Just as I was about to complete a dress for next week’s Sew Weekly and get it ready by Saturday so that I have a new dress to wear for a date can have the photographs taken, my Singer decides to fail on me! The bobbin case popped out, and I can’t seem to put it back in.


Update 8/2/12

It’s official: time for a new machine!


Bye-bye Rose;


This is the Chanel-inspired skirt which I made sometime last year. It is a simple circle skirt, made from a gorgeous piece of fabric – rose skin/silk – and a rosette skirt band. There weren’t photo updates of the final product because it wasn’t the most flattering skirt I’ve made. It sits on a awkward part of my body, neither the waist nor the hip and exposes the ugly fats. The gathers were rather uneven: blame it on my amateur skills then.

Circle skirts (halfs included) aren’t the best skirts to sew. Since the fabric is cut on bias, the waist tends to expand and you may end up gathering at the waistline to get the original measurement. My suggestion is to either take in 1-2 inches from desired measurement, or sew a running stitch on the waistline immediately after cutting. You have to be exceptionally careful not to pull the fabric when running the stitch if you choose the latter.

Anyway, the zip on my skirt failed me today (the zip had some problems when I attached it to the skirt). Yay! I can officially retire it with a valid reason. I wouldn’t discard the skirt per se but try to alter it when I have the time. Maybe shorten and take it in at the waist. The fabric and rosette (which was rather expensive) are too precious to be discarded!

Holey satin;

This is probably the first major mishap of my sewing journey. Major because I had to re-cut the entire half of the bodice. I had other minor errs like unaligned zippers, mis-matched interfacings, small holes created accidentally and such, but I NEVER had something as serious as this! I actually burned a large hole in my satin!!!

Lesson learned:
1. Iron satin on low heat
2. Iron over a piece of cloth
3. Spray some water on the fabric before ironing