Readers, tragedy struck yesterday: an explosion in the West Village knocked out RCN Cable service to the entire West Side of Manhattan. I have been without Internet for nearly 36 hours. I feel, frankly, a little desperate and Michael is worse. I'm writing this from a local coffee bar, so please excuse all food stains.
Realizing I'd have a lot of time on my hands with no bloggy distractions, I decided to sew. And not just sew, readers, treadle. I'd sewn a shirt on my treadle three years ago when I first purchased it, but since then had never made an entire garment on it. Until now, that is!
Do you remember the wild wool challis print (up top and below) I purchased last summer and didn't know what to do with? Well, it was time to bite the bullet and use it (de-stashing is FUN!). I decided to make a shirt -- yes, my third shirt in a row.
I cut everything out yesterday morning and got to work.
The challis was shifty and prone to fraying but was otherwise easy to work with; I tried to handle it as little as possible. The only challenge that treadling presented was when I needed both hands free to ease one piece into another but also needed a hand free to give the handwheel a turn to get the treadle started -- it doesn't just start on its own.
I felt a little rusty at the beginning but by this afternoon was much more confident. I am proud to say that, with the exception of the buttonholes, I sewed the entireshirt on my Singer 66 treadle (without even a reverse lever).
Here's a short video of me treadling the shirt; sorry, no show tunes! (If you're on a portable device you can view it here.)
Maybe the topstitching isn't quite as good as on my Singer 201 or 15-91, but it's not the kind of thing anyone would notice unless you were doing a side-by-side comparison (and even then).
The nearly-completed shirt has an undeniable 70's vibe (remember this blog post?). Thankfully it's not nylon or -- shiver -- Qiana. Be sure to tune in tomorrow for the Big Reveal.
Readers, have you ever lost internet service and discovered you've become totally dependent on it?
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!