Christmas means a lot more to me now that I can ask for presents I really want. You know what it’s like on reaching a certain age. When asked what your wish list is, you wave a hand through the air. ‘Oh, you know… Just get me something.’ But when a hobby hoves into view, suddenly your requests become much more specific!
This year I asked for new scissors. The pair I’d bought from John Lewis when I first started sewing just weren’t cutting the mustard any more – even after a sharpening at MacCulloch & Wallis.
My sister didn’t disappoint. She gave me 10 inch shears from Merchant and Mills. I’m particularly thrilled with them because they’re forged from Sheffield steel – I grew up very near Sheffield and am well aware of the city’s rightful pride in its age-old steel industry.
Another lovely gift – this time totally unexpected – was made for me by my mother. I’m calling it the ‘Table Top Pincushion Pocket Thingamebob Of Uber Usefulness’. If you can think of a snappier name, let me know!
Table Top Pincushion Pocket Thingamebob Of Uber Usefulness
Look at this beauty! Its weighted with a tile sewn into the base. It sits on the edge of your sewing table and acts as a pin cushion, with a dangling pocket for seam rippers, thread snippers, measuring tapes – whatever you want. You could even use the pocket as a thread catcher. I’ve managed to find a tutorial for something similair here. I can definitely attest to its usefulness!
Now, on to the FAIL. The red double knit fabric photographed with my new shears was destined to become a New Look 6000. Specifically, my hope was that it would become a rip off/homage/copycat version of Handmade Jane’s dress here.
Despite a tricky yet successful FBA adjustment, this is not to be. Why?
- I didn’t toile first. I could have easily afforded to go a size smaller. The back dress section is way too big and I took the side seams in again and again and again. There’s a point at which you realise there’s only so much adjustment you can do.
- Double knit is not my friend. A surprising admission. Cosy, easy to sew – what’s not to like? But on a figure-hugging dress like New Look 6000, it just doesn’t work for me. I mean, I could make it work, if I fancied living in Spanx every day I wore this dress. But I am of the belief that Spanx is just a modern form of torture aka the corset. Seriously – we fought for equal rights, in order to squeeze our bodies into shrunken sausage skins? I’m half jesting and I write this as an owner of a pair of Spanx. I don’t mind them on the rare (very rare) occasion, but I’ll take comfort any other day. Which means I need to choose my outfits and fabric choices with discretion. After two (or is it three?) fails with double knit, I’m throwing in the towel.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the double knit? Have you had good experiences with shears? Do you own a Table Top Pincushion Pocket Thingamebob Of Uber Usefulness? And, most importantly of all, what did you get for Christmas?