My Sewing Experiments: Part One

Sewing has always been one of those things that has eluded me. I don’t know if it is cause I just didn’t try or just wasn’t interested in it, but I really, really want to be interested in it. Home Economics class in Junior High was the first time I ever remember using a sewing machine + I can’t say it was that eventful. I think we made pin cushions… or was it a bean bag? Who knows. Either way it didn’t really make an impression on me. As I got older, I thought it might be interesting to try and sew some things, but never got into it. Instead I taught myself how to knit more involved pieces + finally taught myself how to crochet to add another dimension. I still knit + crochet, but sewing was ever looming on my list of things to learn.

I found some felt patterns on Etsy that I fell in love with from Little Hibou Shoppe. All of Tina’s patterns are adorable + come with really easy to follow instructions. I finished a few pieces in no time + felt pretty good about them. My first attempt at sewing was a success. However, I still wanted to try my hand at a sewing machine. No doubt, sewing machines are intimidating if you’ve never used one before!

My amazing husby bought me a Brother CP6500 (he is awesome, huh!). I picked up some fabric for my first project + went for it. I made this skeleton doll for our baby girl (Zumi is such a good model, holding up the doll for me).

 

The doll didn’t come out that bad, but I did learn some lessons. Jumping right in with a jersey fabric was not the best idea… it is stretchy + bunched up when I started sewing. I had no clue how to adjust tension on my machine or what adjusting tension even meant. Not to mention, I chose a project with a million pieces as my first one. I felt lost, but pushed through + finished it.

As I was perusing my usual blog list, I came across a discount on e-courses over at A Beautiful Mess. I took advantage of their summer sale + bought their e-course, “DIY Dress Up” (as of today, they no longer offer this e-course, but offer other great courses that you should check out).

I’ve made it through the first two courses, a bow (I made mine into a hair clip) + a magazine tote bag. I have to say, I’ve already learned a lot, but I still have a LONG way to go!

 

 

I can’t wait to get through more projects + expand my sewing capabilities. Hopefully I can tackle some dresses for our baby girl soon!

~Katie

One thought on “My Sewing Experiments: Part One”

  1. Hi Katie,
    Try to find a pattern for a sleep sack. Going to a dress from there should be fairly easy. Check at your local Jo Ann fabrics or similar. Most all of them offer sewing classes. You bring your machine, usually, and there would be someone on-hand if you have questions. They will help with tension issues, etc. The items you have made came out great. Love the skeleton doll. Stretchy fabrics are a bitch if you lack experience. And fleece can be even worse. You have to lay the fabric in a particular manner to avoid stretching. I personally want a fully adjustable dress form. Someday….
    Love,
    Aunt Cherie

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