I've made home dec window treatments, pillows, tablerunners, tableclothes, napkins;
I've sewn baby accessories, baby clothes, little girl's clothes, big girl's clothes, dresses, shorts, shirts and pj pants; Easter dresses, Christmas dresses, Valentine's dresses, anything dresses for my girls when they were little; (they are grown now)
I've sewn the cutest 'playing dress-up' clothes, if I do say so myself... colonial outfits complete with bonnets and hats, long, flowing white Egyptian dresses with gold lame'-like trim, 'possible bags' and Davy Crockett coon-skin hats..... *sigh*..... I loved homeschooling my girls.....
Okay, where was I....
oh yes, sewing.....
When my church I was attending at the time, found out I sewed, I became the Wardrobe person for our annual Easter children's play making ALL the outfits not only for the children but even an adult-sized furry purple cow-like-thing complete with a cow-head-shaped head covering. I had to even special order the fabric for that. Gee, what in the world was that play about?!!!
I've sewn quilted bookcovers, throws and bags;
I've even sewn my own maternity clothes a long, looooooooooong time ago;
But I've never sewn clothes for myself. For just little 'ol me.
Why? I have no idea, it just seemed everyone else's needs were put ahead of mine.
Not this year. This year I am making my own clothes and loving it.
I actually enjoy sewing outfits and clothing and am blessed to have a serger that makes a beautiful finished seam.
The first outfit I've chosen to sew for myself is a comfy outfit made of the softest pink knit fabric picked up from Wal-Mart for @$2.00/yard .... loungy pants and a loungy top to wear over a simple white knit top I already own. What do you think? It looks comfy and the pattern says 'EASY'. A perfect project to begin.
In a short time, the top was cut out and at 12:00 midnight last night, no less, I was raring to go and knock that top out too. Sewing clothing, is like riding a bicycle to me I thought, as I pinned the sleeve thinking how easy this is going to be, only serging one continuous seam up the side and down the the arm. I remembered modifying patterns for my girls when they were little, as I used this technique when making their little tops and dresses with sleeves. Gee, this would be done in no time. I smiled.
Happily serging away.... I noticed one of my looper threads was getting low. No problem, I thought, there's enough to get me through this seam then I'll change to a new spool of thread. About that time, the thread was gone..... all gone.... and I wasn't through with my seam..... and it was my lower looper thread.... not one of the needle threads that are sooooooooo much easier to re-thread. This was a bummer..... a big bummer..... at 12 o'clock midnight, no less.
Through the years, I've learned a re-threading short-cut with my serger and rarely have to re-thread from scratch as that is a BIG PAIN, but one can only use that technique BEFORE one runs COMPLETELY out of the thread. I have now run completely out of thread, it's 12:00 midnight, it's a looper thread which means you have to re-thread ALL the other threads too.... in a very specific order.... *sigh*
Have you seen the inner workings of a serger? Well, one gets real up-close-and-personal with it all when one has to re-thread all the threads.... like I had to do.... at midnight last night....
It is an absolutely, wonderful, glorious day, let me tell you!!! And my serger and I are once again the best of friends.