Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Work-in-Progress Summer Short Sleeve

Last Summer a neighbor encouraged me to go with him to a house ‘clean out,’ which is a nice Maine way of saying an estate sale of a deceased person who didn’t have a lot of money but seemed to be a hoarder. The folks mistook the poor lady’s fabric stash as hoarding, but the ancient sewing machine and notions told a different story.  Along with a lot of lace trim, I bought 10 yards of a musty scented cotton yarn-dyed cotton plaid for $1, gently washed it, and added it to my own stash. Until a few days ago.  Using Vogue 2586 Bill Blass commercial pattern and varied DVDs from Taunton Press, I’ve started using the plaid.

 The new Bernina 740 has sewing precision that is amazing.  One of the holy grails of shirt collars is a point without bulk, crisp edges, and edge stitching that defies gravity.  I was stitching at 2mm from the edge, but chickened out at the point turn.. a couple more stitches would have tempted fate. I’ll always wonder, and nobody will look.  The crowd on 7th Avenue would pick it out right away, but in Maine I don’t think so. I’m determined to do flat felled side seams where I’d normally serge because no one sees the inside of a shirt. I see it, and I’m trying to make a comeback in my sewing.

The poor lady must have had the bolt for decades, just waiting for the right project.  Note to self: sew today because I might not be here for the right project. I hope she will be pleased when I’m done.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

It’s been three+ years since my last post, I’ll try to do better than that in 2019. Over the last few years, I did a number of costumes, curtains and props for community theater. From the back room I moved up to stage management, but from time to time I would make a shirt.  After moving several times, I’ve decided to settle permanently in Maine and make a new commitment to sewing.  My beloved Pfaff 2046 was replaced by a Bernina 740 a few days ago. I’m already doing 4mm flat felled seams, button holes, rolled hems, seams and buttons with precision I’ve never had — or maybe I’m taking it slow and patiently.

On New Years, I finished a rather vibrant shirt and a set of curtain inserts for a room divider that’s been waiting for over a year.  I’ll do a couple of short sleeve shirts next and then I’ll tackle making a pair of pants.  Well, maybe many pairs of pants.  

Long range, I’ll like to make a suit jacket. Stay tuned to this channel. And now a word from our sponsor, cotton thread.