January for me was not the sewing production line that the holidays were. Life got busy and I had to make a few hard decisions. I decided not to go back to the UK to work this year. That was hard, but my time will come. I decided to do up my unit properly with the aim of selling it early next year. Has anyone ever renovated even in a small way? It is more mentally exhausting than I thought, not to mentioned a money pit. I increased my work hours to pay for it all. In the middle of all that I saw the ideal shack-with-a-view down the coast for a very reasonable price. Oh why now? I wished had come on the market when I was ready instead of when I was not. I spent a lot of energy deciding to buy when the agent emailed me with the information that it had been sold. Next year will be better timing..sell up, buy, rent out, go over seas. You can see why sewing went to the back burner.
Also my Janome has just about died, worn out from 15 years of heavy use. What is 15 in Sewing Machine Years? 110? A servicing revived it but only just, so seeing I am not buying plane tickets or a house in the near future my mind drifts to lovely new sewing machines. Just looking. Stay tuned hehe
My mother bless her, heard my Janome is on the fritz gave me her heavy metal workhorse Singer that she bought in the late sixties. I learnt to sew on that machine. It still stitches better than my now worn out Janome does. My daughter will inherit the Singer, because she loves it too. But at the moment, going from machine to machine I managed to make this top out of pure silk crepe leftovers. The pattern is knock off from one of her tops, a very simple thing that hangs just so.
It folds into an eeny weeny square like this.
I sent her an iPhone photo of the top when finished and she rang back making 'oo oo ah ah' noises. When I turn my daughter into a Chimpanzee I know I've done something good.
Stay tuned. I am sorting out vintage patterns for my February give away!