Last SaturdayI took the plunge and bought a new sewing machine:

Two Machines at Once!

That’s her on the right. She’s a Pfaff Select 3.0 and her name is Hildy (like Brunhilda, because of the German engineering). The day after the purchase I went over to my friend Maggie’s house for a sewing party. I helped her work through her first commercial pattern and I worked together a wearable muslin of the a-line skirt I drafted at the beginning of the month.

To get the full effect, I need to get an outfit shot, so for now here’s a sneak peak:

Granny Skirt

With the purchase of my machine (from the highly recommended Sew Portland) I also get a 2 hour intro to the machine class, which I haven’t scheduled yet as well as a monthly “new owner” project class for one year.

My first new owner class was the Monday after I bought Hildy and I made this cute little Origami bag.

Origami Bag Exterior

The sewing was pretty straightforward, but the construction is clever (hint: it involves two squares sewn together). And i’m now using it to hold my knitting notions.

Origami Bag Interior

Origami Bag Inside Out

I’m currently in the process of drafting my second piece from Cal Patch’s book, the basic tee – which will require me to try sewing knit for the first time – gulp!! But I’m sure with Hildy at my side I can handle it 🙂

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