This is my latest Tilly And The Buttons Lilou mash-up that I mentioned in my last post. You'll be pleased to know that I think I've got Lilou out of my system for the time being, as I'm not planning any more - at the minute! This one is my second mash-up of the Lilou skirt and By Hand London's Anna bodice - the first one is here.
To be honest, I'm not really in love with this, but it's because of the fabric. It's from the By Hand London Kickstarter to fund printing fabric, but the fabric is quite crispy. I washed it when I got it; then, once the dress was finished, I soaked it in fabric softner and washed it again. It helped a bit, so hopefully it will soften more after a few washes.
It's a lovely dress though, and went together without a hitch. I cut it all out on a single layer, and am delighted with the print matching on the back. And what's not to love about all the bright colours?! I think I'll take it in a bit more at the waist though.
And talking of lovely things - want to see what I got on Friday? Of course you do!
It's Singer Featherweight 221K. Long term readers may remember my post about my other Featherweight. That one belonged to my Dad's Mum; this one belonged to my Mum's Mum. It turned up in my Great Aunt's house, and we didn't even know that she still had it until recently. My Mum kept it to show it to me, and was then going to throw it out because the light is broken, and she thought that I wouldn't want it cluttering up my house. How wrong was she!!!
A bit of googling tells me that it is a 221K4, and it's from 1952. The light is broken (I'd already unscrewed it when I took the photo above), and there are some exposed wires in the foot pedal; but I threw caution to the wind, plugged it in, and it worked (and didn't fuse the whole house)! Andrew is going to re-wire it for me, so hopefully it will be working properly soon. Below is a little video of it in action that I posted on Instagram, you can see the light fitting hanging down at the front. This caused quite a bit of excitement from my family!
I am absolutely thrilled with it, and am very lucky to own two lovely Featherweights.
Tomorrow is a bank holiday here in the UK, so I am off work. Hurray! I have sewing plans, but the spirit (and weather) have been moving me to tidy up the garden over the weekend, so I might do a bit more of that.
Have a great day whatever you're up to.