The poor weather also allowed me to finish gathering for a book giveaway. So heads up, look for it next week. There are some nice ones in the batch.
The Bernina and I got reacquainted after her spa treatment of internal fuzz busting and oiling. She runs like a Swiss clock. Not surprising since she is Swiss made (not maid!). I found that I much prefer her zipper foot to the Brother machine and yes, comparing stitches she does have better stitch quality, but not by much. I do like that I can adjust the presser foot pressure and for slippery or fine fabrics this will be the machine of choice. We whipped out another pair of jeans together.
This time in denim red Tencel with more topstitching. I love this pattern but it's time to put it away and start on some new patterns.
Why the complete take over of sewing? Well, I would like some pretty new pieces for my trip and more importantly, I also want to perfect some patterns. If I am going to weave cloth by gum I want to know that the pattern will work for a good fitting finished garment even if it my weaving might be just a trim or contrasting design. I'm also getting my skill set in order for that lined spring coat I want to make and I'm doing it by making a lined winter coat in the same pattern. I found some nice and inexpensive wool coating from Vogue Fabrics that will be the wearable ( I have high hopes), test garment.
The silk scarf moves slowly. It's fine and it's a two shuttle color weave. I am slow, I daydream, I get interrupted and then I remember, what's the hurry really. I enjoy my weaving guilt free, whether I'm fast or slow. I would like this off the loom though as I found a pattern that calls for a scarf neck treatment and wouldn't it be nice to showcase this lovely silk scarf that way? Indeed!
For now though I'm working with some commercial silk. Cut on the bias for a drapey summer top.
It's evil slippery but oh so pretty feeling next to the skin. (It will help me when I get to working with the bemberg lining fabric). It was a clearance fabric, a scant 2 yards was all that was available so my options were limited.
That can be a good thing. I would likely never try a top like this otherwise and was surprised how nice it looked just trying it on with the pins in it and no sleeves.
Sadly, when I checked for the red fabric like the green I used in the Shapely Shirt, there was not enough to make a blouse with. They did have some deep royal purple, but it's not a color I wear or will remotely match anything in my small wardrobe other than black or white.
The farrier comes this week. Should be fun slogging through the gate mud getting horses in and out. I'm hoping it will at least not be precipitating on us. I think that's a pretty modest request.
Parting shot: I still love you after the evil cleaning and clipping, now pick me up for a cuddle!