Friday, June 4, 2010

Sew.... what's new?

Did you even know that one of my New Year's Resolutions was to learn to sew? Don't ask me why. I really never set out to be the little Betty Crocker/Donna Reed happy homemaker I appear to be turning into, I swear! I never really learned to sew. I mean, I took a "Home Ec" class in 7th grade and we technically had to sew a pillow from a pattern... but I think I kind of had someone else sew mine for me or something... because I have no recollection of anything to do with sewing. I do remember that the only part of the pillow (which was a cupcake!) that I was supposed to do was to sew up the bottom after putting the stuffing in. And I do remember that I never did it! I held that open part in my hand as I showed my project to my teacher! What a little slacker, right? Haha... so classic Dana. I probably got like a B. So me!

Anyway... I really, really want to learn to sew so I can have fun being creative and you know, creating things. A friend gave me a sewing machine earlier this year, but here we are, June, and I finally busted it out.
This sucker is an antique! It got some serious miles put on it making clothes, drapes, etc. back in the 60s! But.... upon advice I received from the, very well informed I do believe, women at Jo-Ann Fabrics... I ended up buying the equivalent of an Easy-Bake Oven of sewing machines. It's seriously a little, tiny sewing machine for kids! I brought that sucker home over the weekend and threaded it and made my very first sewing project, a coaster! Check it out!
I was so proud!! I have dreams of making lots and lots of stuff, so stay tuned... and Etsy, you better watch out!


Diane Moody said...

Hi Dana. I'm so far behind reading your posts! Don't even know if you get alerts if someone posts a comment on an old one??? But I wanted to congratulate you on your sewing endeavors! It's a forgotten art, believe me, but one that offers SUCH a creative outlet. I've sewn for years - I learned in 7th grade too but it stuck with me! Lately I've been itching to make some classy kitchen aprons! I'll let you know if I actually MAKE one. LOL

Be sure to let us know about your projects! Wish we could visit JoAnn's together! Heaven!

Dana Brown Ritter said...

Diane, I wish we could too. I would love to soak in your wisdom! I haven't been able to touch the sewing machine any more since this last post, but I am dreaming of a couple of projects!