Sunday 17 January 2016

Pure Experimental

I may not have had a blog post in a while but my thoughts have been with you and my sewing machine. In fact I have had the most wonderful birthday present (back in October) of an OVER LOCKER!!!!! Wow, I was so excited and scared all at the same time.

Using new equipment takes time to get to know it experiment a little or a lot. Well that in itself is challenging when sewing time has been limited. I thought I would very sensibly use a freebie pattern and fabric from the stash. In walks Simply sews Bela dress.

Being an experiment I didn't stick to any sewing rules, I didn't bother with a zip(it didn't need it with a knit fabric) Arm and hem lengths shortened, purely due to making so many mistakes or getting to grips with tensions and stitches.  I feel I have so much to learn, it was lovely using my sewing machine afterwards it felt so comfortable I knew it and what to do. So here is :

Having a over locker has put me so out of my comfort zone and felt rather scarred to use it. Having a stern talking to myself knows that a few smaller projects with room to learn is the only option, also to be brave, something I will have to practice! On the brighter side it has given me a pat on the back and made me acknowledged my sewing machine skills, and that even when totally to plan I love the opportunity to make, and really that is the main point!

My Makes Low Down

  1. To improve on : generally using a over locker.
  2. Didn't go to plan : hemming and shortening the sleeves
  3. What I love about it, the shape of the top half and the fabric
  4. Would I make it again ; no.


  1. Charlotte, so happy you got the new machine. Know that once you get used to it, your going to love it.
    Your dress is really pretty..Looks great on you. happy Sewing.

    1. Thank you Judy, I think getting used to it will be a slow process. In some ways it doesn't matter as I'm having a lovely time sewing again.

  2. Hi Charlotte! Happy New Year! Well done on taking the plunge with the overlocker. I used one once at a friends and it took some getting used to! Good luck with it, I hope you have lots of success.

    1. Happy new year to you too! I'm hoping my success will grow. Thank you. X