Saturday, 7 February 2015

I Think I Want To Sew

When I was a kid my Mom signed me up for sewing lessons. I loved them. I learned how to make clothes, actual clothes. Pants, shorts a really cute puffy blouse (I was 11). I'm not sure why I stopped taking the lessons but to this day I wish I hadn't.

About 8 years Anthony bought me a sewing machine, a very nice one, and I had every intention of taking classes and learning how to sew my own clothes and household items.

As soon as I could I went to Fabricland, I bought sewing patterns and fabric and was ready to have all that lost sewing knowledge flow into my brain and I would be off!

I am sad to report that I didn't get very far. I have very little patience, very very little patience. Following a pattern bored me but when I tried to do things how I wanted to I ended up with a mess. I didn't throw in the towel though, I just made curtains. Yes, I sewed two fabric rectangles together and hung them up proudly in my windows.

Flash forward 8 years and I have one very dusty sewing machine that I really want to take advantage of. Since I knew I could sew rectangles I thought, I can sew squares. So I found a simple pattern online and I made cloth napkins with fabric I found at a second handstore for super cheap.

 With my confidence at about a 7 I found a great tutorial for fleece mittens. I took Jack to Fabricland and had him pick out a fleece fabric he liked, which just so happened to be on sale (win) and I made mittens! I made mittens that he LOVES and wears everywhere!

Today I made placemats  for the kids. Again thank heavens for the world wide web! Another easy pattern, one that included fusible interfacing  (eep) which lead to a quick tutorial and then placemats!

One of the things I've learned from my journey towards the sewing hall of fame is if you don't have time to take lessons start small, take advantage of online tutorials and take your time. I'm still trying to take my time.  If I could wave fabric in from of my sewing machine and have it turn into a circle skirt that would be AWESOME, but I don't.

For now I will stick to the easy to handle patterns and hope that one day I will be able to take lessons and really take my sewing machine out for a spin!

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