Good news and bad news. First, the bad news: my sewing machine broke yesterday and the two closest repair places are (1) closing down, (2) on vacation as of today, and back in a week to work through their backlog. There are at least a couple of places left in the area, so I’ll keep calling.
I don’t know yet how serious the issue is. The machine suddenly seized up mid-seam and displayed an error code indicating that there was a thread tangle. I went in with a screwdriver and found no tangled threads. But the handwheel feels locked up and I can’t get in there myself to see what is actually the matter.
The good news: I got a tripod for my real camera and am ditching the phone. No more photos taken with a potato, at least if I can help it. So to take my mind off the sewing machine tragedy (cue sad violin), I decided to make the most of the three rays of sun that broke through the clouds today.
I give you another glimpse into my obsession with the Laurel pattern: all the tops I made from it so far.
By the way, I had a lot of fun cropping my head out of these photos — not showing your face ups photo usability. One less thing to worry about.
First up, the latest top:
I went up a size for this one. After wearing it a few times I really feel it was a good decision because this rayon from Cotton and Steel, while really lovely, is also kind of peculiar. The Scout tee I cut out in it feels smaller than one I made in a more loosely woven rayon, and both were cut out in the same size.
Once again, I went for a slit on the upper back, but this time with a fabric-covered button and a rouleau loop. The loop took me a hundred years — it was my very first one.
Now the “oldies” that I have sketched and posted about. Hey, after all, it’s a Thursday, so throwback time:
the black one with a Peter Pan collar, a blouse that doubles as a lint roller (fabric: Cambridge cotton lawn from Robert Kaufman)
the blue one with back ties (fabric: mystery thrift find, drapey)
the one with cutouts inspired by the Datura top from Deer and Doe (fabric: Robert Kaufman cotton lawn)
The skirt in the last four photos is based on the Meringue pattern from the Colette Sewing Handbook. It’s been in heavy rotation since I made it last fall. No scallops for me, thanks, but I added a lining. The corduroy was a great thrift find, bought together with that blue fabric and whatever else I fit into a bag for $15. There wasn’t much of it so I was lucky that I was able to squeeze out the skirt and the little pocket.
More Laurels to come most likely — especially if I can figure out new details or hacks. I don’t know about you, but I really like the comfort of coming back to a pattern I’ve already fitted and sewing it up again. It’s the opposite of what I enjoy about knitting, where it’s novelty that keeps me going.
What are your go-to patterns? Or do you prefer the thrill of a new challenge?