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    Tamara @justsewit

    Thanks Todd

    It’s a shame because I did use it. I seem to be notorious for doubling and tripling up, even though I have a good system for paper patterns. I just didn’t want to do the same with he pdf’s. Yes going through the list of purchases is what I did do.
    Thanks again.
    Tamara

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    Tamara @justsewit

    So I finished the bear carrier and messenger bag. They were a hit (I think) even though the carrier has been balked at a few times. She was willing to try it for size when I was positioning buttons.

    The messenger bag has been well received. All baby doll stuff was dumped on the table and the bag promptly filled with toy trains (anyone want toy trains?)

    I’m sure they will be played with for years to come.

    Anyone sewing anything as their first project for the new Year?

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    I did have plans to sew everyone something for Christmas but I was woefully under prepared with supplies so I didn’t. However, we have a third birthday fast approaching (on Saturday to be exact) and I am sewing up a storm for this. I have three dresses from a different pattern company I have made, two of which are accompanied by dolly sized matching dresses. I am in the process of preparing to make a small sized messenger bag to act as “nappybag”. I need to make “wet wipes” and I have drafted off the bear carrier pattern that will hold this Corolle interactive dolly that cries, gurgles, babbles And makes sucking noises. If I have time I will also make a bassinet carrier using the Made everyday pattern and possibly another dress. But in the meantime, baby steps literally! It’s fun to sew for little kids again and for dolls this time not bears.

    So I’m off to look for bear carrier inspiration on Flickr.

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    Hi @thesimpson5 I think you are on the right track. Even though I have always had the opposite issue of having to go out a size over going in a size. The method is just the same, gradually take the line into the 4 from the waist. Although, because it is a pleated style there will be volume when sitting etc as part of the design, you could try just going with the 6 all the way down to check if you really need to take it in.

    I would be more inclined to do this adjustment on something like the wrap skirt but of course this is your garment.

    So, do what you suggest, you are on the right track and if you find that it doesn’t turn out the way you thought, just go with the 6 all the way through.

    Hope this helps.
    Tamara

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    Faux fur and my machine doing buttonholes do NOT mix! Neither party is cooperating! Am contemplating magnetic bag snaps instead! Have to get this done before it heats up again (likely by the looks of the forecast to be next weekend😱). So much for winter weather!

    Have a super long list on the to do. Next is an applepicking dress.

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    Melbourne fabric shops – sigh!

    My most recent Oliver and s make has been the playtime dress for a Teddy Bear’s picnic. I also made the cozy bear hood in faux fur and I am currently working on fixing/ finishing the forest path cape in the same faux fur.

    Nicole is the coated denim under another description at all? My server obviously has language issues over the search term.

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    Hi Julie @juviboston

    If this young lady measures just 22 1/2″ around the chest, I would be inclined to make a size 4 and use the length of an 8 if she is within the height measurements specified for this size. It would make it far too big to make a size 6 as the amount of ease is 2 inches and it is ample.

    I would measure her height to find out where she would be in the sizing for this and trace my pattern to a 4 bodice and width and to the size compatible with her height.

    It’s a lovely dress. I have made this dress in a size 12, 6-12month and 12-18 months and each time it has fit beautifully on my girls.

    Good luck and I hope this helps.

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    Tamara @justsewit

    Hello there Heidi😄

    Thanks for the reply. Yes I think they might’ve felt a little overdressed last year judging from the comments in the newsletter. We didn’t purposefully go looking for dresses over the summer holidays but as we were walking through Myer she made the comment of “I like that one!” To a black and red fit and flare on the mannequin. I asked her what in particular she liked and she said she didn’t really care for the colours but the style is what she loved. And here I was looking at these dresses with frills and flounces. I have noticed that the more popular styles are straight almost bodycon and I think she will be more comfortable in the fit and flare and it will balance her out because she is top heavy.

