Sunday, March 29, 2009
It seems the vintage dress can be saved after all. The steps I took yesterday was successful, but the dress was still a little short today, in the back, so I re-pinned it, moistened it, and left it on the ironing board. I will check it again tomorrow, and if the body of the dress seems fine then, I will attend to the sleeves.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Why is it that one repeats the same mistakes, with equally disastrous results? Shouldn't a bell go off somewhere, alerting you to the fact that this will not end well?
What did I do? I got a pretty late 1950's crepe dress from my aunt, which I was considering wearing tonight. Upon inspection I noticed a largish stain on the front of the dress, and in stead of pausing to consider the condition of the last vintage dress I tossed in the machine (which shrunk considerably, and lost its shape), I decided that it probably would be fine if I washed the dress on a 30 degree silk program.
The dress came out of the washer some 2 - 3 inches shorter that it was before washing...
I have now pinned it into shape on an ironing board, steamed it very lightly, and I am just hoping the damage will be undone this way.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I got this really marvelous Singer sewing machine as a gift from my mum in law; it's a low shank Singer, and as strong as they get. It will chew through several layers of denim without any sign of hesitation, stop, or painful sounds, all of which I was used to from my new Singer, which looked good, but was quite frankly not that great.
I have been browsing e-bay for a ruffler, and finally found a lot of attachments for singer low shank, and I thought, heck, I'll make a bid for it, even if I don't know how to use most of them. The seller listed the items in the lot, and driven by curiosity I did a search for some of the names, and I found this site, which lists every conceivable attachment for the Singer feather weight, which is also a low shank machine. This list is really great, as there are detailed instructions on how to use these mysterious looking attachments. Turns out I made a bargain :oD
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
I have decided to move my blog from blogdrive to blogspot, as it's easier to manage with blogspot, and hopefully I can post more pictures to the blog without running out of space.
Now I need feedback. Do you guys like the new layout?
For comparison please visit the original blog, and let me know what you think.