When I was in grade 8 we had to take a Shop/Home Ec class. Sewing was briefly touched on in Home Ec; we made pillows. I really wasn't in love with sewing back then. Much preferred using the saws and sanders in shop to make one hell of a basket.
Fast forward to high school. One year I had to be excused from Phys-Ed because I was having issues with my knees. To my chagrin the only other class available was a Cosmetology/Sewing class. I was not the girl to be willingly signing up for the cosmo and sewing class credit. It. was. awful. I had absolutely no interest in being in either class and showed up begrudgingly ever. single. day.
15 years or so later - damn I'm getting old - I remember jack from cosmo class. But I do remember the very basics from sewing class. And over the years those basics have helped me shorten/hem my own pants and make basic repairs. This past Christmas I was a little overzealous and decided to make a ruffled tree skirt I saw on Pinterest. The instructions looked easy enough. I finished the skirt a week before Christmas. It took a lot of frustrated hours, and lots of cursing. Sorry for the crappy iPhone pic, but here it is in all it's frustratingly beautiful glory...
This project made me wish I had paid better attention in sewing class. Hind sight is 20/20 and such a cruel bitch.
And here I am, now 33 years old, and wanting know how to sew. Really sew. Not my bastardized version. So I've willingly signed up for a Home Ec Sewing and E-Course. I bet 17 year old me would be very shocked by this and have some choice words for 33 year old me.
I completed my first project - a gift bag. I had some left over fabric from my tree skirt so I decided to make a Christmas gift bag. Check out my handy work (and try not to be jealous of those corners).
Next up is napkins, not one, but two ways. I know. I'm excited too. :)