Heatwave buster- Tessuti Ruby & skirt 

img_2751-1This outfit was born with a heatwave – three years ago- Port Fairy. That was the year I thought I had cleverly combined a Christmas holiday at the beach with cooler than usual temperatures and less  humidity. The perfect holiday. Something for everyone.The added bonus for me was that I would have 10 days less of Sydney humidity to endure that Summer.

There was only one fly in the ointment.

Port Fairy was struck by a heatwave that year. It arrived the same day I did! For memory, temperatures reached 40 and it was just unbearable….and unusual.

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To make matters worse,  I didn’t have anything cool enough to wear….’cool’ as in temperature, that is (come to think of it, ditto the other meaning of cool, too). I  had plenty of clothes but nothing suitable for heatwave conditions…..apart from my nightie. I was pretty desperate and thought I’d have to spend the whole week driving around in the air conditioned car …….just to get home alive.

And then something happened. I found this outfit………. and my life changed….for the next 3 years!

The old heatwave buster- before it was completely worn out.

And yes I am smiling in this shot because this find was something like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It was cool, comfortable, decent, could be dressed up or dressed down, was light and easy to wash etc etc etc. And so, I lived in it for the rest of the holiday. I was truly liberated by this outfit……..let out of the air conditioned car…not just for the holiday but for the next 3 years.

Incidentally, it cost an arm and a leg. But I was in no bargaining position in that weather.  I would have paid anything to be comfortable. I needed that outfit.

Now here’s the thing. I have literally lived in this outfit since the day I bought it. I mean literally. I have worn it more than any other garment I have ever owned because not only was it cool but it was pretty and  very sympathetic to weight fluctuations. I always looked the same whether I was up ……or more up.  And in fact I wore it and Napisan-ed it so many hundreds of times that even the patches I mended it with have now worn out too. It has therefore been relegated to ‘around the house and can even cook in it’  status. And that’s a problem for me because I cannot function without it.

Enter Nowra Spotlight, a 40% off all fabrics sale, a Spotlight gift voucher for Christmas and the Tessuti Ruby pattern and I have reinvented the Port Fairy heatwave buster.

img_2751img_2757I made a few modifications to the Ruby top. I wanted it to be a little more fitted around the bust so I added darts. I also omitted the back opening – it fits easily over the head.IMG_2755.jpgI simplified the neck and armhole detail  because the focus of this outfit is the fabric which is a beautiful embroidered cotton.

IMG_2756.jpgThe skirt is a deliciously comfortable elastic waist…….narrow elastic and fairly loose.

The end result?

To say I am thrilled would be a gross understatement. I have my uniform back so I can now sail through the February and March humidity in relative comfort. And I actually think I will get more than 3 years wear out of this one because the fabric is of a beautiful quality.
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On a completely different topic……..well maybe a bit related because it was a holiday read, I cannot stop thinking about this compelling story. As a huge  Jimmy Barnes/Cold Chisel  fan I was interested in the historical aspect of how the band came into existence. I thought this might provide context for some of the lyrics. But I wasn’t nearly prepared for what I read. This is a very sad and disturbing story about a boy, who against incredible odds, survived an horrific childhood.  And yet, Jimmy Barnes didn’t just survive. He achieved phenomenal success as an Australian rock icon, in spite of his childhood…or maybe because of his childhood. Either way, its an inspirational story about what one can achieve by listening to the heart and focusing  on the vision.

Have a good weekend and happy Australia Day, next week.

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The highs and lows of sewing, 2016

Mostly highs. I’d have to say this has been a milestone year for me, in terms of sewing. I think I’ve moved to the next level and I attribute this to social media……particularly Instagram which has really broadened my horizons. And for that reason I LOVE Instagram. It has been a great source of inspiration for me.

My first intro to Instagram….. and I don’t know how I’ve lived without it

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So how have I moved to the next level?

Its the first time I’ve drafted my own pattern.

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It’s also the first time I’ve got ‘the fit’ right for dresses for me....and that’s a huge first given I’ve been sewing for years. I will say it wasn’t easy. I unpicked until the cows came home but the result is these dresses which I am more than happy with with.

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It’s the first time I’ve  tackled this  jacket.  I’ve been looking at it for years but avoiding it because I thought it would be too hard/too much work. Turns out it was relatively quick and easy  and I think the possibilities for this style are endless . The blue is linen and the straw jacket is made from a heavy upholstery fabric.

