Ladies and gentlemen, I bought a sewing machine. Then for five weeks, I was afraid to touch it because it had an instruction manual and lots of buttons. Then one morning I brought it upstairs, set it up on my dining room table, and sewed a wretched little coat for my son’s Grinch toy. It looked like this:
My little boy was not impressed. When his sister asked him about the (long-awaited) “Grinch coat” on our drive home from school, he said, “It’s not like the one in the movie.” Ouch! But… it did totally suck. Here’s the back:
A few weeks ago I got a big stack of fun sewing project books from the library. Many projects sounded feasible, but I had no idea how to get started. So I called in the big guns and set up a Sewing Day with my mom. She’s been sewing since she was in 4-H club as a wee lass. She walked me through a drawstring pouch project, then forced me to try some of my machine’s features (like sewing a buttonhole) that I was too intimidated to try on my own.
Feeling emboldened, I bought an inexpensive doll-clothes pattern figuring that the Grinch was about the same size as an American Girl doll. Lo and behold, last night I was able to achieve an un-sucky coat for ol’ Grinchy!
I’m trying the coat again in a super-cute flowery fleece for my daughter’s “My Friend Jenny” doll. And let’s face it, I only just gave her the doll a couple of weeks ago because I felt like it was CRAZY that I hadn’t given it to her yet. Guess which one of us is more excited about Jenny’s new coat and matching fleece booties? I’ll give you a hint — it isn’t the five-year old!
Just to recap, here’s the before and after:
Before anyone thinks, “Must be rough to have time to goof around like that,” (which I know isn’t any of my near-and-dears because you know the value of a creative outlet) there was an article in a recent issue of Martha Stewart Living that pushed me over the edge as far as the cost/benefit analysis of investing time and money into a new hobby. I have to find the article, then I’ll post a link to it, but I took it as one more affirmation from the Universe that there is much to be said about pursuing one’s desire to create, as well as learning a new skill. Go forth and make stuff!