Friday, February 15, 2008

The Reluctant Seamstress

Last Friday was the annual Sock Hop at Spencer's school. It is a fun event with kids of all ages running around in costumes - from 80's punks to poodle skirts, it's all there. Just as they did last year, the boys put on their saddle shoes, slicked back their hair, put on white t-shirts and a pair of jeans and they were ready to go. This year we had Laney to consider and she really didn't have anything to wear. The bad news was I did not come to this realization until late in the afternoon Friday. The good news was I remembered I had bought some felt for a Halloween project that I never completed. Okay, I never really started it, but it's a lucky thing because I needed it - a poodle skirt awaited.

My Idea: Make a big circle, cut a slit in the middle and sew in some elastic.

The Problem: I hate sewing - hate it. Probably I hate it because I am so lousy at it, but this project was easy enough right? I mean, how hard can it be to made a toddler a poodle skirt? Oh yeah, I only had 2 hours and did I mention that I am a moron when it comes to sewing?

Attempt #1:


I made a giant compass to mark the circle. Lookin' good.


I cut the slit in the middle and pinned in the elastic. I even stretched it so it would contract and make the opening smaller. Good thinking right? I held it up to check my handiwork and realized what I had done. Apparently, when a slit is cut in a circle, the circle is no longer a circle - it is now shorter on the sides. Great!

Attempt #2:


Okay, I have more felt and 1 1/2 hours, I'll just start again. I cut, pinned, sat down at the sewing machine and scrolled though the stitch options. I found one that had "elastic" in it - perfect. I put my foot on the presser foot and away I went. But, something didn't look right. The elastic was all stretched out. Poop. The stitch was so tight and abundant there was no ripping it out. This time I was out of felt and running low on time, so there was only one thing left to do - cut it out.

Attempt #3:

Mini Poodle Skirt

It seems the third time was the charm because it was not until then that the bright idea hit me - I told you I was a sewing deficient - sew a channel and shove the elastic through. So, that is just what I did. I used a bamboo skewer to push the elastic through and, hallelujah, it worked. Not wanting to go anywhere near that beast of a machine again, I stitched on the poodle by hand. Looking at it now, the poodle sort of resembles a bird, but Laney didn't seem to care. She was just happy to be part of the pack - the brat pack that is.

Laney's Poodle Skirt


Thimbleanna said...

Hate sewing??? Say it ain't so!!! We're going to have to change that! The skirt turned out great and Laney looks adorable -- too cute! (Btw, an easy way to thread elastic through a tube is to attach a large safety pin to one end of the elastic. You can feel the safety pin all the way through. Then, when it comes out the other end, remove the safety pin and sew the two ends together!)

Janet said...

I am so glad that I am not the only one who detests sewing!

Mary said...

Oh, that turned out so cute! And by just knowing how to turn on the sewing machine, you're aleady way ahead of me, so I'm really impressed by your last minute skirt. :)

Tori said...

Oh I love sewing, too bad I'm not so good at it.
They are suck cute kids and I love the poodle skirt.