I’m all over green .. it’s my favourite colour. But as far as my sewing adventures go, it’s the only colour and that’s due to my new acquisition – the Janome 9200D overlocker.
A thing of beauty and a source of pain. After three hours learning how to change the threads on the darn thing, I’ve come to the conclusion that everything should be overlocked in green and will be fully cementing our relationship before venturing into other hues.
I happened upon the Hemingway Designs fabric range in the John Lewis January sales. Back then, I was drowning in calico samples, so buying two and a half metres of ‘Green Tulips’ felt like an aspirational step too far. But fast forward four months and I’ve made a dress I would happily paint the town green in. With my predilection for all things A-line, the Simplicity 1609 1960’s vintage dress pattern was a natural first choice.
In light of numerous adjustments to my A-line skirt, I cut on a size 14 which resulted in far less alterations to my toile – a smidge off the shoulders, side seams and a fraction added to the hip. I also lowered the neck but this was purely a stylistic preference.
My college course is coming to an end and this dress pretty much encapsulates my learning to date: seams; darts; interfacing, facing, under-stitching, zips, overlocking, hems and patterns demystified. I’m soon to start sailing this ship alone, hence the blog and a desire to connect with fellow stitchers. Green may be the colour of envy and greed but for me it’s emblematic of new beginnings and what promises to be my most enduring relationship to date.