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Tez
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Date: 1/31/08 2:55 AM

If you'd like to chat, share sources, talk about patterns etc etc, please join in!



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Date: 1/31/08 4:04 AM

Tez, thank you for starting this thread. Maybe now we can all hang out here instead of the separate country threads.

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Date: 1/31/08 7:10 AM

Great idea, Tez. Thanks for starting this!

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Date: 1/31/08 9:05 AM

I agree, great idea. No one ever wants to talk about sewing in Sweden, so let's talk about sewing in Europe! There has to be a lot of things that we have in common. For example that we often sew in a language that is not our first language, and that the notions suggested are either not available here or called something completely different. :)
I read Jackets for Real People yesterday, and for welt pockets they suggest using Pellon. Pellon? We have vlieseline, vlieseline and vlieseline...



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Date: 1/31/08 1:00 PM

Pellon is a brand name. In Europe, you have Vilene. It's all just interfacing, both brands offer many different kinds.

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Date: 1/31/08 3:42 PM

Hello from the UK. Where I think sewing is not that popular, and we are neither American nor European but some weird hybrid.
Even though English is my first language (and probably only if we are honest) I still find I have a lot of translating to do as the American English words are often different from the British English.

We also mix our measurements which is a bit silly really. I measure fabric in metres, but height, weight and hems in inches and I mostly sew Simplicity and New Look patterns which are easily available here.

I did buy some Neue Mode and MultiSnit patterns from an online store in Denmark - great service btw, and attend the PR weekend in Northern Germany last year which was great fun.
The MultiSnit pattern is all in Danish and has no drawings so I am a little stuck with it.

What do you all like to sew?

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Date: 2/1/08 7:21 AM

Hi everyone!

Thanks Tez for initiating this thread.

Has anyone heard any news regarding the 2008 PR Weekend? Also, does anyone have a good source in Europe for buying Mrs. Stylebook (the Japanese sewing magazine)?

In response to Ruthie's question about what I like to sew: I'm pushing myself to learn and use couture techniques, I have hundreds of vintage patterns that I like for their good drafting and design details - and I'm playing with how to redesign vintage to make it more current, I prefer natural fibers, and I'm nuts for pre-mechanized textile traditions and am experimenting with how to incorporate them into clothing as well as essentially create "new" fabrics with surface stitching variations. I have an inexplicable obsession with coats but really need to get busy on making something to wear under the coats! My ideas far exceed my skill level but I remain enthusiastic about pursuing them.

Looking forward to sharing information with all of you!
Paula (American expat in Zurich)

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Date: 2/2/08 6:41 AM

No worries, everyone!

Huldra, I know what you mean about sewing in another language. It adds a whole new level of complexity. I tend to stick to things I already know how to sew.

Ruthie to answer your question, I'm starting to love handsewing. I recently overcast most of the seam allowances on a wool skirt by hand, and I enjoyed the slow quietness of it so much. So I'm hoping to learn more time-consuming techniques.

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Date: 2/6/08 5:24 AM

Hi everyone!

I'm still wondering about any news on the European PR Weekend 2008. I'm under pressure to finalize my schedule. I have a hectic travel schedule this year and would like to keep space open for the PR Weekend. I picked up a rumor about Rome, but nothing confirmed.

I now have a subscription to Mrs. Stylebook, so my request for a European source is resolved. I ordered it from a US source and will pay the international shipping.

Are any of you working on anything exciting?!

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Date: 2/6/08 7:30 AM

Hi Sport

Fraid I can't help you with the PR weekend. I must admit I'd like to know myself. Especially if it is Rome. But really, anywhere with good fabric shops and the chance to talk to people about sewing without their eyes glazing over would be wonderful. I would like to know so I can save up to go.

Glad you got your Mrs Stylebook mag. I have hopefully got a Knip Mode on its way, via a colleague who is travelling to the Netherlands this weekend, which I am excited about.

My current project is a Marfy skirt. It is being a bit difficult at the moment. Even though I made a muslin, the actual fabric is drapier than the muslin was. Each time I hold it up to the dressform it seems to have got bigger, and I already made size adjustments three times. Hmm. Perhaps if I sneak up on it and shout loudly at it, I will frighten it so much it will shrink back in terror, thereby solving the problem?

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