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. 

1970s Style -what it cost to sew… 

I always enjoy finding little treasures tucked away in pattern envelopes. This receipt was stowed away by the original seamstress… An interesting record of what it cost to sew a garment in Australia in 1975. Garters Fabric Salon of Canberra sadly closed its doors a few years ago, but the bolts if high end fabrics used to be displayed like candy…!