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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sewing 101

The girls asked for a sewing machine for Christmas.  Seriously. 

I had brought out my mom's old sewing machine (like a 1982 Kenmore that weighed 100lbs and made this God awful clunk-clunk noise) back in the spring and we made pillows together.  And then they started begging for their own machine. 

But, I had no idea what a good sewing machine really was, or what would work well to teach kids to sew on, what would last, etc.  I didn't want something junky, but I also didn't have $400 or $500 to spend on a machine.

And then Elizabeth posted this with a link to this and I felt like I had hit the jackpot.  {And if you don't already read E Tells Tales, then you should.  Girl is funny, I tell you!}

So Santa hooked them up with the sewing machine and and all the trimmings, and the plan was for Meme and Great Gram to help get us started on our way.  Because I had never sewed anything (start to finish) from a pattern before and really had no idea what I was doing.  I am also highly aware that I get irritated when I don't know how to do something and I didn't want to ruin Christmas that way.  But Mem's and Gram left before the sewing could commence.  (Aaaaagggghhhhhhh!  That was me freaking out in my head.)

So I talked Chris into making a skirt with me when the kids went to bed.  That way we could figure this whole pattern thing out between the two of us and I could cuss and not scare my children.  And then I would know what I was doing and could walk them through it.  (Have I told you lately that Chris is the best husband/father ever???) 

So we did, and then I did, and now two little girls are very happy to have their own handmade skirts!


**As I am typing this, Chan is pinning together squares of fabric and sewing them together...just for practice.  I think I might have a seamstress on my hands!**


Megan said...

If you haven't heard of Make It and Love It already you definitely need to check it out! She has great tutorials for easy sew projects.

Emily said...

omg! Angie those skirts are awesome! I am so impressed! Did you let Chris be your model for the skirts? I wish I was as crafty as y'all! I have not a creative bone in this body. :(

Allyson said...

I'll be glad to help with any sewing questions/advice... Once Chandler gets the squares together she can easily turn her creation into a quilt.

Unknown said...

Ang, that is SUPER cool. Can you teach me now, please? And also add sewing to your long list of skills (and Etsy shop offerings)?

That would be super. Thanks.

molly said...

These skirts are adorable. Can't wait to see the girls in action with the sewing machine. You guys are such cool parents.

Angie said...

Megan - Thanks for the suggestion!
Allyson - I really might need you for a sewing day! The girls would LOVE it!
Jules - Yes! Come over for sewing day! :)
Mo - Come visit soon!

KBBean said...

Love those skirts! You are sooooooo talented!