• Marlene Bond

Isn't Always as Easy as it "Seams"

The day finally came, and I was ready for it. I was on my way to Joann's blasting my favorite country music. Country music always puts me in a good mood and most importantly a creative mood. I walked into Joann's as was immediately overwhelmed, as I usually am when i walk into a fabric store. I had always seen patterns in the store, but was not really sure what they were for or how you made these patterns. I had a vision in my head of what I wanted to make, a skirt. I began looking through each one of the 6 filing cabinets. Luckily, i had my sister there to help me look. It wasn't too difficult when you just had to look for a picture of a skirt on the front.

I looked for almost an hour and wasn't finding the exact pattern that I wanted till I got to the bottom of the 3rd filing cabinet. I found it, it was a pack of 3 different skirts and was labeled "easy", later did I find out this wasn't as easy as it seemed. I grabbed the pattern and another one for a blouse that seemed easy as well. I began reading the back of the package where it had everything I needed. I ventured over to the fabric section to find the fabrics that I wanted to use for my skirts, again I had a vision in my head of what I wanted it to look like. Eventually, I found two different patterns, one was a checkered black and white pattern and the other was a chevron like black and white pattern. I bought the listed about of fabric needed for each skirt and then went to the checkout line. When I got home I put it away for a while because I wasn't ready to start that project yet.

A few weeks later I decided to give it a try. When I opened the package I was shocked with what I saw, I saw a small set of instructions for 3 skirts as well as a nicely folded package of tissue paper with the patterns on them. After opening the tissue paper, I didn't really know where to start. I decided to put it down and try to tackle it another day. A few days later i had a full day after class with no work that day and not too much homework, so I decided to give it a shot. I proceeded to unpack the tissue paper again, I read each direction 20 times until I fully understood it. Finally after reading and reading and watching multiple you tube videos, I got the hang of how to cut the fabric pieces out. I cut all of the pieces out and then proceeded to go further into the directions. I kept getting stuck on things. I finally sewed the skirts frame together, but that was enough for one day. I needed a break.

A few days later I decided to give it another try. I reread the direction and understood them better with a clear mind and I finally finished the skirt after hours and hours of work and frustration. I finished my first item of clothing, I was so excited to have finished this item. I definitely learned a lot from the mistakes that I had made and will keep those in mind for the next skirt that I make. After making this skirt I was eager to make the next one, I got my next swatch of fabric out and started laying it out to cut and produce, I was so excited to see how this one turned out. After working hard on this one i finished it in less than 3 hours, which is pretty impressive because the other skirt took me almost 4 days.. I had another photo shoot scheduled for that weekend with the skirts that i had made.

My friends modeled my clothes and they looked amazing in the outfits that I picked out for them I had so much fun going around Tucson and taking pictures of them in different places. Can't wait to tell you guys more in my next post.

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