OH MY GOODNESS! I sewed a SKIRT!
And, it’s wearable . . . and presentable . . . and so PRETTY!
This weekend, Anton went to Moscow on a business trip.
“This is it, this is my chance.” I said to myself. “I’ll sew a skirt for Sophia!”
Friday, I found this wonderful website: Sew Mama Sew
This place is amazing! Lots of wonderful projects! And, what is extra helpful to me as a beginner, tons of “Step by step” tutorials - with pictures!
Gotta love it!
“That’s it, that’s my skirt.” I said to myself. “I’ll sew that skirt for Sophi!”
Sat I went looking/shopping for sewing tools and material.
My mother-in-law gave me a great pair of scissors. I wish I had had these at the beginning of the cutting process! Such smooth cutters!
Looked everywhere for a seam allowance measurer thingy. (Yeah, I know, it would help if I knew the correct term for all these sewing thingies.)
Hit JACK-POT with this set from China! Because it had...
LOOK! It has INCHES and centimeters!
I almost fell over when I saw it! It was the only one they had in the store. The set was all covered in dust - probably been there a while . . . I called the saleslady over,
“I want this one, this one, this one.” I said, tapping nervously on the display case glass.
She started to tell me about each object in the set. I probably should have listened.
But I stopped her and said, “I really just need this one thingy from the set.”
I did ask her what it is called in Russian, but she didn’t know!
Went to several stores before I found this meter stick. I want to permanent marker inches on the other side.
Found some great material (at a not-so-great price) and headed home!
Saturday, I spent the morning cutting out the material pieces.
This is where I must have gone wrong.
“Good night!” I said to myself. “This skirt is for a giant!”
Re-read the instructions, couldn’t see that I had done anything wrong.
“Well, I’ll just keep going.”
Later that afternoon I started to sew! and iron! and sew!
I worked like a crazed woman . . . I couldn’t stop . . .
Anton came home unexpectedly at 10pm. He wanted it to be a surprise!
The house was covered in threads, ironing board up, hot iron on, Sophi still up, dishes piled in the sink, wife with glazed-over eyes and lunatic hair hunched over a sewing machine...
“Hey! Can’t stop now . . . not . . . at . . . a good stopping place . . . “
I did come to a stop and fed my hungry and tired husband. I did put my child to bed. And, I actually went to bed.
But I had a hard time sleeping. I was thinking about finishing that skirt. I just had ONE more seam to sew . . . ARGH! It was killing me! I even thought about taking everything to the kitchen to finish . . . but my poor hubby was so tired, I just didn’t have the heart to wake him.
Sunday, after church and after Sophi went down for her nap...
“Now’s the time!” I said to myself. “I’m gonna finish that skirt!”
And I did!
It’s way too big for Sophia. But, it’s perfect for me! I wore it all Sunday evening in the house . . . was sad when I had to take it off to go to bed! It has a cute little tie waist!
And there are places where it is painfully obvious that I’m a beginner . . .
But I LOVE IT!
Really, I had so much fun! It was like flying . . . like singing...
It was from the spirit . . . unbelievable!
I knew I would enjoy sewing . . . but I didn’t expect to LOVE it!
Love at first . . . seam!
That night I even made my own pin cushion for all the pins I had laying around my sewing table.
It is a flower from the skirt fabric - with a covered button in the middle.
I found it somewhere on line - but lost the link. Sorry.
I still have some pretty fabric to make Sophi an almost “matching” skirt.
I think I can figure out how to make the skirt smaller for her!
And I may have enough left over fabric to make a head kerchief for her and a head-band for me!
LOVE this whole process! I may never put this machine away . . .
Now, to figure out a way to get good fabric to Russia . . . hmmm . . .