Several months ago, I sold off a good number of dresses through Poshmark so I could afford to buy a starter-level sewing machine and its assorted accessories. I considered it an investment – a reliable way to repair the garments I already have at present, and, eventually, a way to make my own elaborate Edwardian costumes…I mean, normal clothes for everyday life!
Under the present circumstances, I am so glad to have sewing as an escape. I am fortunate enough to be able to complete my job remotely, but I’m busier at work than ever before, so the few moments I can seize in the evenings or on weekends to get off my computer and make something are precious to me (and, to be bleakly honest, one of the only positive things I am doing to manage my anxiety at the moment).
The thing is, though, as you’ll see from these photos – I’m not skilled at sewing. I haven’t done it for very long, and I stumble through patterns and techniques. Quite frankly, it’s not even something for which I have a natural knack: my loved ones love to joke that I’m notoriously “bad at shapes,” and the meditative philosophy of “measure twice, cut once” is antithetical to my fast-paced way of approaching projects.
But I’m learning, and letting myself learn something new without a huge concern for quality is liberating.
This bunting in particular challenged me in ways that I didn’t expect. Sewing up the little triangles was easy enough, but the binding tape I had bought months ago was too thin for this purpose, so I had to improvise with leftover ribbon from my wedding that was tricky to sew flat.
I love the colors of this cheerful pastel fat quarter set, though, and messy as the finished decoration is, it makes me happy whenever I see it hanging over the mantelpiece!
Before I say farewell this morning, I wanted to share some resources and tutorials that have helped me – though I had to rip a few seams here and there, all of these are guaranteed to be easy enough for an amateur sewer like me to complete with relative satisfaction!