Happy St. Patricks Day

17 Mar

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Happy St. Patrick’s day! We remembered our green around here so nobody gets pinched. Also, the pants I’m wearing in this picture are a pair I just finished. I hadn’t sat down at the sewing machine for a long time, but the on-line tutorial offered by Lauren on her blog Lladybird made the tricky parts seem do-able. I used to sew a lot but I got away from it when I got divorced and moved.
002 This is the pattern I used. It seems like Etsy and Project Runway have made sewing kind of cool these days, which is nice. I have always sewn, ever since I was given a toy Singer as a second-grader. I was mostly taught by my mom and Granny, and then really upped my skill set in college, where my sewing skills landed me a job in the costume shop of the theatre department. After I graduated, I took quilting classes at a quilting store in Tempe, AZ and eventually became the secretary of my local quilting guild where I was the youngest person there by 25 years. Which was probably the nerdiest way possible to spend your twenties. And then when I was married (the first time), I sewed curtains for the house I eventually bought and some clothing for my son. I got my current sewing machine around that time (Bernina Artista 640) and learned machine embroidery. I monogrammed everything in site for a few years. And then I had a second child and took classes in making heirloom children’s clothing at Children’s Corner in Nashville, and had a friend teach me to smock and I made clothes for my daughter. Occasionally some things for myself, but not a lot.

I was taught that garments were the hardest thing to sew, which I always found a little bit intimidating. But I have found over the past 10 years that construction, details and fit in ready-to-wear clothing has taken a pretty sharp nosedive, and at this point, even with my relatively rusty garment construction skills, I can make nicer things than I would buy at Target. There’s a great book on that subject called “Over-dressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” by Elizabeth Cline. So, I’ve decided to sew a little bit more for me, and I think these pants are a good start. What about you? Do you sew? Do you have any hobbies that used to be super-nerdy but they eventually became sort of cool? Anyway, have a great St. Patrick’s Day. xoxo, LaurenT

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2 Responses to “Happy St. Patricks Day”

  1. Dorothy Petry March 17, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    Hi Lauren – I love to sew! In fact, I’m making curtains for our kitchen today from an old vintage tablecloth. Using rick-rack (my FAVORITE embellishment) and buttons as whimsy. I made little Christmas jumpers for my great-nieces. I’m re-learning to crochet, making yo-yos for a Christmas tree skirt project and am looking to work on some decoupage this spring/summer. I just can’t stop!

  2. jamie@owlreally.com March 18, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    you made pants!! i am super impressed with your sewing skills!!!

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