Sunday, August 23, 2009

A new crafty addiction?

Before Camp Wanna Knit Knit I was wracking my brain for what to contribute to the goody bags. I took a trip to Fancy Tiger because they have some really unique gifty type things there. Browsing around I came upon some gorgeous Japanese sheep fabric. That was it, I was going to make zippered pouches for everyone. I picked up a bolt of fabric and lots of matching zippers and headed home with my loot.


When I arrived home I pulled out my Mother-in-law's sewing machine, threw the fabric in the washing machine and set to planning out my next steps. Joe came in and asked what I was doing - well, I'm going to be sewing of course! I'm going to make some zippered pouches for everyone at camp. Looking a little surprised he mentioned that he didn't realise that I knew how to sew. Ah yes, it's been a while. In fact I can only recall making one thing on a sewing machine at high school and that was an elasticated skirt. To which he then wandered off shaking his head mumbling that he saw a disaster afoot! Giving his comment some thought; realizing that there were only 4 days 'til camp; testing his Mom's machine and understanding that it was less than fully functional I decided he might be onto something. It was time for Plan B! (which you can see in the post below).

But still, after seeing all those lovely fabrics, and knowing I now owned enough bits and pieces to mass produce zippered pouches I was eager to learn.


Stacey gave me the nudge -- Fancy Tiger have a zipper skirt class. We signed up for it.

But first I figured I'd take their 101 class. It was awesome. The lovely lady leading the 101 class showed us how to use the machine, load bobbins and thread yarn, try a multitude of stitches, and we even walked away with our first project - a cute eye glass case:


I was now ready for the skirt class the following day. Brimming with my newfound knowledge and a couple of yards of super cute fabric I headed to the store with Stacey. Another great class - the teacher was super helpful, friendly and fun.




I could hardly believe that a newbee sewer could walk away with a completely wearable, well-fitting skirt after just a 3-hour class.


I see many more sewing projects in my future... perhaps those zippered pouches next. But first a trip to the service shop with my MIL's sewing machine...

13 comments:

Kristina Knits said...

I actually learned to sew before I learned to knit and I loved it. I've made 4 or 5 quilts of various sizes and some bags. Right before I got prego I started making some skirts. I can't wait to wear them next spring.

Judy said...

I took a bag class at Fancy Tiger, also a great experience. Your skirt is fabulous. I have 4 zippered puches cut out and ready to sew.

Denise said...

I just took a sewing class yesterday to make a 'designer tote' :) It was great. I took pics and will post to my blog tomorrow.
I still love knitting but I want to learn more on my sewing machine.

Donna said...

I love the skirt. I am like Kristina I learned to sew before I knit. I made the Star Trek uniform Jen wore on Halloween. I use to sew a lot of my own clothes. So glad you guys enjoyed it.

betsy said...

Sam, Great job!! My mother taught me to sew when I was very young (6 maybe?). I don't do 3-dimensional objects (armholes, darts, fitted pieces) that well, but I love, love, LOVE quilting. Now that you are an official seamstress, you should definitely try a quilt or 2. As creative as you are, it will be a piece of cake.

Rima said...

Cute skirt! I am learning how to sew--very slowly. I am sure it will be a while before I come up with something wearable for an adult!

theknittingcowgirl said...

Brava Sam!
When you can sew, you can create most everything...

I am waiting to see your next project...this skirt is nice and the color is one my favourite in this period ;-)

Bea said...

Its scary how easy to pick something else up isn't it? The skirt looks awesome.

iknitipurl said...

My sewing teachers name is Stacie too! Sounds like you picked up a lot of good techniques in your class. Good luck with the pouches.

StarSpry said...

I love your skirt!! Glad you enjoyed the classes...good luck with the pouches :)

Knitting by the Pond said...

I love your new skirt! I would love to learn how to sew like that! :)

Kim said...

Fun!

I know I could really get into sewing--if only I could stop spending money on knitting, cross stitch, and books then I could afford a machine ;)

Anonymous said...

Hey sis, this skirt is lovely, really great colours and design. Did you manage the skirt i sent you and did you check their website out (lots of cute kids stuff on there too) ;-)

Get plenty of wear out of that skirt while you can sissykins..love you lots and lots.

Jacqui (who never knows how to log on to leave her comment - tsk) :-D