Tuesday, October 24, 2006

yes, I make stuff

I'm sure I'll soon be back to my usual non-crafty posts, but today I'm feeling a return to the roots of this blog is in order. I do, after all, make stuff.

I can't say I've been knitting much stuff. I went and overwhelmed myself with too many projects (last count, 15) and, once again, my fiber love waned. But it didn't really matter, because there's a new boy in town and he's lovin' me up just fine -- sewing. No, you can't do it all the time. People would surely look at me funny if I took my sewing machine to work to get in a little topstitching in between classes. For the times when I need to get my discreet stitch on, all those knitted WIPs still come in handy. For the other times, the times when I'm left in the peace of my own home, or with the comforting camaraderie of my sewing class comrades, I'm all about the machine. Especially now that I've made the wondrous skirtness you see before you.

Unless your first skirt is a total flop, there's no way to get around wearing it until the seams nearly come apart. I've had the decency not to take pictures every day I've worn the skirt (as that would number in the zillions), but here are a few more.

I won't bore with further declarations of sewing love, but I will say that I made it from Vogue 7416. It wasn't that I adored the pattern so much -- I'm still not a fan of the v-shaped waist band -- but, rather, that I was lured by the $5 pattern price. I do like the fabric a lot as any form of denim will do me swell, but, again, ten bucks for two yards didn't hurt. I didn't want to have to resort to eating cat food over a skirt that didn't come out right. Luckily, it did. Luckily, I enjoyed making it. Luckily, I love it.


Sachi said...

Lady, you rock!

jessie said...

Simple and flattering. What more could you want?

I love the pattern price. I haven't done much sewing in recent years, perhaps partly because our local fabric store carries mostly quilt fabrics. But I also couldn't take the $14.95 patterns. I'm sure they're worth it, but part of the reason I made my own flannel PJ bottoms, for instance, was to save a little $$.

Also, I own an ancient sewing machine I bought in college (late '80s, and it was at least 20 years old then) and it's so heavy that the thought of lugging it out invariably convinces me just to buy the clothes. Maybe I need a new machine?

Summer said...

I love it!
The cost of patterns+ fabirc is the reason I never sew clothes. Cheaper to buy them, although the guilt gets me sometimes so I tend to buy thrift. Then, it's SO Much cheaper.

I sew slings and baby carriers though, they are simple and inexpensive and such a wonderful baby gift. Keep in mind for your next baby shower invite.

miss you, woman!

sappmama said...

Hey, guys. Yep, sewing is mucho fun but if you can do it with a degree of thrift, it's even better.

Summer, I'm gonna commission some of those slings. One of my friends just had a baby and another is preggers (not unlike yourself, ha ha -- I've been on your blog).

Jessie, yes! Get a new machine and whip up more of those jammy bottoms.

afrowalking said...

VERY COOL! Angela :-)

sahara said...

Wow, you're skirt looks really good! Sewing is a nice break, and eventually you learn tips that can cross over to needlework.