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Sunday, February 14th, 2010
11:54 am
Dollies I’ve made for Haiti Orphans!

Just thought I’d share with the group! I have been working very hard, and after 3 weeks of cutting, sewing, stuffing and painting …… I am happy to report that I have made 42 Dollies for Haiti Orphans so far!!! That’s 21 boys and 21 girls, and I am exhausted!!! Hahahaha 

We have 65 total and I need 181!!  Our end date is March 31st.... wish us luck!!!


If you’d like to see how we are doing, and/or get the free pattern and join in the fun, please stop by Dolly Donations!

Thanks and Happy Sewing!

Saturday, February 6th, 2010
9:34 am
Sewing Dolls for Haiti Orphans

Hi, my names Sarah, I'm working on sewing Dollies for Haiti Orphans. 
I think the best part is when i get to paint their faces on ..... and they come to life!
Hope you like them. 

If you'd like to join in the fun, (or know someone who would) ...
 I have made a very simple Free Rag Dolly pattern, all the steps photographed, and a couple of video tutorials also!
 It’s made to use up your left over material from past projects and easy enough  so that parents can do it with their children!


Thanks so Much!


Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
10:27 pm
Rediscovering dress making
Hi there, I've just joined the community as a result of a mad decision to make my own bridesmaids dresses for my wedding in November.

I'm making Butterick pattern 4657, can be seen here about half way down the page.

So far I'm working on a prototype to get those pesky first make errors out of the way before I start on the real deals.
Stupidly I've decided to make the prototype in silk crepe, which is not the most forgiving fabric for having seams ripped!

My background in dressmaking is sketchy. I used to make a lot of my own things when younger, but recently with the purchase of a more reliable sewing machine (Toyota RS2000), than the one I inherited from granny 20-odd years ago, I've started to get back into it again. My mother was a real dressmaking whizz back in the 70s and thankfully still helps me out in a crisis.

I'm finding it quite frustrating to get a grip on the American terminology of my Butterick pattern. I just spent an hour looking up 'understitching', only to find out it's the same as 'stay stitch'!

Anyway I just wanted to say hello to some other folk like me who think basting is something you only do to a turkey.
Monday, June 22nd, 2009
3:13 pm
I am moving to walthamstow on Saturday from Southampton and wondered if anyone knew of any fabric shops in Walthamstow, or any others around London that you could particularly recommend.

I am sure there are plenty of expensive ones, but I'm looking for slightly cheaper stores, and particularly personal recommendations of stores, as no amount of googling can make up for talking to someone with experience :)

I hope this pops up on someone's Flist as it seems like this community has been untouched for a while! 
thanks a lot
Thursday, June 12th, 2008
5:47 pm
Vintage patterns being sold on Ebay.
Hello there.

i hope you don't mind me posting here but as I am buying a new car I am selling my vintage pattern collection.  Some like this one go back to the 1950's, click on the link and use the 'see other items' to have a good look.

I am sorry to see them go, but hope they will find good homes who will love them.  If you know of others who may be interested, then please do feel free to direct them to the auctions or this page.  Thank you.
Monday, January 21st, 2008
10:34 pm
Anyone got any expertise with overlockers?
Today I have mostly been playing with sewing machines.  (Sometimes I love my job :-))) ).  Kay from the Senior Citizens and I spent the afternoon  inventorying the sewing room and testing the machines.

I manage a community Centre in North London, and we have a sewing room which hasn't been properly used for a good few years.  It has a bout a dozen domestic machines, two big Brother Industrials, a Brother industrial overlocker and two smaller light overlockers, one a Toyota and one I think a Bernina (It was in a box.)

Two thirds of the domestic machines  work tolerably well, most perfectly.  One of the industrial machines needs the on off switch mechanism replacing.  So I need a recommendation for someone who can do minor repairs on Brother Industrial Sewing machines.

But we have several overlockers which I don't even begin to know what to do with (I'm an old Singer girl, and I can't even thread the damn things) and Kay,  although an ex machinist isn't that familiar with them either.

There is a Brother Industrial overlocker which sort of works but we think isn't threaded properly, a Toyota, and a Bernina (I think, it's still in a box).

I am hoping there is someone (London UK or nearby) on my Flist or in one of these communities, who has the required clue, and would be prepared to meet me in North London, and help me test them.

The carrot?

Up to four free sessions using the sewing room and its facilities for yourself, and or your chums, group etc. Could do either weekday evenings or Saturday or Sunday.

Existing and functional facilities include a second Brother industrial, a cutting table, 7 or 8 domestic machines all with zig zag and some with a range of other stitches, and tons of room! 

Or if you are in my existing stitch and bitch circle, my undying gratitude and a beer!

Cross posted to various sewing and costuming communities, as well as my LJ.

Current Mood: hopeful
Tuesday, January 15th, 2008
10:40 pm
i'm just starting on a winter coat (simplicity 4033, view B, if you're interested, yes, view A looks great, but I'm not totally sure about it on me!)

i have some wool that i got from croft mill last year, but given that this year winter actually feels cold, i'm thinking of interlining. can anyone suggest an affordable source for thinsulate, or some generic version of it?

