122 pages of Completed Projects just in the kids clothing section of this site..... WHEW! I am a more than advanced crocheter <--a real word?
, and have wanted to learn how to sew for the longest time. I am a mother to 7 children - 4 biological, 3 step, but all mine
Those 4 biological are all girls, and I am kicking myself in the butt REPEATEDLY for not learning how to sew earlier!!!! It's MUCH easier, and I cannot BEGIN to tell you, FASTER than crocheting! LoL, although once I started crocheting the little skull type hats, I made lots of those little suckers..... ANYwho, I only have 2 of those girls left in the house
, and only one of those is girly. *le sigh* The two who would have also most benefited have moved out and the oldest and her husband now have their own... but alas, a little boy. WHAT in the world do you do with little boys?!?!?!?!??! hehe
So, it's late, I'm rambling, but getting back to the point, I bought my machine in February with income tax. I knew I'd put it off again because I didn't know how to use it, and then it'd be another year...and another....and another. Got it in February, didn't use it until I got laid off work in April. I decided I didn't have anything else to do, was getting paid to sit at home and do nada for a bit, so I started playing with the machine. I hemmed a pair of pants I'd bought for the 2nd oldest who was still home at that time, and was SOOOOO excited that I did what I had meant to do!!!!
Next, I bought a pattern. LoL, for those of you who know why I'm laughing ruefully, I had absolutely NO flipping idea WHAT the heck I was looking at! I called up a neighbor and asked her to show me what it all meant. Turns out, it wasn't so bad and I made my first dress.
LoL darts were totally off, I had NO idea how to do the zipper, decided I'd do buttons; that was too big a pain, so went with the corset thingy...although I didn't know that's what it was called then lol. I didn't do a lining either........ it was my first project! Lining? We don't need no stinking lining!!! Hems..... oh lordy... lol. It's still hanging in her closet, but only because she truly loves it for some reason. She calls it the ladybug dress, altho for the life of me, I don't think I've ever seen a yellow one..........................
Before I even did my first project, I had found the "bella" patterns.... although I don't think they're all bellas, but that's what they're called in THIS house! lol. Also, the cuppy cake dress. I LOVE the cuppy cake dress!!!! I wasn't going to buy the pattern tho. Simple reason.... I'm broke. 7 kids? Laid off? lol Anyhow, I had a good idea of how it was made, just wasn't confident on what goes where and how to get it there. After that first dress though, I thought.... yeah, I can do it.
The pants, I swear to goodness, I'd make them for myself if I knew I was never leaving the house. And if I worked somewhere the people would think them cool, I'd wear them out lol! And now that I mention it, I lied. Pants are the first thing I did on my own after the hemming, but it was because I found one of those "no pattern needed" websites, and that's how I do all the pants for the little girls at this time. No pic of those ugly first things, tho *shudder* lol.
I ended up doing it a little different than the cuppy cake tho, in that I put a ruffle on the bottom of the shirt/dress, and I did a little more pleating. I loved it. River loved it! Sadly, the pink material I had used was just some stuff I'd had here as a backdrop (did I mention I do photography as well? So if the pictures suck, I have no excuse but that I was too lazy to do it right), it was some type of loosely woven stuff...that or it was older than dirt, and the outfit died in the first wash. R.I.P, we loved you! River cried. lol
There's actually another dress that should be in right about here - it was blue and white checked, I made it much shorter - sort of like a tennis skirt type, but it originated from the first pattern (the ladybug dress). I trimmed it with ribbon. I'm scared of bias and everything else, although I think I may have been doing it sort of right and just don't know the term for it as of yet. I love the way a wide piece of ribbon looks on the bottom of a dress, though, so biasing isn't really something I feel I better know or my sewing world will be turned upside down. At least not yet. This blue and white checked (and I'll get a pic - maybe tomorrow) I actually put snaps on.... *snicker* I suck so bad at closures! They ended up being off center. Live and learn...... I made shorts to go with them, only because the oldest daughter wanted to know why I was making the "bella" pants to go with everything. I very haughtily told her she would only understand when she had a daughter of her own........ but I did make the shorts instead. I also made it a "halter" type, although I didn't know the technical term when I made the thing, and used ribbon. Lots of ribbon and bows on that thing.... SOOOOOO cutesie!!!!!
I decided after the blue and white checked to "get serious".
I thought the material was cute when I got it, but after working with it, I decided it wasn't really my favorite. Oh well... So this little number is lined. It has a zipper that IS in line! I was pretty thrilled with that point alone. I didn't ruffle the top because I was trying to make it more like the cuppy cake, although after finishing this one, I like ruffles better. So does River. I put the strand of the little flowers on - we both love those flowers!! I meant to attach some ribbon, but once it was pretty much all done, I thought the last thing that outfit needed was "more".... The pants initially were going to be ruffled, but once I started attaching them, I thought maybe the ruffled bottom would look "off" since it wasn't ruffled really at the top. Instead, I sewed them so they would be like a turned up cuff. However.... and I'm still not sure of this, but I think maybe they need some of the stiff stuff inside to make them stand and stay up... they were slouched by the end of the day, and the next day, I simply sewed around the top (bottom?) so they would stay in place :/....
Last pic, but not last project, is my already retired laptop case.
I'm a serious purse addict. Purses Anonymous....that's me. So the best thing to do to start out, is to make a laptop case. I have a black leather ugly plain jane one. Decided I'd make a cool chick one. The only thing that fits into the case is the computer lol. No cord, etc..... So I have to make another, but I have a better idea of how to go about it now.
I've also made a few purses, but didn't learn about the stiff insert thingies until about a week or so ago....actually, after I made my first purse with the Chloe pattern and the stinking thing lays there like a limp dish rag..... I refuse to go back to "conventional" purses because I am a sewer, dangit!!! I'm going to carry what I make, even if it is ugly as sin! lol.
I have also done several "recons" altho again, I didn't know there was a technical term for it lol. My 3rd daughter is not very "twirly girly" at all.... However, she USED to have several of my husband's old t-shirts that she was using for night shirts, and while doing laundry one day, and having nothing else planned to sew that day, I thought.... "hey! I can make her little night shirts into some cutesie nightdress types and she doesn't have to wear them out of the house." Turns out, she LOVED them lol. I'll have to get pics of those as well, but I'm assuming it isn't just me...and when I realized how fun those little t-shirt to dress recons were, I cleaned out the closets. lol I also went to the local thrift store *bleh* and bought some t-shirts that just SCREAMED to be turned into a sweet little girl dress!!!! And *bleh* only because our thrift store charges $2 for the cheapest t-shirt...... you can find the same or cooler t-shirts for 5/.25 at a yard sale!!
Well, that's me! Hopefully I'll get a chance to post more, especially since I have a reason to take photos of what I do other than just show the other mom who sews on facebook lol! And after going through all those pages of posts - at least on the little kids - I plan on doing a lot more!