the Sewing Bee watch part II (it might be over, but we're still sewing)

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I thought I'd better start a new thread so that we don't lose it!

Original part here...

Background - flubba got excited by The Great British Sewing Bee and we all piled in too grin

Signing in. Thanks Unique. smile

I've run out of time. Cushions will have to wait until tomorrow. Sigh.

I'm here, spent today writing instead of sewing, but I'll get my dress finished one of these days...

HellesBelles396 Wed 01-May-13 17:10:58

I have bought cotton, thread and a zip for the tunic in the book smile

PigeonPie Wed 01-May-13 19:13:49

Thank you Unique for the new thread. I am hoping that I might have time after my appointment in Oxford tomorrow to shoot down to Mason's in Abingdon to see what they've got. smile

Fab, marking place on this thread - baby being evicted in 2 weeks, hopefully this one will last long enough that I'll be sewing again by the end grin

flubba Wed 01-May-13 21:36:54

Thanks for this, unique
blush at my over-excitement for the Bee, but grin that you're all of the same ilk smile

My DD (6 today) was given a sewing machine (one of the John Lewis kids' ones) and a sewing box for her birthday - so she can sew alongside me! smile (we need a heart emoticon!) smile smile

Yay Flubba grin my DD (6 on Saturday!) got one last year, she enjoys it but can't really use it independently just yet. She's made some dolls clothes and a quilt top on hers so far - nothing if not ambitious grin and I've had to give her free access to my remnant box.

flubba Thu 02-May-13 07:22:43

Yes, I have to admit I'm slightly worried about her wanting all my lovely fabrics to destroy and sew some knots into grin

How funny that your DD is three days younger than mine! smile I got all tear-y thinking back to this time six years ago - in some ways it's flown and some ways it's been an eternity already!

Happy birthday to flubbamini. Hope she had a great day!

I got round to it and made three cushion covers last night. Dh was majorly impressed by how much time I saved having a machine. I actually feel like I achieved something. Yay!

I am going to dig out my patterns today to see what is nice and simple to start with. Any advice to point me in the right direction is most welcome. grin

my birthday was yesterday too grin

i got a bias-binding maker and a crochet book.
and an unpicker (and a seam ripper by mistake because the woman in the wool shop doesn't know sewing... hmm)

nevergoogle Thu 02-May-13 21:26:40

checking in smile

MrsPennyapple Thu 02-May-13 23:13:51

Just found this thread, haven't got any further with the patchwork bag I started as I've been stupidly busy for ages. Hoping I'll be able to put in some time at the machine soon!

PigeonPie Fri 03-May-13 17:00:09

Well I managed to get to the fabric shop in Abingdon yesterday and got myself some denim for my jeans and some more calico for further toiles. So this weekend I hope I will be mostly sewing!

mamacoffee Sat 04-May-13 00:07:24

Hello there can I join? I was ready to print the pyjamas pattern today but while googling for it bc I couldn't find my book I read an amazon review of the book which said printing the patterns was a real faff bc loads of paper needed and then you have to stick it together and then the person found an error in the pattern (be warned! !)!! What is the best way to copy the patterns?

DameFanny Sat 04-May-13 00:09:05

Marking place to join in later

nevergoogle Sat 04-May-13 10:14:18

I email any downloaded patterns to the local print shop who print them off at 100% on big paper. Depending on the layout, I've had them print off copies with each section fully on the page so your pattern doesn't need sticking together. Do a search for your local print shop and ask them for help.

That is a brilliant idea nevergoogle. I'd never have thought of that.

DameFanny Sat 04-May-13 10:46:35

Ooh nevergoogle - good idea. Roughly how much would they charge?

DameFanny Sat 04-May-13 10:49:42

I would have joined in on the first thread but by the time I saw it there were already 400+ posts and i was lazy grin.

Have just started hand finishing a dress I put away about 10 years ago - I figure if I hand overcast I could be thin enough to wear it when it's done...

NomDeClavier Sat 04-May-13 11:18:03

Ooooh I'm in. I got a tad obsessed by Sewing Bee and am plotting to recover my sewing machine. Not sure where I'll put it...

I'm also dying to go to a workshop at Lauren's shop.

dining table nom , dining table grin

Before I got a seeing room I kept my machine, fabric etc etc in a kitchen cupboard that I emptied specially smile fortunately we do have a lot of kitchen cupboards!

(And sewed at the kitchen table!)

nevergoogle Sat 04-May-13 13:26:46

I think the last one I had printed was for the Burda Anda dress, that cost about £8-12. I'm not sure because I also sent DH to collect and pay for it. grin

Babieseverywhere Sun 05-May-13 12:17:41

Well my sewing machine has been mended, serviced and looking very pretty shoved under kids table .

Just need to buy a pattern and fabric OR start randomly sewing bits of the fabric I already have in the house. As soon as the kids are back at school and the little ones are napping, I will brave the machine and report back !

Doyouthinktheysaurus Sun 05-May-13 13:27:15

I've nearly made a skirt! My first clothing project.

It has a zip and everything <proud>

You tube to the rescue for the zip, I don't know where I'd be without YouTube. Being able to watch someone else do it is so much easier than following written instructions for me.

It's far from perfect and still not finished but I'm very proud of it for a first attempt and I genuinely think I will wear it which obviously is the whole point!

I have to do the hem and finish the waistband, then it's done!

DameFanny Sun 05-May-13 13:53:25

Oh well done doyouthink. Zips are a bugger aren't they.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Sun 05-May-13 14:13:45

Yes, they are a bit.

It looks okay though, the zip is flat, straight and sits pretty well hidden. Not sure how to get a straight hem thoughconfused it's quite a full skirt. I've pinned it but I think I need to try it on to suss out the wonky bits.

The last sewing bee thread really inspired me, I think I may be hooked nowgrin

Hello! It took me a while to find this thread - I'm so glad it's still going. smile

I'm amazed you've got a skirt done already, doyou - wow! That is inspiring.

I was going to post a separate thread here, but I'm guessing this is where we're chatting about projects?

I have a dilemma. There's a dress I really want to make, and a friend of mine is going to help me if I need it. The pattern is meant to be reasonably easy (there's a more complicated version with sleeves if I get ambitious later on!). However. The instructions say you need reasonably heavy-weigh cotton and to 'avoid quilting or shirting cotton like the plague'. Ok, fine. But, looking around on the net, the people who've made this dress seem often to have used cottons I've seen on quilting websites (Michael Miller, for example). And I know myself that quilting cottons vary quite a bit in terms of weight.

Should I risk it? I just don't see the point making a dress in a fabric I'm so-so about, and I have really looked pretty hard for nice heavy-weight fabrics.

FWIW, pattern is here: shop.byhandlondon.com/product/elisalex-dress

And the lass on this blog has made about 90 zillion versions in quilting cottons, and I think they look great: dollyclackett.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/pensioners-tired-of-crows-stealing-your.html

I know this fabric (I've got another dress in it and I've got a bit in my stash), and it's heavier than some quilting fabrics.

I think I'm basically just looking for a bit of reassurance ... and possibly being a bit reluctant to step out of my comfort zone, because I know how these fabrics handle!

DameFanny Sun 05-May-13 15:34:07

I'd go for it if you know the fabric - the advice to avoid lighter weights is I imagine that they won't hang as well, making the tulip a bit deflated, and would also be a bit see through?

