The next day I went out to Joann's to buy some fabric. Now I know why not many people make their clothes anymore. The fabric was way more expensive than I anticipated. I almost walked out of the store without anything, but then decided that it would be a good project. In classic Allison fashion, I went overboard in shopping. The logical thing to do was to buy one piece of fabric to try it out. Did I do that? Of course not. Not only did I not buy just one piece, I bought three. The total tab came out to be around $52. At least all of the fabric was on sale. Plus they were having a big sale on their scrapbooking stickers so I had to partake in that too. Out the door I ended up spending $72.72 with a total savings of $31.72 (says the bottom of my receipt). I could have saved $57.72 if I just bought the $15 scarf from Amazon, but that is irrelevant now. That was the first night of my project...just getting the material.
It took me another week to even pull the fabric out of the bag. I am a terrible seamstress and felt overwhelmed by the thought of messing up the fabric that cost me $50 and possibly my pride. Finally, I managed to muster up the courage to start making the scarves. I was pleasantly surprised when I cut and pinned my fabric to find that each piece makes two scarves. I thought to myself, well this is great because I can get two scarves for about the same amount that I would have spent on one scarf from Amazon since they averaged about $17 per cut. I could make the scarves for about $8.50, which isn't bad at all. I was feeling much better about making scarves after this realization. But the kicker is, why do I need two of the same scarf? I decided that I would make scarves for my friends instead of letting the rest of the fabric sit around and collect dust. Linda claimed one and I have the other two in mind for Bonnie and Abby...that is if they turn out well enough to give to them. We will just have to make sure to coordinate and not wear them on the same day.
After pinning the fabric, I got the sewing machine out but didn't know how to thread it or where the extra bobbins were. My mom was busy making dinner so I didn't want to ask her while she was doing that. Another week went by before I actually sat down to try to thread the machine. Last night I finally looked at the instructions on how to thread the sewing machine and was able to get it working. I was feeling pretty confident after I did my one straight line to connect the piece of fabric. Then came the tricky part. I had to connect the two ends to make a circle. On one side it looked okay, but the other did not. The fabric is also very stretchy so you can see at the seam where it was puckering. It is easy to hide, but for the next one my mom gave me some tips on how to reduce the puckering. Hopefully it works! Stay tuned for the next few scarves I make. I didn't want to do them all last night incase I messed one up. I was feeling quite pleased with myself and didn't want to press my luck. My plan for now is to complete my other two scarves to practice on and I'm hoping by then I'll have it down and the remaining three will look good enough for me to give away.
|This is the finished product. Sorry that it's a little blurry but I was having a hard time getting the whole thing in the frame and holding the camera still by myself.|
|This is how it looks on. Just ignore my sweats and imagine it with real clothes.|
|Okay, so this seam isn't so bad. It puckers, but is generally pretty straight and pretty good for my sewing skills.|
|This fabric is more like a linen, but I think that it will hang nicely.|
I know that I'm being overly ambitious, but I was telling my mom that if these turn out well and I can make them look professionally made that I can start making them and sell them on Etsy.com. We'll have to see how that turns out, but people are already selling them on there so it's worth a shot. I just need to get my seams straight before any of that happens! She also suggested that I make a nice warm one for my grandma since you can wrap this type of scarf up in many different fashions. I don't know about that. My grandma was a seamstress for most of her life and would laugh at my sorry attempt at sewing, but I guess it is the thought that counts.