Yesterday I altered a skirt. This skirt has two pieces; an underskirt and a semi-transparent overskirt. The overskirt just needed the elastic tightening; the underskirt had to be gathered and sewn. Overall, it took no more than half-an-hour.
But whilst sitting at the dining table squinting at my hand-sewn stitches in typically myopic fashion (I suffer from migraines, and there's really little wonder), I found myself casting glances riddled with longing and hatred combined at my mum's sewing machine, sitting innocently in its box.
I hand-sew everything, which is why, so far, my tutorials have involved very little sewing or no sewing whatsoever. Unfortunately, this also means that they have been sadly lacking in adventurous-ness. (Is that a word?) Do I hand-sew everything because I enjoy it? Well, no. Hand-sewing is all right for twenty minutes or so, but after that it becomes very tedious and I run the risk of getting a pounding headache. Because I hold some sort of notion that 'it's not really Goth unless it's sewn by hand'? Again, no.
Dear darklings, the simple truth is this: I am, frankly, terrified of sewing machines. My babysitter's kid scared me witless when he went to secondary school with tales of his fellow students impaling themselves through the thumb with needles during Textiles class. When my turn came to take Textiles, I touched the sewing machine once, for about thirty seconds, because the teacher was looking. Otherwise, I bribed my friends to do the sewing parts for me.
But I'm sick and tired of taking three days to make a simple headdress. I'm consumed with envy when I read posts from Miss Gracie and the Dark Victorian, who casually say, "Oh yes, and after work I made three dresses, a corset, a hat and four pairs of bloomers." (That's not snarking, you guys, I'm just jealous of your Uber Gothy Sewing Powers.)
So I'm making a very late new year's resolution - I'm going to learn how to use a sewing machine.
Which brings me onto the second point of this post - I do not want to get comments from you guys saying stuff like 'I suck at DIY'. I hate to sound unsympathetic, but this is a real pet peeve of mine. What, you can't put some safety-pins in your blazer lapel? You can't iron a transfer onto a denim jacket? The wonders of fabric glue and fabric paint are beyond you? I don't believe that for a second, Gothlings.
DIY doesn't have to be about putting together your very own ensemble for the Vampire Masquerade out of three old curtains and a crisp packet, it's about creating your own look and customising your own pieces, doing as much or as little as you personally can.
If you don't want to DIY, that's another story entirely, and I shall stop haranguing you. But if you want to, but won't because you think you 'suck', then I challenge you - via this this yere blog, you can watch my misadventures with a sewing machine, my failed DIYs, my epic mistakes and bad ideas: but you can also have a bash at the very simple tutorials for things that came out right, try clicky-links to other tutorials I have found around the web that worked for me, and, without wishing to sound too cheesy, we can learn together. If I can learn to use a sewing machine, you can damn well add lace trim to a belt, darn it!
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