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  1. What if you topstitched across the whole bib?
  2. Ooh! I'll have to take a pic of my years-old yarn storage made from baby formula containers!
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    Those flowers! 😍
  4. I'm working on a collaboration with an artist, and I'm going to need to cover several long tubes with knitting or crochet. As it happens, the tubes are about the circumference of an adult sock. Which has me thinking of borrowing or purchasing a sock-knitting machine. Anyone have experience with sock-knitting by machine? I know it's not the large/hat-size version I'd need, but the small/sock-size, for sure. But beyond that, do I need the schmancy Addi machine, or will a kids' machine do? I won't be doing heavy production, but I do want something that will work well and last, since obviously if I get it I'll also want to use it to make socks!
  5. Oooh. I'm watching this with interest (and with a bag in need of similar repair!).
  6. Thanks, @Alice Creason! Maybe we should give that Ruby top a try at the same time, and cheer each other on? And thanks, @Miriam Felton! Yeah, Bluprint; sigh. But knowing you even sew leggings on your standard machine is encouraging! And thanks for the Girl Charlee tip. Shipping to Canada is always a pain, but it sounds like the sales are so good sometimes that it might be more than worth it.
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    For this week in July, I will only occasionally be able to check my email, and will otherwise be out of touch. I will announce how we'll handle any tech issues, etc., during this time once I've figured this out. :) Putting it in the calendar so we all know that this week will be a terrible week for the site to get messed up, and that it probably will get messed up this week exactly because I won't be able to respond as quickly as usual, but we'll all be okay because we always are. ❤️
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  10. We've been talking lots in our video chats about sewing clothes. My family is about to dive into a massive financial decision (all good, which is a nice change!), and the resulting tightening of our belts is super motivating, and it's got me wanting to finally commit to making a good chunk of my wardrobe moving forward. It's a bit fraught for the following reasons: I have a lot to learn. Which is only an issue because I need to put in a lot of terrible sewing before I gain the competence to be the kind of sewer/ist I want to be – which is a proficient one who can sit down and make some clothes and that's that. I'm going to tackle this challenge by thrifting some bedsheets, I think, and making myself a Sound-of-Music-esque wardrobe to cut my teeth on. This one's a challenge both because I want to spend as little as possible as I make very imperfect clothes and because I get impatient and sewing doesn't make a ton of sense to me at this point, so I'm slooooow. I wear mostly knits, full stop. I don't have a serger and at this point don't feel the expense is warranted. In this vein, I both want to get good-enough at sewing knits on my regular machine, and to find patterns designed for woven fabrics that I find comfortable and that won't feel like wearing a tent. That latter bit is because I have no desire to wear fitted or very tailored shirts. Both for expediency and because I don't actually wear those in real life. No collars, bust and waist darts, etc. So for woven tops, that means largely unfitted, which means I need to find good options that don't look or feel like I'm wearing a tent hanging from my shoulders. I've gained weight in the last year and I hate wearing clothes right now. I want to feel comfortable and not shapeless, etc. etc., and see #2 about tent shapes. I'm comfortable melding sizes so the bottom hem of a top is wider than the size I've chosen by bust measurement, and even if/when I lose the weight, my hips will always always be a full size larger than my bust/waist. So this I can do, at least, and it's related to the tent situation except instead of being entirely practical it's also mixed in with shame and self-consciousness. To sum up: I'd like to get super proficient at making, like, two or three tops I could whip up quickly in a weekend afternoon. For someone who happily wears a t-shirt every day, I don't actually need variety of shapes in my life. These two or three tops may be best sewn from woven fabrics, but I would also like a go-to pattern for knits. I'm thinking of one (or both?) of these patterns, and I'd love your take on which (or both or neither) would fit this bill, and if you have experience with other patterns that would work for my needs? Ruby: https://shop.made-by-rae.com/collections/womens-patterns-garments/products/ruby-dress-top#1 Ryan: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/276407814/ryan-top-pdf-sewing-pattern-womens To be clear, I've done some sewing. I know my way around my machine, and I have a solid foundation in garment shapes, etc., from my work in yarn. But I don't have an intuitive feel for making clothes out of cut pieces (vs. row after row as done in yarn), and I'm impatient so have little space in my life for fiddly details. I don't care if the inside of a shirt is messy as long as it's not uncomfortable. Even a detail like a split hem is a detail too many. Maybe down the line, once I master this stage in my sewing, I'll want to add in those kinds of features, but for now they're deal-breakers. What do you think, oh sewing masters? And thank you in advance!
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    Join us for a live video chat! It'll be the kind of chat many of our Patreon supporters participate in each month (so bring a project to work on while we chat, and though you certainly don't need to chime in, if you want to we'll love to see what you're making!) Come with questions about the community, too! We use Zoom for our video chats, and it's a super simple video service to use. If you've never participated in a Zoom meeting before, plan to arrive a few minutes early so you can install the software (clicking the link is all you'll have to do – Zoom will walk you through the rest). Registration is required so Zoom will send you an automatic email reminder about the chat, including the link to join. Click here to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/fe29833187f858cd7510d14dfea9e911 And that's it! Hope to see you there!
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    Join us for a live video chat! It'll be the kind of chat many of our Patreon supporters participate in each month (so bring a project to work on while we chat, and though you certainly don't need to chime in, if you want to we'll love to see what you're making!) Come with questions about the community, too! We use Zoom for our video chats, and it's a super simple video service to use. If you've never participated in a Zoom meeting before, plan to arrive a few minutes early so you can install the software (clicking the link is all you'll have to do – Zoom will walk you through the rest). Registration is required so Zoom will send you an automatic email reminder about the chat, including the link to join. Click here to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/4edde53acbcb3abb8c34be5db4a05ad8 And that's it! Hope to see you there!
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