Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Midwinter inspiration

I've been a bit quiet on runcibledays so far this year, but that should be about to change as this week has shaken me out of hibernation with all sorts of sewing inspiration.

First of all: my shiny new overlocker...

all threaded up and ready to sew...

(Hooray! - and thank you to my kind family and friends who made this happen!).

I'm loving the overlocker with all its chunky dials that go clunk, and its whiff of machine oil. So far I've spent more time threading it than actually sewing, but that's fine because it and I are still in our honeymoon period. And, once threaded, it is gloriously efficient. I'm practicing at the moment by turning a tatty old dressing gown into a heap of lovely fluffy washcloths (so quick, so instantly gratifying, and so good for wiping traces of parsnip off a wriggling baby). As soon as the overlocker and I are feeling confident, though, the first real sewing project will be a re-run of the Sugar City Village Frock. It's all cut out and ready to sew. All those gathers seem to be crying out for a bit of overlocker magic to make the dress beautiful on the inside.

Other exciting news from runcibledays: November's bib tutorial appeared on the Totally Tutorials blog.

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It looked so fresh and appealing in its new setting, surrounded by other lovely things, that I was about to make another bib on the same pattern - but then I spotted this even newer bib tutorial by Amy Dunn at Lots of Pink Here. Amy's version involves a few pins, but is so tempting with its ric-rac, its fluffy backing and its cleverly co-ordinated fabrics that it may have to be the model for my next few bibs. It looks like a cunning way to use up tiny oddments of material as well, and I have plenty of those!

And finally - I have two new books which arrived in the post this week, including one in Japanese: the Girls Style Book. I've been admiring the Japanese sewing books from afar for some time, and decided to take the plunge. All the patterns look beautiful, and the instructions look quite beautiful too. What can go wrong?

Off to do some sewing now...

(I'm posting this without photos in the spirit of just-getting-on-with-it, but will be back later for an edit and a tidy up...)


  1. Oh congrats on the Totally Tutorials feature. That's cool!

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  3. Thanks, Janimal - I was very excited by it! - and thank you to 5starDS also, I'll have to work out how to do that...

  4. Nice! Very happy for you. I think one day I will muster courage for a baby dress. You are very inspiring.
    Asel. :-)

  5. C, I didn't know Toyota makes overlockers. Is that why they can not make cars anymore?...

    Love the picture with overlocked dishclothes, this kind of things really make me happy.