Friday, January 10, 2014
Back to the WIPs
I really need to get rid of these suckers. Here's an easy one. It's been entirely knit for nearly a year now and the only thing left to do is hand sew the zipper in. Sewing scares me. I have always had a bit of an irrational fear of the sewing machine, but used to sew things by hand often when I was little. I hand-sewed a Pound Puppy from a kit. That thing was adorable! My mom was an excellent sewer and my grandma wishes I'd pick it up. She thinks my knitting skills would translate very easily to sewing skills. She actually helped me with this project, but I'll tell you more about that in the FO post. ;)
Last year, for my birthday, I treated myself to a sewing class at one of my local yarn shops (that also happens to be a sewing/quilting shop). I made a cowl and it wasn't that scary after all. just fiddly. And very, very precise. At least knitting allows for a bit of fudging. For the rest of the year, I eyed a class to make a dress, but wasn't sure if I might be jumping too far ahead of myself going from a super simple scarf to a dress. I have to keep reminding myself that sewing isn't knitting. I can't as easily undo my mistakes on a sewing project as in a knitting project.
This year (again for my birthday, though I bought it a month early), I treated myself to the pattern and fabric for the dress I'd been eyeing all year. The owner of the shop (who taught me to make the cowl) told me I could do it and said she'd be happy to help me through any rough spots. So I'm going to do it! I don't have a sewing machine and haven't decided if I should camp out at the shop in front of a rented one, wait until I'm back at my grandma's, or call up one of my local sewing friends for a social afternoon, but I'm going to make this dress and I'm going to wear the crap out of it.
My step-mom told me she plans to bring me my mother's sewing machine this summer if they drive out here. I don't know if I can wait that long to make the dress, but the idea of owning a sewing machine to make other things with is really exciting. We don't have room for the sewing machine...but that's another matter altogether. :)
Do you have any non-yarny hobbies? Which do you find more difficult? For you sewers, do you have books or online resources to recommend to me about fabric properties, different stitches and their uses, threads, etc.? I'm seriously a total n00b.
I hope you have a lovely weekend! I'll see you next week!