Friday, May 23, 2008

She Sews...sort of

I got a sewing machine in January and took a sewing class over the winter. In class, I learned how to make envelope pillows, a tote bag and a pair of pajama bottoms for myself.

I had visions of being able to make Gracie beautiful, boutiquey looking outfits like the ones I admire on Etsy. Let's just say, I'm still having visions....

I started this outfit in February. I think it took me at least 15 hours to complete. The FIRST time I made the pants, I managed to sew a front leg to a front leg and the back to the back. They may have worked on a very bow legged child...It took me two hours to take them apart.

The top however, was the real killer for me. The final product is nothing like what the pattern was supposed to help me make. That shirt has a "front yoke" and "back yoke" that I have attempted to attach for several weeks. I believe that the person who writes the directions for "Sew Easy" patterns, does not speak English and has never seen the pictures that accompany the directions. Last night, I gave up and turned what I had into a pillow case top. I think it's cute and now that I've done it, I think I should be able to make the next one in less than an hour.


She's all girl....
I may need to make the waste band a little tighter...

7 comments:

Bethany said...

It looks super cute. So does she. Hey I still only sew hooded towels and things that don't require a pattern. The other stuff takes me way to long and I give up.

Janel said...

Too Cute!
I do not sew. My daughter asked me the other day if we needed to take her pants to the tailor to get a button reattached. Okay, I do sew buttons on!

Great shots.

mommastantrum said...

Is she going to be a plumber? Just kidding. That outfit is so cute. After the first one is done the rest get easier, I promise. And the "Sew Easy" patterns are not at all "Easy" they are more of a "Pain In the Neck"

Sara Mincy said...

I love that outfit!!! You have inspired me- I need to get out the sewing machine.

Love the last picture :)

Chaotic Joy said...

Awww. You should be very proud of yourself. It looks great!4. I do not sew. At all. So to me this looks very impressive. And your daughter? Adorable.

mindi said...

wow - you are talented!! I love to sew, but am horrible at it. If only I had more time, I would be chugging away at it :)

Saralyn said...

Bravo! If only they wouldn't grow out of the things we make so fast.

I agree with you about the pattern directions. I finally bought a guide to all things sewing so I could look up some of the issues I encounter. The Sew What? books are also terrific. They show you how to make your own patterns. Check them out at your library.