If you know the fabric and are happy with the results other people have got then I'd go for it.

It's definitely not see-through! That makes sense, thanks for the reassurance.

Ok, I finally found my motivation and made the bodice for my curtain dress. It worked pretty well for a first attempt with no pattern to work from, I even got a zip sewn into bodice and skirt, helping to join them.
It's a bit loose as I was wary of cutting too much off, I may need to add shoulder straps to keep it upblush.
It does, however, nicely show off my teeny waist and makes my boobs look perky. I love the 1950s, they knew how to celebrate hourglasses!

HellesBelles396 Sun 05-May-13 17:32:36

LRD, that dress looks amazing. the fabric the blogger used really suits it. it does look as though ot needs a heavier fabric rather than a standard cotton but the fabric used looks heavier, it's hanging quite well, it's not see through and the pleats ate holding their shape. go for it.

It's a really pretty shape, I think. smile

I'm going to go for it (taking a deep breath now! grin).

inmy - ooh, a fifties dress! I love fifties shapes, very glam.

Has anyone been a member of the Sew Direct pattern club thingy? www.sewdirect.com/ it looks good and they seem to have bargain patterns, but I'd never heard of it before. Not sure if I'd get the use to justify being a member or not though.

PigeonPie Sun 05-May-13 21:31:05

Rue I'm a member and receive Sew Today. It's basically a magazine for Vogue, McCalls and Butterick patterns but also has some good articles about all sorts of sewing tips and ideas.

I decided to subscribe a few years ago after I couldn't find the old Vogue Patterns magazine I remember from 'my youth' and I think this is the latest incarnation of it.

It show cases the latest designs and yes, the pattern deals are worth it. I've bought patterns and other things from them (latest thing was probably a chalk marking set which I've found really useful for embroidery.

It's lovely to have the magazine through the post and I think that the £7.50 subscription every three months is far better value than the Good Food subscription I was having!

Thanks Pigeon - I didn't realise it was a mag subscription! blush Teach me to read things more carefully. The cost does seem very good then, if you also get the 50% off for extra patterns.

just go for it LRD.

if it's not right, you'll be able to tell. but it looks like a heavier fabric will be best.
and if it's see-through, just line it. lining is just the same pattern as the dress, cut from lining fabric.

(allowing for any facing of course)

Stupid question alert!

Can you explain facing please?

Hoping that it's like bias binding in that it's something I already do but don't know the name for.

nevergoogle Mon 06-May-13 12:19:49

i think it's just the fabric that faces the inside of your item. the skirt i made had a waistband facing inwards and you sew it so it doesn't roll to be on the outside. so you probably get it around necklines etc too.

Oh. Ok. Thank you. Sorry for all the daft questions. blush

PigeonPie Mon 06-May-13 15:09:22

Not a daft question at all - how else are you going to learn?

There are so many sewing terms which probably aren't in general use now that it's not surprising that people don't know then.

Keep on asking those questions!

DameFanny Mon 06-May-13 15:43:40

Who wants to see some serious sewing porn?

HellesBelles396 Mon 06-May-13 17:54:45

facing is fabric sewn to the inside of an opening (collar, armhole, etc. to strengthen the opening and allow it to lie better.

Kernowgal Mon 06-May-13 18:07:17

Marking my place - have just bought several retro Butterick patterns with a view to making a dress for a wedding later this summer. I'm not a beginner but not really intermediate either. Zips are my nemesis. Made some curtains last year but they were too narrow for the window facepalm

facing is also backed with interfacing - which is usually sewn or ironed onto the back (wrong side) of the facing.
the facing is basically a linong made of only a tiny bit of the same pattern - usually around necks and armholes in dresses and waistbands in trousers and skirts.

think of it as a way of pretending the garment didn't finish there - so if somekne comes up to you and turns the top of your neckline there, it's still the dress fabric. it looks nicer and it hels to give shape and means it gangs better. and feels nicer too.
interfacing then gives shape and strength
and lining is attached tovthe facing grin

and one of the reasons for this thread was to help with sewing - that inclides explaining terminology. smile

this is shown from the inside of the dress before it has been sewn on

when you've faced, you then gave to do a line of overstitching, which basically means opening out the seam between the two pieces, pressing it towards the facing, then sewing along the original stitching (in theory this make the facing lie flat, so if your stitching is wonky, you are better to err on the side of stitching the facing rather than the front)

that's not even the right picture! googl images for android is stupid.

Brilliant. Thank you. I know what it is now. I've never done it.

I love it when things get explained to me and I suddenly get it. I usually say something like "Oooooohhhhhhh!" grin

I think I'll definitely need to do a lot more sewing. I got a bit scared of the patterns so I've decided to make replacement car tidies for the dcs first.

PigeonPie Mon 06-May-13 19:00:48

DameFanny that looks like my sort of website - I shall look at it in more detail later on a larger screen. Thank you

DameFanny Mon 06-May-13 19:25:27

I'm coveting so much from that site pigeon...

Afternoon everyone. I have another question if that's ok? A fabric one.

I was cutting today and my scissors just went through the material without me having to open and close my fingers iyswim? Like with wrapping paper. Does that mean the fabric is cheap? Am I cutting wrong?

Loved the website DameFanny but I fear it will be a long time before I know what I'm really looking at. grin

Shesparkles Tue 07-May-13 14:50:41

Thehairyone Don't worry about your fabric, but it might be better if you take it a bit slower as when you cut fabric that way, it's very easy to lose control of the scissors and cut where you're not meant to!

Hello fellow sewists! I've taken the plunge that I've been threatening to for a couple of years And now have 6 "pupils" for dressmaking! I'm absolutely loving sharing my knowledge and experience, and think that at the age of 42 I might just have worked out what I want to do with my life! I'm not jacking in my job just yet, but I have so many ideas and so much research to do grin

Shesparkles Tue 07-May-13 14:50:50

Thehairyone Don't worry about your fabric, but it might be better if you take it a bit slower as when you cut fabric that way, it's very easy to lose control of the scissors and cut where you're not meant to!

Hello fellow sewists! I've taken the plunge that I've been threatening to for a couple of years And now have 6 "pupils" for dressmaking! I'm absolutely loving sharing my knowledge and experience, and think that at the age of 42 I might just have worked out what I want to do with my life! I'm not jacking in my job just yet, but I have so many ideas and so much research to do grin

Shesparkles Tue 07-May-13 14:51:23

Twice hmm

Thanks Shesparkles and well done. smile

HalleLouja Tue 07-May-13 18:00:05

Can I join pretty please?

My next project is this dress. When I have finished piecing together the PDF pattern. I am going to make a matching hat too.

I made a cape at the weekend and my son loves it. Best thing is it only took a couple of hours in total.

HalleLouja Tue 07-May-13 18:02:35

Also need to finish my skirt which is nearly there.

One question about the skirt. Am for some reason a bit scared of hemming. The skirt is quite full what is the best way to do it? Skirt is really cute and have some Amy Butler fabric to make another one.

DameFanny Tue 07-May-13 18:43:19

Re hemming, you could finish it off with a bit of contrast bias - give it a good drape and make it sturdier?

