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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / New to bag making, need lots of help for a HUGE sewing bag... on: September 15, 2006 01:05:48 AM
I just got onto a year long dressmaking course  Grin anyway the tutor read out all the stuff we'd have to take to each class and I thought poo I need a bigger bag!!

I've only ever made one bag before, it was a hand-stitched jeans recon, so I'm gonna need step by step instructions *and* tips about the best durable fabrics to use..

It needs to be massive, I was thinking messenger style, but if it looks halfway pretty I don't really mind, it needs to fit in lots of sewing its and bits and probably a meter or two of fabric and a couple of patterns too, with room for the general phone/purse/keys/bottle of water stuff too... maybe lots of pockets, are pockets hard though?

Any help appreciated!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Long shot, has anyone done a 'Q Dressmaking course' ? (Or even US equivilant) on: September 13, 2006 01:56:42 AM
Argh second attempt silly connection..

Anyway I'm not sure it would be called a 'Q dressmaking course' in other areas of the UK but it's a 31 week course with a qualification at the end - what I need to know is how much experience I'd need to get on it? I tried calling the Adult Learning Service (course providers) but they knew sweet fa - they said to drop in and ask the tutor tonight when the enrolment starts... That would be fine, only it is quite a treck to get there, and I have another course I have to do, there's one quite close by on tonight, but I thought I would go to one that's further away tomorrow if I could get on the dressmaking course, grr it would be sort of useful to know if I *could* get on the course before screwing up my travel arrangements for the next year!  Roll Eyes

If anyone has any info I'd be so thankful xx
(Hope you understood my rant)
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Total newbie to sewing's first recon (aww) fuzzy pics ahoy! on: September 09, 2006 11:55:14 AM
Ello, I very recently took up sewing and thought I'd pretty much jump straight in and recon some of my old maternity stuff  Smiley this was a long gypsy skirt made out of stretch jersey... it's taken me yonks to get it nearly right...

There are two unavoidable problems with it a) it is completely see through, which is fine if you like being induced to vomit whenever I walk past you, and b) you can see my knickers through the little, er, holey detaily thing, but hey ho I got the damn thing to fit me!!

Oh, sorry for fuzz-tastic pics - my sister in law has taken our camera on holiday so this was the webcam...
(I hope the images work if not give me a second!)

Le Fantastique Fuzztastique Front!

Le Terrifying Wobbletastique Butt!

Baby's first darts... (aww, and ohh dear!)

And hopefully you can actually see a bit of the frill here -

Sorry again for the fuzzy pics - tell me how crap I am, I kinda like it  Wink I can't wait to get my tailors dummy for christmas (yep, I'm an ambitious gal!)

(whoops screwed up the photos, hopefuly they're ok now...AND I put it in the bags section like a total idiot... <falls over laughing!!!>)
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Ah poo, help! New Toyota machine, lost manual, how to wind the little bobbin?? on: September 04, 2006 12:30:41 PM
I've been winding the little boobins by hand but my hands and the machine don't like it  Roll Eyes I can't find my manual and I've never had a sewing machine before, how do I get it to wind the little bobbins itself?...


And today I tried to pay the length instead of going 'yes i want 2.6 metres..' embarrassing eh... <has newbie stamped to her forehead>

And I just called bobbins boobins.  Undecided
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / HELP! I'm new, I've never used my machine before, and have lots of satiny stuff! on: September 02, 2006 01:50:50 PM

I'm a total newbie to making clothes, by newbie I mean I've never ever ever made clothes before, and the only time I've used my sewing machine I scared the bejesus out of myself going fast/slow/fast/ZOOM! And I was only making flannel nappy soakers... I think I can handle going at one speed now, snaily pace! But I've never really done anything apart from straight lines..

Anywho, I'd love love *love* to make my own clothes, I'm going to attempt to take in some stuff (I lost weight, huzzah!) but I have a 4 metre by 1 metre (maybe 4.5 yards by 1.5 yards? I don't know what you Americans use..) piece of sort of goldenish satinyish fabric - it's that polyestery satiny stuff, so it was really cheap, it's all I dare to sew with at the moment (but I do have some gorgeous vintage silk/satin in my cupboard)...

I was thinking maybe I'd try to make one of those camisole type tops, you know the ones with about inch thick straps, straight neckline, band under the bust... maybe with a bow at the front or a tie at the back... would that work? And how how how do I do it?!


Clueless Abi xxx
(P.S help me!)
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