1930s fashion-  wide legged pants on the Singer 222

What are you working on? With a mile long to make list, this 30s simplicity pattern hit my work table. After some late night cutting I have been progressing it incrementally in tandem with a 1940s house dress by Hollywood. 

These two garments are my first two garments to be made on my 1956 Singer 222 ‘Gidget’. You can see Gidget above with my Singer pinking attachment.

Gidget, truth be told had been sitting idly in her box for decades when I purchased her. Beautiful condition, she was ‘jammed’ but thanks to the fabulous video resources by Carmon Henry at April 1930s, I was able to get into the lower bobbin case assembly and remove one tiny faun thread. Oiled, polished and with a slight belt tension adjustment she is perched on our kitchen table with the glamour of a Jaguar.

Having worked with a Singer 221 since February, I confess I find the 222 wonderful to work with, particularly in terms of having more room to navigate for waist and arm hole seams. It is more than worthy of the love accorded to it by collectors and dressmakers alike.

A long time in coming, below is a photo featuring the black out curtains I made earlier this year with my Singer 99- the fabric was so heavy my husband had to help me support its weight as I guided it through the machine for an even feed. But they turned out very well! 

Birth of a 1940s cover up skirt for Miss 2 (more adventures with my Singer featherweight)

“What do you get when you have a Singer 221, a 50 cent remnant of crisp seersucker, a vintage fashion loving mummy and a toddler who loves the paddle pool…?”

Above: Using the gathering foot

Waistband basted to skirt, gathers adjusted….

Pinning the waistband over the gathers 

Stitching the waistband 

The hem, before being blind stitched by hand. Adjustable hemmer was used for a neat finish on the edges before folding up.

Buttons??? I am leaning towards the blue ducks. 

Note: pressing between each step. 

Sewing a 1940s sun suit or romper with the a Singer featherweight 

Here my trusty Singer 221 can be seen working a buttonhole. My little girl loves to climb up on the chair, prop herself behind me with arms about my neck and watch me work . For buttonholes she will sometimes huddle on my knee as the machine works it’s magic.

This sunsuit will be one of my gifts to my little girl who has her second birthday in a few weeks time. The pressure is on to get such projects finished, get the house looking a bit more orderly and plan a suitable morning tea menu for our visitors. And perhaps a few games to make it more ‘party’ like.

If anyone is interested in sewing lace or more accurately, net curtains with the 221, my adjustable hemming fit was awesome, last weekend. I will caveat that by saying I have two adjustable hemming feet, and one foot kept snagging net on the tooth.   Painstaking… The other was a breeze. So do test before you go hell for leather.

 Love my Singer 221.