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Postby CielOnTap on Sat Oct 04, 2014 2:02 pm

Fixing the side seams and darts on a skirt made from a Burda pattern. Front darts now fit the wearer but side seams need another attempt at size correction and back darts made deep work but have to narrow the tops of darts. Getting there-if only machine would not attempt to yank thread underside every few stitches!

Motorcycle look jackets remain a popular style for women into fall-some collections show them as well as Burda Style patterns (they were in the January issue as well).

I'm not doing any Halloween sewing or costume play but those of you who are, what costumes are you making for yourselves or youngsters? The popularity of the film Frozen seems to be moving products tied to the movie-expect to see costumes reflecting the trend.
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:31 pm

The cold Arctic air is now blowing through and yes, it's time to bring out long-sleeved layers and coats. I don't intend to chase/rake leaves any longer unless they get stuck on the walkways.

The vibrant hues of sumac, maple and birch leaves should inspire party fabric choices and even sweater knits. The various earth tones of oak leaves guide pant, jacket and coat fabric choices. Gloves, scarves, boots and bags can be muted, metallic, colourful or solid colour picks to complement the outfits.

Could a room use a new pair of drapes, some furniture covers, pillows or accessories? Maybe the tablecloth or runner needs more pizzazz? Have a look at home decor fabrics to welcome fall indoors and add to warmth (practical and inviting) to rooms. At home, I'm assisting with cutting drapery fabrics for new curtains to add some Spanish-style red glazed tile look fabric that has a bright floral print on it. The print will offset the brown furniture and mocha walls with necessary colour and depth to add a wow factor to the room.

For the gift-minded, you are likely finalizing project ideas for Christmas gift-giving and are getting fabrics and notions ready for the nights and weekends of creativity. Making gift bags/stockings/or totes? Look for panel prints, Christmas themed fabrics or even kitchen textiles for your projects--or rummage through the clearance home decor fabrics for festive or tone-on-tone fabrics.

And if you follow paint trends for ideas on colours to use in your sewing, here's a link to the 2015 paint news:
https://www.canadianwoodworking.com/dulux-paint-unveils-true-blue-global-palette-2015
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:08 pm

The draping sections on this dress give a wow factor to it! I'd like set-in sleeves rather than cap sleeves.

https://www.facebook.com/versace/photos/a.266495315175.314679.260751060175/10154826115510176/?type=1&theater

How lovely would it be to have this dress made in up in different fall colours? Or use a scenic digital print for night wear?
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Postby CielOnTap on Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:18 pm

Finding out how sewing curtains with a console sewing machine is rather difficult when sewing the vertical seams that will be part of pinch pleats. I wanted to reinforce the seams so would turn around the header to sew back to the start again. However the weight of the curtain made it hard to move the header section easily while the bottom weight of the curtain hung off the chair and the foldout leaf of the console. Pinch pleating has to wait for another day.

Had I used a portable machine on a big table, the table would minimize the drag of the curtain and I could swivel the header tape more easily around the freearm of the sewing machine.

Did a test hanging of the one curtain to see that I have enough coverage and that I don't need to remove any pleats to ensure adequate fullness.
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Dec 27, 2014 6:02 pm

A fashion accessory that seems to be of interest to some this fall: the blanket scarf. I'm not a fan of what looks to be an oversize "scarf" with fringe that one wears over clothing while outdoors. I can understand wearing a blanket indoors if the heat is off and one is cold. But outside? There's fringe that can get caught in escalator hand rails or in regular stair railings. You can step on the blanket, which is likely sweeping widely behind you as you walk so touching buildings, other pedestrians, lamp posts, hydrants (that's major germ territory and you haven't even reached your destination).

https://ca.images.search.yahoo.com/sear ... nket+scarf

It would not be good to wear the scarf while in a car (there's a seatbelt that must be worn) or using a subway system-too many possibilities to get a scarf end snagged by doors, other passengers' carrying cases/totes, inattentive people (you might even trip them) or pets or trees.

