So with that philosophy shoring me up, I got back into my sewing. Well, to be honest, sewing is probably one of the things I CAN do at the moment. I can stop when I need, stand, sit, squat, lean, etc, so I go as my back dictates.
Now, I would like to add something here. I LOVE doing craft. Adore it! I do cross-stitch, card-making, scrapbooking, sewing, embroidery, etc. BUT and its a BIG BUT, none of it actually comes easily to me.
Recently, a friend was saying that she hadn't sewn since grade 8 Home Ec, but had inherited a (fancy mind you) sewing machine, so she figured she would give it a whirl.
Well, the first thing she popped out was this very gorgeous dress for her DD, then some pants for her son, then a skirt for herself. ALL very nice and lovely and made me extremely jealous, I shamefully have to admit.
MY craft take struggles and temper-tantrums, curses and promises never to do this again, and 10 x the amount of time that others seem to take. It never seems to look like the instructions or patterns or the picture in my head.
So while I love it, it DEFINITELY doesn't come easy.
So with that, I shall show my latest creations...
Now, I recently managed to get my hands on a HUGE bunch of patterns at our local 'Rummage' sale, with a large amount of uncut patterns (all but 1 were uncut!!!!!!) So, pulling out the girls dresses one and after a mad dash to the shops for tracing paper, I decided to make a simple summery dress for DD.
** 2 Hours - Easy Sew ** the cover of the pattern said. heehee.
WELL....... two DAYS later (facepalm) I finished it. Now PLEASE excuse the oil splotches on the dress. I oiled my machine as it was squeaking, ran a pillowcase through it, waited a day, ran the same pillowcase through again, THEN felt comfortable sewing, only to have it run all over the dress as the machine was used more and more ~ DOH!! But the dress turned out really nice IMO...
Looks simple right? Looks easy to make hey? Well, like I said, I love sewing, I just suck at it!! lol
Oh, just adding that I made this from an old double fitted sheet. Heaps left over as well!
This next one only took me about 2 hours - go figure will ya??
Combination of pattern and internet suggestions (bodice is a pattern and the skirt is internet and the panel in the middle is me trying to 'fix' it together!) This piece of fabric was one I grabbed after I had selected the rest of the roll. The fabric was clearance ~ $2 a meter so I grabbed 2 meters and this leftover piece was about 80cms, so the Cashier sold it to me for $1. I haven't touched my original 2 meters to make this dress, this is solely from the 80cm panel. She looked at me askance when I told her I was using it for a dress, but I love the feel and the weight of this fabric and especially love the pattern.
One thing I found with this dress is that the bodice is waaaaay too low at the front. Yet the pattern was definitely this way. So I have turned it around and much prefer it this way. So I have to somehow 'fix' the sash join so it looks a little better. Remember for future use, turn pattern around!
I was having a pickle on how to line it, but digging around the linen cupboard, I found some very soft nappy liners I had bought, washed but never used. They were the perfect size!!
So, getting there. Its fun, I can't wait to do the next one......