Just Put Some Sew On It

September 13, 2010

One of my besties (and former college room mate) always said I was the domestic one.  The one who was always cleaning.  Or putting on a big pot of beans.  Or sewing on a button.

Once, she had this crochet vest that had been torn as a result of who-knows-what kind of late night antics.  She thought I could fix it.  I told her I didn’t know how to crochet.

“Can’t you just put some sew on it?”

I think she retired that vest, and I went on to try to “put some sew” on many things, none of which became the masterpieces I envisioned.

After getting married, I decided it was time I learned to do some real sewing.  I bought the smallest sewing machine I could find, a bunch of silly patterns for mens pajamas, A-line dresses, and such, and I got busy.  The first thing I made that was “wearable” was cute (I did get compliments), but had its, um, imperfections.  The first time I wore it- TO WORK- I looked down and discovered a gaping hole in the seam, running along my upper thigh.  And after I had been prancing around in my home-made-glory all morning.

I honed in my skills and got pretty good at hemming pants, specifically jeans made for women who are 110 pounds and five foot eleven.  But there was only so much that little hunk of junk machine could take, and after a couple of years of abuse and multiple repair attempts, I pronounced it dead and put it in the dumpster.

Why do I look like that?

I have been without a sewing machine for several years, now.  I get by, but there are some jobs that are just easier when done by machine.  Turns out, if you try to alter the waist band of new cargo pants by hand, it will take you several hours and your fingers (all ten) will be swollen and blue for days.

And so, I present to you, my new sewing machine.  This baby got awesome Amazon reviews, and should be able to handle den

im and other heavy fabrics (I actually purchased the right kind of needles this time).  My first project… A Manta Ray Costume.

Don’t ask me how or what or anything else.  I’ll make it happen.

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11 Responses to Just Put Some Sew On It

  1. Elly Lou on September 13, 2010 at 7:54 am

    You play drums AND you sew? Seriously. I need to live closer to you. Couple that with all the cooking skills and you’re perfection! Wait, maybe it’s safer for me over here. I might stab you with jealousy.


    thesweet Reply:

    @Elly Lou, If you saw the things I have “sewn” you would probably just feel sorry for me. Let’s hope the manta ray costume turns out better.


  2. pattypunker on September 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    will you marry me?


    thesweet Reply:

    @pattypunker, Maybe I can sew a costume for you to wear in the wedding.


  3. Holly B on September 13, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I failed home ec ( yeah Im old enough to have taken it – as a required subject in school) because I couldnt sew.


  4. Mom on September 14, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Do you remember the red crayon costume? And the Comanche Indian garb for me and your dad? I’m afraid you get the “sew” genes from me. I was passionate about creating things with my miniature black machine circa 1947???? Do you still have the patchwork quilt??? I might add that your great grandmother ,Mimi, was a fabulous seamstress and cook! Love, mom


  5. Barbie on September 14, 2010 at 9:34 am

    You got this from your Mom’s side of the family. I can’t sew a button back on if it falls off. I am proud of your talents. Wish I had your creativity. Send pics of the costume.
    Auntie Barbie


  6. Liz @ Peace, Love & Guacamole on September 16, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Oh I want to see that manta ray costume for sure!


  7. elle on September 22, 2010 at 11:50 am

    woah, babe alert!

    i desperately need a new sewing machine… let me know how this one works for you!



    Well, as soon as I have time to do more than wind a bobbin I will let you know!


  8. Phase 1- Check. Phase 2- Check. | The Sweetest on October 15, 2010 at 7:15 am

    […] it out, on paper.  And now, the plan is being executed.  I have officially completed phase 2 of The Making Of a Manta Ray Costume (phase 1 being the […]

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