Of course the big first was the fabric trip to Shanghai and London with my friend Wendy. That was absolutely brilliant and the highpoint of my sewing year. AND ………..hopefully the beginning of a tradition for Wendy and me……..we had so much fun.

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And of course there were the formal dresses.…..a first because it is the first time I have agreed to step outside the pattern……….very significant if you are a rule follower!!! I agreed to do all sorts of things to these patterns………not really me at all.

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Definitely the first time I have incorporated novelty prints into my garments.……and very effectively I have to say. I love them and will continue to use them. I love the fun side of fabrics.

Lets not forget the swimwear first.……..another whole story which I won’t start here but this was probably not one of my highest highs

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Another first that deserves a mention is knitting with fabric.OMG this is just so fun! That’s all I can say. I got the idea while on the London fabric tour and it’s something I would really like to develop. I think the sky’s the limit here. But I have to fess up that this is a UFO……..but also very much a current WIP and I have some great ideas.

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And not to forget the first time I’ve actively supported my daughter to try her hand at sewing….and with amazing results. She is very creative. Regrettably I am Mrs Rules so I struggle when she says but Mum I don’t need a pattern….it won’t take me long to make this top…all I need you to do is help me thread the machine. She was right. She made it in a couple of hours without a pattern and wore it that day. All I did was help thread the machine…..a learning curve for me!

img_2155img_2158And now for a 2016 sewing low.……...my overlocker was ‘found’ by someone in the carpark when I put it down for 5 minutes (hidden, I thought) behind the car. I hope they have lovely overlocked edges on their seams because  I don’t !

To summarise 2016 sewing for me…….a really big year that I enjoyed. What I have most enjoyed is the online sewing community of which I have become a part.  Thank you to everyone who has ever posted a sewing image on any form of social media. I have found it enormously inspirational and even exciting……..so much so that I try not to look at IG before I go to bed lest I should be so enlivened by a potential project that I cannot sleep!!!!! And that’s the truth.

On a very sad note….. my thoughts go out to David, husband of Katherine Scraper and her family. Katherine was better known in the sewing community as ….Pillows A-La-Mode.

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Katherine was an inspiration to me…….creative, resourceful, positive and clever and the sewing world has been enriched by her generous contributions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabric tour- London and Shanghai

IMG_1386.JPGWell we’ve started. And our days are so busy I don’t really have time to blog. Or more precisely, I’m too tired to blog. 25000 plus steps on the Fitbit everyday and by the end of it, I’m fit for nothing other than sleep.  Above is the silk I bought in Shanghai. With Liberty of London next on the list, I picked up a couple of very pretty classics.

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IMG_1452.JPGToday was Sew Over It, Clapham. This was up there with our ‘must visit’s and aside from the fact that we didn’t get to meet Lisa, it didn’t disappoint.

IMG_1446.JPGFrom the perspective of gaining inspiration, the Dover Street Markets were a find.

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I will have to think long and hard before I put pen to paper on this one but suffice to say, the couture pieces were something else….well worth a look.

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The midnight blue silk formal gown

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This is the silk formal gown that I made for my daughter.

IMG_1202 (1).jpgIt was a little bit of an eleventh hour job….only because I had to wait until she was home, so I could fit her. I knew what she wanted and I knew the colour so I was all ready.

I bought the silk from Studio Fabrics here in Sydney  and I have included the link because this shop is a ‘must visit’. I  hadn’t actually realised it was there but I’m so glad I found it because it is just beautiful. The fabrics were to die for and displayed so………..well, luxuriously. It was an  indulgent way to spend the lunch hour….spend being the operative word!

But the most impressive thing about this shop was the service. Now, I went in looking for ‘navy’ that was almost black. That was my mandate. It had to be dark dark navy or if I couldn’t get that, charcoal. But when I showed the girls in the shop a picture of the dress, and told them my daughter’s age, they insisted that I go for a lighter shade of navy….this is what they’re doing in Europe they said.  Well, I’m a ‘heart’ person. I never go with my head. I always know exactly what I want. So I had my doubts. I wanted dark navy. But the girls were emphatic. No, they said. Dark navy is so yesterday for a young person. It’s been done to death by mothers of the bride. Hmm. What to do. I always trust myself. But this wasn’t actually for me. So I did something very unusual. I trusted them.

And they were right!

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IMG_9835.jpgThe most challenging part of this dress was cutting it out.It was impossible to stabilise the silk sufficiently to cut around the cardboard pattern. A rotary cutter would have done the trick but alas…….no cutting board big enough. In the end I outlined the pattern in chalk and then cut it out….a much better idea.

