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

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UniqueAndAmazing Wed 01-May-13 14:56:54

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

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

UniqueAndAmazing Thu 09-May-13 12:32:19

no, you do mean toile.

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

UniqueAndAmazing Thu 09-May-13 15:29:13

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

UniqueAndAmazing Thu 09-May-13 15:29:38

I knew toile [preen]
from my HND days

TheOneWithTheHair Thu 09-May-13 16:02:27

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

You sound very organised Unique. grin

UniqueAndAmazing Thu 09-May-13 16:09:12


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.

UniqueAndAmazing Fri 10-May-13 16:41:29

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?

TheOneWithTheHair Sat 11-May-13 00:01:06

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

InMySpareTime Sat 11-May-13 07:29:56

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.

TolliverGroat Sat 11-May-13 10:25:11

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.

UniqueAndAmazing Sat 11-May-13 14:04:16

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.

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