The question of the week is...
When did you start sewing? Tell us a bit about your sewing history. When did you realize you were really hooked?
I grew up with a mom who sewed all the time. She made a lot of our clothes as little kids, she made our family of 4 some matching Christmas outfits one year (picture red plaid in the 80's!), she made one of my prom dresses, which was awesome btw...she could whip anything up at pretty much a moment's notice. She actually had a craft business for many years, where she would work all year sewing things, and go to about a million craft shows each fall and make a boatload selling her things.
So you would THINK that obviously, that's how I learned to sew! Wrong! I mean, I think I owe big thanks to my mom for giving me the following: my "sewing gene," and my first two sewing machines. Those things alone are huge. Huge! And some help over the phone here and there. But as far as how I learned...I pretty much taught myself.
My first project was a valance for my bedroom in college. I made it out of red ticking on the Green Kenmore, my first machine. I loved the smell of that machine. I had very little clue what to do with it, but I knew how to sew a straight line! So on & off, when I had something I wanted to sew, I'd do it ONLY if I only had to sew straight lines. No clothing, no complicated-looking things. Basically, pillowcases and straight-line curtains. TRY to contain your excitement!
Fast-forward about a decade after college, into married life. Still occasionally sewing curtains and pillowcases. Woo-woo. I wanted to sew more interesting things, but was afraid to. Then one day I realized that if I messed something up...who cares? What's to be afraid of? So I started to branch out.
This was one of the first things I made:
|That's my girl in her preschool graduation dress. 4-5 years ago?|
|Possibly my favorite picture EVER|
OK I have to stop myself! It's fun to go through all my picasa pictures and see all these things, some of them from a long time ago it seems! These are actually just a few things that I've really liked from the past several years.
This year I am branching out a little more. In addition to learning to quilt, I have also decided that I'm going to "up" the level of my sewing - I want it to be a lot more finished-looking, and I want to use nicer fabrics in projects to come. SO looking forward to that!