I don't normally post fabric shots, but... this is so exciting that I have to share. I like making my own workout wear but have been frustrated by sourcing the fabric. I have been stalking eclipse textiles for years, but never really knew which fabrics were suitable for what. Then I saw an offer on their blog for samples of their new supplex colour range. I requested samples and asked for samples of other fabrics as well. Then I contacted one of their stockists, Beach Bubble Swimwear, to order the fabric. A few days later (which means I got amazing service, because mail deliveries to my home town are a little slow) I received a parcel, mostly of supplex lycra. The colours are gorgeous and the quality looks exceptional. I am planning an order of the aqualife fabrics for the next round of swimwear making.
I have also ordered a new overlocker and am waiting for it to arrive. I have been sighing over the quality of stitches from my overlocker for years. It was the bottom of the range Janome when I bought it 15 years ago. The clincher came when the swim trunks that I made my son split all the way up the back during a training session. My kids are at the age where they need a lot of sports clothing. I like to make it and they do wear it, so I think I need the right tools for the job. I course, there is nowhere within hundreds and hundreds of kilometres for me to test drive overlockers, so I was very reliant on the reviews of other bloggers and PR members. In the end, I decided on the Bernina 1150 MDA. Of course, it would take a lot a leotards to break even on the costs...but what price do you put on the joy of your nearly-teen child wearing your sewing?? Hmm, obviously the answer to that is remarkable similar to the price of a Bernina overlocker!
And now, just because I like posts with project photos, here are some pictures of my youngest child wearing the donkey costume I made him to be the donkey in the Simpson Anzac story.
I am also researching sources for thread for my overlocker and coverstitch...if you have any recommendations, pass them on.