Happy Friday, all you friends in Internet~Land. November has arrived! Here in the US Northwest, we are enjoying a beautiful sun-shiny day. The clouds have rolled aside for the time being to give that crisp fall glow to a rainy week. I love living in Oregon. If you don’t like the weather now, just wait a bit, because it’s bound to change.
This week I have had a couple new developments in projects. The first is adding the lined suit vest to The Doctor’s outfit. I have completed the video and will link it below. For some reason, this outfit is being done in stages. I get one piece done, and then get excited for another project. Still, I always come back to make the next garment. He still needs his necktie and suit coat. Then, of course, he will need his long trench coat. I have made many of the Doctor’s coats, but they were all in a 1/4 scale to fit the Tonner version of Doctor Who with the Matt body style. Now I will need to enlarge it for the 70cm fella. My niece made me an awesome 1/4 Sonic Screwdriver, so now I will see if she can make one in the 1/3 scale. That and a pair of 3D Glasses should complete his look. I will post a couple pictures after the video link showing the vest pattern pieces and how the collar variations look when finished. The Free PDF is ready for you on the “Ready To Print” page.
My second project has been researching for my Brother Exedra Industrial Machine. I was doing some test sewing, and the needle (which was small and very, very, very-very OLD) just snapped. I thought, “OK, I’ll just go in to JoAnn’s and get another one.” Easier thought than done. I bought some needles, only to find the shank was too large to fit my machine. So, my next stop was at our local specialty sewing store. It was there I learned that the machine I purchased requires specialty needles. …of course it does… Well, I spent a substantial amount of time searching the internet to find copies of the specs & operator’s manual. I took these back to the store to see if they might be able to order what I needed. I was so glad they actually had some in stock! … that didn’t fit… I spent more time pouring over the paperwork and made a discovery. So, back to the store I went. I learned that even if needles are in the same class, their shank sizes can change according to the particular gauge of the needle. In the end, I needed DBx1, size 16. They also had these in stock, and voila! They FIT!!! Now I’m ready to start working on an idea I had for a unique kind of throw blanket. I’ll probably film my progress to let you know if my idea works. In the meantime, enjoy the vest pattern & happy sewing!