Well, that was easy enough… sort of. Although this was my very first project, I think it came together nicely. There were some problems I had with the pattern instructions – the lack of clarity made it hard sometimes to figure out how to do something. For example, I must have spent 24-hours thinking about how I was going to sew the zippered top section into my bag… I think I even lost sleep about it. I find that unlike my knitting, my sewing takes a different set of skills. I have to visualize, visualize, visualize everything when it comes to sewing. With my knitting, I just do a lot of counting, and then eventyally the piece looks like what it’s supposed to look like.
I didn’t get to work on the pattern last night. We stopped by Wal-mart to pick up some plain white thread. I hadn’t gotten more than the red color that I’m going to use for the project, so when the direction calls for me to baste two pieces together before seeming them together, I was caught without a contrasting color. So I figured white would be good since it’s one of those all-purpose colors that I’ll be able to use later. They didn’t have any black though and I was going to pick up a spool of that too.
I’m getting a little discouraged though. The pattern instructions are really vague, and the pictures/diagrams that are included are less than helpful. I’m having issues when it tells me to “press under seam allowance”. What the heck does that mean? I think I’ve decided that I’m going to take a deep breath and just jump in. I’m pretty sure I cut out my fabric wrong to begin with, so I’m glad that it was cheep.
I’ve read a few reviews of the pattern on Pattern Review.com and they all seem to say the say the same thing… the directions suck and that the bag needs a lining… I’m not that advanced yet, so I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it on a different project.
Well, this project is my official foray into the sewing world. I picked this project for a couple of reasons. First it is supposed to be easy. Second, it looked like it would give me the opportunity to learn a few things, and not just practice sewing a seam or two. This project has a ZIPPER!!! (I know… but it’s the little things in life that make it worth wild, right?) While cutting out the fabric and reading the pattern instructions I got a little nervous, but just like my knitting, since I don’t know how hard things really are, I use that ignorance to my advantage and just jump head first into things.
My intention is to keep an online journal of each of my projects. I haven’t been as committed to this endeavor in my knitting, but I think it’s a good habit to get into. For each project I will detail the pattern I use, the fabric, and special skills I plan on learning to complete the project and various notes along the way.
So this was where I was last night when I packed it in:
Purchased pattern, fabric and notions;
Put together project board;
Cut out pattern and fabric;
Wound the bobbin and threaded my machine;
Tonight I think I might actually start working on putting it together.