Yeah yeah, it should be WsIP but I don’t care, I’m such a rebel!
I need to do the hand sewing on my breeches.
I need to pin up and sew the draping on my evening skirt.
I need to do a fitting on the lilac bodice.
I need to sew the lace beading onto the white camisole, then thread the ribbon into it.
I need to do the waist casing, hand finishing and fastenings on the black blouse.
Sigh. I have a new audio book, so I just need to get sewing.
I DID finish the black camisole, and it looks very sweet, even if it won’t fasten over my fat gut without a corset…
On a positive note, my lovely wife finally got to work and cleaned and oiled my beautiful old Singer sewing machine. She [machine, not wife] was made in 1911 in Clydebank, Scotland. The missus was made in 1966 in Birmingham, if you need to know.
I got the sewing machine in 2012, thanks to a pal on The Sewing Forum who knew the person who was giving it away. Yep, this 115-year old beauty cost us not a sausage. She was in great order considering she’d been living in a garage for years, but needed some cleaning, a new belt for the treadle, and a new face plate. She came with all these amazing attachments, only a few of them have been identified so far [the ruffler, and a whole heap of binding feet.]
Last year I acquired a buttonhole attachment as well. The poor machine used to be in pride of place in our panelled hallway, but at this latest rental, we have so little space that she has spent two years with several boxes of books etc stacked on top. So I do have some excuse for not getting her running.
Anyway, an hour or so of faffing about with a light extension, a large bottle of oil, tweezers for surgical fluff extraction, the vacuum cleaner, and two swearing and impatient old battleaxes…and she was done.
A little while ago, wife announced that she needs to sew some horrible velcro onto a piece of motorcycle jacket techno mesh stuff. My modern machine was having none of it. The Singer was rather faffy to thread, because I’ve got used to the quicker threading style of newer machines, where some of the thread guides are slotted rather than having to be threaded, but hey ho. The machine ATE the velcro [in a good way] and was totally unfazed once I fiddled with the tension for a bit. Next stop, buttonholes!
Anyone who can cast some light on those feet and attachments will save me some research time…
Oh yes, there was a pretty little ‘vintage’ buckle in one of the drawers as well…nom