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But overall we were pleased with it. I’ve made the dress before but for this version, i replaced the spaghetti straps with a very fine satin covered cording. I used 8 meters in all so it could be wrapped around the waist and under the bust, to stabilise and embellish the dress. I made loops on the sides and waist through which the cording passed.IMG_9799.jpg

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The ball was thoroughly enjoyable, I am told and the dress worked a treat!

Pattern review- Yoshiko Tsukiori- Stylish Dress Book- ‘pattern T’

IMG_0589IMG_0591 trouble I had unimaginable problems with this dress. It was only dogged determination that kept it out of the garbage because I refused to be beaten ……mostly because I loved the fabric,  the style and especially because I love the rest of the patterns in the book. I wanted it to work…it had to work!

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At the end of the day I arrived at the conclusion that this was a ‘fitting  me’ issue, not a pattern issue. And I think this is probably the first time in my sewing career that I have actually confronted my ineptitude at making the necessary adjustments to get the fit right. Not laziness on my part, just plain ignorance – I have never really understood how to fit properly. And that’s probably another reason why I duck and weave around the toile. I mean, what’s the point of making a muslin when you don’t know how to fix the fit anyway?

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Although my daughter is modelling the dress, it was made to fit me (it is bulldog clipped at the back). So disregard the fact that it looks a little big on her.

The Book– I found this book at The Fabric Store in Sydney and fell in love with it. I asked the girls in the shop if they had ever used the patterns. They had not but said they’d heard some pretty good things about it. That was enough for me. I have the utmost faith in those sales assistants. Every thing they have ever told me has turned out to be sewing or fabric doctrine! At $30 for a book of 35 patterns it was definitely worth a shot. I’ve already had more than $30 worth of entertainment just looking at the pictures.

Drafting the pattern- This was the point at which the book became a whole lot less attractive! There are 6 pattern sheets and the pattern pieces for this dress were spread over 4 (I think) of the sheets. I had to do a bit of digging to find them and when I did find them, I had to really squint and concentrate hard- the line drawings are superimposed over each other and it looks a bit like a very complicated topographic map. But I did manage to trace off the pattern eventually ……(using small sheets of baking paper sticky taped together- a ridiculously painful way to do it …but the shops were closed and I wanted to start!)

Seam allowance- There is no seam allowance included in the pattern. This is not a problem if you have your wits about you. I ended up cutting out two bodices (4 pieces altogether). I forgot the seam allowance the first time, IMG_0492

 

Construction – My fitting issues aside,  the pieces of this dress came together like a dream. I would have to give this pattern 20 out of 10 for accuracy. In all my years of sewing, never have I experienced a garment coming together so well.

Instructions- very brief but I was fine with that. There is quite a bit of knowledge ‘assumed’. And I think that’s a good thing….cuts down on unnecessary detail.  The diagrams were excellent and clear.

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Fabric- A beautiful ash linen from The Fabric Store contrasted with a white linen I had at home.

Fitting issues –All things considered, this was a good exercise. I learnt a lot. If you look at the white contrast around the neck and compare it with this image, you will see there is quite a big difference between the two.

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The black contrast in the above image is much longer than the white in mine. This is because the first version  of my dress gaped by about 2 inches on each side. I don’t really understand why but correcting it was some challenge. Like I said, I was determined and eventually I managed to get the neckline to sit flush on my chest, but only after I made major changes to the actual curve of the neckline. Interestingly, the fitting issues did not stop there. Given that I am larger on my left side than my right, the curves on both sides of the neckline are different. But this is not noticeable to the naked eye. In hindsight, I should have addressed the problem via the shoulder seam…..live and learn. If my mother was around she would have said, “Jane, I would never tackle a dress with that neckline. It will be very difficult to fit.”  Mum is right again.

Now that the dress is done and dusted, I am thrilled with it. It is beautifully comfortable and matches my boots perfectly! It will be a great ‘in between seasons’ addition to my completely over stuffed wardrobe.  And I can’t wait to do the next Yoshiko Tsukiori…….with a different neckline.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

 

Jane

 

Peanut Butter Linen

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When I first saw this fabric at Spotlight, I was betwixt and between about the colour. There was something about it that reminded me of old men’s trousers that are  out of date- not sure where that comes from. But as it was 30% off  (and 100% linen) I decided to get it anyway.  Then, when I got it to the counter the sales assistants raved over the colour  (even though there was heaps left on the shelf…..good sales people!). And I fell into the trap and bought a whole lot more, of course. Anyway, I looked at it at every red light on the way home, and by the time I got there, I’d decided I loved it. But I had to lose the ‘old men’s trousers’ image. I moved to peanut butter……..which I love. Far more appropriate.

