Happy Presidents’ Day!
For some reason our employer gave us the day off this year. Last year, they begged us to come in and even paid us double time and a half as a bribe, but I guess our union guys didn’t need to annoy us as much this year. Who knows?
The other night I went to Joanne Fabrics and was looking through the materials for blouses. Another customer struck up a conversation with me about a beautiful fabric that I was looking at. I commented that it was kind of sheer and that I wouldn’t be able to wear it to work and she recommended that I line the blouse with another material. I told her that I’m not a really good seamstress and that I get easily frustrated and she was very enthusiastic and told me that I should just keep trying.
Encouraged by her positive words, I attempted to sew a blouse today. JUST KILL ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had cut out the pattern about 6 months ago and the pieces were forgotten in my sewing cabinet. I knew something had scared me off when I last looked at the instructions and when I re-read them today, I saw the dreaded word ….darts.
I pushed aside my fears and searched all of my sewing baskets for the tracing paper and the tracing wheel. After about 20 minutes, I found them and began to mark the darts. The material was dark and the tracing paper was dark, but I finally saw the lines show up on the fabric.
I uncovered my machine and started sewing and quickly realized that the bobbin wasn’t threaded correctly. I had this huge fvcking mess of thread knotted under the fabric. After wasting another 20 minutes fixing the bobbin and ripping out the thread blob, I started sewing on the darts. After ripping them out twice, I gave up and told myself that the shirt didn’t need darts.
By now, my heart was racing and I was sweating like a pig. I thought this was supposed to be relaxing! I smoothed everything out and sewed the front to the back at the shoulder seams. So far, so good! I then picked up the pattern instructions and saw that I needed interfacing which I didn’t have. AAAAAAGGGGGGHHHHHH!! I actually felt like I was about to cry so I immediately packed everything away.
I’ve decided that I don’t enjoy sewing clothes. I tolerate sewing curtains and tailoring the occasional pair of pants but I am completely giving up on blouses. I’m going to try a pair of pants next – does anyone know whether they will be easier?
Oh, and I also signed up for an “Introduction to Knitting” class at Joannes. Maybe I’ll be able to knit, although I seriously doubt it because I have a really hard time trying to understand charts and things like that.
The day wasn’t a complete waste of time. I baked some cookies, watched a cute movie named “Caroline” that starred Shirley MacLaine and Julia Stiles, gathered all the tax stuff, and spent quality time with Lola.