Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Not Easy

The dress pattern I have been playing with lately is not labeled "Very Easy", or even "Easy". It is labeled "Step by Step for Sewing Success!". I'm looking for success, so it seemed like the pattern for me. Yep.

It turns out. "Step by Step" is not the same as "Easy" and certainly not "Very Easy".

Neck Trim 2

That neck trim is hard, at least for someone who is just learning how to sew. This isn't so hard in knitting, but yarn is much more forgiving than cloth.

Neck Trim

There are a couple of little wrinkles up there, where the cloth didn't quite do my bidding, but given how really difficult this was for me, I can live with them.


Also. I still can't sew a straight line, which leads to problems like that one. I was talking to a co-worker about this issue. She remembers in her Junior High School Home Economics class having sheets with straight lines and swirls. They were graded on how many stitches fell outside the lines. I, myself, was so damaged in my own Junior High Home Ec. class by a fondue recipe which involved cheese and Sprite that I don't remember anything about sewing (except that it happened), but it does seem like a very good way to practice. I think I will make something up and sew lots of straight lines and curves. Fun!

I should have pictures of a finished Equinox on Thursday. It is drying right now. I'm very happy with how it turned out, but I don't see myself getting pictures until tomorrow evening. Instead, how about a picture of Fred giving tribute to Simon:

Judy Gives Tribute


@ said...

That's outstanding. Your first project isn't a pillow-case, it's something a little bit more complicated. You're doing great.

Miriam said...

You might want to check the pressure of your feed dogs. If your feed dogs are working properly, sewing in a straight line shouldn't really be a problem. Maybe a machine tune up is in order :)

Sharon said...

Oh stoppit Lee, you're making me want to go sew something. I'm a Home Ec grad and used to sew all my clothes because I thought it was fun. Now I want to go sew something, and I don't need anything because Asians how sewn all my clothes.

tea said...

Oh! I have a Simon, too!