Gigot Sleeve Dress

I had a good day yesterday, despite it being my third day of three hours or less of sleep per night. I got in a short but enjoyable walk with a friend yesterday, sold off all of my bolts of Moda Bella solids, and bought some fabric to try sewing Thimbles and Acorn’s gorgeous little Gigot Sleeve dress.

My purpose for wanting to try this dress is to challenge myself utilizing some of the specialty presser feet on the vintage Singer machines. I’ve always been a diehard Bernina girl, and what makes them so great are their fabulous presser feet. There isn’t a manufacturer in the world, present day or in the past, that engineered presser feet like Bernina does.

I feel good about my decision to sell my Bernina 740, and a bit nervous about what I’ll be losing in the process, but I’m fairly confident that I have enough sewing skills to overcome using lesser tools. Part of me is excited about the challenge! But I’m also enjoying how much fun Jim is having.

I have three vintage Singers set up in my sewing room now, they are all little beauties, and Jim has them running in tip top form. I have decided to keep my embroidery machine, and my older Bernina 430 with her huge collection of presser feet, just in case there is a task I can’t accomplish with a vintage setup, but she’ll be packed in her luggage system and only pulled out if needed, or for the occasional sew.

These are the fabrics I picked to make the dress with. The linen colored solid will be the main fabric, and the red is for accents, and possibly one ruffle.

My goal for the next week is to sort out the accessories I plan to sell with my Bernina 740, and price it out. I hope to have it listed for sale in another week or so.

CJ Tinkle

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  1. Diane Obernesser

    What embroidery machine do you have? I’m assuming that it is a stand-alone embroidery machine. How big is your design area?

    1. tinksquared

      I have the Bernina 700. Stand alone, yes. I am not a fan of combination machines. It’s 8 x 15.

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