I feel like its been a while since I tried a good ol' fashioned pinterest attempt. Settling into my new place has been taking over most of my spare time, so when I finally had the chance, I was excited to work on a new DIY project...with a little help from my mom (thanks mom!).
My latest Pinterest Attempt is based off this really cute looking circle skirt.
The tutorial was simple enough to follow when I found it, and the girl said it took a minimal amount of time to make - two things I love in a project.
However, I learned quite a few things while working on this project that I did not expect to learn...
- Any sewing project is simple if you sew often, and know how your sewing machine works...the last time I sewed something was about 3 years ago, it was a beginner level dress with a simple pattern, and even with a ridiculous amount of help it took 18 hours to complete (yes, 18 hours...I counted as they passed). I was also borrowing my mother's sewing machine for this circle skirt, which I have used maybe once or twice within the last 5 years (one of those time being the 18 hour stint...you'd think I'd understand the machine after 18 hours straight...).
- Using a sewing machine that is not already broken, or has a tendency to randomly stop working correctly, will help immensely with both the patience level you have, and the amount of time it takes to complete said project...
- Never assume things will go smoothly (that way you're not as upset when things "go-to-hell-in-a-handbasket")...and in the rare chance they do go smoothly, just relax and enjoy the ride!
- Don't be too hard on yourself when things that are clearly out of your control happen. Just take pictures and share with others the ridiculousness that happened (my blog ladies and gentlemen...).
And if that's not an indicator of how I'm feeling about this project...let me just remind you that the title of this blog post is "part 1"...
So story time...
I brought all the items I had to my mom's house for some sewing tips (and because she owns a sewing machine and at this point, I do not).
What I failed to realize about said sewing machine until we were too far to turn back is that it just might actually hate me (and I'm pretty sure it's a misogynist...). I also learned my tendency to argue with inanimate objects when they aren't working is a family trait (at least I'm not alone in this...Hi Mom!!!).
We set out everything we needed, the fabric was already cut to size (too big...but because you can always sew things smaller, I'd rather err on the side of caution), and I even brought some scrap pieces to practice on. After much discussion over the best way to go about pinning and sewing (and a few re-pins after realizing it's not that simple to fold and pin a circle if there is a lot of fabric), we were ready.
I started sewing the edges of the seam so the frayed parts were tucked in...and all of a sudden, the machine began making weird noises. I stopped, went to take the fabric out from under the needle, and saw a PILE of thread beneath it, just knotted and mangled, hanging sadly off the bottom of the area I had just sewn. Turns out the thread from the top of the machine (which you wind around various areas in and out of the machine, and eventually through the eye of the needle) was getting caught somewhere inside, messing up the tension, and simply spinning the spool on top, without taking any thread. However, the thread from the bobbin was still going steady, doing its job, so it looked like everything was normal on the top of the fabric I was sewing.
...Everything was not normal...
My mom and I undid and re-sewed different sections multiple times because of this neat little trick (sense the sarcasm?).
We finally seemed to get that under control after re-threading it twice, and things were going smoothly until the needle broke.
Yep.... The needle broke....
Needless to say, don't push the pedal when there is no longer anything there to sew...it ends with broken machine parts. Granted it was an accident, but that's why it's important to not rush (oops).
Luckily, we had a spare needle to replace the broken one. I believe it was somewhere around this point I realized that my mom and I had been working (and stopping to fix and redo) on this skirt for 4 hours at this point...4 HOURS, and the girl in the tutorial said she completed hers in half an hour...and we STILL weren't done!
We ended up creating a waist band, and adding some pleats in to make it smaller since it was still a little too big at this point.
And after all that we realized...we still had to hem it...
A full 45 minutes of pinning the bottom of the skirt so it was the right length, and it had been 6 hours since we started this project. There was so much volume and fabric at the bottom of the skirt, I knew it would take even longer to finish...not to mention, the sewing machine was back to bunching up the thread again. My mom graciously offered to hand sew the hem for me, but I decided I would take it home and give it a try myself (because apparently I enjoy making myself miserable...)! Granted, when I got home it was around 9pm and I had work in the morning and hadn't been home all day to prepare for the week.... and just decided to veg out on the couch with some Tiramisu my mom gave me (she's so good to me).
...so...that's why this is "part 1"...
I plan on working VERY slowly so I don't mess up, especially since I don't have a lot of practice sewing things by hand (not that I have practice sewing with a machine either...now that I think about it...). I figure if it took 6 hours to do the simple tasks with a half-broken sewing machine, anything less than that by hand should be a plus for me.
This is why we have practice runs...I have a specific fabric picked out that I'd love to make a skirt out of, but I'm glad I decided to do a trial run with random fabric first. Practice makes perfect (or turns you into the definition of insanity...I can never remember...)!
So I'm a day late on my post, and don't even have a finished skirt, but at least I still have two possible blog post days this week to share my (hopefully) finished project!
Do you have any projects you are excited to work on this Spring?