I’ve had a fabulous summer, a family holiday in Croatia and a week with just me and the kids in Cornwall with some friends. The British summer has been fantastic where we are and it seems to have gone on for ever!
Now back to reality!
Before we went to Croatia I planned to travel light and have a mix and match wardrobe as we were traveling about for the first 10 days, staying a few nights here and there so having easy to put together clothes would make life easier and we didn’t want to have a lot of luggage to carry around.
I’m not usually very good at being organized but I was quite impressed with myself! Before going I made 4 t-shirts, 3 Scouts and 1 Concord, a Groove Dress, Mecury Trousers, refashioned an old maxi dress into a skirt and I had some summer clothes I made for last year’s holiday. I didn’t get a photo of everything as I kept forgetting but here are some … I will just let the pictures speak for themselves.
Last Sunday I was lucky enough to attend a class at The Thrifty Stitcher in Stoke Newington. For those who don’t know, The Thrifty Stitcher, aka Claire-Louise Hardie, is the Sewing Producer for The Great British Sewing Bee. I did the “Overlocking Basics De-Mystified” taught by the lovely Layla Totah.
For most people, the fear of the overlocker is the threading, and yes, it is a bit tricky. I’m so glad that I did the course before purchasing my Janome 6234XL, as Layla came by with her trusty scissors and snipped the threads a few times, which was very alarming! However, making us thread the machine a few times really gave me confidence and I had less fear when my machine arrived at home.
We made a t-shirt in the class and it is amazing how quickly it came together! When researching overlockers, people always said how much quicker, easier and professional it made your sewing but I didn’t really get it until now! If you have ever considered getting one and you are dithering – do it now! You will never regret it, the expense is totally worth it and my thinking is that I will never have to buy one again, or at least not for about 20 years!
And this is my new Janome 6234XL sitting next to my beloved Pfaff, I think they will become the best of friends!
Once it arrived, I threaded it straight away, it worked first time and I made a “test” skirt in under half an hour! Job done I reckon.
Not my favourite fabric, but bought on Ebay for 99p and a wearable muslin, and the t-shirt is the one I made in class, I may add a band to the bottom of it so it sits better on my hips. The skirt is the Fay by Style Arc, it’s supposed to be a double layered skirt with a bagged out hem but I didn’t have enough fabric and it’s a thick Ponte so I just made a single layer and stitched a hem. My youngest took this photo and said “it makes you look skinny, you should make more of these”! I’m sure I will!
So, what sewing extravagances have you indulged in? Click the “comments” box at the top of the page and let me know!