Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Whatcha working on Wednesday week3

There are no pictures with this post....hopefully tomorrow. I have been working on sewing the clothes for the girls. At the moment, I am a little flustered.... It seems that when people were sewing back then, they didn't need as much instruction as I do right now. The person who decided to write "quick and easy" on the front of the pattern had to have been off their rocker. I will admit, however, that the second skirt was easier... Some of you may know, there is no love lost between me and zipper sewing. I can do it...but I don't like it. There is another part of garment making that I despise...and that is unpicking a seam. On my first go, I unpicked and re-sewed almost every seam. Mostly because of the size discrepancy. GRRRrrr! And let's just talk about the sizing of those patterns. They were all size 12 and 14. I thought I would be altering them to fit their skinny little bodies....well, a size 12 is too small. I had to sew 1/4" seams in order for them to fit. I'm just saying that if Makenzie and Ragan are a size 12 then I'm a monkey's uncle. (MY size would be 52-ish.) In high school, I was given the Outstanding Home Economic Student award. I think if Miss Vance saw my sewing work today, she would rip that silver plated bowl right out of my hands and running screaming down the street.

10 comments:

Gettysburg Homestead said...

LOL... you are too funny. I remember my Mom trying to figure out what size to buy us too. Heck she even made my prom dress and of course it had to have sequence on it. The day of prom she was trying to alter it to fit. Good luck with the zipper I've never put one in and I don't think I could.

Mary

aaronandsharla said...

You are hilarious! I loved your humor in this post- and if it makes you feel any better, even with today's patterns, the sizing is still really small...at least I think it is. Can't wait to see the finished products ;)

Kindra said...

Oh, how I wish they had home-ec when I was in high school. They eliminated that class a few years before I came along. I wish I could sew. I learned on an antique "machine" with a pedal you had to basically pedal. :) So with a "new" machine, I am lost. It's great that you can sew clothes for your girls. Have a great evening!

Erin said...

You knuckle-head! I know that you are your worst critic and I have yet to see anything you do that has turned out bad! Give yourself a pat on the back from me and Smile! I'll see you tomorrow! :)

Primgal55 said...

You reminded me why I stopped sewing as much! Did I tell you I was the Betty Crocker Home Ec student of the year in my senior year? I got a $50 'scholarship even! My kids think that is a hoot - and that I took it too seriously. LOL

I bought wool and some patterns so I have some hand sewing to do this week. I am really liking wool all of a sudden. Do you work with it much?

Good luck with the rest of the sewing and I can't wait to see pics. I know they will all be great - you are so talented.

hugs, Linda

Gayle said...

You make me laugh Jo-Ann! It's been a long time since I did any garment sewing too - lots harder than quilting - I'd probably be best friends with me seam ripper! LOL

Sara Adams said...

I loved your post! So funny! I can't wait to see the finished product. Have fun at girls camp!!!

tumbleweed said...

Oh that's funny :O) Thanks for the midmorning humor! My gramdma used to do all our families sewing because my mom hated it (to the point she once stapled my girl scout patches on my sash before a parade!!) When my mom needed a zipper replaced though Grandma always said "just replace the whole thing, I don't do zippers!".
Happy 4th.
Blessins'
Shayne Louree

Autumn Moon said...

Yes, the sad, crazy thing about pattern sizes is that they have absolutely nothing to do with ready-to-wear sizes. When will they ever learn? Maybe we will have to have a truth in pattern sizing uprising or something.

lera said...

Oh, you are funny!!

I have done some recent seam ripping, too. I might dislike it more than zipper sewing, too :-)