Sorry about the slightly-longer-than-intended cliffhanger. Do you remember, I was telling you about my good friend Nicky popping over? She brought her nan’s sewing machine round and after our fix of bacon rolls, we took the scientific approach of twisting all the knobs and reading the manual (while pointing) in a two-WOman effort to get it working. We think this machine might be from the sixties and it is immaculate. So shiny, so mechanical, so solid – it reminds me a bit of some kind of retro drinks machine from an American diner – I was totally smitten!
After several failed attempts and penny-dropping moments, we finally realised that we were stuck in buttonhole mode. Once we fixed that, we were off and away. I love this victory photo featuring the celebratory dance! The machine was surprisingly quiet and it sewed perfectly.
Nicky’s sewing lesson was underway and there were more fist pumps, hi-fives, whoop-whoops and cups of tea to be had – total rock ‘n’ roll. After mastering straight lines, we progressed to pivots, curved lines and just a few hours later Nicky completed her very own Love at First Stitch Margot pyjama bottoms.
Here’s a close-up of the fabric. It’s a Riley Blake cotton from The Creative Sanctuary. Nicky had a beautiful bicycle like these at her wedding last year so it was the perfect fabric choice!
Meanwhile I’ve started work on a kaftan/beach cover-up made from…a net curtain and some pom-poms! I’ve drafted my own pattern so it’s a bit of an experiment but I just can’t bring myself to pay £35+ SHAME ON YOU HIGH STREET SHOPS!
I won’t ask if anyone else is going for a net curtain/pom-pom combo this week as I suspect it’s unlikely – but what are you sewing?
In snacking news, I made a Battenberg cake from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible. What a fun thing to make and it was a lot easier than I anticipated. What I didn’t predict was just how much the nation is divided by marzipan. It turns out it’s the sweet version of Marmite and you either love it or hate it! So, go on, which camp are you in?