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Friday, November 09, 2007

Finished Object Friday: Summer Lovin'

I will spare you the Summer 2007 Sewing Machine Saga, but to make a long story short, the top that I cut out this summer to sew for Amira is finally finished. It took me five months, but that was really two nights of cutting pattern pieces, fabric and elastic, and a day's sewing on my new Bernette sewing machine.

I love this machine. So far, I've owned six machines. One I gave away to someone on freecycle, because I had another that was working and the first needed some repairs, then the second machine had issues that needed to be fixed, and I never had the time to take it in, then I bought and had to exchange a Singer twice, before I said never again. So, I waited, the Bernette went on sale, plus I had a 10% discount for being a homeschooling parent, and there was a $50 rebate. It still cost a little more than the Singer, but I figured it was worth it. Anyway, it works like a dream. The only problems I've had have been because of my lack of skill, the machine does exactly as it should.

So, here is my fourth ever sewn object.

I put the finishing touches on it Tuesday. There was a mistake in the pattern, I'm pretty sure, but I fudged my way through it, and since Amira has long hair, I don't think anyone will notice. The finishing on the inside is rather abysmal, but I'll work on that as I go. I did change a couple things. I made the straps shorter, because as the pattern was, the top wouldn't have covered her chest, they were so long. I think this pattern runs rather large, too, because I did the size three and it has a lot of room to grow for next summer. I also used the scalloped border of this eyelet, so I wouldn't have to figure out the whole hem thing yet. I had to take three pictures of her to get one I could use, because she kept scrunching up her shoulders for joy. She actually said that she was thankful that I made her shirt during prayer time this week. That was gratifying.

I have partners paired up for the November Colorswap, and I will post participants later today.

If you have one or more finished items this week, please sign Mr. Linky below and share all you have made. Your Finished Object(s) can be knit, crocheted, sewn, quilted, tatted, beaded, papercraft, woodwork or any other kind of craft. Show off what you have made! Please make sure you link to the exact post that shows your finished item(s) rather than just to your blog.

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Lovely shirt, and a lovely little girl! :)
I am so glad you finally got a working sewing machine. Now I need to get my busy, Christmas will be here before I am even close to being ready :)

Did you use a McCall's pattern? I've found they tend to run large, Butterick tends to be the wrong proporations for my family. I much prefer Simplicity of the Big 3. New Look is great, but harder to find and almost never on sale.
She looks beautiful in the blouse you made her.
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