Just sewing.


I am having a little hyperventilating week about the concert costumes I volunteered to do.  I am not sure what I was thinking when I volunteered, however, it is too late now.  I blame hubby.  He needs to be there to hold my hand down. He sent me to the meeting alone.

To be honest, I am a little excited too.  I don’t have a girl to dress up, now I have 33 girls to dress.  I am going this weekend to work out the best fabrics and to make a costing for the school.  I have never sewn with tulle….anyone have any tips for me?  I am thinking long tutu type underskirts with gingham pinafores.

Why did I volunteer?  I have no time to set out tea for school events.  I also do not have time to arrange golf days and potjie days and carnivals.  I also don’t have any pull to arrange sponsors on the level of Maserati. Yes, these mom are phenomenal…they can get sponsors on that level.  So I sew concert costumes, because I love to sew, I don’t have a daughter to dress up, and I do need to do my bit.  Schools are communities at the end of the day.

I wish I had more time to sew, because I do love doing it.  I wish I had time to learn to do it properly.  I taught myself and I have no idea how to read patterns and to know which thread works with which fabric.  I learn by trial and error and a heap of internet research.

When I am all grown up, I want my own sewing room, where I can leave my things out, with a large table for cutting and piecing my things together.


13 responses »

  1. LOL, I have one of those jumpy arms/hands too, but I seem to have it under control.
    I’m sure you’ll be fine, but I’m sure no one will blame you if you ask for help. It’s a big task. You must take pics

  2. OMW – amazing! Please post pics of how they turn out 🙂 I just recently found out that there are sewing classes in Jo’burg, maybe there are some on your side too? You could do it one evening a week and use that as “your time” too, to do something you like. Just a thought…

    • I have seen the classes here, but I find that they are mostly in Afrikaans, and while my Afrikaans is not bad, I don’t want to lean in Afrikaans. However, I am sure there is something…I just have not looked properly. I will post pictures.

  3. Best of luck, I lost count of the number of costumes I made for our Prep school concerts…… But the best is seeing them used year after year.

  4. Aha! Fun and games – check out Pinterest, you can often find great costumes there, and nice tutorials too!

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