I need about 2.5mt. and i should mention that i'm a cheapskate.... the main fabric came from croft mill, remember? and this is my *first* attempt at a winter coat :-)

part of me is tempted to just go to ikea and buy up a couple of their £2.50 fleece blankets.

there's no rush, because i haven't even sewn it up in test fabric yet, and i know i'm gong to have to do a full bust adjustment (probably full hip as well!), but i'd like to make it this month.
Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
11:54 pm
New LARP costuming community
A number of us who LARP have been frothing rather a lot about costumes on other forums, and I suggested the idea of a dedicated community on
 and within a couple of hours several people wanted to join.

If you make costumes for LARP, please join lrp_costume_uk

Post pictures, ideas and techniques!

It's still a bit of a work in progress, but feel free to make suggestions.

Crossposted promiscuously, I won't do it again!

Current Mood: creative
Thursday, April 5th, 2007
7:01 pm
Hello there,
I don't post here much but am trying to rekindle my love of sewing!
I was wondering if anyone knew of a range of sewing patterns that are up to date fashion wise? I've only ever really made posh dresses, but need to start making stuff generally as shop bought stuff is never ever cut to suit a girl of my proportions.

Oh, also, my craft blog is here at tangerine trees if you're in to that kind of thing. I'd be interested to see your blogs too! :)
Thanks ! :)
Monday, March 12th, 2007
10:53 pm
where can we get these?

We need these! we really do. If you have a hand wash garment you
might as well make some seriously wonderful buttons that you can take
off while you wash. anyone who has the current issue of Threads will
know what buttons are pushing my buttons right now...

So, has anyone seen these? my mum gave me them, they were from my
grandma's (the american one) stash. i'd never seen them before, and if
they aren't made at the moment, I need to find someone to make them
for us. because these are a very necessary bit of kit!

don't you agree?

cross posted  to my own journal
Monday, October 30th, 2006
4:47 pm
Slipper soles?
I just bought Burda 7978, http://tinyurl.com/y7kzdl. I haven't got a clue where to get something thick enough to use for slipper soles. I need them to take a bit of a beating, or at least to be able to go out to the wheelie bin!

Anyone got any suggestions? Ta!
Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
12:09 pm
www.cheeptrims.com joint order
In regard to my earlier post about www.cheeptrims.com.

I would like to place an order with www.cheeptrims.com for delivery to the UK and a few other people have also expressed interest. If you are interested in a joint order (to make up minimums and share in postage cost to the UK) let me know what you would like to order. Email me (cheeptrims AT silverhippo DOT com) or make a post here.

I have not done a joint order before but I suspect that there may be customs charges on the package and there will be a small postage cost for the UK shipping.

I plan to take payment for the items ordered and shipping from the US up front and then once I have the items take another payment for postage and a share of the customs charges if we have one. Does this sound like a reasonable way to do this?

Once we have an idea of our order I can let people know the cost and you can make a decision on if you all still want to go ahead.

I would like to place the order quite soon so if people could get back to me before Friday.
Friday, September 15th, 2006
6:31 pm
Knitting & Stitching Show - NEC
If you happen to be in the Midlands area this weekend, I can highly recommend a visit to: http://www.twistedthread.com/ at the NEC, Birmingham.

It's geared up to a very wide variety of crafts, but as someone that likes to sew and knit I found it a fantastic way to spend 8 hours.

I've now got more ideas than I will ever have time for and have a desire to make my own felt!

Current Mood: bouncy
Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
1:57 pm
Jacquard ribbon

I am currently looking to get some jacquard/woven ribbbon for a project. Something along the lines of http://www.cheeptrims.com/store/item.asp?SKU=RJP-205020 and http://www.cheeptrims.com/store/item.asp?SKU=RJM-746077 I would just order from cheeptrims, but they seem to charge a huge amount for postage ($32.63). Does anyone know another online supplier in the UK or International who will ship for a reasonable price.

Or has anyone used Cheeptrims before?

I also notice that they have a minimum order of $65 as well. Anyone interested in a joint order?

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
6:26 pm
A new community for sewing machine lovers everywhere!


Come along and talk machines :)

crossposted a bit...
Sunday, August 20th, 2006
6:29 pm
Silk Taffeta
Hi Guys,

Looking for a little help here. I use a lot of 100% silk taffeta as I love how it shimmers and it is so easy to work with. I had been buying from this ebay seller (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=28158&item=190004298941 ) but she seems to have run out of the wine/black colour and I need about 20 meters of it for a current project. I also need about 10 meters in black as well. The wine stuff needs to be two tone red with black shimmer.

Just wondering if you guys knew of anywhere that I can get this that is either in the UK or will ship to the UK.

Cross posted all over.
Saturday, August 19th, 2006
6:49 am
Recommendation request?
Howdy - I'm a newbie, directed here by velvet_the_cat, who thought that you might be able to help.

I have some money that I can spend (Yay me). Not a great deal. But I want to buy a new Sewing Machine. My old one is 25 years old, and about to die a nasty death, she's been poorly for a while.

Ideally I would like one that can do customisable embroidery, or that you can download embroidery patterns for - the more versatile the better.

I don't want to pay 1,000 upward for it though.

Any recommendations?

Am also in the market for an overlocker, so again, any recommendations would be appreciated.

In other news - I have some fabrics up for sale.

Ideal for goth / rockabilly / vintage lovers.

Clicky picture for listings.

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