Friday, May 18, 2012

my thing.

I am so excited to tell you about my awesome sewing class!  I had a blast learning so many new techniques and getting to ask about 100+ questions to my instructor and making some really fun new projects.  This was the first class I've taken and it was a very casual setting, in someone's home with about 5 students but it was a perfect and comfortable setting for me - and, did I say I had fun?

I'll give you a quick rundown of things I learned and made during the 10 week class.  Most weeks we sewed a little in class and then had homework to try out a new skill we were taught - it was a great way to learn hands on and with really cute projects, too.

Week one ruffle, types of needles to use on your machine & info about tools and thread too. *Ruffle scarf, not pictured
Week two make and sew bias tape and sew darts. *Apron
Week three fabric flowers, lining a project/bag, edge finishing & hand sewing techniques *Tote with flowers
Week four shirring (SO fun!), cleaning & caring for your machine & intro to sergers. *The Maddy dress Evelyn is wearing!
We five introduced us to a handful of awesome feet you can buy for your machine (ruffler, rolled hem, walking foot etc.)
A close up of the shirring and the second dress I made (for Norah) since I loved it so much!
Week six zippers! *Faux leather pouch
Week seven making & using piping, pleating. *Throw pillow
Week eight pattern making & working with knits! *Circle skirt & leggings
Week nine sewing with elastic & appliques. *Poodle on the skirt, waste band on skirt & leggings.
Week ten catch up week!
Norah's wearing the circle skirt & leggings (they are capri style and not actually uneven, just the way she's standing) and Evelyn's wearing the Maddy dress - adorable!
During class I heard my instructor say that sewing was her "thing" and I loved that phrase. I've used it before when talking about others but I'm going to say it... I think sewing is my thing. At least for now and I hope for a long long time because I really love doing it. I hope I can continue to improve and try new things!  Have you discovered your "thing" or things - something you can escape everyday things to do and something you love?  I have other things I like a lot but this is somehow different - I feel good about it when I complete something and during it I love it too as I'm creating something from a flat peice of fabric.  It brings me so much joy!


abby said...

No wonder this is your are amazing at it!!! If you lived closer I would either commission you to make things for my kids or I would commission you to train me:) Love you and am seriously awestruck and your incredible talent!!

Mattie said...

I have a new found love for sewing too! And I just have to say your girls are so beautiful and I love reading your updates!

stef said...

I don't have a "thing"! i wish i did! All of these pieces are amazing Kel, and you have such pretty models :)


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