I have done a myriad of projects. From painting a bookcase to learning watercolor to sewing my own clothes, I have learned a lot this year!
Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I got a sewing machine for Christmas and am learning to make my own clothes. I am using patterns I found at a local thrift shop for only 25 cents apiece, and love the idea of making new stuff out of old fabric.
My thoughts about sewing prior to actually sewing from scratch:
- It is relatively easy.
- Don't bother readying the instructions that come with the pattern, because they are like stop signs: a suggestion, not a rule.
- You don't need to worry about what direction your pattern goes, just make sure it all fits together.
- Just cut out the pattern "close enough" and it will fit correctly once you put it together
- Just speed through the stitching part, you don't have to be PERFECT with your seams.
- The other stitches on your machine are not really for sewing clothes, really more for quilting.
- Hems? Easy peasy. Just make it up as you go along.
- You can complete a garment start to finish within an hour or so.
Don't you love my preconceived notions of sewing? I am a perfectionist and thought that I would be able to throw together the perfect garment of Anthropologie quality in an hour.
I really wanted to make this lovely peplum dress, but modify it by making it a black skirt rather than a coral dress. I wanted to make something trendy but thought that it would be easy to replicate. Remember I had the notions as noted above.
It took me several multiple-hour days to just finish the dang skirt. And the final skirt? Ginormous. I had to bring it down multiple times. And the final fit? Terrible! I got over-excited and wore the skirt to church on Sunday, probably out of exhaustion. Note to self: don't make any major decisions when tired. I could end up with a tattoo or invest in a ponzi scheme.
I am working on multiple other sewing projects which have already ended up much better!