Am jealous of the 6 students - I've borrowed my niece as a pupil once a fortnight - doing my technique no end of good grin

nennypops Tue 07-May-13 20:31:36

So, inspired by the programme, I went off to John Lewis to buy some material for a very straightforward long dress. And found there was nothing less than £9 a metre, so it was going to be at least £27. I can buy the sort of dress I'm thinking of for a lot less than that on Amazon, but I'd still like to make it. Any recommendations for reliable sources of cheap material?

DameFanny Tue 07-May-13 20:35:16

Look for more fabric stores locally, our online? John Lewis is pretty expensive - I can generally get cheaper with much more variety, in my local crack dealer fabric shop.

Love John Lewis for bits and pieces and the odd splurge though.

yeah,avoid john lewis.

try www.fabricland.co.uk for cheap fabrics. you have to phone to order which means you can ask their advice.

If you're in/near London the fabric shops on Goldhawk Road are great (they are still great if you aren't in/near London, obviously, but under those circumstances their greatness will be of purely academic interest to you)

Doyouthinktheysaurus Wed 08-May-13 13:23:44

Fabricland is great!

I bought fabric for £3 a metre which is much more affordable for a beginner like me. I'm not so scared of bodging it all because the fabric didn't cost much.

Anyone who's in Manchester or North Wales, try Abakhan, it's like an aladdin's cave of all sorts of fabrics, trimmings, crafty stuff, buttons etc.
Their offcuts are really cheap, actually it's all pretty cheap, I usually leave with as much as I can carry, and have never spent more than £30!

reindeesandchristmastrees Wed 08-May-13 17:14:57

Abakhan also have a store in Liverpool, and i agree fab!

I wondered about abakhan - their website looks full of fab.

SarahBeenysBumblingApprentice Wed 08-May-13 21:39:58

I have been lurking and have to join in now, sorry! I went to Aberkhan in Hanley (Stoke on Trent) this weekend and it was amazing. I used to sew clothing as a teenager and I gave up due to the cost of fabric (at John Lewis as my Mum thought it was the only place you could get it hmm).

I now have enough fabric to make a dress for my little girl and two Colette Macarons for me - a wearable toile (?sp) and the final version. And a pattern. And loads of thread. For £60!

(I just have to finish a bastard of a roman blind first. I am never making one of those buggers again angry

SarahBeenysBumblingApprentice Wed 08-May-13 22:04:19

Do I mean muslin not toile?

flubba Wed 08-May-13 22:11:12

I luffff Fabricland, although I'm lucky and live near one so don't have to get past the website. Hobbycraft & John Lewis both recently had sales, so I splurged a little bit - and have made my daughter a sunhat recently with more expensive fabric on one side (which she chose!) and my choice of Fabricland fabric on t'other and my DD prefers the cheaper one! confused grin posted about it here if you fancy a nosy

no, you do mean toile.
smile

PurpleFrog Thu 09-May-13 13:05:40

SarahBeeny - I have just looked it up - toile is the British term, muslin is the US term. I must admit I had not come across toile before the GBSB, but I used to frequent a the Usenet online sewing and craft groups in the 1990s, so knew what a muslin was!

Ambridge Thu 09-May-13 14:12:49

Abakhan is AMAZING. I have to make myself stay away or else my fabric stash would be rivalling the size of my house blush

HoggyTruffle Thu 09-May-13 14:37:02

My knees are creaking after cutting out pattern pieces for a dress for my DD. Curse the Sewing Bee program and my boasting - "Of course I can make you a dress DD"

Thanks to this thread I found a Fabric Land shop around the corner from the local John Lewis. Plenty of in your face patterned fabric but some lovely stuff too.

Like the blog flubba, lovely work

You should cut out on the dining table

If the surface is a bit dodgy, then a big board that you store behind the dresser should be fine

I knew toile [preen]
from my HND days

If anyone doesn't know something, take heart, you are guaranteed to know more than me!

You sound very organised Unique. grin

grin

cate16 Thu 09-May-13 19:57:49

Unique are you me? I have the big board hidden too!
Although I have 'upgraded' and brought two folding trestles from Ikea which I put either end of table and place the board over- so now can have a nice high cutting table. smile

DameFanny Thu 09-May-13 20:30:39

Ooh, which trestles?

SarahBeenysBumblingApprentice Thu 09-May-13 20:48:16

Thanks for toile vs muslin, now I know! A high cutting table sounds like a fab idea. My knees hurt from crawling all over the floor at the moment!

cate16 Thu 09-May-13 20:52:58

They are wooden things that came from the office section at ikea (I'm pretty sure it was from there)
I have had them a good few years though.

DameFanny Thu 09-May-13 20:55:52

Thanks - shall have a good look smile

DameFanny Thu 09-May-13 21:02:11

Finnvard! Shall get a pair and keep them under the kitchen table to raise it next time I'm patterning and stuff.

oh, i can't go any higher than my dining table shock

I used to climb all over the cutting tables at college because they were just soooo massive!

Doyouthinktheysaurus Fri 10-May-13 16:50:24

I use my dining table for cutting!

If I got down on the floor I may never get back up againgrin I would be stranded until DH could rescue me <dodgy knees>

I am sitting wearing the first skirt I made and I've started sewing my second one. My summer wardrobe is going to be a bit erm.....different this yearsmile

I might have added to Abakhans profits tooblush

harbinger Fri 10-May-13 19:34:37

I've got a really stupid question and hope you don't mind.

Are pattern numbers the same regardless of country? Is America the same as GB?

Has any one ever used Ottobre patterns?

harbinger I have no idea but I am the queen of stupid questions and someone will be able to answer on this thread. grin

I've never used a pattern so no help here either, I didn't even know they had numbersblush.
I got a book called "DIY Couture", which shows general techniques and shapes to get certain styles. It's from the library but I may well buy a copy.

DameFanny Sat 11-May-13 09:04:35

I think the pattern numbers are specific to the design house, so burda 1234 is that what you mean?

Never heard of ottobre but will google now

SwedishKaz Sat 11-May-13 09:54:49

I loved the Great sewing bee. I had already become obsessed with sewing, and have been sewing Pillowcase dresses for girls. They're dead easy, but SO much fun!
If anyone wants to try, let me know and I'll give you the link to a great blog with tutorial.

With regards where to keep the sewing machine, I have longed for a sewing room forever, but we live in a two bedroom with our son, so no chance! Luckily, my son's room is very large, so he's letting me have a desk alongside his. THat's my sewing desk where I keep my trustworthy Husqvarna machine.

What machines have you got? And what projects are you all creating?

Is anybody here on Pinterest?

So many questions...

Enjoy your Weekend.
x

Pattern numbers also get reused over time, so you may find that (for example) Simplicity 2576 from thirty years ago is a jumpsuit while Simplicity 2576 from the current catalogue is an evening dress. But they seem to be the same between the US and UK.

I did get the kids' Ottobre for a year but never made anything from it blush partly because a lot of the designs I liked were in knit fabric and I have great trouble finding nice knits without paying a fortune for them.

Yes, each pattern company will have a list of patterns, and they will be the same in UK and US, or all over the world.
but as Toll says, once a pattern's out of print, they sometimes reuse the number.

Kaz - i'[m on Pinterest.
I can't remember my id though....

My machine is a Jones - it was my Mum's and she passed it onto me when she went through one of her stages. hmm
here it is

my overlocker is a Janome Mylock but I don't have a picture of it.

I love how machines are such complex engines, and I keep finding things I can change or "mend" to keep them running well.

