Saturday, 6 October 2012

Miss Elle learns to sew

Probably about a year ago now, I embarked on the journey of learning to sew. I bought a basic sewing machine (Brother X-5) which was on sale, just to see if I liked it.

I did. I loved sewing.

Ok, so it took me 5 months to make my first skirt (but that was interrupted by a bad thing happening and having to move and being sad and things), but I did it. I made a garment I could wear.

I then took a course with the gorgeous Alexa Gibson at Jumble Jelly to make an A-Line skirt.

There is my fabric and my pattern. Alexa is an amazing tutor, and when my sewing machine had a hissy fit and refused to sew in my zip, she calmed me down, and got me back on track (there may have been a few tears of frustration).

I was incredibly impressed because I had a gorgeous skirt at the end of the day! Look look!

So probably about a month ago now, I upgraded my sewing machine to the one you see at the start of this post. I've named her Madeline, and I wrote a post about our first project together on my personal blog.

Alexa recently offered her A-Line Skirt workshop again, and I asked if I could sit in on it. I felt very nervous and shakey doing zips, after the disaster of the first time, and just really needed a little hand holding and a push in the right direction to get going.

Madeline and I went off to Jumble Jelly, armed with fabric and the pattern from before. Mmm cherry goodness!

Alexa guided me through the parts I needed a little help with again, and especially with the zip. But this time all went well, and I think its because Madeline is a much easier machine to control. She has speed settings, which is basically the best thing ever for me! I could go as fast or as slow as I needed, and it made the skirt look so much more professional in my eyes.

 And here is my finished skirt! I love it so much, especially matching my socks to it :D

I can't wait to have more sewing adventures with Madeline, especially with the whole no buying new clothes thing for a year!


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