So, I took 2 years of Clothing classes in high school. I could have and should have learned more than I did. See, there was this woman: Mrs. LaDawn Porter. She is a genius. Genius I tell you. She knew everything there was to be know about sewing machines, patterns, tailoring, hemming, altering, etc. And what did I learn from her? I learned that if you took your project to her after each step she would pin it for you and tell you exactly what to do. So, instead of LEARNING. I chose simply to do the steps and not remember them. Brilliant. NOT.
And now, here I am with a skirt I made by tracing around another skirt I bought and then adding a seam allowance. My pattern was shoddy. But my craftmanship was worse. The good news is, my pattern was better than one I saw Justin Stubbs use in Clothing 2. He'd traced a pair of pants. Problem: he was wearing them at the time. At least I didn't sit on my fabric and try to trace my skirt. That was the good news.
I started my project on Sunday night. My skirt was coming along fine, I sewed up the sides no problem and then I sewed an elastic at the top. The real conundrum was the hem. So, Monday I showed it to my mom. She told me how to iron up the hem and then she cautioned: "But don't use that white thread on it... your skirt's brown, Megan." So, I went down to my collection of sewing materials. I have piles of fabric collected from my great aunts' various garage sales, DI, and stuff my mom was going to give to DI. I also have a bunch of old bobbins from my mother and mother in law. I have a few (i.e. 5) spools of thread that must be leftovers from high school or else accidentally stolen from my mom. But no brown thread.
I was faced with a decision: wait until I can go to JoAnn's and purchase thread (which would also require waiting until October so I can get my new allowance to pay for the thread) or just sew the hem with my white thread. Since I was already dying to finish the skirt (I just don't get sewing time very often with the cleaning and the laundry and the child and the husband and all) I opted for option 2. I sewed up that hem and it looks awful. Lucky for me, I'm learning to be okay with mediocrity. I might just wear that skirt to school today.
But still, it would be nice to have Mrs. Porter in my sewing room--if only to remind me that the hem really should match the fabric.