My youngest daughter was recently given a pair of super cute and just-like-new jeans from her bff. Sorry, but I just had to use their slang :) Her bff is not that much taller but has longer legs than my daughter so a hole that was perfectly modest on her just wasn't going to work on my girl. She loved the jeans so I suggested a patch. Being the kind of gal who feels like she was born in the wrong fashion era, she would prefer to have been born in the 60's/70's, she was all over the patch idea. Until we found ugly patches, boring patches, and the iron in patches. Thankfully, my super smart friend...the one who likes to sew....thought I should clarify that since I have more than one super smart friend, told me about a pair of Eddie Bauer jeans that she had recently found in a catalog.
|photo from www.eddiebauer.com |
My girl decided she loved the look and wanted me to sew it, RIGHT AWAY! Thankfully, we were in OK at the time which gave me an excuse to put it off until we were able to return to our beach home. For the record, I don't sew. I don't sew as in I have only sewn the bedding and accessories for my daughters' nursery with a great deal of assistance from a friend who does sew. At least that is how I like to remember that experience. In all reality, she sewed and I assisted. That was a long, long time ago. The only other sewing experience I have is sewing Superman's patches on to his fire/ems shirts. I had so much difficulty with those, I eventually turned that job over to our local dry cleaners. You can see the difficulty I was facing of taking her new favorite jeans and making them look anything like the $99.00
One afternoon I had finally talked myself into tackling that pair of jeans. I reasoned with myself that if I had successfully home educated one daughter through high school graduation and the other was almost finished, surely I could sew one patch to the inside of a pair of denims. I also try to instill in my girls the "I can do it" attitude so I decided to lead by example. My other source of encouragement was my Grams. She had sewn many, many articles of clothing for me from the time I was a little girl as well as many quilts and other items. Since I had just brought her sewing machine home with me I decided now was the time! I was going to learn how to use her machine and sew!
|Meet my Grams. Isn't she just gorgeous?! This picture was taken on her last trip to the mountains of Colorado. That's Superman driving, he tends to be camera shy. |