When I started up this site, I just sort of jumped right in – neglecting to mention anything about myself or how I got started sewing. So, this entry is all about my sewing experiences, then and now.
If you talk to my mother, she would mention that when I was little, I used to ‘design’ Barbie clothes. Apparently, I spent a great deal of time drawing elaborate gowns for her – and at times trying to sew them up (by hand). That must have been a passing fancy since that’s about as far as my sewing got until I hit the 8th grade and took a home economics class. When we got to the sewing unit, we were told to make a sweatshirt – what a horrible experience that was. I think that I got as far as cutting the pattern and fabric out before I was gone for two weeks from school because my appendix ruptured. By the time that I came back, everyone was in the process of finishing up their sweatshirt. I remember having problems sewing the material, understanding the directions, etc. and didn’t have any direction from the teacher since I was so far behind. I wound up bringing the sweatshirt home and trying to sew it up there, but I think that my mom eventually just finished it up for me. After that experience, I vowed I would never sew again!
Fast forward several years. After having Taylor and spending lots of time at home, I decided that I needed a new hobby. I tried lots of things, like taking up drawing again (something that I really enjoyed doing through high school and college), decoupage, etc. After watching lots of episodes of Sandra Betzina’s show, Sew Perfect, I decided that maybe I might try my hand at sewing (I loved how she made sewing look fun and not too difficult to try out). I invested in a floor model White 1999 Jeans Machine, a New Look pajama pattern for Taylor (who was about 1 at the time), and some cotton fabric. The worst part of the whole experience was learning how to thread that darn machine! I swear that it took 2 hours for me to get it right, but I did it and made some pjs. Of course, the pajamas were WAY too big (I neglected to follow the size chart) and I sewed the pants with one leg right side out and the other wrong side out, but I completed a garment and had the confidence to keep on sewing (and I learned a lot from my mistakes)!
That was 7-8 years ago and since then, I’ve managed to go through 2 more sewing machines (but have kept the White model for Taylor to use), a serger, a (small) emboidery machine, and an ever growning pattern and fabric stash. So, a special thank you to Sandra Betzina for being my inspiration to start up this hobby and continue it, even when things don’t always turn out as planned.