Notice the snow on the ground behind us! That's probably why we are wearing pants with our letter sweaters instead of skirts. We had to trick-or-treat in a blizzard one year. My mom drove us house to house. My favorite costume was my poodle skirt. I wore it at least four years in row. I still love that costume.
She even sewed our Christmas dresses and robes. Clearly I was thrilled about this one.
My mom taught me little things about sewing when I was younger, we'd make a pillow here and there and when I joined 4-H, she helped me make a skirt. Okay, she probably sewed the whole thing while I watched but I did learn!
I finally bought my own sewing machine on Overstock last week (just a beginner Brother XM3700) because I have a growing list of things that I wanted/projects that needed to be done and it's just ridiculously expensive to pay someone to sew for you. I wanted table runners for Thanksgiving, drapes in the dining room, ottoman slip covers, a roman shade, stockings...I would have spent a fortune buying things on ETSY or I could try to do it myself.
Luckily, it's coming back to me. Last night I made a little runner for a chest in the dining room. (Craig's List find!)
I sewed the first ruffle on backwards and when I tried to cut a rectangle for the top- well, let's just say it's a good thing that linen is forgiving because it's no where near a straight line.
I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out! I think I'm going to get started on the drapes for the dining room today.
I also changed the header on my drapes in the living room. (The rings don't match, I know.) When I had these made, I asked for a rod pocket. The rod pocket was too casual and I didn't like how the drapes hung (before pic of them from Christmas: here) so I sewed some pleater tape across the top and inserted the hooks. They look so much more tailored now.
The best part is being able to complete little projects that have been lingering. I want to host Thanksgiving dinner this year so I've got to get going on those drapes...