Added Apr 4, 2009
I’ve had an overlocker for yonks and a year ago I wheedled a super-duper coverstitch machine out of my fella on the proviso neither of us would ever purchase a t-shirt again, and I’d make and swan around in the kind of knit dresses he likes to see me in but that I seldom wear and um, yeah, that didn’t end up happening. The machine just sits there making me feel bad.
Until today!!!! This is my first properly finished knit top. I HAVE tried before but they ended up being wadders. I was REALLY careful this time. I did a lot of deep breathing and sipped many cups of tea to stay calm and not start sobbing and smashing things when it got difficult.
Now tell me, BurdaStylers, what is the secret to your success with indoor photos of your creations? I think they look more sophisticate. I could stand to look more sophisticated! I wanted a nice tasteful blank white background; unfortunately there’s only about six square feet of bare wall at my place. Where are people getting all their blank wall from?!?!?!?!!? I roped the reluctant fella into snapping. We tried to make it work, I was going for that very spare “Real Simple” magazine look they do for their fashion stories, or you know those sorts of quiet-looking close-ups and details like in Japanese sewing books, but instead every pic we took had the abject quality of Terry Richardson portraits or at best, that very stark feel of one of the less-exploitative but still slighty grubby-looking American Apparel product shots. So in the end we just hammed it up and went with it as you can see but any tips on how they could be better would be appreciated. Even the ones on the dressform look dodgy.
Oh ps coverstitch machines are cool, but if you get yourself a twin needle just for your normal sewing machine I think it would look just as good for the bit you sew around the neckline to keep the serged raw edge from flipping… and you can use it for the hem so it’s flexible too. I did a little video showing how right here:
knit with two-way stretch
Simon for taking the photos.
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