Here's our practice/test stitches:
In my first post I stated, "i want to be able to look back at this blog and make fun of myself for making stupid mistakes." Well, this first sewing project will definitely be something to look back on! After multiple thread jams (and i really mean multiple), a lot of wasted thread and a lot of expended patience on my part, I finally finished my first project! Woo hoo! I'm so proud of myself :)
Of course I didn't start off easy, I had to do something more on the complicated side, but that's how I roll usually. For my bday my other bestie, Hazel gave me this awesome sewing book. It has some really cute projects in it and even includes some patterns which I haven't even looked at yet. I could have easily started with the potholders, kitchen towels, or a simple apron, but I had to go for the gusto and make a tote bag. I started following the instructions very meticulously:
First I got all my supplies out
this is the extra material from the curtains and pillows in our bedroom
Then I measured all the pieces of material and cut and ironed them
(i also ironed and melted a spot on my carpet… sorry landlord)
After I started pinning all of the pieces together and following the instructions, I started getting more and more confused. The book instructions started taking me down a path that I really wasn't understanding, so I just said, "screw it, i'm gonna do it my way!" Ant looked at me and said, "are you serious?" i replied, "yep… if i screw it up, i screw it up, but i think my way is better!" Sure enough… it was :) Well, for me it was. I still don't really understand why the book was taking me from point A to B to C, then D to Z and then back to R and S and then Q again. yada, yada. My way just went A, B, C - DONE! Anyway…
Ta-da! Here is the finished product!
And since I am blogging my mishaps so I can look back on them later and laugh, here goes…
crooked pocket, crooked thread… pretty messy!
BIG ole' tangled mess!!
Well, at least it's functional and has a lot of character!