I love this time of year. When the weather gets warmer, flowers are blooming, days are getting longer and I can indulge in my favorite Easter candy... Yummy, candy covered malted milk eggs! Oh joy.
Now for the looney part. I have mentioned before my love of vintage sewing machines and I need another one like I need a hole in the head. But this weekend I brought another one home! I can't believe it myself, but as I am writing this I am looking at my new girl Lucinda. She needs some work, but I hope you can look past that and see her in all of her vintage Singer glory.
She is an 1898, model 27 Singer treadle sewing machine, sometimes known as the Sphinx. I have been wanting to learn how to use a treadle sewing machine, for quite some time. I grew up with one in our living room, it was my great grandmothers and the sewing machine that my mother learned how to sew on. I remember playing with the treadle pedal and pretending to sew great things, on that machine. It never had a belt and I don't remember the condition of the actual machine (the cabinet was in great condition). It wasn't as old as this machine. Anyhow, I really looked forward to getting that machine from my mom, this past year I asked my mom if I could have it and found out that she sold it a few years ago, without letting me know. I was heartbroken and very mad at my mom for a while, but realized that I needed to let it go. So in comes Lucinda.
-She came with instructions on how to use all the attachments that originally came with this machine, but Lucinda didn't come with them (they are readily available online).
-Also, the original bill of sale!
I will keep you updated on how her cleaning and tune-up goes. I can't wait to sew something on her!
OMG! Has it been almost two months since I have posted? Where has the time gone and what have I been up to? Geez! I don't have much of an excuse, but I have been concentrating a bit more on some freelance work.
I have always wanted to be the one that keeps a journal religiously, and can look back years later at all my oh so interesting entries. But I have never been good at it and the entries end up feeling way to self conscience and not at all interesting. I guess that is kind of how I have started to feel about my blog. Don't get me wrong, I love blogs! But sometimes I feel like I don't have much to say and don't want to bore you. I need to change my way of thinking about it all and just blog and create things to blog about. So here goes!
On that note, I do have something to share, that was quick, easy and fun. On a recent thrift store outing I found this great pink cashmere sweater for $5! BUT, it was a tad to small, bummer! I held onto it while I finished my shopping, not sure if I should put it back or buy it (I also was holding the exact same sweater in a pale turquoise, that I am kicking myself for putting back). I decided to buy it and figure out what to do with it later. I brought it home, washed it and set about figuring out what to do with it.
Since it was a tad small, I thought, why not make it into a open loose cardigan. So I carefully removed the ribbing at the neck. Just so you know most sweaters (especially ones made from nicer fibers like merino wool, alpaca and cashmere) are fully fashioned. Well, what the heck does that mean? You ask. A fully fashioned sweater means that all the pieces used to make it up are knit to shape (unlike, a tee shirt which is cut to the shape you want), then those pieces are linked together (which is like sewing them together). Anyhow, this means you can carefully take apart most sweaters without the pieces coming unraveled. Just a little tidbit for you to know. Sorry for the tangent. I removed the rib around the neck and cut a straight line up the center front.
Since I cut the center front of the sweater, I needed to finish off the edges somehow, otherwise the garment would start to unravel. I had this vintage fabric with pink flowers, that went with the sweater. So I cut a couple of bias strips to make binding, to finish off the front edges.
Now what to do about the neck and closure of this cardigan... How about a great shawl collar that become the ties to close this puppy up.
Here is a close-up of the shawl collar. It is basically a wide bias band folded over, then I sandwiched the neckline of the sweater between the two layers of the shawl.
WOOHOO! A great new cardigan to bring welcome Spring in.