Back to the story, though. I have to tell you about my sewing morale lately. I got a sewing machine back in March, or so. I was really excited because I would finally get the chance to let my creative juices flow and make all the projects I had been aching to make for years. My first project was hemming a tea towel. Easy enough. For a few weeks, I continued my sewing endeavors with easy hems on tea towels and tablecloths. I thought I'd start slow until I got my "groove" back. I must also add, at this point, that my sewing career is rather lackluster. My first sewing experiences were through my 4-H club--aptly named the "Clever Clovers"--my mom took me under her experienced wing and showed me the basics--needlebook, pincushion, and later on, a patchwork pillow. Although my seams were perfect and I often got purples, I must not have been too into it (my lack of ambition has been a constant in my life...) and quit only three years after joining 4-H. I rarely sewed after that. Sigh.
Later in life, the sewing bug bit me again, and I made weird re-purposed crafts like a jean skirt and cell-phone holder. Embroidery also struck my fancy and I put my initials on lots of items.
When my sister got me the Simple Sewing book, I was re-inspired. I made one of her aprons and I'm now a convert! My sewing was sporadic until I got my machine. Now it's been pretty regular. My first baby project this year was a pair of baby bloomers for a friend's baby. Let's just say, these bloomers knocked my confidence down a few notches.
I quit on the bloomers about four times. I had to seam rip, re-sew, re-cut, and re-do more than I ever thought possible. Still, I finished them. With the leg seams inside out. Let me just tell you, bias tape is not easy. Not easy at all. Especially when sewing with gingham.
Tomorrow I'll tell you about how I redeemed myself. I know, I know. You can't wait. Well...
You'll have to. So there.