Do you plan meticulously and only start when you know it's going to work out right?
Or do you just jump right in there, fully clothed, with both feet - not even bothering to take your boots off?
Yup. Me too ;-)
After a week of busy at work, a headful of cold and too much family distraction, I finally found the time to play with the overlocker today.
I thought of my questions retrospectively.....and thought I'd share them with you as you may find them helpful.
1. Will you read the instruction book fully, at least twice and watch the 'instructional DVD' at least three times before even threading your machine?
Nope. I'll thread the machine whilst watching the DVD for the first time, having given the instruction book the most cursory of glances.
2. Will you spend your time wisely, practising all of the machine's functions on a wide variety of fabrics, so that you know what it is capable of?
Nope. I'll spend about ten minutes whizzing up and down straight bits of an old curtain and then get bored.
3. Now that you are ready to start your first project on your machine, will you choose something sensible and straightforward like a handkerchief or a cushion cover?
Don't be daft! I'll remember having read something somewhere on the internets ages ago about how you can use an overlocker to put in a zip and then I'll make a zipped pouch to keep my sock knitting in (without bothering to find the said internet article just to check if its actually true or I dreamt it).
...took ten minutes....only very slightly bodged.....and you can't see the bodged bits!
4. Now that you seem more confident with your new machine, it is time to move on to your next project. Maybe keep it simple,huh? Straight lines? No curves?
Righty -ho, I want to make me a pinafore, to wear with jeans, a bit like the lovely brown linen one that I bought in the sale at that designer place.....Peacocks....with a nice curved neckline and armholes.....and an interlined bodice.
5. Um, good idea. Are you going to take a trip to the fabric shop to choose a nice pattern?
What? Of course not! I'm going to take off the brown pinafore (cos I'm wearing it) and draw round it onto some old wrapping paper!
6. Ah....well maybe you could treat yourself to some lovely new fabric then?
No...no time...need to start this RIGHT NOW....where's that denim duvet cover I got from the charity shop last year?7. Mmmm - could work. How about making it look really lovely with some pockets and maybe some reverse applique or handstitching to give it that 'designer' touch?
Not possible - sorry.....got to finish it in as little time as possible....
8. Have you ever made an interlined sleeveless bodice before?
No but I saw this tutorial for a fabric carrier bag and the principle is the same.
9. Good luck......fool.....
So there nerrrrr - I did it!
A few adjustments made along the way and it fits. I mean, it's not exactly perfectly tailored or anything but the fabric is actually very nice and I can wear it under a big long cardigan!!! The carrier bag tutorial worked brilliantly for the bodice, by the way.
I think it may be time for something more sensible.
How about Wednesday's dinner?
Charlie P has set herself the challenge of trying out one new recipe a week this year. I almost contemplated joining in but just knew I'd buckle under the pressure!
However, in the interests of using up some eggs - 'cos our crazy chickens are still laying when they're supposed to be taking a break - I went googling for a do-able, edible eggy recipe.
I found this one - layered potato with leeks and bacon. The recipe is here.
The small people yum yummed all the way through and Moogsdad and I thought it was delish. I'll be making this one again.
So now, the weekend is almost here. It's felt like a very very long week - not helped by having a stinky cold and a very busy time at work.
We have no plans for the weekend. Maybe a walk? Planning some meals for next week. Possibly a bit of sewing. A touch of rippling and sock knitting...and spending a bit more time enjoying these....
....ooh ooh - and listening to this that my lovely hubby bought back from last night's emergency trip to Tesco for another box of tissues, some wine and some....lady products...if you know what I mean. All he needed to add to that list to make it truly complete was a mahoosive bar of chocolate ;-)
Hope you have a happy and restful weekend xxxxx