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katexxxxxx

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

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28 February, 2014

  • 03:02 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Do you sew all your own clothes and why?

    I buy the boring stuff. As a professional working from home, I tend to wear soft knit troursers and T shirts or sweaters. These are incredibly cheap to buy and boring to make, so for working kit …

  • 02:47 PM

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    katexxxxxx posted a message on katexxxxxx's wall

    It was a total blast! When I get pix, I’ll put them up. I made a suit, a blouse, a pair of French Knickers, a day dress and an evening dress. I had 1940’s look-alike shoes and bag, Victory roll …

  • 01:13 AM

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    katexxxxxx posted a message on katexxxxxx's wall

    No, just seriously tired and full of fibro flare after an insanely good game weekend spent in Cassablanca in 1941 being a Private Eye! :D



27 February, 2014

  • 05:41 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Burda modern jacket 132

    PS: If this makes the sleeve a little short, you’ll need to add some length back in half way between shoulder point and elbow, and possibly between elbow ans wrist as well.

  • 05:38 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Burda modern jacket 132

    Waves! That’d be me…

    Right! I USUALLY fit sleeve heads into arscyes without any ease stitching. Occasionally the fabric will merit it if there is no give in it (I’m thinking a coated cotton, …

  • 05:17 PM

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    katexxxxxx posted a message on katexxxxxx's wall

    Yes, no probs. Been away, and then recovering!



24 February, 2014

  • 08:29 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Embroidered Bodice HELP

    Read through all the cutting instructions carefully to make sure that the pattern doesn’t have seam allowances added already. If it does, mark these in on the pattern pieces VERY ACCURATELLY befor…



19 February, 2014



16 February, 2014

  • 02:30 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Sewing common sense?

    50+ years of accumulated common sense here, too! ;)

    Common sense will stop you trying to make a corset out of chiffon as a first project. 50 years of sewing experience of the right sort may teac…



12 February, 2014



11 February, 2014

  • 09:17 AM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic rotary cutter and mat

    The cutting mats (even the self-healing ones!) are a lot tougher than fabric, unless you are cutting things like fiberglass matting or Cordura!

    Scissors get blunt far less quickly than rotary cutt…



10 February, 2014

  • 08:50 AM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic rotary cutter and mat

    Nope, it’s like the scissors: same ones get used for everything cloth. If they get blunt, like the scissors, they get sharpened. After a couple of sharpenings, I swap the blades out for new ones …



9 February, 2014

  • 12:50 AM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic rotary cutter and mat

    Rotary cutters are great for garment cutting, but you need to practice (as with any sewing skill!) to be able to do the kind of free-hand cutting that the irregular curves and shapes of garments ne…



7 February, 2014

  • 11:50 AM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Sewing common sense?

    Your team will make fabulous curtains. Some will make a decent fist of a garment. I make fabulous garments, frequently historical. I make a fair fist of plain curtains.

    I was in an advanced dre…



3 February, 2014



2 February, 2014



1 February, 2014

  • 09:59 AM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Buttonholes!

    Measure and mark the buttonholes where you want them to be…

    Do not try to make buttonholes in a thick edge with seam allowances in the way. You need to trim the seam allowances carefully before…

  • 09:49 AM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic World of Fashion, 03/2008, Wedding Dress no.119

    Looks like the original was made from ivory silk taffeta. A light weight lightly slubbed dupion should work very nicely.



31 January, 2014

  • 09:12 PM

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

    It isn’t just the fitting that is different. Some of the new feet plug into the machine and use an electronic sensor. Also, the newer presser feet don’t match the feed dog pattern of the older ma…

  • 09:02 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic fitting armhole/sleeve area

    A higher, closer fitting armscye will allow greater freedom of movement. To make sure that the sleeve doesn’t bind at the top of the arm, you need to allow enough breadth across the sleeve cap. M…



30 January, 2014

  • 06:40 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Neck facings and interfacing

    You will need to mount the fabric on the organza interlining and treat the two layers as one for constuction. To hide all the seam allowance snad protect the edges, you will need to line the gown …



26 January, 2014

  • 12:41 AM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Pattern Making/Designing software for Mac?

    After playing with various different things for a couple of years, I’ve pretty much given up on the software… It only takes me an hour to hand draw a basic dress block to custom measurements , a…



24 January, 2014

  • 09:21 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Sewing common sense?

    6-8 HOURS? Jeez… Words fail! Today I drafted a basic block pattern for a bodice and sleeves, cut and made up a dress fitting shell from that, took the alterations back to the pattern, and from…



23 January, 2014

  • 08:39 PM

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    katexxxxxx commented on the forum topic Sewing common sense?

    Everyone has to learn form somewhere. If you don’t know what the properties of different fabrics are, you have no idea how they will behave with a certain cut. Common sense will tell you that a s…



13 January, 2014

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