All posts tagged: Ovation

Molly Top Hack #SOICITYBREAK

I’d say the majority of the fabric in my stash is in 1-1.5m lengths.  As I’m very lucky and surrounded by lots of real life fabric stores I tend to pick up quite a few bargain remnants when I’m out and about.  These keep my stash topped up and I can usually make a top or skirt from these shorter lengths.  If they’re less than a metre I often have to have a mash up of 2 remnants and let the creative juices flow. Like this cardigan….. boiled wool and a ponte knit….who’d have thought these would have gone together so well: And these 2 pieces of jersey fudged together for a Molly Top: So as you can see I usually have a happy ending when it marry up patterns and fabric. But the Molly Top from SOI has had me almost loosing sleep.  The grown on sleeves just make it that little big too fabric hungry for some of my remnants that are just shouting out to be a Molly.  Like this wide striped ribbed knit I …

Me and O – The Start of Something Marvellous!

Here’s a quickie (with quite a few piccies) about how me and my new assistant O are getting on. Anyone who knows me in ‘real life’ will know I’ve a bit of a thing for instruction manuals.  It drives me bonkers to have something and not know how it works properly, and what all the different functions do.  (hence the hubby still can drive me crazy as his mum lost the manual I was supposed to get when we got married!) So when O arrived I was super excited, had downloaded and read the manual more times than I could remember and felt fairly confident that I could jump in feet first and make something. But I didn’t! Instead I cut some strips of fabric and started from the beginning of the instruction book and began working through the different stitches. As I practiced each stitch I wrote on the fabric what the stitch was, but soon thought this could get a bit disorganised so stuck them onto paper using a regular glue stick. I was able to write …

Cover Stitch Quest Part 2

Can I just say a HUGE thanks to all of you who left comments on Part 1.  They were all invaluable in helping me come to a decision and the links and suggestions took me to some really useful sites. The overall feeling I had from everything I’ve read was that almost everyone loves their Janome Coverpro 2000CPX (and earlier models) and everyone loves their Babylocks (any and every model!). The best write up about the Janome can my found on The Clothing Engineer’s Blog (Thanks Accordion3)  She bought the Janome after having a Babylock Evolve – a combination overlock/coverstitch machine for 9 years.  So she knows both makes. In the middle of all the reading up I kept thinking back to when I first watched the You Tube video of the Ovation.  How much I dreamed of owning one, and how since I make  virtually all my own clothes I could justify buying one.  Especially sewing active wear for the gym, and leisure wear for golf, which are both ridiculously expensive to buy. Thinking of golf, that lead …