Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Craft Diaries: Part 1

Dear Diary,

OK, so you're probably wondering, "Does this girl even make anything, or is she all talk?" A fair enough question; I've devoted very little space to discussing my actual, nuts and bolts craft ventures. I'm here to rectify that.

What do I do? What have I made? How did it all begin?

I think my penchant for making things myself can be traced back to fourth grade when my mom gave me free reign with her sewing machine to make a skirt. I had no idea what I was doing. No pattern, no idea of how actual clothing should be constructed, just a picture in my mind of what I thought the 'it' skirt of the day was - a mid-calf, pencil type thing with a slit in the back from which some lace peeked out. I managed to put something together (probably with at least some help from my mom), and although it promptly ripped the following morning when I was getting on the school bus, it was wearable enough to make it out the door. It was pretty terrible, but I was mighty proud.

Regretfully, my skills as a seamstress haven't improved much. I have owned a sewing machine for the past couple of years, but until recently it was this refurbished Singer that my mom had gotten me, and that machine and I did not get along well. Needless to say, I didn't use it much, and the clothing projects I attempted didn't turn out so well. While I now have a better idea of how clothing should be constructed, I still don't like patterns much.

But...I got a new machine - a Bernette (by Bernina) 65 - and so far, so good. I am versed in the basics, so I can totally handle the simple stuff like tote bags, of which I've made plenty (Holiday presents a couple years ago). I was stoked with the results of my first project with the new machine (check out my new everyday tote pictured below), and even more stoked that I got through it with no snags, literally.

I've pledged to take good care of my new friend Bernette and follow all her maintenance instructions. We're getting along so well, I definitely want to keep it that way! And, feeling empowered by this new relationship, I've mustered the courage to properly undertake clothing. First on the agenda - a cute pair of bloomers for my most favorite summer dresses (that are a smidge on the short side).

But I've dabble in so many other things...more to come later

1 comment:

Stereoette said...

yay for bernette! might an etsy shop be in handmaiden's future?