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#351 mayahlb

Posted 14 June 2017 - 02:40 PM

Dirtystreetpie that was my biggest issue too. The bust area is just never big enough on patterns for me. It's why I always put the darts or bust area of the pattern at 1-2 sizes up. (I'm about a D/DD and the patterns are designed with a C cup in mind)

#352 Chocolate Addict

Posted 14 June 2017 - 08:21 PM

DSP - I have heard of Irabina but not been there and don't know who supplies them. :)
There is a few bigger blanket makers, I am still making my way up the ladder.

I am a fashion designer by trade with a background in soft furnishings as well. I don't remember the last time I used a pattern to make clothes. lol

The only pattern I use now is the turtle pattern, anything else I make patterns myself.

I finally watched a few episodes of the UK great sewing bee or whatever it is called and kicking myself I didn't watch it from the start. The episode I saw today was the finale. lol

#353 hunter4

Posted 14 June 2017 - 09:05 PM

Chocolate Addict - I love the Great British Sewing Bee - such a great show - I'm really hoping that they make another season.  I've watched all the other seasons - and actually even learnt a thing or two.

#354 DirtyStreetPie

Posted 14 June 2017 - 09:25 PM

I watched a season of the Sewing Bee, but gave up because the video quality was so poor. I would give anything to watch/buy all the seasons, but all the websites I've found have dodgy video quality (such that I couldn't see the stitching), fast-forwarded chipmunk voices, etc - presumably to get around the copyright issue.

So if any of you have a workaround, I'm all ears. :D

If only they would release them on DVD.

#355 hunter4

Posted 14 June 2017 - 09:45 PM

I think that this was the version I watched.

http://www.dailymoti...g-bee_lifestyle

#356 Lunafreya

Posted 15 June 2017 - 02:37 PM

My friends in the Historical Picnic Society are having a sewing bee soon, many of us aren't as experienced as others and we help each other out.

#357 DirtyStreetPie

Posted 15 June 2017 - 02:58 PM

Thanks for link, hunter4!

Lunafreya, a sewing bee sounds wonderful, especially with the lovely posh things you've been making. There are some sewing groups here in Melbourne, but I don't have anywhere to store my toddler while I'm sewing... :p

#358 Chocolate Addict

Posted 16 June 2017 - 05:24 PM

ah the lady at the shop I stock makes me laugh. She contacted me last night saying she must have sold a product she needed for a big order. No problem, I had just made some this week as I knew she had sold out. Did she need anything else since I was going there? I have this this and that... sure bring it down. lol Get there and she has hardly any stock and took pretty much everything I had. :p

My major problem now is I have put all the prices up so need to go through all the items on myob and change all the prices which is all products times 3 - retail, wholesale and hers. Also cos I edited my profile and am setting up a bank link I clicked 'not registered for gst' and now it won't save any invoices cos they have 'free or no gst' listed but apparently that needs to be clear. No clue how. lol My Friday night is going to be fun - yay. :p

Now I am cutting out 2 custom orders and numerous larger blankets. *phew*

#359 mayahlb

Posted 16 June 2017 - 05:28 PM

Far out... should know better then to visit our tiny local habadashery store. All I wanted was a few zips. Walked out with zips, bobbins and a few meters of fabric. I resisted on the other bits I was interested in.

I want to make this with the fabric. https://www.seamwork.com/catalog/patsy

Edited by mayahlb, 16 June 2017 - 05:34 PM.


#360 hunter4

Posted 16 June 2017 - 08:56 PM

View PostLunafreya, on 15 June 2017 - 02:37 PM, said:

My friends in the Historical Picnic Society are having a sewing bee soon, many of us aren't as experienced as others and we help each other out.

Ohh sewwing bee, that sounds like so much fun - wich I could find one of those to go to.

View PostChocolate Addict, on 16 June 2017 - 05:24 PM, said:

ah the lady at the shop I stock makes me laugh. She contacted me last night saying she must have sold a product she needed for a big order. No problem, I had just made some this week as I knew she had sold out. Did she need anything else since I was going there? I have this this and that... sure bring it down. lol Get there and she has hardly any stock and took pretty much everything I had. :p

My major problem now is I have put all the prices up so need to go through all the items on myob and change all the prices which is all products times 3 - retail, wholesale and hers. Also cos I edited my profile and am setting up a bank link I clicked 'not registered for gst' and now it won't save any invoices cos they have 'free or no gst' listed but apparently that needs to be clear. No clue how. lol My Friday night is going to be fun - yay. :p

Now I am cutting out 2 custom orders and numerous larger blankets. *phew*

Wow that does not sound like fun all that paperwork - especially on a Friday night!

View Postmayahlb, on 16 June 2017 - 05:28 PM, said:

Far out... should know better then to visit our tiny local habadashery store. All I wanted was a few zips. Walked out with zips, bobbins and a few meters of fabric. I resisted on the other bits I was interested in.

I want to make this with the fabric. https://www.seamwork.com/catalog/patsy

That skirt is very cute - I especially live the checked version they have made.  
I'm terrible with fabric stores.  I promise myself going in that I'm just going to pick up what I need, then come out $100 later laden with bags.

#361 Chocolate Addict

Posted 17 June 2017 - 12:29 AM

I went to Spotlight today and only bought the one item I went in for, and only the amount I needed (It wasn't on special and it was for an order) :p

#362 Neeps

Posted 18 June 2017 - 10:41 AM

Just watched Ep 1 of the great British sewing bee. Loving it. Madly cutting out blocks for my quilt but inspired to do some dressmaking.

Bought a cheapie iron at Coles. Total junk so I am returning it.