 

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I have grown to absolutely love this dress. The linen is beautifully soft and the dress  is so comfortable to wear.  I have actually lived in it over the last couple of weeks.

I used the Muumuu pattern again but cut the skirt a little narrower this time…..less bulk over the bust. I also made the shoulders wider and the neck, less ‘boat’ which made the dress more bra friendly overall.

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The pockets- Now this is an easy pattern, make no mistake. But seriously, lining up those pockets was no mean feat. Button holes aside (which I could have omitted…the dress fits over my head), I spent more time getting those pockets level with each other than I spent on the rest of the dress! Next time I’ll have one only! On the pockets score, my friend Wendy taught me a very simple technique that I suspect I am going to thrash.

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See the trim? I cut a strip of linen 2.5 inches wide, on the bias, and put it through the washing machine. It comes out frayed but apparently will not fray any further because of the bias cut. I just love it. I have seen that effect many times and always loved it but didn’t know how to do it.

The hem- This is the ‘Jane‘ technique…(feel free to copy!!). I turned the hem to the right side to measure it and decided to leave it that way. I liked it and so have sewn a couple of rows of stitching to prevent it fraying too much. I think it’s a good fit with Wendy’s pocket trim.

The buttonholes- mercy- not going there. I am unbelievably abysmal at them. Imagine my heart break when the dress went over my head without undoing them! But the buttons are lovely- little wooden ones.

I am thrilled with this dress and would recommend this pattern….even though the instructions for the bodice are very odd….I didn’t get them at all…must be a 60s technique .IMG_0411IMG_0396

Have a good week.

The Muumuu- a tribute to my mother

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Mum loved the muumuu. She adored the simplicity and  style of it. Not in a ‘you can hide everything under it’ sort of way but out of a deep respect for what she saw as clean, stylish lines . She loved the boxiness and symmetry. To her, the muumuu was a welcome departure from the figure hugging, curvy styles of the 50s. She didn’t do ‘figure hugging’. And thinking back, it’s a wonder because she had a tiny little waist.  Figure hugging styles would have loved her. But she didn’t love them back.  She hated 40s and 50s fashion, adored Twiggy and embraced the 60s with a passion!

The dictionary defines the muumuu as a long, loose-hanging dress, usually brightly colored or patterned, worn especially by Hawaiian women. Something like this

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This was never what Mum had in mind.She wasn’t one bit interested in Polynesian prints.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. Mum’s idea of a ‘smart’ dress was something understated and uncluttered. She usually chose a solid colour…….but never a bold tone. Now when I found this pattern on Etsy at BessieandMaive (and on instagram @bessieandmaive), I finally got Mum’s penchant  for muumuus. I just loved the simplicity of the style and yes, the clean lines. I don’t know  whether it was deja vu (I’m sure this is the actual pattern that mum used for me) or whether I  have finally found a little joy in 60s. style. You see, personally I’m a 40’s and 50’s girl…..I think.

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But this? I love it! So full of potential! So many possible variations. And unlike Mum, I LOVE the big florals. I think this pattern has got black and white Marimekko written all over it. Not to mention polka dots!

In my inimitable fashion I opted for linen to put my own stamp on the muumuu. Blue ice no less, which I couldn’t leave Tessuti  without (www.tessuti.com.au; Tessuiti.blogspot.com).  This would have to be one of my all time favourite colours. I love white and I love bright. But I am a sucker for pastels in ice shades.

The dress was, as the pattern says, simple to make. I omitted the frill from the hemline as it was just one frill too many for me. I made the sleeves according to the pattern and enjoyed working on the detailed finish. It sewed beautifully in the linen.

DSC00245.JPGThe bodice was lined and I also lined the skirt because the blue is so pale……had the potential to be see through.

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When I had completely finished the dress I unpicked the sleeves and reinserted them (what a pain!!!). The dress was just a little too  wide at the shoulders. I also cut 1 1/2 ins off the hemline as it all just felt a bit enveloping…….and looked a bit frumpy.

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Overall, I am pleased with the dress and I think Mum would be thrilled to see me in a muumuu. I also think this dress qualifies as a contender for the vintage sewing pledge. I haven’t actually pledged anything yet but I intend to. Incidentally, my machine has been out of action ……being serviced. So I made this whole garment (and others) on a $99 spare! and I was very pleased with the results. It does a lovely zig zag. And because there wasn’t a huge amount of difference between the cheapie and my own machine, I got to wondering about the virtues of an expensive fancy model? I am however happy to be persuaded otherwise. I would kill for a top of the range machine.

