Friday 18 April 2014

I blame the sewing bee!

Oh yes I do, for making us all think we can sew and whizz up clothes in a short amount of time.

WELL WE CAN'T. Or at least I can't, especially in the time given!!!!

This week, as the girlies were having an impromptu break at Grandma's I decided to get out my new, yes that's right NEW sewing machine and make something wearable!!!!

After all, I have the machine they use on the GBSB and the first book of the series, so how hard could it be?

Flipping frustrating that's how hard!

Step one - choose pattern and cut it out.  I went for the tunic top that comes with the pattern. Easy peasy.

Step two - follow the instructions for sewing in the zip.  Oh, hang on a min, I haven't done this on a machine before.  Several hours and many unpickings later, I managed it, but not as the book told me to do it!

Step three - continue.  I'm getting the hang of this.

Step four - sew the armholes.  Hmmm, this bit was a real issue.  I just couldn't do it.  I spent a very, very, very long time trying to work it out.  I shouted a bit  a lot and threatened to bin said top.   I was not a happy bunny.  Hubby suggested his mum come over and have a look at it.  But I wanted to DO IT MYSELF!  (Yes, I'm still shouting)!

I put it away.  I made myself a skirt in the meantime.  I didn't get cross with that.

Then I found a youtube video of exactly the same top, and exactly the same issue!  Yes!  This was the answer to my prayers. 

No it wasn't.  Hubby and I watched said video many times, I still couldn't work out what on earth she was doing.  In desperation I sent a text to a certain Lazy Jones telling her I needed help.  Then I went outside to read my book!

Ms Jones finally called me back - help I yelled.  I need you.  Be round in 5 she said - then we remembered we live about 4 hours apart.  We talked, she advised, I listened.  I was ready to try again.

Step five - go to sleep and leave the top for another day.

Step six - get up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle.  Start armhole one more than once, sew armhole two perfectly first time!  Feel happy!

Before pressing!

Step seven - cheer very loudly when said top is finally completed after many, many hours of trying to get it right.

Step eight - discover that top does actually fit once you try it on!

Man this making your own wardrobe lark is going to take some effort!

G x


  1. I'm still at the trying to get the tension right stage... so I think you've done fab! Cass x

  2. ..Hello hun....oh what a wonderful post, you did have me laughing ( with you off course not at you), and three big wapping cheers to you for making said top, i tell you, what you made is fantastic and a whole heap better than what i could of done......bloody well done you......i have never ever ever made an item of clothing as i find the whole thing quite daunting, i really dont think i could keep my cool or my patience in tact, and would probably be shouting the place down again BLOODY WELL DONE LUV, huggys pixie xxxxx

    1. Thank you lovely, though seeing what you already make, clothing would be amazing too! X

  3. Oh Ginny - I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN! But look what you've done - you've got a skirt into the bargain as well! I still haven't had the guts to cut that pattern out of the book so in my eyes you're a winner already - but with the finished tunic as well - whoop de doop! Well done and I'm sure we'll see many more x Jane

  4. ha ha ha this made me roar with laughter but the top AND you look fabulous :) xx

  5. You are so funny! but woweeee that top looks amazing...really really.
    I love the zip all the way down the back too, its fab very well done to you for not giving up on it...make another?

  6. Sounds a lot like me ... but your new top is gorgeous. I've bought the book too but am only at the stage of flicking through it. Too many little people around to have any hope of giving it a go at the minute ... keep going ... it looks like you've got the hang of it ... Bee xx

  7. That's brilliant!
    I can't do those arm holes either!


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