PigeonPie Sat 11-May-13 17:11:13

Kaz, I have a Riccar, but sadly I don't think they make them any more. I think that they were owned by Bernina.

I had it for my 21st birthday from my DGrandpapa and I love it. It celebrated it's 21st birthday last year and it's still going strong. I had it serviced a few months ago and it's running really well.

Looking forward to getting it out this evening / tomorrow to do another toille for my jeans and possibly a skirt one, then I really will get on with actually making the real thing.

DameFanny Sat 11-May-13 17:35:23

It's raining and cold and windy and DS is taking up too much space on the sofa for me to get comfy with sharp needles, so I've been having a surf instead smile

So, who wants a sewtionary?? Lovely blog,where she takes you through really detailed garment construction - really useful for me to sound like I know what I'm doing grin

And then there's Norfolk Textiles, the place I'm getting some cute oilcloth from once I've practised making outdoor cushion covers with the stuff I have in my stash - found it this morning and already can't choose my favourite pattern grin

I have a Husquvarna (Emerald 118), because it's what I'm used to and my local sewing shop is a Husquvarna specialist and service centre so it's easier from that point of view.

is she american then? saying crosswise instead of bias confused

DameFanny Sun 12-May-13 10:02:17

If that's sewaholic, then yes - most of the prolific craft bloggers seem to be for whatever reason...

Kernowgal Sun 12-May-13 13:14:23

Nipped over to the local sewing machine dealer yesterday for a look around their machines, very exciting. Can't afford to buy for a few months yet but I'll have done plenty of research by the time I come to buy.

Just bought a few retro Butterick patterns (can't remember if I mentioned but Sewessential.co.uk had a Butterick half price sale so I went a bit mad) and it's been useful google imaging the pattern number to see what other people have done with the pattern and what fabrics they've used. Eg I bought Butterick 5708 and there are some fab examples - shows me what works and what doesn't.

HoggyTruffle Sun 12-May-13 17:05:20

My sewing machine is an Alba was given to me by MIL many years ago when she bought a new one. It must nearly be as old as me and has interesting looking electrics. I will upgrade one day when it blows up but I managed to coax it into sewing a dress for DD over the last few days. Just a hem to press and hand stitch (wonder if I can get away with wonderweb)

HellesBelles396 Sun 12-May-13 17:19:50

I have a cheap, and very simple to use, jml for normal use but I was given a janome new home recently. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how to use it!

Kernowgal Sun 12-May-13 19:50:45

I'm currently using an elderly Frister Rossman Cub 3, bought for £45 when I was 15 cough ahem many years ago. It's been great but sews a bit wonkily now.

I have seen people mentioning 'serging' when dressmaking so I'm off to learn a bit more about that.

HellesBelles396 Sun 12-May-13 20:28:49

Just ran up a mobile phone envelope coverwith an offcut of liberty fabric. It is ok but slightly wonky. Nicely ironed.

kerno serging is overlocking.
we can use both terms in the uk, but in the us they only use serging.

talking of which, I've been making long sleeved teeshirts with enclosed hands for dd cos her eczema makes her scratch in the night.
I've done two today with various purple shades, but they seem to be far too big (no ribbing for the collar so had to use the main fabric and it doesn't pull the neck closed so well)

Worth checking out sewing.patternreview.com/ for reviews of patterns, too -- can give a good idea of any issues on sizing or where the instructions are unclear.

SwedishKaz Mon 13-May-13 06:47:02

UniqueandAmazing - did you cut on the bias for the collar?

Ok, stupid question time:
On scout badges, what is the name of the thready bit round the edge?

harbinger Mon 13-May-13 21:15:13

Ta, Tolliver, Re the pattern numbers.

I was looking for a pattern and it kept showing some children's clothes.

Is is worth looking for the OOP or just for a new version?

Can be worth looking - have you tried etsy? I've got nice vintage patterns on there.

harbinger Mon 13-May-13 21:30:58

Is Etsy like Ebay?

Or can one just buy?

lougle Mon 13-May-13 23:11:42

Can I join?

I am a complete novice sewer - have only made some weighted blankets in the past.

This week I have:

-Taken in a size 14 skirt to fit my size 9ish waist.

-Altered the fit of a blouse - it was a flowery patterned straight cut blouse with pintuck pleats either side of buttons which came half way down. I decided that I wanted it to be more fitted, so I moved the nearest pintuck pleat on either side of the buttons to the centre, and created a ?butt seam - basically, put the pleats side by side in the centre and sewed them so that there was no gap between them, but they didn't overlap either. The result was a tapered waist fitted blouse, perfect for the Victorian outfit I need for a school trip.

-Altered a size 12 dress to fit my 5 year old, for the Victorian school trip. I just put it on her, changed the neckline shape and took in the sides.

-Made a pinafore for the dress from a charity shop blouse - I cut down the centre of the blouse, removing the buttons. It had pintuck pleats, so I used the same technique to create a block of fabric. Removed the sleeves. Neatened the hems. It happened to have a reinforced strip around the waist, so I cut the back of the blouse off, leaving those, which have become the waist ties. I then sewed it on to the front of the dress.

I still have the mob cap to go, but then we're done grin

HellesBelles396 Tue 14-May-13 06:35:31

Wow lougle!

My great-aunt who was a tailor says - and always has said - that alterations are more difficult than starting from scratch.

I would not have known where to start with that lot though I can make a mob cap.

lougle Tue 14-May-13 06:50:31

I'm not sure I've done it the way a tailor would grin but YouTube is assign amazing resource.

You just buy (or sell, I suppose) on Etsy - it' it'not an auction site. Most of the stuff is handmade but there's a good selection of odds and ends and I find it better than eBay for OOP patterns.

SwedishKaz - it's knitted fabric - you can't cut on the bia, it wouldn't make sense. confused

InMYSpareTime - border?

I think it's just a woven border.

hi lougle smile

I bought a skirt from a charity shop yesterday - it's too big, which is fine, cos I'll take it in, but the zip was also crap. well, on closer inspection, it doesn't need a new zip, it's just the existing zip needs to be sewn back in - it's come away at the bottom. PHEW! grin

I was hoping it had an interesting namesmile. Thanks.

it might do, i don't know of one though smile

a merrowed border.

apparently.
that's just the method of overlocking used, though ,not specific to the border.
named after the guy who invented that kind of overlocker

Hi everyone. Life has been so busy I've not been on here. I've not done much sewing either. All my creative time (about 5 minutes) has been taken up by crochet at the moment.

I am using a variety of materials to make my car tidies. One is a really hard denim from an awful 1980s jacket my mum gave me. The problem is that it's a Katherine Hamnett one and it's so well made its taking an age to unpick.

You all sound like you're having so much fun though. It's been great to read! smile

Thank yougrin, I have an irrational need to know the proper names of odd things. The day I learned that the bit on the end of a shoelace was called an aglet was a happy day...
<wanders off to happy place, mumbling slightly>

lougle Tue 14-May-13 20:06:22

Hi smile. I'm glad the zip was just detached.

Mob Cap done, hooray!

cate16 Wed 15-May-13 19:35:07

I have nothing to say, but cannot let this thread fade away!

ah it won't fade away.
that nightshirt that I was talking about , we washed, which pulled the neck in a bit. but she still managed to get her arms out and scratch herself silly last night hmm
problem is, I can't even undo it and put a bigger/wider cuff in because the fabric is so old it was already starting to break down.
it's fine cos I've got loads more fabric. grin
Even tempted to buy loads of fabric from fabricland and sell the tops on etsy! grin

harbinger Wed 15-May-13 20:51:07

Aglet....really! I'm always stuck on that with crossword puzzles.