A blanket roll-well, that's a blanket rolled up and tucked into a carrying strap of some kind to tote the thing around. Much more practical and less of a safety or germ hazard.
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby fishandchips on Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:36 pm

Since one of the colours for 2015 is synonymous with warm destinations-a blue usually conjuring up Grecian or Caribbean vacations, I want towelling in the blue colour so I can make a bathrobe plus a hot water bottle cover. The changes are cheaper than a flight ticket and there's no need to stand in line at the airport. The trick is finding a bed & bath store carrying the requisite towel colour in sufficent quantities for these makeover projects.
Not impressed with a red that is said to be a colour for 2015-I'm feeling the blue colour with more enthusiasm.

Flat bed sheets could be found on sale now--time to look at replacing existing sheet sets and putting the older ones into other projects, like slipcovers for furniture, laundry bags, pillows, test fabric for a sewing project. Lots of options.
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:36 pm

It seems April fashions in Burdastyle feature mint green in some dresses and check out the striped fabrics for the casual styles! You almost want to reach into your computer screen to get the patterns! If winter in the Northern Hemisphere has been a cold one, you'll want to make up a few new outfits for the warmer days ahead (and there's Easter too and high school prom season in June).

The German Burdastyle website has a short April issue preview of the patterns: http://www.burdastyle.de/aktuelles/news/einblick-in-das-april-heft_aid_5483.html
You may be able to find some of the original fabrics used in April's issue on the German retailer's website, Alfatex.de: https://www.alfatex.de/modestoffe/burda ... cleOrder=2

A preview of the Easy Fashion Spring/Summer 2015 issue is here: http://www.burdastyle.de/aktuelles/news/vorschau-f-s-2015-erste-vorschau-burda-easy-f-s-2015_aid_5478.html

Let's see what Vogue Patterns has in store for spring fashions:
http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/catalog-pages-1425.php

Butterick's offerings: http://butterick.mccall.com/lookbook---catalogs-pages-1443.php

McCalls' patterns: http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/lookbook---catalogs-pages-1409.php

Simplicity's spring styles: http://www.simplicity.com/c-1201-new-patterns.aspx

Then you have to consider which fabrics will suit your projects plus stock up on notions!
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Feb 10, 2016 12:49 pm

Vogue Patterns' February/March 2016 issue is a paper dose of spring-you'll see orange tones in many articles and garments!

Talk about inspired sewing-the team used a floral print jersey for pants too! There are patterns for tote bags, pin cushions (perfect craft project with those silk fabrics), career dressing and dresses for those occasions where one needs something different.

Sewists, get your machines cleaned. You are about to get sprung forward into warm weather sewing. The snow outside can get jealous.
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:15 pm

Home décor projects seem ideal for the spring month of April. Could new curtains help a room with colour and light? Do you want
specific colour accent pillows for a chair?
Maybe the patio table requires new table coverings or chair cushions and you happened to see a few fabrics to suit the furniture and themes you have in mind.

Don't forget to get thread, notions and any adhesives or fasteners before you start your project. It's a hassle to make another trip to the
fabric or craft store because your first trip's list forget to include something you needed.

I'm replacing my bedroom curtains with inexpensive fabric and blackout liner to help with sound and light management. I take sleep hygiene
seriously to get my rest! With spring's arrival, I've noticed an increase in cars with loud aftermarket exhaust pipes going on the road.
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:42 pm

Ten Canadian artists will have their textile fabrics on exhibit in London England as part of a Greater Toronto: New Textile Artists exhibit in September 2016.
http://www.londondesignfestival.com/events/greater-toronto-new-artist-textiles

However, you can see and buy yardage of the fabrics through The Textile Museum of Canada's shop!
https://secure.textilemuseum.ca/artist-textiles

It's extraordinarily hard to find fabrics made in Canada, so fabric lovers will have this occasion to acquire some 21st century Canadian designs!
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