And he should arrive next week via UPS -- the Singer 15-91 I won on eBay Monday afternoon.
I know, I know, I already have eight sewing machines (I don't include the sergers). But my friend Johanna has ten and she seems like a normal person with a life. Plus, if I want to become a sewing celebrity, don't I have to invest in my craft? With shipping, it was just shy of $80 which isn't bad for a 15-91. Am I tacky to tell you what it cost? We're practically family, right?
I think if I just have this one machine then I'll be set and I won't need any more...yeah, that's it.
I haven't talked much about sewing machines on Male Pattern Boldness because I don't want to scare you dears away, but suffice it to say that I am as passionate about these old mechanical machines as I am about makeovers, looks, and wrap dresses.
I expect my Singer to arrive early next week. He's (I've decided this one's a boy) in Indianapolis now, no doubt saying his goodbyes, getting into his bubble wrap jump suit, and preparing for the trip ahead. I cannot wait to meet him.
Meanwhile, back on Planet Normal, guess who has started working on his new look? (These are the "before" pics, btw.)
I know imitation is the highest form of flattery, but I think I have created a monster. I hope all of you aren't doing this too. I fear you may be. Hey, the contest's over.
So I went fabric shopping yesterday...
I found this old cotton/poly duvet cover at the Salvation Army and it's going to make a fantastic shirt and maybe even a little A-line for my Cuz. It's like two whole queen-size sheets -- or one comfy dog bed, apparently.
I love this print and it's in my new look palette, too!
Then, at one of my favorite fabric dives on 35th St., I found about three yards of this terrycloth in the cheapie bin:
I think I'm going to make a vintage-style mens short-sleeve shirt out of it, and use this 1972 pattern to make a pair of matching Bermuda shorts out of that old Vera table cloth I found a few weeks ago at the Salvation Army:
Cool, right? I may even make my mother that robe I once intended to. I didn't tell you this but my mother actually gave me one of her old robes to use as a model. Thanks, Mom!
I also got this cotton knit -- white and fluorescent green stripes -- that just screams Eighties.
And this cotton seersucker, which will be a shirt for Michael most probably:
All that new fabric for just $8.
So really, when you think about it, it's almost like that sewing machine is paying for itself.
A lot of people have asked me questions about sewing knits, and as I become more adept with them I intend to write more about it. In the meantime, I'm going to tackle this terrycloth and hopefully have something more to show you tomorrow than a pile of fabric.
OK, time to wind some bobbins.
Have a great day, everybody!