#363 hunter4

Posted 18 June 2017 - 10:47 AM

I started on a quilt today too.  I got given an old wardrobe this week and used it to store a lot of my fabric, but found huge bags full of scraps of fleece fabric so decided to cut it all into squares and make a quilt out of it.  Now just trying to lay out all the squares and triangles into a pattern that I like.

#364 DirtyStreetPie

Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:51 PM

View PostNeeps, on 18 June 2017 - 10:41 AM, said:

Just watched Ep 1 of the great British sewing bee. Loving it. Madly cutting out blocks for my quilt but inspired to do some dressmaking.

I love the host! It's also interesting to see the contestant Tilly in her earlier sewing days. Her video course on sewing got me started last year.

In other news, I've had to buy some RTW clothing, because I'm sewing too slowly to create a complete wardrobe! The good thing is, I was able to pick out a nice dress that actually fits my bust, because I knew which design features to look out for, thanks to the sewing theory I've picked up.

#365 DirtyStreetPie

Posted 20 June 2017 - 01:35 PM

Ok, so I downloaded a sewing pattern from Kwik Sew. And then I found out I have to go to a website called PrintSew in order to download the pattern. So I went to PrintSew, and they said that in order to view/print the pattern, I would have to install the 'viewer'. So I downloaded the viewer, and it turned out to be LockLizard Safeguard (a PDF viewer that protects digital materials from being used by people who haven't paid for them).

I'm annoyed because:

1. I didn't see any mention of this while I was purchasing. Maybe there was a 'terms and conditions' link I missed? Anyway, I felt tricked. Other pattern companies just give you a normal PDF to print.

2. The PrintSew website doesn't mention LockLizard. It just refers to it as the 'viewer'. So when the LockLizard installation screen popped up, I became needlessly suspicious that it was malware.

3. The LockLizard program is sooo 1998. Clunky. Work on your user interface, man.

4. When I finally downloaded and viewed the pattern, the quality was poor. It just looked grainy. I wonder if it comes out that poorly on paper...?

I really hate installing programs I don't know much about. The whole process was so stupid, and I haven't even printed the pattern yet.

Never again!

#366 Lunafreya

Posted 20 June 2017 - 01:41 PM

Was doing some sewing last night

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#367 mayahlb

Posted 20 June 2017 - 02:28 PM

dirtystreepie - oh I would be furious about that. Maybe contact them about it? Just to make sure it isn't something wrong going on.

lunafreya - yah! looks good.

I need to get my display dummy back from my friend. I feel bad though as she runs a consignment store and I wasn't using it. I might just let her know she can keep it until she buys another one.

Didn't get to sewing on the weekend. But am planning on getting some patterns printed today. I'm lazy and rather then sticking what feels like a million pages together I get our local print shop to print them on the same paper they use for architect plans. Its a good weight and keeps for ages. And doesn't cost that much.

#368 Barefoot

Posted 27 June 2017 - 07:56 PM

I held a sewing class today and right at the end had a needle snap. I figured it had been in a while and changed it. But that one broke after a couple of stitches too. Now I'm worried my machine is stuffed. Any ideas what it might be?

#369 blackcat20

Posted 27 June 2017 - 08:13 PM

Could you machine just need a slight adjustment? Its possible the needle is hitting something inside the bobbin case.

#370 DirtyStreetPie

Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:11 PM

If you haven't tried this already, re-thread the machine, because the thread may be tightening up and bending the needle until it snaps.

Also try sewing very slowly with the handwheel to see if you can hear or see the needle making incorrect contact with the machine.

Mayahlb: I think the silliness I encountered with the digital Kwik Sew pattern was all deliberate! It seems they are encouraging people to stick with tissue paper patterns as these are harder to copy. So I've given up and bought the pattern from Spotlight! At least I won't have to stick dozens of sheets together. And I'm going to uninstall that frigging LockLizard program!

When you get them printed at the print shop, does it automatically come out the right size? I've been wondering, because there's normally the little test square on the first page, and it sometimes takes me a few attempts to scale it properly.

#371 Bam1

Posted 28 June 2017 - 06:47 AM

I print at officeworks (via their website) the A0 version of my patterns and the test square has always come out correct.  If I've used the self serve kiosk though to print A4, there is no option to say print at 100% and they always come out wrong.

#372 cvbn

Posted 28 June 2017 - 09:46 AM

Barefoot, make sure your needle is pushed in as far as it will go, if it is even a little bit too low it will hit and snap.

Dirty Street Pie, I got caught with the same with a Simplicity pattern. Such a rigamarole for a t-shirt, never again and I love PDF patterns.

I am on a vintage sewing spree. I have a *slight* obsession with vintage sewing patterns and get given a lot.

I sew pretty much all our clothes, I need to get in sewing knickers but that one still scares me a bit.

Edited by cvbn, 28 June 2017 - 09:50 AM.


#373 blackcat20

Posted 28 June 2017 - 09:55 AM

Finally got the wedding quilt basted up last night. Now to quilt and bind it in the next 5 weeks....

#374 cvbn

Posted 28 June 2017 - 09:57 AM

Attached File  IMG_0779_Easy-Resize.com.jpg   245.99K   47 downloadsMy latest sew

A pattern by http://www.petitapet.../shop/loveralls in some silver denim from Spotlight. My daughter loves them.

Do you quit yourself or send it away Blackcat?

#375 blackcat20

Posted 28 June 2017 - 10:23 AM

View Postcvbn, on 28 June 2017 - 09:57 AM, said:

Do you quit yourself or send it away Blackcat?

I do it myself usually, though I treated myself to having one done professionally last year.



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