Monday, August 10, 2009

Some follow up...

this kit is in my purse at all times - I never leave home without it! ;)

the contents of the kit removed from it's casing...

Hello everyone, this is the Creative Beast, chiming in on what my dear glamorous friend Lisa L is saying.

I concur that sewing is really not a difficult thing to learn, after all I learned to sew by hand at the tender age of 6 and learned to sew on a sewing machine at 11, before I took the requisite sewing class in middle school. Needless to say, since I already knew my way around a sewing machine by then, I was stitching up cute terry shorts (which is a difficult stretch fabric) and using stretch binding around the hem (this was the still the 70's), instead of making a simple gym bag or dishtowel with my fellow classmates.

So with a little guidance from us, and some practice on your part, you will be sewing your own buttons and repairing your hems in no time at all! Not to mention learning more advanced techniques to get you making your own amazing clothing designs or renovating clothing you may already have in your closet. In the meantime, I've posted pictures of what my very tiny travel sewing kit looks like - soon I'll post on the importance of the tools of the trade.
Now go out and get your sewing kits!

A little ranting to begin

Lately, there has been a great deal of interest in DIY, and happily that has extended to clothing as well. The only drawback is that the techniques seem to have gotten a little fuzzy since grandma taught them, or you took them in home-ec, and frankly, is home-ec even taught anymore. After seeing way too many suggestions on using a stapler to fix a hem, we decided this needed to be addressed. (although I do salute the creativity to use a stapler to fix a hem when one is in a bind) Sewing is not that hard. Anyone can do it. And make something really cool to wear. Or properly hem a garment in less time than it takes to run an errand to the alterations person, and I know everyone has a bunch of clothes in their closet not being worn waiting for that day when they will get to go to the tailor. We can fix this, and unleash your creative genius. And you can save some money, and you can look great doing it. It's pretty much win win.

My first advice for all out there, if you don't have a sewing kit, go to the dollar store or Walmart. You can get a handy kit for $5 which has a pair of scissors, a seam ripper, needles, pins, and a measuring tape. Buy it. And buy that silly little kit with 10 thread colors. You may only use one, but you'll be glad you have it one day. And the next time you get the urge to staple, use it. You will feel better about yourself for it, and you won't have to worry about the staples in your dress getting caught on your hose.