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  • Nicole and Profile picture of MelMel are now friends 5 years ago

  • Mel replied to the topic Cute things kids say or do in the forum off topic 6 years ago

    definitely not scary monsters then if they leave new clothes!

    The other day my seven year old kissed her daddy on the top of the head and said:
    “I’m going to kiss you on the top of your head every day when you are bald!”

    For the record my husband has a full head of thick hair! (and so does his father who is almost 70!)

  • Mel replied to the topic your wish list in the forum sewing with oliver + s 6 years ago

    @Brittney — have you seen the raglan tee by Jalie (3245)? Not that a Liesl and Co one wouldn’t be great but that one has good reviews.

  • Mel replied to the topic How much is too much? in the forum off topic 6 years ago

    I say if you want to make them and you have the time, go for it and don’t feel guilty! They will become lovely handmedowns to someone else someday 🙂

  • Ha! I love this thread. My husband bought the girls’ xmas pj bottoms this year because I ran out of time to make them and the mismatched side seams drove me bananas!

    You know you’ve been sewing too long when . . . someone in your family mentions needing to go somewhere and your first thought is “are there any good fabric stores nearby?” and “if…[Read more]

  • thank you ladies! I should know better than try to figure these things out on my own, lol, someone here always has the answer 🙂

  • ahh! I was trying to turn the whole thing through an opening in the lining while the outside was completely closed, no wonder that wouldn’t work 🙂 thank-you both!

  • So I’ve made the cape into a poncho twice now but do you think I can figure out for the life of me how to turn it right side out?? I’ve tried leaving a spot for turning but end up not being able to turn the whole thing right side out. Both times I’ve ended up ripping out the hem, turning it under and topstitching on the outside all along the…[Read more]

  • you’re reading it right! The gathering stitches are at 3/8 and 5/8 and then you sew in between them at your normal 1/2 seam allowance and then remove the visible gathering stitches after sewing the seam. Doing it this way gives you nice even gathers. Good luck with the rest 🙂

  • Mel replied to the topic Costume Ideas – Mary Poppins in the forum off topic 6 years ago

    thanks for the suggestions. The kids are going to be asked to wear dark coloured long sleeve shirts and pants and black shoes so thankfully we don’t have to worry about dressing their bodies or feet.

    I think I’ll do a mock up of the fleece hat to see if the director likes it (thanks for the link @jay_1965vw!). I think they would be quick to…[Read more]

  • Mel replied to the topic Costume Ideas – Mary Poppins in the forum off topic 6 years ago

    oh my goodness, so cute! the hat looks great and would be easier to put on than a headband.

  • Mel replied to the topic Costume Ideas – Mary Poppins in the forum off topic 6 years ago

    oh my goodness, so cute! the hat easier to put on than a headband.

  • Mel started the topic Costume Ideas – Mary Poppins in the forum off topic 6 years ago

    The spring show at the local theatre is Mary Poppins. Yay! It’s one of my favourite shows. It’s on the big stage this year for the 25th anniversary of the theatre school (that’s a big deal as that stage is usually reserved for “professional” groups!). As there aren’t very many speaking roles, the little kids are going to be in the…[Read more]

  • Mel replied to the topic Underlining? in the forum oliver + s: secret agent 6 years ago

    I don’t want to add a slippery lining because she’s likely going to wear it over a t-shirt or short sleeved shirt so I don’t want anything that would feel “cool” to the touch. I thought if I underlined it, it would act more like a flannel jacket rather than a lined jacket so there would be less chance of the flannel getting caught on other…[Read more]

  • Mel replied to the topic Underlining? in the forum oliver + s: secret agent 6 years ago

    yes, it does look like a lot of work. I thought initially it might be more functional but I’ll have to ponder it for a bit. With about 4 feet of snow still on the ground, spring jackets are a distant dream for now anyway!!

  • Mel replied to the topic Underlining? in the forum oliver + s: secret agent 6 years ago

    I took a peek at your post, Nicole. Lovely jacket, I can see why it had lots of wear!

    I don’t think I want to line it per se because I would like to use flannel and I’m not sure how that would work for a lining. Might be too “sticky”? I thought if I underlined it, it would up the cozy factor but wouldn’t be too bulky. I’m just talking off…[Read more]

  • Mel started the topic Underlining? in the forum oliver + s: secret agent 6 years ago

    I bought some super cute polka dot stretch twill that I would like to use for a secret agent trench for my daughter. I’ve made this pattern twice before — once in a ponte knit and once in a lightweight suiting. The knit was very popular but my daughter said the suiting one was too cold. I don’t think it was too lightweight but it wasn’t cozy…[Read more]

  • Mel started the topic Underlining? in the forum oliver + s: secret agent 6 years ago

    I bought some super cute polka dot stretch twill that I would like to use for a secret agent trench for my daughter. I’ve made this pattern twice before — once in a ponte knit and once in a lightweight suiting. The knit was very popular but my daughter said the suiting one was too cold. I don’t think it was too lightweight but it wasn’t cozy…[Read more]

  • I love this pattern but I’ve found it to be quite short on my girls. My girls are on the taller side, though, so depending on what I’m making, I will add a couple of inches and then decide if they’re needed when it’s done. The last couple of times I made this jacket, I added 3 inches to the bottom.

  • My mom swears using a cast iron frying pan helps 🙂

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