Hi everyone!

I’ve been really busy lately with non-sewing things, but if you follow me on instagram, you’ve seen a few exciting things re: sewing that have happened lately!

The first is that I made another Staple Dress, this time for my friend Elisabeth for her 30th birthday!

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She looks pretty cute, huh?

I made this one out of a buffalo plaid chambray from Sew L.A.  They are always so helpful!  It turned out super cute, so much so that I actually squeaked a bit when it was finished.  This time I used the elastic thread, which was really fun and worked out quite well!  I also made bias tape from the fabric and used exposed bias tape (as explained here) to finish the neck and armholes.  I thought it would be a cute detail and break up all that plaid!  This was my first time aligning buffalo plaid, which is probably one of the easiest to line up, but I used some tips from Lauren and it worked out great!  I forgot to get a picture of that so you will just have to take my word for it.

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Exposed bias facing!

The second very exciting news is that something I’ve been wanting forever was on super sale, so my boyfriend and I split it as my Chanukah gift!

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Meet Klaus!

This is of course the eponymous Brother 1034D, my very own serger!  Amazon happens to be selling them right now for $180, plus we got free shipping since my boyfriend has Amazon prime.  I knew I picked him for a reason.  I have been thinking about getting a serger for a long time, because I want to sew knits.  I know you can do that on a sewing machine, but everything I’ve seen/read/talked to people about says its much easier on a serger.  Plus it just looks so fancy and professional.  And I couldn’t pass up the great deal!

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I mean just look at how beautiful that is.

I probably won’t do an actual review here, since that’s been covered in a lot of places, but so far I love it with all of my heart.  The first item I’ll be making with it is actually a hoodie for my boyfriend, so stay tuned for that. I also bought the Beginning Serger Sewing class on Craftsy (which is also having a 50% off sale right now, FYI), and I can’t wait to learn more about my serger!  

Ok, that’s all for now.  I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving or Chanukah or weekend!

Until next time,

Karin 

 

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