Thank you.

Should nap be up or down? Velvet/cord?

PigeonPie Wed 15-May-13 21:12:46

Velvet nap should be 'up' so if it were a skirt it should be brushed up from the bottom hem to make it smooth (I hope that makes sense).

harbinger Wed 15-May-13 21:27:23

PP does that go for all garments?

Jacket/Coat

Waistcoat

Is it different if above waist?

PigeonPie Wed 15-May-13 21:32:46

Yes! Well that is what I was taught on Savile Row and I assume it's the same for dressmaking smile

harbinger Wed 15-May-13 21:40:45

Yes, it certainly makes sense if you are talking about suits. They would all have to 'flow' the same way.

Thank you

ooh no, nap down!
it's awful wearing something velvet and not being able to smooth it downwards!

cate16 Wed 15-May-13 22:36:22

That's why I avoid velvets etc, I know it should be nap up- but it just feels horrid.... smoothing it out downwards feels so much nicer smile

DameFanny Wed 15-May-13 22:45:05

<<carefully but cack-handedly puts tailor's tack into thread to keep it in TIO while crocheting squares elsewhere >>

exactly.
one oc the reasons whymaking your own clothes is good.
noone ever smooths their skirts upwards. you smooth it downwards - when you get up and straighten yourself, when you smooth your skirt under your bum when you sit...

Current project: adapting 12-13yo girl's dress into Gertie from E.T. costume for 5yo DD1. Side mission: make the skirt, at least, rewearable (will probably involve deviation from strict accuracy). Sub-side mission: I'm not putting those nipple tassel things on.

Current status: unpicking taking much longer than expected. And trying to decide whether to keep full width of skirt (will make for a much fuller gathered skirt) or reduce it (would involve moving button placket (which I am retaining in pursuit of side mission 1)). Pfeh. Will probably just make it fuller and keep the placket.

<<Can't imagine nap-up velvet. Blech.>>

fuller and gathered - least work smile

Yes, I'm coming down in favour of that. And I think I may just do an elastic waistband rather than the proper waistband I'd been planning, given how little time I've got.

SarahBeenysBumblingApprentice Fri 17-May-13 08:43:16

Hello everyone,

Everybody is so productive! I have been camping this week and I'm not a knitter so nothing made there but I have started sewing a dress (simplicity 5695) for my 11 month old in the hope that I'll get it done for her birthday at the end of the month. I've made a few clothes before but I've actually never followed a pattern so this is an experience! I spent 15 min trying to figure out the "narrow hem" around the neckline until I discovered I was trying to turn it all the way down to the casing line -doh.

I can't wait to finish it but of course I really need to take my time so as not to mess it up... happy sewing everyone.

well, i discovered last night that the dance show i thought was in a couple of weeks is actually this Saturday. so now panicking.
need to fix costume - sewing elastic into bands and cuffs and stitching up an annoying hole in the hem.

just going to google your pattern Sarah

ooh, i found some nice pictures of it done...
here
here
this one
beautiful

I love the way it has loads of different layer options.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Fri 17-May-13 14:37:05

That is a beautiful dress Sarah.

I have big boys, not little girls so sadly the concept of clothes made by mum is not going down very wellgrin

which is probably just as well because I've only made skirts so far

friend has got a brand new sewing machine that has an automatic buttonholer (desperately jealous. mine's fully manual!)
byt she hasn't got a button tin.

I want to make her one! can't post it cos it'll be heavy but might be able to get my parents to take it round (they visit me at the beginning of june)

saurus you need to learn shirts then grin

oooh, or accessories!
bags and wallets and stuff.

SarahBeenysBumblingApprentice Sat 18-May-13 14:11:05

Thank you, I think it is a lovely dress too!

I nearly fell over laughing at the though of teenage boys in A line skirts grin

PigeonPie Sat 18-May-13 17:16:22

I thought I'd look through the Vogue/ McCalls/ Butterick patterns for a decent boys' shirt pattern and I can't believe that there wasn't a single traditional shirt pattern. There were a couple of casual patterns but I want more of a formal one.

SarahBeenysBumblingApprentice Sat 18-May-13 18:36:06

The only thing that I can think of to make for my two year old boy is pyjama bottoms. He hasn't really realised that the new cushions on his bed were made by me sad

you can make loads of things for 2-yo boys.
you can make toys and trousers (not just pjs - any trousers with elasticated waists!) and shirts and waistcoats and dressing up costumes and bags and things for storage (those hanging jumper holders kind of thing) and teeshirts (if you've got an overlocker) and coats and slippers and boxes to put things in (you'll need board to make then stiff) and toys

this is what i've mainly been making at the moment:

shoulder
neck
hand
full teeshirt

they're pyjama tops for dd to stop her injuring herself whwn she scratches at night. (seams on the outside so they don't irritate)
i'vre made 5 so far, all from old teeshirts of mine or DH's.
grin

Holliewantstobehot Sun 19-May-13 22:12:06

Hi I have always been a knitter/crocheter and have done some sewing before but was inspired by the sewing bee to do some more! My dcs are at their dad's this weekend so have been working on a dress for my 7yr old dd.
It is a simple dress with bodice, short sleeves and full skirt but I have used a blue material with little white polka dots on and printed white poodles around the hem. Just have to attach the skirt and put a zip in down the back which I am dreading as I have only done 1 zip before a long time ago!
Hoping to finish it in time for our holiday a week on friday but think I will manage it.

You can make loads of things for 2yo boys. I'll post you some links when I get to my PC but for the moment Google the Melly Sews Sews blog - she's a friend of mine with two boys under 5 and she sews loads of stuff for them.

(there should only be one Sews in that blog title)

PigeonPie Mon 20-May-13 06:48:11

Well, I did get the sewing machine out briefly this weeken and started on the new toille for my jeans and a skirt one (which it's clear is going to take a lot of adjustment.

I also made a little bag to keep DS2's inhaler and bits in as the paper bag we did have it in has disintegrated..

Unfortunately this has shown up a problem with the buttonhole programme on my fairly newly-serviced machine and the buttonhole foot has got plastic fatigue and isn't as good as it was.

Next job - sort buttonhole foot!

should be cheap enough for new buttonhole foot.
i love feet.
(i don't love changing them, though - the are never the same size grip, so sometimes i don't have to move the screw much and sometimes have to take it right off!)

i repaired the zip in my charity shop skirt yesterday. god knows what was wrong with my machine, though - the tension was all over the place and DD wouldn't leave me alone!
i changed the needle a couple of time, adjusted the bobbin, rescrewed and unscrewed the bobbin holder thingy, and all manner of other randomnesses.
i think i sorted it eventually, and managed to sew the zip back into place.
that's where annoying feet come in, i had to use the invisible zip foot for the zip and the normal zip foot for the seam below the zip. <sigh>

after that, i really couldn't be bothered to alter the waist. I'm wearing it today to get an idea how much it needs to be altered.

I know this isn't in the spirit of the thread but would it not have been easier to hand stitch the zip back in?

I have not got the guts to try changing feet yet.

