I always seems to stumble upon the most beautiful sewing machines around xmas time. Last year it was my singer 221 featherweight. This year it is a gorgeous class 15 in a bentwood box that is 20 inch long! It was $25 with a full box of original attachments. My other bentwood is only 16….this one is big & heavy (40 lbs?) but in such great condition. Think I will do a bit of quilting – since this one is set up in the middle of the living room, with no plans to relocate.
I have decided to make the Butterick 7731 pattern (1956) for the Fall For Cotton Challenge in September. There is a story behind this choice. At the beginning of summer, I received a call from a guy who wanted to know if I wanted a sewing machine that use to be his moms. When I picked it up, he also handed me a box of patterns – at least 60 plus patterns.
Brian gave me a picture of his mom and the bill of sale for the sewing machine which was bought in 1952 for $104 dollars. I can’t fix this 3/4 size seamstress machine…it’s missing a few parts and needs a new motor. It is the only machine out of the 20 I have repaired that remains dormant. I have beautiful picture of Joan who is the seamstress behind the machine. Her patterns mostly range in the 1960s but there are a few 50s and 70s in the mix. This Butterick 3371 pattern was purchased at the Simpson Sears building downtown in the mid 50s. I remember going to this department store with my mom as a kid. It is the 5 story building on the right.
I really like the collar and the cuffs on this top. The pattern states it has an Italian flair. If all works as planned, I will try to incorporate the vintage buttons Nikie mailed me for the Sew Weekly Reunion notion swap from the UK.
This machine came to me in rough shape. I tried oil to clean but the old oil was so thick and discolored I ended using steel wool!
She looks great and sews even greater. The tension is perfectly set now and am surprised at how quiet she is. I was going to fix up and give away, but after an entire day of cleaning this clone is going to stay here! The cabinet is beautiful too. I might paint a linen wash on the bottom half of the cabinet but something is stopping me from doing it. I have a hard time painting natural wood.
I downloaded the Collette Sorbetto tank top. It was my weeknd project. http://www.coletterie.com/colette-patterns-news/free-pattern-to-download-the-sorbetto-top
What inspired me was another bloggers post about 7 days of the Sorbetta. She added sleeves which was a big deal for me, plus I loved her 20s dress version too. Surprising how many ways a simply (2 pattern peices) can turn out – with a little imagination.
The fabric I chose for the top was a sheet set I had when I was a kid…so that unfortunately makes it 35 years old. The fabric has a wonderful worn feel, but the design was something I remember from being a kid in kindergarten. My favorite design I sparingly used for the bias collar, hem, and small strip down the front. Just could cut large chunks out of yet!
I still have to sew the buttons on…they are just pinned. Was waffling on which to pick, but the I will stick to these white ones I got at the estate sale last week.
How lucky. I picked up a box tonight with at least a hundred vintage patterns: simplicity, mccalls, and vogue. Mostly size 12! Just looking thru I would guess primarily 60s style. It will be fun going thru them all.
I think I could be official called a ‘hoarder’ now.
The patterns I dont keep, I will use the pattern tissue to wrap my families homemade gifts in!
I spent the morning cleaning, oiling, and fixing this beautiful machine. It sews at such a quiet volume and has a variety of stitches, including hem & zig-zag. I heard this machine is known as ‘My Fair Lady’ and was released at the 1964 Worlds Fair. Doesn’t remind me much of a lady…more of a 60s car with all the chrome details.
The easy pattern can be found on this blog.
I think this video is the best…lots of ideas for wearing it.
I cut this the length of the dress and 12.5 inches wide and had two pieces. Sew the two together at the short ends. Decorative stitched all the way around. Wet and knotted up. Will be a great airy crinkly summer scarf.