Last week I had to pack up my one and only machine up and send it off to Barry to sort out. There was a squeaking, a groaning and a bobbin that wouldn’t stay in! No option really. I’ve had this Janome for nearly 4 years and I haven’t as much as cleaned or oiled it – so no big surprise that she stopped working. Bear in mind that she is used almost every day, I really took her for granted. Barry (the sewing machine magician) said there was so much fluff that it had been compacted into a brick but he managed to sort her out within 24hrs! And a day later she was back in my sewing room taking her well deserved place on the table.
All this is beside the point as my SWAP this year is hand sewn! Merely a cautionary tale for you…….. Take care of your machines.
Right back to the topic. SWAP ’15 is almost at a close and my needles and thread and have been running stitching like mad.
I have 1 more item to finish – a double-layered, reverse applique fitted top has been started but it will really be a push to have it ready to wear in 2 weeks time. Nevertheless, let’s look on the positive side and loads of things have been completed recently.
One of them is my layer skirt.
The pattern is the swing skirt from Alabama Stitch book, merely two pieces, one for the front and one for the back! Except I cut two skirts, sewed two skirts and put one inside the other offset by about 4″.
There is no other embellishment. It’s a very plain skirt and very easy to make.
The inside skirt is held in place with some X stitches at middle front, back and sides.
I did cheat a little and serged some 1″ elastic to the back waist, folded it over and then parallel whip stitched the fold in place.
When it gets cold at night, I pull it up and over my shoulders – cosy.
With a rectangle bit of jersey leftover, I sewed the ends together, sewed down the seam edges and threaded a strip of cotton jersey through. When pulled tight, the jersey ruches up.
This can be worn as a scarf, a hood, a belt and even a boob tube for that instant Donna Karan look.
My T-shirt used to be white but was dyed in the same bucket as the rest of this cotton jersey. Yet another item?
The poncho and scarf thing are extra to my SWAP collection but useful additions nonetheless.
Thank you all so much for your comments on my last post. We went away for a few days and I never got round to answering each one, but, as always, they are very much appreciated.