Sew Much Fun
It's been quite some time since I purchased my basic sewing machine from Target. It's even been some time since my mother-in-law later gifted me with a bunch of sewing supplies. I never got going with it even though I wanted to. I think it's hard for me to teach myself certain things without a helping hand.
So I finally signed up for a beginner's sewing class at Joann Fabrics this past Saturday. Katie & my friend Andee both came too. Come see what I made!
An elastic waist skirt. The only other thing I've ever made was a tablecloth, with the help of my mother-in-law's friend. And that was with a lot of help and a few things done for me. But this skirt -- this I made almost entirely by myself (with instruction, of course).
I made it a little too long. I made it from a fabric that is unwearable without lining (hellooooo underwear!). I had a few troubles with my machine spitting out black oil spots on the thread and also not wanting to be threaded or stay threaded.
But I made it!
Here's the fabric pattern close up:
It's hard to see the exact color, but it's a pale green. Cute, but maybe not one I'd make a skirt out of in the future. As Andee said about one of her fabric choices, it's a bit Little-House-on-the-Prairie, looking back.
Notice how you can see the color of the table coming through? NOT safe to wear without a slip.
Anyway, not wanting to immediately forget everything I had just learned, and knowing how quickly I forget things unless I do them all by myself, I bought some more fabric and set to work the same afternoon to try to make a second skirt.
As you can see, I chose a darker fabric, I cut the skirt a bit shorter ... okay, I overcorrected ... it's a tad mini ... and got to work.
It did NOT go smoothly.
First, I quickly realized I need to invest in a yardstick because measuring the fabric with a 12-inch pica pole was tedious at best. However, I finally got everything chalk-marked for cutting. Speaking of which, it took me some practice to get the chalk to go on in a straight line. The teacher made it look so easy when she did it for me!
I cut out the pattern with my brand new (and not cheap) pinking shears and promptly sewed the back seam of the skirt incorrectly.
I completely forgot to turn the fabric inside-out so that the seams would be on the inside.
I took my seam ripper (see how many sewing terms I'm learning?) and sliced the whole thing back open and sewed it the correct way.
My next problem came when I tried to stitch the elastic ends together before closing the waist of the skirt. The doubled elastic was so thick it broke my needle! Of course, that just forced me to stop and figure out how to change a needle on a sewing machine.
(I have to interrupt myself here to give me a pat on the back. I really did a good job not getting too frustrated, and remaining calm and persistent as things went wrong. Every single thing that went badly became a learning opportunity. I made some mistakes that I hope not to repeat and I taught myself quite a bit about my machine too. Am I *gasp!* maturing? Say it ain't so.)
I finally finished and check it out ... skirt # 2!!!
I also remembered to get a picture of me wearing it. Please disregard the mismatched T-shirt. I should've had fun and styled myself so that the whole outfit looked professional and chic, but I just had Adam snap this real quick with the top I was wearing.
Of course, now I've lit a new fire in me. Because elastic waist will not be good enough. Zippers! Buttons! Here I come!
The next level sewing class at Joann's that I can actually make isn't until August 11. But, by golly, by then, I will hopefully have wrestled my machine into submission and be ready to take charge!