December 2, 2007

I'm So Excited and I Just Can't Hide It

I've wanted to make my own clothing for some time now... I even bought myself a sewing machine for Christmas in 2001. I just new that I would teach myself to sew and I be on my way to becoming a sewing diva and making most of my own clothes by the end of 2002.

Well, here it is almost 6 years later and my sewing machine has been languishing away in it's original box, still practically new (I did sew one pillow with it). I looked at it last week when I was grabbing something out of the closet and decided to do something about it so I called up the Sewing Studio and signed up for a beginners sewing class. I chose a small, independently owned shop over a chain because 1) it was cheaper and 2) it's actually a better deal because I'll end up getting more time with the instructor at a lower cost.

My first class was this past Thursday and I felt a lot less intimidated about sewing as a whole upon leaving the class. My instructor is great... she's very animated, informed, has been sewing since she was a child, and her love for her craft really shows. The first class really just involved getting to know the machine. We didn't do any real sewing but we did practice on paper by following lines and drawings that were preprinted on a sheet. The primary goal was to get us used to sewing a straight line, although there were some curves.

We also chose the pattern that we'll be using for our first project from a list that the instructor provided. I'll be completing McCall's 9172 view B (on the far right). I chose a beautiful green linen-look fabric since I'm going for a more casual look. I'm for-see this being a garment that I wear around the house or as a bathing suit cover up.

I'm always excited about learning new things and sewing is no exception. I do plan on keeping a blog so that I can see how far I've come and to keep track of projects that I complete. I also hope to meet new people in the blogging world... I've already come across several sewing blogs and websites that I've been very impressed by and will use those as guides when I need additional information because most of them are very informative.


KreativeMix said...

oooooooooooo I"m saw glad I stumbled across this post. my goal is to get myself a sewing machine for christmas this year. i've been thinking about it for a while. i too, would like to sew my own clothes and put all this designs 'in my head' to use!!! any recommendations? here's to hoping you enjoy that fab machine and class!!!

S0uthernGirl said...

Yay! My first visitor. My machine is a Singer 6038... I primarily bought it because Singer is a popular brand, so I figured they have to be pretty good LOL. As you can see, I am by no means an expert.

There are a lot of sewing machine reviews on and my sewing teacher mentioned that the older all metal Singer machines run perfectly, so you may want to check estate sales or Hoobly to see if you can find one without making a large investment up front.

KimT said...

very cool. i took up sewing this year and am loving it. I went to the local adult school because it was the best bargain. I have taken 10 sessions so far and plan on going back for more in January. I have made a skirt and a pair of gouchos. I am now making a dress on my own. its coming along. Hopefully I will be able to post some pix of my sewing stuff soon. looking forward to watching your progress.