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#26 MrsMuzz82

Posted 10 June 2016 - 07:07 PM

Excellent! What will you be sewing?

I recently bought Chinelo Bally's book freehand fashion (she was the contestant on the great British sewing bee who didn't use patterns). I've managed to put together the dress block using her method and this weekend I'm going to try to make her 'date night dress'. It's a lace dress so it will either be awesome... Or a complete disaster and become really expensive couch cushions or something. I've never done this crazy freehand method before nor have I ever worked with lace before so you know living dangerously etc. It's an exciting prospect.

#27 GlitterFarts

Posted 10 June 2016 - 10:41 PM

Winter pants for the kidlets lol


Oooohhhh mrsmuzz, that sounds awesome! Cant wait to see!!!

#28 DirtyStreetPie

Posted 10 June 2016 - 11:41 PM

Soooo desperate to sew this weekend! I keep not letting myself do it, because the floors need cleaning. But I keep not cleaning the floors.

What I need you all to do is to motivate me to clean the freaking floors tomorrow (Saturday) so I can sew on Sunday!

#29 livvie7586

Posted 11 June 2016 - 08:51 AM

Morning all!

No sewing here.  There is so much i need to do, but my current headache is almost 6 weeks old (first 6 weeks are the hardest, right), so any get up and go i have is used up doing what i have to.

So I'm knitting a sontag.  Found a handknitted jumper with terrible joins in the free bin at the tip shop, pulled it apart and dyed the yarn.  The knitting itself is 4 rows repeated, all in garter stitch, so isn't too taxing.

#30 ClarkeTribe

Posted 11 June 2016 - 11:32 AM

Study unfortunately. Why are long weekends always in peak study times?

Edited by ClarkeTribe, 11 June 2016 - 11:32 AM.


#31 DragonsGrace

Posted 16 June 2016 - 06:19 PM

I'm going to Supanova this weekend so I decided to whip myself up a geeky Star Trek messenger bag for the occasion. I think it's the first thing I've made for myself since I started my bag business lol

#32 greenthumbs

Posted 16 June 2016 - 07:45 PM

That is AWESOME!!

Have a great time :D

#33 DragonsGrace

Posted 16 June 2016 - 08:48 PM

Thanks :)



#34 GlitterFarts

Posted 18 June 2016 - 09:25 PM

View PostDragonsGrace, on 16 June 2016 - 06:19 PM, said:

I'm going to Supanova this weekend so I decided to whip myself up a geeky Star Trek messenger bag for the occasion. I think it's the first thing I've made for myself since I started my bag business lolAttachment image.jpegAttachment image.jpegAttachment image.jpeg

:o :o :o


W.O.W.!!!!

#35 GlitterFarts

Posted 18 June 2016 - 09:34 PM

I hope that you are having a blast this weekend DG!

I bought this little beauty this week, so am busy cleaning and oiling her up!

She sews almost silently and ssooooo smoothly - bought for $23 from the local salvos! :thumbs:
I originally bought her for the kids to sew on, but she is so nice to work with that I have given the kids my spotlight one and will use her as my workhorse instead :D



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Edited by GlitterFarts, 18 June 2016 - 09:34 PM.


#36 greenthumbs

Posted 18 June 2016 - 10:13 PM

That's what I need - a quiet machine! Then maybe DS2 wouldn't freak out.

Love an op shop score! Happy sewing :smile:

#37 GlitterFarts

Posted 18 June 2016 - 10:21 PM

Honestly greenthumbs, this machine is literally the quietest one I have ever heard! I posted on a few of my fb sewing groups and had lots of peoplecagree, so definutely keep an eye out! :D

#38 DirtyStreetPie

Posted 21 June 2016 - 05:51 PM

View PostDragonsGrace, on 16 June 2016 - 06:19 PM, said:

I'm going to Supanova this weekend so I decided to whip myself up a geeky Star Trek messenger bag for the occasion. I think it's the first thing I've made for myself since I started my bag business lol

You just 'whipped up' a messenger bag, eh? Well it looks amazing! :D


That's an incredible find, GF. I need to go op-shopping...

I've been out of action recently because my son has been sick for a week and a half now. Nothing major, just a little virus, but it's keeping us up all night. So exhausted.

So the things I mentioned that I wanted to sew... haven't even started! I'm sitting here finishing off those bibs that I made ages ago. My poor sewing machine hasn't had a workout for weeks.

So I'm going to order in tonight, and spend some time measuring and cutting for my super-easy tank dress!

#39 DragonsGrace

Posted 21 June 2016 - 09:58 PM

View PostDirtyStreetPie, on 21 June 2016 - 05:51 PM, said:



You just 'whipped up' a messenger bag, eh? Well it looks amazing! :D



Thanks :) I have a small business making bags and various bag related items (pencil cases, purses etc) so I always have the bits and bobs I need. And I market myself as a geek bag maker so I always have fandom and geek related fabrics and designs on hand. The bag only took 3 hours from start to finish.

