I own a sewing machine and I do marginally know how to operate it. This is good because my daughter asked me to make her something: clothes. An outfit. Specifically, it is to be “a shirt and pants with lace and words and rainbow and stripes.”
Uh-oh. Time to call for reinforcements. In other words–Help!
Because I don’t know how to use patterns, I tend to buy all our clothing in stores or secondhand shops, and take advantage of any hand-me-downs we can get from cousins and friends. It’s just quicker and causes less frustration than me messing with needles and bobbins, ripping out as many seams as I sew.
The things I have made with my sewing machine tend to be…well, the type of things you can’t buy in a store anyway, such as:
- 25 tooth fairy pillows for the kindergarten class
- a replacement stroller seat, because the frame was just fine
- “tartans” for guests at our Robert Burns supper (actually no sewing involved because I never got around to hemming)
- alterations to an APA Style tee shirt so I’d have something to wear to a holiday party with editors
And, man, do I procrastinate when it comes to sewing projects.
In one of my drawers I have fabric and hardware for some custom-size Roman shades I meant to make for my office, in a house I no longer live in.
At this moment on my sewing table there’s a beanbag I made for my daughter so she could practice juggling for a school performance. Once the bag started spilling its red kidneys I just set it on the edge of the table and never got back to it. She must have managed to work in some juggling practice at school because the performance already happened, three weeks ago.
So, uh, we’ll see how this outfit thing goes. Any advice would be most welcome.
Luckily I got an extension.