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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sew-mestically challenged & Hooked on Friday

For Christmas last year, my hubby bought me a Singer Precision sewing machine.
Why? Because I was going to use it as a scrapbook tool! Isn't that why everyone buys a sewing machine?
... A month prior to Christmas, I returned from a weekend scrapbook retreat. A friend brought her sewing machine to the retreat for anyone to use. I went crazy sewing paper & velum pockets on my 12x12 pages the entire weekend. It was my first time using a sewing machine since junior high school. I used the pockets to store my girls (daycare) report cards, ultrasound pics, etc. As you can see from the scan below of my scrapbook page... my sewing skills need some work [lots of crooked zigzag stitches].

(above pic - Ultrasound pic of Sophia sucking her thumb @ 19 weeks :)

Boy is she a beauty.... sitting there never used on my scrapbook desk for the past 7 months....

THEN... A couple months ago, I came across this Etsy shop "Little Fish In A Big Pond". They have wonderful Do It Yourself (DIY) kits. The fabric choices are simply wonderful. The kit has everything you need, except for the sewing machine, iron and scissors. I decided that this would be a great way to learn how to sew fabric [vs. paper], but at the same time have something to show for it.... soooo I bought two Parisian Dress kits - one Medium for Sydney and one Small for Sophia.

Finally, a couples months later on a rainy day (TODAY!), I decided to go for it. [I figured that I better do it before the sizes I bought are too small for the girls]. First, I had to learn how to use my new sewing machine... which took 15 minutes tops. THEN without even testing my sewing skills on test fabric, I opened the "Little Fish Big Pond" DIY kit and got down to business.

The instructions were easy to follow and the fabric is all pre-cut making it easy for a beginner like me. The end result after a couple hours (with multiple interruptions and a PB&J lunch for two little girls) was an adorable summer dress that Sydney loves. Yes, the seams are not perfectly straight and I had to pull a few stitches and redo a couple times, but I am happy with the end result - a sewing course, a cute summer dress and a happy little girl [all for $15!]. Next up, Sophia's dress... since I had a practice run, I'm guessing that it will take me half the time of the 1st dress?

Below is a pic of the dress kit: thread, ribbon & fabric comes in a tiny little package with a 2-sided page of instructions... THAT's IT!

This soon will become Sophia's dress....

Today's finished product... Sydney's blue/green dress....

hemming the arm-holes was probably the hardest part... if you blow-up the next pic you can get a better look at the stitching....

From these pics of Sydney you would think she's done this before!! She was a great little model for my 1st sewing project.

Check out the Parisian Kits here!

Don't forget to stop by Hooked on Houses for the Hooked on Friday blog party!

Have a great Friday!


Anonymous said...

Great job,Susan. The dress and your daughter are adorable. I will be anxious to see the next one. :~)


Bdubba said...

I am visiting from Julia's Hooked on Party. Thanks for sharing!

I getting very ambitious with my sewing machine from time to time. I love the kits but I think I like the thrill of choosing fabric and the other stuff for projects too. Mine likes to fight with me though. The bobbin gets tangled and we argue about where the thread needs to go. Needless to say i have a few unfinished sewing projects....

Cass @ That Old House said...

You did a fabulous job, especially for your first time. If you continue to sew, you can save a HUGE amount of money on little girls' clothes. I made ALL my daughters' clothes when they were little -- until middle school. It was great fun and SO much cheaper. They enjoyed it, too. Now I don't sew clothes, but knowing how to sew sure comes in handy for curtains and stuff -- again, WAY cheaper! Keep at it -- you will have plenty of other crooked seams, don't worry about it. No one peeks!

Colleen said...

Those are ADORABLE, to say the very least--let the compliments roll on in =)
BTW, I HAD to make myself a follower of your blog--us 40 year old with small children are hard to come by =P

Kelsey Smith said...

I found your blog from Kelly's Korner and this totally caught my eye! The final product is unbelievable ... you could sell them :)

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