Have a good weekend!

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Tessuti Navy & Lime Linen Ola

IMG_0235DSC00314This is the Ola modified to a short sleeved top. The fact that there is less fabric in my modified Ola is a plus for me. I absolutely love the Tessuti patterns but I think my body shape is such that I need a bit more flesh showing…….lest I should look completely eaten alive  by the garment! Short sleeves are also cooler for me.

I don’t think I modified the pattern in a technically  kosher fashion…I just turned up the pattern sleeves…fairly inaccurately. But it turned out ok just the same.

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Now, the colours. I read in someone’s blog once that the natural shades are more attractive but that colours are more fun to sew with. I couldn’t agree more! I love experimenting with colour…all colours and mixing and matching  different shades is so much fun. I don’t know that the naturals are necessarily more attractive all the time…..that’s a fairly big generalisation. But I would have to agree that somehow, where clothes are concerned, I have more success with the understated tones even though I don’t think they necessarily suit me. And I also sell far more cushions in muted or natural tones than I do in the beautiful bold shades. And that’s the beauty of quilting and other crafts…..you can do whatever  you like with colours. The sky’s the limit.

So back to the top. Tessuti has the most unbelievably beautiful selection of linens. The colours are exquisite and I have been eyeing off this lime for weeks. I would have loved a dress in it but thought I might look like I’d been swallowed by a caterpillar so I resisted the urge. In this combination you’ll see I have carefully positioned the lime away from the face. Navy and white are my colours but the lime is a bit harsh….particularly this shade.

IMG_0231Now you’ve got to hand it to Tessuti for this method of sewing on binding. The handmade binding is sewn right side facing the wrong side of the neckline. After the excess fabric has been trimmed, the binding is turned to the right side of the neckline and stitched in place. A second row of stitching on the neck edge of the binding, completes the neck edge. It gives a beautiful finish.

Speaking of binding, I bought this little gizmo on the weekend. It’s  a binding maker.

IMG_0236.JPGI’m not exactly sure how it’s supposed to work but if the rave reviews from the sales assistant are anything to go by I expect it do everything besides wear the outfit! I hope it’s as good as it’s  cracked up to be…….I hate making bias binding but I love the look of it. I will keep you posted.

 

Have a good week!!!!

The best skirt pattern ever

This unassuming pattern that has been buried away in my pattern box forever has probably produced the best fitting skirt I have ever made. And it was so effortless!

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I honestly wouldn’t have credited this pattern with turning out such a good shape. And I’ve not had much success with New Look. But this skirt is a huge success.

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I think the fabric may have had a lot to do with it. It is a beautiful stretch sateen from Tessuti……not too much spandex and quite a heavy weight which I think contributed to the good fit. But what I like most about this pattern is that it is a straight skirt that is roomy at the same time. Between the  pattern and the fabric it’s beautifully comfortable.

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The skirt is a bit shorter than I am normally comfortable with but in this fabric, and because it is not too skimpy, I  think it works quite well.

Absolutely a great pattern (that is probably out of stock unfortunately).

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Tessuti Ola and overlocker drama

DSC00313.JPGI’m going to start this post with the overlocker drama. I’m not really sure why I’m relaying it. I’m not proud of it. But it’s sort of  a good story…well it’s a story anyway and I think I have to get it off my chest because somewhere somehow there must be some universal logic behind it.

Please don’t judge me.

Two years ago I splurged and bought myself a new overlocker…a Janome…..online. Apparently it came from Brisbane. From the Janome Head Office perhaps? I live in Sydney. Anyway, I was thrilled to bits when it arrived and couldn’t wait to get into it. Now it is very significant that I am totally familiar with this model so it made sense to take it out of the box and start using it straight away (like before I’d even changed out of my work gear!) I had cushions ready to be overlocked. Sure enough, bingo! The first cushion went like a dream! I was on fire! What a great idea to buy a new overlocker. Totally justified.

But when I started on the second cushion, the thread snapped. No worries,  the machine probably just needed to be rethreaded. So I painstakingly rethreaded it. No go. I sewed one seam (beautifully I might add)  and the thread snapped again. Hmmmmm. Had I threaded it properly? Probably but hey, even I can make a mistake. So the next time I actually followed the instructions (something I rarely do!!). Perfect! solved the problem. Back to the cushion……….purring! Almost made it along the third seam when SNAP! Thread gone again! Now by this stage I am getting a bit cheesed off. Remember, this is a new overlocker. My head was starting to ache.

