The Sewing Experiment

Monday, June 15, 2009

I am finally tackling a longtime goal of mine: learning to sew.

This has been something I've wanted to be able to just pick up and do for years. Under my mom's supervision, I've sewed some skirts for Belize and maybe several easy costumes of some sort, but I've never been able to just sit down and sew some drapes or pillow covers. My mom so graciously gave me a sewing machine for my birthday several years ago (i think it's the one pictured above). I sat down with the directions one Saturday but didn't really ever "get it" (to my credit, I think it's currently missing a piece).

Now it's time.

I keep telling myself it's in our genes: my granny is a career seamstress. She grew up sewing her own clothes, made beaucoup clothes for her children (including my dad) and grandchildren (us, obviously), and worked in a cleaners for seventeen years after our grandaddy died, doing alterations and projects. She made my senior prom dress and is about to tackle this dress for me:

So it can't be that hard, right?

Famous last words.

Here's the plan: Martha and I are going to Sewing 101 at Jo-Ann tomorrow night for 2.5 hours. I figured if we paid someone to teach us something, we'd pay attention better.

Project one: pillow covers for that new couch I never posted a picture of...was too embarrassed by the pillows on it. All of this is about to change! I will {HOPEFULLY} be opening myself to a whole new world of projects!

Do you sew? How did you learn? What's the extent of your sewing?


  1. I sew and I love it! My mom taught me the basics. Recently, I have been taking classes at a little sewing shop in Smyrna to better my skills and to learn tips and tricks. I think it is a great idea to take a sewing class. You are going to love it!

  2. Well I'm a crude little sewer, but I just cranked out some pillow cases for our bed. As for the dresses--I'll leave those to my mom. Hey, whatever works!

  3. Dang! I knew there was something I was supposed to sign up to do. Shoot. Hope the class was good/fun/informative. Let me know how you liked it!

  4. I sew. I don't love it, but it opens a new world of options when trying to decide on drapes, cushions, basic clothing items...and I feel fully prepared for my children's elementary programs.

    I learned the same way I have learned everything else in my life - getting down and dirty...and keeping a seam ripper close by.


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