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.