Well, more like a new-to-me sewing machine.
Michael found it in the trash over the weekend. I believe it's a Singer 128, a model that had a vibrating shuttle (missing here) instead of a bobbin. This one clearly also had Egyptian sphinx decals, badly eroded. While there's rust everywhere, the machine isn't totally frozen. That said, it had no place in our home. It did not spark joy.
Still, it was nice of Michael to bring it upstairs and it was fun to photograph. I can't save all the discarded sewing machines in the world!
Moving right along, I've started a new sewing project. This time I'm using a men's shirt pattern from one of my Japanese men's pattern books, this one entitled Shirt. (You can find a copy on Etsy here.)
I'm making what looks like a classic 1920's shirt without a collar, just a simple band. In fact, I have an authentic 1920's Butterick pattern with a very similar look.
I spent a few hours today tracing all the pattern pieces in a size Medium. I'm wondering, however, if maybe I shouldn't have traced a size Large. I fear it's going to be snug.
My fabric is a beautiful gray and white cotton stripe. The stipe looks like it was painted by hand, a cool effect.
In other news, I found what I think is going to be Cathy's comeback outfit. It's from 1964, perhaps not fashion's most memorable year (the dying days of postwar elegance), but I think the jacket, at least, is smashing. It should arrive later this week.
And that's it, readers! I hope to make some decent progress on the shirt in the coming days. I know Japanese patterns run small, but how I could possibly be a Large anywhere but Munchkinland is a mystery to me.
Have a great day, everybody!