Sunday, April 11, 2010

Friday craft days - put your hand up if you like Fridays!!

So, this was our second week of craft day (with damn Easter ruining last weeks meet up!).

We each had a few projects on the go - but our attention was diverted for the day by the newly discovered Serger (Overlocker), and the words on everyones lips - "differential feed".... 

We'd attended a demonstration the night before on the new Husqvarna sergers.. purely to A) understand what they were meant to be used for (my mother-in-law has very generously loaned me hers for me to learn on) and B) for Hsuey to work out whether one was worth buying (which totally depended on the answer to A). I wasn't sure whether we'd actually learned anything on the night though (although my notes were exceptionally well taken :)) but it turned out the next day - that combining the theory with some playing - made us fall in love with the serger (I know I'm not North American - but Hsuyin is Canadian and that's what she calls it, so I get to call it that too).

So with a little guidance from Kat, a few quick looks in the manual, and some trial and error - we made our first garment on the serger - the 90 minute shirt from Dana at Dana-made-it.

It was definitely a joint effort - I drew it up and cut it out, Hsuey serged most of it - is serged a verb? - and then we both patted each other on the back for the rest of the afternoon.

This was probably the best photo I got of the shirt (the sleeves were a bit too long), followed by my favourite photo of the day:

And here's another 90 minute shirt which I made this afternoon out of one of Simon's FAVOURITE shirts. It was a shirt he got when he bungee jumped 216 mtrs over the Bloukrans River in Africa, and it was torn and threadbare - yet he wouldn't let me throw it out (I guess I do understand that). So instead he agreed that I should make a new shirt out of it, so here's version 2 of the 90 minute shirt.. 

Lola was less than impressed when I tried to drag her outside for this photo.Hence the tear stained face, and the icypole she's got in her mouth which worked as an apology..

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