Monday, April 2, 2007

Why I Know I can't Sew (I can Rhyme:) )

I told Shereen and Mona that I would share the story about how I cannot sew. Well, I can sew on a button and mend a rip, but I could never make clothing. Not that we could wear in public anyway. ;o)

We have to go back about 22 years to grade 8 Home Ec. The teacher, Mrs Campbell, told us that we would be making sweatshirts with 3/4 length sleeves. Sweatshirts with 3/4 length sleeves?? Are you kidding? It was the mid 80's and that was the style, so we were all very excited. Poor me. If I only knew. lol ;o)

Mrs Campbell gave us the sheet telling us what pattern # and what kind of material we would need to buy. I can still remember going to Zellers (Canadian chain store) to get the material. Grey and white stripe. This was going to be the best shirt ever.

Skip ahead to 'cutting the material day'. (I'm sure there are a few steps I am forgetting.) I had my pattern and material all neatly arranged to begin cutting. I asked Mrs Campbell where I should cut. She was preoccupied with classroom activity and she told me to cut at the bottom. Hmmmmm. The bottom?? Was that the bottom of the pattern or the (folded) material? Now, 22 years later, it is clear what she meant, but the 13 year old me couldn't tell for sure. So I did the unthinkable. Instead of double checking, I went ahead and cut the bottom of the material, which I found out moments later, meant I had just cut the back of the shirt in half.

Mrs Campbell was sure that we could fix it. I would just have a seam up the back of my shirt. lol ;o) So fix it we did. I thought it looked good and nobody would be able to tell. Ugh. Wrong!! When we finished them, we had to try them on and show our completed project. Thankfully, I don't remember anyone's reaction to my finished shirt. I do remember that I must have mis-measured the size or that cutting the fabric incorrectly(and having to make the extra seam) made the shirt too small. I exited the dressing room wedged into my shirt, looking for the teacher while saying, "Mrs Campbell can you get me out of this." So I think that is when I decided that I couldn't sew. lol :o)

7 comments:

Mona said...

Oh Lisa!! You were 13!!! I can understand the anticipation starting to sew after that experience, but don't miss out because of something you did a long time ago! HEY! Start out with quilts, you can't mess up a quilt! After all, if it turns out too small you can use it for a child instead, lol ;o)

Blessings!

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Mona said...

LOL! Sorry about all the deleted comments!!! I kept hitting the publish button and it was acting like I did not hit the button at all so I kept hitting it, all of a sudden I had 4 comments up!! lol :o)

Blessings!

Lisa said...

lol :o) No worries Mona, I think I've done that before too.

I may give sewing another try. A friend said she would show me how to make a rag quilt. We'll see how that goes. ;o)

Mona said...

Ooooh! Fun Lisa!! I look forward to seeing your product once you get working on it!

Didn't you say that you knit as well? I would love to see soem works of art there! (forgive me if I am wrong,lol)

Blessings!