Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sew... what do you think?

When I was little I remember my mom showing me that you could sew two pieces of fabric together to make a bag. I was amazed at how simple it was. Just three straight lines.. then you turn it inside out and it's a bag. Easy. I am sure I made tons of these little bags just by hand.

A few years later my mom showed me how to use a sewing machine. She taught me how to thread it and work the pedal. (It made those simple bags a lot easier.)

When I was in high school I remember sewing late at night.. I loved to alter shirts back then. My Mom or Dad would stand at the top of the stairs and whisper/yell down, "Rachael! WHAT are you doing? Go to sleep!" Sorry Mom and Dad.. I don't think I did.. I just sewed slower, it makes the machine softer. (I couldn't sleep if I was in the middle of a project!  ...still can't...)

When I was a senior, (I think) my Mom gave me my very own sewing machine. I used it for years and years.  Unfortunately wasn't able to bring it when we moved.

And I remember last year when Taylor brought home a big box. A brand new sewing machine. Just for me. For no reason.. other than he loved to see me happy.

All that history you would think I would be a master seamstress, huh?
I'm not. I don't know how to use patterns and I have no patience. I just see something I want and I make it. But I'm thankful for my mom who showed me the basics when I was young.

I love having the ability to make my own clothes. A box of scrap fabric is such a beautiful possibility.
I hope to get better someday. Someday I'll sit down with a pattern and I'll do the measurements and I'll take my time... Someday.
Here are a few of my recent projects.
This is my Super-Mega-Ruffle-Skirt. 
It's girly but not pink. 
I don't look too good in pink...
This is my Ruffle-Hiding-A-Hole-On-The-Sleeve-But-You-Will-Never-Find-It-Shirt.
aka new favorite shirt.
This is my Lime Green Skirt, it's wrinkly... Sorry!
Isn't that brooch cute!?
It's from thelittleprints
Check out her shop.. she has the cutest stuff.

Anyways.. I've got a few more skirts I'm working on... 
Skirts are just so easy and perfect for summer!
I just promised my mother I would show her some of them!

In other news.. Mowgli has forgotten how to be potty trained.... 
I'm not sure what is going on.
But I'm so sick of cleaning it up... and punishing him.
He was doing so well! 
For the past few days it's been a nightmare! 


  1. I've been sewing for years, but I'm not brave enough to make my own clothes yet! One day, i will wear my doodled designs.. one day :o)

    Yours are reeally cute! The shirt is deffinitely my fave though, it's a beautiful colour & i LOVE buttons!

    I'll have to try with skirts this year.. we may just get a summer =P

    I hope Mowgli feels more like himself soon.. hopefully he's just having a few off days!

    Chloe x

  2. Oh boy, you are just so creative in a million different ways! I like them all!

  3. you're so lucky you're mommy taught you!! I have a sewing machine at home cause I'm dying to learn but have no one to teach me yet..I have to get together with my abuela (grandma).
    Hopefully she'll teach me!

    I love what you've made!! beautiful!

  4. I love that yellow-ish ruffle shirt, I adore the color! I wish I could sew, my skills go as far as Halloween costumes and replacing lost buttons and one flower print blue dress that is all done but has needed a zipper for 3 years...

    Also, Taylor was so nice to give you a sewing machine! What a nice guy.

    And, if Mowgli doesn't get better in a few days, I'd have him checked at the vet, my neighbor said her dog can't control when or where he goes so they took him in and he has an infection in his bladder. I'd just check to be safe in a couple of days.

  5. Great post!!! It's inspiring to hear that you're are able to make such beautiful things and not use a pattern. I love to sew but I still don't know a lot. Patterns are hard!! I'm trying to learn how to use them. This makes me want to be brave and try things on my own now, too! :)

    I'm excited to see more of your creations.

  6. awww awesome! my favorite thing ever is seeing pictures of my goodies in their new homes! such a great feeling. thanks so much for the link :)

    your skirts are all adorable.. and that ruffle shirt.. LOVE!

  7. love them, you did a great job! my story is so similar to yours :)

  8. I remember when I was a teenager and I was told to quite sewing late at night... I would just turn the wheel and it would sew really slowly. I had no idea you were sewing all night long! Sneaky!!!

  9. Guess what!!! I passed on the Beautiful Blogger award to you! Your blog is beautiful!

    Have a great day!! :)

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  11. i love what you sew good job! cute stuff. and i know ive never really met you in real life but i feel like i know you with your blog :) hope youre doing well!


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