Friday, August 27, 2010

Try, try again

Have I really only posted 7 times in the last 8 months? That's just lame. My life got really crazy for a while and chickaboom just didn't make my flaming hot to-do list.

But life has settled down and I'm settling into my wings again. I really want to thank all of my sweet friends and family for your support, love and friendship. To all my groovy readers, thanks for your patience and loyalty. You are all 10 kinds of awesome!

This week I dusted off my sewing machine and started into some long overdue projects. Ideas I've had brewing in my mind for months, or longer, are finally taking shape. It feels so good to dive into these new projects. At the same time, I see that I've got some obstacles to overcome where my technical sewing skills are concerned. I'm thinking I would really benefit from a basic sewing class where I can relearn all the foundational stuff. Right now my ideas far outweigh my skillset which is making the things I want to do really challenging.

For example, let's have a look at Exhibit A, the white & black floral apron you see above. It's a refashion project I've had in mind for months: a thrift store skirt I envisioned as a sassy little apron. It looks cute right? Well it's not that cute up close, trust me. The picture is hiding a multitude of sewing sins. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong while making this apron. When I was ripping out the left side seam, the fabric tore - and not just a little - we're talking about a 6" horizontal tear. While trying to stitch that up, my sewing machine ate the fabric and the only way I could free it was by cutting it again. Then I decided I would round the bottom edges a bit, except that I don't remember how to do that. At least not properly. So I fudged it. It's also not lined so it's more a rough prototype than anything. I attribute the attractive photo to my daughter's general cuteness, visible even when she's photographed from the waist down. :) The natural folds in the fabric do hide the mistakes pretty well. The bottom line is it's fine for her to wear around the house but I could never sell something this flawed.

So why am I confessing a #sewingfail when I am about to launch my etsy shop where I'll be selling hand-sewn items? Because I want to encourage anyone who has a dream to stick with it. Don't be afraid to step out and try something new. If you are willing to humble yourself and learn, you can succeed at anything you put your mind and your heart into. Don't sweat your mistakes, learn from them. Do what you love and keep trying. 

I've got ideas in my head for aprons and all sorts of refashioned designs. The next step for me is to learn the skills to make them happen. How? By finding someone who has those skills that is willing to teach them to me. In the meantime, I'll stick with simpler projects while I'm building my skills. I plan to take you along on this journey, after all we're all in this together right?  *wink*


  1. Love the apron Leslie! I totally understand how things get crazy busy in life and it takes time to get settled. I just moved and it's taking a long time for me to get back to my normal routine. Glad you're back and I look forward to seeing your new creations. Hope you have a link to your shop so I check out your new work!

  2. May I make a suggestion. I can't sew a lick, my husband is the sewer in my family. However I've recently stumbled upon this amazing book. Sew Serendipity. I finally looked at it IRL at Barnes and Noble and it's got a pretty good step by step crash course explanation going on in there. Dare I say I could even make some of these things knowing very little about how to sew. I will however suggest finding it on Amazon. It is there and for plenty cheaper than B&N wants for it.

  3. I just launched my etsy shop! {shouts of joy & audible cheering} I'm listing mostly vintage items now and will be adding more handmade and repurposed over the coming weeks.

    Thanks so much for all your recent comments CR_Ventures, welcome to chickaboom! I see that my local library carries the book you suggested, Sew Serendipity. I've placed a hold on it and can't wait until I get it in my hands. Thanks so much for turning me onto it. Hope to chat with you again soon!


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