Yes, Mr Robot told me he's going to get me a sewing machine for my birthday. Why tell me now? We'll be in Kolkata on my birthday, so we'll go and pick one out together either before we go or after we get back. I'm unbelievably excited about this, as I've wanted one for so long. My friend Naomi is really talented with her machine, and she said to make sure whatever I get has one-step buttonholes, but not to worry too much about fancy stitches as she only ever uses four or five. If you have any other good advice, please do comment. All I know is I'll be getting a Husqvarna as there's a Husqvarna shop in Bath. Beyond that, I've no idea.
I've got a few vintage patterns, but they're all for sizes smaller than me. Still, it gives me yet another reason to stick to my veggie soup lunches. I'm going to start off with something no-one's likely to see, like pyjama bottoms, and of course covers for the cushions in the living room, assuming I find some fabric I like in India (what are the chances of that, eh?...). For a while now I've had a hankering for tops in that very simple 60s style but in properly 60s fabric, so I'll be trawling Etsy for cloth and patterns. Though I'll practice on modern stuff to start with, while I'm still learning the basics.
It's wonderful to think of learning a new skill. My imagination is running over all the possibilities. Where to begin?