Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be a guest here at Sew Much Ado! I’ve been following the Flashback Friday Series for quite some time, and I’m honored to have been invited to be part of it. Today, I’ll share the first things I ever sewed. ‘Flashback’ is a big word to use here, because I actually only started sewing two years ago. I had a lovely 1-year old, Norah, and I wanted to learn some basic sewing skills so I could make her some cute little blankets, and maybe even a sleeping bag. No way on earth was I going to make her clothes – spending hours of work on garments which would be outgrown within 3 months, that’s what crazy people do, I thought. I went to take 6 months of formal sewing classes here in Antwerp, where we would learn basic skills while creating 3 pieces: a tote, a kimono, and a pair of pyjamas. The tote was the first project, and back then, I didn’t know any cool fabric shops yet. So ended up using some boring grey fabric from the shop around the corner – which caters mostly to the elderly. In an attempt to make it a bit funkier, I cut a little felt whale (based on Twitter’s Fail Whale) and stitched it on the bag. My teacher was actually impressed by that.
The second project, the kimono, was a complete failure. The pattern we had to use was complete rubbish – the kimono was way too wide, and totally unflattering. I also used an extremely ugly fabric combination, and about a week after the kimono was finished, I cut it up to use the fabric for different ends. So luckily, no pics exist of this little catastrophe. The final project was a pyjama. We were allowed to make it in a kid’s size, but no smaller than 3 years. Back then, as a mom of a 1-year old, I couldn’t care less what the pyjama would look like. Norah three years old? That looked like ages away! So I just bought some super cheap fabric: 1 euro per meter (less than 1.5 dollars per yard) at some local fabric fair thing. I made the pyjama, and put it in Norah’s closet. About 6 months ago, I took it out of the closet again, and put it on Norah just for laughs (yes, I’m that kind of mother). And I fell completely in love with it. Objectively speaking, there’s nothing even remotely special or particularly pretty about it. But when Norah wears it, I think it’s really cute, and I don’t even know why…
So these were the projects I made for the sewing class. Soon enough, and against my initial lack of interest, I was sewing clothes for Norah. The first one was a really easy Summer’s dress in cheap gingham fabric, created from a simple rectangle of fabric. The second one was a dress I drew myself based on a store-bought dress, made in Amy Butler’s Martini Mustard. Indeed, by that time, I had finally discovered a cool fabric store :-)
Thanks for having me in this wonderful series, Abby!
Thank you, An! What an inspiration for everyone to see how far she’s come in only two years, and all the talent and creativity she shares with all of us. Happy Friday to you all!