you can learn anything from the internet

May 24, 2010 at 13:44 4 comments

in true procrastinating form, i have spent the last week looking at patterns on the internet instead of actually SEWING patterns.    i’m still scared of the machine, although i’ve learned a trick that’s really helped me out with it:  i treat it like knitting.

when i get to a part of a pattern that i don’t understand, i google it.  i’m convinced that absolutely everything you need to know about any skill can be found on the world-wide web.

last night i finally got sick of just looking at this pattern, and decided to just try it.  i had most of the things i needed on hand, so there was really no excuse.

at first it came out like a muumuu:

muumuuexcuse the extremely horrible webcam photo (and anne’s artwork on the wall), but i wanted to snap the photo and be done with it.

at first i was just going to leave it as it was and call it a “learning experience”, but then i decided to make it the last learning experience i was going to have for a long time.  so i threw it on the floor [held my breath] and cut several inches off of each side.  after sewing it back up (which took a surprisingly long time because i kept accidentally pleating the voile and pinning the wrong sides together and burning myself with the iron…) it fit much better:

better fit

i’m still not 100% done this one;  i’m probably going to make it shorter so that it falls just below her knees.  what’s the point in sewing something if you’re not happy with the finished product, right?

i can’t even record how many things i learned while making this!  i learned that i like the look of shirring, and i’ve learned that i will always manually tie my ends of and never depend on a reverse stitch to hold it in place.  i learned how to use bias tape.  i learned about the basic shape of a dress, and the importance of measuring the wearer, first.  my machine and i, we had some words over this one but i feel like i had the last one.

the internet may have taught me all of the basics, and i know i couldn’t have finished this dress without it; but really the biggest lessons are learned through experience.  taking the time to learn something new and to be willing to fail.  i’ve successfully used this approach with knitting, crocheting, wood working, baking and cooking, and now hopefully i can add sewing to the list.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Pam  |  May 24, 2010 at 17:39

    That’s the pillow case dress! I was eyeing it after you posted the link the other day. I might try it on one of my sewing lessons with my Aunt. Since I started my lessons, I’ve only been once… that was over a month ago. Whoops! I’ll get back at it. It would be convenient to have my own machine, and maybe have her come to my place. Maybe once we finish the basement. I don’t need to add another thing to the main floor of our house. Anyways…. Good work! Keep posting your projects! They inspire me! :D

    • 2. bononers  |  May 24, 2010 at 18:13

      not quite the pillow case dress– but same website and really similar!
      i’m actually looking forward to seeing the bag that you made.. you should post a picture on FB. or your website!

  • 3. Kristi-Anna  |  May 26, 2010 at 14:30

    Well, well well.. I know you are a comment covetor, so I will post here :) CUTE DRESS…you have much more patience than I!

    • 4. bononers  |  May 26, 2010 at 16:10

      thanks so much, KA! i ended up chopping the bottom off– much better!


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