I knew I would like it; I knew I would get a lot of use out of it because I've really gotten to like sewing knits in the last year - especially dresses, most of which haven't been hemmed because neither of my machines really like the double-needle thing. At all.
I didn't know that it would basically be love at first stitch. The machine came threaded with white thread, but the first thing I did was un-thread it and sit down with the instructions to thread it from scratch. I'm not the most mechanically-minded sewist out there, and I had visions of everything being hemmed with white thread until those spools ran out if I didn't learn how to do it properly from the start.
Guess what? It was easy. Who knew? I had it re-threaded pretty quick, tried out a test hem on a knit scrap I had on the table, and then re-threaded it with black and did the bottom and sleeve hems on my new BWOF 1/09 #106 dress, which would have languished unhemmed, and with lumpy sleeve hems, if not for the goodness of Santa in listening to me this year.
He was afraid that buying me one big pressent that covered Christmas and at least a good part of my birthday would end up disappointing me. I don't think so. Poor man will be lucky if he sees me again before my birthday, because I'm going to be in the workroom nonstop playing with my new toy.
In addition to finishing the BWOF dress - which, by the way, I absolutely love and am wearing to work tomorrow - I've also hemmed three summer dresses that got worn unhemmed, and I've ordered large cones of thread from Atlanta Thread in black, off-white and brown. I used regular small spools of black for the dress hems, because I had extra on hand, but this thing really blows through the thread, so ordering in bulk is the way to go.
This doesn't count against my fabric / notions / pattern fast because thread is a necessity, and even with shipping, I can't find it that cheap in Philadelphia. (I might be able to find it that cheap in NYC, but I'd "find" so many other things that it would defeat the purpose!)
As for the dress itself, this is one of BWOF's best recent dress patterns. I love the sleeve - it was the whole reason for tracing it off to begin with - and that's a feature that will definitely get transported onto other garments, like that gathered collar from the BWOF 3/08 blouse. I haven't decided yet if it's a little narrower than their usual cut, or if it's the fabric I used - it's not the stretchiest stretch fabric ever, if you know what I mean.
I changed the neckline from their modified V with a facing to a rounder shape with a band. I'm not big on facing on knits, and the V neck was an accident waiting to happen at work. I hate having to remember not to lean over near my boss when most of BWOF's dresses are intended for just that effect.
This was a really quick project, especially with the extra help on the hems. I think there's a top version of this in the not-too-distant future.