So it's official--as I feared last night, my lovely Husqvarna Viking Platinum 730 is Not Sewing Right.
In fact, she's having the same issues that my mother's Viking had a few weeks ago before it went in for a tuneup: the stitches are skipping and the bobbin threads are pulling to the top no matter WHAT tension setting I use, on both straight and zigzag stitches. I tried every possible stitch length and tension setting on a nice piece of plain muslin but no dice. And the slightest tug on the top thread pulls the stitches right out.
I'll take her in for repair this weekend, but since the mini-wardrobe contest deadline is next Wednesday, my original wardrobe contest plan is Not Possible. I can probably do the cardi/jacket almost entirely by serger (if I can figure out a clever way to finish the edges and hem?), but I can forget the shirred full reversible skirt and Parfait dress, since they both require extensive gathering.
I'm bummed out, but as my Bobie says "What can you do?" Right--what CAN I do? I have several backup options. First, as a refresher, here's the original storyboard:
- Skirt adjustment: Replace the shirred yoke at the top of the reversible skirt with a yoked waist made of ribbing--I have some nice black (and purple) lycra rib knit in the stash just for such purposes. This is how most maternity skirts are made, anyway. And I could do it easily on my serger, then handsew the hem. Sort of like this RTW example, but knee-length and with a much deeper yoke:
- Cardi adaptation:Maybe I just need a creative way to finish the edges of the cardi jacket without a sewing machine--I suppose this means I need the collar after all. As for the hem and sleeves... well, I do love a rolled hem.
But... what about the darts? I can sew them by hand, but I don't trust the strength of my handsewing on knits...
Another possibility: this Kwik Sew pattern from my stash--with a self-fabric belt, View A could maybe do the trick (though I have to look at the construction to see if I can do it sans conventional machine):
- Dress dilemma: This is the hardest one. I have many lovely knit dress patterns in my stash, and some gorgeous dress-weight purple rayon lycra knit... but none of my knit dress patterns would work as a jumper, and all the wrap-style ones would compete with a wrap-style cardigan.
So I could either replace the purple dress with a purple knit top (I'd still have plenty of combinations, thanks to the reversible skirt) or make a non-jumper-style dress that could just work on its own or with the cardi-jacket. Like maybe this dress that I've been meaning to sew, and which fits the color palette perfectly:
I could do the front gathering on my serger with clear elastic.
And then there's...
Plan C: Relax and Forget the Contest Altogether. I am hugely pregnant after all. My ankles and legs are painfully swollen (and I can't even get my wedding ring over my puffy fingers these days), I'm taking intensive childbirth classes, and there's plenty of quality napping to be had. (And since I am incapaable of pure relaxation, I also have a lot of fun ideas for blog posts, and I'm working on a cool sewing-related tutorial.)
So yeah... we'll see. No sewing for me tonight, but I'll make the skirt tomorrow and then see if I want to go further.