Sewing!? Who knew?

Sewing and I have always had a tenuous relationship. My skills and patience generally made it a frustrating experience. I was successful at basic dress making a few years ago but sadly I have outgrown those patterns and had to give the dresses away.

Then I found this show on youtube: The Great British Sewing Bee. It EXACTLY like Great British Bake Off (my favourite show) but with sewing. I fell in head first. I’m not going to admit how long it took me to watch the first few seasons- it’s an embarrassingly small number of days. BUT! I have learned soooo much! Every episode has little tips and tricks that would take years to learn on your own.

When that was done I started looking up vlogs on sewing (they are so excellent with a morning coffee). Then a friend gave me a huge bag of fabric and I FINALLY had the knowledge to actually use it!

Cue the pattern-less maternity dress! My boobs are basically their own zip code now so nothing pre-made fit. I had to put huge darts in and it kinda works. With a belt its not bad.

Then I realized I had nothing for baby so some reversible burp cloths were whipped up:

Also some teeny bibs:

And finally the thing I am most proud of- a quilt! I have made 2 t-shirt quilts in my life and both were less then stellar. I found these videos that simplified the process. I am finally learning the value of a little research before starting a project. It makes everything smoother and MUCH less frustrating. Anyway here she is in all her scrappy glory:

So that’s what I’ve been doing. What are you learning in quarantine?

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