Thanks so much to everyone who shared their bread baking tips with me! I can't wait to give your ideas a try...I have not had a chance yet though, as life is so busy!
Today in particular was a busy day, because I spent much of it at the sewing machine. It all started when I saw this post on Soulemama this morning, and I fell in love with the little pink overalls Amanda made for her new baby girl. I suddenly felt inspired. I just bought some new good quality sewing machine needles, I have a whole stack of new fabric--why can't I make some little pants for Amy? And who needs a pattern?
Well...me, for starters. I definitely brought more enthusiasm than skill to this project. What I did was, I laid Amy down on a big piece of paper and traced around her to get her basic measurements. Then I drew free hand what looked like a good cut out for pants, folded the paper in half and cut out the pattern.
I pushed housework and laundry to the back of my mind and started cutting and sewing. I was having so much fun, at first--but the fun dwindled as I made mistake after mistake. Good thing I own a seam ripper--I used it a lot. For some reason, I had a hard time envisioning which two sides of fabric should be going together when sewing...
Then I had major problems turning the straps right side out. To be honest, I almost started crying because the safety pin I was using kept opening up and pricking me and those dang straps just would not turn right side out for me...And they ended up too thick to really be able to tie. I can't figure what I was doing wrong.
After all was said and done, and I had spent several hours toiling over this garment, I was none too pleased to discover that they didn't fit. When I was drafting that ingenious free hand pattern, I forgot to allow for the seam allowances going up and down. I was so concerned about making sure the pants were wide enough, that I forgot about that tiny detail.
So sure, I can get the pants on her, but they are much too short. And instead of the top of the "overalls" coming to chest level, it's rather below that.
Okay, this is where I am blushing, because I have to show this embarassing project to you, don't I?
At least Amy was polite enough not to complain about her ill-fitting pants.
I think these pants are going into the next bag I donate the charity. But it wasn't all a waste. I learned a few things about sewing; namely, don't forget about seam allowances, and also, maybe it's a good idea for a beginner like me to do something crazy and use a pattern!