Readers, sometimes I can have too many irons in the fire and my life feels a little disorganized. That's why I've decided to prepare for May by composing a list of what's in store here at MPB. Still leaving room for the spontaneous, here goes...
Apropos of irons, my new Black & Decker Digital Advantage iron has arrived. I haven't used it yet as I guess I'm waiting for the old one to explode or something. It still works -- sort of. The digital display often goes blank and the iron has a tendency to turn itself on spontaneously when it's in sleep mode. (I've learned to unplug it now when I'm not using it which I probably should do anyway.) For roughly $40 for three years' nearly daily use, I feel like I got my money's worth.
It's weird, I bought this two weeks ago for $43.54 directly from Amazon. I could have sworn it had been selling in the $60 range a month before that (which was why I was hesitant to buy it then) and I notice now it's selling for $47.98. I've never tracked prices on Amazon; do they usually change so frequently? Weird.
Maybe it's my birthday, stress, or the stress of my birthday, but I've been a little more indulgent with myself lately. On eBay I picked up these three vintage Vogue coat patterns from the Forties for $6 total. I think I may need to blog soon about compulsive "too cheap to pass up" shopping sprees as that's a real weakness of mine. Love those illustrations!
We've gotten off topic. Here's what's in store for May (and maybe into June):
1) The SIL dress
Readers, try as I might I can't think of a good way to get out of this project so I'm going to try to make the best of it. Hopefully today I'll get around to cutting that Vogue sloper pattern and stitching up a muslin.
2) Sewing with Silk
Do you have any experience sewing with silk? I have none, but I've been reading about it and just picked up a copy of the book, Kwik Sew's Beautiful Lingerie, which should arrive soon. I think I read about it on bra-maven K-line's blog and she had good things to say. Are you familiar with it?
When I met lovely Australian "Livebird" last week, she gave me some beautiful silk twill and silk charmeuse and I have a few ideas what to make with it, including men's pajamas. We'll see.
3. Maternity: The Sequel
This...bizarre? chic? hilarious? pattern should arrive any day now. For some reason when I buy things on Etsy, Paypal pays the order immediately out of my bank account, but lately when I buy something on eBay, it issues an e-Check, which can take a week to clear. It's frustrating but I don't know how to resolve it; it's the same Paypal account.
This means I'll have to wait a little longer to receive...
4. The New Sewing Machine
Readers, do you find this machine, the Singer 500a (or Rocketeer), attractive? A number of readers have been sharing photos of their sewing machine collections with me lately, and apparently many people love those old slant-feet Singers (which include the 301 and 400 series). I'm thinking, Who wants to deal with a whole new set of sewing attachments? Plus, if the slant idea was so great, why was it abandoned?
Long story short, I find this machine ugly, albeit charmingly so. To me, it looks heavy and clunky (and that tan color -- blech). It's modern-looking for 1946 perhaps, but it's from 1960! Think about this: the Necchi Mirella was designed in 1956 (by Marcello Nizzoli).
The Elna Lotus was designed in 1965 (both are in the design collection of The Museum of Modern Art).
I know some people love the Rocketeer and I don't know what it's like to sew with -- maybe wonderful. Granted, design isn't the only thing, but it matters to me.
Perhaps you're wondering what sewing machine I purchased. You'll just have to wait till May officially begins to find out!
And so, we welcome a new month. Readers, how much do you care about the way a sewing machine looks? Are you influenced by design, color, weight or only how well it sews (and perhaps price)?
What's on your plate for May? Anything fun?
Happy Monday, everybody!
(I have a soft spot for high school theater...)