Sewing Frenzy

2 Mar

sewing-project-01I like to describe myself as a nerd who discovered her arts and crafts bone a little late in life. I didn’t even realize I had it until I had my first child. My very first project was a series of small hand painted oven-baked ceramic pots to hold small baby things. My husband loved them and he loved the idea of personalizing our son’s nursery with handcrafted objects. Emboldened by the success of my first project, I soon discovered a passion for things my hand (and my heart) could create. I learned how to crochet properly, to knit, to do cross-stitch and embroidery. I dabbled in cardboard 3D puzzles, in paper tole and decoupage; why, I even learned to paint with watercolor! Add to this my experiments in the kitchen as I grew and learned as wife and mother, and I could say with all honesty that for a nerd, I wasn’t such a bad student of the arts.

Despite my successes, however, I could not sew, except by hand.

Machine sewing, for me, was the final frontier and the most frustrating part of my arts and crafts journey.  Blame the phobia I developed in grade school, when as a sixth grader, I accidentally pushed my  hand a little past the machine’s presser foot and I sewed a golden yellow thread across the breadth of my poor thumb. The needle went through my nail, through the nailbed, and through the bone of the distal phalanx. Ouch! Little Miss Firefly, I am most definitely not! (Check out her blog for all her cool, creative projects!)hk-dress-me-up-doll-brown

This week, however, was the impetus I needed to overcome this phobia. My beautiful Singer sewing machine (model number 1116, see picture above) has waited for me since Christmas, another thoughtful and generous gift from A, but I was too scared to do anything with it. When my latest Hello Kitty Dress- Me Doll arrived, I knew I had to get moving. After all, she was clad in such an immodest fashion that I simply could not leave her lying around the house in a state of undress! What would my sons think?  🙂

I remembered I had a pair of pajamas I bought at a thrift shop a few months ago that was in need of hemming. Cutting it short gave me enough fabric for two doll blouses, one for Fudge Brownie (the new suntanned Dress-Me Kitty) and Bee (my tropical HK Build-A-Bear). Moreover, unearthing a couple of pairs of torn jeans,  I decided to make my first pair of doll skinny jeans too. I made some mistakes in the process, but for a first time sewer, my projects didn’t turn out too bad.

sewing-02-copyBee and Brownie (or Fudge, which sounds yummier) in identical clothing

I like that I can make my dolls’ clothes and not spend a lot on ready-made clothing for them. And who knows? Once I get the knack of the machine (right now, I am very, very good with very, very straight stitches), maybe I can learn to make my own clothes too. In this time of want and need, that certainly can be a money-saving, even moneymaking, skill.

And with this, I realized once again that happiness is… realizing that the only limits are the ones you set for yourself, and nothing, not even five left thumbs in one hand, can stop you from making a dream come true.

This very late post is dedicated to Little Miss Firefly in faraway Ireland, she who constantly brings a dose of happiness to everyone she meets. Thank you for the friendship, dear Odette. You constantly inspire me to better myself.


10 Responses to “Sewing Frenzy”

  1. cynch (bless88) March 2, 2009 at 4:12 pm #

    ang gaganda ng dresses nila pinky :). sana u can also make and sell for other hk lovers na wala ring clothes for their dress me kitties 😀

    Thank you, Cynch, for your encouragement! I am also hoping to be able to do that someday soon. 🙂 ~♥Kittymama

  2. odette March 2, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    you are soooo sweet to dedicate this post to me! i am so touched!

    i had to painfully grimace as i read your traumatic experience with the sewing machine. poor you. i may never have sewn my thumb, but i’ve had my fair share of needle pricks while hand sewing. my brother even told me to get a tetanus vaccine and booster, because there never used to be a week when i didn’t prick myself. ^-^

    those were beautiful pair of matching outfits you made! please check this blog,, she makes really sweet projects, i’m sure you’ll get some inspiration.

    thanks a lot kittymama, am i glad to find out we’re kindred spirits!

  3. Nancy March 2, 2009 at 5:06 pm #

    Mare, you’re so talented

    Bee & Fudge’s clothes are so lovely. Wish to have one tops like that for my Latte.

    Keep up the good work!

  4. leirs March 2, 2009 at 5:49 pm #

    hi mare.. bravo!!! clap!! Clap!!! di ako talaga crafty person kaya bilib talaga ako sa magaling manahi. i scrapbook pero my skill is still very limited. congrats on the new journey.. hey are you going on Friday?? want to see you.

  5. Manasi March 3, 2009 at 10:54 pm #

    First blog I read after wakeup from sleep today!

  6. hellokittyjunkie March 4, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    You did a fantastic job! I cannot even tell it’s your first time sewing! o_O You definitely have the creative arts & crafts gene in you! ^_^
    We want more!!! ;P

  7. toni March 5, 2009 at 5:52 pm #

    Kitty in a bikini is sooooooooooooo cute! How precious!

  8. Manggy March 6, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    VERY well done Kittymama! Now please don’t start eating away at the hems of your clothes just to clothe your naked Holle Kittes! 😉 And I’m sure you won’t repeat the mistakes of your 11 year-old self! 🙂

  9. Vivi March 24, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    Great job sis! ;D
    More Kitty clothes to come!!! 😀

  10. Buy Sewing Supplies May 17, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

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