I first started sewing in the spring of 2004 while still living in NYC. My first sewing class, taken at a fabric store in Brooklyn, was taught be a self-described established tailor with more than 40 years of experience. Upon entering the class, I was excited to learn how to make my own clothes. The instructor was very good at describing how to use a sewing machine as well as how to read a pattern. When it came to actually sewing the garment, she was moderately helpful in that her frustration with our newbie-ness sometimes surfaced.
I remember everything about the project except the pattern number. It was a Butterick pattern that included pants, a skirt, jacket, and dress. I no longer have the pattern; I think I sold it on PR or recycled it. The fabric I used was a maroon polyester suiting that did not respond well to pressing. The pattern called for a center back zipper, but since we were newbies, she had us extend the waist up a couple of inches and insert elastic. Since I didn't know anything about pattern sizes, my skirt didn't fit. It was way too big (she told me to buy a size 18) and formless. I gave it away and vowed to never touch a sewing machine again. I don't give up that easily. I bought a sewing machine later that year and never looked back. Sewing is a part of my life and I hope to continue honing my skill, creating good-fitting clothes that I like, and forging new friendships with those who share the same sewing desires.
So what was your first pattern or sewing experience? Share your story in the comments section by Monday, 20 August. From the stories presented, I'll randomly select two people with which to gift three patterns of your choice - postage paid. Visit this link to view the patterns up for grabs.