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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

I Thought You Were My Friend

The sewing machine, that is. I've been having a lot of fun sitting at it for hours lately but today....not today....oh, no, not today..
Did you ever make your kid's clothes? I used to make Easter Dresses for my girls, and shorts, and sundresses, and anything else they would wear out of fun fabric. Cause I liked to sew and oh, yeah, cause we were poor. And my mom and Grandma made clothes for me, so of course I wanted to do that for the girls.
My favorite thing I made was a strawberry dress for Sarah. It was made of red and white gingham and had a red collar and pocket with embroidery on them to look like strawberry seeds. It was adorable and I made a little sundress for Molly and my niece Bobbi (who were babies) with a big red strawberry on the front of them also. It was so fun.

And then came the day when No One wanted me to sew them a dress. So I went to sewing crafty stuff and an occassional skirt for myself.

Then I found those vintage patterns I told you about in an earlier post and I began to fantasize about making a (eek) prom/formal type dress for Molly. And, lately, my love for sewing/crafting/creating has been revitalized.

So after we searched for a Snowball dress all over town and didn't find anything we liked well enough to pay for, I had a tiny little thought that perhaps I could sew my beautiful daughter a dress. And it wouldn't be home made, it would be specially designed for the wearer.

Yeah, right.

Because I had forgotten a teensy, weensy little problem I have with sewing clothes, especially formal, dressy clothes. Well, actually more than one problem.....

I HATE IT. I hate the fabric, I hate the slipperiness of it, I hate having to finish all the edges. I hate having to wear gloves, practically cause it's so easy to snag and it's winter for heaven's sake and my hands feel like sand paper. And I especially hate the dreaded, horrible awful instrument of torture known as.....

THE SEAM RIPPER. The seam ripper who wants to be my new best friend. I think it conspired with the sewing machine to get out of the drawer and on the table. 'Cause the fault can't be with me. Can it? (Maybe I need a new sewing machine, which by the way is probably the best Christmas present Les every gave me, long, long ago.)

You see, the seam ripper means you have made a mistake and it needs to be removed. The mistake could be in the sewing--fairly easy to fix; or the cutting, not so easy but perhaps do-able. Or the most dreaded thing of all that is next to impossible to fix....

...If the mistake is in the person wielding this instrument of torture. The person who once again forgot that she was not living in a fantasy world where all the seams were sewn straight, true, correct, the first time. The fantasy world where the seamstress (me) is engulfed in a cloud of fluffy, delicate fabrics that she randomly snatches up and feeds into the sewing maching to create a joy to behold, a wonder of a dance dress. A lovely, delightful, delicate, airy creation..

And she (I) forgot that delicate fabric is easy to tear if you're not careful with your new best friend, the seam ripper. And use of said seam ripper by the person who is attempting to be a lady (living as she is in a fantasy world) can result in some not-so-ladylike language. (hopefully the seamstress has closed the sewing room door before attempting the impossible.)

The seamstress person--that would be me--had forgotten one little fact about herself. (well, probably not forgotten, probably she (me) is just avoiding unpleasantness, as usual.) She is not patient, and she is not kind and she is certainly not able to insert her name in I Corinthians 13 in place of the word, love.... with a seam ripper in her hand.

Hey, Mom. Remember all those 4-H outfits I sewed? Remember them? Remember how great they looked when they were finished? How I got awards for my sewing and attention to detail? Remember that???

Remember all the times the fabric and other paraphenelia was thrown down in frustration, rage, anger and impatience?

And Mom, do you remember what you did when I threw the tantrum and the fabric and sometimes the scissors???? You did it for me! You did the hard part, the yucky part, the ripping-out part! Remember that part?

Huh? Remember?

MOM, where are you????????? We need this dress by Saturday!


Mandy said...

Okay, that seriously made me laugh out loud. And it reminded me of when my mom made all of my clothes and I really hated it when I got a little older! But I really do hope you get the dress finished by Saturday (for Molly's sake)

Sarah Castor said...

Wow.... what happened to the awesome child's dress from walmart? That was genius in the making! But I'm sure this dress will be lovely if you finish it. If you get rid of the sewing machine and get a new one, can I PLEASE inherit it upon being replaced? I will someday have a child of my own I would like to make a strawberry dress for and I don't need a new one until I am no longer a poor married woman with a child. lol... Well as you know I have been wanting to make my own dress, but that will have to come at a time when I have free time... which will be this summer. Yeah summer!

char72 said...

This post brings back memories. I started making doll clothes when I was a little girl, went on to make my own clothes and then clothes for my daughter and finally to making doll clothes for the porcelain dolls I made. Of course I also did other miscellaneous sewing including making curtains and drapes. Now I just use my sewing machine for mending and I don't do a lot of that. I do love to sew though, or DID. I enjoyed your rick rack post above also. I used a lot of rick rack back in the 50s and 60s.
I notice your url includes the word oklahoman. I was born there and returned there in high school where I graduated and then left again. I've only been back a few times to visit.

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