Sunday, February 25, 2007

And SEW it Begins

Welcome to my sewing journal!

I learned to sew about 8 (?) years ago. I bought a reconditioned sewing machine (a Husky by Viking) and took a class. I made myself a few jumpers, they didn't fit that great, but not bad for a beginner. We won't talk about the big hole I made in the lining of the corduroy jumper I made (I tried to iron it, DUH!, and it melted, LOL). It was on the inside, I sewed a patch on it, no one was the wiser, but it bugged me. I made myself a denim skirt which didn't turn out too bad. I also made myself some summer t-shirt dresses which I wore quite a bit. I took a class on making cardigans out of sweatshirts and made myself 2 of those.

I made some clothes for Ben (he was about 9 years old at the time!). I made him some knit t-shirts, those turned out really cute. I also made him a pair of bib shortalls which also turned out pretty cute. I tried my hand at a pair of knit shorts for him which ended up looking like a skirt so I decided to stick to t-shirts. :-) I also made him a Christmas vest (oh man he wouldn't be caught dead in something like that now!) I made a fleece pullover for him and in my notes about it I wrote "Turned out okay but definitely looks homemade" :-) I also wrote "never make this again!" I think it was just a pain to make. Okay I'm looking over my old sewing notes some more and I see I made him a pair of black twill pants. I don't even remember that! I also made him a sweatshirt which turned out really cute. Most of what I made him came from the Kwik Sew Sewing for Children book.

I also made a ton of "house pants" for myself, my husband and son, and my sisters. They were just pants to lounge around the house in, made out of flannel. I made a few Christmas table runners, some pocket tissue holders for gifts, a remote control holder for my FIL as a birthday gift, and maybe one or two other things. After a year or two I guess I lost interest and stopped sewing for the most part. My machine got quite dusty and dirty, and I sold all the material I had stashed (not a lot) in a garage sale.

But NOW that I have 2 little girls, I am really excited to start sewing again. I took my machine in to be cleaned and oiled, got it back on Friday, and yesterday I made this for Lindsey...

...a dress made out of a pillowcase! It was so easy! I got the instructions here at Rostichery.

I'm not sure how often I'll get a chance to sew or post, but I will post pictures of what I've made when I can. I would love to link to your sewing blog if you have one! I'm especially interested in meeting other beginner sew-ers. Leave me a comment and say hi!


Don & Judy said...

Hi Eileen,
Lindsey looks SO adorable in the pillow case dress you made! Great job!
I've seen these dresses on blogs before...and they claim to be "sew simple" as Sherrie says on HGTV Room by Room.
Have fun sewing!
Judy in KC
Sept 2005 DTC Group

Chris said...

When my kids were small I used to make almost all their clothes--especially the girls. Gave up sewing after I got divorced and had to go to work. Use my machine for mending now. Your work is beautiful

Anonymous said...

Hi Eileen :) I stopped by here cos i wanna know how people start sewing.
I have learned a little bit of sewing in school ages ago. now thinking to really get into sewing and learn it again. None of my friend sews, so I am so confused about what I should do first. I guess motivation is very important :p Its nice that I can get some idea from your journal!