The second (and last one I’m planning to make before the big day) outfit for the birthday girl is finished!
I have really enjoyed this short sewing stint, and would love to just continue. However, the rest of my domain is crying for my attention.
This skirt is one of the fastest, simplest skirts I’ve ever made. I just took the fabric, evened up the cut edges, and sewed the selvages (machined edges) together. I then turned down the top and put elastic in, and then hemmed the bottom. Such a skirt wouldn’t wear well on everybody, but for someone as slender as Marie, it will be just fine.
This is a knit shirt. It’s the first time I’ve ever made a shirt out of a knit fabric, and definitely the first time I ever did machine embroidery on a knit. It’s a bit of a different operation to use knit for machine embroidery, but it worked really well.
For those of you who don’t use facebook, I have to confess that I sat down one evening to do a test run of my embroidery machine on a scrap of knit fabric. For two whole hours I tried to do it and it wouldn’t work. The fabric wouldn’t move as it was supposed to and the threads all make a big wad underneath. By the time I had given up, I had tried two different needles, 3 different fabrics, 2 different embroidery designs, a couple different styles of spools, consulted Google numerous times, rebooted my machine at least twice, and read and re-read the instructions for machine embroidery a couple times. I figured my machine was malfunctioning, so I googled a Husqvarna repair shop—-only to find one in Maine. I was ready to cry. Andrew came by, and I asked him to come and just stand very close to my machine to see if that would fix it the same way his mere presence (without even touching it) cures my computer when it’s misbehaving. Within a couple seconds, I saw and realized I had forgotten to set the presser foot pressure dial to #1, which is where it needs to be to use the embroidery unit. What a relief! It worked perfectly after that! I had wasted a lot of time, but at least there was nothing wrong with my machine.
It was too late to finish all this that night, but on Sunday afternoon I put these flowers on the shirt. I did the stems and leaves free-hand, and used the embroidery machine for the flowers.