Reconstructions, Sewing Machine and Iron

It has been an eventful and thrilling week. I have a variety of items and some news to share with you.

Custom Reconstructions

I wanted to show some reconstructions that I just finished for a gal on Etsy. She sent the dresses to me and gave me complete creative license to transform them. The only requirements were that the tops of the dresses be made from stretch knit materials, and that the dresses have a waistline.

Here is what two of the dresses looked like before.

I don’t have a before picture for the one with the panda print, but it was just a basic spaghetti strap, straight tank dress.

Anyway, here are the after pictures. There were a few finishing touches that still needed to be done when I took the pictures. So, if you see any strings hanging, etc, that’s why.


This one has such a fun, retro feel to it. I love it!

Sewing Machine

My new sewing machine arrived in the mail yesterday, and she is one of the loveliest things I have ever seen. She sews with fervor, she is a beast of a machine (exactly what I needed), and I think I’m in love.

I have been saving up for a new machine for a while. I needed an upgrade because of the amount of sewing that I do. Originally, I was going to purchase a Pfaff Expression 2.0, but I missed my chance on the only one listed anywhere online (it was on eBay). Anyway, I found this gal on eBay too. The machine is a Creative 2.0, without the embroidery unit. I can’t believe what a great deal I got on this machine; eBay is one of the best inventions, ever.

Look at the size difference between the machines! The work space on the Pfaff is outstanding.

The reason I wanted to purchase a Pfaff is because they are solid machines. They also have IDT (Integrated Dual Transport), which makes for a smooth and even feed of whatever fabric you’re working with. There is a built in walking foot that snaps down behind the foot, and the fabric is pulled evenly from both the top and the bottom.

One of my biggest struggles has been sewing knits on my old machine. No matter what I do, the tension is never right and the fabric jams easily in the dogs. Well, this machine pulls knits through with no problems and the stitches are perfect! Not only that, it automatically back stitches, ties off and cuts the threads. 😀

I was so excited after I tested my first few sets of fabric swatches on this machine that there was actually adrenaline pulsing through me.

Yep, I’ve got some real issues, but it’s not that bad, right?

It’s not like I’m a crazy cat lady, or something?

OK, so maybe there are some similarities. I do hope to one day have a large collection of machines to take care of, and I would rather stay home and play with my machines then go out, or watch TV.

I have yet to name this new pet, but once I do I’m sure it’ll slip into a post somewhere.

It is sad to put my little Singer in the backseat. She has gotten me through many projects. We’ve had moments of joy and satisfaction, moments of defeat and frustration, and moments of complacency and indifference. Through it all, she has always been my trusty little sewing machine that could.

Alright that’s enough of my “Ode to Betsy.” She will still get attention here and there, believe me. She definitely still has her uses.

Pressure Iron and Steamer

Yesterday was without question, one of the most exciting days of the year for me. I received not only my sewing machine, but the Rowenta Pressure Iron and Steamer that I won in the Burdastyle contest back in December.

This iron is beautiful, and I can see a long and fulfilling partnership ahead.

With the arrival of these two new toys, I may disappear into my temporary basement lair for a while.

House Update

We finally received an executed contract for the home we’re buying, last Friday. The house is a foreclosure, and we are purchasing it “as is.” It’s is a fixer-upper, which is what we wanted. There is a lot of work that needs to be done that we already know about and are ready to get our hands dirty to fix. But, we want to make sure that we have the opportunity to raise objections to anything that is too serious a problem for us.

That said, we were supposed to have the home inspection this week and raise any objections and/or back out of the contract within the time-frame the seller wanted. However, neither the seller nor the listing agent seems to be capable of figuring out when the property will be de-winterized. We’ve already had to reschedule the home inspection twice now. Yesterday we weren’t notified until half-hour before the inspection (by email, no less) that the property still wasn’t de-winterized.

Anyway, this just illustrates how frustrating the whole process has been. I know I haven’t given too many details, but the past several weeks we’ve been dealing with this same type of behavior. When we are done with this first-time home buying experience, we may well have tackled the worst home buying experience as well.

I wanted to at least share a picture of the front of the house with you. I’ll take more (of the inside, etc) whenever we have the home inspection.

As you can see, she is in need of some attention. I can’t wait until we can bathe and groom her. Haha!

About Becca

I am a self-taught seamstress, and I love to create unique women’s clothing. This blog is a record of the hodgepodge of sewing projects that occupy my time. Reconstruction projects are my favorite, but I also create clothing from my own designs using both recycled and new materials.
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20 Responses to Reconstructions, Sewing Machine and Iron

  1. Aunt Anne says:

    I relate, Becca! And I feel a little burst of jealousy……hmmm… sorry. (About the equipment)
    LOVE the house ~ can’t wait to see the inside. (but you are too far away )>:)

  2. GA says:

    How exciting!!!! I love the machine, the iron and especially the house!! Wish we were there to help you give it a bath. Oh, and the dresses are cute also. 🙂 Love you, GA

    • I wish you were here too. I’ve been missing all of you a lot lately. 😦 On the bright side, it’ll probably be all fixed up and pretty when you do make it out here. So, I guess that’s not so bad. 🙂 Love you too!

  3. lladybird says:

    pfaff’s are the greatest! i have a pfaff creative (7570) and i love it like i would love my own child. they retain their value pretty well, too – i bought used mine over 4 years ago and they are still going for the same price i paid for mine, which wasn’t cheap.

    and that house is adorable!

    • They are fabulous! I can understand your devotion to your machine. It’s good to know that they retain their value. I guess I made a good investment too. Thanks for reading and for the sweet compliment about the house. 🙂

  4. Sarah Lewis says:

    Looks like a lovely home. I like dormers!!

  5. Janice Hunter says:

    Oh my Goodness! Your house is so very cute! Can’t wait to see it all fixed up with your personality! Hope it all goes along smoothly now so you can start getting your hands dirty. :o)

  6. K2 says:

    Congrats on the new house and new sewing machine. I love the adorable dormers on the house.

  7. Trudy Callan says:

    Your home is so beautiful. Congratulations.

    You did such an amazing job on the reconstructions.

    Thank you so much for wishing me congratulations on my pregnancy. I will try to get some baby bump pictures posted in the next week or so.

  8. Tim Laffoon says:

    How’s Alex coping with the competition? Or for that matter, the adrenaline is probably creating a similarly ebullient effusion of anthropomorphism in verbal form – are his ears bleeding yet?

  9. Lisa S says:

    It’s all great news, and the house is just adorable. Congratulations

  10. Nancy says:

    Wow, that new machine looks awesome! Mine is more like your old one. I think I’m going to start saving my pennies for a new one!

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