Saturday, May 28, 2016

Behind the Threads.

I always love finding out why people sew....when they started, what inspired them, or still does.  I've had a few people ask me so I figured it would be easiest to include it in my blog.  My first time sewing was back in Home Ec, in 7th grade.  I don't remember everything I made, but there was a duffle bag, and a sweatshirt, I remember using the serger, and praying it wouldn't break a thread and I'd have to re-thread the thing.  I also remember how excited I was when the seam on the cuff lined up perfectly with the seam on the sleeve hahaa, oh the simple things.  I still get excited when everything lines up!!!  I made one quick sundress when I was about 19, just traced a simple tank dress I liked, on to some fabric, cut, sewed and hemmed......that was it for another 10 years or so. 

When I got married I started decorating my own home.  I made a couple of throw pillows, nothing exciting, and I was using an old machine that was pretty touchy.  Then my daughter was born.....ohh my so many cute things to sew for a little girl.  I started out with hand sewing felt food.  It was all the rage at the time, and I had some friends that were making them, and they were all so adorable, I couldn't resist. 

When my daughter was about 18 months a friend of mine posted a picture of her daughter in a 'pillowcase dress'.  I fell in love with it, googled a pattern and gave it a try.  There was no going back....once I had a taste of making clothes for her, I wanted to make more and more.  I made several for her and for birthday gifts.

Sew Ninja's Trella Twirly Skirt pattern
Then I tried new patterns, some pretty simple, others more elaborate. I even was able to be a pattern tester for Pollywoggles Patterns, and Sew Ninja.   I had a few friends that were sewing as well, and it kept it all fun and fresh to have people to share it with.  I had blogged about my sewing during this time, but that blog is no longer online.

Polly Woggles's Cecily Rose   is my favorite sundress pattern.  And it's two dresses in one. 

I joined 'The Canadian Sewing Group' on Facebook, and well the rest is history.  I got inspired to 'Sew All The Things!!!'.  The first project I remember was the mug rugs.  They were huge at the time, and everyone was doing it.  If you've been living under a rock, then I'll let you know a Mugrug is a big fabric coaster, that will hold a mug and a snack, like a mini place-mat.  They're usually pieced and use a lot of quilting techniques.  They're a great quick project to try out something new on.

After that I went to table runners, oven mitts, and some zipper pouches.  I learned it all from Youtube, Pinterest,  Online tutorials, a few pdf patterns, and the amazing online sewing communities.

 I have to really give them all credit, they're so willing to help and share their tips and techniques, I don't know where I would be without them.

I moved on to sewing some clothes for me, and discovered the 'Fairy Bra Mother'.  I watched her Craftsy class, "Sewing Bra's, construction and fit".  bought a pattern and a kit, and have made several bras.  The first few I had some fit issues, but that is to be expected, but I have a couple that I wear all the time.  I need to get some more supplies, because I want to replace all of mine, and make a swimsuit.  Here is an affiliate link to her class Craftsy-Sewing Bra's Class

Here's a few other random items I've made.

Now that my daughter is in school, and I'm back to work full time, it's really cut into my sewing time.  I still plan on making time to sew, but I won't be able to make as many items as I have in the past.  I have to make my time worthwhile...Check back for second installment.  My blog inspirations.......and another one of my obsessions....BAGSSSS make all the bags!!!!

If you enjoyed reading about my background here are some others you can peruse.  I'll be adding them here as they are giving to me.

Seam of My Pants--Bio

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