A lot of people have asked me how I got into sewing. A lot more have asked how I have graduated to such big projects so soon. The short answer is, I started small and kept on going. And I couldn’t have done it without Andrea.
My mother-in-law recently reminded me that when we moved into our house 5 years ago, I couldn’t sew. Well, not that I couldn’t sew-sew, but I didn’t sew. I remember finding curtains that I was in love with for my sliding glass door in the kitchen. They were mostly white and had a yellow and green border on the bottom. Because they’d be behind the kitchen table, I wanted the yellow and green border to be at the top. I asked my mom to add a stitch to the bottom of the curtains so that they’d hold a curtain rod when I flipped them upside down. It’s so funny to think I didn’t have the confidence to do that.
Within the next year I got a sewing machine for my birthday. It was a Kenmore and pretty simple. It was all I needed. I used to primarily to make burp cloths for people as baby gifts. I might have hemmed a pair of pants. I still hadn’t found any real projects that I thought I could do.
After I had Caroline in 2008, I attempted to make a few dresses for the girls. My first was horrendous. I tried to use a pattern and it was a huge failure. Patterns were not easy! So I made my own pattern out of a dress Kate already owned. That dress came out a tiny bit better but not much. I don’t know if she wore it more than once.
This is where Andrea comes in. Sometimes this past summer I discovered a new website. The Train to Crazy. It is amazing! It was full of great ideas and links to other great ideas. It was also full of tutorials. I LOVE tutorials! I think one of the first tutorials of Andrea’s that I wanted to make was the Go To Dress. Isn’t it so cute? But as I read the directions, I realized I might be better off making the Simple Skirt. So that’s where I began.
Here was my first attempt:
Cute, right? I mean the skirt, but of course, the girls are cute too! Then I decided to get a bit crazy and embellish my 2nd attempt with a white ribbon across the bottom.
So head on over to The Train to Crazy today!