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811  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: pattern paper -- buying... on: August 30, 2004 08:51:59 AM
I always use this lightweight plasticky stuff *grabs the package*...

It's called "Pi-dy - Pattern copying set", and it was only like 2 pounds at John Lewis. I never cut any of my patterns anymore, you just lay this plastic overtop, trace the lines you need (which makes cutting much easier if different parts of you are different sizes, like me), and the original pattern stays intact. The plastic stuff is really durable, but easy to pin and cut through without tearing.

I love it and I'll never cut up my old patterns again. Smiley
812  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / big Firefox tee to small tanktop on: August 30, 2004 07:46:21 AM
Hiya. This is my first project since joining, and I got the idea from this teeshirt surgery tutorial, though I had to do a bit of modifying to get the whole design in.

My dad sent me this Firefox shirt from America, but it was a US Large, which means it's more of a UK 2XL (though it shrunk considerably during the prewash, thank god!).

Here it is before  (with "take back the web" on the back shoulder blades):

And here's the end result, which I'm really happy with, despite the iron melting a bit of the "Firefox" writing at the last pressing!  Angry

After front:

And the back, with the moved "take back the web" and criss-cross straps:

I took a ton of intermediate photos if anyone wants to see them, but I pretty much followed that tutorial with some creative license.

And if you *gasp* don't know what Firefox is, drop everything and go to http://www.mozilla.org . Seriously! I have no idea why some people are still living in the last century on dusty old Internet Explorer. </tech girl rant>

Hope this inspires someone to be creative on a Bank Holiday monday! Smiley
813  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Stranded In London! on: August 22, 2004 02:41:24 PM
Being frustrated by a lack of shops I tried a few online sites - the two I used delivered by post within 2 days and seemed to be good prices compared to with other other sites.  If you find any other useful shops please let me know - would love to try them out. 
which online shops did you try? I found (what looks to be) a great UK pattern shop at http://www.habithat.co.uk - which means I can avoid John Lewis on a Saturday! I'm looking for UK-based fabric shops with a selection like http://www.equilter.com (it's American, but it will ship here, for a price). Google isn't proving to be much of a help here...

You'd think I'd be spoiled for choice living near Brick Lane, but all the fabric and sari shops there sell minimum lengths of 5m, which is way too much for most of my projects...
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