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sewing bee

So last night, after a whole lot of talking on my part and very little action, my lovely superlatively creative friend Jodi organised a sewing bee at her place. 

The aim was to teach my friend Ness and I how to sew. Properly. Us two being Well Known for being a tad slap dash, that'll-do, sticky-tape inclined.

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{Jodi. Demonstrating how to use a pattern.}

I have sewn many things in the past. A multitude of long skirts in my late teens. My high school formal dress (from a lace tablecloth and a sheet. Dyed green.) Even some medieval-inspired attire from the early nineties that I shudder to think there may be photographic evidence of. 

But I've never used a patten.  

I never knew three women with two sewing machines could have so much fun. We had a ball. We're doing it again next week. (Largely because Ness and I are such novices we didn't get our little frocks finished.)

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{Ooh. Instructions.} 

Ness and I embarked on the same project, two versions. A size 3 little girls dress. Hers for a friend (Ness has two boys) and mine for Tilly. 

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We cut. We ironed. We learnt about interfacing. Jodi was such a wonderful tutor. Plus she makes a perfect cup of tea.

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We pinned and threaded and sewed. 

We're not quite finished, so I can't show off the final product just yet: we need one more lesson in button holes and finishing seams!

I always loved my freestyle sewing, but actually following a pattern and making a perfect pocket and perhaps a dress that won't fall apart at the seams the first time it's washed was just so satisfying

Who knew. 

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 Plus when we flagged, Jode's produced divine mince tarts and vanilla and cinnamon yoghurt. 

Heaven. Truly.

xxx

2 Comments on “sewing bee

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December 3, 2009 at 9:04 pm

That does look like a lot of fun!

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December 7, 2009 at 11:20 am

Lucky you 🙂 I’m atrocious at needle work, but have always fancied making my own clothes!

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