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katexxxxxx

BACK! Sort of... Slaving down the frock mines!

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25 August, 2014

  • 10:38 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic need help to fix bodice seams of a strapless gown

    Burn it and start again! ;) You have now discovered why alterations are a: something we don’t do, and b: an arcane art best left to expert alterationists!

    Honestly, when making a gown, if we got…

  • 10:34 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Bernina question, old vs. new presser feet

    Some of the dealers may have second hand older feet. I picked up a couple recently for slightly under half the price of new feet, and they looked almost unused. Not too shabby for a 40+ YO machine!



4 August, 2014

  • 04:38 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Tips on Teaching Sewing Lessons?

    SEWING LESSON OUTLINE NO LONGER AVAILABLE!

    Sorry, but it is proving far too time consuming and difficult to retrieve this information as is is now two dead computers since I could last read it eas…



20 July, 2014



17 July, 2014

  • 11:37 AM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Advice??

    Use croquis for design sketches. There are lots of free ones on the web. And you need to learn how to draft patterns and drape on a body. It;s fun, but hard work.



15 July, 2014



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9 July, 2014

  • 10:53 AM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Summer jacket

    Linen can look just as smart and would be cooler. You can half line in a light cotton muslin in a light weight jacket. Horrid poly ‘lining fabric’ is the pits.

  • 09:04 AM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Summer jacket

    I’d go for linen and interface the collar and lapels. Use a Hong Kong finish on the seams.



8 July, 2014



1 July, 2014

  • 05:23 PM

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    katexxxxxx posted a message on katexxxxxx's wall

    PSU on the mac dies… Then I dropped the iPhone in a glass of squash! Boy’s car got dented by hubby, and we are about to be invaded by builders… While Su and I are making wedding gowns! Keep…

  • 05:04 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic rotary cutter or not?

    I use rotary cutters for garment cutting. BiIIIg mats (several of them!), and a selection of different sized bladed cutters will help: big ones for long straight cuts and gentle curves, smaller on…

  • 04:45 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Pins for silk?

    These from Clover: http://www.quiltroom.co.uk/acatalog/Clover_Fine_Patchwork_Pins.html

    While they are sold as patchwork pins, because they are very fine and sharp, and longer than the average dres…

  • 03:15 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Walking in a medieval style dress

    It’s really very easy. You just need to get used to it. If you gather up the front like a roman blind, you will make it look a crumpled mess. Better just to hold it up when you need to.

  • 10:48 AM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Wedding dress advice for a single mother

    Wear what you like. If he’s dictating rather than diffidently expressing an idea he likes, run away. Fast. Mine told me he’d LIKE a white wedding in a church, but ultimately it was up to me. I …

  • 10:44 AM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Selling a dress made from someone else's pattern?

    Strictly speaking, if you buy a copy of a dress pattern, you may use it to make one dress. If you have three bridesmaids all wanting the same style, they should all have their own copy of the patt…

  • 10:07 AM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Walking in a medieval style dress

    As a Live Action Roll Player, I wear medieval style clothing quite a lot, including a Burgundian style gown which touches the floor at the front and has a train at the back. There is only one way …

  • 09:53 AM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Keep and repair or buy new machine?

    You could get the old one fixed, but they aren’t known as ‘Touch & Swear’ for nothing! ;) A new one for £100 isn’t worth looking at. Your best option for replacement at that budget is a nice old…

  • 09:47 AM

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    katexxxxxx posted a message on katexxxxxx's wall

    Sorry I didn’t get back to you before: see abouve. Unfortunately the files were on dead former pc that went up in smoke, and I couldn’t read the hard disk with the newer (now also defunct!) comput…

  • 09:44 AM

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    katexxxxxx posted a message on katexxxxxx's wall

    Dead computer! Not bee able to log in for the longest time… Now connected via a chromebook, but really wanting my mac back!



24 March, 2014



22 March, 2014

  • 02:47 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Alternative to Suit Canvas/fusible interfacing

    Tailor’s canvases come in many types. They are NOT felted. The ‘felt’ you sometimes see mentioned in tailoring references is actually Melton, a very highly fulled wool fabric. It’s used to back …

  • 02:41 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic DRAPE FABRIC

    If it’s curtain fabric, yes. Not if it’s garment fabric.



11 March, 2014



4 March, 2014

  • 09:15 PM

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    katexxxxxx posted a message on katexxxxxx's wall

    You will need LOTS of lace for this!

    From the Empire waist seam down…

    Lay each corrected-for-size piece of pattern out on a new sheet of translucent paper…

    Trace round it, leaving a large ma…



2 March, 2014

  • 02:37 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the project Experiment with fabric sculpture

    Fun stuff! Looks great.

  • 02:35 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Burda modern jacket 132

    Burda is aimed primarily at the home dressmaker. This is all very well, but if you want to up the ante, you have to go beyond the pattern and its instructions. These days I rarely do more than gl…