I read a gazillion DIY blogs and am always impressed by the things that people have made. Beautiful things. Crafty things. These people write about their projects using words like “vintage chic” and “repurposed” and “upcycled”. It’s sort of hippie, but also posh. And I’m sort of hippie and I want to be posh, so I begged my mom to teach me how to sew. I mean, really, how hard can it be?
Famous last words.
We borrowed my sister’s sewing machine and got to work. The first thing I found when I delved into the bin of sewing supplies was a fabric-covered sausagey thing.
I had no idea what it was for, but as you can see, I found a very good use for it!
My husband said that we weren’t allowed to take it home with us. Rats!
Next up, we used a measurer to ensure that we cut the fabric straight. If you want to get all technical, the correct term is “measuring tape”. I guess if I want to be posh, I have to use the lingo. Anyway, I accidentally cut the fabric all crookedly. But it’s not that big of a deal. Right?
After I cut my fabric, I sewed the ends together. Here is the seam that I sewed. Isn’t it wonderful?
Then my mom informed me that we had to iron the hems. I looked around for a dryer because that’s how I usually get the wrinkles out of my clothes (10 minutes on the hottest setting and you’re good to go!). But all that my mom had was this hot metal thing and a little board. Here she is showing me how to use it.
Don’t we look so very domestic???
Since my sister’s sewing machine was clearly not working properly (obviously the issue was the machine and not me!), we had to re-thread it. (By “we”, I mean “she”, since I was busy playing on the computer.) It took her FOREVER. She ended up reading the manual. But, finally, an hour later, we were on our way.
And then, the moment I’d been breathlessly waiting for……………I’M SO POSH!!!
Oh wait, that’s my mom trying to fix the machine after I broke it for the twentieth time.
Well, anyway, here’s the finished product:
Now THAT’S posh!
(If you see my daughter around town sporting her new hippie-posh skirt, whatever you do, do not look closely at those seams!)