Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A New Hobby...Maybe

I was supposed to take the beginner's Wilton's cake decorating class this month, but the day before the first class, the teacher called and said she had to have some procedure done and so had to postpone the class until June. Not a huge deal, but I was pretty bummed about it since it's something I've wanted to do for a while now and I FINALLY got signed up (thanks, hubby!) and now it's not for a few weeks. It will, however, still be in time for me to (hopefully) do a cake for Jonathan's birthday, so all is not lost.

This postponement left me with a misdirected creative spirit. A few months ago, my wonderful mother in law bought us a sewing machine. I am honestly pretty intimidated by it (so happy you feel me here, Kara), but, during a sale at a local fabric store a while back, I decided to buy a simple pattern so I could try to make Jonathan some pyjamas. I thought pyjamas would be good because he'll just wear them around the house and to bed, so if they aren't perfect, they will at least still be wearable. I bought the pattern as well as enough fabric to make two pairs.

Tonight, I finally got the pattern out and read over everything. I believe the folks at Simplicity define "easy" differently than I do as this whole thing seems pretty complicated to me. As you will see from the picture below, however, it very clearly says that it's "easy to sew."



Not that I've gotten to sewing yet. First, I have to cut out a gazillion pieces in order to make what I thought would be a simple set of shorts pajamas. This next picture is the carnage I created with the pattern and scissors. It's actually only five pieces that I had to cut out, but it seemed like A LOT more.



And this last one is me trying to concentrate on cutting everything out properly. Hubby, knowing that I would blog about this (because I'm a big ol' dork), thought it would be fun to snap my picture.



I only got as far as cutting out the pieces, ironing them and determining which layout diagram I needed. That took me an hour and then I was starving for dinner. I'm not sure how well this is going to go, but I hope to be able to post a picture in the next two months (that's not too ambitious, is it?) of Jonathan wearing my homemade pyjamas. Even if they are hideous and the shorts only have one leg hole, I promise to post the results. Wish me luck...

8 comments:

Kimberly said...

This CRACKS ME UP! Sophie would probably out grow the darn things before I got them finished. Good luck to you...and may the force be with you when you fire up that sewing machine!

Kara said...

I promise, you'll be fine! I bet you, too, are cute when you are pinning things!

Twin Mommy Law Chick said...

Wow, the last time I used a sewing machine was in like 6th grade home ec class, and the teacher liked me so she finished my project for me (it was a neon pink fanny pack, thank you!) and still gave me an A. More power to you. Hey, I just ripped the hem out of a pair of pants, think you can get to that for me if I mail them to the Ville? LOL.

Can you send some crafty dust my way? I need to finish the kids’ one year (yes ONE year) scrapbook but I have no motivation in the evenings.

supermommysquared said...

Now that is an interesting hobby, but I think you can keep it all to yourself :) Good luck and I just read an article in Parents that said I am slacking as a godmother, so tell J-Man I am stepping up soon. Give him a big kiss for me!

Wendy said...

What a hubby taking pictures. OKay- so I am a self taught seamstress.... kind of. I sew all of the kids halloween costumes each year, and my hubbys and mine. I also sew girls dresses and skirts. It is not that bad. Still can't read patterns... I just cute out the size, and sew where it should be sewn! Good luck!!

Janice said...

I wish I had the energy to learn how to sew. The only things I've made are pillow covers. And looking at sewing patterns absolutely scare the heck out of me (I don't even know why they call it "easy" when they sure as hell are not). But I do love going to fabric stores and just looking at all the different patterns and designs for fun without buying anything. I am such a weirdo...

looking forward to seeing your finished project. :-)

Andrea said...

Oooh- you are inspiring me! I have a sewing machine but I don't get it out nearly enough. I can't wait to see the finished product!

supermommysquared said...

New blog please :) I miss you and this helps!