Taking it slow

Confession: my hand sewing skills suck. Truly. I can do a lot of things, but a sewing needle in my hand is as graceful as an elk on roller skates. Embroidery has always been beyond me, and my attempts at hand quilting were frightening.

But I love the idea, and admire folks who can take a small stabby thing and make something beautiful and functional.

So I bought a couple Alabama Studio books, and am drawn to the simple clothing and linen fabrics.

And it inspired me to try again. I drafted an apron pattern, dug out some taupe linen and hand sewing thread, and got started. It will be a double layer, cross-back apron, with two patch pockets on the body and another on the bib.

Knowing my (nonexistent) skill with a needle, I practiced on a scrap. Yes, I practiced sewing straight lines. And I quickly learned that I need a chalked guide line because apparently I can’t estimate width or stay on a straight path without one…

Anyway, the little piece on top is my practice, and then I sewed two pockets! They are also double thick, so I sewed the outside seams, turned them right side out, and stitched the top edge. They have not been ironed yet, so pins are holding them flat. I think they turned out alright!

Here is where I make a second confession: I made a rookie mistake in cutting out the apron, so before I can start on the big piece I have to do a bit of improvising. This will be on the inside, and will provide additional practice before tackling the rest.

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2 Responses to Taking it slow

  1. Did you forget the old adage of ‘measure twice, cut once’ by any chance? And it all take time- I probably couldn’t sew in a straight line, but it’s good enough for what I need 🙂

  2. tonymarkp says:

    It is all about practice. You’ll get the hang of it if you stick to it and keep on making stuff!

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