Long time, no post

It has been a crazy year you guys! When I started this sewing blog, my husband and I were in the midst of trying to sell our house and all the craziness that comes along with that. So, early this spring we finally sold our home. However, that came with a catch since the house of my husband’s dreams wasn’t going to be available until early October. With that being said, I am typing this post out while sitting at an RV dinette table. I had to put all my sewing efforts on hold while we lived/live in an RV over the summer. My RV living time is coming to a close fairly soon, and I wanted to get back into the swing of things with this blog.

While living in the RV, I still wanted to do something crafty and with my hands. Space is a limited option, but I thought trying my luck with embroidery might be a good place to start. It’s a portable craft, like knitting, which meant a space saver. I searched Etsy for some beginner embroidery kits when I couldn’t find anything cute at the local chain craft stores, and I stumbled upon GurleyGurlBoutique. All of the embroidery kits are incredibly cute and easy to do! They are like paint by numbers but with thread and cute designs! All of the ones I completed were just a simple running stitch in different colors.

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Overcoming Sewing Frustration

The fabric whirs through the machine as my excitement grows. I hurriedly cut my threads, grab the quilt off the machine, and then I lose all concentration. All I can see are the imperfections. The places it bunched up. The lines that are not straight. It consumes and it takes the wind right out my sails. I curse, I feel like crying. I bunch up the quilt and threaten to throw it out.

Did I drama queen it a little bit? You bet. That’s what happens when you are an impatient perfectionist trying to teach yourself a complicated skill. Luckily, my husband talked me out of throwing the quilt in the trash. Guys, I was so distraught. I had everything pieced together perfectly until I went to quilt the three layers together. Most of my seams matched up, the colors were so bright and made me happy. I felt like I ruined the whole quilt with some wonky stitching.

Today, I can at least stand to look at this quilt, but I still haven’t been able to make myself pick up the project again. Or, even start sewing again. It’s been two weeks. How do you all overcome your frustrations? How do you motivate yourself to once again picked up your old project or even a new one?

I’ve walked away, but I am not sure how I make the hike back.

The Liebster Award. The gift that keeps on giving!

I am super excited, and surprised, that MakeAmyMake nominated me for a Liebster Award. I may only have two posts, but to know she is reading them and thinks them worthy is extremely heart-warming.

I started my blog to connect with other sewers. I can’t seem to find people in my area who are very passionate about sewing. I am fairly new to the whole process and am seeking people who love it just as much as I do. Hopefully, one day I will be good enough to create the beautiful garments I dream about. So, a big thank you to Amy! I am so glad we connected! And, a huge welcome to others who may have stopped by on my little slice of the blogosphere.

With that on to Amy’s questions!

If you had a “craft super power” what would it be?

Right now, I am really struggling with the fitting of a garment. I’ve made a couple of things for myself that I don’t like how they fit. They are good, but I want them to look great! So, my craft super power would be to immediately know how to fit things to my body! That I could understand the confusing world of translating measurements to pattern pieces to fabric! I’d like to be a Fitting Wonder Woman.

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The Making of A Delphine Skirt

The Delphine Skirt from Love At First Stitch is my first completed article of clothing for myself. It was truly a labor of love and learning.

I sewed up two skirts before producing the beautiful blue one I now have. The initial attempt had seams that didn’t align and the waist was too small. On the second attempt, I used cheap fabric from Wal-Mart that didn’t feel good on the skin and I ended up hating the design. It worked out though because it allowed me to perfect my fit (sort of) for the third try.

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Top 5 Things to Know Before You Sew (from a beginner)

1) You’re Going to Feel Overwhelmed.

The sewing world is vast and deep. The thing about it is, you don’t really know that until you dip your toe in. I thought I was going to be able to jump right into it making on point dresses and gowns. NOPE! I had no idea how many presser feet a sewing machine could have or that I would need two of them to just put in a zipper. I thought that if I took my three major measurements (bust, waist, hips) every garment would fit me perfectly. It’s a crazy eye-opening world when you being to sew. You learn to appreciate how much work goes into even the simplest of t-shirts. My best advice would be to take it one step at a time. Concentrate only on what you need to know for each project and try to block out the noise of everything else. When you do learn a technique or understand what a specific tool is for, you are going to feel so proud of yourself.

2) Don’t Give Up!

I began my sewing journey almost a year ago. I started with two sewing books. Diana Rupp’s Sew Everything Workshop and Tilly Walnes’ Love at First Stitch. Let me tell you, for me it was not love at first stitch. The initial project I tried was a simple pillow using Rupp’s book and her Craftsy class. I tried to, unsuccessfully, make that pillow two times. To this day I still don’t know what I was doing wrong. After that, I took a major break from sewing. I needed time to breathe and recuperate from my dreams of making beautiful dress on my first go.

Fast forward to last week. I just finished Tilly’s Delphine Skirt. It still isn’t perfect, but I am immensely proud of it. I made two skirts before I finally would actually wear it in public. Moral of this tale: don’t give up! Keep going. I now have a pretty blue skirt, and I have definitely learned some patience along the way.

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