So, do you want to know what I have been up to? Ok I will tell…. I learned to sew! I know….who would have ever thought a girl who loves to shop as much as I do would want to make something instead of shopping for it. Well, I have been planning another trip to Disney World (stay tuned for some wonderful details about our trip and a pre-trip report), and I came across all of these beautiful custom made Disney outfits on Ebay and Etsy. Naturally I wanted to buy my daughter about 20 of them for our trip, but here’s the catch they were nearly $300 a piece. I didn’t want to spend $6000 on my daughter’s Disney World apparel. So I decided if I wanted her wearing cute Disney Boutique clothes, I would have to learn how to make them myself.
Now I figured it was a long shot, but when I put my mind to something, I am pretty determined. Now for those of you who don’t know, I am an accountant (not a very creative field). I had never touched a sewing machine before in my life. The things I have been making aren’t perfect, but I am pretty happy with them, and my daughter loves them!
Here are a few of the outfits I have made in the past 4 weeks since I bought a sewing machine and embroidery machine.
Now does this mean I am shopping less? NO WAY….. in fact I have to admit I am shopping MORE! Between buying the machines I wanted and needed to complete these outfits, and shopping for fabric and patterns, I am shopping more then ever. I have only been sewing for a month and I have a full sized dresser full of fabric already and a few bags waiting to be unpacked. I never knew how addictive fabric buying could be. There are just so many prints I adore, and don’t even get me started on applique designs for my embroidery machine.
So stay tuned…. I will be bringing back my shopping deals of the week and sharing all the shopping I am doing for my new hobby!
I’ve been using this awesome Brother Embroidery Machine and here is a great deal on a starter set Brother PE770 (PE 770) Embroidery Machine w/ USB Flash Port and Grand Slam Package Includes 63 Embroidery Threads with Snap Spools + Prewound Bobbins + Cap Hoop + Sock Hoop + Stabilizer + 15,000 Embroidery Designs + Scissors ($1,170 Value)
I now have what looks like a fabric store in my house! I have a few local fabric stores, but I absolutely love all the great prints and good prices on fabric I buy from Fabric.com
Teaching myself to sew was super easy with Patterns from YouCanMakeThis.com – Sewing Patterns I had never touched a sewing machine and commercial patterns would have been too much for me. The patterns on YouCanMakeThis.com – Sewing Patterns had pages and pages of pictures that showed me exactly how to sew each outfit. If you are looking to teach yourself, check out the patterns by CarlaC, her directions are amazing and I love her styles!
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