HellesBelles396 Mon 20-May-13 20:56:44

Any idea how difficult it is to draft a pattern from an existing item of clothing?

I have a top I love. I have some nice summery fabric. What could/should I do now?

hair yes it probably would.
but I still would have needed to sort out the machine so... grin
might as well sort it out when I need it for something small as waste time when I'm doing something big.

depends on the item of clothing.
turn it inside out and lay it over the end of your ironing board. that will help you see the shape.

changing feet is lovely really. it's more exciting having the perfect foot than it is scary to change it.

<sob> that no onecommented on my eczema reeshirts sad

I thought the eczema reeshirts were brilliant!! Sorry.
I think you could actually have a market for this. You should look at patenting it for development.

thank you smile
not an original idea, I'm afraid. totally stolen from www.eczemaclothing.co.uk (or com) but tgey use flatlock seams, which lie flat (so look like star trekky grin)
they don't do the coloured ones anymore, only the white organic fabric.

I could still make and sell them somewhere like etsy though, they're hard to get hold of and quite expensive.

less star trekky blush

I think it's a brilliant idea. It may save some children trips to hospital if they can't access their skin. My friend's dd could have done with something like that when she was younger.

I like the idea of making them a bit more interesting too.

Hellesbelles I have a book from the library on just that! It's called "DIY couture" by Rosie Martin, and shows how to use your own clothes to get measurements and shapes to make new clothes.

You can use masking tape to work out the pattern pieces -- basically cover all of a fabric section (up to surrounding seams) with overlapping masking tape, mark in any darts etc., then peel off the masking tape. If there was a dart then cut down where it was so that you can open up the dart shape (but it's much easier if the original garment doesn't have darts). Then you stick the masking tape shape down onto (e.g.) brown paper, draw round it and add seam allowances.

Repeat for each fabric piece you need. If there are facings etc. then easier to redraft them from your new pattern pieces than try to masking-tape the facings. Similarly plackets etc.

Look at instructions for AN Other generic garment of the type you're copying to get an idea of order of construction in sewing it all together.

HellesBelles396 Tue 21-May-13 08:31:09

Thanks InMySpareTime I will be heading to the library to order that.

Thanks for the masking tape idea tolliver how would that work with gathered shoulders and cuffs?

It would get tricky. Personally I'd try to get as much as possible of the gathered section taped over, and all of the non-gathered edges, and hope that was enough to reconstruct the shape (you could also look at basic outlines of similarly-shaped pieces on other garments). But with any garment with fiddly bits like that I'd want to make a toile/muslin (possibly a wearable muslin if all went well) to make sure my version of the pattern worked before I cut into my good fabric.

HellesBelles396 Tue 21-May-13 19:51:37

Good tip tolliver, thank you.

PigeonPie Sat 25-May-13 22:49:40

Today I have finally finished my toille for my jeans and been brave enough to cut them out and mark stitch it all. Also prepped it so I should be able to sit at the machine tomorrow and get quite a few different stages done at the same time.

Tip for mark stitching - always use white cotton, especially on light coloured fabric, sometimes coloured thread can leave a residue of colour behind.

And when basting / tacking, never put a knot in the end, just secure with a few close stitches, then when you need to take the basting out, it's a lot easier.

I always find it easier to knot it when basting than backtacking. I can find the end and just snip it and pull rather than having unpick.
always use a very contrasting thread in polyester. never thought about colour residue.

think you might have just blown everything I've always done blushgrin

PigeonPie Sat 25-May-13 23:07:08

It works if you have good quality basting thread which needs to be more 'hairy' so that the fibres hold in the fabric better. I've just been using some really awful very old stuff which I think I must have had at school, but I'm going to have to get some better thread and chuck this reel (which really goes against my wasting instincts!) as it's so bad!

ah
I only ever baste zips.
(not invisible ones)

I'm also not allowed to pin. (well, I am, but not when Carol's around)

Whatalotofpiffle Sat 25-May-13 23:46:11

New fan here! I just had to announce that my Janome 525 arrived today and I love it! Glad I went for it after seeing the recommendations which came after the show smile

So far I have darned, quilted, made a cushion and started a bedspread... Happy days!!

Stupid question alert again.

I thought basting was what you did to turkey. grin

Seriously though, what is it? And what's backtacking? Is it just when you tack stuff loosely to hold it in place?

Basting is using really big, loose, stitches to hold pieces together while you sew them properly I think
It might be the big stitch setting on the machine, and tacking is big stitches done by hand <confused>

back tacking is when you start and end your stitching by running the machine backwards for a couple of stitches. it makes your ends secure.

basting can also be done by hand. it's easier to remove than machine basting.

piffle - that's a beauty smile
my overlocker is a janome.

Thank you. I love it when I learn the rearms for stuff I already do. It makes me feel a bit more like I know what I'm doing. Haha. grin

Rearms = real terms. confused

Whatalotofpiffle Sun 26-May-13 18:20:07

Unique... It is indeed! I am a novice and it is great to learn on, super simple instructions etc smile

after faffing about with my machine just now, I want a new machine sad

I know there's nothing wrong with my machine (am using several different types of fabrics and stuff so have to keep changing the tension - elastic is not my friend) and I'm getting annoyed.
I wish there was a machine that did autonatic tension.

Can I join in, im very much a novice, ive just bought a sewing machine (old one off eBay) and im off to abakhan today smile
Ive no idea what to make, with this gorgeous weather though im thinking a summer dress or a large bag.
Does anybody know of any beginner classes in the Staffordshire area?

excellent stuff, come on in grin

fabricland has got some pre-shirred fabric for making quick dresses. good for a neginner smile

'Nother question. What's pre-shirred? Thanks for still putting up with me. blush

I would presume it already has elastic through it and is all rippled like the top of a maxi dress.

it's got a few rows of shirring elastic sewn in.
www.fabricland.co.uk/
go to shirred fabric in the menu.

Shirring is when you sew rows with elastic thread to pull the material together (looks a little like smocking but is easier and quicker). You'd often use it for the bodice of a child's dress (they did one like that on this season of Sewing Bee) or on a sundress for a not-too-busty adult. Pre-shirred is a length of fabric where they've done that sewing with elastic thread for you in several rows along one edge, so all you really need to do to make a sundress is measure how much you need, sew the side seam and add straps.

Thanks. Yes I remember that. Gosh they like to make things easy sometimes. It's great.

PigeonPie Mon 27-May-13 22:20:35

Well, I've finished my jeans apart from the button and hole (which I've got to get tomorrow), then I'll hand work the buttonhole.

However, although they're ok, they still don't fit brilliantly (I am such a funny shape!). I really do need to go on a fitting and alteration course - does anyone know if there are any around? I can fit other people, but I can't do it on myself for toffee!

Well ive bought my fabric, cut and pinned it all, started to use my machine and managed to break the only 3 needles I'd got. Dh has now fixed my machine but ive got to wait until tomorrow before I can get any more needles sad

PigeonPie Mon 27-May-13 22:37:15

Bother desperate - that's really frustrating. Glad your DH has managed to fix it though. At least you can get on tomorrow.

desperate, you really need to learn how to maintain your own machine.
it's usually a tension thing wink

we went to Fabricland in kingston today.
it was lovely. grin

i bought some green with peppers on cotton and didn't know what to use it for.
then thought "I ruined the ironing board cover by ironing lycra without testing first", so decided to use it for an ironing board cover. yippee! grin

Ive finished my 1st ever bag smile I somehow managed to sew the strap inside the lining and outer fabric but sorted it in the end blush

PigeonPie Fri 31-May-13 14:07:16

Well done Desperate I hope you're pleased with the final result? It doesn't matter how you got there and whether there were problems - for me part of the fun is the problem solving.

