So yes, my sewing machine saga continues. I had a long think about my Nina, and decided that though I liked her, I was not ready to start investing in more machine feet. When I wrote about my new Bernina purchase, Karen suggested I get a walking foot. I went looking for one, and boy was I scandalised by the price. £99? Hell no. All of a sudden, my love for Faffi intensified. You see, Faffi, is a Pfaff Select 4.0, and she comes with the IDT technology, aka built in walking foot. I have really been taking that part of my machine for granted, and just assumed it would be the same in other machines, or even if it wasn’t , the foot won’t be overly expensive. Boy was I wrong. Do you know what £99 can get me? yes, a trip to Paris on the Eurostar, and enough change to go crazy in the Sarcelles Market. True, I have to book my Eurostar ticket early but still….£99? Why thank you Bernina, but I’ll pass. So, tails between my legs, I went back to Pfaff. Yes, the prodigal daughter went back.
I have invested alot of mullah in presser feet for my Faffi, so it made sense to get a machine from the same brand so I could painlessly continue sewing, without killing myself on presser feet. I took Nina back today, and came home with Tarquin.
It is Butterick 5285, and it was relatively easy to sew. If you need an easy skirt pattern, then this should be on your list. Read the instructions before sewing though, because I did not, and then found out I had to install the zip before I made the pleats in the back. So I had to redo them, after putting in the zip. Precious time wasted if you ask me
The fabric I used is a heavy cotton fabric which I bought from one of the shops on Goldhawk road. I think it was too heavy for this pattern. I don’t know, it just feels too stiff. When making it next, I will use a softer fabric, just because I think it will drape better. This fabric holds the pleats well, but I just don’t think I should have used it for this skirt. It feels very home decky. Oh well. Lesson learned.