Never mind! The eternal optimist. Think positive. This must be a simple problem. Probably the tension. So I did the unthinkable…….I watched the instructions video! Now in my book, that’s overkill. I have never watched an instructions video in my life -such an awful waste of sewing time. But I did it! I watched the whole painful production with the overlocker in front of me doing everything the damn video told me to. OK. Done. Now it will work. It would have to. There was nothing else I could possibly change on the thing! And it did! It went like a Bondi tram all the way along the final seam ………………………….before, SNAP!

Well that did it for me. I was absolutely livid- shaking with rage. I packed the thing up and put it back in the box and left it for a couple of days until I was composed enough to ring Janome. I politely (at first) explained my frustrations and asked them to send me a replacement, post- haste! My politeness, waned when they refused, insisting that I simply didn’t know how to use the thing! I was indignant! But still,  they very kindly offered to have one of their reps contact me and talk me through the features and threading the machine. The rep would be available to chat any time between 10 and 3, Monday to Friday. The assumption that most people are indulging themselves by sitting at their overlockers between 10 and 3 Monday to Friday just riled me. Or was I supposed to take it into the office and thread it there?

I gave up. Too hard and too infuriating. I put it back in the cupboard, untouched until I decided what to do.

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Two years later I am over the angst and decided to bite the bullet. I took the overlocker to have the  snapping fixed. Today I picked it up……………this is the good part of the story.

All up the cost was $175. The problem? The timing was out. It had obviously been sold to me with the timing out. To lower my soaring blood pressure, I vented to the sales assistant, explaining that I knew all along there had been something wrong with the thing but that Janome had refused to replace it. OMG she said, that model was the greatest disaster Janome ever had! It is a nightmare of an overlocker! Nothing but trouble! They have been trying to give them away ever since they came on the market! 

The story gets better. A few (hundred) dollars out of pocket, I lugged the big heavy dud out of the shop  and trying to extract some positives, thought along the lines of oh well, at least I can overlock my new dress tonight. 

But when I got to the car, I didn’t have my keys. All I had was this heavy overlocker (complete with corrected timing!), without even a box. Now it was late and I wanted to do some grocery shopping before the shops closed but I needed to put the thing in the car first.  I tried to ring my daughter to tell her to bring me the keys  …..but phone out of juice! Hmmm. What should I do?  I decided to hide the overlocker, under the car. No one would see it there and even if they did, they wouldn’t steal it? Would they? No. I don’t think so. Remember….my cup’s half full.

So I ran to Coles, bought a few things and hurried back to the car to pick up the overlocker.

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Guess what? IT WAS GONE!  Can you believe that? All I got out of that stupid overlocker was my wallet lightened by $750, a truckload of anxiety and frustration and 2 overlocked cushions! Oh, and I forgot to mention about 8 hours wasted time!

And I don’t really even know why I have relayed this to you. I think I had to try and make some sense of the whole exercise……..and I still haven’t!

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Now for the dress. This is the Tessuti Ola Tunic Top which I lengthened and made into a dress. The dress has 3 different linens and for that reason I loved making it. And I love wearing it. It is comfortable, and very cool. My only issue with it is the boat neck. I love a boat neck but it makes the whole bra thing a bit tricky. You really need to wear a strapless bra and I find them so uncomfortable- especially mine  which is like a steel girder. In fact, today I did something my mother used to do…….and I always thought she was mad. I took my bra off half way through the day and cut great big wedges  out of the band. It made it SO much more comfortable. What a great idea! I have bought more linen to make another Ola but next time I will make the shoulders a bit deeper.DSC00264

I wanted to show you something else too….my daughter’s T shirt. I made this for her a while ago but at the time, it had a large transfer on the front. That is, I did the construction spade work after she had spent a great deal of time designing a red logo to go on the front. But over time the logo aged and the T shirt looked shabby. So I bought a plain white T shirt for $7 from the reject shop and cut it up to use the back and front of the bottom of the shirt. I used the bodice and sleeves from the original (which had had the bulk of the work…all those ribbons sewn onto the sleeves!) and joined them together. It turned out really well….a great save and food for thought going forward…especially for something that is a bit of an experiment.

 

Anyway, sorry for the long story about the overlocker…..but I feel better. Incidentally, backdrop is Thirroul on the south coast of NSW.

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