I had a great day at the Con. I met Sean Astin, had a photo and a really old copy of the Goonies novelisation signed, had a photo with him and during his Q&A we all recited the Goonie oath and became offical Goonies. I bought myself a few Star Trek and Firefly goodies and sat in on James Marsters and Brianna Hildenbrand & Stefan Kapicics seminars so it was a busy but enjoyable day.

I'm jealous GF, my Singer is so loud, I'd love a quiet machine.

I've had an order for a bag to house a compound bow. That's gonna be an interesting learning curve haha. And not one I imagine will happen again lol

Also, my 3yo saw some MLP fabric and demanded I make her a dress so I did. I haven't hemmed it yet but here it is




Edited by DragonsGrace, 21 June 2016 - 10:01 PM.


#40 DirtyStreetPie

Posted 21 June 2016 - 10:42 PM

That dress looks gorgeous. She's a lucky kid! It reminds me of a rainbow print dress my mum made for me when I was small. She had no idea how to sew, I can't imagine how people figured this stuff out without the internet.

#41 Schmig

Posted 27 June 2016 - 10:08 PM

Good to see you are all still sewing. I'm currently  sewing myself a capsule wardrobe  which tskes a lot more planning than I had hoped and making my girks some skater dresses. I'll post some pucs on the weekend

#42 greenthumbs

Posted 16 July 2016 - 08:12 AM

So I thought I'd give my machine the once over (never done it before) in preparation of finally doing some sewing.

According to the manual, it doesn't need oiling, ever. How on earth does that work?!

Anyway, I'll give it a clean today (vac out the fluff and so on). Initially I have some mending to do but then I need to start doing something soon.

I have put on quite a bit of weight over the last few years, and whilst the intention is there to try to lose it, I will definitely need some new spring clothes and I find it very difficult to find anything that fits in RTW. Plus I have a stupid amount of fabric in the stash that I should put to good use.

I went to the quilt and craft fair in sydney last month. Mum and I had a great time, but far out, it's a big day. I bought a bit of quilting fabric and some sashiko stuff which is proving quite satisfying - not that I've done much, but it's quite relaxing and simple. I even went super lazy and bought preprinted patterns on the fabric so I could get started immediately.

#43 eponee

Posted 16 July 2016 - 10:55 AM

Who is the EB'er that makes quilts and is having a quilt featured in 'Love Patchwork and Quilting' magazine later this year?

#44 GlitterFarts

Posted 16 July 2016 - 11:21 PM

View Posteponee, on 16 July 2016 - 10:55 AM, said:

Who is the EB'er that makes quilts and is having a quilt featured in 'Love Patchwork and Quilting' magazine later this year?

Blackcat20 :)

#45 GlitterFarts

Posted 16 July 2016 - 11:26 PM

Greenthumbs- a new wardrobe made just by me is my dream here, , so I look forward to seeing your progress. My new nachine is patiently waiting a cleanout from me, but I got distracted by my new looms and spinning wheel, lol! As Im making some Duggee dolls on spoonflower, I better do that before my fabric gets here! :laugh:

Schmig - how did your sewing go?

#46 DirtyStreetPie

Posted 19 July 2016 - 04:09 PM

Hello all,

It's nice to read about your latest adventures in sewing. It's inspiring me to learn more. :)

I've actually become stuck on the simple (lol) tank dress I started working on:

http://sweet-verbena...s-tutorial.html

I've cut the bottom off the tank top. But then it said to sew clear elastic along the cut edge, on the right side. So I tried it, but the machine just tore holes in the elastic. Now I'm wondering if I should hand-sew the elastic, and I'm also wondering why it has to be on the right side (not the wrong side).

And I don't even understand why I'm supposed to do this step anyway! Such a noob :p

So if any of you have any nuggets of wisdom out there, please throw them my way. I need a distraction right now (non-viable pregnancy woes).

#47 GlitterFarts

Posted 19 July 2016 - 07:10 PM

Oohh no idea, sorry hun :(

#48 purplekitty

Posted 19 July 2016 - 07:22 PM

Have you changed your needle recently?
Is it a ball point?

The elastic is sewn on the outside so that when you join the top to the bottom it will be enclosed inside the seam rather on the outside of it where it would be rough if that makes sense.

Disclaimer:I'm not a great sewer of clothes.

#49 DirtyStreetPie

Posted 20 July 2016 - 09:25 AM

View Postpurplekitty, on 19 July 2016 - 07:22 PM, said:

The elastic is sewn on the outside so that when you join the top to the bottom it will be enclosed inside the seam rather on the outside of it where it would be rough if that makes sense.

It does make sense now, thank you!!

I think I might get some stay tape and try that instead. I'm fed up with clear elastic hehe.

#50 greenthumbs

Posted 20 July 2016 - 01:41 PM

Rather than stay tape (no stretch) I'd just use normal narrow elastic. You'd still have the stretch that way.

I haven't used clear elastic yet either. I bought some a while ago to try and now I'm nervous.  But I like purplekitty's suggestion of a new needle. Are you using a zig zag stitch?



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