Sew, It’s Time.

Sep 3, 2009 | Uncategorized | 11 comments

With patterns available like this – I simply HAVE to learn. (No, I am not that stupid, this is not the pattern I am going to learn on!)

It’s been too, too long. For YEARS – probably close to fifteen, I have wanted to learn how to sew. Oui, oui, I can make curtains and pillow cases and even $1.10 bed skirts but I haven’t a clue on how to follow a pattern.

Really, how can I continue to fill in the profession blank on doctor forms with the words “Domestic Goddess” if I don’t know how to follow a pattern. Yes, I really do write “Domestic Goddess” – simply to make myself laugh.

Everyone I know, well practically everyone I know, knows how and they offer their advice, “It’s easy, you just….” (I have this policy about NOT believing people when they use the words, “Oh you just…”).
All those tissues, sizings, and button holes. It really freaks me out. But come on, I have darling children and a wild fashion imagination that I can not express on my budget – the time has come.
Seeeeeeewwwwwwww, here I go. I bought two patterns; A dress for Amélie and the cutest brown and turquoise polka dot courderoy fabric and “pajamees” for Aidan – his fabric is flannel – light blue and white ticking with little John Deere tractors. SO CUTE!
This is it. The time has come. Wish me the best…
Photo credit: Vogue Patterns.


  1. Belle de Ville

    I was never great at sewing but I had a lot of fun sewing Halloween costumes for my kids.
    Costumes didn’t require the level of perfection that everyday clothes did, so it was a non stressful and fun activity for me.
    Sew, go sew!

  2. Bonjour Madame

    I can’t wait to see what you come up with in your sewing adventures. I can sew home decor items, but clothes to me, are kind of hard. I loaned my sewing machine to a co-worker 5 months ago and I’m still waiting for it’s return. 🙁

  3. Farmgirl Cyn

    I have tried my hand at sewing. My problem: I have a dickens of a time reading a pattern. I am a “visual” learner….you must SHOW me, then I can do it. I read a pattern instruction over and over and over, till it finally begins to make sense. Then…I begin to sew…and my new best friend is the seam ripper. We are tight, that seam ripper and I!!! I have put together a very simple blouse (too small, as the pattern says it SHOULD fit someone with big boobs, and it doesn’t.) several aprons, all of which boob size is irrelevant, and a really simple skirt. No buttonholes yet….I’m still a beginner!!!
    I think you will do fine tho….take your time, and re-read your instructions before each step.

  4. koralee

    You are too cute..I just did a post on sewing too…I want to learn and just make a duvet cover and pillows…I think we can do it! Those patterns are adorable!

  5. Tracey

    Good luck, you are way ahead of me, I can’t sew anything (but I really wish I could). It’s at the top of my very long list of “learn how to dos!”

    🙂 T

  6. Rebecca of Sunny Morning Farm

    Oh be still my heart! I think every women/girl should know how to sew. I learned at a very early age. Both my daughters know how to sew, one better than the other. One took Home-ec the other wood working!! Someone once said “Don’t worry she will be able to build her own house and her sister can decorate it for her.”

    Tip: For me, the hardest thing about reading a pattern was paying attention to which was the right side of the fabric. Get that down and you’ll whiz right thru there. Also…..just sew sew sew sew anything that you can get your hands on. Practice makes perfect. You have such a sense of style that you will definately do really good!!!!!!!

    Post pictures of your goodies!!

  7. Victoria

    You can do it! Yes you can 🙂

    I remember my mom showing me how to cut out a pattern and she NEVER said, “you just.” In fact, it seemed like a darn long time for her to explain how to cut it out… let alone put it together!

    Advice: Allow extra seam allowance with your first patterns. If you have to, you can turn it inside out and fit it afterward to be exact. But you won’t end up too small.

  8. Anne Marie

    you sew? awesome…….

    kindrid all the way girl!!


  9. Homemaker Ang

    guess what! i taught myself to sew 15 years ago! I NEVER had touched a sewing machine in my life. i put one on layaway and brought it home and first cut out stockings and sewed them together but could not figure out why they did not stay sewn… i then realized there was a bobbin… what the heck is that! anyways… here I am and I sewed a fairly difficult amy butler bag a while back. it is easy but i would say i personally wouldnt start with a pattern. not saying you cant but i would hate to see you scarp sewing because you are frusturated with it, etc. at any rate TRY IT! you can really save a lot and i love making aprons, home decor and skirts and baby blankets… oh yes, you could even make your own cloth diapers for baby :)oh, and i am with cyn, i would rather sew without a pattern ANY DAY.

  10. sinnlighet

    Ohhhhh you are a very very good ambassadors för the blog-sphere…. I love your blog!

    Regards from Agneta in Sweden

  11. Anonymous

    You are so smart and opinionated, it makes me laugh to think about you following anything. I bet you have never followed a recipe without making some kind of adjustment.


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