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  1. 8 hours ago, PurpleHays said:

    I did understitch the neck facing, but decided I wanted the slight decorative look of top stitching. I did not attempt underscoring the scallops. I definitely would have pulled my hair out trying that.

    I agree under stitching the scallops would have been a hair puller.  A decorative stitch was the way to go.

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  2. On 3/31/2024 at 8:15 PM, PurpleHays said:


    I used a universal 70/10 and a narrow (2.0x 0.5mm) zigzag. A straight stitch worked well on pure straight edges, but the tiniest bit of bias went completely wonky.


    I somehow managed to cut a small slit near the shoulder seam. I got creative repairing it. It's on the back, so my hair will cover it. It's about a half inch long.20240329_162143.thumb.jpg.b33e58a05d2489a74623f48f1f106158.jpg


    Looks great.  I have made unwanted cuts ion some of my clothing.  Most time I so a machine embroidery over the slit.


    Have you done under stitching?  I started to use that in some case instead of top stictching.

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  3. On 3/24/2024 at 4:40 PM, PurpleHays said:

    Y'all, at 60 years of age, I attempted my first scallops! These are the cap sleeves of a blouse I'm planning to wear Easter Sunday and on my next cruise. What do you think? How did I do?


    I think I want to topstitch the scallops and front facing. I was thinking a gold thread. Any opinions?


    Looks beautiful.  What size/type needle did you use on your machine?

  4. I have a funny story about skeet shooting.  I was traveling with a friend of mine.  This was towards the end of when they were having skeet shooting.  She was a blond with big blue eyes.  So, I went with her to the skeet shooting.  The office in charge saw her and started to give her lessons on how to hold the rifle and shoot.  He was treating her as if she knew nothing about it, a helpless female. (he did not know her) My friend let him say his lecture and show her..  Then she took the gun and hit every skeet.  He was shock.  Then she told him the truth that she was NYPD officer.  We both had to laugh.

    I never forget the look on the office's face when she started shooting.


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  5. We have to have two places to sit in our cabin beside the bed.   I don't sit on the bed at home to watch TV, eat or just to sit.  So, now I check other cruise lines to get the the cabin I want at the price that I want. if Princess doesn't have it.  My last two cruises were booked on HAL because of the lack of seating in the cabin.

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  6. 12 minutes ago, Essiesmom said:

    I remember all of those things…I think on Princess we got stationary in regular cabins…Started on Home Lines back in 1972 when breakfast was open seating, but both lunch and dinner were fixed seatings.  No other place for food except late night pizza somewhere, and the maybe twice per cruise midnight buffet was tables of tastefully arranged cold cuts and salads on the promenade deck.  Everything was cash, no credit cards or running tabs.  EM

    Do you remember the buffets?  I loved Home Lines.  I sailed on Oceania many times.  What about horse racing, do you remember that?

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  7. 51 minutes ago, WCB said:

    Thanks for following along.  So far, we have not had the opportunity to go to a dining room lunch.  On the Zuiderdam's 2023 world cruise, they did offer hamburgers at lunchtime in the dining room.  We shall check the menu on the TV and see what the menu has to offer.


    We grew up with Campbell's chicken noodle soup, which had nice egg noodles....still does.  


    Bill & Mary Ann

    That was a treat for me if my mom would buy it!!  She made her soups.

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  8. 14 hours ago, pedirn said:


    I agree.  Never used a PDF pattern but way too much trouble to put all the pieces together .   Also buy at Joannes especially when a sale is in progress 

    I would just fine it too much work.  But I wonder if it would be better for pattern adjustments?

  9. 8 hours ago, redlady62 said:



    This is what the Havana Dress PDF pattern looks like when I was taping it together. Most important is to make sure that your pattern is printing the correct size, the pattern includes one page that has a square or rectangle that has the size noted.    

    That seems like a lot of work.  $80. way too much money.  I have been buying my patterns at Joann's, when on sale.  I but them and put them away for when I have time to sew.

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  10. On 9/24/2023 at 4:27 PM, redlady62 said:

    This was the Green Style Patterns Havana Dress , is a PDF pattern.  You can select your currency of choice (in my case CDN) so you don't have to worry about currency exchange with your credit card.  It is packed in the suitcase and ready for departure for our next cruise.  The swimsuit lining made it a bit 'heavy' compared to my other maxi dresses.  


    Sue >M<

    I have never used a PDF pattern.  Is done by printing it off your computer and taping the pieces together?  It is hard to do?

  11. On 8/29/2023 at 11:45 AM, redlady62 said:

    Well, after the lovely wedding, finally convinced hubby to snap a photo of the maxi dress. The lovely lady on the hotel front desk told me that I looked lovely ❤️❤️❤️ I didn’t tell her that it had pockets 🤣

    Have a great week everyone one IMG_2067.thumb.jpeg.fd68110ef6d2dd8243bafeb9f5377bc4.jpeg

    You look wonderful in your dress.  The pockets are great.  I love the fabric, so easy to pack.

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