I turned 25 last week and I didn’t take it well.
There was one little glimmer of hope that got me through the day… I got to spend my birthday playing with my very own OVERLOCKER! Yep, I took the day off work to spend time getting acquainted with the new love in my life, the Janome 9300DX, and it was the start of a beautiful friendship. I needed a project to work on and it just so happened that Ian was taking me out for a birthday meal that night so I needed something quick and satisfying to make for the occasion. I also decided to donate to the Made Up Initiative hosted by Karen of Did you Make That? which gave me another excuse to pull something together lickity-split. The first pattern that popped into my head was another version of the off the shoulder Nettie by Closet Case Files, but this time with a circle skirt. I pulled some red jersey from my stash and a couple of hours later I had myself a new frock!
I think the Nettie is one of my favourite patterns because of how customisable it is! It works perfectly with the circle skirt from McCalls M6755 (which I made earlier this year.) The only thing I’m not totally sold on about this dress is the colour. I don’t actually own anything red so I’m not sure why I pictured this dress like I did. I’ve always been of the opinion that I’m too pale to wear red and looking at that picture, I think I might be right. Also I need my roots done. Sake.
Anyway the dress is great, fits really well, yadda yadda yadda… What I really want to talk about is my adventures in overlocking. I was fairly intimidated by it when I first pulled it out the box. As I mentioned, it was a birthday gift from my parents but I ordered it myself from Sewing Machines Direct which I the same place I bought my sewing machine from last year. I absolutely cannot fault the service of that website. I chose to have the machine delivered to the local shop so I could pick it up rather than miss the delivery and have to traipse to the depot 100 miles away. I bought it on the Friday and it was delivered on the Monday afternoon! The overlocker even came with 14 cones of thread and a big pack of scissors to sweeten the deal, and it was even pre-threaded!
Being a total overlocker noob, I actually watched the instructional DVD which came with the machine several times. I gave it a whirl with the pre-threaded cones and then decided to bite the bullet and have a go at re-threading it. Thankfully the instructions were brilliant and I managed to get it the first time around! With the machine set up with red thread, I whizzed through my dress in absolutely no time at all. The thing didn’t even touch my regular machine as I left the hem and sleeves unfinished. Even attaching the neckband on the overlocker was super simple, albeit I could do with a bit more practice keeping my seam allowances even.
So now that I’ve joined the overlocker army I can’t wait to make all the things!! I want to play about with rolled hems, flatlock stitch and the gathering foot attachment too. Unfortunate I have to wait on the fabric arriving so in the meantime I’ll just be admiring how good my matching machines look in my craft room. swoon