I went along to my sewing class this week with two goals in mind: Set in the sleeves of my jersey denim dress and figure out button holes. Both of these scared me a bit, but if ever there was a time to master them, it was under the watchful eye of Brenda, my teacher.
She inspected and approved my pinning. I used most of the pot of pins on the two sleeves, I was determined that those beauties were not going anywhere!
Mini Ta Da number 1: A pair of perfectly set in sleeves! I am pretty pleased to say the least.
Next on to button holes. My machine is pretty simple and has a 4-stage button hole setting. It took Brenda and I a while to figure it out on some scrap fabric, but after a bit of practice... Mini Ta Da number 2: My first truly successful button hole.
And just to prove that it wasn't a fluke...
I left the class having done three and feeling pretty confident. Yesterday instead of doing the things I was supposed to be doing, I couldn't resist and finished off the other three and added the buttons.
And here we have it: Ta Da!
Once again Dorothy was doing a marvellous job of modelling for me while I took pictures but I did have a go at taking a selfie or two in the mirror. Warning: I am extremely bad at this.
Lets go back to Dorothy who doesn't need to remember to hold the camera out of the way, try and press the buttons without wobbling, focus, stand well and not scowl all at the same time.
So onwards and upwards... I was pondering on what my next project should be when a friend sent me some patterns her mum had collected including this one. I am going to make a long tunic/short dress (have you spotted a theme here?) in this lovely fabric. It is a pretty simple pattern but includes making and using your own bias binding, something I have never mastered. I am hoping that the talented Brenda will be able to sort that one out for me too.
No sewing for me today though, it's off to strip I go... Strip wallpaper that is. Off the ceiling. Yuck!