So Sewing Begins

For you, Alex Darling…

I’ve been an avid crocheter for two years now.  It’s something I do on a regular basis.  Honestly, it’s my stress reliever and I love it.

Can you make costumes? I know you have a sewing machine and I really want to be able to make a Wendy costume from Peter Pan. I’m probably going to comic con.

This is the text message I woke up to several weeks ago that made me put down my crochet hook and dust off the fabulous sewing machine my fiancé bought me.  You know, the one I have hardly touched in the year since it was purchased.  This is not because I don’t absolutely love it, I do, but I am also terribly intimidated by it.   I have no sewing skills whatsoever.  Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.  None. Up until the purchase of the sewing machine I had only sewn a handful buttons and a few minor fabric repairs by hand.  I had never before had more than one needle and one spool of white thread in my house.  Then one day I mentioned to Danny, the fiancé in reference, that I was interested in learning to quilt, but didn’t have a sewing machine.   And voilà, next thing you know I have a Husqvara Viking Diamond Royale sewing machine sitting on my kitchen table.  Yes, Danny is absolutely the most wonderful fiancé ever. 🙂

I cannot tell a lie folks, when I read the text message I started sweating bullets.  What?  Me make a dress?  Up to this point I had used my new fancy sewing machine to make a kitchen apron and a quilt top–in a class–with an instructor.  More on those later.  The point is I have had limited use of the sewing machine and almost no sewing skills.  Was I confident enough to make a dress?  Could I do it without help?  Folks, the answer to these questions is a resounding “No, absolutely not.”

But, I decided to attempt it anyway.  Why, you may ask?  Well, first,  the text came from Alex, one of my soon-to-be step-daughters, who, at the age of 22 is still a Disney Princess at heart. I didn’t want to disappoint her and I felt honored that she had asked me.  Second, I thought it was a great opportunity to face and hopefully conquer my sewing  fears.  And lastly, I may just be mildly insane.  LOL.

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