Monday, November 2, 2009

Mystery Monday: Sewing Dilemma

Sorry this is getting posted so late in the day, but it IS still Monday. Our parents were here visiting me (Teri) this weekend, before heading down to Micki’s so I didn’t get the post written to autopublish, and today just got away from me.

I promised yesterday that there would be more in a future post about the costumes I made for my kids for Halloween. I will only say that there were many many swear words running through my mind, and only one or two made it out of my mouth. Here’s the auspicious start:

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Ummm, yeah, how do you fit a round waist into a square opening? Okay, first confession, I don’t really sew. I enjoy sewing, but I am not a very good seamstress. Second confession, I attempted to make a poodle skirt without a pattern, because, let’s face it, who wants to pay $12 for a Halloween costume pattern. How hard could it be to cut a circle with a circle in the middle? Ummm, yeah, you can see above, apparently really hard. I ended up cutting this piece down to use to make a skirt for my 4 year old niece and buying a new piece for my daughter (explains why they are different colors). I also discovered that the patterns were on sale for 99¢ so I bought one. It made it a lot simpler (although I left out the waistband and just sewed some ribbon on the top). She wanted something a little different than a poodle, so we decided on stars (whew, much easier) which I adhered with Wonder Under. I also used the skirt pattern to cut out the ghost. I just cut the neck hole smaller. I improvised the hat (I thought he needed big ghosty eyes). Lets face it, I had to put the BOO on the front so people wouldn’t think he was dressed as a member of the KKK. It was all good when I finished them because they both loved their costumes. Here’s some pictures if you didn’t see them before. (Keep reading after the pictures, so you can help solve this weeks mystery). So my only tip today....don't get in over your head :)

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Today’s Mystery:
Micki has an old sewing machine that is built in a cabinet and it needs to be serviced. How is the best way to get this done (take it out and take it somewhere or have someone come to the house)? How much can she expect to pay approximately? Is it worth it?

Thanks for any help you can offer!!!

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Katie said...

Awww, your kiddos look so pleased with their costumes. Great job!!

Leelou said...

Thanks so much for taking my desktop theme! I'm so glad you enjoy them :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I think you did a really great job. Your kids look so cute!

As to the sewing machine, I'm so sorry, but machines are scary things to me. I am a wrench in the solar system when it comes to anything mechanical. And I only can sew by hand. I'm scared I will sew through my thumbs with a machine. ;-)

Sorry I'm no help...



Anne~fiona and twig said...

I cannot sew a stitch, but I have a good friend who is a professional seamstress. Maybe I can pick her brain.
Cute costumes!