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Genevieve Roberts
I have another question if anyone could be kind enough to answer it. I'm sure The answer is stupidly simple. Elastic mileage seems to vary. When I sew for my grand-daughter, many times the pattern will say to cut 18" for her 21" waist. She is six. She is too young to be turned into Scarlett O'Hara, it isn't fair. So far the only way I have found to effectively choose the right amount to cut and sew is to let her stand and wrap the elastic around her waist herself until she finds the place where it's comfortable, then mark it with pen. Other than that, is there a best way to do know how short to cut each elastic?
nutation
@nutation
Thatâ€™s how I do it, if I was doing it a lot there is probably a way to take that and standardize it for the elastic you are using, like they suggest 18 for 21â€ť which would be waist length multiplied by .85 ... your elastic might be stiffer or looser and be slightly different.
Once you measure by wrapping it you can take the length of the fitted elastic divided by the length of the waist and that would give you the multiplier (the .85 or what ever your number is but it will probably be close) and you could write that down and keep with the elastic for everything else you want to make.
nutation
@nutation
For masks I sew loops of ribbon in the corners and then can use any elastic / change it later - I had a feeling we were going to need them a while and wanted to be able to easily replace the elastic
It also makes it flexible on how you want to use it over eat or be hit he head
Genevieve Roberts
Thank you very much for your tips about the elastic. I love the idea about writing down the multiplier and keeping it with the elastic. It's just the kind of thing I forget to do.
nutation
@nutation
Same and every time I make a waistband I pull it around myself and cut it
Genevieve Roberts
Your loops to hold elastic are a good idea, too. Several women asked me to make masks for them. I said "Of course I will!," having recently retired and thinking I have all the time in the world. I have to laugh at myself because this creative project is like all the creative projects at work. The client figures out she does want but looking at what the artist made and figuring out what she does not want. I've made several sample masks. I need to get these off my desk, so I will make masks with the loops. There is not a store in town with elastic. They're all sold out, so I'll make Joost's tapes that they can tie. I can see how easy it would be to get sucked into trying to make it with a foxy gadget to keep the pressure off the ears. I just don't have time. Retired is a very busy thing to be.
nutation
@nutation
I made over 200 so I got it down to a system
I even used the quilting piecing trick where you donâ€™t cut the thread and sew a giant garland of masks
Genevieve Roberts
You gave me a smile because the grand-daughter I was discussing chose the fabric for the fronts of my masks. She chose the exact same owl fabric shown in your Instagram picture on top of the left hand stack of masks.
Genevieve Roberts
Genevieve Roberts

My brain has literally taken a terrible whacking recently and doesn't work well in all areas as a result. I don't know how to figure out things like (as seen above), how long a piece of elastic needs to be, and/or how to figure that out. I don't know how to figure out marking down what times this weekend's call should be. I live in Pacific Standard Time. A meeting starting anywhere from 9 AM through 10:30 would be best.

This is very annoying, having to say ask for help selecting radio boxes in a list, but I promised I would be there and my brain literally does not operate the way it did before my brain surgery. I've had to learn to ask for help, sometimes with little things like selecting checkboxes or figuring out which direction to sew things.

Joost De Cock
@joostdecock

Update: The FreeSewing contributor call is scheduled for Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 16:00 UTC. Which is:

Los Angeles: 09:00
Chicago: 11:00
New York: 12:00
SĂŁo Paulo: 13:00
London: 17:00
Paris: 18:00
Johannesburg: 18:00
Moscow: 19:00
Mumbai: 21:30
Hong Kong: 00:00 on Sunday, September 6, 2020
Tokyo: 01:00 on Sunday, September 6, 2020
Sydney: 02:00 on Sunday, September 6, 2020

It was tied for most votes with the same hour on Sunday, but I figured that perhaps people were willing to stay up a bit later on a Saturday than on a Sunday - Or wake up a bit earlier on a Saturday than on a Sunday :)

To be clear: There was no time slot that fitted everyone. This was the one that worked for most people.

