The fabric silliness continues with this Halloween themed dress, because Halloween is definitely my favourite holiday.
I'd wanted to make a Simplicity 2444 dress, but the bodice needed tweeked, and I couldn't be bothered. So this bodice is the By Hand London Anna bodice (how many of these have I made?!), and the skirt from Simplicity 2444. I don't think I've put these two together before, but I will be doing it again.
My fabric is some cotton called "Day of the dead roses and skulls" and was from a seller called "The Cheap Shop" on ebay. It was £6.60 per metre, and is 57" wide - I bought 2 metres.
Here's a close-up of the fabric so you can see the details. I don't think these skulls are too creepy/in your face. There's not much to say about the construction, so let's talk about the machine I used.
I seem to have acquired quite a few sewing machines now, some belonged to my Grannies (here and here), and some I've bought. It seems my machine of choice is Elna, as I have two new Elna sewing machines and an overlocker, and I also have an Elna from the 1970's that was my Granny's.
Probably my favourite of my old machines is my Singer 306k because I love that it does more than a straight stitch, and I love how it works with the little cams. Well, Elna made a similar machine around the same time, the 1950s, which is the Elna Supermatic. I'd been on the lookout for one for a while, and got this one on Ebay during the summer.
This one had five cams with it, and they go into the top of the machine. The cam rotates as the machine runs, and the shape around the edge of the cam moves the needle to create the stitch.
The stitch length selector is on the right, and the needle position is 0-4 along the bottom. Here are my experiments with some of the cams.
It doesn't have any measurement markings on the foot plate, so I used some masking tape and a marker pen.
Also, it doesn't have a foot pedal, instead it uses a knee bar to control the machine. As it's name suggests, you push it with your knee to make the machine run. The further over to the right, the faster the machine goes. It's actually very easy to use, and I find it easiest of all my old machines to control the speed on.
This machine is very conveniently dated on the bottom as 8th October 1954. Wish the old Singers were so easy to date! I'd love to know if anybody else has a Supermatic, and if so, what do you think of it?