My mother lives about 4 hours away so I sent her a pic of me wearing my new mask, not thinking anything of it. Well guess what, she put in an order for 5. FIVE?!!! I thought that was a lot but she justified it saying that QVC sells them in 5 packs, lol. Her birthday was in June so I had about 3 weeks to get my act together and sew these masks. It took me about 2 hours to sew each one. I am a beginner afterall! But having that deadline and someone depending on me really forced me to work on my sewing skills- mainly sewing straight lines, practice pressing and creating pleats.
I presented them to her at her birthday celebration and she was overjoyed! It made me so happy. My aunts saw them and they all put in orders too. “What have I gotten myself into?!” I thought. But seeing everyone “oohing and ahhing” over the colorful prints and trying them on, it was hard not to get excited too.
Later that day my mom and I went to Joanns so I could purchase more mask fabric. I wandered off then found her sitting at the pattern catalog table. There was a lady there with an envelope with something scribbed on it. She was frantically paging through the catalogs and rummaging through a drawer cabinet. I really had no idea what was going on but this woman seemed majorly determined, lol. So I asked her! She told me that the McCalls and Butterick patterns were $1.99 and she was loading up. I had no idea what this meant but when she told me they are regularly $20-$30 it really put things into perspective, lol. That manic feeling set in that I needed to load up too! Afterall, I don’t know when this sale would happen again! (Joke’s on me- it happens like every other week, lol) I started doing the same. I knew that at some point I’d want to make clothes. I chose “Easy” level patterns knowing someday I would get to them. It was more of a goal setting thing really, I had not expected to sew clothes until AFTER I had made my placements, pillows, and aprons.
When I got home I continued to work on my mask orders but decided it was time for me to venture out on some of those nesting projects I had in mind. I was so afraid to mess up so I made a practice apron, using muslin fabric following Simplicity 8826 Sewing for Dummies. It used a D-ring and actually turned out ok! But I got bored of it and never actually ended up making a real apron using real fabric.
And the pillows? Napkins? Tablecloths? Nope. Never got to them.
Why not?! Well Amazon told me I needed Tilly and the Buttons Dressmaking book so I purchased it. I had my sights set on the projects in there! They were SO much more exciting. Pajama pants, dresses?! Heck yeah!