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#351 mayahlb

Posted 14 June 2017 - 10:36 AM

View PostDirtyStreetPie, on 13 June 2017 - 11:57 PM, said:

Mayahlb: I've been avoiding Colette Patterns because of the 'Rue' dress controversy (check out this two-part blog post about the whole affair. Omg!). But the 'Moneta' dress keeps beckoning me. Have you made it? Do you reckon it's worth buying?

I'd been buying their patterns for years before this happened and honestly have had very few issues. I have found them very consistent and therefore any adjustments I make for my shape are consistent. I haven't made Moneta as it's made from a knit, but if I could find a knit I liked I would definitely try it. Ones I have made are Peony, Laurel (this is a staple in my wardrobe as it's very easy to change around), Hazel and I just finished a Roobios on the weekend, and plan to make at least 2 more of that pattern. I also have about a dozen of the seamwork patterns which are very similar. I think I'm happy with them because I know the exact adjustments I have to make (i.e. I make a size 8 US (or a 10 if is designed to be more form fitting, but take in the side seam allowance a bit extra) but any darts/shaping around the bust has to be at least the next size up depending on the ease written into the pattern.

#352 blackcat20

Posted 14 June 2017 - 11:32 AM

Need to get a wedding quilt dont but I dont have my own sewing space at the moment....must have it done by august 5.

#353 DirtyStreetPie

Posted 14 June 2017 - 01:48 PM

Thank you for your thoughts on Colette Patterns, mayahlb and hunter4. I think I will definitely consider buying 'Moneta'. I am also tempted by Tilly's 'Zadie'. Both patterns have an accompanying sewalong, which is great for someone like me.

mayahlb: You've chosen some really nice patterns. I would live in such dresses if I could just fit my boobs into them hehe.

hunter4: Goodness gracious. What an amazing 'Rue' you've made! At my pace, it will be YEARS before I can do anything like that. I still haven't tried altering patterns, but I know that I will never be able to make the clothes I really like, unless I finally learn how to do bust adjustments (so much boob).

ChocolateAddict: I saw the weighted turtles at Irabina Autism Services in Bayswater. Couldn't get a closer look at them because my toddler was going rogue. Longest appointment ever...

#354 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)

#355 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

#356 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.

#357 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.

#358 hunter4

Posted 14 June 2017 - 09:45 PM

I think that this was the version I watched.

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

#359 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.

#360 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

#361 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*

#362 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.


#363 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.

#364 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

#365 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.

#366 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.

#367 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.

#368 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!

#369 Lunafreya

Posted 20 June 2017 - 01:41 PM

Was doing some sewing last night

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#370 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.



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