Today I went to Franklins in Salisbury. I now want a proper sewing table which can hold my machine - but at least I know what to ask for for my birthday! When I'm not on my 'phone I'll post a link. Anyway, the shop is fab and the chap who served me was fantastic and even managed to find a replacement buttonhole foot. I may well be making more trips than usual to stay with my parents just so I can go more often!

I'm itching to go get more fabric, ive got some fabric squares now but I fancy making myself a summer dress next, will be on pinterest later browsing designs smile

FattyMcChubster Fri 31-May-13 19:04:31

Sorry to just jump in like this but wanted a bit of advice. Have asked on another thread but no replies so far.
Looking for a new machine. Not a total beginners one, I'd like one that can handle more sturdy things.
Am I best going to John Lewis or sewing machines direct?
Any models you can recommend?
Not after the most expensive but I'd rather spend a bit more if it's worth it.
Thankyou!

Oh! Also, anywhere you can recommend for patterns for toddlers clothing?

PigeonPie Fri 31-May-13 20:52:42

Fatty - welcome! Having been into Franklins in Salisbury today, whilst I didn't buy a machine, I was very impressed with the range of knowledge that the chap had and the range of machines they had from very basic to extremely technical (£2k) Berninas. I would certainly go and have a look there if I could.

I have a lovely Riccar. It's electronic, but doesn't have a huge number of bells and whistles which suits me well. However, I don't think there's any substitute for going to a place which has a range of makes and models. Any shop worth their salt will be able to ask the right questions to get the right machine for you.

Before you go, think about the sorts of projects you are likely to do (for instance, I have no need for embroidery programmes), but I wanted a fairly heavy duty machine which could do things I was used to doing on an industrial straight stitch machine.

FattyMcChubster Fri 31-May-13 21:29:53

Thanks pigeon. I've had a bernina and loved it so may go back to that one. You're right, someone with experience is always going to be best!

Hi Fatty,
Do go to a shop where they'll let you try out the machines - John Lewis can be a bit annoying in that, they never seem to let you try them out, just have them out on display with no electricity.

A smaller shop would be better, if you have one in the area.
it also means you'll get advice from someone who actually knows what they're talking about smile

patterns for toddler clothing - try www.simplicitynewlook.com/ for patterns, mainly, but you'll find them on ebay quite readily too

This fell off my threads I'm on. blush

Is anyone still here? Does anyone have any tips on making insoles for shoes? I need a bit of extra padding in my summer shoes and I'm not sure how to measure it.

i'm still here.

make insoles out of carpets grin

seriously - go to a carpet shop and ask to buy a sample. they're usually selling them at £2 each or so.
then cut round your original insole smile

I have lots of carpet. Do you wear it fluffy side up iyswim? That's a brilliant idea by the way. smile

yes, that's right smile

My mum always did it smile

Cool. I'll let you know how I get on if I can get the carpet bits out of the loft. Thank you.

MrsPennyapple Mon 10-Jun-13 12:28:20

Hi everyone, not been on the thread in ages, not had the energy to do any crafts either sad Am hoping to get in my craft room tomorrow (child free day) and start on a dress for DD, but it turns out I don't have as many little girl's dress patterns as I thought. I like the Simplicity #5695 that SarahBeeny is making, it's just the sort of thing I was after, so am off to the shop in a bit!

VikingLady Mon 10-Jun-13 20:41:19

Have been lurking for a long time on this thread, picking up useful hints! DH has finally cleared enough detritus from the spare room for me to get my sewing machine out. First thing to make is the sewing bee shirred children's dress for DD, but I also want to make things for myself. Specifically shirts and dresses.

I am hampered by my shape though. Does anyone know which makes of pattern are best for a big bust? I know they are all adjustable but not usually enough! I'm a 34GG at the moment (post DD!), and I don't want to get as far as buying material and patterns then discovering at the tacking stage that there isn't enough room for my boobs - money is short, and it would be disheartening!

Thank you in advance (and hope).....

I have no advice about how you'd go about it but if you've been following the thread that shouldn't surprise you. grin

Well it appears dh gave all our carpet off cuts to some friends in need so we have none. I'll have to get a sample or two later.

On the plus side I ave had some sewing success. I took in a top that was massively too big and made a great big bow on the shoulder. And I made my first bag!! I got a fleecy, white blanket from the charity shop and I had some handles I liked already. Then I put some red, felt flowers on that I made. It looks fab even if I do say so myself. smile

I have still to actually use a pattern though. Don't know why I'm so nervous of it.

Viking always choose your pattern according to your bust size.
think about the kind of clothes you would buy in the shop and choose things that are similar shape.

you can alter patterns by using tracing paper (or baking paper) alongside.
you can try it out (make a toile) using cheap fabric with a similar drape or feel (charity shop sheets are great for this) and play around with the pattern until you're happy with the fall, then draw your pattern piece exactly that way.

you don't go tight under the boob, but similarly, don't go too loose or you'll look like you're still pregnant. darts are your friend. make darts in all the places you need them - you might find that more small darts are much better than a few bigger darts (that's when the gaping happens)
with big boobs, most of your darts need to be in the underarm section.
you will probably also need darts in the cleavage area.

here's a good report

which comments remind me - your patterns will assume that you've got a wide back - you haven't, so make sure that you line up your side seams with the middle of your side. you have to assume that there's a line running down your side from your shoulder to your ankles, like a plumbline, and your side seam needs to sit on that.
your dress needs to be bigger at the front, not all round.

Hair - get you grin
sounds really good smile

MrsPennyapple Wed 12-Jun-13 21:50:02

Just wondering, does anyone here trace off copies of paper patterns, or do you all just use the original?

My mum has been making clothes for years, and says to just use the original, but fold the paper along the lines to indicate the size you want to make, and then on any curved parts snip the paper every so often so you can fold it around the curve. (Hope that makes some kind of sense.)

However, if you use a pattern a lot, isn't it going to get wrecked from all the folding, unfolding, pinning etc?

nononono don't use the original!
what if you need another size? or need to do alterations?

always trace your pattern!
baking paper is perfect, but any tissue or tracing paper is fine.
(I've got a massive roll of professional pattern paper which will probably last the next three generatikns. but it lives at the shop so I keep using newspaper!)

MrsPennyapple Wed 12-Jun-13 22:39:55

Thanks Unique, that's exactly what I thought. I bought a roll of tracing paper just for this purpose, but it is a bit thicker that I'd expected, that shouldn't matter though right?

My mum always irons the paper pattern pieces and then re-folds along the lines for whichever size she wants to make, but I really think I'd prefer to just trace and cut a fresh copy if I want to make a different size. I've been meticulously careful with my tracing, and I just feel happier not shredding my original.

Thanks for confirming that I'm not just being terribly precious smile

no, any thickness is fine because the fabric is the thing tjat moves grin
in fact. a bit stiffer miggt be better because it's more sturdy to cut round.

the reason patterns are such thin paper is so they fold small for the packet and it's cheaper that's way

nah your mum's the mad one.

my mum used to cut her patterns because they were cheap.
if she knew she wanted a different size she would always tra e.

