Thursday, May 15, 2008

Houston...we have a Problem...

So, have I ever told you that I have an addictive personality? Well, I know you realize it with all of the clothing I buy my kids...but please let me share with you my latest quick and total demise...

In February, I took a sewing class and made this:



I was VERY pleased with it - turned out very nice, looked cute, fit great...and I had high hopes that I would now have the aptitude to sew more. However, when I brought my machine home from the last class, I put it away in my closet, shut the door and really had no urge to sew. :-( Why not - because I had to make my outfit from a PATTERN! I also assumed when finishing the class, that this was the ONLY way to sew - with an evil PATTERN. I was so frustrated during that class - I would do great IN the class when the instructor could take me step by step through the PATTERN...but the week between classes, I would get out my sewing and just stare blankly at the instructions completely at a loss for what any of it meant...so I would have to arrive the next week at my class with my sheepish look and admit that I did nothing during the week.

Have you ever used one of these so called "easy" sewing patterns. I purposely picked one out that said "VERY EASY, BEGINNER, even a 5 year old can make it, you idiot" - so I thought I was all set-up and ready to succeed. Upon opening the pattern though, it turns out they are evidently actually written in Mandarin, cuz I'll be damned I didn't understand a single thing it was saying. Good thing my other 4 college education classmates had the same issue and our teacher extended our class for a few weeks so she could walk us all step by step through our evil patterns. Never again!

Fast forward 2 months - I get this lovely box of hand-sewn goodies from Matilda Jane and start to fall in love with the look again...I get a few yards of fabric to make my girls some matching headband...never happened....

Call my friend Kristi to come save me from my "I am too dumb to sew" pity party...

When she arrived last week - this is how much fabric I had...


We drank some wine, chatted, laughed and made this lovely bag...


...Kristi gave me some amazing sewing tips on sewing WITHOUT a PATTERN - WOW, I had an epiphany(or maybe too much wine) - you CAN sew without a pattern...no way! WAY! Well, that sounds like my kind of sewing!

...so here we are 1 week after Kristi's quickie class, and now I have this much fabric...(this is where the addictive personality part comes in play...)


...and this is what I made...a circle twirly skirt without a pattern!





I have been saved from my scared to sew hell - so just watch-out! With the way I am buying fabric, Jed just may have to sell a motorcycle to make room for it all!

13 comments:

Amy M. said...

Wow!! That skirt is gorgeous!!! I am very impressed. I have a sewing machine.... its been in the closet for five years. Maybe I need to get it out and try something. What can I make for boys? Great Job!!!

Beth said...

That skirt is crazy cute!! Where did you find the fun printed material? I'm glad you found a way to make sewing easier.

pinkebody said...

I stay away from store bought patterns....much more of a headache than they're worth. Check out youcanmakethis.com, there are a lot of ebooks that teach you how to make your own patterns by using your kiddos measurements.

I love your skirt! It turned out fabulous!

As for fabric, it's all downhill from here :-) I started sewing thinking I could save myself some $$ by doing it myself. Boy, was I wrong. I can & have dropped a small fortune on fabric.

I can't wait to see what else you come up with! Happy Sewing!

Kristi Pohl said...

I am so glad I could share my addiction with you, there is strength in numbers...can't wait to see what you come up with next! Mommas need twirly skirts too....

Melanie said...

cute!

i'll take one of each in a size 24 months!

ginny said...

I am so impressed with your sewing skills! You may have found "another" new nitch. The pictures of Esther are so precious. I think the girls should be models.

An aspring photographer... said...

Tracy!

Where did you get that CUTE fabric? Can I find it in St. Paul when I come down to visit my fab sister, Kristi?

Tracy said...

...I did find some of it in St. Paul - but most off of ebay/on-line stores.

...and hey, I want to read YOUR blog...and you do have a fab sister!

AS said...

ok, let's see if this works, i keep trying, but keep forgeting my password. I only have 200 of them.

Very cute skirt, nice job. Cute girls also.
miss you

jaci said...

Super-cute skirt! I think Natalie needs one!!!!

Kendra said...

You crack me up! I'm soooo like you on the all or nothing personality. I LOVE the twirly skirt! Watch out Matilda Jane!

Heather said...

I have that personality too. And the fabric to prove it!

I hope you know I EXPECT you to be in SSCD now!

Issa said...

LOL, it takes me a full hour to make sense of a pattern. Who has a full uninterupted hour with kids?
Great skirt!

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