Genevieve Roberts
I can't figure this out. If this means 9 AM in LA, I missed it. If it means 9PM, it's in 11 hours. I don't know how to sign in. I am a retired computer techie but I think if I am going to participate I am going to need assistance. If there is anyone willing to assist a brain cancer patient this one accepts help.
What I need to know is what time, in my time zone, to sign into the call, and where the link is.
Wouter van Wageningen
@woutervdub
We're on right now:
Join call: https://zoom.us/j/94087732509 (meeting ID: 940 8773 2509)
Local dial-in numbers: https://zoom.us/u/aukSQOn6C
Genevieve Roberts
Thank you! See you in 5
Joost De Cock
@joostdecock
Thanks everyone, that was really wonderful :heart:
Wouter van Wageningen
@woutervdub
:+1:
Genevieve Roberts
James Creasy
Nice talking to you all!
dfbean
@dfbean
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Genevieve Roberts
PS. I think it odd that contributions are influenced by what people perceive you as doing with them. Their wages are not influenced by what their employers think of what they do with them. Strange.
Joost De Cock
@joostdecock
Hi all, meeting notes from our call are available here: freesewing/freesewing#515
There's also a todo-list linking to a bunch of new issues I've created :)
Joost De Cock
@joostdecock
Does anyone have Tawney's contact details?
Stefan Thanheiser
hi there, had an error message while creating the paco pants. If I'm putting in my real measurements the pattern can not be created
Joost De Cock
@joostdecock
@SThanheiser_twitter When a draft fails, the website will offer to create an issue for it. Do that so we can investigate :)
Genevieve Roberts
I am sorry to say that our meeting and a two-hour class I tried to take this week both demonstrated that I do not have the stamina for this kind of project anymore. I do very well with Project Sit in the Sun and Project Positive Thinking. I regretfully withdraw and wish all of you and your project the very best success.
Joost De Cock
@joostdecock
@clevervieve_twitter Thank you for giving it a shot. We've all bitten of more than we can chew at one point or another, so don't feel bad, we can all relate.
The fact that you take the time to let us know rather than just ghost goes to show you're a class act :slight_smile: Enjoy the sun :sunglasses:
Genevieve Roberts
Thank you, Joost. You're very kind.
Jonathan Craig
@IAmTheBlurr
Hey everyone, which of the gitter rooms is best for questions relating to sewing techniques or technical questions relating to thread tension/density/stretch, fabric properties and handling, and other gearhead kinds of questions.
Stuff that's specific to sewing though, I sometimes have no idea where to find answers online and the answers I do find are often insufficently technical so I'm always lost :(
Wouter van Wageningen
@woutervdub
Ask away. I don't think we have a specific section for it, but I'm sure anyone who has an answer and sees it will reply.
Jonathan Craig
@IAmTheBlurr
Ok, I'll ask here whenever I have any questions I'm stuck on. I don't have any questions right now but I wanted to find out what channel would be best for those sorts of things.
Sebastien Boucher
Good day everyone, I am currently trying to find sewing pattern for an Rain cape. Is there a website that offer free measurement or plan that came in your mind ?
Jonathan Craig
@IAmTheBlurr
I don't know of any personally. Can you post some visual references just in case though
Joost De Cock
@joostdecock
@Sebasti92667270_twitter Sorry, I don't know of any
nutation
@nutation
@Sebasti92667270_twitter green pepper has a good pattern and there are a bunch of YouTube videos like https://youtu.be/AZsA4r90J3Y
quiltlaster
@quiltlaster
New user. Just put in measurements and downloaded Simon. No questions yet, just popping in to say hello. Hello!
nutation
@nutation
We just moved over to Discord https://discord.gg/4yYDBu
Simon is a great pattern
Joost De Cock
@joostdecock

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