MrsPennyapple Wed 12-Jun-13 23:23:17

You don't know the half of it...

MrsPennyapple Wed 12-Jun-13 23:25:25

My mum being mad, I mean. Just realised how odd that looked written down.

grin
my mum's a total loon

PigeonPie Thu 13-Jun-13 15:33:30

I trace the patterns now, but we always cut the patterns at school.

VikingLady Fri 14-Jun-13 16:01:39

Thank you unique

no probs, I hope it helps smile

PigeonPie Sat 15-Jun-13 21:57:23

Well, this evening I have finally turned up the sleeves of a jacket I bought about three years ago and haven't worn! It's been sitting on my dummy in the 'spare room' more commonly called the dumping ground all that time and has got rather dusty but once I've washed it tomorrow it will at last be wearable!

Why did it take me so long to get around to it? It took less than 2 hours to do including felling the linings back in. I really must not procrastinate!

I made a dress last night!! gringrin

I still didn't use a pattern and it's not perfect but it's wearable. I'm so thrilled. A real, proper dress. Ha! grin

HalleLouja Fri 28-Jun-13 21:20:11

I like the Made by Dana website. I made a skirt for DD (which she didn't like) and am going to make some shorts from there.

HellesBelles396 Sat 20-Jul-13 20:43:40

No-one (including me) has posted on here for a while but...

...after much fabric and pattern buying, I have finally started work on my first item of clothing - a tunic top.

Hope everyone is still sewing.

eeky Mon 22-Jul-13 20:39:16

Just worked up courage to start sewing again at 42y - used to sew quite a bit as a teenager, incl dressmaking. Never really learnt how to do things properly, though!

I visited Abakhan in Stoke-on-trent today and have had a great time. They sell fabrics by the metre as usual, but have huge amounts of large offcuts at brilliant prices. I bought a pattern for an extremely simple long sleeveless summer dress with a swishy skirt (no zips!), three lots of 3 metres of pure linen in French blue, choc brown and terracotta. Matching thread, interfacing - total £40!

Will report back when I have started...

HellesBelles396 Tue 23-Jul-13 06:13:13

Abakhan sounds amazing!!

Looking forward to seeing how we each get on with our projects.

eeky Tue 23-Jul-13 06:42:08

It is amazing, Helles. Lots of rummaging through fabric needed in the offcuts but very worth it. I have driven past the shop for years not bothering to go in as looks v nondescript from outside, but huge once you get in. They also sell patterns, yarn, craft stuff, and any bit of haberdashery you could possibly want. Free demonstrations, and classes in other branches too.
Very old-fashioned in a lovely way, and staff who all know what they are talking about. Patient with questions such as: can you tell me where the lightweight fusible interlining is, please, and what I do with it?! blush

Shesparkles Wed 31-Jul-13 13:18:18

An update from me too!

I'm still teaching grin I have 6 regulars and once the summer holidays are past I'm looking to expand by organising workshops. I've bought another 2 machines for this and can't wait to get started!

I've started up a sewing business now, to fill in the gap when I close the shop.

I'm selling cloth nappies, and making stuff too.

I set up a facebook page and a website, and sent off some homemade clothes to some testers (all costing me money- just to get honest feedback)
they were all really positive about them, so it looks good so far.

And I bought a Loop Turner! grin
It just arrived.
I mainly want it to thread elastic into waistbands of toddler trousers - though it'd be more efficient than hunting for safety pins and forcing them through...

AnAdventureInCakeAndWine Sun 15-Dec-13 17:52:19
BaaHumbug Sun 15-Dec-13 17:55:54

Is that going to clash with Strictly?

BaaHumbug Sun 15-Dec-13 17:59:46

Oh no, panic over. It dove-tails nicely with Strictly. Not surprising really as I'm pretty sure the Sewing Bee audience is a subset of the Strictly audience. <sets recorder>

BaaHumbug Sun 15-Dec-13 18:00:35

<does a little dance> I'm surprisingly thrilled by this. Thanks AnAdventure

DoesntLeftoverTurkeySoupDragOn Sun 15-Dec-13 18:02:59

Oooooh! I shall have to watch it on iPlayer when I'm home from my parents' house with no children smile

DoesntLeftoverTurkeySoupDragOn Sun 15-Dec-13 18:04:39

Hang on - it's today! I didn't realise.

May still watch it with no children about to spoil it though smile

CanIMakeItToChristmas Sun 15-Dec-13 20:26:56

Love it! I watch it and pretend I have the time and skill to emulate them all. The Christmas house ... fenvy

DoesntLeftoverTurkeySoupDragOn Sun 15-Dec-13 21:00:41

Time, skill and that wonderful sewing room smile

CanIMakeItToChristmas Sun 15-Dec-13 21:06:44

Yes, I just want to stroke all the materials. [can we have a saddo emoticon?]

DoesntLeftoverTurkeySoupDragOn Tue 17-Dec-13 11:30:31

I want to be able to sit around a table with Patrick like minded friends and craft and chat. [sigh]

LatteLady Tue 17-Dec-13 15:51:48

I have to organise the WI Craft group for 2014... I am in the planning stages. It seems like they want to do everything (well they will be missing out on cross stitch!) We are starting with a t-shirt customisation in January, fabric paints, fancy stitching, freehand embroidery, applique and something rather exciting with a pair of scissors is the way I am going!

We will be knitting, dressing a child around the world, making etui boxes, patchwork, crochet, creating a decoupage box, wet felting, to say nothing of my plans for next Christmas, embroidery... perhaps a spot of smocking even. You should see my planning book, I am lining up a few good speakers too, I wonder if May is free....

DoesntLeftoverTurkeySoupDragOn Tue 17-Dec-13 16:19:20

Are you, perhaps, living out your crafty fantasies through the WI? smile

CanYouKeepASecret2 Tue 17-Dec-13 16:46:57

Is there any chance you are near me LatteLady, as I'd love to join a WI with that much craft focus? (Cambridgeshire)

LatteLady Tue 17-Dec-13 17:29:46

Sorry CanYou, I am on the Essex Coast but we are a brand new WI. You could always at your own, we already have a wait list as we have 120 members!

And Soupie, if it was my fantasy we would be making hats <scribbles furiously in her book>

LatteLady Tue 17-Dec-13 17:32:40

Oops meant to type start yr own <gives phone the evil eye>

Maybe we should start Mumsnet crafty bees....

DoesntLeftoverTurkeySoupDragOn Tue 17-Dec-13 17:59:37

My local WIs all seem to be filled with older ladies.

neddle Thu 19-Dec-13 23:05:36

My mum wants to buy me some sewing stuff for christmas, but I'm not sure what to get.
I was thinking about some different needles and presser feet, but which ones would I get most use out of?
I've been sewing small things so far andstarting on clothing. I've seen sets of 10 or 15 on ebay but not sure if they're any good?

DeWe Sat 21-Dec-13 19:54:22

I've just made dd2 (age 10yo) a Christmas dress. She told me it was "quite old fashioned".

It's a glorious blue, with little reindeer and santa all over, and I used a Daisy Kingdom pattern, enlarged and changed in some areas, with trim that looked like snowballs, and star button fastenings. She wore it to school for Christmas dress up day.

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