    I will need details on bright pink or subtle “ice” pink as this will influence the shoe order.

    With the bust measurement in mind I might have a crack at a muslin using the Upton dress. We can always shorten the skirt to a more appropriate length – they like to go shorter – and then go from there. It’s a pattern I am familiar with and I think would look great on her. Plus when she saw it for the first time, she was rather enthusiastic about my making her one so it’s for the win.

    I am actually hankering to find out if she will let me smock the waistband😉 Just for something different and with beading it will look rather pretty and unique. It’s often the little details that make a dress.

    Thanks again
    Tamara

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    Hi @grandmak

    I honestly couldn’t say why! I have made the field trip raglan many times and have honestly not noticed the instructions not mentioning to finish the seams. I just go ahead and do that anyway. If you have an overlocker/ serger you can opt to use this instead of the sewing machine and this way it finishes the seams as you sew. If not then I would just finishe them as you did the hopscotch dress. The seam allowances are the same.

    Hope this is helpful
    Tamara

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    Maybe sew something small Sharon? Dolly’ clothes? Something for the home even? Just to get you warmed up. Easter outfits for the kids?

    Maybe the weather is not helping? When it is extreme in temps, my sewer goes missing. Thankfully it has stuck around this time (but we shall see when school goes back next week and it’s hot as hot can be)

    I hope this is helpful and it returns to you soon.

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    Hi @fitdoc

    I am going to make it no secret how much I like Janome machines. I didn’t learn on one but my first machine was one and I have stuck with them since. I would strongly encourage you to go to a dealer and just have a look. Often they will let you play or they can give you a demo of the ones you like the look of. Websites are also good to take a look at the features of a machine, although in my experience going to a dealer will give you more as often websites don’t display the price and very often they can do a trade-in which is also what I would strongly recommend. A lot of the time they have run out specials and demo models go on special too so once again it is really a good idea to go to a dealer to look.

    If Janome isn’t your cup of tea, then Bernina are very good (my 89 year old grandmother swears by them) and will last well through the riggers of sewing up a storm. In terms of price, they are on the more expensive side however, they could argue that you are paying for quality (personally Janome is very good quality for there very reasonable pricing system).

    Just to let you know, I have had my Janome quilters companion 7700 since it was released some six years ago. It is the original 9inch throat accused version. You cannot go wrong. It has bells and whistles that will help you cope with quilting and sewing garments. It is hands down the best machine I have ever had and even though my mum thinks I should upgrade to one with embroidery capacity, I am keeping my machine for longer (because machine embroidery isn’t my thing). It’s big and heavy and sturdy and that is what makes it last I think.

    So, go have a look in person. See what there is out there. You have your wish list so all you need to do now is find the right one for you.

    Good luck
    Tamara

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    Hi Tara (@4dfamily98)

    Would he like them in denim? If so you could try Threadbare fabrics – they have cone denim which is a high quality denim, both rigid and stretch.

    Otherwise you could try Fabric.com. They have twill, corduroy and other pant weight fabrics that may be suitable. Samples can be requested which would be helpful.

    I understand! My son is the same age and prefers rtw at the moment. They can go through this phase and then realise that mum will bend over backwards and do handstands to try and perfect the ultimate look which for them is rtw.

    I hope this helps.

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    Tamara @justsewit

    I understand but in this case, you’d want a 6-12 month size (if baby fits the measurement of course). Some pattern pieces won’t require sticking together in the smaller size range. They are still nested but fit onto the page and it would be say a bodice piece if this were the case.

    It will save time should you revisit the pattern later on because you’d have it altogether.

    Good luck and have fun making this sweet little dress.

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    Hi Suzanne @theartsypaul

    The PDF patterns are all nested, meaning the sizes are all together as you assemble the pattern. So with this in mind, tracing would be a great option in order to have your size and preserve the pattern for when different sizes are required.

    Hope this helps

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    My eldest preferred hers with buttons at the front.

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