My next challenge is to improve my garment making skills

I like challenges in quilting and sewing, they keep me on my toes. My last challenge was to create a King sized quilt which is finally finished, leaving me free to try something new. I needed something new and different. I got a notification from Thimble Quilt Shop in Lockport and I signed up. I am excited; my next challenge is to improve my garment making skills.

I used to make all my clothes and I took classes in Junior high and college. In between, I had many sewing mentors who helped me learn new skills.

classSince then I have taken classes and attended workshops but not for making garments. I don't really make my own clothes any more but I do make some items for my grandchildren. Plus I have noticed that garment making classes are popping up at my local quilt stores.

The image really caught my eye as well as the description.

"Are you returning to garment sewing or are you just beginning? Stitch Lounge will let you complete projects at your own pace. Facilitated by Laurie Albrecht, a Licensed Martha Pullen Instructor."

I do have a special project in mind. My granddaughter wants me to make her a Cinderella costume for Halloween. And quite frankly, it's20170820_134446 not the kind of sewing I ever loved.

Last time I made a special dress was when I got married in 1975. I thought I could work on the costume with help readily available. I had some trepidation as I stared at the supplies.

I've never handled 10 yards of netting before. I've never made a waistline like that before. I love Thimbles shop.

Who knows, after I finish this I might make myself a top. Or I may just work on all my Halloween costumes there. The other ones are easy but why not?

I will let you know how it goes, it starts September 13 at 1:00 pm. This class is perfect for me, Wednesdays I don't watch my grandchildren. I will learn new techniques.

And I don't have to get up early!

Sew happy!

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