First I want to apologize for my blogging inconsistencies. It seems that my goals have taken me away from the virtual world. My current goals for knitting, sewing, and weight loss take up a lot of my time. On top of that I do my best to keep a clean house and make dinner for my family. Taking care of a baby doesn’t exactly allow for blogging much either.
With that said, I may be taking a little blogging break. I fear I have not only run out of time, but steam as well. I don’t like spending too much time online, it’s too draining and most of the time leaves me feeling depressed. It sucks hours from my day and the more time I spend online, the more I feel I need to spend online. Also, I don’t know what to talk about at the moment. Don’t worry though, I’m sure I will be back soon enough. Everyone needs a vacation every once in a while.
I do, however, need to tie up a few loose ends. A while back I made a goal to sew everyday for 30 days for at least 30 minutes a day. On Sunday I finally reached the end of that goal.
I set out to learn how to sew, to stop fearing it, and possibly learn to enjoy sewing. I would have to say, Mission Accomplished. By treating myself as a beginner I learned so much. I constantly referred to my Sewing for Dummies book and really learned to do things! It’s exciting having some experience behind me. Of course splurging on a nice new machine made a huge difference, but other than that I feel like a brand new seamstress.
You see, I learned to sew when I was about 9. My aunt was wanting to teach a 4H sewing group and was testing her teaching abilities on me. It must not have gone over well because she never started her 4H group and I didn’t touch a machine for 5 more years.
When I was 14 every 8th grader had to take home economics. We made a locker caddy and then learned how to cook and clean.
I would sometimes buy a yard or two of fabric at Wal-Mart (that was the only store in the town I grew up in) and get out my mom’s ancient machine. That didn’t go over well because I don’t have even one finished object from my teenage years.
My parents gave me a Brother for my high school graduation. I sewed a skirt to wear to the graduation, but you couldn’t see it under my robe. Through the few semesters I took of college before I got married I tried to quilt, but just threw that away because it turned out awful.
After I was married I tried sewing many many times. I never consulted a manual or anything to try to fix my problems, I would just get angry and stuff my project and machine in the closet until my next endevour months later.
During that time I did manage to make some people some awful baby blankets. It makes me laugh thinking back on it.
Last summer I made some fitted cloth diapers. I actually did a good job on them, though I didn’t install the elastic correctly and they popped out in the laundry. I sewed a lot last summer and also at that time I frequently consulted the Sewing for Dummies books and also went online and many tutorials offered a lot of help. But still, when my diapers didn’t survive the wash my confidence in my sewing was severely damaged.
So this attempt I wanted to REALLY learn about sewing. I really did, I am so happy with the way this challenge has gone! I still see myself as a beginner in everyway, but I know I can do it because I’ve finished many projects during this time. They turned out really well, and at last I can feel proud of myself and be confident in my developing sewing skills.
My goals for my short-term sewing future are to perfect my fitted cloth diaper pattern and to sew sundresses for myself. I think a fun floral sundress with a knit cardigan would be the perfect outfit for me. If I made the outfit, it would be a work of art. Isn’t that the beauty of knitting and sewing? Making a functional piece of art?
I have decided to take another 30 days to sew everyday. I have found an hour to be a pleasant amount of time, but if I can squeeze in 30 minutes I am completely satisfied. I hope to be back and report on my progress soon.
Until then… Happy Summer Everyone!!!