That sounds like the title of a fairy story! But unlike a fairy story, this was happy from beginning to end.
One day, before Christmas, I was on my tea break in work, and suddenly felt the need for a red wool dress. So I did what any sensible sewist would do, and opened up ebay on my phone! About 10 minutes later I had found this end of bolt of red suiting - there was 1.7 metres, and it was £9.99 with free postage. And obviously it would have been rude not to click on buy; so that's what I did!
The inspiration for the dress itself came from Amy at Almond Rock's red Butterick 5748, and Lara from Dreaming Of Avonlea's red velvet dress. I was tempted to try to re-create the V at the front of Amy's dress, but was a bit scared of trying to sew the bottom of it! But I shamelessly copied the scoop back from Lara's dress.
Sadly, I stupidly forgot to stablise the scoop back other than to stay stitch it, and it gapes a bit. I really should have eased some twill tape or seam binding in; but, hey, I can't see it when I'm wearing it!
The bodice is lined with some unknown something from my stash. I'm guessing it's acetate or polyester, but I have absolutely no recollection of buying it.
The photos of me wearing it are closest to the real colour. It looks quite orange in the photos on the dress form, but is really a rich red in real life. The bodice is self-drafted, but is not unsimilar to the By Hand London Elisalex dress; the skirt is my good old half-circle skirt.
And that's really all there is to say about it, so I though I'd show you what I sewed it on - it's my little featherweight. I think I might have mentioned this before, but I definately talked about my big featherweight here. My big featherweight came from my Dad's Mum, and my little featherweight came from my Mum's Mum. Both of my Grannies sewed, and actually both worked as stitchers in the shirt factories in Belfast.
The little featherweight is a 221k4 from 1952. I got it nearly two years' ago when it was found in my great Aunty's house (my Granny's sister); and I got it serviced, so it works beautifully. It only does a straight stitch and you can change the stitch length, and that's it!
I honestly have so much respect for my Grannies sewing on these machines! I loved using this, and will definately be using it more. Even though it's really small, it's quite heavy (who named them featherweights?!), and it felt like it was bolted to the table - it seriously didn't move 1 millemetre. Also, it makes the loveliest sound when it's sewing! I have to thank Shirley from Squirrel's Knitting Conquests for inspiring me to use it.
It doesn't even have any measurements on the footplate for the seam allowances, so I improvised with some masking tape and a marker pen. Below is the stitch length selector, and I had to google how this works. The numbers are stitches per inch, so the larger the number, the smaller the stitches.
I'll leave you with some photos enjoy. Has anybody else been using an old machine lately?
Have a great week,