Readers, this is a big week for me: the completion of my 4th year of sewing -- it's like my college graduation!
Partly to celebrate, I treated myself to a new sewing book yesterday -- new to me, I mean -- Roberta Carr's "Couture: The Art of Fine Sewing" from 1993, which I cannot believe was twenty years ago but whatever. Did I also treat myself to her somewhat-pricey-even-though-second-hand couture sewing DVD too? You'll just have to wait and find out.
Exhale, readers, I have good news: the Bernina works great.
Did I mention that I had to purchase the power cord separately? That's why I couldn't test it yesterday; I only received the cord today. I was nervous when I plugged it in and turned it on. Given the rotten packing job the seller had done. I didn't know what to expect. But it seems mechanically superb.
I happen to have another large piece of slinky charmeuse in my stash,
along with all the swatches I picked up yesterday morning. I've tried various kinds of thread, stitch lengths and tension
settings. I've experimented cutting charmeuse sandwiched between tissue
paper with silk pins in the seam allowances (which works well) to
I went fabric shopping this morning for Cathy's 1940's dress with the gathered bodice and skirt front, Simplicity 4856. I needed something with a beautiful drape and some weight to it. At first I looked solely at solids. I saw some gorgeous silk failles and satins, but nothing really wowed me.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!