Do you sew? I do. For years nothing I ever made turned out. Well, to be honest, I was a sloppy sewer. (Hey, that looks like sewer – as in gross stuff going down the drain! I think the proper term is seamstress…. now I know why. ) Finally I learned my lesson. I’m careful when I cut out the pattern, I’m careful when I sew each seam. Believe it or not, now I follow all the directions. Since I made a more committed effort in my sewing, it has become a worthwhile pursuit. In this age of mass manufacturing in China, sewing your own clothes is extremely satisfying.
Look at this beautiful tutorial I found today, a How-To on sewing a simple skirt. It has a lovely photo and instructions for each step of the way. Really, if you have a sewing machine and a ruler, you are all set.
I actually learned to sew in 4-H of all things, rural Indiana kid that I was. I bet you Urbanites don’t even know what 4-H is. I have no idea what the H’s stand for, come to think of it. Hay, Hillbillies, “Have any chewing tobacco?” and Hoosier? Hey, I can say that, I am one… anyway…. Actually I just looked it up and it is an extraordinary and admirable organization. Of course it is, it gave me a life-long skill! Anyway, the 4-Hs are “Head, Heart, Hands and Health” – see, admirable.
I’m ready to make something special for my dear little creatures. I’d say this beautiful skirt will do the trick. I’m inspired! Of course, if I start sewing for them they’ll want to take over my sewing machine. I wonder if there is a 4-H chapter locally?