I calculated that we are buying the girls about three swimsuits per summer at $20 a pop so I thought I’d try my hand at sewing swimsuits and see if it’s a viable option. It’s fun to sew things that get used all the time.
Raglan sleeves and simple shorts with snazzy silver polka dots. It was a cinch. Fun and easy. (No elastic!)
Except that my sewing machine doesn’t work. It tries to but it’s just pretending, mocking me with its illusion of competency. Skipped stitches, tangled bobbin threads. Much veggie swearing. Also, much seam ripping. (When I said it was easy and fun, I’m kind of talking about how I envision it would be without mechanical errors).
I have my eye on a new machine. A real machine. The Bernina 1008 that a surprising number of my favorite sewing bloggers use comes well recommended. It’s pretty pricey. Pretty and pricey. My birthday is not until February–it’ll take at least that long to save up.
But I just got the Cambie dress pattern in the mail and I’m dying to make it. I’ve had a vintage sheet (white with yellow flowers, so pretty!) squirreled away for just such a dress as this. But am I going to make it with a machine that sews a faulty seam? Am I?
Of course, I need to buy a new bra before fitting the Cambie. Bra shopping could very well take me four months. HA! Look at Kiri! Diving in head first when no one’s watching!
I’m pretty sure she was just trying out one of Levi’s tricks. She can keep up with this guy. She’s gutsy and adventurous. All in an understated way (see above photo of unobserved dive).