Friday, January 8, 2010

I DID IT! I REALLY, REALLY DID IT!!!

I learned to sew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry for the 20+ year wait mom! And you still hung in there with me! You ARE the most patient teacher EVER!

Prior to tackling this project I'd only sewn 2 burp pads (took me something like 2 hours) and a pillowcase dress at a "sew-easy 2 hour class" (I was there for 5 hours, they gently asked me to come back another day to finish it :). Even back when I sold vintage pillowcase dresses and baby hats, I only did the designing part and had a sweet lady sew for me. I'm so proud I finally learned to do it myself!

Remember these pretty fabrics?

They are now these: That's right, three sWeeT LiTTle mATcHing ApROns for my dear friend Heidi and my two goddaughters Madeline and Ella Kate.

This year we decided instead of store bought gifts we would exchange something homemade after Christmas. And to throw a little curveball, it had to be something for the whole family (Brian~ you get the yummy food Heidi will cook while wearing her apron - HA, HA). I L-O-V-E what Heidi made for us...it is perfect!...a whole other post on that later.

Heidi is an excellent cook but she has NO APRONS {GASP}, so I set out to remedy that. A while back she mentioned wanting me to go shopping with her for a cute apron and I've been sneakily (is that a word?) avoiding the request just so I could surprise her with the aprons.

Here's a close-up of hers: I sewed every last little stitch on all of them. They're even fully lined so they can wear them on both sides. My favorite is the pocket. I'm a pocket person :) And isn't this tiny little thing just the cutest? At just 8 1/2 x 9 1/2" it's almost doll-size! But then again Ella Kate is only 16 months! Yea, she's starting young with her own custom apron HE, HE, HE ;)

I'm so happy I tackled this project. Thank you mom for teaching me...and for NOT helping me sew any parts when I asked for help! That really made me learn how to do it myself.

And thank you sewing machine for messing up 6 times on my last top stitch...sorry for the not-so-nice words...in the end I'm glad you gave me trouble ---> you really made me learn how to check the tension, change the bobbin, and how to thread and re-thread. It's all good...we're friends now.

I'm so excited! 2010 has been good to me so far. One week in and I've been able to check off two of my "to do's". There's all kinds of things I want to make next. I so need a craft room!

9 comments:

Angel said...

I'm so impressed! They look great and what a labor of love. Can't wait to see what else you make.

And I can't believe in all the time I've known you, you never mentioned your earlier crafty business until what, a week ago?

You definitely need a craft room!

The England Family said...

So cute! I need your mom to give me a sewing tutorial...too bad I don't live closer;)

Virginia said...

Dear Daughter:
I'm so proud of you! True, it took you 20+ years to realize how rewarding it is to construct (sew) something from scratch instead of saying:"(you know what)", but you finally did it!!! The 3 aprons turned out beautiful! Let's keep on tackling many more projects together.
Love, Mom
PS: I'm really looking forward to teaching Grace to sew at an early age.

Jessica said...

Ah, yes - Lulu & Co...how does the saying go, "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times". Lulu & Co. was my little bit of heaven in the middle of some yucky, yucky times. But who knows, maybe one of these days I'll go for it again! :)

My mom would SO give you a little lesson if you were closer! He, he, he, she is a VERY patient teacher ;)

THANK YOU MOM!!! And I do hope Grace takes you up on the offer much earlier than I did :O

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