Just by chance actually! As a matter of fact, I learned a couple of things.
I’ve decided I need more dresses in my life (again). I also noticed that IG is having a #sewtogetherforsummer Challenge that I can participate in – if I get my entry done by June 21st. I do not like deadline sewing, so this is going to be interesting.
I have my shirt dress pattern picked out – Butterick B5920. It is an unexpected shirt dress pattern, as it might not even be a shirt dress. It’s a Butterick Retro ’51 pattern. Of course, there is NO WAY I am sewing heart shaped pockets on my chest – sorry. I am going to leave the pockets off completely. But I do LOVE this turned up collar. It kind of follows my neck curve like no other collar I have seen before … and I love it!
Vintage Sewing Machines!
I didn’t know I did, but it has been proven that I do.
Ever since I was given Ilona and Maria, I’ve been bitten by the “VSM bug”. (It’s all my Mom’s fault!!!) I’ve been browsing “for sale” sites on line and learning as much as I can about various Vintage Sewing Machines. So far, my favourite is the Singer 500, the “Rocketeer”.
The “Rocketeer”. The most unusual and complicated sewing machine I have ever seen!
The Rocketeer is a slant shank, steel gear driven sewing machine made between 1960 and 1963. It has a horizontal rotary hook (drop in class 66 bobbin) and besides doing a lock stitch, reverse, and zigzag, it has 25 built in stitches, 5 Special Disks (top hat cams) included, plus 12 more that can be purchased separately.
… or what I like to call “My Pilgrimage to the Church of Fabricana”. I’m not in the least obsessive or possessive regarding all things sewing related. (Ya, right!) I have even sworn off fabric shopping – PERIOD – for the last year. Well, except for the couple of purchases I made about a month ago, just some knit fabrics for T-shirts (to be made up “someday”). But those were purchased with Gift Certificates – Gift Certificates given to me last Christmas! Considering I didn’t actually buy those, I think they’re exempt from the Fabric Fast.
So I still claim that I have not purchased fabric for a year.. ever since August of 2015 when I last travelled to Vancouver to visit my Enabler/Sister. She is always more than happy to drive me from store to store in exchange for a treat or a meal or even a fabric purchase for herself (for me to sew, of course!). So last weekend, off I went again!