Sewing – not for the faint of heart!

I’ll be honest, I thought sitting at the sewing machine, working away on my quilts was an awesome way to pass the time.  It wasn’t all that difficult, the pieces fit together logically, and if I made a mistake it was an easy fix.

Ha!  I volunteered to make three identical Halloween costumes (sorry, I can’t tell what they are until AFTER Halloween).  How hard could it be?  You get the pattern, follow it, and like magic, have something to be proud of.  I was so wrong.

I understood most of the pattern enough to cut out the fabric.  Couldn’t follow step 2: The Facing.  What sadistic person wrote the directions for that?  I like to think I can figure most things out on my own – not that.  Since it didn’t make sense, I skipped it.  Did these simple costumes really need facing?  Yes, they did.

I had the whole costume sewn together when I realized I truly needed it.  Not a problem, I can fix it.  Logical, right?  Wrong, again.  I ended up breaking out my trusty seam ripper and dismantled the entire project and started from scratch – this time following all of the directions, even the ones I didn’t understand.

Hours later (I won’t say how many), it magically transformed into the costume I wanted.  Now I only have two more to make!  But now I have the pattern committed to memory, so I’m thinking 20 minutes each should do it.

So, if you happen to get a handmade gift from me – please understand how much cursing and seam ripping was involved!


About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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