good definition~

Martha, I share your concern about Round-up exposure, as it has been linked to diseases such as autism and Alzheimer's.
It is Winter here but with it already topping 32c today my mind is already filled with thoughts of summer clothes so if I do join in I will bypass Spring and go straight to Summer. I have a few gaps in my wardrobe and think that simple cropped pants or skirts (which I don't usually wear but am considering) with tops, tees or tanks will be ideal. No idea on colours yet but am thinking that black, white and yellow might be nice.
Patterns and Instructions / Re: Style Arc Patterns 7
« Last post by Skye on Yesterday at 04:15:34 AM »
Karleen the pants are made from a good quality drapey merino/lycra blend and are lined with a tricot knit which stops them from 'kneeing'.

these are the pants

I still reel when I think about the $$'s I paid but they are such a good fit on me - DH was very kind and said argh... investment buy they should last a long time  >:D ;D
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