Sewing? Oh that, yes I have done a little. A very little. One of the merino tops for the girls is made up and I’ve sneezed at the bodice block. That is to say I have removed the 5/8″ seam allowances from the neckline and armscyes. That’s it, unless you count mending and taking up JJ’s new jeans.
In my defence about the bodice block I do need help with it because, well its bloody difficult doing up a zip by yourself let along pinning and measuring back there. JJ’s back next week then we’ll be off. Very frustrating waiting.
On another note, aren’t new things grand? And if they are also useful, even better.
These mostly thrifty finds are going to be useful I’m sure and I’m dead pleased with them. The fabrics are a cotton (blue) and a lining (red) and I love the colours together, though not sure how that will work because the blue is very light weight. The lace is a lovely cotton?, non-synth anyway from the feel of it, and there are a couple of yards of the narrow one all rolled up on that spool.
Now the patterns are something I have recently started bringing home. Both are styles I really like, particularly the Butterick, though I don’t know if the other (top) would suit my shape, curve free thing that I am. The dress is the first pattern I’ve found with the old style pattern markings so I was fascinated. You know, nothing printed on the tissue just holes of different sizes strewn about? Both seem to have been stuffed into their envelopes so I’ll need to get the iron out to check they are complete. Fingers crossed.
The presser foot I bought new. Did you know that invisible zips in NZ are wider than those sourced in Europe? Well, apparently they are, or so the ladies in the Bernina shop tell me. They advised me not to buy the more expensive proper invisible zip foot but rather this one which is meant to be for buttonholes. They said that they don’t use the IZ foot because whenever they do the zips bunch up and all hell breaks loose. Interesting.
What’s this about zippers there being narrower than zippers here? Is it true? Do you have a Bernina with an invisible zip foot and do your zips zip in with effortless ease? Or do you end up wrestling with bunching and other unpleasantness?
I wonder if the zips here are manufactured to slightly different size standards than the ones in Europe? Could that be? Sounds a little daft to me.